Pope Francis arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday, and will then travel to Madagascar and Mauritius. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has been urged to address human rights issues on a three-nation visit to Africa that began on Wednesday in Mozambique. The pope is also (...)

Trafficking survivors  interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they were detained and refused contact  with family when they returned to Nigeria. Photograph: Fati Abubakar /AFP/Getty Images

Juliet left Nigeria for Libya after being promised a job as a “sales girl” in Europe. She was the eldest of four children, raised by a single mother. (...)

Unaccompanied minors, who have escaped Eritrea, chat in Shagarab refugee camp, eastern Sudan. Many of those crossing the border are girls trying to escape mandatory, indefinite military service. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

Hunched in concentration in a refugee camp in northern Niger, Hamid draws pictures of the woman he left behind in Eritrea. They’re basic but spirited,(...)

A relative of an inmate reacts in front of a prison complex in the Brazilian state of Amazonas after prisoners were found strangled to death in four separate jails. Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

The leaders of a gang involved in Brazil’s latest prison massacre will be transferred to federal maximum security units later this week, authorities h(...)

Ugandan LGBT+ refugees pose in Kakuma refugee camp, northwest Kenya, in October 2018. They fled their homes after the introduction of a strict anti-gay Bill. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Kenya’s high court is expected to rule on Friday on whether to abolish laws making homosexuality illegal, in a decision that could have huge ramificat(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Aziza al-Youssef is pictured checking her phone during an interview in Riyadh in September 2016. She has been released from prison but remains on trial. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

A Saudi court has temporarily freed three of the women’s rights activists standing trial in a case that has drawn international criticism of the kingd(...)

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from the Mediterranean was the lowest in five years in 2018. Photograph:  Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

An average of six people died each day trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, according to new figures released by the UN refugee agency, the UNHC(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk (left) on an official visit to Bosnian capital Sarajevo last Thursday shaking hands with members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency: Bakir Izetbegovic, Dragan Covic and Mladen Ivanic. Photograph:   Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnia and international organisations are calling for urgent action to manage a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the country, which people(...)

Abdu Shakur, whose son Rashid Ahmed was among 10 Rohingya men killed by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist villagers on September 2nd, 2017, holds a family picture at Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

An investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar prompted a demand from Washington for a credible probe into the bloodshed there and (...)

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised by human rights groups for receiving president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as an honoured guest, and for saying(...)

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