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Thousands at risk of displacement due to imminent forced evictions in Eswatini and Zimbabwe

The threat of eviction began in 2012, and since then thousands of people have been evicted and are living in desperately poor conditions

The threat of forced eviction is putting thousands of people across Southern Africa at serious risk amid the pandemic, Amnesty International said today. The organization highlighted two cases, in Eswatini and Zimbabwe, where authorities are attempting to remove people from their homes to make way for commercial interests, without following…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Government to license online posts in fresh assault on freedom of expression

This means that election campaigning will only be allowed through media and social media platforms

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on 7 September issued a public notice stating that anyone wishing to publish information online must be licensed ahead of a 5 October deadline. It is the latest blow to the right to freedom of expression in Uganda ahead of 2021 elections, following guidelines issued…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Stop the use of deadly force on protesters

Spokespersons available to take media interviews Following the killing of at least 16 people following protests over the arrest of zonal officials, community leaders and activists by Ethiopian security officers in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) since 9 August, Amnesty International’s Director for…

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Coronavirus - East Africa: People seeking safety are trapped at borders due to COVID-19 measures

Countries in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region host approximately 4.6 million refugees and asylum seekers

A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The organizations are calling on governments to put in place measures that manage the current health emergency while ensuring asylum…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Thirty-nine organizations call on governments to ensure access to asylum seekers during COVID-19 pandemic

The organizations are calling on governments to put in place measures that manage the current health emergency while ensuring asylum seekers can seek protection

People seeking safety are trapped at borders across Eastern Africa due to COVID-19 measures  A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The organizations are calling on governments…

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Coronavirus - Egypt: Health care workers forced to make impossible choice between ‘death or jail’

According to Egypt's Doctors Syndicate, at least 68 frontline health care workers died and more than 400 tested positive since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Egypt

The Egyptian authorities must immediately stop their campaign of harassment and intimidation against frontline health care workers who express safety concerns or criticize the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Amnesty International said today. The organization documented how Egyptian authorities have used vague and overly broad charges of "spreading false…

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Coronavirus - Southern Africa: Persons with albinism especially vulnerable in the face of COVID-19

Lockdowns across the region hinder access to healthcare facilities and skin cancer clinics as well as vital sunscreen

Southern African governments must ensure the protection and well-being of persons with albinism, who are increasingly vulnerable amid the COVID-19 crisis as lockdowns across the region hinder access to healthcare facilities and skin cancer clinics as well as vital sunscreen, Amnesty International said today ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day.…

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Coronavirus - Eritrea: Detainees in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions defenceless against COVID-19

Testimonies received by Amnesty International reveal that detainees in all four detention facilities suffer a wide range of serious ailments

Unable to shower or wash their clothes regularly, denied access to toilets or forced to relieve themselves in the open, thousands of people locked away in Eritrea’s crammed detention centres have little or no defence against COVID-19, according to information obtained by Amnesty International. Testimonies pieced together since 2017 provide…

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Coronavirus - Sub-Saharan Africa: Government responses to COVID-19 should guarantee the protection of women and girls’ rights

Organisations are calling for governments to take urgent action to protect the rights of women and girls, highlighting the specific gender risks which the COVID-19 pandemic poses

Authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa must ensure their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic include specific protections for the rights of women and girls, Amnesty International, Women's Link Worldwide and the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) said in a report published today. The document provides a roadmap for governments and…

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Coronavirus - Tanzania: Authorities must end crackdown on journalists reporting on COVID-19

The media plays a crucial role in informing the public about the factual situation and measures taken by governments in response to COVID-19

Spokespersons available to take media interviews Tanzanian authorities yesterday suspended Talib Ussi Hamad, a journalist with the Daima daily newspaper, for six months simply for reporting on COVID-19, the latest in a string of attacks on the right to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom during the…