The Honourable Member of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), Hon. Crispin Kaheru has emphasized the need for more Human Rights Defenders due to several on-going and emerging challenges in Uganda and globally.
He notes that in the face of global health crises, migration issues, environmental concerns and increasing social injustices, there is a need for more Defenders to serve as advocates, watchdogs and voices for those who may not have the means or opportunity to speak out.
Kaheru stressed this while representing the Chairperson of the UHRC at the grand opening of the ‘DefendDefenders’ new office premises at Lotis Towers on Plot 16 Mackinnon Road, Nakasero, Kampala on Friday, 8th September 2023, where he recognized the important role by ‘DefendDefenders’ in the protection and promotion of the rights of activists in Uganda and abroad over the past 18 years of its existence.
“We are proud that under the leadership of Hassan Shire ‘DefendDefenders’ has made an indelible mark on the national, regional and international scene as the go-to-entity for protection and support of Human Rights Defenders, for championing advocacy, research, engagement and strengthening collective efforts in defending human rights”, Kaheru stressed.
‘DefendDefenders’ recently entered into a formal partnership with the Uganda Human Rights Commission to strengthen the Commission’s human rights defenders’ desk.
“Defend Defenders” is a human rights organisation headquartered in Uganda with a footprint in Africa. It focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights defenders and civil society organizations in the region. The organization’s work has been critical in supporting individuals and organizations that often face risks and challenges while advocating for human rights and social justice.
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