Algeria deports human rights observer

Algeria deports human rights observer

The Human Rights Watch organization said Tuesday that one of its staff has been deported from Algeria after a 10-day ordeal that saw him briefly detained followed by the seizure of his travel documents. Ahmed Benchemsi, a Middle East communications and advocacy director who holds dual citizenship in Morocco and…

HRW: Ethiopian migrants to Gulf face perilous conditions

While much attention is rightly focused on the perils of Mediterranean Sea crossings, the Human Rights Watch organization is calling attention to the conditions faced by Ethiopian migrants as they take other routes across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. “A combination of factors, including unemployment and other economic…

HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

Mozambique’s new amnesty law is meeting with resistance from activists outraged by the idea that neither their government nor its longtime Renamo opposition will be held accountable for abuses. The new law protects from prosecution those accused of serious human rights violations since 2014. They include allegations of enforced disappearances,…

Rights group blames Egypt, demands probe into Morsi death

The Human Rights Watch organization has called for an independent investigation into the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed during a court appearance in Cairo on Monday. Morsi had just finished statements to the court when he lost consciousness, according to Egyptian media. He was rushed to…

Report: Another 350 opposition members arrested in Cameroon

At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon’s main opposition party, including its leaders, were arrested at the weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch. That’s drawn new criticism from the organization, which joined other groups in appealing to the United Nations Security Council for…

Critics focus on Egypt as it hosts AU human rights summit

Beginning on Wednesday, Egypt is hosting a three-week human rights conference of the African Union, which currently has President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as its leader. That’s met with criticism from activists in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and beyond who say the increasingly repressive nation needs to get its own house in…

Sudan confirms it has missing opposition activist detained

Authorities in Sudan confirmed they are holding Mohamed Boshi, a vocal critic of the government who was forcibly disappeared in Egypt last month despite seeking asylum in Cairo, the Human Rights Watch organization said Thursday. The 35-year-old Boshi has been missing since October 10. Witnesses reported five armed men, believed to be…

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

Campaigners with Human Rights Watch in both Africa and the United States expressed concern late Friday over the Nigerian army’s use of President Donald Trump’s remarks, specifically about responding with lethal force to any migrants throwing rocks at U.S. troops staged on its southern border. Trump’s remarks Thursday, which he…