#Wedefend #Nousdefendons Campaign

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PAHRDN/EHAHRDP delegation is setting off to attend the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), scheduled for 21st April to 7th May 2015 and the preceding NGO Forum running from 17th -19th April 2015. The #Wedefend #Nousdefendons campaign will be officially launched at the margins of the 56th session of the ACHPR. Emphasis is on ‘We” because in the context of the African Charter for Human and Peoples Rights, human rights are recognized as both collective and individual rights. This campaign reflects on the important role human rights defenders play in being the voice of others within the African human rights mechanisms. The slogans for the campaign include:

•We defend those who promote legal protection for HRDs;
•We defend those who speak up on freedoms of assembly, association, expression and opinion;
•We defend the right to access funding from international bodies;
•We defend the right to an effective remedy to be protected; we defend the safe working environment for HRDs in Africa;
•We defend those who speak up on all forms of discrimination; we defend those who speak out on corruption and impunity;
• We defend those who speak up on transparent management of natural resources.

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Will you defend those that risk their lives to protect and promote your rights? Be part of #Wedefend #Nousdefendons campaign!

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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