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In the wake of an upsurge in deadly attacks by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch is calling on the Nigerian government to put a halt to the campaign of terror and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Human Rights Watch says Africa’s leaders “deploy violence and curtail rights” during and after elections to hold on to power, though polls in sub-Saharan Africa signal “growing formal commitment to democratic rule.”
The government of Ivory Coast has launched a campaign to combat child rape in the country, following a recent upsurge in rape cases of children under five by men above age 30.
This week, a life imprisonment sentence was slapped on former Gambian Information Minister and three years jail term with hard labour for three others for distributing T-Shirts with critical slogans against the Yaya Jammeh government, but. the government has declined to comment on the sentences.
The Vice President of Programme at OXFAM America, Darius Teter has said his organization would ensure that local communities’ rights are protected by mining companies operating in the West African sub-region.
As the world awaits the verdict in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, the UN backed Sierra Leone Special Court has elected a new Presiding Judge.
The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg, has started a three-day mission to Côte d’Ivoire.
As she prepares to take the solemn oath of office for a 2nd term after a bitterly fought election, President elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf certainly has a daunting task over the next six years, while the main opposition party, CDC gives conflicting signals about whether their planned street protest will still go ahead on Monday.
Togo is thriving in its efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals, MDG in 2015.
Reports from Liberia say gay rights activists have begun facing threats from an angry public over their efforts to promote the passing of a bill legalizing homosexuality.