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

Democratic Republic of Congo: Targeting human rights defenders must stop, United Nations (UN) expert says

From June 2023 to April 2024, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC documented incidents of intimidation, threats of physical violence, attacks and acts of reprisals targeting 387 human rights defenders and 67 journalists

A UN expert today expressed alarm at increasing targeting of human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in villages and provinces in the east of the country, as the armed conflict intensifies. “Attacks, intimidation and killings of human rights defenders continue on a daily basis in…

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

United Nations (UN) Committee on Migrant Workers publishes findings on Congo, Senegal and Türkiye

The findings contain the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations on the implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

The UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) today issued its findings on the Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Türkiye. The findings contain the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations on the implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the…

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Republic of Congo: Suspension of Metssa Congo’s activities must be followed by urgent investigation

Metssa Congo, a subsidiary of the Indian company Metssa, had not carried out any environmental impact assessment before setting up in 2013, in violation of Congolese law

Responding to the Congolese Ministry of the Environment’s total suspension of Metssa Congo’s operations until further notice because of the major risk its recycling plant poses to health and the environment, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said: “We welcome the decision to suspend Metssa Congo’s operations…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Ethiopia: Halt Crackdown Against Human Rights Groups

A new report from the Ethiopian Press Freedom Defenders, a collective of Ethiopian media professionals, found that around 200 journalists have been arrested by the Ethiopian government since 2019

The Ethiopian authorities should immediately end their escalating crackdown on civic space and independent domestic human rights organizations, including through physical and digital surveillance, verbal harassment, intimidation, and threats, said five international human rights organizations today. These actions send a chilling signal and prevent human rights organizations from carrying out…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Conducts Advocacy on the Deployment of the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card in Cabo Verde

These campaigns were aimed at both Community Citizens and Border Officials to educate them about the functionalities and advantages of the Biometric Card

In 2014, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government endorsed the machine-readable ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card (ENBIC) as the official travel document to replace the previous hand-written ECOWAS Travel Certificate. This transition was aimed at enhancing safe, secure, and well-organized intra-regional mobility within the ECOWAS region. In…

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African Energy Chamber (AEC) Sponsors Nigeria’s National Judicial Institute (NJI) Workshop on Petroleum Industry Act, Promotes Judicial Support for Oil & Gas (O&G) Projects

The African Energy Chamber’s sponsorship of Nigeria’s National Judicial Institute’s workshop underscores its steadfast commitment to advocating for streamlined legal processes within Africa’s oil and gas sector

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) (www.EnergyChamber.org) – the voice of the African energy sector – is sponsoring a workshop led by Nigeria’s National Judicial Institute (NJI). The workshop - held under the theme Innovations Under the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and their Implications in Adjudication and in partnership with Investin234 Promotion…

Source: BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre |

BRICS gathered in Geneva to discuss a new digital order

Experts and antitrust officials met in Geneva to propose solutions to the challenges faced by antitrust authorities in the digital markets of the BRICS countries to find common ground between them, especially in the area of regulation of digital platforms and AI

The UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Webinar on Competition law and policy approaches towards digital platforms and ecosystems in cooperation with the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre (https://www.BRICSCompetition.org/) and the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) was held on June 3, in Geneva, Switzerland. The digitalization of the…

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Republic of Congo: Authorities failing to ensure respect of human rights by big industry

Amnesty International calls on the Congolese state to ensure businesses act responsibly and comply with their environmental and human rights obligations

The Congolese authorities and three industrial companies have failed to respect international and national norms regarding the right to a healthy environment and other human rights, said Amnesty International in a new report analyzing the potential impact of oil spills and smoke emissions on the health and socio-economic situation of…

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United Nation (UN) Builds Stakeholder Capacities on Elections Awareness

Group discussions enabled the participants to consolidate their voices on the importance of voter education and recommend ways of expanding civic participation

As the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, seeks to complete its democratic transition by conducting free, fair and credible elections in December this year, the United Nations is supporting the process. A recent three-day training facilitated by the UN’s Integrated Electoral Assistance Team (IEAT) aimed to build capacities among relevant…

Source: African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) |

African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Collaborates with Hirshabelle Police to Combat Financial Crime and Terrorism Financing

Officers enhanced their skills on financial intelligence, detecting money laundering, investigating corruption and fraud, and understanding investigative methods and procedures

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has provided training to Police criminal investigation officers from Hirshabelle State to help them detect and combat financial crimes and disrupt terrorism financing. Facilitated by the ATMIS Police component, the training included both theoretical and practical sessions. Officers enhanced their skills on…