On the opening day of its 60th Ordinary Session, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) called on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to urge the African Union to establish accountability mechanisms to bring justice to protracted human rights crises, particularly in South Sudan and Eritrea. In its biannual […]
Our security manual provides key strategies that human rights defenders and civil society organisations can use to immediately improve their safety.
A joint report with contributions from DefendDefenders’ Technology team assesses Internet freedom and the digital resilience of civil society.
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Examination of Burundi by the Committee against Torture: civil society condemns a human rights crisis
Examen du Burundi par le Comité contre la Torture : la société civile dénonce une crise des droits humains
Exiled and in Limbo: Support mechanisms for human rights defenders in exile in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda
DefendDefenders examines the situation of HRDs living and working in exile, and provides a resource guide of the various support mechanisms available to them.
This joint civil society paper has been prepared by 20 leading international, national and regional non-governmental organisations, on the occasion of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 10th Anniversary. The paper provides concrete recommendations for short- and medium-term steps that would enhance the Council’s ability to better fulfil its mandate. The impact and achievements of the HRC […]
An overview of the Human Rights Situation in the East and Horn of Africa between October 2015 and March 2016
The Universal Periodic Review is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. DefendDefenders submitted four joint reports for the UPRs of South Sudan and Uganda.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Somali human rights defenders and media workers caught in the crossfire
Somali human right defenders, including journalists, face worsening patterns of attacks on their rights to life, security of person, and freedom from arbitrary arrests and detention.