Dear friends and colleagues, October 2019 has brought good tidings to DefendDefenders and the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, making me optimistic as we move towards the end of the year – a year that so far has been filled with serious human rights challenges.      The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is...

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Cc.: H.E. Mr. Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Ms. Deqa Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development H.E. Ms. Ebyan Mahamed Salah, Ambassador,...

Disappearance, arbitrary arrests, torture, and killings of journalists in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region are far too common, raising serious red flags to the state of freedom of expression, press freedom, and access to information in the sub-region. Today, as we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity Against Journalists, we call on governments to ensure justice for...

From 11-16 October 2019, DefendDefenders  and AfricanDefenders conducted a mission to Sudan, at a critical time for the coun­try and the human rights its people. The delegation was led by Hassan Shire (AfricanDefenders' Chairperson and DefendDefenders' Executive Director) and included Majid Maali (Capacity Buil­ding Officer)...

65th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Item 8: Activity report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of women Delivered by Hassan Shire, Chairperson AfricanDefenders  Honourable Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State delegates, representatives of National Human Rights Institutions and non-governmental organisations, DefendDefenders (The East...