DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) strongly condemns the deliberate killing of South Sudanese journalist John Gatluak Manguet Nhial by armed men amidst reports of fighting and killings throughout the capital. Gatluak, who worked as a station coordinator and reporter with Naath FM in Leer, was killed on 11 July at […]
UNHRC32: Support resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet
DefendDefenders and more than 80 other organisations have called on the UN Human Rights Council to support a resolution on “the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” and to reject attempts led by Russia and China to weaken it.
Intervention orale pendant le dialogue interactif avec le Haut-Commissaire sur la situation des droits de l’homme Burundi.
Somalia has taken welcome steps to strengthen the human rights framework since its last Universal Periodic Review. However, in order to continue to strengthen the promotion of and protection of human rights, it needs to urgently address the safety and enabling environment of human rights defenders and media workers, abuses committed against civilians by armed actors, and the need for inclusive nationality laws.
DefendDefenders highlights the continuing deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders in Burundi and the continued use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to prosecute peaceful protesters in Ethiopia at the UN Human Rights Council.
While mechanisms have been developed to ensure heightened scrutiny of human rights violations and pave the road towards accountability – and ultimately peace – in South Sudan, a growing number of human rights defenders are targeted through threats, intimidation, kidnappings and torture.
DefendDefenders calls upon the UNHRC to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea and for the establishment of a structure by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with a protection and promotion mandate, to assist in ensuring accountability for human rights violations in Eritrea.
Exiled and in Limbo: Support mechanisms for human rights defenders in exile in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda
DefendDefenders examines the situation of HRDs living and working in exile, and provides a resource guide of the various support mechanisms available to them.
South Sudan: Open letter to Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission of the Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan
29 South Sudanese, African, and international NGOs respond to arguments – put forth in a New York Times op-ed attributed to Salva Kiir and Riek Machar – to forgo the establishment of a Hybrid Court.
On 8 June 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. The Commission found that “Crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, persecution, rape, murder and other inhumane acts have been committed as part of […]