Human rights 

African countries that carried out executions in 2018
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Politics and Society African countries that carried out executions in 2018

Many countries have abolished the death penalty because absolute judgments are not only irreversible but inhumane. Although progress has been made against the death penalty, with Burkina Faso abolishing it for “ordinary crimes” and Gambia declaring an official moratorium on executions, Amnesty International reported that numerous executions were still carried out in 2018.

United Nations Human Rights Council stands with elite athlete Caster Semenya
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Politics and Society United Nations Human Rights Council stands with elite athlete Caster Semenya

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya’s right to participate in sports. The world champion is currently challenging proposals by the International Association of Athletics Federations to restrict natural testosterone levels in female athletes.

Ranking of African countries based on legislation against human trafficking
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Politics and Society Ranking of African countries based on legislation against human trafficking

The Africa Centre for Strategic Studies has declared that human trafficking has become a multibillion-dollar business in Africa, one that African governments have been slow to address. A 2018 report by the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons tracked compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in Africa.