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Cameroon: More than a hundred detainees from Anglophone regions and opposition party languishing in jail for speaking out

More than 1,000 Anglophone people arrested between 2016 and 2021 in relation to the Anglophone crisis are behind bars in at least 10 prisons across the country

More than a hundred people from Cameroon’s Anglophone regions and its main political opposition party, arrested over the past five years for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, are still languishing in jail, where some have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, Amnesty International said today…

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Tunisia: Amend Excessive Covid-19 Restrictions Banning all Public Gatherings

Tunisia’s government says the new restrictions, announced on the head of government’s Facebook page, are intended to combat the spread of Covid-19

New Covid-19 restrictions in Tunisia banning all public gatherings effectively impose a blanket ban on public demonstrations, and thus impede people’s rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today. The restrictions came into force on 13 January, amid signs of growing intolerance for dissent and one day…

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Niger: Conviction of investigative journalists marks deepening repression of media freedom

The report alleged that a huge drug seizure made by the Niger authorities had been reacquired by the drug traffickers, using illicit means

The recent conviction of two investigative journalists in Niger for reporting the findings of an international NGO marks an alarming turn in the authorities’ increasingly brazen targeting of media critics, Amnesty International said today. On 3 January, a court in the capital Niamey sentenced two prominent journalists, Samira Sabou and…

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Egypt: Hopes for justice crushed as court confirms prison term for women’s rights defender

She was arrested in May 2018 after posting a video on her Facebook page in which she spoke about sexual harassment and criticized the Egyptian government for their inaction on the issue

Responding to yesterday’s decision –announced today– by Egypt’s Court of Cassation to confirm its conviction against Amal Fathy, a women’s rights defender who criticised the Egyptian authorities’ failure to protect women from sexual harassment, and sentence her to one year in prison, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa…

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Amnesty International pays tribute to Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu: 1931-2021

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been a fervent supporter of Amnesty International’s human rights work

Amnesty International paid tribute today to one of the world’s dedicated human rights champions, Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Tutu passed away on 26 December 2021 at the age of 90. The death of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu leaves a big void in the struggle for human rights and freedom around…

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Cameroon: Release of students sentenced for 10 years for sharing joke on Boko Haram is a great relief

These three students who were only exercising their right to freedom of expression should never have been arrested in the first place

Following the release of three Cameroonian students sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in jail for sharing a sarcastic text message that referenced Boko Haram, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director, said: “The release of Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor, and Azah Levis Gob, three young…

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Libya: Authorities Must Address Violations after Election Postponed

Preparations for the election had been taking place in a highly volatile climate characterized by disputes over electoral laws and the eligibility of candidates

The postponement of Libya’s first-ever presidential election, originally scheduled to begin on 24 December, after the authorities failed to confirm a list of eligible candidates, illustrates the need to address the myriad human rights violations that characterized the run-up to the election, Amnesty International said today. Preparations for the election…

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Tunisia: Authorities must halt implementation of overly restrictive vaccine pass

The new decree-law, which Amnesty International has extensively analyzed, bans public sector and salaried private sector employees from working until they are able to obtain a vaccine pass

The Tunisian authorities must halt the implementation, pending amendment, of a new Covid-19 decree-law that will deny anyone aged 18 or above without a vaccine pass access to many public and private spaces, ban them from working in public-sector or salaried private-sector jobs, and – if they are Tunisian citizens…

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Guinea: Horrific cases of rape and murder of girls must urge authorities to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat sexual violence

Six girls aged between three and 16, and a woman were sexually assaulted, and some were raped between 25 November and 2 December 2021

Guinean authorities must take immediate measures to ensure thorough and impartial investigation of recent rapes and sexual assaults followed by murders committed over the course of just eight days and bring perpetrators to justice, Amnesty International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) said today. They must also increase their…

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Nigeria: Plans to close IDP camps in Maiduguri could endanger lives

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the safety of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, who are at risk of forced resettlement

More than 10,000 households at risk; Internally Displaced Persons forced to return home despite attacks by armed groups; At least 6 killed and 14 injured during attacks at resettled camps.  Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the safety of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, who are at risk…