Defenders Protection Initiative

Who We Are.

DPI aims at contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance, rule of law, peace and democracy by strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs)….

What We Do.

We employ a contextualized approach that follows the logic of continuous learning. It entails identifying the needs of a particular beneficiary, conducting a training tailored to the needs of the beneficiary.

Our Vision & Mission.

Vison: A world that upholds a Human Rights Culture. Mission: To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in mainstreaming security, safety and protection management in their work.

ABOUT US

DPI is a non-profit organization registered by the National NGO board under the Uganda statutory requirements. DPI aims at contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance, rule of law, peace and democracy by strengthening the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) to mainstream security, safety and protection management in their work.

The founders of DPI are Human Rights Educators and with good experience on security management…

Research
45%
Rapid Response
85%
Capacity Building
95%
Advocacy
50%

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."

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Our Team

Yona Wanjala

Yona Wanjala

Team Leader

Mulshid Eleas Jr.

Mulshid Eleas Jr.

Communications Executive

Helen Namyalo

Helen Namyalo

Programs Director

"The future is not secured by what we do tomorrow; it is entirely determined by the decisions we make today."

Ugandan Qoute

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SFP's Trained
HRD's Rescued
Satisfied Beneficiaries
Organisations Trained

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Capacity Building

Capacity Building

We help civil society and human rights defenders to develop, improve and strengthen their safety and security management skills/knowledge to enable them to continue doing their work despite the dynamic working environment(s).

Research

Research

At DPI we track, visualize, communicate and develop an informed and educated prediction of emerging trends to distribute to the civil society. ...Read more

Physical Security

Physical Security

Physical security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks and data from physical actions and events that could cause serious loss or damage to an enterprise, agency or institution.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Human rights defenders protection bill 2016 would focus on the holistic security of defenders, including physical security, digital security, and psycho-social well being,

Digital Security

Digital Security

DPI seeks to reinforce the resilience of HRDs against digital/cyber attacks by conducting security health assessments that enable us to develop contextualized and practical, hands-on workshops aimed at arming HRDs with more secure practices and tools.

From the Blog

UCC to Switch off counterfeit phones

How to spot a fake phone

The Uganda communications commission (UCC) acquired equipment to set up the central equipment identity register (CEIR) a database that contains a list of IMEIs of mobile terminals which are active in the mobile network, according to The New Vision newspaper. IMEI is an abbreviation of International Mobile Equipment Identity, a unique number used to identify mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone, but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on smart phone operating systems.

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#DigitalVigilanteUG

VIGILANTE /ˌvɪdʒɪˈlanti/

noun
A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.

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Unmasking Digital terrorism

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Defenders Protection Initiative has organised a digital security webinar that is designed to engage and educate public and CSO partners to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, to share experiences and solutions to trending cyber insecurity.

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The Digital Security Conference 2017

Defenders protection initiative is committed to re-enforcing the resilience of Human Rights Defenders against digital/cyber attacks. Following a survey to assess the digital security posture of civil society organisations in Uganda, DPI organised #DigiSecCon17; The Digital Security Conference 2017, themed,  “Why should Civil Society in Uganda Worry” that was held in Kampala at the Serena Conference Centre, on the 8th of September 2017.

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Petya Cyber Attack

“This new Petya ransomware variant is like WannaCry without the kill switch, spreading automatically from computer to computer by itself and locking files,” Steve Malone, the director of security product management at Mimecast

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Are Ugandan CSO’s FATF Compliant?

What is FATF

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental “policy-making body, established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions (including Uganda). 

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Uganda Police in UShs 5bn spy deal

Police and Office of the President are in advanced stages of acquiring hi-tech surveillance software from Israel and Italy to begin large-scale spying on Ugandans, five years after the passage of the Interception of Communications Act, a leaked email by WikiLeaks reveals.

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Human Rights Defenders

Effective protection under national law in reacting against or opposing, through peaceful means, acts or omissions attributable to the State that result in violations of human rights;

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