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Gambia: Dozens Held Incommunicado, ‘Disappeared’

Gambia Bad News(Dakar, May 27, 2015) – Gambian authorities have detained incommunicado, depriving them of all contact with the outside world, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Those detained include women, elderly people, and a child, and many are believed to be in ill-health.

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#freeajstaff campaign scoops major PR award

 #freeajstaff campaign

The campaign to secure the release of Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Abdullah Elshamy has won a major PR Award. The SABRE Awards EMEA, organized by leading PR publication The Holmes Report, gave the #FreeAJStaff campaign a Gold Award for issues management at their annual ceremony in London.


There were 2,000 entries in this year's competition, which "recognises Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation and Engagement.” The campaigns were evaluated by a jury of more than 40 industry leaders.

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‘Mandela Rules’ on prisoner treatment adopted in landmark revision of UN standards

Nelson MandelaThe United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting today in Vienna, which Amnesty International said could herald in a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights.

The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955. It is expected the UN General Assembly will adopt the new rules later this year.

South Africa should embrace African unity, to protect the rights and security of all foreign nationals

South africaMonday, May 25, is “Africa Day,” and Sonke urges the South African government to take urgent steps to repair relations with other countries in Africa, and to embrace African unity, amidst serious xenophobic violence and government crackdowns targeting African and Asian migrants in South Africa.

Africa Day is the commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union (AU), and is a day that people around the world celebrate African culture and African unity.

MISA consults AU on information bill

Misa MalawiMedia Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) on Thursday in Lilongwe engaged representative and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and access to information in Africa, on what needs to be included in the access to information bill.

Special Rapporteur and African Commission on Human Rights Representative Pansy Makula said that, they had successful four days tour in Malawi. “The interface with government officials(Minister of information, Commissioners, Members of Parliament, Minister of justice and many others) shows that Malawi government is eagerly waiting for the new Act to be amended. This is so to embrace information flow and reflect the aspirations of all Malawian in as far as knowledge and development is concern”, said Makula.

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