AfricanDefenders works to raise awareness of the challenges facing human rights defenders (HRDs) and to promote the implementation of concrete measures to improve their situation. We seek to facilitate the effective engagement of HRDs with regional and international human rights mechanisms, particularly with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

We also promote coordinated advocacy efforts by our member networks for them to speak in a unified manner and amplify each other’s voices, and engage in strategic litigation at the regional level.