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The Kampala Convention: Time for Ratification

TweetDjibril Balde with Kristof Orlans In October 2009, the African Union adopted The Kampala Convention, (the Convention) which was designed for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa. It came into force in 2012, 30 days after … Continue reading

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New efforts to ensure justice for Chebeya in Senegal

TweetFive years after the death of Congolese human rights activist, Floribert Chebeya and the disappearance of his colleague Fidèle Bazana shook the Congolese human rights community, the fight for justice continues. Although eight people have been found in connection with … Continue reading

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A significant step in the fight against impunity for African leaders

TweetFor years, people have wondered if Hissène Habré would ever be brought to justice. Therefore, the start of his trial in Dakar, Senegal on 20 July 2015 by the Extraordinary African Chambers marks an important turning point in the fight … Continue reading

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Refugees ask Senegalese authorities to improve living conditions

TweetJune 20th marked United Nations World Refugee Day. In Senegal, IRRI marked its commitment to promoting and protecting the human rights of asylum-seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) by raising awareness among both the authorities and the Senegalese public … Continue reading

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Casamance: political will is needed to address the situation of IDPs

TweetFor thirty two years, the armed conflict in Casamance, which has pitted the government of Senegal against separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), remains unresolved and the civilians displaced by it remain vulnerable. The MFDC … Continue reading

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Asylum seekers and refugees seek protection in Senegal

TweetOn the occasion of World Refugee Day, the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) would like to draw the attention of the authorities and Senegalese public opinion to the situation of refugees. Senegal has signed and ratified international and regional conventions … Continue reading

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Refugees as political activists: walking the tightrope

TweetBy Djibril Balde On Monday May 7, 2013, the Senegalese authorities expelled Makaila Nguébla to Guinea Conakry. He is a Chadian blogger and activist who had lived in Senegal since May 2005. Following a similar incident in which a Gambian … Continue reading

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Gays seek protection in Senegal despite intolerance of homosexuality

TweetWest Africa is not an easy place to live if you are gay. In Gambia, fifteen men were arrested in April of this year on suspicion of being gay. After almost three months they were acquitted for lack of evidence. … Continue reading

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Will the trial of former Chadian ruler, Habré, finally take place? The Senegalese authorities take a major step forward

TweetThe President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, speaking on July 15 at the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, reiterated his commitment to getting the trial of former Chadian President underway before the end of 2012. As … Continue reading

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Refugees and IDPs in Senegal struggling to have their voices heard

TweetOn June 19 2012, IRRI, along with Accueil Aide et Assistance aux Réfugiés (AAAR) and Action pour les Droits Humains et l’Amitié (ADHA), organised a demonstration in Dakar to celebrate World Refugee Day. Representatives from about ten refugee communities living … Continue reading

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