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Somalia: Social media shut down over exam leakages unjustified

Somalia’s Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre cancelled the national secondary examination which began on 11 May after discovering that exam papers had been leaked

Responding to reports that Somalia’s education minister has announced that social media may be shut down for five days from 27 to 31 May as one of the ways to stop cheating in the national secondary school exams, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the…

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Sudan: Omar al-Bashir must face justice for recent and past crimes

It should not be forgotten that the Sudan Transitional Military Council also bears responsibility for failing to protect peaceful protestors

Following the announcement by Sudan’s Public Prosecutor that he will charge former president Omar al-Bashir with the recent killing of protestors, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: “While this promises to be a first step towards holding al-Bashir accountable for…

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Gambia: 22 death sentences commuted to life imprisonment, a welcome step towards abolition

The President’s commutation of these death sentences to life imprisonment is an important milestone for Gambia which is slowly and steadily moving away from the death penalty

Responding to the news that Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has commuted the death sentences of 22 prisoners to life imprisonment, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Regional Director-who met with the Gambian President last week- said: “The President’s commutation of these death sentences to life imprisonment is…

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Sudan: Former president Omar Al-Bashir must be tried by International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes

An ICC trial is not only vital for the victims of the atrocious crimes that led to his indictment but must constitute a first step in ensuring justice and accountability in the country

Responding to news that former Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir is being detained in Kober prison in Khartoum, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Omar Al-Bashir stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and must be immediately handed over…

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Equatorial Guinea: Presidential announcement a welcome step towards abolishing the death penalty

Abolishing the death penalty will be a positive step in improving Equatorial Guinea’s human rights record, particularly the protection of the right to life

Reacting to the news that Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema will propose a draft law to abolish the death penalty, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Director said: "This presidential announcement is a welcome move and, if the death penalty is abolished in Equatorial Guinea, the…

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Sudan: Government mounts lethal offensive against protesters killing nine, blocking food and water

Amnesty International has verified that two men were killed early Tuesday morning, one close to his house in Omdurman as he returned from the sit-in

Nine people have been reportedly killed in Sudan since protesters began a sit-in at the military’s headquarters in Khartoum on 6 April, with police and security forces using excessive force to try and disperse protesters calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down, Amnesty International has learned. “The Sudanese authorities…

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Mozambique: Detained journalist must be released or charged with a recognizable offence

Amade must either be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released immediately and allowed to do his job without fear of reprisals

As Mozambican journalist and Prisoner of Conscience, Amade Abubacar, marks 90-days in pretrial detention, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said: “Mozambican authorities are treating Amade Abubacar like a convicted criminal by prolonging his pretrial detention without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national…

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South Africa: Authorities must tackle longstanding impunity to end xenophobia

South African authorities must ensure effective protection for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers against xenophobic attacks

In response to the “follow-up” meeting between the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Police Bheki Cele with Heads of the Diplomatic Missions represented in South Africa “to find a lasting solution” to xenophobic attacks in the country, Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International…

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Zimbabwe: Attack on 263 Chat website a blatant attempt to muzzle the media

Police fired tear gas into the newsroom after chasing reporter Lovejoy Mtongwiza to the website's offices

A police raid on the offices of online news site 263 Chat after one of its journalists filmed the removal of street vendors in Harare is a blatant assault on the right to freedom of expression and media freedom, Amnesty International said today. Police fired tear gas into the newsroom…

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Cyclone Idai: Governments must ramp up rescue efforts and ensure adequate humanitarian assistance

Amnesty International is calling on foreign governments, including regional leaders, to ramp up efforts and resources available for rescue efforts

With hundreds of people confirmed dead and thousands others missing or displaced after a devastating cyclone hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi, Amnesty International is calling on foreign governments, including regional leaders, to ramp up efforts and resources available for rescue efforts. The organization said the focus should be…