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Libya fails to stop migrant detention abuses, as EU-backed returns soar

Libya fails to stop migrant detention abuses, as EU-backed returns soar

SARA CRETA ZINTAN, LibyaThe EU-backed Libyan Coast Guard has intercepted more than 13,000 asylum seekers and migrants at sea this year, preventing them from reaching Europe – already a greater number than in all of 2020. Those intercepted are returned to Libya and sent to detention centres where a well-documented cycle of extortion, torture, gender-based violence, and trafficking has been taking place for years.   At the same time, the EU is facing intensifying scrutiny over its hand in the system due to its support for the Libyan Coast Guard – including the use of its aerial surveillance assets to coordinate interceptions and returns to…
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Arbitrary detention and torture in Uganda: the government ignores the law

Arbitrary detention and torture in Uganda: the government ignores the law

In Uganda, there have been widespread allegations of arbitrary detention and torture of members of the opposition. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Jamil Ddamulira Mujuzi, a human rights expert who has been monitoring the situation in Uganda, to provide insights into domestic laws and what they say in relation to detention of civilians by security forces. JAMIL MUJUZI, Professor, University of the Western Cape What is arbitrary detention and what does Uganda’s law say in relation to it? Arbitrary detention is when a person is arrested and detained by a government without due process and without the legal…
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Ugandan officials summoned before court over torture of LGBT+ youth

Ugandan officials summoned before court over torture of LGBT+ youth

ALICE McCOOL  A town mayor and senior prison official in Uganda have been summoned to appear before a criminal court over allegations of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment against a group of LGBT+ youth, the victims' lawyers have said. The court's move is seen as a positive step for sexual minorities in the East African nation, where gay sex carries a life sentence and homophobia and the persecution of LGBT+ people is widespread, yet rarely punished. Witnesses and the victims say Hajji Abdul Kiyimba, chairman of Kyengera town council, beat members of the group and bound them with ropes before…
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