Humanitarian agencies have called for increased efforts to prevent sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in war-torn western Sudan, saying such acts against women violate their human rights.
5 December 2005 - IRIN
President Olusegun Obasanjo’s allies want him to amend the constitution in order to run for a third term in 2007. But human rights activists wouldn’t hear this.
2 December 2005 - Toye Olori
The African Commission meeting in Banjul next week is expected to discuss the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. An ACHPR fact-finding mission visited the country in June 2002. Their report was adopted by the African Commission in January this year. Entitled "Facts and Fictions" it exposes the unwillingness by the government of Zimbabwe and its agencies to comply with the recommendations, especially on national dialogue and reconciliation.
21 November 2005 - Augustine Mukaro
As violence against women becomes rampant in Africa, in South Africa a woman is shot dead by her current or former partner every six hours, and such cases rose by 78 percent between 1990 and 1999.
17 November 2005 - IRIN
If Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins in Tomorrow's second round run-off of Liberia's presidential elections, she will become the first female president of an African country.
7 November 2005 - Lauren Gelfand
Tired of the recent upsurge in ritual murders,residents of affected neighbourhoods have resorted to lynching of suspected perpetrators of the ghastly acts.
5 November 2005 - Toye Olori
The plight of AIDS orphans in Swaziland, currently labouring under the world's highest HIV prevalence rate, is an issue that demands coverage. Journalists often find themselves in a quandary concerning how best to tackle it, however.
4 November 2005 - James Hall
Less than six months into his job at the helm of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz has announced that tackling poverty and deprivations in Africa is going to be the World Bank's top priority.
1 November 2005 - Linus Atarah
Refugees from Darfur's bloody two-and-a-half-year conflict are urging rebel leaders to use an upcoming meeting to end their bickering and get on with the task of making peace with Sudan's Khartoum-based government.
28 October 2005 - Opheera McDoom
The situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur is deteriorating sharply, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has warned.
26 October 2005 - IRIN
Across Nigeria, the prejudice and denial surrounding HIV/AIDS are major obstacles in trying to stem the spread of the pandemic. But the predominantly Muslim North presents special challenges.
19 October 2005 - IRIN
A new report by the New York-based human rights watchdog highlights the impact of HIV/AIDS on schooling.
11 October 2005 - Plusnews
A school feeding programme has been launched with a view to attracting more children to school.
11 October 2005 - Toye Olori
The continued inefficiency in the judiciary is a major stumbling block to the smooth running of business in Kenya, though government officials are optimistic of a steady improvement.
6 October 2005 - Fred Oluoch