The African Human Right Defenders, which is a Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network, in collaboration with Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GENCED) has successfully established the Ubuntu Hub Cities Initiative in Accra.
Launching the Ubuntu Hub Cities Initiative in Accra on Tuesday, the Chairperson of African Defenders, Mr. Hassan Shire explained to the media in an interview that Accra was chosen as a hub city based on the democratic dispensation coupled with rule of law and peace that exist in the country.
“We are saying African Human Rights Defenders can be culturally, socially and physically hosted by another African country”, Mr. Shire emphasized. The Chairperson later commended government for creating a conducive environment for African HRDs to be hosted in Accra.
the Executive Director for GENCED, Madam Esther Tawiah stressed that it is difficult to speak truth to power in most African countries adding that it often comes with risk hence the establishment of the Ubuntu cities initiative in Accra. She explained that their objective is to support HRDs who speak truth to power and are fighting for social justice and human rights in their various countries.
“We need to make sure if you are here and you need socio-psycho services, we need to provide it. Even If you are not a Ghanaian and you are coming in, we need to support you with immigration. We need to let you understand the laws so you operate within the laws of the country”, Madam Tawiah emphasized.
The Executive Director further stated that it is their responsibility to integrate the HRDs into the community and ensure they continue with their human rights activism without any limitation. “so we have a huge responsibility to make sure that they are safe; they are protected and work within the confines of the law”, she noted.
Madam Adjeley Martey said defending human rights is not a crime hence the defenders of human rights must be made to attain their full potential in life through protection. The symbolic key for the Accra office was presented to Madam Esther Tawiah following the signing of the MoU.

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