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Blue Nile Residents Describe Indiscriminate Bombings of Civilians

Civilians are bearing the brunt of abuses in Sudan's simmering border conflict in Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a...

Can Rwanda Become a Model for Women’s Rights in East Africa?

The advancement of women's rights in Africa, and the obstacles and opportunities women face there will be the focus of the American Bar Association...

The Massacre of Tawerghans Continue in Lawless Libya

The Libyan government should urgently increase security for the roughly 12,000 displaced people from Tawergha in western Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. Nearly a...

Tea Party Republicans Attempting To Re-Fight the Civil War Says Jesse...

"The first Sunday in March, 1965, we marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote. That movement to...

Black Libyans Barred From Returning to Their Homes by Racist Militias

Authorities in and around Misrata are preventing thousands of people from returning to the villages of Tomina and Kararim and have failed to stop...

Haitian Judge’s Ruling Exempts Duvalier From Prosecution for Human Rights Violations

Human rights groups harshly criticized a Haitian judge Monday after he recommended former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier face trial only on corruption charges — and...

Ethiopian Christians Arrested For Praying in Saudi Arabia – Women Cavity...

Thirty five Ethiopian Christians are awaiting deportation from Saudi Arabia for “illicit mingling,” after police arrested them when they raided a private prayer gathering in Jeddah in mid-December, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Of those arrested, 29 were women. They were subjected to arbitrary body cavity searches in custody, three of the Ethiopians told Human Rights Watch.

Stop Arbitrary Arrests of Africans HRW Tells Libyan Rebels

The de facto authorities in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council (NTC), should stop the arbitrary arrests and abuse of African migrant workers and black Libyans falsely assumed to be mercenaries, Human Rights Watch said today.

UN Reports Rights Abuses in South Kordofan

The release of a UN report into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's South Kordofan state has been applauded by human rights activists but the delay in its publication has also caused frustration.

Between Libya; NATO And the Deep Sea: The African Struggle in...

Since the start of Libya's Arab Spring and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) air campaign against Muammar Gaddafi's regime, more than 1,800 African men, women and children have reportedly drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in heavily overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.

Africans Fleeing Fighting in Libya Face Savage Treatment in Tunisia

On May 6, two Nigerian residents of the camp, a man and a pregnant woman, were beaten by Tunisian soldiers, and another man may have been shot. Ifeanyi Kanu Victor, 31, and Elizabeth Rex, 23, claimed that soldiers beat them, causing Victor to fall unconscious and Rex, who was pregnant, to have a miscarriage. Other Nigerian camp residents told Human Rights Watch that they had witnessed the beating.

UN Urges Probe Into Reports of African Refugees Left to Drown...

The United Nations Human Rights Council today called for a comprehensive inquiry into allegations that sinking boats carrying African migrants and asylum-seekers fleeing unrest in North Africa were abandoned to their fate at sea despite the alleged ability of NATO ships in the vicinity to rescue them.

US Continues Mass Deportation of Caribbean Immigrants, Says Rights Group

Human Rights Watch says it has discovered evidence suggesting that the United States federal immigration officials continue to impede Caribbean and other immigrants from accessing lawyers and also extending their time in custody.

As Sudan Split Looms, Arab Government Abuses Grow in Darfur

Since December 2010, a surge in government-led attacks on populated areas and a campaign of aerial bombing have killed and injured scores of civilians, destroyed property, and displaced more than 70,000 people, largely from ethnic Zaghawa and Fur communities

Libyan Opposition Arbitrarily Detaining Suspected Gaddafi Loyalists

Human Rights Watch said. One detainee of a volunteer group was apparently tortured to death in custody.

Gbagbo Supporters Tortured, Killed in Abidjan

The hope of a new era following President Ouattara's inauguration will fade fast unless these horrible abuses against pro-Gbagbo groups stop immediately," said Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.