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Uganda: ‘Human rights defenders are being targeted’

Human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo describes an ever-worsening atmosphere for civil society, its defenders and journalists ahead of the presidential election.

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27 Aug 2021
Afghan evacuees arrive at the Entebbe International Airport, in Entebbe, Uganda. A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda where they will be given temporary refuge, government officials said.
26 Aug 2021
The first batch of Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover has arrived in Uganda. They will receive temporary refuge before relocating to the US. Some Ugandans, however, are concerned about their country's security.
4 Sep 2021
A human rights campaigner in India has told FRANCE 24 how she and her team have lost contact with some of their associates and fellow activists in Afghanistan since the Taliban swept to power. Vandita Morarka is the founder and chief executive of One Future Collective and has long worked with colleagues in Afghanistan. She says to lose contact with some of them is "very sad" and that it's "terrifying" to see the situation unfold for the country. She also spoke to us about her work to empower women and young people in her home country of India.
6 Sep 2021
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9 Sep 2021
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni condemned this week's coup d’état in Guinea, describing it as "a step backwards". The Ugandan president said the coup leaders should face sanctions and "get out". Museveni also discussed several other security topics concerning Africa, as well as the Afghan crisis.
26 Sep 2021
The prevalence of hearing impairment in adults is almost 12%, and 10% in children, the Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre says. Specialists want the government to make surgery available to poor families. Some Ugandans will blame witchcraft rather than seeking proper treatment.
19 Sep 2021
The World Health Organization says only about 4 million coronavirus cases were reported globally last week — a significant drop. Meanwhile, the African Union wants to be able to buy more jabs. Follow DW for the latest.
22 Sep 2021
While the Taliban have said only that female students must observe hijab, without giving more details, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of head-to-toe garments. This week we spoke to two Afghan women who told us more about the Taliban's dress code – and the women who are fighting against it in the streets and online with the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes.
24 Sep 2021
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for urgent action to curb the "terrible and tragic" consequences of the conflict. She also cited an economic and political crisis made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
1 Oct 2021
How do you investigate human rights abuses in your own country as a civil war rages in part of it and where there are inevitably abuses happening on both sides? Daniel Bekele, head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, admits that the job is not easy as he works alongside the UN to investigate abuses in the country's Tigray region. He joined us for Perspective to tell us more.
10 Oct 2021
In a tight 21-18 vote, diplomats put an end to Dutch plans for a two year extension to an independent investigation despite Western support. The war in Yemen started in 2014 and continues to this day.
23 Oct 2021
Human rights activists on Monday (October 19) urged governments and athletes world-wide to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China as Athens prepared to hand over the Olympic flame to Beijing in a ceremony in the capital, saying that anything less would make the world complicit in what they called 'genocide' by Beijing. China's treatment of minorities has come under increased scrutiny in the run-up to the games, scheduled from Feb. 4-20. Activists protested at Ancient Olympia on Monday, where the flame lighting ceremony was held.