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Investigate Abuses, Hold Violators to Account

Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of women in exchange for humanitarian aid have reemerged in Mozambique, this time among people displaced by armed Islamist groups in the northern Cabo Delgado province. Last month, while interviewing…
A woman walks through the Internally Displaced Person camp "25 de junho," in Metuge, Mozambique on May 20, 2021. 
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Ensure Civilian Safety, Provide Humanitarian Aid

Mozambican and Rwandan government forces have taken control of Mocimboa da Praia in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province. The town had been controlled by an armed group linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) since August 2020. Mozambican…
Rwandan soldiers patrol the village of Mute, in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on August 9, 2021.
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Ensure Aid Access; Investigate Movement Restrictions in Cabo Delgado Province

The Mozambican government should immediately assist civilians to move to safer areas. These civilians are trapped by fighting in Cabo Delgado province, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 88,000 people have been displaced from the embattled Palma…
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RE: Challenges to Implementation of GCM Objectives #4, 10, 13, 15, 17, 21 in Cameroon, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, December 2018 – June 2021

Contents: I. Introduction II. Human trafficking (Nigeria, Senegal) III. Migrant detention (Mauritania, South Africa) IV. Migrant returns (Cameroon, Mauritania, Tanzania) V. Discrimination, xenophobia, access to services and documentation (South…
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Expand Commission of Inquiry’s Mandate to Prisons Across the Country

This week, Mozambique’s government appointed members of a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and other rights violations of female inmates by guards at the Ndlavela Women's Prison in Maputo. Minister of Justice…
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SADC Should Urgently Address Humanitarian Crisis in Cabo Delgado Province

After months of deliberation and inconclusive meetings about addressing violence in northern Mozambique, leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) agreed on Wednesday to send a regional military force to help government forces to…
O Presidente moçambicano Filipe Nyusi, à esquerda, e o Presidente do Zimbabué, Emmerson Mnangagwa, à direita, juntam-se aos líderes da África Austral durante uma reunião na capital de Moçambique, Maputo, em 8 de Abril de 2021.
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Acknowledge his Detention; Ensure Access to Lawyer; Block Any Return to Rwanda

(Nairobi) – A Rwandan asylum seeker and founder of an opposition movement, who has been forcibly disappeared by Mozambique authorities, risks being handed over to Rwanda, where his rights would be violated, including by being subject to an unfair…
Cassien Ntamuhanga.
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Potential Complicity in Unlawful Detention of ISIS Suspects, Children

Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden should promptly repatriate their nationals unlawfully held in life-threatening conditions in northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the four governments today.…
Children fly a kite at al-Hol camp in northeast Syria. 
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Human Rights Watch Introduces Country Index Based on Laws, Policies

(Beirut) – Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should outlaw the violent discipline of children, Human Rights Watch said today, introducing an index categorizing countries in the region based on their laws and policies. The MENA…
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A failure to act on developments in the town of Palma in northern Mozambique will have dire consequences for the region

Mozambique says it is trying to help civilians forced to flee The March 25 attack by an Islamist armed group linked to the Islamic State (ISIS), in the gas-rich town of Palma in northern Cabo Delgado province. The government urgently needs help…
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Government Should Provide More Information About Situation in Palma

Hundreds of people remain missing five days after an Islamic State (ISIS)-linked armed group known as Al-Shabab raided the town of Palma in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, killing and wounding an unknown number of civilians and causing…
Mozambican army soldiers patrol the streets of Mocimboa da Praia in March 2018. 
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ISIS-Linked Armed Group Attacks Civilians in Palma

Mozambique authorities should take urgent measures to protect civilians fleeing an armed Islamist group in the town of Palma, in northern Cabo Delgado province, Human Rights Watch said today. There has been heavy fighting since March 25, 2021, when…
A Mozambican woman works in a rice paddy in Palma, where large deposits of natural gas were found offshore, February 2017.
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A review of Mozambique's floundering commitment to the human rights project.

Introduction Human Rights Watch submits the following information highlighting concerns about the Republic of Mozambique’s lagging compliance with its international human rights obligations. The last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was made in…
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Bill Falls Short of International Standards

(Beirut) – Mauritania’s parliament should revise a draft law on associations it is due to confirm during its current session to ensure that it meets international standards on freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The law as drafted…
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New Murals in Mozambique Challenge Stigma

A local organization in Mozambique is using the power of images to fight discrimination. Azemap, a volunteer-run organization that supports people with albinism, has begun painting five murals at schools across the central Mozambican province of Tete…
Flavia Pinto, head of Azemap, a volunteer-run organization that supports people with albinism, stands before a mural painted at a school in Tete province. The mural reads: "People with albinism are the same as you!"
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Detained for 8 Months, Facing Possible Death Sentences

Update: The Nouakchott West Criminal Court on October 20, 2020, found all five detained men guilty of “violating the sanctity of God” based on Article 306 of Mauritania’s Penal Code and sentenced them to between six and eight month prison terms, and…
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Civilians Bear the Brunt of Insurgents, Government Abuses

The European Union has agreed to a request by the Mozambican government for help combatting the Islamist armed group Al-Sunna wa Jama’a. The insurgency began in October 2017 and affects several districts in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.…
Residents of Naunde, in Macomia, Cabo Delgado, flee their village following an attack on June 5, 2018. ©2018 Human Rights Watch