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Ethiopia:Security Forces Open Fire on Festival Goers, Killing Five
[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -At least five people were killed" yesterday and several others wounded when security forces opened fire at festival goers in Weldiya, some 510 km north of the capital Addis Ababa, in Amhara regional state, according to Alemayehu Yemiru, a resident of the town; but Alemayehu said he believes the number of causalities could be "much higher."
01/21/2018 07:53 PM
Kenya:Kenya Flushes Out 'Criminals' in Forest Dispute After Sengwer Killing
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Security forces are flushing "criminal elements" out of a forest in western Kenya, an official said on Thursday, two days after a man was killed there, leading the European Union to suspend aid.
01/21/2018 07:51 PM
Kenya:UN Experts Ask Kenya to Halt Sengwer Evictions From Forest Land
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -United Nations experts have called on Kenyan authorities to halt forceful evictions of the Sengwer, a tribe living in the forest of western Kenya who say they are being forced off their ancestral land to make way for a water conservation project.
01/21/2018 09:35 AM
Tanzania:Punishment Won't Stop Teen Pregnancies Cause 'Bad Behaviour' Isn't the Cause
[The Conversation Africa] In Tanzania, if you're a schoolgirl and fall pregnant, it could mean the end of your education. Even though successive governments have made a push for girls education, those that fall pregnant are routinely expelled from school, and prevented from returning. Most recently this punitive approach was taken to the extreme when school girls were arrested and may now be forced to testify in court as to who got them pregnant.
01/21/2018 08:39 AM
Africa:Africa Union Wants Reproductive Health Protocol Fully Domesticated
[CSJNews] The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent's commitment to gender equality.
01/21/2018 07:19 AM
Somalia:Al Shabaab Denies Forcibly Recruiting Children to Fight
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mogadishu/Nairobi -Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab on Thursday denied that it was threatening and abducting civilians to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training.
01/20/2018 05:57 PM
Kenya:Doctor Goes to Court to Legalise Female Genital Mutilation
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -"I think that even for the decision of female circumcision, a woman can make that decision. And once she has made that decision, she should be able to access the best medical care to have it done."
01/20/2018 05:54 PM
Kenya:Expert to Testify Why Being Gay Shouldn't Be Illegal
[Nairobi News] A group seeking to quash provisions of the law that make it illegal for consensual same sex will call expert witnesses to support its case.
01/19/2018 09:33 AM
Uganda:25 People Face Trial Over Online Posts - Report
[Observer] By the close of the year 2017, at least 25 Ugandans were facing trial in different courts over charges related to use of the internet to express themselves, a report by the Unwanted Witness, a digital rights NGO has indicated.
01/19/2018 07:04 AM
Tanzania:Magufuli's Repressive Laws Restrict Basic Freedoms - Report
[HRW] Upon taking office in October 2015, President John Pombe Magufuli committed to stamp out corruption in government and to be accountable to ordinary citizens, but instead has restricted basic freedoms through repressive laws and decrees.
01/19/2018 04:18 AM
Kenya:Human Rights Abuses Lead to Suspension of EU Funded Water Project
[Capital FM] Nairobi -The European Union has suspended the Sh3.6 billion Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programme (WaTER), following the killing of a member of the Sengwer community by officers drawn from the Kenya Wildlife Service.
01/19/2018 10:48 AM
South Africa:'Why I Fraudulently Issued NGO Licences' - Official Speaks At Life Esidimeni Hearing
[News24Wire] A deputy director of mental health, overseeing non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Gauteng, was acting under instructions given to her by former Gauteng director of mental health Makgabo Manamela, when she fraudulently issued licences for NGOs.This was the testimony of Hannah Jacobus at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Thursday.
01/19/2018 09:22 AM
Ethiopia:Addis Makes Little Progress on Rights Reforms
[HRW] Ethiopia made little progress in 2017 on much-needed human rights reforms. Instead, it used a prolonged state of emergency, security force abuses, and repressive laws to continue suppressing basic rights and freedoms.
01/18/2018 07:33 PM
Nigeria:Conflict, Violence, Protests - and An Absent President
[HRW] The ongoing Boko Haram conflict in the northeast, cycles of communal violence between pastoralists and farmers, and separatist protests in the south defined Nigeria's human rights landscape in 2017.
01/18/2018 07:29 PM
Kenya:Chance for Kenya to Make Amends for Post-Election Sexual Violence
[IPS] Nairobi -I had already heard many disturbing stories of violence by the time I interviewed Mercy Maina, whose name I have changed to protect her privacy. Even so, what Mercy told me was truly disturbing. She said she was raped during the post-election violence in August alongside her sister by two men wearing uniforms and helmets, and carrying guns and walkie-talkies.
