On behalf of DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and AfricanDefenders (Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network), I express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and human rights fraternity of the late Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, who passed away on 30 September 2020. Professor Woldemariam...

Today is International Day for Universal Access to Information. Citizens have a right to know what is going on in their countries - especially during the COVID-19 pandemic it is crucial to have access to reliable information. Information is increasingly shared online, making digital space...

Originally published by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) meeting at its 66th Ordinary Session, held virtually from 13 July to 7 August 2020 in Banjul, The Gambia: Recalling its mandate to promote and protect human...

Today is #PeaceDay2020. September is also #AfricaAmnestyMonth. 80% of all small arms in Africa are in the hands of civilians – almost four times as many as state actors. And small arms cause more deaths than bombs, grenades or mines in Africa – the more...