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Burkina Faso: Coup Puts Rights at Risk

Uphold Basic Protections, Restore Civilian Democratic Rule

Burkina Faso military officers responsible for the January 2022 coup should ensure the protection of human rights and a swift transition to democratic rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should give priority to the humane treatment of people in custody, respect freedoms of the media and rights defenders, and…

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Egypt: Forced Returns of Eritrean Asylum Seekers

Children, Adults Arbitrarily Detained, Denied Access to UN Refugee Agency

Egyptian authorities are deporting Eritreans seeking asylum, including children, without assessing their asylum claims or other protection needs, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 24, 2021, Egypt deported 24 Eritrean asylum seekers, including children. UN human rights experts, including the special rapporteurs on Eritrea and on torture, earlier protested the forced return in October…

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EU, Egypt Bid to Lead Global Counterterrorism Body an Affront to Rights

Bloc Should Try to Block Cairo Membership Quest, Not Support It

The European Union (EU) may be about to present a joint bid with Egypt to co-lead the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, a multilateral platform with far-reaching influence on global counterterrorism policy, according to a recently leaked document. Given Egypt’s abhorrent record of human rights violations in the name of counterterrorism, the EU should seriously reconsider…

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Burundi: Account for Dead in Gitega Prison Fire

Transparent Investigation Needed to Establish Truth, Ensure Justice

Burundian authorities should credibly investigate and provide a transparent and reliable account of the December 7, 2021, fire at Gitega’s central prison, Human Rights Watch said today. Several hundred prisoners may have died or been injured. The authorities have failed to conduct a transparent, credible, and impartial investigation into the fire…

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Nigeria: Child Marriage Violates Girls’ Rights

States Should Urgently Adopt Laws to Enforce Child Rights Act

Child marriage remains prevalent in Nigeria because the federal and state governments have not adequately enforced laws to prevent it, Human Rights Watch said today. Nigeria’s rates of child marriage are some of the highest on the African continent. Although the federal Child Rights Act (CRA, 2003) prohibits marriage below age 18,…

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Egypt: No End to Systematic Repression

Human Rights Defenders and Ordinary Citizens Targeted, Harassed, Tortured

 Egypt’s superficial attempts to create an impression of human rights progress failed to disguise the government’s brutal repression of all manner of dissent in 2021, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Despite ending the nationwide state of emergency in October, the government attached emergency decree provisions to other…

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Egypt: Prominent Rights Group Forced to Close

Immediately Repeal Associations Law

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), long one of Egypt’s leading independent human rights organizations, announced on January 10, 2022, that it was ending operations after nearly 18 years, Human Rights Watch said today. The group cited a series of threats, violent attacks, and arrests by the National Security Agency as…

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Tunisia: Free Arbitrarily Detained Ex-Justice Minister

Another Blow to Rights Under President Saied’s Power Grab

Tunisian authorities should immediately release a former justice minister, Noureddine Bhiri, from arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said today. Plainclothes police intercepted Bhiri on December 31, 2021 outside his home in Tunis and forced him into their vehicle, without showing an arrest warrant. His family did not know his whereabouts until he was taken…

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Ethiopia: Returned Tigrayans Detained, Abused

Saudi Arabia Should Stop Deporting Tigrayan Migrants to Ethiopia

Ethiopian authorities have arbitrarily detained, mistreated, and forcibly disappeared thousands of ethnic Tigrayans recently deported from Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia should stop holding Tigrayans in abhorrent conditions and deporting them to Ethiopia, and instead help the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide them with…

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DR Congo: Protesters Shot Dead, Wounded in Goma

Prompt, Impartial Investigation of Police Actions Needed

Police fired on protesters in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 20, 2021, killing three people including a 6-month-old baby, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 12 other people were injured, including 3 children. The police reported that one officer was killed and 5 officers wounded. Government crackdowns on protests across the Congo…