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: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.