Report on Human Rights Defenders to the 43rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission

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Report on the human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa region, presented at the 43rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held between the 7th and the 22nd of May 2008, in Banjul, The Gambia.


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.