THE 2021 SOUTHERN DEFENDERS’ AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Southern African Human Rights Network (Southern Defenders) calls for the nomination for the 2021 Southern Defenders Awards for outstanding Human Rights Defenders. The annual Southern Defenders Award was established in 2018 to celebrate the courage and resilience of HRDs who have made...

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Pride: More than just a rainbow

It has been 52 years since two brave transgender womxn, one of African descent and another of Latin American descent, set forth a movement that would to this day be celebrated worldwide as Pride. The Stonewall riots of 1969 set the tone for what would be a lasting movement, a scream, a stance...

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Call for Applications: 2021 SAHRDN Communications Fellowship

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) seeks applications from womxn for its 2021 Communications Fellowship. The Communications Fellow will work with primarily the SAHRDN’s Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor and the SAHRDN Secretariat to manage SAHRDN’s public communications...

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Zimbabwe Human Rights Defenders Assets and Needs Assessment Report

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) conducted an Assets and Needs Assessment for Human Rights Defenders in Zimbabwe (the assessment or ANA) between July and December 2020. The assessment occurred during and was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated national...

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URGENT APPEAL: To the AU and UN Special Mandate Holders on judicial harassment against Alan Moyo.

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or Defenders Network) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) write to bring to your attention the egregious human rights violations of Zimbabwean student leader and human rights defender Alan Moyo and requests your urgent...

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DR Congo: SAHRDN calls for the immediate release of four human rights defenders from the community of Mwingi who were arbitrarily arrested after a peaceful protest against the oil palm plantation company PHC

Kinshasa and Johannesburg The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to immediately and unconditionally release four human rights defenders (HRDs) and leaders from the community of Mwingi who were arbitrarily...

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Uganda: We call on the authorities to respect human rights and uphold the Constitution ahead of the January 2021 elections and beyond.

We are deeply alarmed by the rapid shrinking of civic, democratic, and civil society space in Uganda ahead of the January 2021 elections. We call on the authorities in Uganda to exercise self-restrain, respect human life and uphold its own constitution, as well as observe its regional and...

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The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network Condemns Human Rights Abuses Following Elections in Tanzania

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) is deeply concerned about reports of increasing human rights violations in Tanzania, following the 28 October General Elections. Since preparations for the elections began, State authorities in Tanzania have crushed dissent by arbitrarily...

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Southern Africa Human Rights Round-up

The Southern Africa Human Rights Roundup is a weekly column aimed at highlighting important human rights news in Southern Africa. It integrates efforts of human rights defenders and facilitates evidence-based engagement with key stakeholders, and institutions on the human rights situation across...

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