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: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.