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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...

Human rights abuse rife in terrorist-torn Cabo Delgado as Mozambique struggles...

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented several human rights abuses in the now infamous Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique. War crimes such as beheadings...

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

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Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...

Repression escalates in the DR Congo – HRW

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President Felix Tshisekedi’s administration in the Democratic Republic of Congo has increasingly cracked down on the media and activist groups during its two years...

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects...

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At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW),...

DR Congo police crackdown on sect killed 55 in “bloodbath” –...

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Democratic Republic of Congo police killed at least 55 people in a crackdown on a separatist religious sect in April, more than double the...

Egyptian security forces commit war crimes in Sinai

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Egyptian security forces have committed widespread abuses against civilians in restive northern Sinai peninsula, some of which amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch...

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights

Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even...

Egyptian human rights lawyer “forcibly disappeared”

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An international rights group accused Egyptian authorities of "forcibly disappearing" a prominent human rights lawyer due to be released from prison last...

Short sentences for Congo peacekeepers decried

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Three Congo Republic peacekeepers were given sentences of just three years in jail for murdering civilians and are already free, Human Rights...

Egypt crackdown paving the way for long term Sisi rule –...

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen a crackdown on dissent unprecedented in Egypt and an election next week looks set to return...

Libya too violent for elections this year- Human Rights Watch

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Libya should resist rushing into elections this year because the country is too violent and authorities cannot guarantee freedom of assembly or...

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...

LNA linked groups possibly responsible for east Libya killings

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The bodies of 36 men found near the eastern Libyan town al-Abyar in October appear to have been summarily executed by armed...

Dozens of civilians killed in CAR – report

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Armed groups in Central African Republic (CAR) killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human...

UN peacekeepers, not just militants, occupied CAR schools – claim

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Armed groups and even United Nations peacekeepers occupied schools or set up bases nearby in the Central African Republic (CAR), preventing countless...

Mali’s ex-junta chief on trial over killings

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A Malian court began the trial of former coup leader General Amadou Sanogo on Wednesday on charges of "complicity in kidnapping and...

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...

Human Rights Watch accuses Congo Republic peacekeepers of killings

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Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused soldiers from the Republic of Congo of killing 18 people, including women and children, while serving...

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...

Egypt bars scores of Egyptians from travelling – Human Rights Watch

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Egypt has increasingly used unlawful means to prevent citizens from travelling outside the country over the past year, a report from Human...

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...

Cluster bombs used in Libya’s conflict

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Evidence collected by Human Rights Watch show that widely banned cluster bombs have been used in Libya's conflict between two rival governments...

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...

Ex-rebels and family members die in DRC camp

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More than 100 people died from starvation and disease over the last year in a government-run camp set up to house former...

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

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Human Rights Watch accused Israel of committing war crimes by attacking three U.N.-run schools in the Gaza Strip in fighting in July...

Rights group accuses Israel of forcing African migrants to leave

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Human Rights Watch accused Israel on Tuesday of coercing thousands of Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to leave since last year in a...

African Union peacekeepers accused of abuses in Central African Republic

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African Union peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo operating in the Central African Republic have been accused of abuses, including torture, killings...

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...

Iraq illegally detains thousands of women, tortures many

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Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human...

Nigeria largely ignores sectarian violence

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Nigerian authorities have largely ignored sectarian clashes in the nation's religiously mixed central region that have killed 3,000 people since 2010, Human...

U.S. broke international law by killing civilians with drones: rights groups

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Human rights groups on Tuesday accused the United States of breaking international law and perhaps committing war crimes by killing civilians in...

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...

Ban killer robots – Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch has called on governments to pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons (sometimes called ‘killer robots') because of their danger to...

Morocco told to stop harassing vote boycott activists

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Moroccan authorities should stop harassing people campaigning for a boycott of parliamentary elections this week, said Human Rights Watch. The New-York based organization...

UK must scrap stop-and-search anti-terror law: HRW

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Britain should scrap an ineffective stop-and-search anti-terrorism law that has damaged community relations and disproportionately targeted minority groups, Human Rights Watch says....

Rwanda repression rises ahead of poll: watchdog

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Insecurity and political repression are on the rise in Rwanda in the run-up to August's presidential ballot which incumbent Paul Kagame is...

Uganda rebels deny mass killings in northeast Congo

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One of Africa's most brutal rebel groups, Uganda's Lords Resistance Army (LRA), said a report that its members killed hundreds of villagers...

Human Rights Watch gagged by Tunisian police

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New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Tunisian authorities of using police to prevent journalists attending the launch of a report critical of...

Egypt’s role in Gaza “cannot be denied”

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Human Rights Watch has criticized Egypt for its role in cutting off people in the Gaza Strip from the rest of the...

Ethiopia says “election repression” report lies

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Ethiopia denounced yesterday a rights group report that accused it of cracking down on the opposition and restricting the work of aid...

Rights activists target of backlash in 2009: report

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Rights groups suffered an intense backlash in 2009 in some countries, with activists harassed, detained and killed, Human Rights Watch said yesterday...

Angola police arrest several civilians in Cabinda: MP

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Angolan authorities have detained several civilians in Cabinda in recent days, following a deadly attack on Togo's national soccer team by separatists...

Guinea’s Camara can be blamed for stadium crimes: HRW

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The killings and abuses directed against pro-democracy campaigners in Guinea on September 28 amount to crimes against humanity that junta leader Moussa...

UN suspends cooperation with DRC army units

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United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have suspended logistical or other support for units of the National...

Libya still jailing dissenters: Human Rights Watch

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Libya is jailing people for their political views, years after committing to reform, Human Rights Watch said in a report released. The New...

Nigeria police illegally kill hundreds a year: Amnesty

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Amnesty International says hundreds of Nigerians are unlawfully killed by corrupt and ill-trained police officers each year and authorities are ignoring the...

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