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Speech by Daniel Bekele, Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch

The following is the transcript of a speech given by Daniel Bekele, Human Rights Watch senior director for Africa advocacy, at the Gambia National Stakeholders Conference on Justice and Human Rights, May 23-25, 2017.Introduction Thank you to…
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The creation of a new government in Somalia in March 2017 provides an important opportunity to address with international support many of the country’s pressing human rights problems. Successive Somali governments and international supporters have…
Prisoners at Mogadishu Central Prison watch as a guard walks pass their cell in December 2013. Most of the military court’s hearings in Mogadishu take place inside the prison, which limits access to hearings for relatives and independent monitors.
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Jammeh Had Conceded Defeat, Agreed to Peaceful Transition

(Nairobi) – On December 9, 2016, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced that he had rejected the country’s presidential election results “in totality” and called for new elections when resources permitted it. He indicated that he was responding to…
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Security Forces Should Respect Human Rights During Transition

(Nairobi) – Gambia’s Independent Election Commission announced early on December 2, 2016, that Adama Barrow, the candidate of a coalition of eight opposition parties, had won Gambia’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Yahya…
Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow's election victory in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016.
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Statement delivered under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the UPR on Somalia, yet regrets that most recommendations accepted during the country’s last review remain unimplemented. Somalia’s UPR took place against the backdrop of ongoing abuses…
Somali photojournalist runs for cover while reporting on fighting between the Somali government and African Union forces against the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, April 2012.
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 (All updates are in bold) I. Summary and Background Malta places virtually all migrants who arrive by boat without permission, or “irregularly,” in detention, regardless of the fact that many are fleeing violence or persecution. Though under…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10

The human rights situation in Somalia, particularly in the south-central part of the country, remains dire. The Islamist armed group al-Shabaab continues to commit serious abuses including targeted killings, executions and punishments amounting to torture…
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22nd session, statement under Item 3

In Somalia, the recent arbitrary arrest, detention and politically motivated prosecution of an alleged rape victim and a freelance journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, has raised serious concerns about the new Somali government’s commitment to basic…
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Oral Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

The new report by the Independent Expert on Somalia highlights the need for the Human Rights Council to encourage UN member states and key human rights entities such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to step up its engagement on…
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Oral statement during the interactive dialogue on Somalia

  In Mogadishu, civilians are trapped in a bloody conflict pitting the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), against an armed opposition spearheaded by the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.…
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By Leslie Lefkow before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

Thank you, Chairman Payne, and members of the subcommittee, for inviting me to participate in this hearing. My name is Leslie Lefkow. I am a senior researcher with the Africa division of Human Rights Watch and I lead our work on the Horn of Africa. Mr…