Sudan: Urgent concern for human rights defender on hunger strike over unlawful detention

Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a prominent Sudanese human rights defender, has been unlawfully detained for over two months, held by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) at Khartoum’s Kober Prison without charge or access to legal representation, 39 human rights groups and activists said. Dr. Mudawi, who was arrested with his driver, Adam El-Sheikh […]

New mobile app tracks Internet censorship worldwide

The Open Observatory of Network Interference, with support of DefendDefenders as a project partner, is releasing “Ooniprobe – Measure Internet Censorship & Performance”, a new, easy-to-use mobile app that will allow almost anyone to track and collect network censorship data.

Sudan: Prominent human rights defender detained incommunicado

(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 […]

UNHRC Special Session on South Sudan: now is the time to act

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 […]

Rural activists celebrated in new video on International Human Rights Defenders Day

In a new video launched on the International Human Rights Defenders Day by DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN), grassroots human rights defenders (HRDs) from the Ssese Islands and Bulissa district in Uganda speak about their work within their community and the […]

Egypt: Draft NGO law dismantles civil society

60 organisations call on the Egyptian government to cease silencing civil society, and to allow NGOs to conduct their mandates within Egypt’s constitutional framework and in full respect of its international legal commitments to freedom of association.

South Africa: Continent Wide Outcry at ICC Withdrawal

South Africa’s announced withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a slap in the face for victims of the most serious crimes and should be reconsidered, African groups and international organizations with a presence in Africa said today. The groups urged other African countries to affirm their commitment to the ICC, the only court […]

HRC33: Statement on the adoption of Tanzania’s UPR outcome

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes Tanzania’s efforts towards addressing human rights violations, with a particular focus on those targeting women and people with albinism. However, we remain concerned about the growing number of violations against human rights defenders who challenge the violation of land rights, civil and political rights, health related rights, and LGBTI rights, who are regularly targeted by the state, through arbitrary detention, judicial and administrative harassment, reprisals, and office raids…