UN HRC28: Side Event ,Human Rights and Elections in Africa: The Role of Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society

EHAHRDP together with its partners: FIDH, CIVICUS, ISHR and ARTICLE 19, will be hosting a side event today, 13th March  2015 at 12.30pm in room 24, Palais des Nations, Geneva to discuss what measures can be  taken to ensure greater participation of civil society groups  and human rights defenders to achieve transparent and representative elections in Africa.

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.

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