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Tanzania: Climate of Fear, Censorship as Repression Mounts

Repeal Repressive Laws; Investigate Abuses of Activists, Critics, Opponents

Tanzania’s repression of the media, human rights defenders, and opposition parties has intensified since 2015, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in two separate reports today. Both reports found that President John Magufuli’s government has adopted or enforced a raft of repressive laws that stifle independent journalism and severely…

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European Union (EU) Parliament Urges Tough Action Against Egypt’s Crackdown

European Union (EU) Should Use ‘All Tools at Its Disposal’ to Secure Human Rights Progress

On October 24, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) took aim at Egypt’s brutal crackdown on human rights, calling out the European Union and its member states for their feeble response to the escalating crisis, and urging “a profound and comprehensive review” of the EU’s relationship with Egypt. Over the past few weeks, President…

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Burundi: Journalists, Driver Detained on Reporting Trip

Clampdown on Free Speech Increases as Elections Near

The Burundi authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four journalists and their driver arrested on October 22, 2019 while they were on a reporting trip to Bubanza Province for Iwacu newspaper, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalists had informed authorities of their plan to travel to the area to…

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Tanzania: Protect Burundians Facing Abuse

Ensure Repatriations Are Voluntary

 Tanzania should protect Burundian refugees fleeing widespread abuses instead of requiring them to return to Burundi against their will. Tanzanian authorities have announced a plan to send all 183,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania back to Burundi by the end of 2019. Instead, the authorities should allow refugees fearing persecution to remain in Tanzania.…

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A Small Victory for Somalis at the UN

Aid workers in Somalia have been warning for weeks that the additional counterterrorism sanctions could scare donors into suspending emergency funding

Laetitia Bader Senior Researcher, Africa Division Security Council Blocks Measure Jeopardizing Aid Six United Nations Security Council members have blocked a bid by Kenya to impose additional counterterrorism sanctions on the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab in Somalia. While Al-Shabab’s atrocities merit Security Council scrutiny, the Kenyan proposal would have jeopardized the delivery…

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Ethiopians abused on Gulf Migration Route

Trafficking, Exploitation, Torture, Abusive Prison Conditions

Ethiopians undertaking the perilous journey by boat across the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden face exploitation and torture in Yemen by a network of trafficking groups, Human Rights Watch said today. They also encounter abusive prison conditions in Saudi Arabia before being summarily forcibly deported back to Addis Ababa.…

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Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Spurs Dropouts and Exodus by Students, Teachers

Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and physical abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 84-page report, “‘They Are Making Us into Slaves, Not Educating Us’: How Indefinite…