Report on Human Rights Situation to the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Commission

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Report on the human rights situation in East and Horn of Africa region, presented at the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held between the 10th and the 24th of November 2010, in Banjul, The Gambia.

 

 

 

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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