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Central African Republic: Armed Group Kills 46 Civilians

Group’s Leader an Adviser to Prime Minister

Fighters from the armed group Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation, or 3R, killed at least 46 civilians on May 21, 2019, in three attacks in Ouham Pendé province in the Central African Republic. In February, 14 armed groups, including 3R, signed a peace accord with the Central African government and in March, the 3R commander,…

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Sudan: Put Justice Up Front

Set Independent Inquiry into Protester Killings, Abuse

Sudanese leaders should facilitate the establishment and cooperate with the work of an effective international investigation into the killings of and abuses against protesters since December 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 5, 2019, a coalition of opposition groups and the Transitional Military Council, which took power on April…

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Guinea: New Law Could Shield Police from Prosecution

Inadequate Guidelines on Use of Lethal Force

Guinea’s president should not put into effect a new law that gives gendarmes too much discretion to use firearms and could shield them from prosecution for unlawful killings, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Guinea’s security forces have a record of using excessive force in responding to often…

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DR Congo: Q&A on International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Ntaganda Trial

Key Issues for July 8 Verdict on Former Congolese Warlord

Human Rights Watch released today a question-and-answer document on the trial of the former Congolese general and armed group leader Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The court’s verdict in the case is scheduled for July 8, 2019. Ntaganda is charged with alleged war crimes and crimes against…

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Hope for Kenya’s Forgotten Victims

Proposed Reparations Bill Chance to Compensate Post-Election Rape Survivors

Agnes Odhiambo Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division This weekend, I received the sad news that Chepkorir had died. Chepkorir, whose name I have changed to protect her privacy, was raped in December 2007. The men who raped her beat her badly and she had been struggling with poor health ever…

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Gambia: Women Accuse Ex-President of Sexual Violence

Investigate Yahya Jammeh for Rape, Sexual Assault

Three women have accused Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, of rape and sexual assault while he was in office, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. Former Gambian officials said that presidential aides regularly pressured women to visit or work for Jammeh, who then sexually abused many of them.…

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In Sudan, Repression of Protests by Another Name

Military Using Abusive Rapid Support Forces against Demonstrators

Sudanese protesters were hopeful that the ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir would signal a break from 30 years of abuses. They spent over four months protesting in the streets despite violence by government forces that killed over 100 civilians and subjected many to unfair detentions and ill-treatment. Witnesses told us the…

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Eritrea’s Human Rights Crisis Requires Ongoing Scrutiny

UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Special Rapporteur’s Mandate

At the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council starting today, states will discuss whether to keep Eritrea in the spotlight. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea highlights why they should. The report, which reviews Eritrea’s human rights situation since its historic July…

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Guinea: Draconian Forced Evictions

Thousands of Homes Razed in Capital; Residents Denied Aid, Compensation

The Guinean government has razed thousands of homes in the country’s capital, Conakry, leaving families struggling to find adequate housing, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has provided no alternative accommodation or compensation to those displaced, in contravention of international human rights law. Between February and May 2019, more…

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Sudan: End Network Shutdown Immediately

The UN Human Rights Council has unequivocally condemned measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online

 Sudan’s ongoing internet shutdown is a gross violation of human rights and should be lifted immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Disruptions to access escalated over the past week and the country is now almost entirely cut off from the internet, after forces violently attacked and dispersed protesters. The authorities should…