Ubuntu Hub Cities initiative launched in Praia, Cabo Verde.
“Lusophone human rights defenders (HRDs) now have a place to relocate when they are at risk. I thank the government of Cabo Verde for opening their country to HRDs at risk.”
-Hassan Shire, Chairperson of AfricanDefenders and Executive Director, DefendDefenders
AfricanDefenders and DefendDefenders in partnership with Organização para o Desenvolvimento Integral da Família ( ODIF) officially launched the eighth Ubuntu Hub City in Praia, Cabo Verde. This was after a feasibility study was conducted in which Praia was recommended as the most suitable host for the initiative. The feasibility study analyzed the legal system, democratic indicators, political system, and social indicators of Angola, Mozambique, and Cabo Verde. Cabo Verde was found to have a strong respect for the rule of law and fundamental human rights, a favourable immigration system for citizens coming from Lusophone-speaking countries and the best indices of political and democratic stability among other factors.
The event saw the participation of several critical African human rights and state actors including:
Hon. Prof. Remy Ngoy Lumbu, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Defenders and Focal Point of Reprisals;
H.E. Joana Gomes Rosa Amado, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Cape Verde;
Hon. José Carlos Delgado, Ombudsman of the Republic of Cape Verde;
Hon. Carmen Nancy Ferreira Martins, President of the National Assembly’s Special Commission for Human Rights;
Ms Zaida Morais de Freitas, Chair of the National Human Rights Commission of Cabo Verde;
Hon. Francisco Carvalho, Mayor of the City of Praia;
Hon. Mayors of the city of Santa Cruz, Sao Domingos, Santiago; and
Mr Ignacio Sobrino-Castello, Representative of the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde; and
Civil society representatives from various municipalities of Cabo Verde
We encourage all human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk in Africa to apply for protection under our Ubuntu Hub Cities programme. You can visit our website at africandefenders.orgto apply for support or send us an email at [email protected].
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