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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...

UNICEF concerned about child soldier reports from Mozambique

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) added its voice to that of Human Right Watch regarding “worrying reports” of child soldiers in Mozambique. “Unverified video material...

Children forced into soldiering in Mozambique – HRW

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An Islamic State (ISIS) linked armed group in northern Mozambique reportedly kidnaps boys to fight government forces in violation of the international prohibition on...

Civilian deaths laid at door of Burkina Faso security forces

International advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) believes security forces in Burkina Faso summarily executed 31 unarmed detainees earlier this month during operations against...

Police killings in Kenya continue

Kenyan police shot dead at least eight people in Nairobi slums over the past two months, violating laws on the use of excessive force,...

DR Congo police accused of executions

An international rights group accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs...

South Sudan violence blocking food aid

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Violence in South Sudan is blocking deliveries of food aid needed to stave off severe hunger in some areas, the World Food...

Killings, rape mar Burundi referendum

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At least 15 people were killed and six raped during a referendum campaign in Burundi that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza hold...

Migrants abused in Yemen

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African migrants and asylum seekers in Yemen are subject to physical and sexual abuse in detention, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW)...

HRW says Trump is ‘disaster’ for human rights, fuels authoritarians

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U.S. President Donald Trump's record on human rights in his first year in office has been a "disaster" and has encouraged oppression...

Kenya police allegedly assaulted and raped women during election

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Several dozen women in Kenya maintain police officers attacked them during this year's election season and some said they were raped by...

Exiled rebels used to suppress anti-Kabila protests – claim

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Congolese security officials recruited more than 200 exiled rebel fighters to suppress protests against President Joseph Kabila a year ago, ordering them...

HRW website blocked by Egypt

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Egypt blocked the website of Human Rights Watch a day after the organisation released a report on systematic torture in the country's...

Dozens killed, missing in Kenya crackdown on militants

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Dozens of people have died or disappeared without a trace after being detained by Kenyan security forces during operations against Islamist militants...

Sudanese forces silence female activists with violence, rape-rights group

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Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to abandon their work or...

Government militia guilty of atrocities in Darfur: rights group

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A government militia in Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region has been guilty of killings and mass rapes of civilians over the past year...

DR Congo illegally detained, tortured pro-democracy activists

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Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo have illegally detained and tortured pro-democracy advocates as part of a crackdown before a presidential...

Egypt, Syria, Iraq used 2014 turmoil to abuse rights

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The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iraq used real and perceived security threats in 2014 as an excuse to downplay or abandon...

Human Rights Watch says Egypt not serious about improving prison conditions

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Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities on Wednesday of failing to take serious steps to improve conditions in overcrowded prisons which are...

Peacekeepers in Somalia use aid to rape women and buy sex...

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African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine on their bases and routinely pay teenage girls for sex, Human Rights...

South Sudan government troops, rebels may have committed war crimes

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South Sudan's government troops and rebel forces have committed serious abuses that may amount to war crimes during fighting in two oil-producing...

Powerful new cluster bombs used in Syria

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The Syrian military has begun targeting opposition areas with a new type of cluster munitions rockets which is larger and more powerful...

Ethiopian police torture political detainees: Human Rights Watch

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Ethiopian police investigators in Addis Ababa's main detention center have tortured political detainees and regularly mistreat people in custody to extract confessions,...

Syrian rebels killed 190 civilians in August dawn raid: HRW

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Syrian rebels killed at least 190 civilians and took more than 200 hostage during an offensive in Latakia province in August, Human...

All sides in Somali conflict guilty of violations: HRW

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All sides in Somalia's conflict, including peacekeepers, government troops and Islamist rebels, have carried out war crimes and killed civilians, said Human...

Burundi expels Human Rights Watch representative

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Burundi has told a researcher for an international human rights organisation to leave the central African country, accusing her of disparaging the...

UN worried about human rights in Western Sahara

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the head of Western Sahara's independence movement Polisario he was worried about alleged violations of human rights...

Rights researcher asked to leave Rwanda

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Rwanda has asked a human rights researcher to leave the country, citing anomalies in her visa application, in a move the watchdog...

Angola needs to improve anti-corruption fight: report

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Global watchdog group Human Rights Watch today called on Angola's government to do more to fight corruption, saying Angolans were not benefitting...

Bid to prosecute Chadian dictator drags on

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Ten years after Chadian dictator Hissene Habre was indicted in Senegal for mass murder and torture, his case has yet to come...

DRC army commander may face trial for abuses

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The Democratic Republic of Congo will try an army commander accused of mass killing and rape of civilians if a military report...

Four African countries probed for money laundering practices

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A US Senate subcommittee has issued a 325-page report highlighting four shocking cases of African countries trying to funnel millions of dollars...

Equatorial Guinea leader confident of poll win

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Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema voiced confidence yesterday he would extend his 30-year rule over the central African oil nation in...

ICC prosecutor requests Kenya investigation

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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor asked judges to approve a formal investigation into post-election murders, rapes and deportations in Kenya last...