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- Uganda: Regional Court Throws Out Multi-Billion EACOP Challengeon November 30, 2023 at 4:30 pm
[allAfrica] Harare -- On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, a regional court reportedly dismissed a legal challenge to a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline project between Tanzania and Uganda, which has drawn criticism from human rights and environmental organisations.
- Congo-Kinshasa: EU Cancels Election Observation Mission in DR Congoon November 30, 2023 at 2:19 pm
[allAfrica] Harare -- The European Union cancelled its election monitoring mission for the general elections scheduled for December 20 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to security concerns, Reuters reports.
- Uganda: Court Date Set For Hearing Petition Against Uganda's Anti-Gay Lawon November 30, 2023 at 1:05 pm
[allAfrica] Harare -- The Constitutional Court scheduled December 11, 2023 as the date to start hearing four petitions opposing the validity of the Anti-Homosexuality Law 2023, Daily Monitor reports.
- Tunisia: Jailed Opposition Leader Abir Moussi Goes On Hunger Strikeon November 30, 2023 at 11:53 am
[allAfrica] Harare -- Abir Moussi, a prominent adversary of Tunisian President Kais Saied, began a hunger strike in prison on Tuesday, November 28, in protest of what her attorneys claims is an infringement on her freedom of speech and political participation, Reuters reports.
- Uganda: New Vehicle Tracking Raises Alarm Over Privacy Violationson November 30, 2023 at 11:29 am
[Observer] Human Rights Watch has expressed serious concerns regarding Uganda's new "Intelligent Transport Monitoring System," a surveillance system that tracks the real-time location of all vehicles in the country.
- Nigeria: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutionson November 30, 2023 at 8:22 am
[Daily Trust] CCTV good for security, not sure on sexual harassment - Don President assenting to Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill will curb the tide - GMI
- South Africa: Hello, China - in the Run-Up to 2024, Ramaphosa & Co Come Out Swinging, Challenging Our Basic Constitutional Rightson November 30, 2023 at 8:10 am
[Daily Maverick] The injunction by President Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africans must be more like the Chinese -- 'never badmouth your country' -- and his claim that public criticism of his government is severely 'lopsided' may be revealing as to his state of mind/understanding of the current political flows. It suggests that he has no concept of how difficult the lives of people are. Only someone who lives in the warm, expensive embrace of the VIP Protection Unit could make such an ignorant claim.
- Uganda: Rights Defenders Urge Parliament to Prioritize Human Rights Defenders Protection Billon November 30, 2023 at 7:47 am
[Nile Post] Uganda's Human Rights Defenders, united under the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, have appealed to the Parliament to prioritise the passage of the Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill.
- Africa: Leaders' Unified Voice At COP28 Must Prioritise Human Rights and Climate Justice - Amnesty Internationalon November 29, 2023 at 5:14 pm
[AI London] African leaders attending this year's Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC must avoid mistakes made during the inaugural Africa Climate Summit, where leaders adopted the Nairobi Declaration on Climate Change and Call to Action (Nairobi Declaration), which in many ways failed to effectively prioritize human rights and climate justice for the continent, Amnesty International said today.
- Ethiopia: Germany Pledges Support to Art's Promotion of Women's Rightson November 29, 2023 at 5:13 pm
[Ethiopian Herald] - Gov't calls women to take lead in advocacy
- Africa: UN and African Union Sign New Human Rights Agreementon November 29, 2023 at 12:51 pm
[UN News] The United Nations and the African Union have reinforced their partnership following the conclusion of their seventh high-level dialogue in New York on Tuesday.
- Sierra Leone: 20 People Dead In Sierra Leone's Failed Coup Attempton November 29, 2023 at 11:44 am
[allAfrica] Harare -- A failed coup attempt was the reason behind a series of attacks on military facilities and prisons over the weekend, according to government and police sources in Sierra Leone, Al Jazeera reports.
- Tanzania: Workers With Disabilities to Form Own Unionon November 29, 2023 at 8:25 am
[Daily News] Dodoma -- WORKERS with disabilities are finalizing some legal procedures to establish their trade union.
- Tanzania: 16-Days of Activism - Ministers Up Efforts to Fight GBVon November 29, 2023 at 7:28 am
[Daily News] Zanzibar -- Two Zanzibar Ministers, Lela Mohamed Mussa (Education and Vocational Training), and Riziki Pembe Juma (Social Development, Elders, Gender, and Children) have teamed up to raise their voices on the need for concerted efforts to curb abuse of children in the country.
- South Africa: Solid Even When Under Fire, the Constitution Is Here to Stayon November 29, 2023 at 7:08 am
[Daily Maverick] While calls for change to our politics have become a constant in our national conversation, there are many people who want to alter the entire system. There are now regular calls for South Africa to 'change our Constitution'. This appears to be a cry for help, based on the lived experiences of people who are suffering in our current situation. But, while many may believe there should be some change, real change to our Constitution is actually becoming less likely, despite the heat around it.
- South Africa: Much-Loved Pastor Bows Out From Cape Town's Central Methodist Churchby email@example.com (GroundUp) on November 29, 2023 at 7:04 am
[GroundUp] "Jesus believed in justice, equality, truth, gentleness and mercy" says Alan Storey
- Uganda: Police Asks for Multi-Sectoral Approach to Prevention of Teenage Marriageson November 28, 2023 at 1:27 pm
[Nile Post] Police of West Nile has raised concern about the prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the region urging different stakeholders to come up with a multi-sectoral approach to prevent such occurrences especially during this long school holiday.
