Advocacy, Research, and Communications

We give a voice to human rights defenders from the East and Horn of Africa sub-region at the regional and international level.

Advocacy

Strategic advocacy at the national, regional, and international level is an essential part of protecting human rights defenders (HRDs). By conducting strategic advocacy towards state authorities, and regional and international human rights bodies, DefendDefenders seek to strengthen the protection and promotion of HRDs in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region.

United Nation Human Rights Council

As the leading human rights mechanism globally, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) is a vital platform to promote HRDs. DefendDefenders has a Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC status), which enables us and our members to participate in the HRC, and other UN forums.

In 2018, DefendDefenders opened a permanent office in Geneva, which has enhanced our impact at the HRC, and our coordination and cooperation with UN mechanisms and like-minded human rights organisations. 

News about our work at the Human Rights Council.


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is the main human rights body in Africa, and an important platform to advocate for the protection of HRDs. We hold an ACHPR observer status, and we are a member of the Steering Committee of the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the Ordinary Sessions of the ACHPR (known as the NGO Forum).

News about our work at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

It's a disconnect between the human rights work and violations experienced by human rights defenders on the ground, and the work taking place at the regional and international level. By bringing human rights defenders from the sub-region to the Human Rights Council and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights we aim to decrease this gap.

Estella Kabachwezi, Senior Advocacy and Research Officer, DefendDefenders

Research 

To raise awareness about HRDs from the East and Horn of Africa, DefendDefenders conducts in-depth research and analysis about human rights trends in the sub-region. Our report findings are used as the baseline for our advocacy work at national, regional, and international level. 

Check out our publications! 

Communications

DefendDefenders raise awareness about HRDs from the East and Horn of Africa – online and offline. 

Do you wish to get to know some HRDs from the East and Horn of Africa?

Check out our HRDs of the month!

Latest News

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

Human Rights Defender of the Month: Andrew Gole

Andrew Gole’s journey to become a human rights defender (HRD) was sparked by a small request: in 2015, a human rights organisation reached out to the trained software engineer about a digital security training. “I didn’t know much about the HRD eco-system or about digital security as an environment on its own,” Andrew says. “So, I did some research, and realised digital security support is just the basic support I used to provide in an internet café.”

In Memory of Diallo Abdul Gadiry

To the family and friends of Diallo Abdul Gadiry   I am saddened by the news that my colleague and long-time friend Diallo Abdul Gadiry is no more. On behalf of