Human Rights Watch

Britain’s flawed policy on Eritrean refugee claims

Government’s New Position Based on Unreliable Evidence [See full document at end] Source: Human Rights Watch (London, July 2, 2015) – The United Kingdom’s Home Office should issue new guidance to staff screening Eritrean refugee claims that reflects the continued real risk of persecution and other abuses there, Human Rights Watch said today in a…

SA Flag

The South African story I hoped to never hear

This editorial from one of South Africa’s most respected newspapers – the Mail & Guardian – says it all. “SA’s democracy is under attack.” It outlines the severity of the threat facing the country’s democracy from President Jacob Zuma. This is a threat that comes from the Presidency, the ANC and the Communist Party. It…

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Eritrea: British Government meets Nevsun mining over use of forced labour

The Canadian Mining group, Nevsun, has been under intense pressure after the UN’s Commission of Inquiry found evidence that it was employing Eritrean conscripts. The National Service personnel, working through a South African subcontractor, were using the conscripts in slave-like conditions. As the UN report put it: “Eritreans are subject to systems of national service…

President Jacob Zuma

The damage al-Bashir inflicted on South Africa – When the democratic edifice crumbles

Here one of South Africa’s finest journalists and commentators, Stephen Grootes, explains the damage the flight of the Sudanese President from the Waterkloof military air base has done to the South African Constitution. Drawing on the ruling from the courts he spells out that it is probably irreparable. Martin Source: Daily Maverick Al-Bashir, SA Government…

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Rwanda: HRW supports arrest of intelligence chief in London

The arrest of Emmanuel Karenzi Karake has provoked a storm of criticism from the Rwandan government. But – as Human Rights Watch points out – “thousands of victims and their relatives are still waiting for justice for crimes committed by members of the Rwandan Patriotic Front since 1994.” Martin Arrest of Rwanda Intelligence Chief (London,…