Annual Report 2019

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In 2019, DefendDefenders and its partners continued to monitor and document human rights violations across the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, with a focus on the contexts affecting the work of HRDs. A shrinking civic space and press freedom violations were of particular concern, across the sub-region. The year was shaped by Sudan’s revolution ousting Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopia’s new leadership under Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his conflict resolution with Eritrea.

Our 2019 performance at a glance:

We worked on:

AfricanDefenders launched three more Ubuntu Hub Cities in 2019, reaching a total of six on the continent. The Ubuntu Hub Cities initiative is an Africa-based relocation mechanism for HRDs at risk.

AfricanDefenders’ performance at a glance:

During our annual board members meeting in October 2019, the chairmanship was handed over to Ms. Sophie Kyagulanyi from Dr. Livingstone. Additionally, Mr. Vital Nshimirimana and Dr. Zahara Nampewo were introduced as new board members.

For more details, please refer to the fullAnnual Report 2019.


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.