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WOMEN’S GROUPS PLEAD FOR CLEMENCY FOR SUDANESE TEEN SENTENCED TO HANG

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A Sudanese court has upheld a judgment of execution for a teenage girl who fought off the forcible sexual advances of her arranged-marriage husband, leading to his death. Noura Hussein has been imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan, since the murder of the man she was forced to marry, who she says raped her as his relatives held her down. The case has highlighted the issues of forced marriage a ...

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COURT DENIES NIGERIAN FISHERMEN ‘ACCESS TO JUSTICE’, RIGHTS GROUPS SAY

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A coalition of human rights, environmental and development groups from the four corners of the world is challenging a UK appeals court ruling that lets UK-headquartered parent companies escape liability when people in poor countries are harmed by their affiliates. The ruling stems from a lawsuit by the Ogale people in Nigeria against Royal Dutch Shell, based in England, and its Nigerian ...

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AT AFRICAN CONFAB, A CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN*

(IDN/GIN) – Children are very much on the political and public agenda in Africa today. The African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfilment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is somber and sobering. The number of child prisoners in Africa is in the thousands, and may even be as high as 28,000. Against this background, chi ...

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