Global Summit Spotlights Rape in War

Global Summit Spotlights Rape in War

🕔06:53, 9.Jun 2014

(London) – The London Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict is a landmark opportunity to strengthen global efforts to end rape in war, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should use the summit, from June 10 to June 13,

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South Sudan: No Amnesty for Serious Crimes

South Sudan: No Amnesty for Serious Crimes

🕔06:49, 9.Jun 2014

(Nairobi) – South Sudan’s peace talks should proceed on the basis that justice for serious crimes is an essential part of any peace agreement, Human Rights Watch said in a letter addressed to the mediators that was released today. The mediators should ensure

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Rwanda 20 years on: the tragic testimony of the children of rape

Rwanda 20 years on: the tragic testimony of the children of rape

🕔06:28, 8.Jun 2014

When Josiane Nizomfura was 12, she wanted to get a glimpse of her father, so she sneaked out of school and went to the public trial where her mother was testifying against him for rape. Levine Mukasakufu had never told Josiane

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Central African Republic: Let Muslims Seek Safety

Central African Republic: Let Muslims Seek Safety

🕔03:02, 6.Jun 2014

Government authorities in Central African Republic and international peacekeepers should allow Muslim residents to seek protection in neighboring countries. Many Muslim residents living in a few heavily guarded areas endure unsustainable, life-threatening conditions and say they want to leave.The majority of the

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Central African Republic: Peacekeepers Tied to Abuse

Central African Republic: Peacekeepers Tied to Abuse

🕔05:05, 3.Jun 2014

(Johannesburg) – African Union peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) have been implicated in the enforced disappearance on March 24, 2014, of at least 11 people in the Central African Republic. Approximately 20 soldiers from the African Union peacekeeping force

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Somalia: Unfair Trials in Military Courts

Somalia: Unfair Trials in Military Courts

🕔04:10, 22.May 2014

(Nairobi, May 22, 2014) – Somalia’s military courts since 2011 have tried hundreds of people beyond the courts’ legal mandate or in proceedings that fall short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The

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Tindouf Camps: Sahrawi youth rebels against polisario leadership

Tindouf Camps: Sahrawi youth rebels against polisario leadership

🕔11:29, 21.May 2014

Concerning the Situation in Tindouf On the aftermath of the Adoption of the UN Security council 2152 concerning the extension of the mandate of MINURSO, some clashes between young sahrawis and the polisario security forces have been reported, on the

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Rape and War in South Sudan

🕔06:49, 20.May 2014

“It’s like nothing before,” one woman who saw her sister-in-law gang raped told us. She is just one of many women who have said they had been raped – or witnessed rape – as they fled an area of South

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Rwanda: Spate of Enforced Disappearances

Rwanda: Spate of Enforced Disappearances

🕔07:06, 17.May 2014

(Nairobi) – An increasing number of people have been forcibly disappeared or have been reported missing inRwanda since March 2014. Many of the cases occurred in Rubavu district, in Western Province. In some cases, the whereabouts of the people involved are

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Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll

🕔12:25, 15.May 2014

(Nairobi, May 15, 2014) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people inUganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on December 20, 2013, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. In a country where the climate for LGBTI people was

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Ugandan human rights office vandalised in latest crackdown on civil society

🕔09:18, 8.May 2014

Following the break-in and vandalisation of the Human Rights Network-Uganda offices in Ntinda – a Kampala suburb – civil society organisations have resolved to meet the Inspector General of Police over the police’s failure to investigate to logical conclusion and produce reports

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Journalism in peril in the Central African Republic

Journalism in peril in the Central African Republic

🕔01:50, 26.Apr 2014

A landlocked state whose neighbours are steeped in political turmoil, the Central African Republic is mired by four decades of coups and civil unrest that have left the country in a protracted state of instability. The country’s current humanitarian crisis, which stems from

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DRC: Journalist released under amnesty law after 3-year detention

🕔17:09, 25.Apr 2014

Journalist in Danger (JED) is relieved to learn that Patrick Palata was released on amnesty on Monday, 21 April 2014. Palata is the director ofCanal Congo Télévision (CCTV), a station based in Matadi, province of Bas-Congo, in southeast DRC. The journalist

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LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

🕔10:59, 24.Apr 2014

Across the Arab world, LGBTQ communities still struggle to gain social recognition, and individuals still face legal penalties for consensual activities. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq, homosexuality is punishable by death. In 2001, 52 men were arrested for being gay in Cairo. And

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South Sudan: Ethnic Killings Spiraling

