Condolence Message for Fartum Abukadir Yusuf

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is saddened to learn about the death of Fartum Abukadir Yusuf and their unborn child. Fartum was the loving wife of Ahmed Omar Hashi Tajir a renowned journalist from Somalia.

Fartum breathed her last yesterday evening 12 November 2012 – shortly after the death of their unborn child.

Fartum will be remembered as a pillar who courageously looked after the family when her husband was forced to leave Somalia after he was shot and injured as a result of his work. Fartum and the children later joined Ahmed in exile.

We will always remember her strength in the times of adversity. Fartum will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Our thoughts are with Ahmed and the family. May Fartum rest in Eternal peace.



Updates from October 2021

The final quarter of the year is one of the busiest periods at DefendDefenders. This is also heightened by the deteriorating situation in Sudan and Ethiopia that continues to destabilize an already delicate region.

Public statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on closing civic space

As the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights holds its 69th ordinary session, DefendDefenders and the South Sudan Human Rights Defenders Network (SSHRDN), call on the government of the Republic of South Sudan to respect the rights of its citizens to peacefully assemble, associate, and express opinions and views, strengthen the legal framework that allows citizens and civil society organizations to form and operate without any hinderances.


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