Campaign on the UN Human Rights Council

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EHAHRDP/Net is current a member of the Human Rights Council Network. This is a small network of NGOs from across the globe seeking to, amongst other things, re-enforce the engagement of southern NGOs with the Human Rights Council.
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Along with two other HRC-Net members from Africa, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and African Democracy Forum (ADF), EHAHRDP initiated a campaign aimed at preventing Egypt from being selected as the forthcoming HRC president. The letter, which was signed onto by 32 NGOs from 20 African countries, and was sent out to African Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs) as well as to other key states, generated significant discussion and also a certain amount of unease amongst the rather negative Egyptian mission in Geneva who later pulled out of the nomination process. Ambassador Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria was finally selected as the 2008-2009 session President.
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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.