Human Security

Clampdown on African firearms trafficking

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An Interpol co-ordinated police operation targeting illicit firearms in Central and West Africa saw 120 arrests and seizure of firearms, gold, drugs, fake medication,...

SANDF continues to contribute humanitarian aid to KZN

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Food, clothing, stationery and blankets were among items of humanitarian aid delivered to recipients in KwaZulu-Natal by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

How Nairobi police failures let people get away with murder

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At least one person gets killed every two days in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Most of these cases are never resolved. Only 94 murder...

ISS: Prosecuting crimes against humanity in Ethiopia – where is the law?

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In June 2018, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali told Parliament that the post-1991 government used torture and killing to terrorise its people. Perpetrated...

Who’s at risk of being kidnapped in Nigeria?

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Nigeria ranks among the kidnapping hotspots of the world. Over 3 000 people were kidnapped in Nigeria in the first half of 2021 alone. The...

Human trafficking rife in Malawi refugee camp

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Investigations by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Malawian Police Service uncovered widespread exploitation of men, women and children at...

Training local leaders in mediation can reduce violence: positive results in Nigeria

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Violence and insecurity are plaguing the northern parts of Nigeria. Banditry, kidnapping and other forms of indiscriminate violence have risen sharply during the pandemic. Conflicts...

ISS: Medical professionals can help prevent violence in South Africa

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A mass shooting in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape on 8 May and another on 21 May have drawn attention to the high violence...

Hawks officers, sangoma arrested for theft

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Hawks' National Head, Lieutenant General, Godfrey Lebeya, has expressed disappointment at the alleged involvement of officers from the Directorate in criminal activities. This comes after...

SAMHS celebrates Nurses Day

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The South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) celebrated the International Nurses day nationwide from 10 to 13 May, as it acknowledged the critical role...

Conflict related sexual violence on the rise in South Sudan

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A decrease in violence against civilians in South Sudan is offset by cases of conflict related sexual violence more than doubling, compared to the...

Maxime Mokom: the man from the Central African Republic on trial at the ICC

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The Central African Republic (CAR) descended into conflict in 2013 when Seleka rebels deposed then President François Bozizé. Seleka rebels claimed to stand for the...

Soldiers and police putting their backs into KZN flood relief

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The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cabinet cluster is one of the myriad government agencies and departments currently “all hands on deck” in...

Millions at risk in East Africa – UN agencies

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Millions of displaced families across East Africa will suffer hunger as food rations dwindle due to stretched humanitarian resources as the world grapples with...

ISS: Dialogue with jihadists: Mauritania offers lessons for the Sahel

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If a decade of military operations hasn’t resolved the disastrous security crisis in the Sahel, could talking to the jihadists help bring peace? Dialogue...

ISS: More questions than answers in South Africa’s latest victim survey?

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South Africa’s 2020/21 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) was published last month. Although its accuracy was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the findings on...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province,...

Hundreds ‘disappeared,’ tortured in Uganda – HRW

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The Ugandan government has failed to hold to account security officials who have unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of government critics, opposition supporters, peaceful...

Rape used as conflict reward in South Sudan – UNHCR

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Widespread sexual violence against women and girls in conflict is fuelled by systemic impunity, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) in South...

Feature: Trajectories of violence against civilians by Africa’s militant Islamist groups

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Extremist group violence against civilians is driven by context-specific factors—outgroup grievances, intimidation to control territory, and a response to heavy-handed security responses—that require enhanced...

ISS: Children on the battlefield: ISWAP’s latest recruits

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In January, the violent extremist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) released a video showing young boys undergoing strenuous combat training. As the...

New Interpol project adds “H” for harassment to SEA

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Sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) is a reality in the peacekeeping and humanitarian aid sectors worldwide with Interpol now stepping in to prevent it...

Zim food aid for Moz

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A Zimbabwean presidential pledge saw a thousand tons of staple food assistance delivered to displaced Mozambicans at the weekend. President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the pledge...

UNMISS efforts see drop in South Sudan violence

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Evidence of the good work done by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) comes in a just released report showing a 42%...

Aggravated robberies increase

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says aggravated robberies, such as carjacking, have increased by 13.8%. Cele says there were 661 more carjacking cases in the period...

