Interactive Dialogue between Protection Stakeholders and HRDs in Exile in Uganda

  1. On 12 September 2019, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), in collaboration with AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network), convened the second interactive dialogue between protection service providers (PSPs) and human rights defenders (HRDs) in exile in Uganda. Following the first interactive dialogue held in December 2016, […]

iDefendRights: collecting stories from human rights defenders worldwide

DefendDefenders is excited to invite you to participate in iDefendRights, a new global project to create a massive audio archive of voices of people all over the world who defend human rights. We hope that you will record yourself on this platform, responding to a few questions, and that you will ask other to do […]

Safe Hubs for human rights defenders at risk in Africa launched

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Announcing Ngao Yetu: Digital Security with Usable Tools

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Hassan’s Blog: Free press at risk in the East and Horn of Africa

On World Press Freedom Day, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the ever-present and evolving threats facing journalists working in volatile political context, often thrust onto the front lines of human rights defence as they report on violations and abuses. While great strides have been made for and by journalists in […] Human Rights Defenders are not criminals

For its first annual meeting,, an international consortium comprised of twelve organisations including DefendDefenders, warns about the worrying pattern of criminalisation used against Human Rights defenders throughout the world.

Egypt: Draft NGO law dismantles civil society

60 organisations call on the Egyptian government to cease silencing civil society, and to allow NGOs to conduct their mandates within Egypt’s constitutional framework and in full respect of its international legal commitments to freedom of association.