Press release on the Referendum in South Sudan


Kampala: Safety and Protection from Human Rights Violations  for all must be  part and parcel of a free and fair referendum in the South Sudan

On 9th January 2011, the people of Southern Sudan will participate in a referendum to determine whether or not the South will remain part of the Sudan. The referendum, which is part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) that ended 20 years’ civil war in which over two million lives were lost, is a step towards finding lasting peace in the Sudan.

EHAHRDP recognises the efforts of various actors committed to making this occasion a success and calls on all parties involved to observe a free and fair referendum and respect the will of the people of Southern Sudan by honouring the results of the referendum irrespective of the outcome. As we appreciate the largely peaceful pre-referendum processes, we urge for more tolerance of divergent political opinions, support for journalists to freely report on the process without restrictions and for civil society groups and human rights defenders (HRDs) – including individuals and groups to operate without fear of intimidation, harassment and persecution. To see the full release click here.


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.