• Region


The regional overview summarizes the human rights situation and developments in the region throughout 2020.

If there was ever a glimmer of hope that 2020 would see a break in the cycle of armed conflicts in Africa, continued fighting in several war-torn countries dashed any cause for optimism. The 2013 pledge by African leaders to “silence the guns” by 2020 remained unrealized. Instead, the sound of gunfire grew louder, claiming thousands of lives in the process.

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