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ACHPR47: Overview of the human rights situation in the East and Horn of Africa

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Report on the human rights situation in East and Horn of Africa region, presented at the 47th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held between the 12th and the 26th of May 2010, in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Joseph Oleshangay

As a human rights lawyer and advocate with the High Court of the United Republic of Tanzania, Joseph Moses Oleshangay spends most of his time crossing from one court to another, litigating human rights cases, some with life-altering implications for ordinary people. It is a monumental responsibility, one he never envisaged growing up.

As a young boy born into a Maasai household in northern Tanzania, his entire childhood revolved around cattle: “Our entire livelihood revolved around cattle. As a child, the main preoccupation was to tend to cows, and my formative years were spent grazing cattle around Endulen. It a simple lifestyle,” he says.

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