Eritrea: Ten Years After the Crackdown {Side Event HRC}

Ten years after the crackdown:

What prospects for human rights in Eritrea?

Tuesday 20th September
Room XXIII – Palais des Nations

• Elsa Chyrum, Director, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea
• Ben Rawlence, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch
• Matthew Jones, Public Affairs Officer, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

• Hassan Shire, Executive Director, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

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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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