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A year after hundreds of civilians were killed in the Western Ivorian town of town Duékoué, Amnesty International has called on the Ivory Coast government of President Alassane Ouattara to help bring the perpetrators to justice.
By Martins Martins/WADR Correspondent
Amid calls for the abolition of the death penalty, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Joe Daudu (SAN) has said it was premature to advocate for its abolition from the country’s legal system.
At least four civilians were killed from stray bullets during last Thursday’s military coup in the Malian capital, Bamako, said Amnesty International.
Thousands of slum dwellers across Africa have called for adequate housing and an end to forced evictions on the continent, during the second United Nations Ministerial Conference on Housing and Development, which is underway in Nairobi, Kenya.
At least 15 persons were injured and several others arrested when security forces Saturday dispersed an opposition rally in the Guinean capital Conakry, medical and security sources said.
Fleeing opposition supporters partially looted the headquarters of the ruling RPG party and damaged a number of vehicles, according to WADR Conakry correspondent.
Having access to quality education is the right of every child. But this right is not always respected or promoted in some places.
After publishing a news report of the effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Liberian girls and women in some parts of the country, a Liberian female Journalist is said to have been forced to go into hiding, due to alleged death threats.
Sexual offences are said to be on the rise in Sierra Leone in recent times, with a number of teenagers allegedly being raped either by strangers or their own family members.
In a message to mark International Women’s Day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said “while tremendous progress has been made, no country can claim to be entirely free from gender-based discrimination.”
Traditional harmful practices such as early and forced marriages are some of the major causes of girls dropping out school at an early age in many African societies.