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Updates from August 2021

After a difficult past month in which the second wave of COVID19 peaked in several of our focus countries, August brought with it some much needed reprieve in form of declined infections. As countries scale up vaccination efforts, it is our hope that this pandemic will soon be behind us, and that brighter days lie on the horizon.

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Updates from July 2021

July was a bittersweet month for us at DefendDefenders. Like everywhere else, COVID19 continued to wreck our lives. On the evening of 26 July, we tragically lost one of us – Mariam Nakibuuka, to the pandemic. Mariam was a valued member of our team, who, until her passing, served as a senior protection associate with our protection and security department.

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Updates from June 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, Throughout June, we continued to prioritise wellbeing by initiating activities that focus on mental health and promote welfare of human rights

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Updates from May 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, The month of May is internationally recognised as the mental health awareness month. I would like to reflect on the importance

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Updates from April 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, This month we participated in the 68th virtual ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission).

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Updates from February 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, Defending human rights is associated with various risks including: intimidation, harassment, physical threats, stress, depression or burn-out. Women human rights defenders

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Updates from January 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, Internet shutdowns are becoming increasingly wide-spread tools of oppression in the East and Horn of Africa. Cutting access to the internet

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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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