Benin | Burkina Faso | Cabo Verde | Cote d’Ivoire | Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Liberia | Mali | Mauritania | Niger | Nigeria | Senegal | Sierra Leone | Togo

Created in May 2005, the West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN/ROADDH) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes the work of human rights defenders (HRDs). It is composed of national coalitions for human rights and individual focal points. WAHRDN has observer status to the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), and it is a member of the executive committee of the NGO Forum at the ACHPR. It is also a member of the Human Rights Council Network (HRC Net), which is composed of regional and international NGOs conducting advocacy and lobbying activities at the UN Human Rights Council.

Through its advocacy efforts, WAHRDN aims to shape the domestic and foreign policy of West African countries in line with human rights standards, and to strengthen the rule of law. The networks’ strategy is based on close cooperation with diplomatic representations, foreign ministries, National Human Rights Institutions, and regional and international human rights mechanisms to foster a safe working environment for HRDs.

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Coalition Burkinabè des Défenseurs des droits humains (CBDDH)

Coalition Ivoirienne des Défenseurs des droits humains  (CI-DDH)

Coalition Malienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains (COMADDH)

Coalition sénégalaise des Défenseurs des droits humains (COSEDDH)

Human Rights Defenders Network – Sierra Leone (HRDNSL)