Mozambique: Human Rights Defenders hold strategy meeting

15 HRDs from Mozambique, including lawyers and journalist working in different provinces and towns of Mozambique including Nampula, Manica, Tete, Sofala and Beira held a strategy meeting for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Maputo from 2-3 March 2017.

The meeting was facilitated by the ICJ in collaboration with the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA).

Participants reflected on the state of human rights in Mozambique with a focus on prevailing political and economic conditions requiring urgent multi-pronged interventions to support HRDs.

The participants developed practical steps for legal protection of HRDs, enhancing a HRDs network, the nature of services and safety mechanisms required to protect HRDs including in violent conflict. In addition, ideas on how to address business and human rights violations were explored.

The use of strategic litigation at the domestic and international level to protect human rights was looked at and specific situations mapped as requiring some attention.

Linkages to regional and international human rights mechanisms for protection purposes and challenging impunity were discussed and some initial measures to take at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights were identified.


Arnold Tsunga, ICJ Regional Director for Africa, t: +27 716405926, e: arnold.tsunga(a)

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