Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Justice and Correctional Services Committee Appeals to Public Protector to Refrain from Confusing the Public

Committee Chairperson, Dr. Mathole Motshekga, called on the current Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to respect the remedial action of her predecessor regarding the state capture inquiry

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services today expressed its concern with the “conflicting and confusing” messages being relayed by the Office of the Public Protector regarding the remedial action of her predecessor. Committee Chairperson, Dr. Mathole Motshekga, called on the current Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to respect…

Source: European Parliament |

Human rights: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Tibet

The European Parliament regrets that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) did not hold elections by the 2017 deadline

DRC must hold presidential and legislative elections in 2018 Nigerian authorities must increase their efforts to stop ethnic and religious violence Chinese government must release detained human rights activists MEPs call for elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, condemn violence in Nigeria and urge China to release human rights activists.…

Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) |

South Kordofan: Students from Aldalang University arbitrarily arrested after Sudan Armed Forces officer shot two students to death

The state of emergency in force in South Kordofan brings Sudan’s emergency laws into operation

The African Centre of Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) is concerned for the safety and well-being of students from Aldalang University in South Kordofan who have been arbitrarily arrested after joint security forces (National Intelligence and Security Services, Military Intelligence, Sudan Armed Forces and Police)  raided the university following a…

Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) |

Sudan: Urgent call for investigation into the custodial death of a Pharmacist whilst National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) detention in South Darfur

Mr. Ahmed’s family rejected the findings of the report and insisted that he died as a result of torture suffered whilst in NISS custody

Sudanese authorities should urgently investigate the torture and custodial death of a Pharmacist and alleged ill-treatment and torture of five others accused of misusing emergency drugs at Giraida hospital and selling them to private pharmacies. On 10 January 2018 at 9 AM, six medical professionals attached to Giraida hospital were…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees

U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees: We are encouraged by the Ethiopian Government’s decision to drop charges and pardon detainees, including political leaders, as a tangible step toward its stated goal of widening political space for all Ethiopians. We are aware that reviews of additional cases…

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

Indigenous rights must be respected during Kenya climate change project, say UN experts

The Sengwer are facing repeated attacks and forced evictions by agents of the Kenya Forest Service, which is an implementing agency in the project financed by the European Union

Three independent experts* appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project, an EU-funded water…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Seychelles: President Faure receives the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Representative for Eastern Africa to Seychelles

Mr. De Andres will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and leaves the country tomorrow

The President of the Republic, Mr. Danny Faure, met with the new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Mr. Amado Philip De Andres, during a courtesy visit to State House this afternoon. The President welcomed Mr. De Andres to Seychelles and congratulated him…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Joint statement of the African Union and the United Nations on the situation in South Sudan

Joint statement of the African Union and the United Nations on the situation in South Sudan: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, strongly condemn the recent violations of the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities,…

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

Statement attributable to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tunisia protests

778 people have been arrested since Monday, some 200 of them between the ages of 15 and 20

Statement attributable to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tunisia protests : We are closely watching the demonstrations across Tunisia and the authorities’ response to them. We are concerned about the high number of arrests – 778 people have been arrested since Monday, some…

Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) |

18 individuals arbitrarily detained in the wake of anti-austerity protests throughout Sudan

The detainees have been held in the custody of NISS without charge or access to lawyers or family visits

The Government of Sudan has responded to widespread disgruntlement over recent austerity measures by arresting and detaining opposition political party members, activists and individuals; censoring newspapers by seizing their daily-print runs prior to distribution and use of force (including firing live ammunition) to disperse protests. The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies…