Human rights activists are being pushed to take action against companies that violate their human rights and rights in general, according to a new report released today by the U.N. rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The new report, titled Human Rights on the Move: A Report on the Human Rights Situation in Africa, finds that many African governments are moving towards adopting human rights as an essential part of their national development and economic development strategies, and are also creating new systems to monitor and protect human rights.
The new HRW report, entitled Human Rights: A Brief Overview of Human Rights Violations in Africa , also lays out a range of measures that African governments and civil society groups can take to address these violations.
“The world needs to take seriously the need to address human rights violations in Africa,” said Chris Gunness, Human Right Watch senior researcher.
“The human rights situation in Africa is worsening and the response needs to be holistic, not just targeted at one issue or one person, as the recent report suggests.”
While Africa’s governments are now taking steps to protect human and labor rights, it’s still not enough, Gunness said.
“Even if governments are taking steps, many African states are still not taking them seriously,” he said.
For example, in some African states, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is little accountability for abuses, according the HRW.
The report found that African countries have not adopted laws to punish those who commit human rights abuses, including torture, sexual violence, and other forms of violence against women.
The U.S. is the only country that has enacted a law that criminalizes torture, and many African countries do not have laws against it.
“African governments need to do more to end impunity for human rights abusers, and better protect workers and the rights of workers,” Gunness continued.
“Human rights defenders need to take more aggressive action to expose abuses by companies and governments, and to stop companies from doing the same.”
The HRW said that a broad range of government policies are not meeting human rights obligations, including measures to address the growing economic pressure, including corruption and the misuse of the tax system, the use of slave labor and other exploitation, and forced labour.
“Companies must not exploit workers by cutting them off from their families, leaving them in debt, and sending them to work in dangerous conditions in hazardous or unsafe conditions,” the report says.
“These companies also must not treat migrant workers as disposable commodities and leave them to fend for themselves in poorly paid jobs.
Companies should respect workers’ human rights, and protect their rights to fair pay and other rights.”
The report is based on more than 2,000 interviews with individuals, civil society, and government officials in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Senegal.
It also interviewed more than 100 experts from the U,S.
government, and the UCC.
It also included a wide range of data on the rights situation, including a survey of more than 30,000 people across Africa, the most comprehensive data on rights violations on the continent.
The HRZ report focuses on six key areas: the implementation of existing laws and policies, the protection of human rights defenders, and measures to protect workers.
It notes that while the number of people who are subject to labor abuses has decreased in some countries, the number who are in prison or in detention has increased.
It adds that the number is growing in countries that are doing little to address violations of human and labour rights, such in South Sudan, Mali, Burundi, and Zimbabwe.
In Africa, most African countries, especially the African Union (AU), have adopted legislation and policies to address labor and human rights concerns.
But in addition to criminalizing labor and exploitation, there are also many policies and laws that the government does not fully implement, such those related to tax collection, and there are no universal minimum wages or other protections for workers.
The government also has not done enough to stop the use and abuse of slave labour, such through forced labor and bonded labor, according HRW, and has not adequately protected workers’ rights, including the right to fair wages and other protections, and labor safety.
“As African governments become more integrated into the global economy, governments should take stronger action to end human and slave labor abuses,” Gunnesses said.
“It is also time to take concrete steps to address corruption and abuse in government.”
The U.K. and the United States are the only two countries that have enacted laws that criminalize torture, according U.T. and HRW’s report.