If you know your Rights, you’re to blame for every Human Rights violation which you let slide right under your nose. If you aren’t aware of your Rights, you’re slightly worse. People who are equipped with the knowledge of their Rights but do not teach others, or calmly watch the Rights of other people get violated, ridicules the knowledge of their own Human Rights. However frequent or limited in practice, Human Rights abuse is part of the make-up of every society—whether Third World or civilized. If many more people…Read More
The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…Read More
Stealing a glance at a patrolling police van in Nigeria, involuntarily create goose bumps on your skin, as one can’t be so certain anymore if a mere reflex action like exchanging eye contacts with policemen, can project you as a ‘deadly’ suspect to them, thereby making you a vulnerable potential candidate for human right abuse. The Nigeria Police Force can be likened to a providing though abusive husband, who earnestly tries to meet his financial responsibility, but domestically abuse and disrespect his wife. The ‘wife’ in this context, are the…Read More
By: David Himbara Two top diplomats in the Obama Administration have confirmed that reports about Rwanda destabilization of the sister nation of Burundi” are credible.” Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thomas Perriello, US envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, pointed the finger at Kagame’s Rwanda. THIS is the first time the United States has publicly accused the Kagame regime of involvement in causing chaos in neighboring Burundi. The Americans may have finally realized who they are…Read More
The human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated sharply during President Yahya Jammeh’s 21st year in power, said Amnesty International on the anniversary of his 1994 coup d’état.
“The climate of fear which has blighted the lives of Gambians for more than two decades worsened over the last 12 months with journalists, people perceived to be gay or lesbian, and those considered to be opponents of the regime and their families increasingly targeted,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa researcher.
“A severe backlash following December’s failed coup attempt has seen a spike in the numbers of arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances. In a further worrying step, last Friday President Jammeh stated that those on death row should expect to have their sentences carried out.”Read More
By EMMANUEL NGARAMBE When news broke nearly three weeks ago that General Karenzi Karake, Director General of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, had been arrested in London on charges of mass murder and crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, many people were understandably caught unawares. The high-profile arrest was very unique. Not only is it rare for a country’s head of intelligence and security services to be arrested in another country, the Rwandan military general’s arrest took place in the staunchly Pro-Kagame United Kingdom.…Read More
By David Himbara President Paul Kagame’s grand scheme to crown himself king of Rwanda is based on three deceptions. 1) Making his power-grab appear to be the result of popular demand by the Rwandan people. 2) Branding himself an economic miracle-maker that transformed a subsistence peasant economy into “the Singapore of Africa” in just 21 years. 3) Showcasing himself head of corruption-free government. Each of these notions is, of course, utterly false. To succeed in his scheme, Kagame desperately needs legitimacy from the outside world. Despite his aggressive rhetoric about…Read More
By Nelson Gatsimbazi In a recent meeting called Tana High Level Forum (THLF) on security in African, which took place on 18th April 2015 in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia, where Rwandan President Paul Kagame was among the speakers. His speech left many questions when he began lecturing the world about things beyond his ability of governance. In his presentation, President Paul Kagame stated that “Governments have a responsibility to protect citizens without discrimination; there are no two ways about it.” He continued to say that they should allow…Read More
Gambia has again demonstrated its blatant disregard for human rights by stopping a UN team from investigating allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, Amnesty International said today.
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, were denied access to detention centres where prisoners are believed to be at high risk of torture.Read More
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must take bold measures to protect civilians amid an escalating wave of sectarian attacks in the central regions of the country, said Amnesty International after visiting some of the most affected areas.
Despite the deployment of a new UN peacekeeping mission on 15 September, dozens of civilians, including several children, have been killed and thousands more displaced in recent weeks.Read More