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Tanzania: Govt Tightens Noose On Social Media
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government has drafted sweeping regulations to tighten its grip on online content producers and users across popular social media platforms.
09/25/2017 08:49 AM
Cameroon: Council Silences Journalists, Media Outlets
[VOA] Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting.
09/25/2017 07:40 AM
Kenya: From 'Ghost' to Rising Star - Meet First Senator With Albinism
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Isaac Mwaura always thought he was a normal kid growing up in Kenya, never once looking in the mirror and realising his pale, white skin was different.
09/25/2017 10:38 AM
Namibia: Public to Decide What to Do With Genocide Reparations
[Namibian] THE public will be called to submit proposals about what to do with genocide reparations once negotiations between the Namibian and German governments are concluded.
09/25/2017 10:22 AM
Burundi: Peace Is Not Absence of War, Says Political Opponent
[Iwacu] September 21st is the international day dedicated to peace. The Ministry of the Interior says Burundi is peaceful in general despite some disruptions. As for Sahwanya FRODEBU, there is no peace in Burundi
09/25/2017 08:25 AM
Tanzania: Fresh Genital Cutting Concerns Raised
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania is among the nations that outlawed the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for girls below the age of 18.
09/25/2017 08:16 AM
Sudan: 'Human Rights Violations Continue' - 22 Organisations to UN Council
[Radio Dabanga] Geneva -The United Nations Human Rights Council should take stronger action in response to the dire human rights situation in Sudan, a number of human rights organisations wrote in a joint letter to the council, which is holding its 36th session in Geneva.
09/25/2017 07:29 AM
Nigeria: Where is Biafran Leader Nnamdi Kanu?
[This Day] The sudden disappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and members of his immediate family since the invasion of his home by soldiers has become a major talking point in the South-east of Nigeria.
09/24/2017 09:30 AM
Nigeria: Those Seeking to Scrap NGOs Are Democracy's Enemies - Group
[Vanguard] The Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, a justice reform and human rights organisation, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to shun the proposed Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, regulation bill in the works at the National Assembly, describing it as "draconian, wicked and dangerous."
09/24/2017 09:37 AM
Uganda: Court Official Suspended for Wearing 'A Very Short, Tight Dress'
[News24Wire] A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing "a very short and tight dress" to work, breaching the country's strict dress code for public sector workers.
09/23/2017 12:35 PM
Africa: Religious Conflicts On the Rise in Africa
[Deutsche Welle] A study by a German academic says religious conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa have been on the rise for decades. Researcher Matthias Basedau says weak African states are a major cause.
09/24/2017 09:20 AM
South Africa: News24 Journalist Detained, Manhandled
[News24Wire] A News24 journalist, who was detained and manhandled by security guards at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, intends pressing charges against the security officials involved.
09/23/2017 12:29 PM
Nigeria: Nnamdi Kanu - Don't Worry, You Dey Kampe
[This Day] It was former President Olusegun Obasanjo who made this phrase popular. When asked about his health, he retorted with this legendary remark. Today, I want to state my undying love for Nnamdi Kanu. For me this man is a leader, a mobiliser and a great philosopher. I have watched him very closely in the last two years. His utterances and passion for his beliefs continue to elicit a lot of admiration from not only me but from a lot of people especially the down-trodden who now see in him their salvation. Expec
09/23/2017 11:38 AM
Africa: Child Sex Traffickers Turn to Rural Areas, Internet for Business
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bogota -Working undercover in bars and brothels across Southeast Asia to combat child sex slavery, campaigner Kevin Campbell has posed many times as a tourist looking to buy sex with a girl.
09/22/2017 08:16 AM
South Africa: Understanding the Court on Polygynous Muslim Marriages
[GroundUp] Wills Act unfairly discriminates against second and subsequent wives
09/22/2017 07:56 AM
Malawi: World-Renowned Malawi Woman Chief Cracks Whip On Child Marriages
[CAJ News] Johannesburg -MALAWI has the unenviable reputation as the country with one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world. Some girls as young as nine have been forced mostly by families into these outlawed unions. In a country that has outlawed marriages below the age of 18, but where customs supersede the law, traditional chiefs are under fire for their involvement in overseeing such marriages. To be born in this Southern African country that ranks among the poorest in the world and has worrying HIV/AIDS statist
09/22/2017 02:33 PM
Sudan: Sudan to Submit Human Rights Resolution to UN Council
[Radio Dabanga] Geneva / Khartoum -The Sudanese government submitted a draft resolution together with the United States on the situation of human rights in Sudan, amid criticism from European Union delegates who are unhappy with the drafted efforts to improve the human rights.
