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African Union: No Reparations for Ex-Chad President’s Victims

4 years after Hissène Habré’s conviction, African Union fails to put in place victims’ fund

The African Union has yet to set up a Trust Fund to compensate victims of the former Chadian president Hissène Habré, four years after his historic conviction in Senegal, a coalition of international and regional human rights organizations said today. On May 30, 2016, Habré was convicted of crimes against…

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Coronavirus: Child marriage, pregnancies soar during pandemic

Covid-19 Threatens Global Progress on Girls’ Rights

The world was making real progress toward ending child marriage – until the pandemic. Adolescent pregnancies were falling too, especially among girls under age 15 – until the pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic and the inadequate response of governments has severely damaged or threatened a generation of progress on girls’ rights. A new…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: Fears of Covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria’s Kano State (by Anietie Ewang)

Authorities Need to Ensure Public Health Information Available to All

Anietie Ewang , Researcher, Africa Division Recent reports of hundreds more deaths than usual across communities in Nigeria’s Kano State have raised fears that a major Covid-19 outbreak is underway. Official data from Kano State Ministry of Health reports 219 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 5 deaths as of April 30, but residents fear that the outbreak…

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Coronavirus - Africa: A Human Rights Checklist

Human Rights Watch is committed to reporting on the human rights dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research has identified 40 questions to guide a rights-respecting response to this crisis that addresses the needs of groups most at risk, including people living in poverty, ethnic and religious minorities, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBT people, migrants, refugees, and children. We have also…

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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Unsafe water raises COVID-19 risks

Long before the coronavirus pandemic, much of Zimbabwe suffered a severe water and sanitation crisis

Zimbabwe government measures to combat COVID-19 should include urgently providing continuous and affordable access to sufficient safe water to people across the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Long before the coronavirus pandemic, much of Zimbabwe suffered a severe water and sanitation crisis. On March 30, 2020, Zimbabwe, like many…

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Coronavirus - Cameroon: Allow Aid Access Amid Pandemic

Delivery of Assistance Vital in Conflict Areas

Cameroon’s government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic respects rights and prioritizes support for those who need it most, including in violence-affected areas. The authorities should allow unhindered access to aid organizations in conflict zones to deliver life-saving assistance. Health officials have confirmed over 800 cases of COVID-19 and 10…

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Nigeria: COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

Ensure Emergency Preparedness for Displaced, Vulnerable People

The Nigerian government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in respect for human rights by ensuring access to standard health care services, clean water, and other basic necessities to the most vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. The services should be available on an equitable basis…

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Millions of Ethiopians Can’t Get COVID-19 News

Refusal to Restore Communications Threatens Public Health

Laetitia Bader - Senior Researcher, Africa Division Every time you place a call in Ethiopia, you get an educational message about coronavirus prevention – but that only helps if you can make a call. Millions of Ethiopians living under a months-long government-imposed shutdown of internet and phone services in western Oromia are being left in the…

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Ghana: Faith Healers Defy Ban on Chaining

Enforce Ban on Chaining and Provide Community-Based Services

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana continue to hold people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in chains in inhumane conditions despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. “People with psychosocial disabilities are still chained like animals,” said Shantha…