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Human Rights Watch says Tanzanian authorities have gravely abused at least 18 Burundian refugees

Tanzanian authorities have gravely abused at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since late 2019, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The whereabouts of several who were forcibly disappeared remain unknown, and additional Burundians may have suffered similar abuse. Between October 2019...

Hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped as Ethiopian war planes bomb Mekelle, Tigray’s regional capital

Hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped on Saturday in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, which came under "heavy bombardment." Aid workers and regional officials said on Saturday Mekelle was under heavy shelling from Ethiopian government forces....

GitHub rejects challenge on tool used to preserve videos of abuses

A decision by GitHub, a leading software development platform, to reinstate a popular free software tool for downloading videos, means that human rights groups will be able to continue to use the software without interruption to preserve documentation of...

Biden: Violence against women and girls a global epidemic that must be confronted

Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that must be confronted, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Wednesday. As many as 1 in 3 women is the victim of gender-based violence at some point in her life,...

Rights group welcomes FIFA’s lifetime ban of Haiti football chief Yves Jean-Bart over sexual abuse of young football players

The International Federation of Association Football (Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA) has banned Haitian soccer federation president Yves Jean-Bart for life over allegations he had sexually abused children. Human Rights Watch described the lifetime ban for as an important step forward to...

President Ramaphosa to hold dialogue on gender-based violence and femicide

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, hold an interactive session with civil society formations to mark the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.  The virtual interactive session will comprise the Inter-Ministerial...

DR Congo militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka gets life term for atrocities

A Congolese military court’s conviction of the militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka and two co-accused for serious abuses is a significant step in the fight against impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. On November...

Tunisia’s harsh sentence against blogger triggers condemnation

A Tunis court on November 12, 2020 sentenced a blogger, Wajdi Mahouechi, to two years in prison for posting a Facebook video that a court official deemed offensive, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Mahouechi, 31, a frequent commentator on issues of...

Human Rights Watch calls on Saudi Arabia to clarify status of Chinese Muslim Uyghur detainees

Saudi authorities should immediately clarify the status of two Chinese Muslim Uyghur men arrested in Saudi Arabia on November 20, 2020, and disclose the basis for their detentions, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The organization said the Saudi authorities should not...

Amnesty International warns Ethiopia’s Tigray region on brink of deadly escalation

Amnesty International warned on Monday that the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region was on "the brink of a deadly escalation" after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave fighters loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) 72 hours to...

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Biden’s economic team praised as experienced and historic

U.S. President-elect's economic team has been praised as experience and historic. Biden on Monday announced key members of his...

Rights groups urge IMF to demand transparency for Egypt military’s firms before releasing more funding

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should demand the Egyptian government disclose financial information about military-owned businesses as part of required reporting on state-owned enterprises,...

Biden to nominate Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein, Heather Boushey and Adewale Adeyemo to economic team

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday will nominate Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein, Heather Boushey, and Nigerian-American Adewale Adeyemo alongside Janet...

IMF chief to G20 leaders: jointly build foundations for better 21st century global economy

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Sunday urged G20 leaders to jointly build the foundations for a better 21st century global amid...

Atiku: I received the news Nigeria has entered another recession with a “very heavy heart”

It is with a very heavy heart that I received the confirmation that for the second time in five years, Nigeria has entered into...
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