The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, is calling on organisations operating in the Southern African cultural sector, including Lesotho, to apply for funding through the newly launched Sound Connects Fund. The Fund is made possible with the support of the ACP-EU Culture Programme. The call will close at midnight on 25 July 2021.
The human rights situation in Nigeria remains highly complex with significant differences across the country, with a number 138 of violent and escalating conflicts, particularly in the North East, the Middle Belt and the North West, and diverging trends on various human rights issues. The secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to address it (e.g. lockdown, restrictions of movement) have increased unemployment, poverty and worsened the human rights situation. Abuses by security forces enforcing lockdown were witnessed; there was a surge in sexual and gender-based violence; resources were syphoned off from humanitarian aid; a declining security and a shrinking economy led to civil unrest and crime. In October, Nigeria faced three weeks of large-scale protests against the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police brutality in general.
Early parliamentary elections took place in Armenia on 20 June. According to the preliminary assessment of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission, the elections were competitive and generally well-managed within a short timeframe. Voters were provided with a broad range of options, and fundamental rights and freedoms were generally respected, with contestants being able to campaign freely. The election day, including the vote count, was assessed positively overall.