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There are strong indications that not many people here on the continent have heard about or know the mission of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as only 26 out of the 54 African states have ratified the African Charter.
The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide reached a 15-year high in 2011, driven by repressive states seeking to choke the flow of information, says a new report issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Millions of people in West Africa could be protected from a serious food crisis if preparations are scaled up across West Africa, Oxfam said Monday.
With early indicators pointing to a likely food crisis in 2012, with people at particularly high risk in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad, now is the time to
invest in preventative measures, the International humanitarian non-governmental organization said.
Liberia and Senegal have pledged to reform their laws so that women can confer citizenship on their children.
The West African nations made the pledge Thursday at a ministerial meeting in Geneva marking the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
As the 16 days of activism against gender based violence continues, men and women have been highlighting the need to stop abuse and violence against women and girls in Africa.
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Freetown Correspondent
People with disabilities in Sierra Leone have threatened to boycott next year’s presidential and general elections, if the government does not set up a commission to cater for their welfare.
The Open Society Foundations have named a new President.
The Foundations on Wednesday announced the appointment of Christopher Stone, who will take office in July 2012.
For almost three decades, the Open Society Foundations have been committed to promoting justice, human rights, health, and education around the world.
After the Nigerian Senate passed a law making same sex marriage illegal, Britain has threatened to cut assistance to the country.
The senate’s law, which makes it a crime for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman, is being widely welcomed by Nigerians.
Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia to arrest former US President George W.Bush for alleged crimes under international law, during his current trip to the region this week.
“President Bush in his memoir admitted in fact to authorizing the technique known as water boarding against detainees who we know it was used against,” said Rob Freer, the US Researcher for Amnesty International in an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR).
The International Organization for Migration (IMO) says migrants' voices must be heard, because “there are too often biased, polarized and negative debate on migration.”
In a new World Migration report, the IOM says although people in the world now live in an era of the greatest human mobility ever recorded in history,” it remains one of the most misunderstood issues of our time.”