The Beni military court annuls sentence for the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders

The Beni military court annuls sentence for the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders Protection International (PI) and Protection International Africa (PIA) welcome the decision of the military court of North Kivu, DR Congo, to annul the sentence of 13 human rights defenders (HRDs) of the citizen movement Lutte pour le changement “LUCHA” in an appeal […]

Solidarity Statement with HEDA Resource Centre, Nigeria

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH HEDA RESOURCE CENTRE, NIGERIA Nairobi, 4 April 2022 We, the undersigned pan-African and international human rights organisations, are deeply concerned about the latest attacks against human rights defenders (HRDs) in Nigeria, Africa. On the night of 28 March 2022, five armed men forcibly entered the home of Mr Olanrewaju Suraju’s, the Chairman […]

13 LUCHA defenders sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for peaceful protest – a stain on the rule of law so highly praised by the authorities in the DR Congo.

JOINT STATEMENT 13 LUCHA defenders sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for peaceful protest – a stain on the rule of law so highly praised by the authorities in the DR Congo. 01 April 2022 We, the signatory organisations, deplore the unfounded and unjust condemnation of the thirteen human rights defenders (HRDs) of the LUCHA by […]

Self-protection Strategies Implemented by Grassroots WHRDs in Kenya

Protection International Kenya launches a new report Self-protection Strategies Implemented by Grassroots WHRDs Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) are targeted for who they are and as a result of their work defending human rights. Many economic, social, cultural, and geographical factors affect how WHRDs experience human rights violations, which are all connected to gender and […]

A one month delay in the verdict of the 13 LUCHA defenders– release them now

9 March 2022 – We, the undersigned organisations, express our dismay that the Beni Garrison Military Tribunal has not yet announced a verdict in the case of the 13 LUCHA human rights defenders (HRDs) from Beni, North Kivu. According to legal statutes, this verdict was due within 30 days of the final court hearing, by […]

Joint African-European Civil Society Statement: No Decision about Us Without Us!

No Decision about Us Without Us! Joint African-European Civil Society Statement to All Heads of State and Government and Dignitaries attending the 6th EU-AU Summit February 2022 Today’s efforts by the AU and EU to create an equal and fair partnership are entrenched in past colonial and postcolonial cooperation. They are challenged by structural and […]

Celebration of the Women Human Rights Defenders Day in DR Congo

By Ephrem Chiruza “We will not stop until all human rights defenders enjoy their right to defend human rights by creating an enabling environment for this work to continue,” said Susan Muriungi, Protection International (PI) Africa Regional Director during the celebration of Women Human Rights Defenders Day held at the Dutch Embassy Liaison Office in […]

Launch of the Protection Network for Women Human Rights Defenders in DR Congo

[DR Congo] On November 29, the world celebrates Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Day. On this occasion, Protection International (PI) is pleased to explain more about the challenges that WHRDs face on a daily basis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), especially in the eastern provinces— where women and girls have continued […]

The Dire Working Environment for Women Human Rights Defenders in DR Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), especially in the eastern part of the country, over two decades of armed conflict and political instability have deteriorated the working conditions for human rights defenders. In 2020, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) documented 7,909 human rights violations and abuses throughout the DR Congo. […]