🕔02:19, 23.Apr 2014

(Nairobi) – The United Nations Security Council should react to horrific attacks on civilians in theSouth Sudan towns of Bor and Bentiu by requesting an urgent UN fact-finding mission. The Security Council should impose sanctions on individuals in both government and

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Three motorcyclists arrested over violent assault of Ugandan journalist

🕔16:27, 16.Apr 2014

Police in Kitebi, Rubaga division, Kampala district have arrested three suspects in connection with the assault of Vision Group journalist Ddamba Ismael, occasioning him grievous bodily harm. The particulars of the trio have not yet been released. Ismael, a journalist

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Ugandan media council summons journalist, media houses over news article

🕔03:42, 12.Apr 2014

The Media Council of Uganda has summoned two media houses and a journalist over a news story about a cabinet minister’s alleged plot to grab a deceased person’s property. The Council summoned Uganda Radio Network (URN) and its employee, Tom

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Existing media laws in Uganda seek to criminalise journalists' work, analysis finds

🕔03:09, 9.Apr 2014

Human Rights Network for Journalists has released an analysis of media laws in Uganda that limit freedom of expression. A 40 page analysis by Catherine Anite, the head of HRNJ’s legal department and James Nkuubi, a Human Rights Lawyer, Media freedom

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South Sudan: UN peacekeeping force must protect civilians in peril

🕔02:25, 9.Apr 2014

The UN Secretary-General’s request for the UN Security Council to provide additional human and material resources to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reflects the urgent need to protect civilians at risk amid the escalating violence, Amnesty International said.

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Reporting genocide in Rwanda: Too little, too late

🕔11:30, 7.Apr 2014

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, which killed nearly one-in-seven people in the small African nation. Today, there is continuing debate about the role of the news media in the calamity – from

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Central African Republic: Massacres in Remote Villages

🕔02:53, 5.Apr 2014

(Johannesburg) – Anti-balaka fighters killed at least 72 Muslim men and boys, some as young as nine, in two recent attacks in southwestern Central African Republic. The assaults, on February 1 and 5, 2014, were in the village of Guen, in

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Africa-EU summit must speak out against imprisoned journalists in Africa

🕔17:12, 3.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the European and African Heads of State attending the Africa-EU Summit in Brussels today, Wednesday 2 April, to include the continuous imprisonment of journalists in many African states in their discussions.

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Positive trends and challenges to freedom of information in Africa

🕔17:08, 3.Apr 2014

A two-day Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information Implementation bringing together over 100 state and non-state actors from Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, was held in Abuja, Nigeria. The conference discussed

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Nigeria: War crimes and crimes against humanity as violence escalates in north-east

🕔11:38, 1.Apr 2014

An increase in attacks by Boko Haram and uncontrolled reprisals by Nigeria’s security forces has seen the death toll in North East Nigeria rise to at least 1,500 people, more than half of whom are civilians, in the first three

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DR Congo: No More Delays for Justice

🕔10:52, 1.Apr 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo should adopt a draft law establishing specialized mixed chambers for trying serious rights abuses, 146 Congolese and international organizations said in a joint declaration today. Parliament should also pass a draft law during the current parliamentary session to incorporate

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Ugandan police officer detained for joining locals in assault on journalist

🕔05:44, 1.Apr 2014

A mob of over ten locals together with the police assaulted a Vision Group journalist, David Musisi, on 27 March 2014 as he covered a story about a disagreement over land ownership at Buziranjovu in Mukono district. The police arbitrarily

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Central African Republic: Siege on Capital’s Muslims

🕔06:21, 29.Mar 2014

(Bangui) – Thousands of residents in the last remaining Muslim neighborhoods in the Central African Republic’s capital have been under repeated attack. They are neither safe enough to remain peaceably in Bangui, the capital, nor to travel to other areas. Since

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Rwanda: Justice Progress after Genocide

🕔06:10, 29.Mar 2014

(Nairobi) – Significant progress has been made in national and international courts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Human Rights Watch said today in a briefing paper marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. The

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Central African Republic: Siege on Capital’s Muslims

🕔12:13, 28.Mar 2014

(Bangui) – Thousands of residents in the last remaining Muslim neighborhoods in the Central African Republic’s capital have been under repeated attack. They are neither safe enough to remain peaceably in Bangui, the capital, nor to travel to other areas. Since

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Tanzania: Increase Access to Secondary School

🕔10:37, 28.Mar 2014

The Tanzanian government should allow children access to secondary school regardless of their final primary school exam results, Human Rights Watch and the Tanzania Child Rights Forum said today in aletter to the education minister. Passing the Primary School Leaving Exam (PSLE) is

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