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SENEGAL YET TO FULFILL PLEDGE OF FREE EDUCATION TO GIRLS – HRW

In a politely worded letter from Human Rights Watch, Senegalese President Macky Sall was highly commended for addressing abuses against street children including those exploited in the course of their education in the Koran. “We have conducted human rights research on children in Senegal since 2005,” the New York-based group wrote. “Our most recent report (July 2017) welcomes the important move by the Seneg ...

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KENYAN MEDIA FACES JAIL OR WORSE FOR COVERING PRESIDENTIAL MASHUP

A ceremonial inauguration scheduled for this week will test the mettle of President Uhuru Kenyatta whose electoral victory last October now faces a new and possibly dangerous challenge by his rival, Raila Odinga. The two men had faced off in two rounds of voting - the first round in August was nullified by the Kenyan Supreme Court for irregularities. The second round was upheld in Uhuru’s favor. Odinga, who ...

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GERMANY REJECTS REPARATIONS SUIT OVER COLONIAL MASSACRE IN NAMIBIA

In its first formal response to a class-action suit filed by the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, Germany has asked a New York judge to throw out the suit as “inadmissible” because of “the principle of state immunity.” The indigenous people have been seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples under German colonial rule in the early part of the 20th century. From 1885 to 1903 about a quarter of ...

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