Panel event on Somalia at the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

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During the seventh session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, an EHAHRDP delegation that was attending the Council, organised, along with Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and the National Union of Somali Journalists, an event on Somalia. Dr Ghanim Alnajjar, the now former Independent Expert, was one of the panellists. Considering the traditional lack of interest in Somalia this event generated substantial interest; it revealed a more general increase in attention accorded to the human rights situation in Somalia amongst the international community.


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.