A Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania

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The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) along with Protection Desk Uganda (PDU) a joint project of EHAHRDP and Protection International that carries out security training, assessment and offers advice on security matters, carried out a fact-finding mission to Tanzania from the 25th-28th November 2009. The overall objective was to assess the situation of human rights defenders in Tanzania.

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

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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