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AFRICAN UNION TO HOLD SUMMIT IN ‘SLAVERY HUB’

June 18, 2018 (GIN) – “Corruption” is the theme of this year’s African Union Summit to be held next month in the capital of Mauritania – a country better known for being the last country in the world to ban slavery. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, Mauritania has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world, with an estimated 43,000 living in modern slavery conditions, out of a population of ...

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AMNESTY INT’L FINDS TROUBLES BREWING IN CAMEROON

June 18, 2018 (GIN) - In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French- against English speaking Cameroonians. In the Amnesty report titled, "A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in Anglophone Cam ...

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UGANDAN INVENTOR WINS MAJOR PRIZE FOR MALARIA DETECTOR

June 18, 2018 (GIN) – Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, 24, has scooped a major prize for his device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria – the leading cause of death in his country. In fact, Gitta developed the device, called “Matibabu” after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. It took four blood tests to diagnose Mr. Gitta with the disease, said Shafik Sekitto, part of the Matibabu team in an i ...

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LAWYERS BUILDING CASE AGAINST GAMBIAN EX-PRESIDENT OVER MASS KILLING OF REFUGEES

(GIN) – Strong evidence has been gathered linking the former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to the murder of 44 West African migrants mostly from Ghana by operatives of the ex-president. The sole survivor of the mass killing, also from Ghana, promised himself not to rest until Mr Jammeh was brought to justice. ''It is my mission, on behalf of my friends, we want justice,'' Martin Kyere, now age 37, ...

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ME TOO MOVEMENT REACHES INTO AFRICAN HALLS OF POWER

(GIN) – A promised investigation into gender discrimination at the African Union appears to be idling on the back burner, according to the South African Mail&Guardian. Some 37 women employees at the African Union Commission (AUC) have complained of “ill-treatment and humiliation”, investigators at the South African paper found. The women, who work at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, appealed to Mouss ...

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AFRICAN WHO SAVED CHILD FROM FALL GETS FRENCH CITIZENSHIP

(GIN) – A migrant from Mali who scrambled up the side of a building to save a 4 year old child dangling from a fifth floor balcony was thanked this week by President Emmanuel Macron and offered citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama had been living without papers in France when the incident took place. “You have become an example because millions of people have seen you,” Macron told the 22 year old young man. “It i ...

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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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