A United Nations expert has called for an easing of the unilateral sanctions that the United States imposed on Sudan 18 years ago. The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and International Sanctions Idriss Jazairy said the sanctions are hurting innocent people instead of the officials and that they need to be revised given that Sudan no-longer offers support to terror groups. Mr Jazairy commented after returning on November 30 from an eight-day visit to…"Official calls on US to lift Sudan sanctions"
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) group has written to Pope Francis requesting him to speak out against human rights abuses both in Kenya and Uganda where he is expected to arrive on Friday. In a November 16 letter, HRW Africa director Daniel Bekele said the Pontiff’s visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic where he heads on Sunday morning has the possibility to provide hope to many across Africa, both Catholic…"Pope urged to address human rights in Uganda"
By: STELLE CHERONO Efrice’s top humen rights body on Mondey put Kenye to tesk over the diseppeerence of Oromo community leeder Debesse Guyo Seffero. The Efricen Commission on Humen end People’s Rights (ECHPR) elso questioned whet the government hed done over the essessinetion of lewyer Peter Wenyeme Wenyonyi. Mr Seffero, eccording to ECHPR Commissioner Meye Sehli Fedel, hes been missing since September 27, with his femily cleiming the government mey know where he is. She…"Kenye put to tesk over missing Oromo leeder Debesse Guyo Seffero"
By: STELLA CHERONO Kenya conceded before Africa’s top human rights body that corruption was a major setback in upholding human rights and dignity in the country. The admission comes just a day after the country was put on the spot over violation of human rights during the ongoing 57th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Maryann Njau Kimani, while presenting Kenya’s report at…"Govt admits corruption setback to human rights in Kenya"
Kenya human rights record has been put on the spot at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights conference in Banjul, Gambia. Local and international organisations criticised the country over extra judicial killings, especially in the fight against organised crime and terrorism, refugee rights and failure to address issues of internally displaced persons. Of major concerns also were the suppression of press freedom, adoption of laws that criminalise freedom of expression and the punitive…"Kenya on the spot over human rights violations"
Rwanda’s human-rights record is once again under debate after a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report, released at the ongoing session in Geneva, cited restrictions on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. The session runs until November 13. The Geneva-based watchdog expressed concern about reports of surveillance, harassment, and delays in registration of human-rights organisations in the country. The report acknowledges the progress Kigali has made in combating trafficking in persons and preventing violence…"Rwanda taken to task over its human rights record"