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Sudan: Decision to repeal public order laws a step forward for women’s rights

Amnesty International calls on the government of Sudan to go further and ratify important instruments related to women’s rights including the Maputo Protocol

Reacting to the Sudanese government’s decision to repeal the public order laws, which governed among other things, women’s presence in public spaces, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango, said: “This is a big step forward for women’s rights in Sudan. The…

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South Sudan: Journalists at risk ahead of unity government

On 30 October 2019, the South Sudanese authorities confiscated the accreditation and work permit of Associated Press’ correspondent, Sam Mednick

Responding to news that a military officer on 31 October 2019 physically assaulted two female journalists during a military meeting addressed by President Salva Kiir, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: “This shocking incident is part of a sustained effort…

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Sudan: Immediate humanitarian access for victims of conflict essential as ceasefire deal agreed

The people in the conflict-torn areas of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, have been denied basic rights like education, health and even adequate food for years

Responding to a ceasefire agreement signed on 21 October between the Sudanese government and armed opposition groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states to allow humanitarian access into these areas, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: “The people…

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Uganda: Parliament must reject bill imposing death penalty for gay sex

The government of Uganda has a long history of anti-LGBTI advocacy

Responding to Ugandan Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo’s announcement that the government is planning to introduce the death penalty for consensual same-sex sexual acts, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki said: “It is outrageous that instead of the Ugandan government taking…

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Ethiopia: Nobel Peace Prize must spur Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed towards further human rights reform

This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia

Responding to the announcement that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: “This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia after decades of widespread repression.…

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Tanzania: Confidential document shows forced repatriation of Burundi refugees imminent

Nearly 75,000 people have already returned to Burundi from Tanzania since September 2017 under a voluntary repatriation programme

A leaked, confidential document seen and reviewed by Amnesty International confirms fears that the repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania will not be wholly voluntary and could start as soon as next week. The bilateral agreement signed by Tanzania’s Minister for Home Affairs Kangi Lugola and Burundi’s Minister of Interior…

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Somalia: Arrest of Jubaland security minister must yield justice for victims

Abdirashid Janan is accused by the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group of horrific crimes including killings, torture, unlawful detention and illegal renditions

Following the arrest of the security minister of Jubaland in Somalia, Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur, also known as Abdirashid Janan, who is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations, including obstructing humanitarian assistance, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn…

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Tanzania: Second journalist arrested in a month must be released unconditionally

He published an investigative piece on police brutality in Iringa, central Tanzania

Responding to the arrest of journalist Joseph Gandye, who had been investigating allegations of brutality by the Tanzanian police, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki said: “Joseph Gandye is a respected journalist who had been investigating allegations of serious human rights violations…

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Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters

The High Court dismissed an application by the opposition Movement for Democratic to overturn that ban

In response to the brutal assault on peaceful protesters who gathered in the Harare CBD earlier today in anticipation of the “16 August” national protests, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: “The scenes in Harare today demonstrate just how far the authorities will go to…

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Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir must not escape international trial

The Sudanese military overthrew and detained Omar al-Bashir on 11 April 2019, after 16 weeks of street protests against his rule

Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir must face justice for crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, that he allegedly committed in Darfur while in power, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on corruption charges on 18 August in Khartoum. Al-Bashir, who…