Yemen: Urgent Measures Needed to Protect Civilians from COVID-19

We partnered with 29 other organizations and issued a statement on the need for urgent measures in Yemen to protect Civilians from Covid-19. The conflict in Yemen is entering its sixth year, resulting in what is considered the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world. On 10 April, the first...

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Southern Africa Human Rights Round-Up

Issue 2, 19 – 24 April 2020 The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Maverick Citizen launched the Southern Africa Weekly Human Rights Roundup, aimed at highlighting important human rights news in Southern Africa. The Human Rights Roundup integrates efforts of human rights...

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Open letter on the Xenophobic, racist and inhuman treatment of Africans in China

Together with our umbrella body the PANHRDN and sister sub-regional networks the SAHRDN sent an open letter to the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E Moussa Faki. In the letter, we call on the African Union and African leaders to demand a complete investigation and immediate remedial...

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SAHRDN and HURISA call on Botswana government to take immediate measures to protect the rights of people in places of COVID-19 detention

Gaborone and Johannesburg: Today, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) and the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) have jointly called on Botswana government to take immediate measures to protect the rights of people including children in...

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SAHRDN calls on authorities in Zambia to stop persecuting human rights defenders and demands immediate reinstatement of SC John Sangwa, a prominent lawyer arbitrarily barred from appearing in any court of law in Zambia

Lusaka and Johannesburg March 19, 2020 Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) calls on authorities in Zambia to stop persecuting human rights defenders (HRDs)and demands the immediate reinstatement of Mr. John Sangwa, a prominent lawyer in Zambia who was...

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SAHRDN demands the immediate release of Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka and calls on the authorities in Malawi to guarantee safety and security of human rights defenders in Malawi

Lilongwe and Johannesburg March 8, 2020 For Immediate Release Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) demand the immediate and unconditional release of Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka who were arbitrarily arrested this evening, March 8, 2020. SAHRDN...

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2019 SOUTHERN AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS SUMMIT REPORT. “Reflecting Innovating And Co-creating A Sustainable Protection Agenda Based On Trends And Opportunities”

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN)  in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA), World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS Alliance) and Lifeline held the 2019 HRDs...

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South Africa: The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) and the Pan Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (AfricanDefenders) strongly condemn the violence against foreign nationals living in South Africa.

Waves of xenophobic violence erupted in targeted attacks on African foreign nationals and their businesses by South African citizens on 1 September. The violence sparked in Pretoria and spread to Johannesburg and surrounding areas. Police have described the acts of violence as purely...

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