Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

2018-10-21 18:06

Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favoured by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.

Mauritanian women face prosecution for reporting rape: NGO

2018-09-05 20:06

Women and girls in Mauritania who are raped are often unwilling to report the crime out of fear that they themselves will be jailed for breaking the west African nation's strict laws on sex outside marriage, Human Rights Watch has said.

Ethiopia arrests former president of restive Somali region

2018-08-27 18:56

Ethiopian police have detained the former president of the volatile Somali region after a spate of deadly clashes earlier this month, state media has reported.

Uganda's ex-police boss charged in military court

2018-08-24 19:25

Uganda's once-powerful police boss has pleaded not guilty in a military court to a raft of charges, including arming a criminal gang and allowing refugees to be abducted by police.

Rights group slams detention of journalists in Nigeria

2018-08-22 11:02

The Human Rights Watch campaign group has denounced the growing harassment of the media and a "climate of fear" created by security agencies in Nigeria as two journalists face court.

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

2018-08-15 18:06

The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone.

Zim soldiers, gunmen, 'beating and harassing' opposition, group claims

2018-08-07 14:08

Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch has said.

Death toll from Gambia protest rises to three

2018-06-20 17:53

A 24-year-old student who was hit by police gunfire at an environmental protest in western Gambia died, bringing the death toll from the violence to three, his campaign group has said.

Leave No Girl Behind helps young African mothers access education

2018-06-16 15:07

The Leave No Girl Behind campaign, launched by Human Rights Watch, aims to help many pregnant girls and teenage mothers prevented from returning to school.

Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing

2018-04-23 21:37

Everyone and everything is a target in South Sudan's civil war, as attacks against health facilities and aid workers increase, a new report says.


Rights activists slam Moroccan navy for deadly migrant boat shooting

2018-09-27 21:05

Human rights activists have hit out at Morocco's navy for firing on a boat that was carrying migrants to Spain, in an assault that killed a 22-year-old student.

Tanzanian pupil's death sparks corporal punishment debate

2018-09-01 07:30

The recent death of a Tanzanian teenager who, family-members allege, was accused of stealing and beaten to death by his teacher has revived the debate on corporal punishment in schools.

Rights movements oppose amnesty for armed groups in C Africa

2018-08-24 20:19

Leading human rights movements have united to oppose any amnesty for atrocities by fighters in armed groups in Central African Republic as a trade-off for peace, they have stated.

Rights group urges Libya not to carry out executions

2018-08-22 16:53

A human rights group is urging Libyan authorities to maintain a de facto moratorium on executions after 45 people were sentenced to death last week over violence during the 2011 uprising.

Angola court acquits 13 Cabinda separatists

2018-08-17 14:57

Thirteen separatists in an oil-rich enclave on Africa's west coast ruled by Angola have been acquitted of charges of crimes against state security, local media has said.

'No justice' over bloody Egypt protest crackdown 5 years on: HRW

2018-08-13 14:09

Egypt is yet to prosecute members of the security forces over a bloody 2013 crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead, Human Rights Watch has said, urging "justice" for the killings.

Civilians killed, thousands displaced in eastern Ethiopia

2018-08-07 10:14

Fighting in Ethiopia's volatile eastern Somali region has left an unknown number of civilians dead and thousands displaced, the patriarch of Ethiopia's Orthodox church has told state media.

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

2018-06-19 21:10

Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents have said, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have carried out attacks.

Rights groups seek prosecution of Gambian ex-leader in Ghana

2018-05-16 21:29

A survivor, families of the disappeared and human rights organisations are seeking the extradition and prosecution in Ghana of Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh for alleged direct involvement in the killing of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005.

Watchdog warns of humanitarian crisis in Egypt's Sinai

2018-04-23 15:11

A leading international rights group is warning of a humanitarian crisis in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula amid severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to a massive security operation against Islamic militants.

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