Pegasus Spyware Targets Moroccan Journalist

Omar Radi wasn’t surprised to find he was the target of apparent surveillance by Moroccan authorities. The freelance investigative journalist has been threatened and arrested for his coverage of the government, and was most recently summoned by police on June 24. “The situation of journalists in Morocco is very tough,” Radi told VOA earlier this […]

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Gambia’s Justice Minister, Human Rights Champion Resigns

Gambia’s renowned justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou, who established a probe to investigate abuses under the country’s ex-dictator and spearheaded the international defense of Myanmar’s Rohingya, has resigned, the government said Thursday. The tiny West African state said that Tambadou will step down as minister and attorney general effective from June 30, for an unspecified job at the United Nations. […]

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South Africa Struggles with ‘Second Pandemic’ of Violence Against Girls, Women

President Cyril Ramaphosa says violence against girls and women is South Africa’s “second pandemic.”  The nation has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and femicide, and several recent, especially brutal killings have enraged the public. But activists say they need to see real change, not just words, from leaders, to protect victims. Like […]

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President Mutharika Votes in Malawi’s Fresh Presidential Election

Millions of Malawians cast votes Tuesday in the re-run of last year’s presidential election.  The fresh election comes after Malawi’s Constitutional Court nullified President Peter Mutharika’s victory in last year’s election, citing massive fraud.  Malawi’s Electoral Commission (MEC) says it expects a free and fair election this time, although a few incidents of violence were […]

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ICC Prosecutors Cite Grave Errors in Gbagbo Acquittal at Start of Appeal

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said “grave errors” were made in acquittal last year of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, as they began their bid to overturn the decision at an appeals hearing on Monday. The ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes court, said in January last year that prosecutors had failed to […]

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