Human Rights

COVID-19 worsens hunger in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos, 87-page report says

The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the plight of families living in poverty in Lagos State, Nigeria and left many people struggling to afford food and meet other basic needs, Human Rights Watch and Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) said in a report released on Wednesday. The number of Nigerians experiencing hunger doubled during the pandemic.

Outrage as Saudi Arabia jails Sudanese media personality and journalist for “insulting the state’s institutions and symbols” with tweet

prison on June 8, 2021, for “insulting the state’s institutions and symbols” and “negatively speaking about the kingdom’s policies” among other vague charges, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Amnesty International calls for human rights to be upheld in Tunisia following suspension of parliament

Amnesty International said on Monday that Tunisian President Kais Saied should publicly commit to respecting and protecting human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, after he suspended parliament and assumed some judicial powers.

President Ramaphosa confronts lingering racism in South Africa as tensions rise between African and Indian communities

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday confronted racism that still persists in South Africa as tensions rose between African and Indian communities during deadly protests over the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma two weeks ago.

Human Rights Watch asks DR Congo to free youth activists Elisée Lwatumba and Eric Muhindo detained for three months

Human Rights Watch on Monday asked Congolese authorities to "immediately and unconditionally release two activists who were arbitrarily arrested on April 19, 2021, after peacefully demonstrating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo."Their lawyer says Elisée Lwatumba and Eric Muhindo, both members of the youth movement Struggle for Change (Lutte pour le Changement, or Lucha), were charged with “incitement to civil disobedience” and “threats of attack,” and face up to five years in prison.


Amnesty International calls on Nobel Prize winning Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed to account for all missing persons following Hachalu Hundesa’s killing

The administration of Abiy Ahmed, the Nobel Prize winning Prime Minister of Ethiopia, must immediately reveal the whereabouts of dozens of politicians and journalists who were arrested alongside other people following widespread protests that erupted after the killing of Hachalu Hundesa, Amnesty International has said.

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Human Rights Watch concludes Abiy Ahmed’s soldiers bombed civilians to death, schools, hospitals and markets in Tigray region

Humera and Shire, killing at least 83 civilians, including children, and wounding over 300.

Human Rights Watch calls on Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize winning Abiy Ahmed to restore internet and phone services in Oromia

The Ethiopian government should immediately lift the shutdown of internet and phone communications in the Oromia region, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The two-month-long shutdown has prevented families from communicating, disrupted life-saving services, and contributed to an information blackout during government counterinsurgency operations in the area, the respected human rights organization added in a statement.


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