Kenya: DefendDefenders submits joint report to the 35th Session of the UPR Working Group

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all United Nations Member States. The process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors and NHRIs can submit information which can be […]

AfricanDefenders in the Footsteps of Madiba!

Tata Madiba! In your dream, you believed in human dignity, equality, justice, peace and fundamental freedoms: “for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’’  Tata Madiba! You inspire us. You empowered us and taught us to be a rose between the thorns of discrimination […]

DefendDefenders Newsletter June 2019

Dear friends and colleagues, A steady and proactive presence at regional and global human rights platforms is essential to enable the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) at the national level in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region. World Press Freedom Day, commemorated in May, and the UN International Day in Support of Victims […]

Ubuntu Hub Cities launched in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

On 14 February 2019, AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network) launched the Ubuntu Hub Cities in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – an Africa-based relocation programme for human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk. “Côte d’Ivoire is the first country in Africa to have adopted and  implemented a specific law for the protection of HRDs” said Hassan […]

Ethiopia: DefendDefenders meets stakeholders and HRDs in Addis Ababa

The appointment of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of Ethiopia comes with increasing reforms in the country, including opening up of civic space. Taking advantage of this opportunity, a delegation from DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network) visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  […]

Eritrea: change course and engage with UN rights review

PRESS RELEASE – The Eritrean government should seize the opportunity of its human rights review, today at the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), to finally commit to addressing the grave human rights violations identified by independent observers. Eritrea’s Universal Periodic Re­view (UPR) comes a month after it took a seat within the UN’s top […]

Human Rights Defenders of the month: Anastsia Nambo and Is’haq Abubakar

Anastsia Nambo and Is’haq Abubakar were awarded the Human Rights Defender (HRD) Award 2018, given out annually by the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) and the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders (WGHRD). This award recognises HRDs who have conducted extraordinary work to promote and protect human rights in Kenya. Anastasia Nambo Anastasia […]

Réflexions sur la 39ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU

Interventions au Conseil Notes de cadrage et communiqués de presse Événements parallèles Résolutions English version À l’entame de la 39ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme (HRC39), le directeur exécutif de DefendDefenders, Hassan Shire, a souhaité la bienvenue à la nouvelle Haute-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, Michelle Bachelet. Son intervention faisait […]