TRANET-AFRICA launches African Youth Defenders Perspectives 2019 Report

TRANET-AFRICA has today the 10th of May 2019 launched the report documenting the situation of youth Human Rights Defenders throughout the year 2019. The Report, titled “AFRICAN YOUTH DEFENDERS PERSPECTIVES 2019, FROM RHETORIC TO ACTION” is a documentation of the circumstances surrounding youth human rights defenders across the continent in the year 2019. The Report is the first of its kind and meant to be published annually.

The report captures data from various countries across the continent and shows that youth human rights defenders vary in nature ranging from their age, working directly and or for young people and or organizations being founded/led by young people. The age definitions adopted vary from the African Youth Chatter 2006, the United Nations and the Commonwealth.  

In the report you will find a general synopsis of the situation of youth human rights defenders in Africa, the legal, social and or conceptual background to the documentation and publication of this information. You will also find the underlying justification for youth human rights defenders among others. You will find a view of the different categories of youth human rights defenders and in-depth analysis of their situation by regional block, gender, risks, and support received among others. From student human rights defenders, young women human rights defenders, land and environment, migrant youth human rights defenders to accountability champions among others.

While launching the report, the Head of Secretariat, Mr. Ekakoro Fredrick Etoori stated that the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 1 states that “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels” consequently, young people are non-excluded. Article 6 (b) states that, “as provided for in human rights and other applicable international instruments, freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms” and (c) grants that, “to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters.” Hence the documentation and publication of this report.

“Our Youth Human Rights Defenders Programme is anchored in the various regional and or international legal and policy instruments on youth work and human rights. The beauty of this programme is that, it targets the most vulnerable and marginalized young rights defenders in our communities, at the grassroots and in academic institutions ranging from primary, secondary schools and institutions of higher learning.” Ekakoro noted

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