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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Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.

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