Pan-African Human Rights Defenders make visit to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya


Secretariat staff and Chairperson of the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD-Net) paid a Valentines Day visit to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekkagya at her offices of the Human Rights Centre in Kampala. Madam Sekaggya was presented with flowers and a ‘Pan-African Defender’ shield made for her a week prior at a project launch of the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network.

Madam Sekaggya has been the mandate holder of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders at the United Nations since 2008. In that time she has consolidated the mandate through consistent constructive engagement with states and civil society. The Special Rapporteur will present her latest report focusing on human rights defenders and national human rights institutions at the 22nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council in March 2013. Her presentation will be streamed live online at

PAHRD-Net Chairperson Hassan Shire Sheikh briefed the Special Rapporteur on the activities of the Network as well as those of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.

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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.