Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) face a variety of challenges, difficulties, and risks. These risks can look quite different from the general threats human rights defenders are confronted with. In our campaign #StandWithWHRDs, AfricanDefenders and DefendDefenders want to highlight the work that WHRDs do and...

Photo Credit: AKUOT CHOL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES [button size='' style='' text='Read the letter' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://africandefenders.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/HRC46-Civil-society-letter-regarding-SOUTH-SUDAN.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']   Ahead of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (22 Feb­­ruary-23 March 2021), a group of 40 civil society organisations urge...

Dear friends and colleagues, This year was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected our normal way of operating. With offices closed, our technology set up allowed us to rethink and adapt quickly to the restrictive pandemic measures. We always made it clear that while it is legitimate to weigh public health concerns against the protection of fundamental rights, any such...

To the family and friends of Diallo Abdul Gadiry I am saddened by the news that my colleague and long-time friend Diallo Abdul Gadiry is no more. On behalf of AfricanDefenders (Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network) & DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders...