Demonstration in support of Ethiopian defenders
PI has been working in Africa since 2004, starting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and extending its action to Eastern Africa and beyond. Our partnership with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) since 2008 resulted in two joint protection Desk Projects, in Uganda and Kenya. In January 2013, PI moved the coordination of its work in Africa to its office in Nairobi.
PI responds where the defenders experience a pattern of frequent and severe threats and offers advice and support to human rights organizations planning activities or campaigns that may put them at risk.
Our approach is to build capacity on the foundation of local protection initiatives. We partnership with local organizations or individuals and contribute defining protection tactics, making them operational and eventually accessible to a wider group of organisations and defenders.
Our team is made up of committed programme staff bringing together a wealth of human rights activism and an extensive track record on human rights defenders protection. The team is headed by a Representative of PI and supported by an Administration and Finance Officer.
The human rights context in East and Horn of Africa
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders reports about the context in the East and Horn of Africa in its annual report. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch describe the general human rights situation in the region in their respective annual reports.