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Journalists and Press Freedom

Regional Situation

Journalists dedicated to providing public scrutiny of, and accountability for, human rights abuses and violations are increasingly targeted in the East and Horn of Africa. As civic space continues to shrink throughout the sub-region, media houses are faced with a range of restrictions that directly affect their ability and capacity to share information. Restrictive legislation, forced media house shut downs, and physical and judicial harassment have all been used to limit the media’s ability to shine light on human rights violations and abuses committed by both State and non-State actors.

Latest News

Sudan: new UN resolution offers hope, but human rights challenges remain

At a critical juncture for Sudan, a UN resolution on the country’s human rights situa­tion offers hope that the international community will con­tri­bu­te to domestic improvements. Yet, as the Sudanese people attempt to turn the page on 30 years of dictatorship and repression, significant challenges remain. The res­o­lution adopted by the Human Rights Council (“Council”) is an encouraging signal but should push all stakeholders to be cau­tious­ly op­timistic, Defend­De­f­enders said today.

Ahead of elections, the UN keeps a spotlight on human rights in Burundi

The UN Human Rights Council (“Council”) has decided to keep a spotlight on Burundi ahead of key elections scheduled for 2020. Today, the Council adop­ted a resolution that extends the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for one year and condemns a wide range of human rights violations and abuses, a move which DefendDefenders welcomes.