Human Rights Defenders Timeline 2005-2015 #10YearsDefending

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The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project has been working to protect African human rights defenders for ten years. Join us on this tour of developments, highlights and emblematic cases in the African system supporting human rights defenders.

 

media uploadEHAHRDP was established to meet the needs of human rights defenders in the region through protection, advocacy, and capacity building programs. We defend human rights defenders in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (together with Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

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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.

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