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HRW slams Kenyan police ‘brutality’ during virus curfew

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused Kenyan police of killing at least six people and beating and extorting others while enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Kenya imposed the 7pm-5am lockdown from March 27. The rights watchdog said police …

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Tanzanian gays targeted and cut off from healthcare

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Gay Tanzanian activist Tee, 34, recalls with nostalgia a time when Tanzania was like “paradise” for LGBT people — before the 2015 election of President John Magufuli ushered in fear and persecution. It’s all relative. Tanzania has long criminalised same-sex relations, and social stigma has always …

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Tanzania backsliding on freedoms under Magufuli

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  President John Magufuli has presided over a crackdown on media and civil society in Tanzania that has seriously undermined democratic freedoms as the country approaches elections, global rights groups said Monday. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tanzania was backsliding under Magufuli, whose …

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Human Rights Watch concerned by attacks on Rights Groups

  Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT |  – Human Rights Watch has criticized Uganda police for what they describe as failure to bring to book any suspects in the recent break-ins targeting Rights Groups offices in Kampala. In the latest incident,  Ugandan rights organization Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) was …

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HRW urges review of Moroccan activist’s jail sentence

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Human Rights Watch called on Morocco Tuesday to urgently reexamine the sentencing of an activist to five years in prison based on a confession that it said may have been coerced. El Mortada Iamrachen, a 31-year-old member of a protest movement in Morocco’s neglected northern …

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HRW condemns summary executions in eastern Libya

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned a series of summary executions of dozens of people in areas of eastern Libya under the control of controversial strongman Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. The New York-based watchdog called on Haftar’s Libyan National Army to make good on a …

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Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

Expanded Trump ‘Mexico City’ policy causing cuts in HIV, Reproductive Care in East Africa Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT |  Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid will include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. Human Rights Watch has …

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HRW accuses Mali, Burkina troops of sweeping rights abuses

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Malian and Burkinabe soldiers have killed, tortured and disappeared civilians while trying to root out jihadists in central Mali, Human Rights Watch said Friday. “Mali and Burkina Faso military operations to counter the growing presence of Islamist armed groups in central Mali have resulted in …

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