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Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network

Southern Defenders (SAHRDN)

The Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (SouthernDefenders) is a regional human rights defenders (HRD) network of representatives from human rights organizations in countries in Southern Africa. It embodies an ironclad commitment to protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) in the face of attacks and shrinking civic space, both offline and online. It coordinates regional efforts to provide rapid, practical, comprehensive, and inclusive protection support to HRDs at high risk, defend civic space, and empower HRDs to mitigate the effects of repression. To this end, the SouthernDefenders contribute to the respect and recognition of HRDs as legitimate actors and agents of social change with universally recognized and constitutionally guaranteed rights.

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