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The authorities used COVID-19 regulations to justify severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. They deployed security forces to abduct, assault and torture perceived critics, and opposition members and leaders. Police and security agents killed at least 10...
Malawi Business and Human Rights

Southern Africa: “Cross-border is our livelihood. It is our job.” Decent work as a human right for women informal cross-border traders in Southern Africa

Informal Cross border trade (ICBT), valued at USD 17.6 billion in 2018 and constituting 30-40% of total trade in Southern Africa, is predominantly led by women. However, these women face challenges hindering their empowerment, inclusion, and right to decent work. The report “Cross-border is our...
Malawi Business and Human Rights

Southern Africa: “Cross-border is our livelihood. It is our job.” Decent work as a human right for women informal cross-border traders in Southern Africa: Executive Summary

Informal Cross border trade (ICBT), valued at USD 17.6 billion in 2018 and constituting 30-40% of total trade in Southern Africa, is predominantly led by women. However, these women face challenges hindering their empowerment, inclusion, and right to decent work. The report “Cross-border is our...
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...
Angola Children

Southern Africa: Alarming rise in the number of girls experiencing sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies during the pandemic calls on governments to take action to protect girls’ rights

Authorities across Southern Africa must immediately take action to protect girls’ rights to health, information, education, equality and to live freely from gender-based violence and discrimination, Amnesty International said today as the world continues to mark 16 Days of Activism against...
Africa Climate change

Zimbabwe: Entrenched Repression: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 40th session of the UPR Working Group, January-February 2022

In this submission, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Zimbabwe in its previous UPR, including in relation to ensuring legislation is line with the new constitution, investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Itai Dzamara and ensuring...