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    May 23 march against Monsanto

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.

    NGO resolution on the rights of women in Africa

    2015-05-13, Issue 726

    The NGOs are concerned that not enough is being done throughout the continent to promote the rights of women enshrined in domestic laws and in African Union protocols and policy documents.

    Tunisia: Drop or amend Security Bill

    Provisions on state secrecy and “denigrating” security forces undermine free speech

    2015-05-13, Issue 726

    The government sent the bill to parliament in the aftermath of the March 18 attack by gunmen that killed 23 people at the Bardo Museum in Tunis and a series of lethal attacks on the security forces by armed groups.

    Mozambican Ministers must say 'no' to resettlement of thousands in Nacala Corridor

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    The project falls within a framework of rapid transformation and conversion of the Nacala Corridor, at the epicentre of a struggle for control of land and water by large international corporations, including international cooperation agencies.

    Immigrant rights organizations condemn killing of Terrence Kellom Sr.

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    Kellom’s killing clearly demonstrates that the systems criminalizing Black communities, people of color, and immigrants are integrally related in America. There must be an end to government-sanctioned violence in all communities.

    Petition to the government: Respect the Constitution of Burundi & the Arusha Accord

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    Sign a petition to the Government of Burundi via Embassy of Burundi in Kenya on the prevailing political crisis and violence.

    Zinduka East African Festival calls for immediate action in Burundi

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    The movement expresses solidarity with Burundians and appeals to authorities to uphold the human rights of all citizens, including the freedoms of assembly, association and expression. East African leaders should act quickly to prevent the current crisis from spiraling into a full-scale disaster.

    Xenophobia: Civil society wants AU rights body to act

    Open letter to the African Commission regarding the xenophobic attacks in South Africa

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    The loss of lives, injuries to persons and damage to private property and the dignity of foreign nationals living in South Africa are a grave violation of their rights protected under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

    Xenophobia is a social justice issue

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    Awethu! joins the call for an urgent end to the xenophobic atrocities bedevilling the country.

    A win for African lesbians

    Statement on decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to grant observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    As spaces to engage in issues related to social justice and human rights continue to shrink on the continent and globally, the granting of observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians is a milestone in the African human rights system and indicates commitment from the Commission to the principles of the African Charter on Human Rights.

    State of human rights in East and the Horn of Africa

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project to 56th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights Banjul, Gambia, 21 April 2015

    Swaziland: Government must fully respect the rights of accused

    Africa Judges and Jurists Forum

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    The government of Swaziland must fully respect the rights of Chief Justice Ramodibedi, Justices Anandale and Simelane, Registrar Nhlabatsi and Mr. Shongwe, as accused persons.

    Free the Boiketlong 4!

    Workers International Vanguard Party

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    Witnesses could not even identify the four, but this was immaterial to the judge. ‘You opposed the ANC and therefore you are guilty’, is the message from the courts.

    Malawi's new marriage law condemned for LGBTI bias

    2015-04-21, Issue 723

    The law that attempts to address a serious human rights abuse like child and forced marriage would then also target Malawians for discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Sudan: “Your silence is a shame to humanity.”

    2015-04-21, Issue 723

    Since 2012, an average of three bombs a day have been dropped indiscriminately by the government of Sudan onto civilians living in rebel held areas. With humanitarian access denied by the government and increasing numbers being displaced, people’s ability to survive grows more precarious by the day.

    From Garissa to Durban we stand in solidarity against violence and xenophobia

    2015-04-21, Issue 723

    Often, it is the economic and environmental conditions that too many people are living in that fuel frustration, anger and intolerance.

    Cardinal Napier: On the current outbreak of xenophobia

    Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM

    2015-04-21, Issue 723

    It is truly sad to see brothers and sisters from Africa living in fear of their lives and desperate as they watch their homes and livelihoods destroyed by misguided and violent groups and individuals.

    Somaliland: Release human rights defender Guleid Ahmed Jama

    2015-04-21, Issue 723

    His arrest reportedly followed an interview he gave to the BBC on 16th April 2015, during which he discussed recent executions by Somaliland authorities, and the need for judicial reforms in the de facto autonomous state.

    Chibok abduction: One year after

    Statement by the Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF)

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    Despite widespread condemnation of the abduction, tremendous support and assistance by the international community; despite renewed efforts by the Nigerian Army to root out Boko haram from Nigeria; despite the relentless efforts by advocacy groups, media, concerned individuals and celebrities around the world; the Chibok Girls still remain in captivity.

    FEMNET urges the new president of Nigeria to #BringBackOurGirls

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    The newly elected President of Nigeria, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, should act expeditiously to #bringbackourgirls and enforce security to ensure women and girls are no longer subjected to abductions, sexual violence and loss of life.

    One year later, we want the girls back

    Liepollo Lebohang Pheko

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    The captured young Chibok women do not only belong to Nigeria; they belong to the Afrikan continent. So it is the responsibility of every Afrikan to work for their safe return and reintegration into their community.

    AMwA calls for the rescue and immediate release of #chibokgirls

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    The feminist organization expresses deep concern about the rising levels of fundamentalisms that continue to oppress women and girls and relegate the gains made in the women’s rights struggle. The kidnap of the girls reinforces the notion of using women’s bodies as weapons of war.

    Freezing of accounts of human rights organisations for alleged links with terrorism

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    MUHURI and Haki Africa amongst 85 individuals and institutions that are to be notified of the intention to list them as a ''terrorist entity'' under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012.

    Kenya: Ensure due process on ‘Terrorism List’

    Review inclusion of human rights organizations

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    The publication of the list raises serious concerns for due process, including proper time and opportunity to contest the designation and the right to be informed.

    Counting the cost radicalized militancy in Africa

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    Over 2,000 lives have been violently lost, yet Africa has not got angry enough to question whence we are headed should this trend continue. These unpunished killings are a recipe for impunity.

    New report documents extensive human rights violations in Western Sahara

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    Torture, murder, arbitrary arrests, and violence. During the last year, 256 reports of human rights violations have been reported in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

    Civil society asks 3 critical questions of the World Bank at its 2015 Spring meetings

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    OAKLAND, CA - As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

    Danes demand human rights mandate in Western Sahara

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    MINURSO, the Western Sahara mission, is the only UN peacekeeping mission established since 1978 not to have a human rights mandate, although UN Security Council Resolution 1979 recommends the establishment of such a mission. Horrendous human rights violations by the occupying power Morocco are widespread.

    World Health Day: GM Crops are “False Miracles,” warn Global Experts

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    With “Food Safety” being the theme of this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 37 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award from across the world have endorsed a declaration on the future of nutrition, denouncing Golden Rice and Genetically Modified Bananas as “false miracles” to achieving food security. Golden Rice is a genetically engineered rice variety offered by GM proponents as a cure for Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), while GM bananas are proposed to compensate for a lack of Vitamin A and iron.

    One year after WHO report on Ebola: Funders advocate for intensive funding of on-the-ground African organizations

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    They point out that organizations located in the communities they serve have the trust, networks, and cultural understanding to accomplish what international organizations cannot.

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