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La crise politique et des droits humains qui a commencé au Burundi en avril 2015, quand le président Pierre Nkurunziza a annoncé qu’il briguerait un troisième mandat controversé, s’est poursuivie en 2017. Les forces gouvernementales s’en sont prises aux opposants réels ou supposés avec une impunité quasi-totale.
The political and human rights crisis that began in Burundi in April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a disputed third term, continued through 2017, as government forces targeted real and perceived opponents with near total impunity. Security forces and intelligence services—often collaborating with members of the ruling party’s youth league, known as the Imbonerakure—were responsible for numerous killings, disappearances, abductions, acts of torture, rapes, and arbitrary arrests.
The government of President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, continues to violate free association, expression, and assembly rights.
Protests over constitutional amendments that would entrench the power of the ruling elites—one to remove the presidential age limit, allowing Museveni to run for office in 2021, and another to dramatically ease government’s ability to acquire land without meaningful advance consultation and adequate compensation—met with heavy-handed partisan response from police.
In 2017, South Sudan’s civil war entered its fourth year, spreading across the country with new fighting in Greater Upper Nile, Western Bahr al Ghazal, and the Equatorias, featuring highly abusive government counterinsurgency operations. The government continued to restrict media, suppress critics, and unlawfully detain people for perceived opposition.
Thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese Face Prison if They Refuse to Leave
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UN, EU, US, and Other States Should Sanction Top Commanders
(Nairobi) – South Sudanese government and opposition leaders have failed to halt atrocity crimes, including killings, rape, and forced displacement, or to hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Museveni, donors should do more than raise funds at Kampala conference
On a drizzly morning in early April, South Sudanese soldiers entered the town of Pajok, a trading hub southeast of Juba and opened fire, killing at least a dozen people on the spot. One of them was James, a 25-year-old man with a mental disability.
“The soldiers surrounded the compound and my son refused to move, so they killed him,” Rose, James’ mother, told me when I met her in Palabek, the newest South Sudanese refugee settlement in Uganda.
Invite African Commission, UN experts to join Kasese investigation
(Kampala, May 26, 2017) – The Ugandan government should facilitate independent and transparent investigations with international expertise into the November 2016 killings of civilians in Kasese, Uganda and hold security forces accountable, a coalition of 40 organizations said today. The groups urged the government to invite relevant African Commission experts and United Nations special rapporteurs to participate in investigations.
(Nairobi) – Des militaires ougandais déployés en République centrafricaine ont sexuellement exploité ou abusé d’au moins 16 femmes et filles depuis 2015, notamment en commettant au moins un viol, et ont intimidé certaines de leurs victimes pour qu’elles gardent le silence, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui.
Investigations, Redress Urgently Needed
Palace Attack Deaths Underreported; at Least 15 Children Still Missing
(Nairobi, March 15, 2017) – Killings by Ugandan military and police during joint operations in Kasese, western Uganda on November 26-27, 2016, warrant an independent, impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise, Human Rights Watch said today. On the bloodiest day, scores of people, including children, were killed during a military assault on the palace compound of the region’s cultural institution.
In February, President Yoweri Museveni, in power for more than 30 years, was declared the winner of the presidential elections. Local observers said the elections were not free and fair, and international electoral observers argued the process failed to meet international standards.
Prioritize Accountability, Redress for Victims
(Nairobi) – Clampdowns by governments in East Africa on peaceful protests and free expression severely threatened human rights in the region in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.
Cycles of Violence, Reprisals Need Justice
(Nairobi) – Ugandan authorities should investigate the conduct of security forces in response to recent clashes in western Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces killed dozens of people and arrested at least 139 during violence on November 26 and 27, 2016, in the town of Kasese between Royal Guards of the region’s cultural kingdom, Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu (Bakonzo), and government forces.
UN Rights Reviewers Should Examine Entrenched Impunity
By Maria Burnett
On November 3, the United Nations Human Rights Council will scrutinize Uganda’s human rights record – a process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). During its last review in 2011, Uganda agreed to take on a wide range of recommendations – including ensuring full respect for freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and investigating the excessive use of force and torture by security forces. It also pledged to prosecute and punish perpetrators.
October 9, 2016 marks 20 years since the Lord’s Resistance Army abducted 139 school girls from St. Mary’s College in Aboke, Northern Uganda. The rebels raided the Catholic girls’ boarding school, ransacking the school clinic, attempted to burn down some of the buildings, and captured the girls, all between the ages of 15 and 17.
Around the World, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Violence, Discrimination, and Exclusion
By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu
The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are more often breached than observed – something we should remember today, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Sparse Investigations Fuel Conflict in Rwenzori Region
The Ugandan government should investigate the killings of at least 50 people in the Rwenzori region, 17 of them by security forces, between February and April 2016, and make the findings public, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the police inspector general.
Ongoing Abuses in Response to Protests
(Kampala, April 22, 2016) – The government of Uganda has utterly failed to hold security forces accountable for nine killings during protests in April 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Families of those killed have tried – unsuccessfully – to push for justice and seek compensation. Human Rights Watch released a video today featuring interviews with families of victims.