Africa Human Rights Network (AHRN) Foundation is a pan-African human rights organization that aims to safeguard and support local human rights defenders (HRDs) and their organisations in the Great Lakes region, central and west African countries as well as those living outside the African continent. The AHRN has two main registered regional branches in Tanzania to cover the African Great Lakes region and, in Benin to cover the central and west African region. The AHRN provides a platform to more than 115 local civil society organisations and has been supporting HRDs from more than 25 countries in Africa
Our Mission

The mission of AHRN is to facilitate, through various activities, the promotion, protection and capacity building of Human Rights Defenders in the Great Lakes region, and thus strengthen the role of Civil Society in the region

Our Vision

AHRN’s vision is to be the primary support and platform for local human rights defenders and their organizations in the Great Lakes Region and enable them to work together for a better community. By doing so, AHRN seeks a better Great Lakes Region without any human rights violations.

Our Objectives

Facilitate capacity building through exchange of experiences and information, research and internship programs between the Human Rights Defenders in the region and the rest of the human rights defenders worldwide

What We Do?

Trainings for HRDs

Within this program we have three main activities aiming at building the capacity of HRDS: Regional networking and exchange : a bi-annual workshop where member organizations meet to :create an environment in which they are able to network among one another and reflect on their common work experiences and plan actions accordingly.

Shelter City

Ensure safe working conditions, Relocate, Repatriate defenders and follow up on their safety.
AHRN believes that the encouragement of HRDs to continue their work is vital to the continuation of peace-building efforts and promotion of human rights within the areas of conflict in the HRDs respective countries.


Are you a human rights defender? Are you threatened or under intense pressure because of your work, and do you think that temporary shelter and rest can help you to continue your work of protecting and promoting human rights.
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Our Activities

Organizational Development and Capacity Building (ODCB)

AHRN creates an environment in which defenders are able to network amongst one another and reflect on their common work experiences. The organization empowers defenders with further organizational development skills that they can utilize within their respective organizations. In addition, AHRN provides local Human Rights Defenders an opportunity to dedicate a period of time to working with other NGOs with similar goals in the region in order to gain new experiences and return from their exchange with a widened perspective


To achieve its objectives, AHRN organizes capacity building activities such as trainings, workshops, and internships for the human rights defenders. We also organize networking activities among local organizations, and with the rest of human rights organizations worldwide.

To improve the working environment of Human Rights Defenders, AHRN works together with local, regional and international protection mechanisms and organizations including the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights and the East African Community. Together we engage in dialogue with member states and government to make sure that HRDs voices are heard and concerns are considered regarding their protection.

Technical Support to Local Initiatives (TSLI)

AHRN Assists local NGOs in developing, implementing and monitoring their projects, accordingly with the need and the funding opportunities.

Management and source of funding

AHRN is managed as a charitable organization / public benefit organization (een algemeen nut beogende instelling, ANBI). The foundation is managed by the board, assisted by the executive committee (experienced representatives of local NGOs) and a technical team based in The Hague.

The foundation is a non-profit organization and depends on donations, financial contributions and subsidies from third parties.