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Armed groups in Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia and elsewhere committed abuses, including killings and abductions, which caused mass displacements. State security forces often replied with serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture. These conflicts and insecurity — together with new forms of communal violence that emerged in countries like Ethiopia — were brutal reminders that Africa is a long way from breaking its deadly cycle of armed conflicts and violence.

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Armed groups in Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia and elsewhere committed abuses, including killings and abductions, which caused mass displacements. State security forces often replied with serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture. These conflicts and insecurity — together with new forms of communal violence that emerged in countries like Ethiopia — were brutal reminders that Africa is a long way from breaking its deadly cycle of armed conflicts and violence.

Often what have been silenced are not the guns — but justice and accountability for crimes and other serious human rights violations. From Nigeria to South Sudan, countless victims of serious crimes and abuses did not see justice and reparations.

The year was also marked by widespread repression of dissent — including crackdowns on peaceful protests, and attacks on media, human rights defenders and political opponents. In over 20 countries, people were denied their right to peaceful protest, including through unlawful bans, use of excessive force, harassment and arbitrary arrests.

In two thirds of the countries monitored, governments heavily restricted freedom of expression — with some particularly clamping down on journalists, bloggers, civil society groups, and political opponents, including in the context of elections. These violations unfolded in a context of failures to protect and fulfil economic, social and cultural rights. Forced evictions without compensation continued in countries including Eswatini, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Large-scale commercial land acquisitions impacted livelihoods of thousands in Angola. Access to health care and education — already dire across the continent — was further exacerbated by conflicts in some counties including Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Mali. Yet across Africa, ordinary people, activists and human rights defenders took to the streets. From Khartoum to Harare and from Kinshasa to Conakry, peaceful protesters braved bullets and beatings to defend the rights that their leaders would not.

And sometimes, the consequences were game changing — major transformations in political systems and opening space for profound institutional reforms, such as in Sudan and Ethiopia. In these and countries like in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia and Mozambique, attacks by armed groups and communal violence led to deaths, displacements and injuries. Responses by state security forces were marked by widespread human rights violations and crimes under international law.

In Darfur, Sudanese government forces and allied militias carried out unlawful killings, sexual violence, systematic looting, and forced displacements. The destruction of at least 45 villages in Jebel Marra continued into February, and by May over 10, people had been forced to flee. In South Sudan, civilians were killed in sporadic clashes between government and armed forces. Parties to the conflict obstructed humanitarian access, increasing numbers of children were recruited as child soldiers, and conflict-related sexual violence was pervasive — including rape, gang rape and sexual mutilation.

A record of over 60 airstrikes resulted in at least three civilian deaths, bringing the number of civilians killed by such attacks to at least 17 in the last two years. Some attacks constituted serious abuses of international humanitarian laws. Often, the response of security forces and their allies also involved serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights laws.

In Somalia, the UN recorded over 1, civilian casualties by mid-November. Al-Shabaab was responsible for most of these targeted attacks — including a truck bombing in December, which killed nearly people in Mogadishu.

Military operations against Al-Shabaab by Somali and allied forces also resulted in dozens of civilian deaths and injuries, often due to indiscriminate attacks. The military responded disproportionately, committing extrajudicial executions and burning homes.

In response, Malian security forces committed multiple violations including extrajudicial executions and torture. In Ethiopia, the response of security forces to a surge in communal violence that killed hundreds often involved excessive use of force. For example, in January the Ethiopian Defence Forces killed at least nine people, including three children, during operations to contain ethnic violence in the Amhara Region.

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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Africa's continuing reliance on foreign aid has increased the opportunities for bilateral and multilateral aid agencies to influence policy making in the region. The major donors have been meeting frequently in order to discuss development and debt problems and to devise aid strategies for African governments. In turn, foreign aid has increasingly been linked to a set of prescriptions for changes in both economic and political policies pursued by African governments. The so-called new world order also has had significant effects on African governments.


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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. This edited volume examines the development and challenges of governance, democracy, and human rights in Africa.

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The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights also known as the Banjul Charter is an international human rights instrument that is intended to promote and protect human rights and basic freedoms in the African continent. It emerged under the aegis of the Organisation of African Unity since replaced by the African Union which, at its Assembly of Heads of State and Government, adopted a resolution calling for the creation of a committee of experts to draft a continent-wide human rights instrument, similar to those that already existed in Europe European Convention on Human Rights and the Americas American Convention on Human Rights. This committee was duly set up, and it produced a draft that was unanimously approved at the OAU's 18th Assembly held in June , in Nairobi , Kenya. Oversight and interpretation of the Charter is the task of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights , which was set up on November 2, in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia and is now headquartered in Banjul , Gambia. The protocol came into effect on 25 January

Contributing to ensure a transparent, democratic and accountable environment in the respect of human rights and rule of law in Africa. The overall political and institutional framework for the promotion of democracy, governance and human rights in Africa is the African Governance Architecture AGA established in The overall objective of the project is to contribute to ensure a transparent, democratic and accountable environment in the respect of human rights and rule of law in Africa. The specific objective is to strengthen the African human rights system in the framework of the African Governance Architecture. Skip to main content.

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Africa has made considerable strides in striving towards democratic and participatory governance, in the context of the African Union AU Shared Values. In the transition from the OAU to the AU , the continent underwent a paradigm shift from the old OAU doctrine of non-interference to the new doctrine of non-indifference to human rights abuses, mass atrocity and crimes against humanity within its Member States. The principal goals of the AGA are to connect, empower and build capacities of AU Organs, Regional Economic Communities and relevant stakeholders, including civil society, in order to enhance good governance and democracy in Africa. The Africa Governance Platform serves as the dialogue and information-sharing forum, coordination and synergy amongst all the various organs, institutions and the Regional Economic Communities RECs on governance, democracy and human rights issues for the achievement of the goals of the AGA.

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  1. QuillГ©n E.

    Democracy in modern societies, unlike in the ancient Greek or Roman societies, is, by definition, organically linked to the civil and political human rights of all.

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