Human Rights

Transitional Justice: From Chaos To Order

A country emerging from a period of conflict must face the consequences of widespread or systematic human rights abuses. The ordinary justice system will often not be able to cope. Transitional justice steps in so that appropriate remedies can be found. In order to achieve this institutional reform is usually

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Ethiopia’s Open Door Refugee Policy

As of May 2018, Ethiopia hosts the second largest refugee population in Africa. With over 920,262 registered refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from South Sudan and Somalia. This is because the Ethiopian government grants almost automatic recognition to the majority of asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. WHY DID ETHIOPIA CHOOSE

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Aminetou Mint Moctar: The Woman Campaigning to End Gavage

is head of Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille (Association of Women Heads of Household). This is a women’s rights charity in Nouakchott, the Capital of Mauritania. Her organisation is campaigning to criminalise a tradition thought to affect 75% of Mauritanian girls as young as five in rural areas, and

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#Nopiwouma: Senegal’s Online Movement for Women’s Rights

Last month around 100 people gathered in Dakar’s Obelisk Square wearing orange t-shirts, marching to end violence against women in Senegal. Their banners read #Nopiwouma, which means “I will not shut up” when translated from Wolof into English. HOW DID NOPIWOUMA BEGIN? According to Senegal’s National Statistics Agency, one in

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The Impact Of Political Instability On Human Rights

Governments have many ways of protecting human rights. One method of protecting these rights is the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Zimbabwe, as well as 52 other countries in Africa, have signed the Charter. The charter says that ‘every human being shall be entitled to respect for his

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Is Internet Access A Human Right?

(Listen to this article on the Sky Alpha Breakfast Show) WHY IS INTERNET ACCESS IMPORTANT? Access to the internet is crucial today. Access to Wi-Fi networks and to a mobile internet connection aids education, business and information sharing nationally and globally. In today’s world, it is almost essential to be

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Can Shackling Someone Help Solve Their Mental Health Problems? (Ghana)

In Ghana, people suffering from mental health problems have historically been sent to prayer camps as a method of treatment. In these prayer camps, they are often shackled to trees and left there.  Sometimes for years on end. The year 2017, the government of Ghana pledged to enforce a ban

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