09/22/2017 01:10 PM
Algeria: Algeria Should Accept Key UPR Recommendations On Freedom of Speech, Assembly and Association
[HRW] Algerian authorities have a track record of resorting to criminal prosecutions against bloggers, journalists and media figures for peaceful speech, using articles in the penal code criminalizing "offending the president," "insulting state officials" or "denigrating Islam." They have also prosecuted labor activists who organized or called for peaceful demonstrations on charges such as "unauthorized gathering," and they continue to ban demonstrations in Algiers.
09/22/2017 12:45 PM
Cameroon: Journalists Face Death Penalty in Cameroon Crises
[CAJ News] Yaounde -JOURNALISTS in Cameroon are facing the increasing threat of jail and death penalty for coverage of the Boko Haram terror group and the civil unrest by English-speaking communities. The crackdown on the press largely reporting on the government's alleged laxity against the problems has left journalists too scared to cover such sensitive issues. Media professionals arrested under the draconian anti-terror law face military tribunal and harsh sentences including capital punishment. Among these is radio broadc
09/22/2017 09:33 AM
Sudan: 'Universities Target Darfur Students' - Bar Assoc.
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum Bahri -The Darfur Bar Association says that the administrations of Sudanese universities, which are manipulated by the security services, have been targeting (opposition) students in general and the Darfuri students in particular.
09/22/2017 08:46 AM
Sudan: Letter Regarding the Human Rights Situation in the Country
[HRW] To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council
09/22/2017 08:01 AM
South Africa: History, Suppressed - What Didn't Get Revealed At the Timol Inquest
[Daily Maverick] Perhaps the most mind-boggling of the ANC government's unwritten rules is the one that states: "All apartheid-era political killers shall be let off the hook." In among the documents that didn't get presented as oral evidence during the re-opened Timol inquest in August 2017 was a showdown between a senior NPA advocate and a world-class police and investigations expert. Put it this way: it's another big loss for truth. By KEVIN BLOOM.
09/22/2017 07:34 AM
Tunisia: Important Steps Taken, but Human Rights Violations Continues
[HRW] Tunisians now enjoy their human rights to a greater extent than they did under President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, whom they ousted in 2011. Since 2011, they have adopted a new constitution, held free and fair legislative and presidential elections, and adopted progressive laws. These steps notwithstanding, serious human rights violations, including torture, lack of accountability for past human rights violations, arbitrary house arrests and travel restrictions under the state of emergency continue.
09/21/2017 02:12 PM
Ethiopia: The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled
[HRW] "Wako" fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People's Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.
09/21/2017 09:21 AM
Namibia: Police Raid Traumatises Family
[Namibian] A Keetmanshoop man says his wife and three-year-old daughter were traumatised after a police raid on his flat two weeks ago in their search for stock theft suspects.
09/21/2017 02:38 PM
South Africa: Time to Enforce the Human Rights Model On Disability
[Daily Maverick] The constitution of Zimbabwe recognises the rights of persons with disabilities but is limited as it states that government is mandated to act if resources permit, which the already cash-strapped and ailing Zimbabwe government can use in order not to honour its obligation to provide appropriate services for the disabled. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA.
09/21/2017 01:37 PM
Namibia: President Geingob Speaks at the UN General Debate
[Government of Namibia] New York -Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, Mr. Ant6nio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Fellow Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen Mr. President, yesterday you made a profound statement in saying, "The UN was created for people. Its job is to help people who are striving for peace and a decent life, on a sustainable planet".
09/21/2017 11:13 AM
Africa: Attacks Against Albinos for Body Parts, Profit Must Stop - UN
[VOA] "When I was sleeping in my house, four people came and started attacking me with machetes," said Mariama Staford, an albino in Tanzania. "One of those four people was a neighbor, and he is the one who took the machete and was cutting my arms."
09/21/2017 09:02 AM
Cameroon: Anti-Terror Laws Brand Journalists As Terrorists
[CPJ] In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country's English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the laws that were used against them are still in place. RFI broadcaster Ahmed Abba remains in jail. With elections due to take place next year,
09/20/2017 12:03 PM
Kenya: Human Rights Watch Letter to Inspector General of Police
[HRW] Joseph Kipchirchir Boinet,
09/21/2017 11:33 AM