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Nigeria’s Military Committed War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity – Amnesty

Nigeria’s Military Committed War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity – Amnesty

Nigeria’s military has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and killing civilians during its fight against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. The crimes were perpetrated for years and have continued despite a presidential inquiry established last August whose findings have not been made public, […]

11 Killed, 17 Missing In Lagos Mass Evictions

11 Killed, 17 Missing In Lagos Mass Evictions

 Eleven people were feared killed and 17 missing following the forceful eviction of about 30,000 settlers from Otodo-Gbame and Ilubirin waterfront communities in Lagos by security forces led by agents of the Lagos government, Amnesty International (AI) said on Tuesday. 300,000 more are still under threat of eviction, stoking fears that more casualties might still […]

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is seeking re-election amid a climate of fear that’s the result of two decades of crackdowns on the political opposition, media and human-rights defenders, Amnesty International said. A report from the London-based group released Friday said freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly have all been restricted since the Rwandan Patriotic […]

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

South Sudanese government forces and rebels have used hunger as a weapon of war in a region once seen as the country’s breadbasket that’s been ravaged by killings, gang-rapes and looting over the past year, Amnesty International said. Civilians’ access to food in the southern region of Equatoria, where conflict spread last July, is “severely […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

The First 50 Lashes: a Saudi Activist’s Wife Endures Her Husband’s Brutal Sentence

The First 50 Lashes: a Saudi Activist’s Wife Endures Her Husband’s Brutal Sentence

Ensaf Haidar fled to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2014 after her husband Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for allegedly “insulting Islam through electronic channels”. Here, in an excerpt from her new book, Raif Badawi, The Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our […]

Angélique Kidjo Wins Human Rights Award

Angélique Kidjo Wins Human Rights Award

Amnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist movements for their work standing up to injustice, the organisation announced on Wednesday. Benin-born Kidjo and groups Y’en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement […]

Amnesty Urges Probe Over Allegation Nigerian Army Secretly Buried Shi’ites

Amnesty Urges Probe Over Allegation Nigerian Army Secretly Buried Shi’ites

Claims by a Kaduna state official that Nigeria’s military secretly buried 347 people after clashes with members of a minority Shi’ite Muslim sect should be investigated and anyone suspected of wrongdoing put on trial, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The official on Monday told an inquiry into the December clashes in the northern state of […]

Turkey says hopeful for migrant deal with EU leaders

Turkey says hopeful for migrant deal with EU leaders

Turkey’s prime minister raised hopes of a deal with EU leaders on Friday to help stem the influx of migrants into Europe, but France and Germany warned of difficult talks as both sides grapple with how to send refugees back from Greece. After European Union leaders spent Thursday arguing over their negotiating position, Ahmet Davutoglu […]