Defenders in Focus (July-December 2011) Newsletter

Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

Please find here the most recent issue of EHAHRDP Newsletter “Defenders in Focus” compiled for the benefit of members and partners of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net).

The newsletter offers an overview of some of the activities which EHAHRDP has undertaken from July to December 2011 and gives an outlook on upcoming events.
As the Secretariat, we would like to encourage active involvement of all members in the work of the Network and welcome your suggestions, comments and recommendations both on passed and forthcoming activities.


Hassan Shire Sheikh

Defenders in Focus


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.