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#FreeBobbyWine: Kenyans now turn guns on strongman Paul Kagame

#FreeBobbyWine: Kenyans now turn guns on strongman Paul Kagame

Kenyans have now turned their heads towards Rwanda and are now demanding the freedom of Diane Rwigara, a prominent critic of President Paul Kagame, who has been in jail for almost a year now. Ms Rwigara was arrested and charged with inciting insurrection against the state, as well as other offences. She was blocked from […]

Arua Has Decided, So Let’s Move and Discuss the Human Rights

Arua Has Decided, So Let’s Move and Discuss the Human Rights

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, sending a team of parliamentarians to Gulu and Arua is good, but Ugandans deserve better. How about our legislators joining the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV), member organisations of the Coalition Against Torture(CAT), the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders(NCHRDs) and the Uganda Human Rights Commission(UHRC) […]

Zimbabwe says ‘hostility of the West’ putting off renewed investment

Zimbabwe says ‘hostility of the West’ putting off renewed investment

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Western hostility towards Zimbabwe is deterring investment, the presidency spokesman said on Tuesday, comments in sharp contrast with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s previous efforts to woo Western governments. Mnangagwa has made progress in improving Zimbabwe’s relations with Western states before and after he won a July 30 presidential election, the first since the […]

Museveni’s military apologies over beating journalists

Museveni’s military apologies over beating journalists

Uganda’s army has made a rare apology after soldiers were caught on film beating up a journalist who was covering a demonstration supporting detained MP Bobi Wine on Monday. Other journalists were also beaten as they were reporting on the protests. An army statement described the soldiers’ conduct as “unprofessional” and said they would be […]

KwaZulu-Natal man wrongfully accused of rape free after 14-years

KwaZulu-Natal man wrongfully accused of rape free after 14-years

DURBAN – A 35-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and spent almost 14-years in prison is considering suing the state. Njabulo Ndlovu from Umlazi was acquitted last week, after being sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004. Ndlovu was 19 at the time and was doing the second year of a law degree […]

Tendai Biti lawyer ‘bashed by soldiers, threatened with death’

Tendai Biti lawyer ‘bashed by soldiers, threatened with death’

HARARE – A human rights lawyer who accompanying MDC Alliance senior official Tendai Biti when he attempted to seek refuge in Zambia was severely beaten and had his car damaged by soldiers, a court heard on Monday. Lawyers representing Biti said the lawyer, Unite Saize, was lucky to be alive after he was attacked for […]

No one ordered fatal shootings: Emmerson Mnangagwa

No one ordered fatal shootings: Emmerson Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT-ELECT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sensationally claimed that none of his lieutenants gave orders for the fatal shooting of seven civilians, where soldiers opened fired into groups of protesters in Harare on August 1 to quell protests by opposition MDC Alliance activists. In a recent interview with Independent Foreign Service, Mnangagwa said he regretted the killings, […]

Angolan Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Killing Boy

Angolan Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Killing Boy

A magistrates court in Angola’s capital of Luanda has sentenced an army sergeant to 18 years in prison for the 2016 killing of a 14-year-old boy during a peaceful protest against house demolitions. The court decision sends a clear message that members of the security forces are not above the law and will hopefully deter […]

“Bigger, bolder and more inclusive”: Kumi Naidoo sets out his vision for human rights

“Bigger, bolder and more inclusive”: Kumi Naidoo sets out his vision for human rights

Amnesty’s first ever South African Secretary General sets out his vision for the direction of the world’s largest human rights organisation as he starts his tenure visiting Johannesburg Our world is facing complex problems that can only be tackled if we break away from old ideas that human rights are about some forms of injustice […]

New Amnesty International leader’s 1st move targets Zimbabwe

New Amnesty International leader’s 1st move targets Zimbabwe

Amnesty International’s new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe’s next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: “Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past.” Kumi Naidoo, a South African-born former anti-apartheid activist, took office as secretary general of the London-based rights group on […]

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