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COMOROS: AU pre-election mission reports back

JOHANNESBURG, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - As the Comoros prepare for upcoming elections that will test their new power-sharing arrangement, South Africa is gearing up to do its part in ensuring the April elections are free and fair. Full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Newspapers barred from publishing Prophet Muhammad cartoons

JOHANNESBURG, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A South African newspaper is set to challenge a court interdict barring the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, initially printed in Denmark, that have caused angry protests in countries around the world.Full report

RWANDA: Appeal against ex-minister's acquittal begins

ARUSHA, TANZANIA, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An appeal against the acquittal of a former Rwandan minister by a lower court of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda began on Monday before its Appeals Chamber. Full report

DRC-RWANDA: ICJ dismisses Congo's case over lack of jurisdiction

THE HAGUE, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The International Court of Justice, the United Nations' principal judicial organ based in The Hague, has ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to consider an application filed in May 2002 by the Democratic Republic of the Congo against neighbouring Rwanda. Full report

ETHIOPIA: Govít disputes student arrest allegations

ADDIS ABABA, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Ethiopian authorities have denied reports by a global human rights watchdog that thousands of students have been arrested during the past three months in continued unrest over disputed election results. Full report

SIERRA LEONE: In historic hearing, top fighter appears in Special Court

FREETOWN, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The former militia leader revered by many Sierra Leoneans as having fought off the countryís dreaded rebels has appeared before a judge on war crimes charges, telling the UN-backed Special Court his militia answered to President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.Full report

UGANDA: Jury recommends acquittal of opposition leader in rape case

KAMPALA, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Jurors in the rape trial of Ugandan opposition leader Kiiza Besigye recommended his acquittal on Wednesday, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case in the alleged sexual assault. Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Key opposition leader on trial

TASHKENT, 30 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - A key opposition leader well known for his vocal criticism of the Uzbek government following an uprising in the east of the country went on trial on Monday, charged with economic crimes, a lawyer and relatives said.Full report

NAMIBIA: Capital's townships stay dark for want of money

JOHANNESBURG, 30 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Without government support, a proposal to provide electricity to the informal settlements that ring the Namibian capital, Windhoek, is likely to be shelved because residents cannot afford the connection costs. Full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Conditional support for pro-poor policy

JOHANNESBURG, 30 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - More than a decade after the advent of democracy, South Africa has still one of the most unequal societies in the world, but a recent study reveals that public support for pro-poor policies is highly conditional.Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Human Rights

COTE D IVOIRE: Year in Brief 2005 - A chronology of key events

WEST AFRICA: Year in Review 2005 - Stability see-saws in the world's poorest region

IRIN Special Reports on Human Rights

LIBERIA: A chronology of 25 years of conflict and turmoil

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Spare the rod, create a human being

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Human Rights

BURUNDI: Rebel group continues to threaten peace, development

SOUTH AFRICA: Evictees forced to squeeze into shanty towns

NIGERIA: In overcrowded prisons, survival is a daily battle

ZAMBIA: Landmark judgment for women in customary marriages

Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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