We protect HRDs through emergency support, protection grants, relocation programs, and legal support.
We promote HRDs and their work at regional and international human rights platforms.
We build capacity of HRDs in security and protection, digital safety, advocacy and communication, monitoring and reporting, human rights education, and mental health and well-being.
We connect HRDs and human rights organisations through the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net).
We raise awareness about HRD and human rights situation in the East and Horn of Africa by conducting in-depth analysis and research, and
We advocate for the protection of HRDs at regional and international level.
DefendDefenders was established as a regional non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Uganda in 2005, as a result of an extensive field research in the sub-region. The research identified the vulnerability and complex challenges faced by HRDs, and the need for strong structures to promote and protect their work and well-being.
DefendDefenders serves as the secretariat of East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) representing hundreds of HRDs and human rights organisations. We are also a member of AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network).
DefendDefenders was established based on the following prerequisites:
DefendDefenders holds consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
DefendDefenders is registered under Registration No. S.5914/5983 as a NGO under the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Statute, 1989 of the Republic of Uganda.
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