Rwanda: Joint submission by EHAHRDP and CIVICUS to UPR

Joint submission by East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation to the UN Universal Periodic Review on the urgent concerns relating to the operating environment in which civil society activists, human rights defenders and journalists have been systemically targeted by the government of the Republic of Rwanda since 2011.

Joint UPR Submission on Rwanda – CIVICUS and EHAHRDP – 23rd Session


Human Rights Defender of the month: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.