IOM: More migrants die after Algeria forces them into desert

IOM: More migrants die after Algeria forces them into desert

Hundreds of migrants rounded up in Algeria have arrived in Niger, despite the Algerian government’s strong denials that it is forcibly removing the primarily West African migrants and dumping them in the desert. Migrants from Guinea, Cameroon and other nations tell the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that they are…

Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

The African Union’s human rights organization, wrapping up its meeting in Nouakchott this week, called on President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to review Mauritania’s controversial “blasphemy” law. “The African commission uses the occasion of its current session in Mauritania to urge the highest authorities to review this legislation,” said Soyata…

UN human rights chief warns of spiraling CAR violence

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is appealing to the international community to take serious measures to curb the spiraling ethnic and communal violence in Central African Republic. “Last week’s violence in Bangui demonstrates just how volatile the situation is, and how easily crowds…

UN report points to South Sudan war crimes

A United Nations report on human rights violations in South Sudan released Friday concludes that some violations against civilian populations may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, established by the Human Rights Council in March 2016, said it has identified at least 40…

South Sudan’s Dak draws death penalty despite refugee status

In South Sudan, the SPLM-IO has called shameful the decision to condemn James Gatdet Dak, a former spokesman for exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, to death by hanging on charges of treason. “When the regime should be working to create a conducive environment for negotiations, they are instead handing down…

Human Rights Day events planned amid global threats to progress

The world on Sunday marks Human Rights Day with observances and events spanning the globe, and the launch of a yearlong human rights campaign in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 2018. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,…

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Refugees fleeing DR Congo violence pour into Zambia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says alarm is ever-growing over extreme violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the number of refugees now fleeing into neighboring Zambia. Some 3,360 refugees poured across the border in September, more than doubling the total number who have sought safety…

Report: Congolese army implicated in ethnic violence in Kasais

Government forces in the DR Congo have been implicated in waves of increasing ethnic violence in the Kasai provinces, according to a United Nations investigation report released Friday. The report, based on interviews with Congolese seeking refuge in neighboring Angola, details their horrific accounts of targeted killings and mutilation of…

Former Burundi president stands firm against Imbonerakure threats

Domitien Ndayizeye, the former president of Burundi, says he is taking seriously threats made against him by speakers for the Imbonerakure militia during a massive weekend rally in Bujumbura. Ndayizeye, who was succeeded by current President Pierre Nkurunziza in 2005, told Burundi’s independent Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) that the threats made…