Category: Eastern Africa

The UN defines Eastern Africa as 19 territories: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Rwanda, Réunion, Somalia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • "I Am Not Dead, But I Am Not Living:" Barriers to Fistula Prevention and Treatment in Kenya
    • This report describes the devastating conditions facing women with fistula in Kenya and the wide gap between the government's policies to address reproductive health and the reality of women's daily lives. It documents health system failures in five areas and also documents the stigma and violence many fistula sufferers face.
  • "Welcome to Kenya:" Police Abuse of Somali Refugees
    • This report documents widespread police extortion of asylum seekers trying to reach three camps near the Kenyan town of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee settlement. In early 2010 alone, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Somalis unable to pay extortion demands were sent back to Somalia, in flagrant violation of Kenyan and international law.
  • Deliberate Chaos: Ongoing Human Rights Abuses in the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe
    • This report documents repeated human rights violations still occuring in the Marange, Zimbabwe diamond industry desipte previous warnings from the human rights community.
  • Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya
    • Looks at violations of women’s property rights (and the social consequences of these violations) as a result of discriminatory laws and customs, and the lack of remedies for those women who try to obtain justice from courts and traditional authorities.
  • Human Rights: Uganda
    • Here you can find basic and detailed information about the human rights situation in Uganda.
  • Hunting the Vulnerable: Witchcraft and the Law in Malawi
    • This paper explores the issue of witchcraft, witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in Malawi, focusing specifically on the gendered nature of witchcraft accusations, as well as the complex legal issues surrounding the issue. In recent months, the local and international media spotlight fell on the plight of more than eighty suspected witches (mostly elderly women) currently incarcerated in Malawian jails.
  • Information on Uganda
    • The official web page of the UN OHCHR devoted to Uganda. Here, you can locate information and recent reports on the human rights situation in Uganda, as well as information about the OHCHR country office in Uganda. OHCHR web content is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
  • Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda
    • This study presents both an overview of the genocide throughout the country and a closer examination of its course in southern Rwanda, where people opposed the killing campaign longer than elsewhere in the country and where the role of the authorities in directing the genocide is particularly clear.
  • Millennium Development Goals - Progress Report for Ethiopia
    • This progress report makes an assessment of Ethiopia’s performance in relation to each of the eight MDGs, identifies where problems are, analyzes what needs to be done to reverse the problems and offers concrete proposals on priority actions to accelerate progress towards achieving the goals.
  • Millennium Development Goals (MGDs): Progress Report for Zimbabwe
    • This progress report makes an assessment of Zimbabwe’s performance in relation to each of the eight MDGs, identifies where problems are, analyzes what needs to be done to reverse the problems and offers concrete proposals on priority actions to accelerate progress towards achieving the goals.
  • Millennium Development Goals: Progress Report for Tanzania
    • This progress report makes an assessment of Tanzania’s performance in relation to each of the eight MDGs, identifies where problems are, analyzes what needs to be done to reverse the problems and offers concrete proposals on priority actions to accelerate progress towards achieving the goals.
  • Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
    • OSISA is an institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the southern African region.
  • Partisan Policing: An Obstacle to Human Rights and Democracy in Zimbabwe
    • This report investigates the status of the rule of law and administration of justice in Zimbabwe and, in particular, the role of the police in the administration of justice. The report contains recommendations for the immediate and long term measures necessary to protect and uphold the rule of law and administration of justice in Zimbabwe and prevent impunity for human rights violations.
  • Perpetual Fear: Impunity and Cycles of Violence in Zimbabwe
    • This report highlights the impunity that prevails in Zimbabwe. It provides an update on illustrative cases of political killings, torture, and abductions that took place during the presidential election run-off in 2008 and in the aftermath of the elections.
  • Report on Discrimination against Women in Zimbabwe Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    • The report covers cases of violations experienced by lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The report also highlights challenges related to discrimination and how these impact on establishing a family, accessing education and health.
  • Rwanda: Human Rights Watch Releases Report on Genocide
    • This page gives a general overview of the Rwandan genocide from the Human Rights Watch Federation.
  • Southern Africa Disability Rights Country Profile Reports
    • This report from the Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA) provides profiles of the human rights situation of people with disabilities in nine individual southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Status of Disability Rights in Southern Africa
    • Conducted in 2010, research by the Open Society Institute for Southern Africa concluded that people with disabilities in the nine countries of their region face profound marginalization resulting in high rates of poverty, deprivation, malnutrition, ill-health and child mortality.
  • Tanzania: The Case of Bukoba Rural and Mtwara-Mikindani Districts
    • Study of decentralisation in Tanzania and its impact on human rights & effective delivery of public services.
  • The Police, The People, The Politics: Police Accountability in Tanzania
    • One of a series of reports on policing in East Africa, analysing issues in Tanzania, including illegitimate political control and reforms that will provide a more accountable police service for ordinary citizens.
  • The Vulnerability and Living Conditions of Older People in Addis Ababa
    • This paper summarises the findings of a study of older people’s living conditions in Addis Ababa, covering food and income security, shelter, water and sanitation, health, HIV and AIDS, training and care.
  • Zambia: Democracy on Trial
    • An overview of political developments around democracy and civil and political rights in Zambia during 1991-1996, assessing the role of the government of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD).
  • Zambia: Deregulation and the Denial of Human Rights
    • This paper argues that economic reforms have created the conditions in which the majority of Zambians are denied their fundamental human rights. The report is against the manner in which it was carried out: the lack of transparency and accountability; the diversion of resources from the sales; and the almost complete lack of regard for the immediate negative impacts on the majority of Zambians living below the poverty line.
  • Zimbabwe: Human Rights in Crisis: Shadow Report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
    • This report outlines violations of the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to life and the right to property in Zimbabwe. It demonstrates how the principles of the rule of law and the independence of the courts in Zimbabwe have been severely compromised through intimidation of judges and lawyers. Redress shows that the government of Zimbabwe has systematically used torture on a huge scale.