Another Botswana Defence Force soldier dies in Mozambique

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Another Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier, recently deployed to Mozambique as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) assistance force, has died. The BDF...

ISS: Who gets kidnapped in South Africa?

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The kidnapping of the four young Moti brothers in South Africa in October 2021 placed this type of crime in the spotlight. The country’s...

Eskom security officer killed during attempted copper cable theft

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Police are investigating after an Eskom contracted security officer was shot dead after him and six of his colleagues foiled a copper cable theft...

Pakistani sappers contain South Sudan flood damage

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A hundred days and counting is how Pakistani peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) describe their current task which sees...

African human trafficking fugitive nabbed in joint operation

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Kenyan police arrested a man sought in connection with human trafficking since 2017 in a joint operation with Dutch authorities and Interpol. 53-year-old John Habeta...

Number of jailed journalists reached global high in 2021, at least 24 killed for...

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The number of journalists worldwide who are behind bars reached a global high in 2021, according to a new report from the nonprofit Committee...

Egyptian court frees jailed researcher Zaki, trial postponed

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An Egyptian court ordered the release of jailed researcher Patrick Zaki on Tuesday, an Egyptian rights group and a judicial source said, and Italy's...

ISS: Getting Goudoumaria right: are Boko Haram defectors reintegrating safely?

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Lessons learnt from Niger's DDRRR programme must inform stabilisation efforts nationally and in the Lake Chad basin region. Since 2015, fighters, associates, and people trapped...

UN worker killed in attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali

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Unidentified armed men attacked a convoy belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday, killing one civilian worker and wounding another,...

Two journalists wounded after Congo police open fire on protest

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Two journalists were wounded when police opened fire on a protest outside the provincial parliament in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Bukavu...

UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots led by Afghanistan, Ethiopia

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The United Nations appealed on Thursday for a record $41 billion (R649,59 billion) to provide life-saving assistance next year to 183 million people worldwide...

Italian parliamentary panel accuses Egyptian security of Regeni murder

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An Italian parliamentary panel on Wednesday accused the Egyptian security apparatus of the kidnapping, torturing and murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in...

Two International Red Cross workers abducted in eastern Congo

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One Congolese and one international staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were abducted in conflict-hit eastern Democratic Republic of...

Nigeria’s Lagos State rejects findings of ‘massacre’ of protesters last year

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Nigeria's Lagos State rejected findings by a judicial panel that security forces carried out a "massacre" of unarmed protesters last year, maintaining that only...

Democratic Republic of Congo militiamen kill at least 20 at displaced persons camp

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Militiamen killed at least 20 people on Sunday in an attack on a displaced persons camp in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local...

International Organisation for Migration donates vehicles to Mozambique’s police

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The United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has donated six Mahindra pickup trucks to the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) to...

Gambia’s truth commission recommends prosecutions for Jammeh-era crimes

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A Gambian commission wrapped up a sweeping three-year public inquiry into former president Yahya Jammeh's 22 years in power on Thursday by recommending prosecutions...

ISS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali and Niger?

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Investing in girls’ education from an early age is essential for building their resilience and financial independence. Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in...

Sudan’s Hamdok says investigation launched into violations against protesters

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An investigation has been launched into violations committed against protesters since the military power grab on 25 October, Sudan's newly reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla...

Nigerian government rejects ‘massacre’ report as error-strewn

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Nigeria's government on Tuesday rejected a judicial report that described the killing of peaceful protesters in Lagos in October 2020 as a massacre, saying...

Number of children recruited into conflict grows in West and Central Africa

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West and Central Africa has recorded the highest number of children recruited into conflict of any region in the world, and the number is...

Turkey repatriates seven citizens held in eastern Libya

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Seven Turkish citizens who were being held in eastern Libya have been brought back safely to Turkey, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday. The...

Somali suicide bomber kills well-known Somali journalist

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An al Shabaab suicide bomber in the Somali capital killed himself and a well-known Somali journalist on Saturday, al Shabaab and the journalist's family...

Suspects acquitted of white farmer murder that sparked riots in South Africa

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The suspects in the murder case of a white farmer in South Africa that last year triggered riots and stoked weeks of racial tensions...

20.7% increase in murders between July and September

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A total of 6 163 people were killed in South Africa between July and September 2021, Police Minister Bheki Cele says. The revelation is contained in...