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Nations defend UN rights council after US pullout

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Diplomats from across the globe defended the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday after the United States withdrew from a body it branded an anti-Israel “cesspool”. Slovenian ambassador Vojislav Suc, who currently holds the council’s rotating presidency and has been pushing a faltering reform …

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US withdraws from ‘cesspool’ UN rights body

Washington, United States | AFP | The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President …

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Twenty-five bodies found after army sweep in Mali

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Twenty-five bodies were found in central Mali after the army carried out a sweep in the unstable region, sources said on Monday, adding to concern about abuse by security forces in their fight against jihadists. An NGO called Kisal, which campaigns for the human rights …

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Cameroon blasts Amnesty for ‘crude lies’ on anglophone crisis

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Cameroon has accused Amnesty International of disseminating “crude lies” after it said security forces had committed summary killings, arrests and property destruction to try to crush a separatist insurgency. The report “is stuffed with crude lies, hasty deductions (and) slanderous, unacceptable manoeuvering, which are part …

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Sudan in new drive to ‘gag’ press freedom: watchdog

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudanese security agents confiscated entire print-runs of three newspapers this week in what media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Thursday was a new drive to “gag” press freedom in the African nation. Agents of Sudan’s powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) confiscated copies of …

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Media watchdog calls on Tanzania to scrap online content law

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday called on Tanzania to scrap a new law regulating Internet content, saying it targeted critics who had sought a “safe haven” online. The new law requires the operators of online platforms to divulge the names of their sources and …

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Crackdown in anglophone Cameroon worsens crisis: Amnesty

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | The government’s military response in two regions of Cameroon where English-speaking separatists are campaigning for an independent state has inflamed the crisis, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a 37-page report, the human-rights watchdog said it had catalogued “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary …

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US must stop separating immigrant children from parents: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The United Nations on Tuesday urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. The UN rights office said it was “deeply concerned” over the “zero tolerance” policy introduced by the administration of US …

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