SAHRDN Conference 2019

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Ubuntu City Centre Launch

The Ubuntu Hub Cities initiative is a city-based relocation initiative for human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk across Africa. The initiative enables HRDs who have been subject to threats, violence, and extreme pressure as a consequence of their human rights work to temporarily relocate. The relocation allows them to be safe and to take a break from their highly stressful and dangerous environment.

Our main aim is to ensure the physical and mental well-being of HRDs during their relocation period while enabling them to continue their work. Through our diverse local partnerships, relocation also provides an opportunity for HRDs at risk to learn and share experiences, so that they can have a positive impact on the host community and return home with enhanced capacities to protect and promote human rights.

The Ubuntu Hub Cities initiative takes inspiration from other city-based relocation initiatives across the world to allow African HRDs to find temporary refuge within their own continent, where they can come into contact with other HRDs sharing similar experiences and working environments.

SAHRDN HRDs Awards 

The award seeks to recognize an individual or organization working in any of the 16 Southern Africa region – who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to human rights defending. Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are continuously under pressure globally, it’s never been more important to raise the profile and honor the work, of brave women and men around the world fighting to promote human dignity usually at great personal risk.

OBJECTIVE
The award for Human Rights Defender of the Year aims to publicly recognise the crucial work of HRDs in Southern Africa who have demonstrated courage and impact in the promotion and protection of human rights during the period of the year.

SELECTION PROCESS
• Nomination:
Individuals or organisations can nominate candidates for the SAHRDN HRDs Award. Nominations from human rights organisations active across the Southern African sub-region are particularly welcome. Human Rights Defenders are people who promote and protect universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms. These include civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights as well as environmental rights. Human Rights Defenders also promote and protect the rights of members of minority groups.

• Shortlisting:
A panel, consisting of eminent individuals in the human rights sector from various countries within the sub-region, will shortlist two individuals within the set-out guidelines for shortlisting candidates.

• Verification:
The panel verifies the HRDs’ human rights work through interviews with the nominators, the nominees, and their references.

• Selection:
The Selection Panel will decide who will receive the awards based on the profiles of the nominated HRDs. The selection of a candidate is final.

• Award ceremony:
The award ceremony will be held in the presence of CSOs, Human Rights Commissions, Government, selected HRDs, representatives from the international missions, and the media who will cover the event. In the event that Covid-19 related travel restrictions are still in place, then the event may be held via online platforms.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The following will be taken into consideration:
• Grassroots based HRD;
• Demonstrated impact of the HRDs human rights work or contribution in eliminating social injustice as well as discriminatory attitudes and practices.
• Demonstrated impact of the HRD’s work in promoting better monitoring and reporting mechanisms of human rights abuses.
• The risk or consequences faced by the HRD during his, her or its work; Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity in his/her human rights work
• Future goals and likely impact
• Visibility derived from award to enhance the capacity of the HRD to promote human rights and active citizenship
• The HRD can be a seasoned or upcoming HRD.

SAHRDN 2020 HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

 

___________Previous Recipients of the Award include:____________________

2019: Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya – Zimbabwe
2018: Father Padre Jacinto Pio Wacussanga -Angola