EHAHRDP Journal Article Published on Networks for HRD Protection

EHAHRDP has been published in a special issue on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. The special issue contains useful articles from organizations across the globe focused on promoting and protecting the rights of human rights defenders. The Journal of Human Rights Practice is an Oxford Journal with a focus on bridging the gap between human rights practitioners and academicians.

Our article “Networks for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Notes from the Field” is an original policy & practice note which explores the historical influences which shaped EHAHRDP/EHAHRDN, the strategies we use in the interrelated areas of HRD protection, advocacy, security management, and capacity building. The article summarises an evolution of thinking and practice over 8 years of work for the service of human rights defenders in the East & Horn of Africa.

The entire special issue of the Journal of Human Rights Practice is available free of charge for the next 3 months at

The EHAHRDP article “Networks for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Notes from the Field” is available at


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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