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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…

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Coronavirus - Eritrea: Show humanity and release prisoners of conscience amid COVID-19

At least 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to its Ministry of Health

Eritrean-American Ciham Ali Ahmed turns 23 today – and once again she is spending her birthday behind bars. This year she faces the additional and potentially deadly risk of contracting COVID-19 in some prison in Eritrea. She is a prisoner of conscience, jailed simply for trying to exercise her human…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 as an emergency human rights issue

In East and Southern Africa, some governments, such as Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, have imposed unprecedented measures such as national “lockdowns”

Deprose Muchena is the Director of Amnesty International’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office In our homes, streets, public places, radio stations, newspapers and international television news channels, everybody is talking about: COVID-19. Maintaining reasonable physical distance and practising good personal hygiene, such as regularly washing hands and avoiding touching…

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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…