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are silent

Freedom of expression is under threat worldwide, and civil society is being silenced

We speak about this every day.

But not today. 

Today we go silent... solidarity 

with those 

whose voices 

have been silenced

Civic space in East Africa has been fighting an uphill battle to survive. The arrest and torture of activists in Uganda, sanctions against the media in Tanzania and Kenya’s crumbling media independence all point to a concerted attack on freedom of expression in the region.

“There’s no activism without risk. With every win, there will be a backlash from anti-human rights currents.”

Our partner stood their ground when pressured to shut down a LGBTI  conference in Lebanon.