South Sudan: Journalist killed amidst resurgence of violence in Juba

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: Oral statement on the adoption of the UPR report on Somalia

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.

UNHRC32: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on South Sudan

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.

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

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 […]