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"Côtexit" from Access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
On 29th April, Côte d’Ivoire announced its withdrawal from the special declaration of jurisdiction provided under Article 34(6) of the ‘Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and (More)
Gambia suspends death penalty in step towards abolition
Addressing the nation at Gambia's 53rd Independence Anniversary celebration on Sunday, Gambian President Adama Barrow announced the suspension of the death penalty.Barrow stated, "at this junction, I will use this opportunity to declare a morato (More)
Burundi government releases scores of prisoners
Following a clemency order issued by President Pierre Nkurunziza , Burundi's government began releasing scores of prisoners on Wednesday. Included in those released were prisoners accused of endangering state security. This group of 300 released pri (More)
Burundi arrests six over murder of environment minister
The Burundi government arrested six people on Saturday in connection with the murder of the country's water, environment and planning minister, Emmanuel Niyonkuru, who was shot in the head shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve. While the motive f (More)
UN staff designated to investigate human rights violations in Burundi
The President of the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Choi Kyonglim , on Tuesday announced that the UN commission investigating human rights violations in Burundi is to be staffed by Fatsah Ouguergouz of Algeria, Reina Alapini Gansu of Benin and (More)
Multiple African countries hold Presidential elections
Elections are being held in several African countries on Sunday, a day many people have called "Super Sunday." Citizens in Benin, Cape Verde, Congo, Niger, and Zanzibar are voting for President, while voters in Senegal are voting to reform Preside (More)
New treaty allows children to complain about rights violations directly to the UN
United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure , which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors t (More)
Europe rights court rules Ireland failed to protect students from child abuse
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the Euro (More)
UN body empowered to hear childrens' rights complaints
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday announced that a legal instrument, which grants children access to international human rights protections, will go into effect in April. The Optional Protocol to the Convent (More)
Benin government must better protect children: UN rights expert
A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child (More)
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