STATEMENT BY THE SOUTHERN AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK (SOUTHERN DEFENDERS) ON ELECTIONS IN ZAMBIA.

In line with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Guidelines, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (Southern Defenders) has deployed an Election Observation Mission (the Mission) to observe the...

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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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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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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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South Africa: SAHRDN and ICJ call on authorities to end continued intimidation, harassment of residents of Happiness Village

The ICJ and the South African Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) have written to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, and the Chairperson of African...

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Extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

05 May 2020 Excellencies, At the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 June-12 July 2019), the Council extended a hand to the Eritrean Government. While renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the coun­try, it signalled its willingness to offer Eritrea a constructive way...

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