Congratulations to the Netherlands

As mentioned in today’s Newvision

On the occasion of the abdication of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and the investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project sends our warm wishes and congratulations to the leadership and people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has demonstrated consistent support to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. EHAHRDP takes this opportunity to thank the Netherlands government for its continued support of our mission to maximize the protection of human rights defenders – people and groups that promote and protect civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights through peaceful means – and to enhance awareness of their work nationally, regionally and internationally.

Shire Maas Hennekens Sewanyana 2012(1)
Visit of the Ambassador of the Netherlands, H.E. Alphons J.A.J.M.G. Hennekens and Political Officer; Ms Judith Maas to the Human Rights House, Kampala, with Mr Hassan Shire, Executive Director EHAHRDP (left) and Mr Livingstone Sewanyana, Executive Director of FHRI (right)

From our headquarters in Kampala, EHAHRDP provides protection, capacity-building and advocacy support to human rights defenders from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

For more information on EHAHRDP and our work, please visit our website at or email the Executive Director/Chairperson, Hassan Shire, on [email protected]


Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:


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