June 17, 2011 1 Comment
The conference was organized by Kios in partnership with East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) for Kios partners in the East African Region. Hakijamii was represented by director of programmes; Mr. Elijah Odhiambo. The conference discussed among other issues, the situation of human rights defender in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and D.R.Congo.
The conference noted that human rights defenders face challenges as they carry out their work; some of the challenges target their institutions, while others target the human rights defenders themselves.
It is against these challenges that the conference noted that the rights of human rights defenders need to be protected against the aggressors, by taking practical measures, which include training human rights defenders on protection and management of their own security.
The conference discussed the protection and security management mechanism for HRD. This subject discussed a number of steps to undertake to ensure the security of the human rights defenders. The conference resolved that given the importance of the subject, all Kios partners who have not been trained on this subject must be trained.
Sari Naskinen (Kios), Honorary Consul of Finland to Uganda: Mr. Richard Mugera, Ms Elisa Mikkola (Executive Director-Kios) and Elijah Odhiambo (programme director-Hakijamii), pose for a photo after the conference on 5th May 2011