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 KILLING OF SOMKHELE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, FIKILE NTSHANGASE

23 October 2020 “I refused to sign. I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.” Tragically, grandmother Fikile Ntshangase’s words became a reality when she was gunned down in her home at Ophondweni, near Mtubatuba, on the evening of 22 October 2020. Mama Ntshangashe was...

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Tanzania: Systematic restrictions on fundamental freedoms in the run-up to the national elections

22 October 2020 Civil society letter endorsed by over 65 organisations To: President John Magufuli Tanzania: Systematic restrictions on fundamental freedoms in the run-up to national elections Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are deeply concerned about the continued...

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Joint Civil Society Statement in the Case of Prof. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu v. Kaduna State: An Opportunity to Protect Free Speech in Nigeria

On October 22, 2020, an important case comes for decision before the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, north-west Nigeria. The case – brought by Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkalu – will have an important impact on the rights of people in Nigeria to voice their opinions in matters of public...

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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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SAHRDN and CDD condemn the bombings of Canal de Moçambique premises and the continued attacks on press freedoms in Mozambique

August 24, 2020 Maputo and Johannesburg The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) and the Center for Democracy and Development – Mozambique (CDD) strongly condemn the petrol-bombing of the Canal de Moçambique offices in Maputo, Mozambique.  Canal de Moçambique,...

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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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SAHRDN 2020 Human Rights Award Nominations now open

We are seeking nominations for HRDs – an individual or organization working in any of the 16 Southern Africa region  – who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to human rights defending. In these COVID-19 times,  human rights defenders are continuously...

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