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Toronto: Campus support group for Human Rights Defenders in Africa launched at York University

Recognizing both the need to address gaps in reporting on human rights violations in Africa and the great capacity and enthusiasm of students at York University, EHAHRDP is proud to announce the launch of the Campus Support Group for Human Rights Defenders in Africa at York University.

Executive Director of EHAHRDP Hassan Shire Sheikh spoke to a group of students January 13th on the great challenges facing human rights defenders in Africa in their mission to promote internationally recognized human rights and expose the abuse of power where it occurs. Mr. Shire Sheikh shared the stories of select human rights defenders to illustrate the daily realities and challenges of defence work, including the story of a journalist operating in South Sudan, an LGBTI activist working in Uganda, and a woman activist organizing in Somaliland.
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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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