At a critical juncture for Sudan, DefendDefenders visits the country and shows solidarity with its people and civil society
From 11-16 October 2019, DefendDefenders conducted a mission to Sudan, at a critical time for the country and the human rights its people. The delegation was led by Hassan Shire (Executive Director) and included Majid Maali (Capacity Building Officer) and Nicolas Agostini (Representative to the UN). The mission aimed at showing solidarity with Sudanese human […]
At a critical juncture for Sudan, a UN resolution on the country’s human rights situation offers hope that the international community will contribute to domestic improvements. Yet, as the Sudanese people attempt to turn the page on 30 years of dictatorship and repression, significant challenges remain. The resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council (“Council”) is an encouraging signal but should push all stakeholders to be cautiously optimistic, DefendDefenders said today.
The UN Human Rights Council (“Council”) has decided to keep a spotlight on Burundi ahead of key elections scheduled for 2020. Today, the Council adopted a resolution that extends the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for one year and condemns a wide range of human rights violations and abuses, a move which DefendDefenders welcomes.
Ahead of the 42nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC42), Sudanese, regional and international civil society organisations urge the Council to address serious human rights violations and abuses in Sudan and support systemic reforms in the country.
For each disappeared, more activists stand up! Stop enforced disappearances against human rights defenders
Article posted in relation to the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August 2019. On 13 April 2015, Sandra Kodouda, a Sudanese human rights defender (HRD), was abducted in Khartoum, Sudan by a group of unidentified men. Three days later she returned home with a dislocated shoulder and clear signs of […]
Ahead of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, NGOs call on States to support a resolution extending the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for a further year, until September 2020.
DefendDefenders welcomes the adoption of a resolution on Eritrea today at the UN Human Rights Council (“Council”). While making clear that diplomatic progress in the Horn of Africa has not translated into domestic human rights progress in Eritrea, the Council offers a way forward for human rights reforms in the country by streamlining its approach and providing the Eritrean government with an opportunity to engage.
After failing to convene an emergency session on Sudan in the aftermath of the 3 June massacre, and failing to hold an urgent debate during its 41st ongoing regular session, the UN Human Rights Council (“Council”) is set to fail to adopt a resolution on the country. By remaining silent on Sudan, the Council validates the sidelining of human rights from the regional mediation process and overall political efforts to settle the crisis, DefendDefenders said today.
On 14 June 2019, AfricanDefenders (Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network) acknowledged and awarded distinguished human rights defenders (HRDs) on the African continent for their contribution to the advancement of human rights. The winners, Beatrice Mtetwa, Felix Agbor Aniyor, Donald Deya, Fatou Jagne Senghor, and the Sudan Women Protest exude courage, perseverance, and selflessness amid their […]
As the situation in Sudan is at a critical juncture, DefendDefenders joins partners in calling for an immediate and urgent international intervention to restore civilian rule and address the demands expressed by peaceful protesters since December 2018. In a letter released today, we highlight that the horrific acts committed by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militias and […]