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End of year statement 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, This year was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected our normal way of operating. With offices closed, our technology set up allowed us to rethink and adapt quickly to the restrictive pandemic measures. We always

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Updates from November 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, Governments have a monopoly on the use of force so as to protect a social contract with its people. This monopoly, however, does not legitimise police

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Updates from October 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, Election periods are critical for any democracy although often a challenging time in East and Horn of Africa sub-region, particularly for

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Updates from September 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, Electoral periods are often challenging times for human rights defenders (HRDs), particularly those monitoring elections and those promoting good governance. Cases

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Updates from August 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, On 12 August, we celebrated International Youth Day. Despite the fact that the majority of our continent is younger than 35,

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Updates from July 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, While the world struggles to maintain some semblance of normalcy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, let us refrain from being comfortable with

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Updates from June 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, George Floyd’s murder has sparked unprecedented global outrage. Thousands of people in more than 4,000 cities around the world have made use of their right to peaceful assembly and condemned systemic

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Updates from May 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,  While our offices have partially opened up again and many human rights institutions are slowly resuming their activities in person, our work continues to

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Updates from April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to drastically shape our work. To contain the spread of the virus, most of our team has been working from home, but that is not to say that we have worked less.

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Updates from March 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads globally and extraordinary measures are being enacted to respond to this threat, DefendDefenders continue to do our utmost

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