Oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across Africa. Yet, rather than heralding these efforts, state authorities continue to respond with hostility and intolerance to activities of human rights defenders and any form of dissent. Often labelled as “subversives”, “political opponents” and “traitors”, human rights defenders in many countries continue to face various forms of repression. At the same time, the broader space in which they operate has been shrinking as rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly seeing consistent patterns of violations. This statement highlights the situation in Algeria, Angola, Chad, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco and Nigeria.