Human Rights

UN: Sudan Needs Help to Guide Transition to Democracy

GENEVA – Progress is being made in Sudan’s transition to a democratic government, but the process could relapse without international support and guidance, a U.N. investigator warned. The U.N. independent expert on human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, said that since his report last year, there have been some welcome developments and efforts by the […]

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Rights Groups Condemn Cameroon Police Stationed at Opposition Leader’s Home

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Human rights groups in Cameroon have condemned the de facto house arrest of opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who has spent a week at his residence surrounded by riot police. Authorities say Kamto’s Cameroon Renaissance Movement party is being investigated for attempts to destabilize the country after last week’s anti-government protests. Ilaria Allegrozzi, […]

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Ethiopian Opposition Leader Appears in Court on Terror Charges

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian opposition leader Jawar Mohammed and 22 others appeared in court Monday to face charges of terrorism and other crimes. Jawar, a media mogul and outspoken critic of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, was arrested in June following the killing of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa, a champion of the Oromo ethnic group. Political […]

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UNICEF Criticizes Sentencing of 13-Year Old for Blasphemy in Nigeria

ABUJA, NIGERIA – The United Nations Children’s Agency, UNICEF, has condemned a Nigerian court for upholding a 10-year prison sentence with manual labor for a 13-year-old boy convicted of blasphemy. The Sharia court in the northern Nigerian state of Kano convicted Omar Farouq in August of using foul language against Allah during an argument with […]

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Report: US Global War on Terror Has Displaced Up to 59 Million People

The U.S. war against global terrorism has displaced as many as 59 million people since 2001, according to a new report released Tuesday by Brown University. The study, published by the Rhode Island-based university’s “Costs of War Project,” says between 37 million and 59 million people in eight countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle […]

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US Sanctions ICC Prosecutor Bensouda 

WASHINGTON – The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda.    The 59-year-old Bensouda, a Gambian national, had angered the Trump administration by opening an investigation into crimes allegedly committed by American soldiers in Afghanistan.    During a briefing Wednesday at the State Department, Secretary […]