Read powerful testimonies reflecting the experience and resistance of activists and communities from across the African continent.

Rise against repression allies

We call on you to


A loose alliance of African organisations, collectives, activists and community groups have come together under the banner Rise Against Repression. Through this call to action, we remember, make visible, and honour the environmental and land rights activists AND communities, with a focus on women, who have died or faced repression because they say NO to the large-scale extraction of natural resources. This International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2020), a living #RiseAgainstRepression Tribute Wall goes live! This is an online repository that shines a light on repression against land and environmental defenders in Africa.

Beatriz Zacarias


Esther Turyahebwa


Fikile Ntshangase

South Africa

Ken Saro-Wiwa


Kevin Litsalia & Shinyalu Community


Nonhle Mbuthuma

South Africa

Father Vincent Machozi

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Women Of Chiadzwa




The criminalisation & brutal repression of artisanal miners


The Choba massacres


Mama Nthuwa (Flower), Cabo Delgado


Hannah Deen, Sahn Malen

Sierra Leone

The brutal slaying of ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe: no justice four years later!

Xolobeni, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Khelcom Women Fishers Stand Their Ground


Remembering the Odi massacre


Eight Tanzanian Uranium Awareness Mission Activists


The Grim Reaper: Rape And Murder At The Barrick Gold North Mara Mine


Sarah Namasisi


Save Lamu, Raya Famau Ahmed


Our call does not end here

Looking ahead, this Pan African platform will continue to monitor, document, and profile testimonies; build solidarity, visibility and support for defenders and communities at risk with an explicit focus to women; and shine a light against repression.

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