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The ISHR’s presence on the African continent includes the West African Committee of the ISHR, including groups in Togo, Cameroon, Mali, and Benin, who report on human rights violations occurring in their countries. ISHR Kenya in eastern Africa focuses on caring for and educating underpriveleged children and orphans, and new group is also forming in Uganda. The ISHR headquarters in Germany also has ongoing projects supporting the education of girls in Nigeria, as well as spreading awareness of human rights violations committed by the terror group Boko Haram. To learn more about specific issue areas and our work in Africa, see the updates below.


Human rights – A glimpse into Ghana

Standing tall as a strong democracy and the fastest growing economy in Africa, Ghana continues to write her story in the fight for fundamental human rights of all citizens, achieving a couple of wins, amidst many challenges.

Ex-Muslim arrested for blasphemy

Frankfurt am Main/Abuja, 29 April 2020 - Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested by the police in Kaduna on charges of blasphemy. The arrest of the former Muslim followed a petition by Muslim lawyers to the police commissioner in Kano state, reports the ISHR.

Victims of Xenophobia Abroad, Culprits of Xenophobia at Home

The mindless xenophobic violence against Nigerians and other African immigrants in South Africa is igniting social media conversation about what one might call global Naijaphobia, that is, the mass resentment of Nigerians in many parts of the world.

Swiss Human Rights Award 2019 to Prof. Dr. Ruedi Lüthy

Since 1994, the Swiss Section of the ISHR has been awarding its Human Rights Prize annually. The aim of this award is to honour people and actions that support and promote peace and human security. The 2019 award winner is Prof. Dr. Ruedi Lüthy for the great work he is doing for humanity in Zimbabwe.

Al-Sisi ignores causes of hatred and discrimination

In the run-up to a trip of German members of the Bundestag to Egypt, the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) appeals to them not only to consult the Egyptian government, but above all to pay attention to the victims.

Journey on the tracks of Boko Haram

Dr. Emmanuel Ogbunwezeh, Africa Advisor and member of the board of the ISHR, travelled to his home country Nigeria to get an idea of the situation there, especially of the effects of the terror campaign of Boko Haram, and to visit the school project which ISHR is carrying out in cooperation with the Somasker-Patres in the Enugu region.

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