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UN rights chief alarmed over Burundi militia ‘rape’ song

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The UN’s top human rights official says he’s alarmed by what appears to be a “widespread pattern” of rallies in Burundi in which members of a pro-government youth militia sing about impregnating opponents.

An online video emerged this month of an incident involving the Imbonerakure militia.

Burundi’s ruling party criticized the song.

The UN human rights office on Tuesday cited reports of several similar incidents.

The high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said “the grotesque rape chants by the young men of the Imbonerakure across several provinces in various parts of Burundi are deeply alarming.”

Zeid welcomed the governing party’s condemnation but said reports senior officials were present at other rallies are “very disturbing” and called for an acknowledgement that the rally caught on camera “was not an isolated incident.”

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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