20 Feb. 18 Nairobi, Kenya:
The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya welcomes the news that human rights defender Aloys Habimana was released from the custody of the Service National de Renseignements (SNR – National Intelligence Services) in Burundi on Monday 19 February 2018.
Aloys was arrested on Saturday,17th February 2018 near the border of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Front Line Defenders, he was detained by the Service National de Renseignements (SNR – National Intelligence Services) in Bujumbura for two days without access to counsel. This is contrary to regional and international human rights mechanisms that prohibit arbitrary arrest, right to freedom of movement, the right to liberty and security of person.
“Human rights defenders’ fraternity in the region was deeply concerned with the safety and wellbeing of Aloys while in custody considering that SNR has been responsible for numerous arrests, torture and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and political opponents in Burundi,’ said Kamau Ngugi, Executive Director of National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders-Kenya while welcoming the news of Aloys’ release from custody.
Aloys Habimana is a well known among human rights defenders in the Africa region because of his timely response to those at risk. Aloys is Front Line Defenders’ Protection Coordinator for East and Southern Africa, an Irish based human rights organization that supports and protects human rights defenders at risk around the world. Aloys has worked with Front Line Defenders since 2012
The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders reminds East Africa states of their commitment to free movement of people across the region and call on authorities in Burundi to cease targeting of human rights defenders. Human Rights Defenders should be able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and restrictions as decreed by the ‘UN Declaration on Human rights Defenders’, adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/53/144 of 8 March 1998.
For further information contact:
Kamau Ngugi, Executive Director, National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K); email@example.com; Tel; +254712632390
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K) is a national organization established in 2007 and incorporated in the Republic of Kenya as a Trust. NCHRD-K mission is to strengthen the capacity of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to work effectively in the country and to reduce their vulnerability to the risk of persecution.
The Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York is opening a new Call for Nominations for the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The Centre is planning to host up to eight defenders who are expected to stay in York for 3-6 months. New Fellows are expected to start in York in mid-September 2018 or in special circumstances in early January 2019.
Nominations for female human rights defenders are particularly welcome. For specific information on eligibility criteria and an overview of the Scheme, please see attached documentation.
Nominations are accepted from recognised civil society organisations and/or organisations working specifically with human rights defenders.
All the documentation should be sent together in one email from the nominating organisation’s email account. Deadline for nominations is 23:59 GMT Sunday 15 April 2018.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit University of York’s website for more details here: https://securityofdefendersproject.org/artisticwork-en/
Watch the HRD awards 2017 video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjX-BQ_fDHY&t=1881s
See an Interview for DR Kizzie Shako by the People Daily here: http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke/people-daily/408672/forensic-doctor-solves-puzzling-sexual-crimes/
NCHRD-K is honoured to have hosted the Second HRD Awards Ceremony in partnership with Working Group on Human Rights Defenders. The Awards are meant to give visibility to the grassroots Human Rights Defenders and also to Lifetime Human Rights Crusaders