Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Uganda: UN experts extremely concerned at serious rights violations linked to general elections

Several thousand people have been arrested and while some have been released, others have allegedly been tortured before appearing in military courts

UN human rights experts* today called on the Government of Uganda to immediately stop the brutal crackdown on its political opponents which began in the lead-up to January's disputed general elections and continues to suppress opposition supporters. "We are particularly alarmed by the reports of widespread and continued repression against…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN experts deplore rights violations against Burundi refugees

Refugees have confirmed being taken by Tanzanian police, subjected to enforced disappearance and torture before being refouled or coerced into signing for 'voluntary return'

UN human rights experts* today called on the governments of Tanzania and Burundi to respect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled Burundi, deploring reports of enforced disappearances, torture, forced returns and repression. Arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances have allegedly been carried out by the Tanzanian police…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Central African Republic: Experts alarmed by government’s use of “Russian trainers”, close contacts with UN peacekeepers

Expressed concerns about their connections to a series of violent attacks that have occurred since the presidential elections on 27 December 2020

A group of UN experts today expressed alarm at the increased recruitment and use of private military and foreign security contractors by the Government of Central African Republic, and their close contacts with UN peacekeepers. The Working Group on mercenaries said they were deeply disturbed by the interconnected roles of Sewa Security…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Ethiopia: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to conduct a joint investigation with a view to a credible accountability process

The EHRC and OHCHR have been monitoring closely the human rights situation since the start of the conflict on 4 November 2020

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the human rights violations and abuses allegedly committed by all parties in the context of the Tigray conflict, as part of the much-needed…

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Nigeria: Children traumatised by abduction need urgent rehabilitation, say UN experts

The experts also criticised the lack of an effective investigation into the abduction of 344 students from a boys’ boarding school in Kankara, Katsina State

UN experts today urged Nigeria to prioritise specialised rehabilitation measures for the hundreds of abducted children left deeply traumatised after their release and to strengthen protection measures for those at risk. “Social inclusion of these children requires the provision of long-term measures aimed at restoring their physical and psychological well-being,”…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

Deep concerns over the situation of migrant workers, especially those detained in Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and in North African countries such as Libya

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to their home countries. “Migrants, mostly from African and South…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Coronavirus - Africa: UN Experts - Sanctions proving deadly during COVID pandemic, humanitarian exemptions not working

They welcomed efforts by many states, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations to try to help sanctioned countries fight COVID-19

People in countries under sanctions cannot protect themselves against COVID-19 or get life-saving treatment if they fall ill because humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions are not working, UN human rights experts* said today. "Sanctions are bringing suffering and death in countries like Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen," said…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Coronavirus - Africa: UN torture prevention body - COVID-19 shows need to strengthen national preventive mechanisms

The Subcommittee has been remotely assisting local NPMs to help safeguard detainees from torture and other ill-treatment

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has called for the role of domestic monitoring bodies, officially known as National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), to be strengthened, highlighting the importance of monitoring the conditions of people deprived of liberty in critical situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. The SPT, which monitors…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities needs to be urgently addressed – Bachelet

In the United States, the COVID-19 death rate for African Americans is reported to be more than double that of other racial groups

Rising disparities in how COVID-19 is affecting communities, and the major disproportionate impact it is having on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, have exposed alarming inequalities within our societies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday. She noted that similar inequalities are also…

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Coronavirus - Africa: We must act now to avoid a catastrophe, say rights chiefs

The disease had reached all 54 African States, infecting nearly 88,172 people

Human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission today warned that tens of millions may become destitute in Africa as a result of COVID-19 and its economic impact with catastrophic human rights consequences. Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Solomon Dersso, Chairperson of…