Burundi: DefendDefenders submits 2 joint reports to 29th session of the UPR Working Group

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors and NHRIs can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report to be considered during the review.

Ahead of the 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, DefendDefenders submitted two joint reports for the Burundi’s review scheduled on 18 January 2018. For more information on this, please visit UPR Info.

Submitted by: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues (APRODH), and Ligue Burundaise des Droits de l’Homme Iteka (Ligue Iteka).

Download the report here.


Submitted by: ARTICLE 19, the Collaboration on ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), the East Africa Law Society, and the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) .

Download the report here.

 

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Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.

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