Source: Parliament of the Republic of Uganda |

Parliament passes Animal Feeds Bill

The new law guards against contamination of animal feeds by prohibiting the use of contaminants and providing safety measures for transportation of the feeds

The House has passed the Animal Feeds Bill, 2023 creating a committee to regulate production, storage, importation, exportation, and marketing of animal feeds. The Animal Feeds Committee chaired by the Commissioner for Animal Production in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, is charged with the issuance of relevant…

Source: UN News |

United Nations committed to help Somalia deliver ‘for its people’

A $1.6 billion humanitarian plan for this year aims to support 5.2 million most vulnerable people

Somalia remains resilient and strongly committed to state-building but more is needed to sustain the gains made in the fight against terrorist insurgency, the UN Special Representative in the country told the Security Council on Monday.  Catriona Laing, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefed ambassadors on…

Source: Amnesty International |

Ethiopia: Authorities must stop using state of emergency law to silence peaceful dissent

Lack of transparency violates the right of access to information and the principle of legality

Ethiopian authorities have used the state of emergency to silence peaceful dissent by arbitrarily detaining prominent politicians critical of the government and journalists, Amnesty International said today. On 2 February 2024, Ethiopia’s House of People’s Representatives endorsed an extension of the state of emergency, which came into force in August…

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

Human Rights must guide the completion of South Sudan’s transition – United Nations (UN) experts

South Sudan’s leaders must end the political and local conflicts and contestations that have brought so much pain and suffering to the people, and invest in State and nation building grounded in respect for diversity, and the protection of human rights

South Sudan’s leaders must carefully navigate the conclusion of the country’s political transition to achieve durable peace and prevent violence and gross human rights violations, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said today. The Commission has concluded its twelfth visit to South Sudan, from 12 to…

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

United Kingdom’s (UK) Rwanda asylum moves undercut core human rights protections - United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief

Problematically, the Bill also substantially restricts the application of the Human Rights Act, which provides legal effect within the UK for the standards set out in the European Convention on Human Rights

Legislative moves by the UK Government to facilitate the prompt removal of asylum-seekers to Rwanda – including by drastically stripping back the courts’ ability to scrutinise removal decisions - run contrary to the basic principles of the rule of law and risk delivering a serious blow to human rights, UN…

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Situation in Uganda, Case of The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony

WHO IS JOSEPH KONY? Joseph KONY was born in September 1961 in Uganda. He is of Acholi ethnicity and a national of Uganda. He is the alleged founder and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (“LRA”), a Ugandan rebel group that originated in 1987 in northern Uganda among ethnic Acholi…

Source: Amnesty International |

Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) arrest of activists invokes déjà vu of growing repression

Congolese security services are increasingly cracking down on peaceful activists in a manner reminiscent of President Kabila’s government, which Tshisekedi, then an opponent, vehemently denounced

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, is only two weeks into his second term. Yet, Congolese security services are increasingly cracking down on peaceful activists in a manner reminiscent of President Kabila’s government, which Tshisekedi, then an opponent, vehemently denounced. On 3 February 2024, four activists from…

Source: Amnesty International |

Zimbabwe: Opposition leader’s conviction a travesty of justice

Zimbabwean authorities must quash the conviction and sentence and stop weaponizing the criminal justice system to target and harass political opponents

Responding to the conviction and sentencing of former opposition legislator Job Sikhala, to a nine-month suspended sentence and a fine under a law that no longer exists after he was accused of posting a video on Facebook claiming that a police officer had killed a baby, Khanyo Farisè, Amnesty International’s…

Source: East African Community |

The East African Community Competition Authority and Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority sign Bilateral Agreement

The MoU will ensure that implementation of EACCA and RICA mandates and activities will foster joint efforts in addressing competition and consumer protection matters while enhancing regional integration and cross-border trade

The East African Community Competition Authority (the EACCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rwanda’s Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Agency (RICA) to strengthen cooperation between the two authorities in the advancement of competition policy and law in the East African Community. The signing took place on the…

Source: Amnesty International |

Libya: Internal Security Agency must end abuses in name of ‘guarding virtue’

ISA’s vicious campaign, praised publicly by senior Awqaf officials, has targeted mainly Libyan youths, especially from the Amazigh community

Over the past year, the Tripoli-based Internal Security Agency (ISA) has subjected dozens of men, women and children to a range of abuses, including enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture, with some facing the death penalty, under the guise of “guarding virtue,” said Amnesty International today. Amnesty International has gathered…