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Unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and sexual violence were carried out, mainly against perceived political opponents. Freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly remained restricted; journalists and human rights defenders faced reprisals for their work....
Botswana Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Africa: We are facing extinction: Escalating anti-LGBTI sentiment, the weaponization of law and their human rights implications in select African countries

Across Africa, LGBTI persons face a distressing regression of progress, enduring relentless protests and formidable obstacles to their rights. This review exposes an alarming trend: the weaponization of law to target and marginalize the LGBTI community, exacerbating a deteriorating state of human...
Africa Domestic Violence

Burundi: Amend gender-based violence law

Burundi’s 2016 law against gender-based violence was a milestone achievement, bringing improved protection, including through a consent-based definition of rape and prohibiting harmful traditional practices. However, it falls short of regional and international best practice, and in some instances...
Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Burundi: New administration’s broken promises to improve human rights: Amnesty International: Submission to the 43rd session of the UPR Working Group, 4 May 2023

In this submission, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Burundi in its previous UPR, including on extrajudicial and unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, attacks against human rights defenders, and...