Human Rights

Lack of Protection, Justice Blamed for Persistent Violence in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

It’s a roughly three-hour drive from the main city of Kaduna to Kurmin Masara village in southern Kaduna state, the latest hot spot for the sectarian violence that seems to plague northwestern Nigeria. Dozens of people were killed there during an overnight raid that lasted nearly six hours during the pre-dawn hours of August 6. […]

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US Hits Uganda Adoption Ring with Criminal Charges, Sanctions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government filed criminal charges and economic sanctions Monday against an adoption ring that placed Ugandan children who were not orphans with families in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department filed multiple fraud and money laundering charges against two Americans, Margaret Cole and Debra Parris, and a Ugandan lawyer, Dorah Mirembe, […]

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Six Killed in Port Sudan Inter-Communal Fighting

KHARTOUM – At least six people were killed and more than 50 others were injured after a peaceful protest turned violent in the city of Port Sudan Sunday night, said local residents. Authorities in eastern Sudan, where the area is located, imposed a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to prevent further violence. Fighting broke […]

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France Investigates Killings of French, Nigerien Workers in Niger

French and Nigerien soldiers searched through a giraffe reserve and its surrounding area in Niger’s Koure region on Monday for the killers of six French aid workers. The gunmen, who arrived on motorcycles, also killed the workers’ guide and driver, bringing the death toll to eight. The aid workers were attacked Sunday as they drove […]

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Malawi Makes Masks Mandatory in COVID-19 Fight

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Malawi has made wearing masks mandatory in public places in an effort to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said the rule went into effect Friday night, and those who do not adhere to it will pay a fine of about $15. Some rights activists, however, […]

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Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill 16 in Northern Cameroon

DOUALA – Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 16 people and wounded seven early on Sunday in a grenade attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon, a local official said. The assailants threw a grenade into a group of sleeping people inside the camp in the village of […]