- Africa: EU Commission Unveils Subsidy Plans for Hydrogen Infrastructure, Opening Up Europe to Fossil Gas Lock-inon November 28, 2023 at 12:44 pm
[Global Witness] Brussels, November 28 - The European Commission today opened the door to subsidies for a pipeline to transport blue hydrogen from Norway to Germany, which lead to more fossil gas being burned per year than Denmark, Ireland and Portugal's combined annual consumption of gas.
- South Africa: Asbestos Roofs Still Haven't Been Replaced in Stellenbosch Municipal Housingby firstname.lastname@example.org (GroundUp) on November 28, 2023 at 12:37 pm
[GroundUp] Residents of Cloetesville flats say they keep asking for repairs to be done
- South Africa: Tackling Several Forms of Violence Together Delivers Resultson November 28, 2023 at 12:18 pm
[ISS] Combining parenting programmes with social grants works better against various types of violence than when used alone.
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- Russia: UN rights chief denounces outlawing of ‘the international LGBT movement’on November 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm
UN human rights chief Volker Türk has deplored the decision by Russia’s highest court to outlaw what it called “the international LGBT movement” and brand it as “extremist” - a move he feared could lead to gay and transgender rights groups there being banned outright.
- UN affirms solidarity with the Palestinian people on International Dayon November 29, 2023 at 12:00 pm
From New York to Jerusalem and beyond, United Nations offices on Wednesday commemorated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
- Stories from the UN Archive: The origin of #PalestineDayon November 29, 2023 at 12:00 pm
As the Israel-Palestine crisis continues, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was commemorated on 29 November, and has been annually since 1978.
- World News in Brief: Burkina Faso attack, ending AIDS, Syrian child casualties, new UN migration ambassadoron November 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, said it was appalled by the recent killing of dozens of civilians in the Sahel region of northern Burkina Faso.
- Haiti: Gangs move into rural areas as Türk says new force ‘must be deployed’on November 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Gang violence in Haiti is on the rise with new alliances being forged and expansion into rural areas previously considered safe, warns a new UN report.
- Children’s rights in jeopardy 34 years after landmark UN treatyon November 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Stronger action is needed to uphold children’s rights in a world where they are increasingly under threat due to conflicts, rising poverty and climate impacts, the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday.
- First Person: ‘Severe shock’ as Gaza neighbourhoods are erasedon November 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The people of Gaza are experiencing “severe shock” as a result of the ongoing conflict with Israel, according to a UN staff member working in the enclave.
- Myanmar: Intense fighting spreads to cities, as civilians seek shelteron November 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The conflict between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military has expanded to the country’s eastern and western regions, with urban areas increasingly affected by intense fighting and aerial bombardment, UN agencies have reported.
- ‘Six days of terror’ in West Darfur: Ethnically-based attacks on the riseon November 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has voiced alarm over reports of another ethnically motivated mass attack in the Darfur region of Sudan, amidst the ongoing conflict between the national army and a rival military known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
- Gaza: UN’s Türk calls for political path out of 'horror'on November 16, 2023 at 12:00 pm
UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Thursday welcomed the Security Council call for pauses in the fighting in Gaza where “doctors operate on screaming children without anaesthetic, using mobile phones for light”, before appealing directly to the warring sides to lay down their weapons.
- First Person: UNICEF chief in Gaza visit, bears witness to grave violations against childrenon November 15, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Grave violations against children, including killing, maiming and abductions, are taking place in the Gaza Strip, according to the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
- US ‘at a critical juncture’ in fight against racism: Independent experton November 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The United States need to increase efforts to address “enduring systemic racism” at what is a critical juncture in the fight against discrimination, said the UN Human Rights Council-appointed expert on the issue, following her first official visit to the country.
- At Rafah crossing, Türk says both Israel and Hamas have committed war crimeson November 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated the call for an urgent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas during a visit to the Rafah crossing and El Arish Hospital in Egypt on Wednesday.
- Russians not collectively to blame for Ukraine war: Human rights experton November 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the human rights situation within Russia itself has deteriorated significantly. Mariana Katzarova, the first UN Human Rights Council-appointed expert on human rights in Russia, spoke about the worsening conditions in her report presented to the UN General Assembly last month in New York.
- Sharp uptick in fighting in Myanmar, UN humanitarians reporton November 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Myanmar witnessed a sharp escalation in fighting between the military and opposition groups this week fuelling a surge in new displacements, the UN humanitarian wing has said.
- Sudan: Women and girls abducted, held ‘in slave-like conditions’ in Darfuron November 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) expressed alarm on Friday over reports that in Sudan, women and girls are being abducted, chained and held in “inhuman, degrading slave-like conditions” in areas controlled by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Darfur.
- World News in Brief: Russia pulls out of nuclear test ban treaty, climate ‘health crisis’, pushback against bullyingon November 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Russia on Thursday announced it was revoking its ratification of the UN-backed Comprehensive Nuclear Test Bank Treaty (CTBT), after the Russian Duma passed legislation last month.
- Iran urged to end new rights clampdown following teenage girl’s deathon November 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Iran must end policies and practices “which amount to total impunity for acts of gender persecution against women and girls”, a group of experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday.
- At UK’s AI Summit, Guterres says risks outweigh rewards without global oversighton November 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm
The UN Secretary-General on Thursday stressed that global oversight of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology should be based on the UN Charter’s core principles and ensure full respect for human rights.
- Amazon, DoorDash, Walmart, trapping workers in poverty: UN rights experton October 31, 2023 at 12:00 pm
A UN poverty expert called on the CEOs of Amazon, DoorDash and Walmart on Tuesday to address allegations that wages at the US-based corporations are trapping workers in poverty, forcing them to rely on US Government benefits to survive.