Rights group fingers Israeli banks for settlement expansion

2017-09-13 20:22

A leading rights group says Israeli banks are contributing to the expansion of Jewish West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there.

HRW says website blocked in Egypt after torture report

2017-09-08 16:03

Human Rights Watch has blocked its website after it released a report on alleged torture by security services, joining a growing list of inaccessible sites in the country.

Angola vote marks new era as Dos Santos ends 38-year reign

2017-08-21 16:02

Angola goes to the polls Wednesday in a historic election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his party set to retain power despite the country's economic crisis.

Russian court jails journalist for 'extremism'

2017-08-10 21:19

A Russian court jailed an investigative journalist for three and a half years after convicting him of extremism in a case denounced by media rights activists.

Human Rights Watch sounds alarm over Italy's Libya mission

2017-08-03 07:45

Italy's naval mission to prevent migrants from setting sail from crisis-hit Libya for Europe could see Rome commit human rights abuses, warns Human Rights Watch.

Tunisia law on violence against women 'landmark step': HRW

2017-07-28 06:14

Human Rights Watch has hailed a new law to fight domestic violence in Tunisia as a "landmark step" towards protecting women's rights but called for funding to fully implement it.

Libyan PM decries edict by clerics loyal to rival govt

2017-07-22 07:17

The prime minister of Libya's internationally-recognised government has decried a religious edict issued by clerics affiliated with a rival government that bans the Ibadi, a Muslim sect to which hundreds of thousands of Libya's Amazigh adhere.

Via social media, priest recounts horror of Central Africa violence

2017-07-05 22:38

"Heavy gunfire in Zemio. Impossible to go out. They have cut the phones and we can't go out - it's just too dangerous. So I am posting on Facebook."

Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement

2017-06-29 15:14

Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the US, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban.

'Freed' Gaddafi's son still wanted by Libya court: prosecutor

2017-06-12 20:07

Libyan authorities have said that Moammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam, reportedly set free by a militia at the weekend, was still wanted by a Tripoli court for a 2015 conviction.


HRW accuses Mali, Burkina troops of sweeping rights abuses

2017-09-08 20:23

Malian and Burkinabe soldiers have killed, tortured and disappeared civilians while trying to root out jihadists in central Mali, Human Rights Watch has said.

HRW says torture in Egypt likely 'crime against humanity'

2017-09-07 11:39

Human Rights Watch has accused Egyptian security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable "crime against humanity".

'Take a strong lead against human rights violation,' SA told as it prepares to lead SADC

2017-08-16 18:41

Amnesty International has called on the SA government to "take a strong lead against human rights violation" across the southern African region as it prepares to take over the 1-year rotating SADC’s chairmanship this weekend.

Rwandans vote in election that president calls 'a formality'

2017-08-04 19:20

Rwandans have voted in an election that the country's longtime president was widely expected to win, while the foreign minister mocked the head of Human Rights Watch for calling the government a "murderous dictatorship."

Nigerian police consider 'gay' charges against 42 men

2017-08-02 21:22

Nigerian police are considering charges against 42 men arrested in Lagos on account of their alleged homosexuality, the latest example of the country's tough stance against the gay community.

Rights group: Armed groups in western Libya attack activists

2017-07-27 17:20

Human Rights Watch says that activists in western Libya have been physically attacked and threatened by armed groups, some affiliated with UN -backed government based in the country's capital, Tripoli.

Activists criticise Senegal's slow progress on child begging

2017-07-12 10:30

Human rights groups in Senegal have criticised what they say is an ineffectual crackdown on child begging driven by Koranic schools, saying a year-long push to remove 50 000 children from the streets is failing.

Hundreds of civilians killed in CAR war crimes: HRW

2017-07-05 13:23

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed hundreds of civilians in an unfettered spree of bloodletting, Human Rights Watch says.

HRW calls for surrender of Gaddafi's son to ICC

2017-06-15 21:58

Human Rights Watch has called on Libyan authorities to take "feasible steps" to facilitate the surrender of Seif al-Islam, son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, over to the International Criminal Court

In Rwanda, a young woman activist challenges longtime leader

2017-06-10 16:54

In Rwanda, where rights groups say many people fear to speak up against the ruling party, Diane Shima Rwigara thought she knew the risks of challenging one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

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