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Burundi releases schoolgirls held for scribbling on President Nkurunziza’s portrait

Burundi has released three schoolgirls who were detained over accusation of scribbling on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s picture in textbooks which led to international outcry.
Iran arrested, imprisoned or killed at least 860 journalists in the three decades after the 1979 Islamic revolution, according to documents leaked to media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

RSF: Iran jailed hundreds of journalists after 1979 revolution

Iran arrested, imprisoned or killed at least 860 journalists in the three decades after the 1979 Islamic revolution, according to documents leaked to media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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UN: 50 mass graves discovered in western DR Congo

More than 50 mass graves have been identified in western Democratic Republic of Congo after a spate of killings in the region, a UN rights group has said.

Venezuela opposition leader increases pressure on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition leader has stepped up his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader and calling for a “major demonstration.”
A picture taken on January 15, 2019 shows anti-government demonstrators in the Sudanese capital Khartoum’s southern business district of El-Kalakla. – Sudanese police fired tear gas tioday at crowds of protesters chanting “Peace, justice, freedom” in the capital, witnesses said, after organisers of anti-government demonstrations pressed on with new rallies. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

UN rights chief decries ‘excessive force’ against Sudan protesters

The UN rights chief on Thursday slammed Sudan’s “repressive response” to anti-government demonstrations that have turned into daily rallies against President Omar al-Bashir, including the use of live ammunition against protesters.

DR Congo: Nearly 900 killed in ethnic clashes last month – UN

Ethnic violence in four villages in western Democratic Republic of Congo left at least 890 dead over just three days last month, the UN says.
Migrants struggling at mid sea after boat capsizes

UN: Unimaginable horror faced by African migrants

Migrants and refugees are being subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the moment they enter Libya and throughout their stay in that country, a UN report has stated.

Over 200 mass graves found in former Islamic State territory

More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies have been discovered in Iraqi regions formerly controlled by Islamic State (IS) extremists, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, said on Tuesday.
Michelle Bachelet

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet demands apology from Burundi

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, is demanding the government of Burundi apologize for its inflammatory, personal attacks against members of the Independent Commission of Inquiry, impugning their credibility.
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UN hails 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners

The UN has hailed the award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and a doctor in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Denis Mukwege.

CPJ: 262 journalists jailed globally in 2017

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says no fewer than 262 journalists were jailed in 2017 for “doing their work”.

Burundi bans UN experts who uncovered rights abuses

Burundi’s government has banned three United Nations human rights experts from entering the East African state, according to a letter released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday.
Michelle Bachelet

UN condemns Egyptian death sentences on Muslim Brotherhood

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has condemned an Egyptian court’s confirmation of death sentences on 75 people on Saturday.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than eight months in prison [Myo Kyaw Soe-Reuters]

UN demands unconditional release of convicted Reuters journalists

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has said that journalists’ conviction in Myanmar was a message that press “cannot operate fearlessly”.

UN urges Facebook to ‘proactively’ fight hate speech

The UN human rights chief urged Facebook Wednesday to more proactively address hate speech but warned against excessive regulation, after US President Donald Trump accused tech giants’ platforms of bias against him.
South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu pays tribute to ‘outstanding’ late UN chief Kofi Annan

Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan will receive a state funeral and burial in Ghana on September 13, the Ghanaian president said on Friday, calling it "a major event for our country".
Kofi Annan, who has died aged 80. Joel Saget-AFP-Getty Images

UN flag at half-mast for Kofi Annan

The flag at UN headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast on Saturday as the intergovernmental organisation marks the death of its former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
Zimbabwe - Election - Emmeson Mnangagwa - Reuters

Zimbabwe counts votes after historic post-Robert Mugabe polls

Counting was under way Tuesday in Zimbabwe after a strong turnout in the first election since long-ruling leader Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.

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NHRC, Abuja agencies agree on suspending nightclub raids

The National Human Rights Commission said on Sunday that it had reached a resolution with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board and other agencies of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to suspend the raids of nightclubs and other leisure places in Abuja.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

BMO: Atiku Abubakar not in same democratic league with MKO Abiola,Alex Ekwueme

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Ligue 1 sensation Nicolas Pepe to leave Lille – coach

Nicolas Pepe will leave Lille for a "great European team" in the next transfer window, the Ligue 1 side's coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed.