Human Security

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...

10 000 rapes in three months “deeply disturbing” – Police Minister Bheki Cele

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the rape of 10 000 people in three months in South Africa is a “deeply disturbing disgrace”. This comes as the...

Convicted Kenyan militants back behind bars

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Three convicted militants, one who took part in a 2015 attack that killed 148 people, were recaptured on Thursday after escaping from a maximum...

Lawmakers sound alarm over 114 violent civilian deaths in Eastern DR Congo

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At least 144 civilians were killed in eastern Congo this month, lawmakers from the conflict-hit provinces said, refusing to back extending a state of...

More than 40 killed in Sokoto state shootings

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At least 43 people died following raids by gunmen in Nigeria's Sokoto state this week, three times more than the initial death toll given...

Four Kenyan police jailed for manslaughter of British aristocrat

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Kenya's High Court on Monday jailed four policemen found guilty of the manslaughter of Alexander Monson, the son of a British aristocrat who was...

Lekki toll gate shooting could be a “massacre”

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Lethal violence committed by Nigeria's military on the night of October 20, 2020 could be considered a "massacre," a government-appointed panel concluded in contradicting...

Sweden charges Lundin Energy executives with complicity in Sudan war crimes

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Swedish prosecutors on Thursday brought charges against the chairman and former CEO of Lundin Energy for complicity in war crimes carried out by the...

South Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, dies at home

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South Africa's last white president Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk died on Thursday morning at his home in Cape Town, the FW de Klerk...

Ethiopia says UN staff will face penalties if they break the law

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Ethiopian staff working for the United Nations or African Union do not live “in space” and will be punished for any lawbreaking, the government...

ISS: Rule of law prevails on Chang extradition – but at a price

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The decision that Mozambique’s former finance minister be extradited to the US will test Pretoria’s relations with Maputo. Johannesburg’s High Court kept Pretoria legal, but...

Tigrayan forces raped women in Ethiopia’s Amhara region – Amnesty

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ighters from Ethiopia's Tigray region have gang-raped and abused women in neighbouring Amhara region, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Amnesty's report underscored that...

Moti bothers reunite with their family

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The four Moti brothers who were abducted in Limpopo in October, have been reunited with their family, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said. In...

Local humanitarian mission for 21 SAI ahead of DRC deployment

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Ahead of deployment to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a UN peacekeeping – and humanitarian – mission, support elements of an...

Ethiopian authorities detain more than 70 UN drivers, amid reports of mass arrests

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Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 70 drivers working with the United Nations, a UN spokesperson said, amid international alarm over reported widespread arrests...

Fighting in east Congo pushes 11 000 refugees into Uganda

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Fighting between the army and a group of armed men in eastern Congo forced some 11 000 people to flee across the border into...

School children die in fire

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At least 25 schoolchildren died on Monday when a straw and wood classroom was engulfed in a fire in southern Niger, authorities said. The students,...

Ethiopians denounce US at rally to back military campaign

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Tens of thousands of Ethiopians rallied in Addis Ababa on Sunday to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government as federal troops fight rebellious forces...

Nigeria rescues six people abducted from Abuja university

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Nigerian security agents have rescued six people abducted by armed men from a university in Abuja this week, in what was a rare kidnapping...

Joint UN, Ethiopia rights team: all sides committed abuses in Tigray

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All sides fighting in the war in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray committed violations that may amount to war crimes, according to a joint...

Former French hostage missing in Mali again – Liberation

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French aid worker Sophie Petronin, freed a year ago after four years in the hands of jihadist militants in northern Mali, is back in...

Gunmen abduct staff and children at university in Nigerian capital

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Gunmen abducted four members of staff and their children from the University of Abuja on Tuesday, the university said, in a rare kidnapping at...

UN accuses Congo army of beating human rights defender to death

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The United Nations on Monday accused Democratic Republic of Congo’s army of beating to death a human rights activist protesting illegal taxes in the...

Mali army frees three kidnapped Chinese construction workers

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Security forces in Mali have freed three Chinese nationals abducted from a construction site in the north of the country in July, the presidency...

Kenya reopens inquiry into murder of woman last seen with British soldiers

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Kenya will reopen a nine-year-old murder investigation into the death of a single mother last seen at a hotel with British soldiers, the national...

