Monthly Roundup: Middle East and Africa

Middle East




Tehran University Professor Sadek Zibakalam’s letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ms. Marzieh Afkham for her statements made on the latest report of UN Special Rapporteur regarding human rights situation in Iran.



The United Nations detailed report made jointly by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on rapid human rights violation in Iraq.


Israel and Palestine

According to the UN officials, the ongoing conflict between Occupied Palestine and Israeli forces causes the destruction of human life and dignity in the West Bank including East Jerusalem.



The report of the UN human rights experts to the Security Council on the gross violation of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria states that some unthinkable crimes occurred in the country and that the victim’s voice is in danger of being lost.



Etsegenet Kedir


Nigerian newly elected president brings new hope to Nigeria

After the first democratic election where the opposition party defeated the ruling party, the newly elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, said that his government is committed to end corruption and other barriers to end instability within the country. Buhari further stated that the government will take action to end violence and unrest in the north-eastern part of the country where the terrorist group, Boko Haram, is believed to be settled.


Kenya response to Al-shabab attack at Garissa

The president of Kenya promised to take steps to end terrorist attacks after the Al-shabab terrorist group attack at Garissa, which led to the killing of 148 students and wounded more than 70 people within the country. The president further promised to crack down on financial and economical outlets that the terrorist group could possibly use. It has been reported that four armed men, who are believed to be terrorists, were killed and five suspected individuals have been arrested in connection with the attack.


Elections pose a threat to independent media in Ethiopia

The coming elections in Ethiopia have led to several media outlets being closed down by the government. Human Rights Watch has stated that the government is systematically abusing private sector media by placing pressure on independent media. Several bloggers and independent journalists have been sent to jail or have fled from the. This is mainly because the government wants to escape from criticism from independent media and appear untarnished for the coming election. Almost all newspapers and television channels, as well as radio outlets are controlled by the government. There is no doubt that these government actions bring in to question the free and fair elections that Ethiopia is planning to have in May.


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