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DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights. DefendDefenders focuses its work on Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
DefendDefenders serves as the secretariat of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, which represents hundreds of members consisting of individual HRDs, human rights organisations, and national coalitions of HRDs that envision a sub-region in which the human rights of every citizen as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) are respected and upheld. Additionally, DefendDefenders acts as the secretariat for the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (AfricanDefenders), which brings together five sub-regional networks from North, Central, West, Southern and the East and Horn of Africa. Further information can be found on the website (www.defenddefenders.org/), or through our social media outlets on Twitter (@defenddefenders) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/defenddefenders/).