Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco was on Thursday re-elected member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) at the 8th Meeting of States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). According to a statement by the [...]
©- - 23 october 2020 - 14:08:33 - thread Politics (281 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Hundreds of young Tunisians took to Tunis streets on Thursday afternoon after holding a sit-in in front of the Tunisian Parliament as part of mobilization against what they considered "a controversial bill aimed at ensuring impunity for security forces", PANA reported. Police prevented the young protesters, all [...]
©- - 09 october 2020 - 18:08:30 - thread Politics (271 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Chairman of the Independent Fact-Finding Mission to Libya (FFML), Mohamed Auajjar, said the UN Mission will ensure that all alleged perpetrators of crimes and human rights violations in Libya are held accountable to strict standards of impartiality and independence, promising "zero impunity" for those responsible [...]
©- - 06 october 2020 - 17:15:52 - thread Politics (850 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A delegation of the General Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC) is in Burundi as part of a mission to inform and support the work of the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation (TRC), the public radio reported here Thursday. The delegation, led by the secretary-general [...]
©- - 24 september 2020 - 15:54:17 - thread Politics (492 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) believes that the ban on demonstrations until 15 September, announced by the Ivorian authorities on 19 August, violates the right to peaceful assembly guaranteed by international human rights standards and has called for the release of all those arrested during the demonstrations. "It seems [...]
©- - 29 august 2020 - 14:37:30 - thread Politics (286 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Killing of civilians by armed groups in central Mali risk triggering a humanitarian disaster by undermining the right to work and the right to life of many farmers, Amnesty International said on Thursday. "The livelihoods of a significant number of the population in central Mali depend on [...]
©- - 09 july 2020 - 18:53:41 - thread Politics (393 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International has said that President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, did not fulfill promises he made during his inauguration, leaving hundreds of families whose members were killed in pre-election crisis. President Tshisekedi promised on January 24, 2019, after his victory in the [...]
©- - 17 june 2020 - 19:40:03 - thread Politics (379 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - France Wednesday welcomed the surrender to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, alias Ali Kushayb, the alleged leader of the Janjawid militia, accused of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur and wanted since 2007, an official source said here. "France [...]
©- - 11 june 2020 - 00:29:00 - thread Politics (352 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC), Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday called on the Sudanese government to transfer to the Court Omar El Béchir, Abdel Raheem Hussein, Ahmad Harun and Abdallah Banda, suspects still on the run, with a view to their trial on the situation in [...]
©- - 10 june 2020 - 15:07:03 - thread Politics (405 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, announced on Tuesday that Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, alias Ali Kushayb, the alleged leader of the Sudanese Janjawid militia, accused of abuses in Darfur Region and wanted since 2007, has been captured and transferred to [...]
©- - 10 june 2020 - 14:51:38 - thread Politics (483 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed concern about the 17 recent death sentences handed down by military courts in eastern Libya. In a statement issued on Friday, UNSMIL said that it has been informed that a  death penalty has been handed down against at [...]
©- - 23 may 2020 - 11:48:25 - thread Politics (220 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected the claim for compensation and damages to the tune of Euros 68 million by Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted in 2018 of war crimes and crimes against humanity after spending ten years in prison [...]
©- - 20 may 2020 - 15:03:07 - thread Politics (323 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights League (LDH, France) have welcomed the arrest of Félicien Kabuga, an alleged financier of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.   The French judicial services apprehended Kabuga  on Saturday by and called for his prompt prosecution so that [...]
©- - 18 may 2020 - 15:45:16 - thread Politics (381 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday called on Nigerien authorities not to use the provisions of the cybercrime law to violate freedom of expression or for the arbitrary arrest and detention of dissidents and urged Niamey to criminalize all messages criticizing the measures against the Covid-19 pandemic.   "In the [...]
©- - 09 may 2020 - 15:51:03 - thread Politics (326 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The spokeswoman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agnès von der Mühll, said that the death last Friday in prison of Chadi Habache, a young Egyptian who was arrested for having caricatured President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, is "worrying" and called for respect for international conventions [...]
©- - 04 may 2020 - 18:43:02 - thread Politics (275 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International Saturday welcomed the decision by the Chadian authorities to abolish the death penalty for terrorist acts, official sources said here. “It is encouraging to note that the Chadian authorities, despite the difficult security context linked to the attacks by the armed group Boko Haram, have [...]
©- - 02 may 2020 - 15:19:45 - thread Politics (267 words)


