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ACHPR77: African States must continue to strengthen legal frameworks protecting defenders

On 24 October, ISHR delivered a statement on the situation of human rights in Africa, drawing the attention of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘the African Commission’) to the concerning trend of adopting laws and policies that restrict the rights of defenders in Africa, especially in Angola and Zimbabwe, as well as the need to ensure that existing measures and mechanisms to protect defenders are effective.

Human rights defender profile: Andrew Makoni from Zimbabwe

Andrew Makoni is a human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe. He talks to ISHR about his work defending the right to freedom of expression and the right to assembly. He highlights the importance of the international community speaking out in support of democratic space in his country, particularly in the lead-up to elections in 2018. Andrew participated in an ISHR training in 2016.