UN Security Council Should Renew South Sudan Arms Embargo

Expand FILE: Opposition soldiers chant “Viva IO”, meaning “long live the opposition”, during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.  © AP Photo/Sam Mednick The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in […]

South Sudan Academic Suspended Over Opinion Piece

Expand Academic and writer, Taban Lo Liyong.  © 2014 Private South Sudan’s University of Juba has suspended a renowned academic and writer from his teaching position over an opinion article on the issue of states and their boundaries – a controversial issue that has yet to be addressed by South Sudanese leaders before a Unity government […]

African Union: Ramaphosa Should Prioritize Rights

Expand Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as the new South Africa president at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018. © 2018 Reuters (Johannesburg) – South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa should use his new leadership of the African Union to promote human rights and justice for violations across the continent, Human Rights […]

Cameroon: Make Humanitarian Response More Inclusive

Expand Blind people hold white canes they received from a local organization working with people with disabilities in Buea, South-West region, December 3, 2019. © 2019 Private (Nairobi) – Concrete action is needed to make the humanitarian response to the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon more inclusive of people with disabilities, Human Rights […]

South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights

Expand Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul © AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon   Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs […]

South Sudan Has 100 More Days to Transition to New Government

Expand (From L to R) Former Vice President of South Sudan Riek Machar, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa pose for a photograph as they meet at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, July 7, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File […]

South Africa: Decriminalise Sex Work

(Johannesburg) – South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime, Human Rights Watch and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) said in a report released today. South Africa should decriminalise the exchange of sex for […]

South Sudan’s Cynical Bid to Block War Crimes Court

Expand A soldier walks past women carrying their belongings near Benitu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017.  REUTERS/Siegfried Modola Efforts to ensure justice for victims of widespread atrocity crimes committed during South Sudan’s civil war hit a low point this week with news that the government has hired US-based lobbyists with the express purpose of […]

South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals

Expand Hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban on March 27, 2019  take refuge near the Sydenham Police Station.  © 2019 RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images. (Johannesburg) – Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to […]

South Sudan: Spate of Sexual Violence

Expand Women fall into line for food rations in a distribution site in Bentiu, South Sudan, on December 8, 2018. &copy 2018 Nyagoah Tut Pur/Human Legal rights Watch (New You are able to) &ndash South Sudan&rsquos government should urgently investigate rape along with other sexual violence against ladies and women driving the previous Unity condition […]