Paris, France (PANA)  - Amnesty International (AI) Friday strongly denounced the increase in the number of civilians killed by US air strikes in Somalia. It also expressed regret that no-one was held accountable while the victims of possible violations of international humanitarian law did not benefit from the slightest justice or [...]
©- - 03 april 2020 - 14:05:43 - thread Politics (368 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a new campaign to break the silence surrounding the enforced disappearance of more than 130 men and boys who were arrested in their villages more than five years ago and have not been heard from since. Cameroonian security forces, as part [...]
©- - 10 march 2020 - 17:42:56 - thread Politics (493 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Thabo Mbeki has rubbed salt in the wounds of South Africa’s last white leader, FW De Klerk, by sending him the UN Convention declaration that apartheid was a crime against humanity. As previously reported by PANA, there was widespread anger over De Klerk’s [...]
©- - 27 february 2020 - 19:32:01 - thread Politics (227 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organizations in Guinea on Thursday asked the Guinean government to confine the army to the barracks to avoid tipping the country into a cycle of violence and uncontrollable repression even as the chief of staff launched [...]
©- - 27 february 2020 - 19:27:56 - thread Politics (394 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) denounced the execution of eight men by the Egyptian authorities in the early hours of the day in the Borg el Arab prison in Alexandria, saying that this act is in no way a means of rendering justice. The men were among the 17 [...]
©- - 27 february 2020 - 18:08:05 - thread Politics (356 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, said on Monday that "Libya is going through exceptional circumstances due to outside interference". Addressing the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, he said that "those [...]
©- - 24 february 2020 - 15:42:32 - thread Politics (672 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA)-The Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, will Monday address the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he will present the latest developments in the Libyan crisis. In a statement issued on Saturday evening, [...]
©- - 23 february 2020 - 12:01:42 - thread Politics (314 words)


Paris, France (PANA)  -  Essential programs to support 900 children already registered to be released from armed forces and groups in South Sudan could be suspended next month if the necessary funds do not arrive urgently, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned here Thursday. The UN agency said without urgent [...]
©- - 13 february 2020 - 21:39:11 - thread Politics (463 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Central African League for Human Rights (LCDH) welcomed the conviction Friday by the Central African justice system of five leaders of anti-balaka militias and 23 other militiamen under their orders. They were accused of the massacre in May [...]
©- - 08 february 2020 - 18:31:07 - thread Politics (380 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA)  -  Amnesty International Tuesday urged authorities in Tanzania to unconditionally free a human rights lawyer and a computer expert arrested last month and charged with non-bailable offence of organised crime and money-laundering. Tito Magoti, a lawyer working with the Dar es Salaam-based Legal and Human Right [...]
©- - 21 january 2020 - 23:28:23 - thread Politics (429 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International said on Tuesday that the postponement of the trial of the "red berets" of General Amadou Haya Sanogo and several other soldiers over the killing of 21 paratroopers, whose bodies were found in a mass grave in 2012 is prolonging the suffering of the [...]
©- - 15 january 2020 - 16:58:49 - thread Politics (447 words)


Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), an anti-slavery and human rights movement in Mauritania has denounced the arrest of the president on the 'IRA France' section, Jean Marc Pelenc, by police at Nouakchott International Airport on Thursday. According to a statement issued by [...]
©- - 10 january 2020 - 14:51:35 - thread Politics (144 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)   -   The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights said here Saturday a total of 130,000 asylum seekers, including minors and families accompanied by young children, sleep on the streets of Tunisia.  The forum in a statement issued here said, in the absence of reception centers in the [...]
©- - 14 december 2019 - 20:44:43 - thread Politics (305 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Seven associations, which have lodged an appeal with the Paris Administrative Court of Appeal against the delivery of boats to the Libyan coastguard, welcomed the announcement by the French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, to give up the delivery of six boats for the benefit [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 17:31:01 - thread Politics (448 words)


Paris, France (PANA)   -  Three human rights organizations in DR Congo Saturday called on the European Union to maintain sanctions against 14 leaders in the DRC who are still in office despite suspicions of human rights violations. The International Federation for Human Rights African Association for Human Rights (ASADHO), the Lotus [...]
©- - 30 november 2019 - 21:09:59 - thread Politics (394 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has noted in a new report, released on Wednesday, that the Office of the Attorney General of State Security in Egypt, a special prosecutor's office in charge of investigating threats to the national security, is complicit in enforced disappearances, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, torture [...]
©- - 27 november 2019 - 17:30:36 - thread Politics (384 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday launched its global campaign for human rights for people whose rights are threatened or violated, including the young South Sudanese, Magai Matiop Ngong, sentenced to death in November 2017 in his country and who must be executed. "We ask everyone to join [...]
©- - 19 november 2019 - 17:44:42 - thread Politics (374 words)


Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, has awarded a medal to Angolan journalist and human rights activist, Rafael Marques, in recognition of his fight against corruption in the country. Rafael Marques was decorated with several other national and foreign individuals and institutions, including journalist [...]
©- - 08 november 2019 - 17:46:12 - thread Politics (450 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International has paid a strong tribute to the human rights activist and president of  Knifar movement in northeastern Nigeria, Kellu Haruna, who died on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno State.   "As many in Nigeria have chosen to remain silent, it is important to highlight the courage of [...]
©- - 30 october 2019 - 15:32:31 - thread Politics (437 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The international movement, called "Let's turn the page", recognized as very active against amending constitutions that can allow presidents to stay in power, is undesirable in Togo following the border blockade to stop three of its activists on their way to launch the membership of two [...]
©- - 16 october 2019 - 14:20:43 - thread Politics (399 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Demonstrations led by civil society, were held Saturday in Bujumbura, the economic capital of Burundi, and in the provinces, to criticize the renewal of the mandate of the UN Investigation Commission into "imaginary" violations of human rights in Burundi, the slogans said. The three experts of the [...]
©- - 05 october 2019 - 16:59:19 - thread Politics (609 words)


Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Seven judicial organizations have expressed their concerns about the "foreseeable" negative impact that some provisions of the draft constitutional reform could have in the event of adoption on independence and the impartiality of justice in Zambia.   In a statement, the organizations noted that the changes [...]
©- - 05 august 2019 - 19:26:00 - thread Politics (214 words)


Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA)   -   Human Rights Watch (HRW), a human rights NGO, Thursday urged the Mauritanian authorities to "immediately issue a passport to Mohamed Ouid Slahi, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, or explain the legal bases for which the ban on travel was imposed on him, a statement issued [...]
©- - 13 june 2019 - 18:06:30 - thread Politics (256 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is on an official visit to Tunisia from 11 to 13 June, during which  she will take part in the International Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Space on Wednesday. Mrs. Bachelet will meet several Tunisian personalities, [...]
©- - 11 june 2019 - 12:22:34 - thread Politics (169 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA)   -   The Togolese League for Human Rights (LTDH) has in a report accused the Togolese government of serious human rights violations against citizens during the period of protests between August 2017 and April 2018. The report, entitled "Togo: terror against the people", outlines the period between 31 July [...]
©- - 25 may 2019 - 15:37:11 - thread Politics (426 words)


Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania Friday marked International Day of Women's Rights with a demonstration to highlight the plight of women producers and processors of milk in the agro-pastoral regions of the country, officials told PANA here. The demonstrations, organized at the National Museum as part of the celebrations, involved several [...]
©- - 08 march 2019 - 21:18:08 - thread Politics (287 words)


Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Mrs Federica Mogherini, on Wednesday called on Sudanese authorities to immediately release all political prisoners, an official communiqué said. She also threatened selective sanctions against the authorities due to restrictions on fundamental freedoms following the [...]
©- - 06 march 2019 - 17:23:40 - thread Politics (259 words)


Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid will be awarded the Doctor honoris causa degree on 4 February by the prestigious Catholic University of Louvain, it was announced on Wednesday. Biram Dah Abeid, a member of the Nouakchott Parliament, has just been released from prison where he was [...]
©- - 09 january 2019 - 18:25:36 - thread Politics (235 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday begins his second official visit to Ethiopia, at the invitation of the Government, his office announced Saturday from Geneva, Switzerland. In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he will also take part in a high-level [...]
©- - 21 april 2018 - 11:40:58 - thread Politics (254 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Although African countries have cast off the shackles of colonial and racist oppression, they need to do more to ensure the full respect of the rights of their people, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat stated on Africa Human Rights Day. Commemorating the 2017 [...]
©- - 21 october 2017 - 15:50:49 - thread Politics (502 words)


Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN independent expert for human rights, Ivorian Marie-Therese Kéita Bocoum, will embark on a fact-finding mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) from 4 to 14 February, PANA reported here Monday, quoting a communiqué by the UN high commission for human rights. The visit, Mrs [...]
©- - 02 february 2015 - 13:56:13 - thread Politics (219 words)


Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two members of Togo's umbrella opposition group 'Sauvons le Togo’ (Let’s Save Togo) have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the fire that gutted Lome and Kara markets recently, the group said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday. The group condemned the arrest [...]
©- - 24 january 2013 - 15:26:58 - thread Politics (155 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government will, here Sunday, listen to what Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade intends to do about the long-awaited trial of exiled ex-president Hissene Habre of Chad, the Director of the Office of Legal Counsel at the [...]
©- - 29 january 2011 - 11:32:27 - thread Politics (595 words)