U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to be in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, site of violent protests following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Holder is due to meet with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal civil rights officials to discuss the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown […]
PARIS— In a trend reversal, African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch in Romania of Kenya’s popular M-Pesa mobile money transfer system. Mobile payments have changed the way many Africans — and the humanitarian community — do business. It remains to be seen, though, whether it will enjoy the same success in Europe.
Nigerian officials on Monday said one new Ebola case was diagnosed over the weekend, raising the country’s total to 10 confirmed cases. With the new Ebola case, the number of people who have come into contact with the disease has grown, and officials are now
An armed gang has attacked a prison in Haiti freeing an unconfirmed number of inmates. The Croix-des-Bouquets jail held more than 800 prisoners before the Sunday morning attack. The action caused panic in the area around the capital Port-au-Prince where the prison is located. “We heard a lot of gunshots, and we saw people running […]
A gay pride parade in Uganda has special meaning this year following a decision by one of the country’s courts overturning an extreme anti-gay law that could have landed homosexuals in prison for life.
A health official in Abidjan, Nigeria, displays a leaflet about the Ebola outbreak The move comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) said the spread of the virus in West Africa was an international health emergency. WHO says 961 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year, two of them in Nigeria. The […]
The deadly Ebola outbreak on Wednesday showed new signs of spreading, as Nigeria confirmed a second death plus five new cases. The new cases in Nigeria raise concerns that the virus will spread further in Africa’s most populous nation, with its 174 million residents. Meanwhile, Liberia has declared a state of emergency over the outbreak […]
The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), in a move timed to coincide with the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting rights Act of 1965 (VRA) released a new report1 showing increased patterns of voting rights discrimination since the US Supreme Court gutted enforcement provisions in the Shelby County v. Holder decision in June 2013.
WASHINGTON – As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa’s most pressing human rights violations.
Over 50 African heads of state are expected at the summit of U-S and Africa leaders this week (August 4 – 6). Not invited are the presidents of four countries with a record of human rights violations – Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic.