Country Reports: Overview of the Human Rights Situation in the East and Horn of Africa

EHAHRD-Net welcomes the opportunity offered by the 50th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to highlight some of the current human rights issues in the East and Horn of Africa region for the period of May 2011 to October 2011.

This report especially assesses the status of civil and political rights in the sub-region, given the worrying range of restrictions implemented during this period.
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Restrictions range from the implementation of restrictive laws mainly aimed at thwarting freedom of association and expression, acts of intimidation against key civil society actors and physical and verbal threats. Violations against journalists in particular have been on the increase in most of the countries in the sub-region. Another trend worth noting also is the increase in the collaboration among states in the region in regard to the repatriation of refugees.
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Human Rights Defender of the month: Esther Tawiah

In Ghana, Esther Tawiah is one of the loudest voices for women empowerment and gender. It is also why she is one of the most loathed. Born and raised in New-Tafo in the country’s eastern region, Esther grew up surrounded by a culture that frowned at the idea of women participating in public affairs, and witnessed firsthand, the backlash those who dared to challenge that cultural norm faced.

“I grew up in a society where ageism and sexism were so entrenched. As a young person, you weren’t supposed to give your opinion on public issues, especially if you were a woman. Women who dared to speak up were caricatured and branded as frustrated, unmarriageable prostitutes, all designed to shut them up,” she says.

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