Defend Defenders: an inside look

Many countries in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region have experienced massive human rights abuses, long-term and large-scale impunity, single-party and military dictatorships, civil wars, and in the case of Somalia, a collapsed state. Such situations and contexts endanger both the work and lives of human rights defenders (HRDs).

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) seeks to strengthen the work of HRDs throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights. EHAHRDP focuses its work on Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (together with Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

EHAHRDP works to support HRDs by building their capacity, providing emergency protection and digital security trainings, and by elevating the voices of HRDs to regional and international platforms.

Take an inside look on how we help defend defenders.

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Based on research that collected the testimonies of more than 120 HRDs, in-depth case studies, and live interviews with four exiled HRDs, Exile Shall Not Silence Us is a podcast series that highlights the professional, security, socio-economic, and psychosocial challenges of HRDs in exile in Africa, but most of all their achievements and resilience strategies.

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