By adopting a strong resolution on the human rights situation in South Sudan, the UN Human Rights Council (“Council”) sends a message to the South Sudanese government and all parties to the conflict that there will be no lasting peace without justice. The resolution adopted today condemns the crimes committed in the country in the […]
(20 December 2016) A prominent Sudanese human rights defender (HRD), Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, is currently detained incommunicado by the country’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Dr. Mudawi was arrested at the University of Khartoum, where he is a professor, on 7 December 2016 alongside his longtime driver, Adam El Sheikh Mukhtar. Both men […]
Thank you Mr President.
The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes this Special Session and the Commission’s work to provide much-needed scrutiny of the Government of South Sudan and armed actors’ intolerable human rights violations. By speaking out about a looming catastrophe, orchestrated ethnic cleansing, and the very real possibility of further mass atrocities they have sounded the alarm […]
We, the undersigned African and international non-governmental organizations, are writing to bring to your attention in your capacities as Special Procedure mandate holders worrying developments concerning the detention and trial of ten human rights defenders in Sudan. We urge you to call on the Government of Sudan to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against ten staff members and affiliates of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKs), an organization which provides training on a range of issues from IT to human rights, in two overlapping cases that include crimes against the state. Crimes against the state charges carry the death penalty […]
Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation, speaks on the current situation in South Sudan, and shares his recommendations ahead of the December 9 meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
DefendDefenders is gravely concerned with the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia and the alarming level of threat civil society in South Sudan is facing.
Letter from 33 NGOs and individuals regarding the human rights situation in Sudan in advance of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council
To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, Switzerland 7 September 2016 Re: Current human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan Excellency, Our organisations write to you in advance of the opening of the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to share our serious concerns […]
Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations
A group of civil society organizations are calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia, including the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and a recent spate of arrests of civil society members documenting this crackdown. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project), the Association for Human […]
Examination of Burundi by the Committee against Torture: civil society condemns a human rights crisis
Examen du Burundi par le Comité contre la Torture : la société civile dénonce une crise des droits humains
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) are calling for the immediate release of renowned journalist and editor Alfred Taban. The Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor was arrested by agents of the National Security Services in the afternoon of 16 July and taken to […]