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: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.