#HRD - Human Rights Defenders

Priority purposes of the Fund
Defending human rights is not only a legitimate and honourable activity, but a right in itself. Support HRD

About us

The mission of the HRD Fund is to protect the rights and freedoms of Human Rights Defenders in the Great Lakes region of Africa through regional partnerships and local networks.

How the Fund works

The Fund is accessible to all HRDs and human rights organisations in the region, with a special focus on HRDs living in remote areas. To be eligible to apply to the Fund, HRDs must fulfil different criteria.

Support us

We are continuously seeking both short-term and long-term support from partners committed to improving the human rights landscape in the region. With minimal overheads, you can be assured that a maximum percentage will be used directly to assist HRDs.


10 years of defending Human Rights Defenders

28 Jul 2015

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders project has been offering protection, advocacy, and capacity building to human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa since 2005. […]

Launch of a fund for the protection of Human Rights Defenders in East Africa

12 Jun 2015

The African Great Lakes Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund (the Fund) is finally official! This innovative financial mechanism, the first of its kind in the region, was championed by ASF, […]

Lawyers mobilise to defend the rights of arrested persons

19 May 2015

While the situation remains tense in Burundi, Burundian lawyers are pressing ahead with an active campaign to provide legal assistance. The aim is to ensure that the rights of the […]

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