East Africa and the Horn of Africa: "Defending the Defenders": a Human Rights Defenders Conference
This is a report of a Human Rights Defenders Conference held in Entebbe, Uganda, from 30 October to 4 November 2005. The conference was jointly organized by Amnesty International and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defender Project (EHAHRDP), based in Kampala. Oxfam Novib and Centre for Refugee Studies also participated in the production of the report. The report contains testimonies by human rights defenders of arbitrary arrest in Ethiopia, kidnapping and death threats in Somalia, forced female genital mutilation in Kenya, and persecution of a lesbian activist in Uganda.
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- Equatorial Guinea missed the opportunity to accept key human rights recommendations at the UN review
- Ethiopia: University lecturer must be released: Firew Bekele
- Oral statement by 20 NGOs to HRC42 expressing support for the Coordination Committee’s process to strengthen the work of the Special Procedures