Africa

  • Somali PM says government working hard to improve after rape criticism 05 Feb 2013

    Somali PM says government working hard to improve after rape criticism

    Somalia’s prime minister on Sunday said the authorities will do more to protect rape victims after foreign donors and human rights groups criticized the arrests of a woman allegedly gang-raped by soldiers and a journalist who interviewed her. read more


  • Mali: Civilians at risk from all sides of the conflict 04 Feb 2013

    Mali: Civilians at risk from all sides of the conflict

    The Malian army has committed serious human rights breaches plus violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) during the ongoing conflict against armed groups in the country, including extrajudicial executions of civilians. Islamist armed groups have committed serious human rights abuses and violations of IHL, including unlawful killings and the recruitment of child soldiers. Additionally, at least five civilians, including three children, were killed in an airstrike carried out as part of a joint operation by the French and the... read more


  • Morocco military trial of Sahrawi civilians flawed from the outset 04 Feb 2013

    Morocco military trial of Sahrawi civilians flawed from the outset

    The trial of 24 Sahrawi civilians before a military court in Morocco is flawed from the outset. All of the group, which includes several activists, are on trial in Rabat today in relation to violence during and after the dismantling of the Gdim Izik protest camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara in November 2010, when 11 members of the security forces and two Sahrawis were killed. Most of the defendants have said that they were tortured and otherwise ill-treated at... read more


  • South Sudan: Threats to Free Speech 03 Feb 2013

    South Sudan: Threats to Free Speech

    South Sudan should urgently step up efforts to protect freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights watch said today in releasing its World Report 2013. The government should investigate and prosecute attacks on protesters, activists, and journalists and pass laws protecting free expression. The murder of the well-known political commentator Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol in Juba on December 5, 2012, and the killing of at least nine protesters in Wau on December 8 and 9 by security forces added to... read more


  • Rape Victim charged with insulting the government 31 Jan 2013

    Rape Victim charged with insulting the government

    On January 29, 2013, the Attorney General brought charges of insulting a government body and inducing false evidence against five people including a journalist and a rape victim. The next hearing is scheduled for February 2. The journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged with insulting a government body and inducing the woman to give false evidence. Under the Somali penal code he can be sentenced to four years in prison for the first charge and two years for the second.... read more


  • Mali:There have been no reports of political prisoners 20 Jan 2013

    Mali:There have been no reports of political prisoners

    Men play a dominant role in society, and women continue to suffer from widespread discrimination and domestic violence.  read more


  • Zimbabwe facing Human Rights Crisis 20 Jan 2013

    Zimbabwe facing Human Rights Crisis

      The political climate remains harsh, with a rise in partisan violence, mostly by supporters of ZANU-PF (the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front), against their partners in government, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). However Zimbabwe’s government of national unity has improved the economic situation. Many demand the independence of institutions vital to free and fair elections, including the electoral commission and the judiciary and the security forces, seen as staunch ZANU-PF allies. Authorities use repressive laws to silence... read more


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