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Twenty people were called on Thursday May 16 at Ndjamena. Following these hearings, eight were arrested. This is only the beginning of a series that will obviously move a very painful past in Chad.
About 14,000 villagers from 20 communities in Niger took a public vow to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced under-age marriage as the West African country's government steps up its fight against such abuses.
An illegal immigrant has gone on the rampage with a pickaxe in the Italian city of Milan, killing a passer-by and wounding four others, police say.
The Kenyan petition, which was stamped "confidential", was sent to the UN Security Council ahead of a briefing by the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years, a rights group said in report, describing the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world's most repressive states.
The Centre for National Affairs (CNA) says it is “deeply worried” over a recent directive by the Ghana Police Service to ban all forms of demonstration and any mass activity that would require protection from the police. Pro-opposition pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) says it will defy the police directive.
The climate of insecurity in Western Ivory Coast has deep consequences even beyond the country’s borders. The spirit filled movement of the refugees willing to return home has just been stopped by the recent attacks in the West.
A rebel movement in southern Senegal has released eight detainees and handed them over to the government of President Yayah Jammeh of The Gambia.
The rebel Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), which hasbeen waging a low-intensity guerrilla war in Casamance for several decades, had been keeping the seven soldiers and one civilian hostage for one year.
Civil society organizations in Nigeria have been holding talks on the need to strengthen democracy and reinforce the country’s justice system.
One of such meetings was a workshop for Civil Society on Legal Advocacy for Justice and Anti-Corruption held in Abuja, the Federal capital of Nigeria.
Cote d’Ivoire is once more under the spotlight for alleged human rights violations, with fingers being pointed at the government of President Alassane Ouattara for doing too little to curb abuses, improve the justice system and end impunity.
Of late, concerns over rights abuses have been raised by Amnesty International, International Crisis Group and independent expert of the UN on human rights issues in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Doudou Diene.