Rights activists warn about Zimbabwe's future

2017-11-22 19:07

Human rights activists are warning that it will take more than replacing Robert Mugabe to change Zimbabwe's fortunes.

South Sudan's civil war rages, bringing complaints of abuses

2017-11-10 16:30

South Sudan's army is steadily capturing more rebel-held territory, even as peace talks try to find a resolution to the country's nearly four-year-old civil war.

Egyptian activists pan US actress Helen Hunt in open letter

2017-11-07 18:31

Egyptian activists have condemned American actress Helen Hunt for her participation in a government-organised youth conference they say is whitewashing authorities' appalling human rights record and suppression of free speech.

Macron stresses security, not rights, with Egyptian leader Sisi

2017-10-25 08:37

French President Emmanuel Macron has lauded deepening security and diplomatic ties with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, adding that he had refused to "give lessons" about human rights during their talks in Paris.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Kenya, Uganda

2017-10-21 07:14

A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections, and Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations.

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

2017-10-16 19:05

Two international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Rwanda says torture claims 'baseless'

2017-10-11 18:30

Rwanda has denied that its military used torture to extract confessions from detainees, calling a scathing report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) "baseless".

UN chief: Over 8 000 children killed, hurt in conflicts

2017-10-06 13:43

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says it's unacceptable and appalling that more than 8 000 children were killed or injured in conflicts last year and is urging combatants to do more to protect boys and girls.

CAR rebels terrorise with rape: HRW

2017-10-05 16:16

Armed groups in the Central African Republic are using rape and sexual slavery to terrorise women and girls, led by commanders who appear to have ordered the assaults, Human Rights Watch says.

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.


Breakaway Somaliland votes for new president

2017-11-13 17:58

Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland have voted in its third presidential poll, hoping to prove its democratic credentials and strengthen the case for independence from troubled Somalia.

Mauritania blogger's death penalty cut to 2 years

2017-11-09 21:17

A Mauritanian appeals court reduced the death penalty for a blogger accused of blasphemy to a two-year jail term, a legal source has said, after a case that has drawn protests from rights watchdogs.

Calls for stronger role for UN force as Guterres ends CAR trip

2017-10-27 21:49

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Friday came under pressure to overhaul the role of UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic as he wrapped up a visit to the conflict-torn country.

Macron faces rights test as Egypt's Sisi visits Paris

2017-10-24 10:42

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to welcome Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Paris under pressure from human rights groups to end what they call France's "disgraceful policies of indulgence" towards him.

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president

2017-10-17 09:05

A jailed critic of Rwanda's government says she was detained because she tried to run against longtime President Paul Kagame in the recent election.

ANC condemns violence against Myanmar's Rohingya

2017-10-16 15:48

The ANC has added its voice to the growing international condemnation of the violence directed against the Rohingya by Myanmar's military.

Unlawful military detention, torture rife in Rwanda - HRW

2017-10-10 10:08

Rwanda's military has routinely unlawfully detained and tortured detainees with beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions, and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch has said in a report.

UN chief: Over 8 000 children killed, hurt in conflicts

2017-10-06 12:42

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says it's unacceptable and appalling that more than 8 000 children were killed or injured in conflicts last year and is urging combatants to do more to protect boys and girls.

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.

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