Hassan Shire Sheikh

Mr. Hassan Shire Sheikhis a Pan-African human rights defender who was forced to flee his native Somalia. In 2005, Mr. Shire Sheikhhelped found the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (www.defenddefenders.org) based in Uganda-a secretariat to both East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (2005) and Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (2009). In 2005, he became the elected Chairperson of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRDN) and currently serves his second term (2011-2016). EHAHRDN currently includes 75 human rights defenders’ organizations from 12 countries and seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders by reducing their vulnerability to persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights.For a number of years, Hassan has served as the coordinator of the African Human Rights Defenders Project at Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.He also engages actively with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, UN Human Rights Council and Community of Democracies. In addition, he is an active member of the World Movement for Democracy, and he has provided substantial input to the Defending Civil Society report co-authored by ICNL.

hshire@yorku.ca
executive@defenddefenders.org

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