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    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.

    Zimbabwe: Killing of prisoners highest level of state barbarism

    Danmore Chuma

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    There was no basis whatsoever to kill non-combatant prisoners. Killing was never an option.

    SA academic banned by French universities from speaking on Palestine

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    A petition has been launched demanding that French universities not succumb to pressure to ban anti-apartheid activist and scholar Prof Farid Esack.

    Zimbabwe: On the disappearance of rights activist Itai Dzamara

    Mutsa Murenje

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Ridiculous claims that he staged his own abduction and subsequent disappearance should be treated with the contempt they deserve. The Harare regime knows where the activist is.

    Third woman reports alleged sexual assault by Kenyan writer

    Tony Mochama sues Shailja Patel and Professor Wambui Mwangi for defamation

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    A third woman has reported Standard Group journalist and PEN Kenya Secretary General Tony Mochama to Nairobi's Central Police Station for alleged sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred on September 21st 2014, at the National Museum, during the Westgate Memorial Service of Storymoja Hay Festival. The OB Number is 74/17/3/2015.

    Statement on the Murder of Mr. Noel Dintshiantshia

    Abahlali baseMjondolol & Congolese Solidarity Campaign joint press statement

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    There is serious concern about the protection of migrants in South Africa, especially African migrants. It seems that people from other parts of the continent can be killed with impunity.

    Civil Society Denounces World Bank’s Conference on Land & Poverty

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    Farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Our Land Our Business, call World Bank’s annual Conference on Land and Poverty a sham.

    LONDON: Food sovereignty activists protest at Bill Gate’s corporate seed conference

    Global Justice

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    Food sovereignty activists are to protest a secret elite meeting being held in London convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    DR Congo government cracks down on African youth

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    This week the government of Joseph Kabila has been arresting young people in sustained efforts to frustrate their organizing for change.

    Defending Venezuela

    Defending the Bolivarian Revolution is a historical duty that can no longer be put off.

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    The Network in Defense of Humanity say the US threat against Venezuela is explicitly a declaration of war against the Bolivarian Revolution and a step forward in the US escalation to crush the anti-imperialist voices.

    Immediately release Zimbabwean abducted HRD Mr Dzamara

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Leading human rights organisations including Crisis Coalition, Zimrights and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have expressed their utter sense of shock at this latest development.

    Experts want Nigeria to declare Ogoniland an ecological disaster zone

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Twenty-five experts have petitioned the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare Ogoniland an ecological disaster zone and clean up the environment. The petition, signed by environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey and other laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, (often referred to as the the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), comes as controversy ignites over reports that a Nigerian oil company, Belema Oil, may recommence oil extraction in Ogoniland, over 20 years after Shell suspended its operations. For the full petition please click here.

    US Supreme Court upholds crimes against humanity decision against Somali warlord

    Centre for Justice and Accountability

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The 11-year-old case against the former Prime Minister marks the first time that any Somali government official has been held accountable for the atrocities perpetrated under the Siad Barré regime.

    White men meet in London to plot ways of profiting off Africa’s seed systems

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The exclusive meeting in London and the focus of the report on how private interests can profit from essential life processes in African agriculture exposes the agendas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. It is disappointing that the African Union is willing to endorse such blatantly neo-colonialist plans.

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