Armed men kill ten civilians in northern Burkina Faso

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Ten people were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso on Monday morning, and four others were missing, a government source and a...

Convoy carrying Borno state governor attacked – sources

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A convoy carrying Borno state governor Babagana Zulum came under fire from militants this week, forcing him to cut short a trip to the...

Press Club calls for probe into journalist’s arrest

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The National Press Club has called for an urgent probe after a Newzroom Afrika journalist covering local elections in Soweto was detained by the...

Newzroom Afrika reporter released after ‘confrontation’ with police

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Newzroom Afrika journalist, Ziniko Mhlaba, has been released after being detained while covering the Local Government Elections in Orlando, Soweto, on Monday. According to the...

UN urges Mali to end hereditary slavery

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UN human rights experts on Friday called on Mali to crack down on hereditary slavery after a series of violent attacks against people born...

Doctor reports ten dead from latest air strike in north Ethiopia war

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An Ethiopian government jet bombed the capital of northern Tigray region on Thursday, with one doctor reporting ten deaths in the latest casualties of...

Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria’s Niger state -residents

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Armed men on motorbikes killed at least 18 people at a mosque in Niger state in northern Nigeria, two residents told Reuters on Monday. The...

Nigerian state to shut camps for people displaced by insurgency

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Nigeria's Borno state, the epicentre of an ongoing Islamist insurgency, will shut all camps that are holding thousands of internally displaced persons by the...

Rwandan prosecutors to appeal verdict for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

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Rwandan prosecutors said on Wednesday they would appeal against a 25-year jail sentence handed to Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a...

Presidency condemns criminal attacks on journalists

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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has joined the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), in condemning criminal attacks on journalists while out on...

Two deaths shine spotlight on violence against women in Kenya

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Cynthia Makokha was a 17-year-old student and volleyball player. Agnes Tirop was a 25-year-old rising athletics star, who finished fourth in the 5 000...

Ethiopian families fleeing fighting describe hunger, rape in Amhara

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The pictures on her phone are all that Ethiopian mother Habtam Akele has left of her three-year-old daughter Saba. The girl died of malnutrition...

Mob kills Cameroon gendarme after he shoots dead 5-year-old girl

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A mob lynched a military police officer after he killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint in the...

In Libyan city, mass graves evoke stakes of faltering peace push

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Workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna have spent more than a year exhuming bodies from mass graves that show the cost of a...

French soldier dies in a maintenance accident in Mali, minister says

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A French soldier died in Mali on Tuesday in a maintenance accident, armed forces minister Florence Parly said on Wednesday. The military said in a...

Central African Republic war crimes suspect ‘beat’ prisoners, ICC prosecutor says

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A former Central African Republic “Seleka” faction commander took part in beatings and mistreatment of prisoners suspected of supporting ousted President Francois Bozize, an...

Nigerian women and children trek six days to escape from Islamists

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A group of 15 Nigerian women and children trekked through the bush for six days to escape from Islamist militants who had kidnapped them...

Colombian nun held hostage in Mali since 2017 has been freed

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A Colombian nun who was kidnapped in 2017 by Islamist militants in Mali has been freed, Mali's presidency said on Saturday. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was...

Five Nigerian students kidnapped freed after ransom paid – school

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Five more students who were kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Nigeria three months ago have been released after ransoms were paid, the...

Central African Republic rebel attack death toll rises to 20

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The death toll from an attack three days ago by rebel fighters in Central African Republic on a small convoy of semi-trucks filled with...

Nigeria rescues 187 people from kidnappers

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Nigerian security agents on Thursday rescued 187 people who had been abducted by armed gangs in the northwestern state of Zamfara, police said, after...

Ethiopia detains former official from Tigray interim government

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A former senior official in an interim government for Ethiopia's Tigray region appeared in court on Saturday over allegations of inciting conflict between the...

Nigerian military says air strike hit Islamic State, playing down alleged civilian deaths

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The Nigerian military said on Thursday a deadly air strike hit an Islamic State camp and that casualties could not be determined, after witnesses...

US security adviser discusses rights in visit to Egypt, official says

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US national security adviser Jake Sullivan discussed securing "tangible and lasting improvements" in human rights with Egypt's president and other top officials during a...

WHO says ‘heartbroken’ by Congo sex abuse probe findings

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The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa said on Tuesday that the health agency was "humbled, horrified and heartbroken" by the findings of...