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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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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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Both Sides Should Abide by Laws of War

Update: On May 3, 2021, Tajik authorities reported that 14 houses were fully destroyed, 4 buildings including a secondary school were damaged, and 15,000 people were evacuated from the three districts of Isfara, in Tajikistan’s Sughd region,…
Cars damaged during a firefight on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border are seen near the settlement of Koi-Tash, Batken region, Kyrgyzstan, April 30, 2021.
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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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80-Year-Old Jailed for 7 Years for Helping Families of Political Prisoners

Doniyor Nabiev was just trying to help people in need. The 80-year-old man from the Rudaki region of Tajikistan had been sharing his retirement savings with the local families of political prisoners. Over several years he had passed on between $15-$30…
Doniyor Nabiev (file photo).
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Uphold, Reaffirm Human Rights Protections

(Berlin) – Government responses to the acute human rights challenges posed by Covid-19 across Central Asia negatively affected right to health, media freedoms, and access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021.…
Uzbek students take open-air entrance exams in Tashkent on September 2, 2020, amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
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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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Increasing Pressure on Families of Exiled Activists

(Berlin) – Tajik authorities in late November 2020 summoned, interrogated, and threatened family members of Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov, a Tajik activist in exile, apparently to force him to cease his online criticism of the government, Human Rights…
Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov
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Rights, Rule of Law Key in Response to Region’s Crises

(Brussels) – The European Union (EU) should set consequences if Central Asian governments fail to meet more ambitious human rights goals, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU’s response to political turmoil, such as in Kyrgyzstan, or to challenges…
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
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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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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