01/18/2018 12:36 PM
Africa:Why African Health Policy Needs Gender Mainstreaming
[ISS] Africa has the highest prevalence of communicable diseases in the world - both in terms of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness). This phenomenon has consequences for the health of both women and men, and increased gender mainstreaming in health programmes can help tailor solutions.
01/18/2018 12:23 PM
Swaziland:Swaziland Civil Liberties Worsen
[Swazi Media] Civil liberties in Swaziland have deteriorated in the past year, a leading global freedom group has reported.
01/18/2018 11:06 AM
Uganda:Rising Trend - Married Women Circumcised with Husband's Consent
[Monitor] Kampala -Faced with the new law against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), traditionalists have now shifted to circumcising married women with the consent of their husbands.
01/19/2018 07:30 AM
Kenya:Both Elections Marred by Human Rights Abuses - Report
[HRW] On August 8, Kenya's electoral commission declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta winner for a second term, amid opposition and civil society claims of fraud. The elections were marred by excessive use of force against residents, especially in opposition strongholds in Nairobi, the coast and western Kenya.
01/19/2018 04:19 AM
South Africa:South African Human Rights Record Poor in 2017 - HRW
[HRW] South Africa has, over the years, built a robust and independent judiciary essential for respect for the rule of law; but in 2017, the government's record on human rights and respect for the rule of law was poor. Corruption, poverty, including high unemployment, and crime significantly restricted South African's enjoyment of their rights.
01/19/2018 04:16 AM
Zimbabwe:'New President Shows No Signs of Ensuring Independence of Electoral Body'
[HRW] In November 2017, President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup and was replaced by his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has his own long record of rights violations. During the military takeover between November 14 and 24, the army arrested and detained a number of Mugabe's associates without providing information about the arrest, or places and conditions of detention.
01/18/2018 07:35 PM
Southern Africa:Human Rights Watch Calls Out Six Nations on Violations
[HRW] Johannesburg -Southern African governments clamped down on vocal journalists, activists, and opposition politicians in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018 .
01/18/2018 06:09 PM
Africa:Five Migration Trends to Watch in 2018
[IRIN] 2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.
01/18/2018 12:29 PM
South Africa:SA's Record On Respect for Rule of Law Poor - Human Rights Watch
[News24Wire] Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018 has found that the SA government's record on human rights and respect for the rule of law was poor, despite a robust and independent judiciary.
01/19/2018 06:12 AM
Ethiopia:Human Rights in the Murky Grounds of Irregular Migration
[Ethiopian Herald] Human rights constitute one of the most contentious issues in the administration of states and international relations in general. No state can claim to have a perfect human rights record. Human rights problems are one of those things that are impossible to completely eradicate. However, a consideration of the fact that these rights are the most basic of rights entitled to a human being just for the mere reason of belonging to that group leaves one to wonder if it is indeed unattainable. Another worrying d
01/18/2018 03:49 PM
Egypt:Untamed Repression
[HRW] Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's government during 2017 observed few boundaries on its untamed repression of all forms of dissent, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. While the country faced major security threats and attacks by armed groups, the government introduced a host of repressive laws, reinstated the abusive state of emergency, and sent thousands of civilians to military courts that, along with civilian courts, issued scores of death sentences in flawed trials.
01/18/2018 10:41 AM
Egypt:To US VP Pence - Defend the Rights of Christians and All Egyptians
[HRW] United States Vice President Mike Pence, who canceled his visit to the Middle East in December amid a firestorm over US President Donald Trump's announcement about Jerusalem, is due to visit Egypt on January 20, as part of a trip that will also include visits to Jordan and Israel to address "the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities."
01/18/2018 08:36 AM
Zimbabwe:Outrage As Top Soldier Threatens 2008 Violence
[New Zimbabwe] Human rights organisations have condemned threats by Zanu PF's national political commissar, retired army boss Engelbert Rugeje, describing them as anti-peace and dampening the prospects of a free election.
01/18/2018 08:14 AM
Burundi:Human Rights Watch - '2015 Crisis Continued Through 2017'
[Iwacu] In its 28th annual world report made this Thursday 18 January, the Human Rights Watch has published a 643-page report reviewing the human rights practices in more than 90 countries including Burundi. The experts of the Human Rights Watch report that the political and human rights crisis that erupted in April 2015 continued through 2017, as government forces targeted real and perceived opponents with near total impunity.
01/19/2018 09:10 AM
South Africa:South African Human Rights Commission Meets All Parties At Hoƫrskool Overvaal in Vereeniging
[Govt of SA] A delegation from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) today met with officials from the Hoƫrskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and demonstrators. The Commission's intervention follows violent protests at the school that erupted this week and called on all parties to act with restraint and to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful.
01/19/2018 08:38 AM