Somalia: Planning Meeting Held for New Project Supporting Human Rights Defenders


Somalia: Planning Meeting Held for New Project Supporting Human Rights Defenders

Representatives of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRDP), Peace and Human Rights Network (PHRN) and Protection International (PI) met today in Kampala to consult prior to the launch of a 3-year project dedicated to building national capacity within Somalia to protect human rights defenders. The project, implemented by the three organizations in conjunction with the Somali Human Rights Defenders Network (SOHRIDEN), is supported by the European Union as a part of their commitment to democracy and human rights. The project aims to strengthen monitoring and documentation on violations against journalists and human rights defenders, advocacy to national and international stakeholders to protect and grow the space to safely defend human rights in the country, and to promote security management for human rights defenders while offering protection when necessary.

Pictured: Hassan Shire Sheikh, Tabitha Netuwa, Neil Blazevic, Rosette Arinaitwe (EHAHRDP), Arjan Van Der Waal, Ben Kabagambe, Nora Rehmer, Francis Kagai, Stephen Gitahi Githuku (PI), and Abdidahir Adan Dirie, Solomon Ibrahim Ibrein (PHRN)




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.