Roundup: Four Talking Points From Last Week

Welcome to another weekly roundup of some top stories.

Last week, we reacted to the recent surge in cholera fatalities, the human rights challenges in Ethiopia, the arbitrary detention in Zimbabwe and refugee protection issues in Egypt.

Cholera Outbreak: Action Needed to Prevent Further Fatalities

In response to the recent cholera outbreak in Nigeria that has claimed 30 lives, coordinated action is essential to contain the spread of the disease and prevent further fatalities. The Federal Ministry of Health, their state equivalents, the NCDC, and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) needs to strengthen health care systems and make them able to manage the current outbreak and also mitigate the risk of future occurrences. Read more

Ethiopia: End Crackdown on Human Rights Organisations

Ethiopia‘s increasing crackdown on civic space and human rights organisations has raised widespread concern. The Ethiopian authorities must end their escalating crackdown on civic space and independent domestic human rights organisations, and protect human rights and accountability in the country. Read more

Zimbabwe: Arrest of Opposition Activists Widens Trust Gap

The arrest and continued arbitrary detention of 77 opposition members by Zimbabwean authorities is a violation of human rights and can widen the trust gap between citizens and the government. The Zimbabwean government must ensure the release of these opposition members and drop all charges against them. Also, the government must uphold Zimbabwe’s constitutional and international human rights obligations, including the rights to peaceful assembly, liberty and freedom from torture and other ill-treatment. Read more

Egypt: Protect Rights of Refugees

Egypt‘s mass arbitrary arrests and unlawful deportations of Sudanese refugees represent a grave violation of international human rights and refugee protection norms. The Egyptian government should cease the mass arbitrary arrests and unlawful deportations and uphold the rights of refugees. Read more

That is the roundup of some stories that made headlines last week. More headlines are available on Development Diaries or dev_diaries on IG and X, and development diaries on Facebook.


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