Eritrea: the UN should ensure continued scrutiny of the human rights situation

In a joint letter released today, DefendDefenders and partner NGOs call on the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution ensuring continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Eritrea. The Council should take this step at its upcoming 41st session (HRC41, 24 June-12 July 2019). The letter elaborates on a paper DefendDefenders published in May 2019, […]

Sudan: urgent international action needed to prevent further violence, ensure accountability 

In a letter issued today, DefendDefenders and partners condemn the deliberate attack on peaceful democracy protesters in Khartoum that has resulted in at least 100 dead and hundreds of injured. We demand a strong international response to immediately stop the violence and ensure accountability. We highlight that these horrific acts demonstrate the Transitional Military Council’s (TMC) […]

Silencing Critical Voices: Press Freedom in the East and Horn of Africa

On 3 May 2019, DefendDefenders joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day, a date set aside to raise awareness on the importance of press freedom, as well as to urge governments to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal […]

Eritrea: the UN Human Rights Council should ensure continued scrutiny

In a paper released today, DefendDefenders calls on the UN Human Rights Council to ensure follow-up to its action on the human rights situation in Eritrea to date. We outline reasons why a resolution on the country is needed and elements that should be part of a resolution at the Council’s 41st session (HRC41, 24 […]

Tanzania: 38 NGOs call on states to express concern over the human rights situation

Today, DefendDefenders and 37 Tanzanian, African and international human rights organisations publish a letter calling on states to use the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to raise concern over Tanzania’s situation in order to prevent a further deterioration. Since a group of 30 NGOs first wrote a letter on Tanzania, in […]

Ethiopia: UN rights review should help consolidate reforms 

Geneva-Kampala, 13 May 2019 — Ethiopia’s human rights review, tomorrow at the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), should be leveraged to consolidate the reforms initiated since the appointment of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister, in April 2018. The country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) takes place amidst an ongoing significant legal and policy reform […]

UN Human Rights Council – 40th regular session

Item 3: General debate   Oral statement Delivered by: Estella Kabachwezi   Mr. President, In December 2018, DefendDefenders published a report on marginalised human rights defenders (HRDs) in East Africa. The report covers the situation of indigenous, women, and LGBT+ HRDs in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and outlines recommendations to improve their protection and ad­dress […]

Claiming Spaces for Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

In commemoration of international human rights day celebrated every 10 December, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) in partnership with the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) we are privileged to host the annual Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for Human Rights Defenders in Nairobi, Kenya, from 3-7 December 2018. This year, […]