Home is a deadly place for many women and girls, UN report reveals

On average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour in 2021 by someone in their own family, two UN agencies said in a report published on Wednesday. The study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women was issued ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed annually on 25 November. Of the 81,000 women and girls intentionally…

Sudanese activists: Racism and hate speech must be criminalised

A group of activists, human rights defenders, and media professionals spoke to Radio Dabanga about the danger of hate speech and racism in Sudanese society, following a seminar this weekend. The Seminar for Promoting Public Campaigns to Combat Racism and Hate Speech, which was organised by the Regional Centre for Training and Civil Society Development in Khartoum on November 19 and 20, focused on the outcomes of racism and hate…

U.S. urges speedy implementation of Ethiopia peace deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for speedy implementation of a peace agreement signed between Ethiopia’s federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).Blinken made the point Tuesday during a telephone meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace to a two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia.“The Secretary underlined the importance of immediately implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement, including…

South Sudan: African Union must set precedent for African-led justice by establishing court for South Sudan

Ahead of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting on South Sudan on 30 November, Amnesty International and the South Sudanese Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) have called on the African Union to speed up the formation of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS).The AUPSC must call on the African Union Commission to ensure an effective legal mechanism exists to investigate and prosecute serious human right violations…

South Sudan: African Union’s abandoned commitment to justice in Africa: The case of the hybrid court for South Sudan

It is seven years since the first peace deal was signed in South Sudan and with it a commitment made to set up a African Union-backed up Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) to investigate and prosecute war crimes and other human rights violations committed in the conflict since 2011. But the creation of the HCSS has been delayed. The establishment of the HCSS is an opportunity for the AU…

South Sudan: African Union’s abandoned commitment to justice in Africa: The case of the hybrid court for South Sudan

It is seven years since the first peace deal was signed in South Sudan and with it a commitment made to set up a African Union-backed up Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS) to investigate and prosecute war crimes and other human rights violations committed in the conflict since 2011. But the creation of the HCSS has been delayed. The establishment of the HCSS is an opportunity for the AU…