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2021 Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Summit

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (Southern Defenders), in partnership with Mozambique Human Rights Defenders Network (MHRDN), Advancing Human Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA), UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for...


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...

Call for a Strategic Planning Consultant

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING CONSULTANCY 1. Introduction Initially founded as a loose network of human rights defenders (HRDs) in February 2013, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (Southern Defenders) is now a firmly established,...


Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly continued to be undermined, despite the initial signs of progress. Land disputes due to large scale acquisition for private use continued to undermine the right to food and water in rural parts of the country. Failure to fulfill the right to water in both rural and urban areas remained as significant as ever. Extrajudicial killings in the diamond fields of Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul continued with impunity. The rights of LGBTI people remained at risk in practice despite legislative improvements.

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