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19 Jun 2018 description
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39 Dead, More Than 1,000 Displaced in Recent Attacks

(Johannesburg) – Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado have killed at least 39 people and displaced more than 1,000 since May 2018. Hundreds of families fled their villages after suspected members of an armed Islamist group burned down their houses during nighttime attacks.

29 May 2018 description
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A suspected Islamist armed group attacked two rural village in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado over the weekend, killing at least 10 people, including children. According to local authorities, the attackers abducted residents from Monjane and Ulumbi village, near the coastal town of Palma, who were found beheaded on Sunday in nearby bush.

This is the fourth attack by alleged Islamists since April.

13 Apr 2018 description
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(Johannesburg) – The Mozambican authorities’ failure to credibly investigate recent killings and assaults of prominent critics of the government has created an environment of fear among the country’s activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The abduction and beating of a journalist and human rights lawyer, Ericino de Salema, in Maputo on March 27, 2018, was followed by reports from activists of intimidation and threats by alleged security force members.

26 Jan 2018 description
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A ceasefire in December 2016 ended armed clashes between the government and the former rebel group, now political party, Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Mozambican National Resistance, or RENAMO). But members of government security forces and RENAMO-linked armed groups continued to commit abuses with impunity during armed clashes that started in late 2014, including killings, enforced disappearances, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, and destruction of property.

07 Aug 2017 description
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Little Progress as Regional Body Marks 25th Anniversary

(Johannesburg) –The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 19-20, 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa, for their 37th summit.

11 Oct 2016 description
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Killings Go Unpunished, Put Political Stability at Risk

(Johannesburg, October 11, 2016) – The killing of a prominent opposition leader on October 8, 2016, in Maputo puts ongoing peace talks in Mozambique at risk, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 Aug 2016 description
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RENAMO Attacks Deprive Thousands of Health Care

(Johannesburg) – Armed men linked to Mozambique’s main opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), have raided at least two hospitals and two health clinics over the past month. The attacks on the medical facilities, which involved looting medicine and supplies and destroying medical equipment, threaten access to health care for tens of thousands of people in remote areas of the country.

03 May 2016 description
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(Johannesburg, May 4, 2016) – On April 27, 2016, Deutsche Welle and LUSA news agency reported the discovery of a mass grave in Canda administrative post (near Macossa), Gorongosa district, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala. Local people interviewed by journalists said they discovered the grave after noticing the strong smell of decomposing bodies. They said they had counted between 100 to 120 bodies in a hole once used as an open-pit gold mine.

24 Feb 2016 description
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(Johannesburg) – Mozambique’s government should urgently investigate alleged summary executions, sexual abuse, and ill-treatment by its armed forces in Tete province. At least 6,000 people have fled to Malawi since army operations began in October 2015, to disarm militias linked to Mozambique’s main opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance, or RENAMO.

23 May 2013 description
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Mining Resettlements Disrupt Food, Water
Government and Mining Companies Should Remedy Problems, Add Protections

05 Jun 2008 description
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Provide Basics of Food, Water, Shelter, and Safety to Displaced

(Johannesburg, June 5, 2008) - The South African government should ensure that 'temporary shelter sites' for homeless and traumatized victims of recent xenophobic violence comply with international standards, Human Rights Watch said today.

28 Mar 2000 description
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By Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch
Paper prepared for Conference on Mozambique After the Floods

Tuesday, 28 March 2000, Washington DC.