Report: Troubling trends in an increasingly repressive Chad

Report: Troubling trends in an increasingly repressive Chad

A new human rights report on Chad finds a disturbing trend in government repression of rights activists, journalists, labor leaders and community organizers, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The “Between recession and repression: The rising cost of dissent in Chad” document looks at the increasing use of laws that restrict…

Morocco: Zafzafi, ‘hirak’ protesters due in court Monday

Nasser Zafzafi, the prominent activist of the “hirak” movement in Morocco’s restive Rif region, is due to appear in a Casablanca court on Monday. Zafzafi and 30 other protesters detained during the latest round of demonstrations spreading from Al Hoceima to other Moroccan cities will appear before Casablanca’s Criminal Chamber…

Cameroon shuts down Amnesty International media event

An Amnesty International press conference planned in Cameroon was shut down by security agents on Wednesday, although the human rights organization says it complied with prior notification laws ahead of the event. Managers at the hotel  in Yaoundé, where the Amnesty meeting was planned, were told by officials to shut…

Update: Toll soars to 113 in Ethiopian trash landslide

The toll has soared to 113 people who died last weekend in a landslide at an Ethiopian trash dump, and dozens remain missing as the search for victims continues near Addis Ababa. The accident happened Saturday night at the dump on the outskirts of the city where people often gather to…

Kenya’s stance on Dadaab refugees challenged by rights groups

Kenyan government officials are coercing refugees to return to Somalia – and the very risks they’ve tried to flee, the Amnesty International human rights organization said in a report released Tuesday. More than 280,000 refugees, most of them Somali, live in the Dadaab refugee camp that Kenya announced in May it intends…