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Sudan President Pardons, Frees Rights Activist – Family

Sudan President Pardons, Frees Rights Activist – Family

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has pardoned and released a prominent human rights activists who had been jailed since last year on spying and other charges, his family said. The release of Mudawi Ibrahim Adam came after a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump’s aid administrator to Sudan and before an October deadline when the administration […]

Inspired By Airtel – Orphans In Nigeria

Inspired By Airtel – Orphans In Nigeria

When you walk through the streets of Lagos you will find lots of children roaming around and about the streets with no place to put their heads. Sometimes, you pursue them off, when they ask for money you send them away to meet their parents. Truthfully, most of them don’t have parents.They have nowhere to […]

Sexualisation Of Children: Matters Arising

  Sonnie Ekwowusi argues that children should not be exposed to sex education Last Wednesday I wrote on this page what I thought was a very innocent article incapable of rousing a sleeping rat. But somehow the article has been eliciting no small commentary from many readers from the different streams of the Nigerian society. […]

Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Activist Earns Human Rights Award

Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Activist Earns Human Rights Award

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s selection of the imprisoned Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair for its 2016 Human Rights Award highlights Saudi Arabia’s brutal repression of peaceful activists and dissidents, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Abu al-Khair, who was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in prison […]

Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture

Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture

Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today. Although accounts of gender-based violence have emerged from areas under ISIS control, these are the first cases against Sunni Arab women […]

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

More than 70 refugees have arrived safely back in Myanmar in the first voluntary return organized by the governments of Thailand and Myanmar in over 30 years. Earlier this week, a total of 71 refugees left Thailand’s Tham Hin and Nupo camps to return home to Yangon, Tanintharyi region, Kayin, Bago, Mon and Rakhine states. […]

Uganda Farming Classes Transform Refugees Into Entrepreneurs

Uganda Farming Classes Transform Refugees Into Entrepreneurs

At home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, police reservist Kwizera Gasigwa farmed cassava and maize for his family to eat and to sell, to help his meagre income stretch a little further each month. But when war forced them to flee to neighbouring Uganda, it was difficult for Gasigwa, 39, to see his […]

Kenya’s Stateless Makonde People Finally Obtain Papers

Kenya’s Stateless Makonde People Finally Obtain Papers

  Amina Kassim would like to register to vote in the next elections in Kenya, where she was born and has lived all her life, but is unable to do so. Descended from an ethnic group from southeast Tanzania and northern Mozambique who had come to work as field labourers in the 1930s, she has […]

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate. Polish women successfully preventing a total ban on abortion from coming into law recently was one of them. While we may praise the success of Polish women’s “black protest“ – where women across the country went on strike and dressed in black […]

A Beauty Contest Was Judged By AI And The Robots Didn’t Like Dark Skin

A Beauty Contest Was Judged By AI And The Robots Didn’t Like Dark Skin

The first international beauty contest judged by “machines” was supposed to use objective factors such as facial symmetry and wrinkles to identify the most attractive contestants. After Beauty.AI launched this year, roughly 6,000 people from more than 100 countries submitted photos in the hopes that artificial intelligence, supported by complex algorithms, would determine that their […]

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