Nigeria: Satellite Imagery Shows Strikes on Settlement

Impartially Investigate Airstrikes, Compensate Victims Nigerian authorities should conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the January 17, 2017 airstrikes that hit a settlement for displaced people who had fled Boko Haram, killing at least 70 people, including nine aid workers, and wounding at least 120, Human Rights Watch said today. The government, which has stated that the Nigerian […]

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CAR: Urgent need to rebuild justice system as war crime suspects roam free

Individuals suspected of committing war crimes including killing and rape during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) are evading investigation and arrest, and in some cases live side by side with their victims, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. The organization is calling for major investment to rebuild the country’s justice system and establish the […]

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Dispatches: Angolan Activists Conditionally Free

The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy. Public prosecutors charged the group members with “preparatory acts of rebellion” and “plotting against the president and state institutions.” The latter charge […]

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Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper a ploy to crackdown on freedom of the press

The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said Amnesty International today. “The closure of The Post newspaper is a disturbing development clearly designed to silence critical media voices” Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa Zambian authorities ordered the closure of the publishing company, […]

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A Bittersweet Victory for Leading Angolan Activist

On Friday morning, Angolan human rights defender Marcos Mavungo was released from prison after the country’s Supreme Court overturned his conviction a day earlier. He is now enjoying the company of his wife, Adolfina Mavungo, and children, who met him by the prison gates. In a phone conversation, Mavungo told Human Rights Watch he was happy to be back home […]

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