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Mali man burnt to death by mob for stealing motorbike

 
A man who was caught stealing a motorbike was lynched by a mob and burnt to in the centre of the Malian capital, Bamako. Such acts have been given the nickname “320” in Mali, which refers to the price of a can of petrol and a box of matches. Read more...
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Egypt hit by spate of mob killings

 
Over the past few months, several Egyptian villages have borne witness to extremely cruel lynchings, in which bodies are often hung in public for all to see. Two Observers, still shaken, describe the executions they witnessed in these remote regions, where such extreme violence seems to be becoming increasingly commonplace. Read more...

Presumed guilty: “As a youth from a Paris suburb, I was the ideal suspect”

 
Almost exactly five years ago, the riots in Paris’ suburbs shattered the dreams of Mara Kanté, a then-20-year-old Frenchman who hoped to have a career in football. Accused of attempted homicide against a police officer, he was imprisoned for 29 months, 11 of which he spent in solitary confinement. Ultimately acquitted, the young man shares his story in a new book* and tells FRANCE 24 more about the judicial error that wasted over two years of his life. Read more...
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Woman left to die on busy Chinese road reignites debate on ‘moral failings’

 
The woman in the screenshot above has just jumped off a bridge on to a busy Chinese highway. In the video from which this this screenshot was taken, it is clear that the woman is still alive as she lies sprawled in the middle of the road. The video shows that not a single car stopped to help her for over a minute. Read more…

Thrown to the bulls: prisoners take part in maximum-security rodeo

 
In the state of Louisiana, rodeos aren’t just for cowboys. Prison inmates get in on the action, too. At the Angola Rodeo, crowds go wild as men serving life sentences try to tame infuriated bulls. Read more…
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A country divided – Mubarak trial reveals rifts in post-revolution Egypt

 
Tensions ran high as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s trial resumed for a third session on Monday. Fighting could be heard both within and without the courtroom walls as pro- and anti-Mubarak factions railed against each other – evidence, perhaps, that despite efforts to move forward, Egypt remains divided on the fate of its fallen president. Read more...

‘It's like we're back to the Pinochet era’

 
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera called for a dialogue with demonstrators on Sunday after three months of protests culminated in violence during last week’s two-day national strike. Yet, as protest leaders prepare to meet with Pinera over the unrest, videos and stories of unprovoked police brutality have surfaced on the Internet, putting the country’s policing tactics into question. Read more...

Soldiers rampage in Ouagadougou to protest 'sex scandal'

 
Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou was turned inside out on the night of Wednesday, March 23, when soldiers from two military camps went on a rampage to protest the conviction of five of their colleagues in a local “sex scandal”. A dozen people were injured. Read more...
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Sentenced to a public lashing for daring to wear trousers

 
The video of young woman being brutally whipped by a police officer in public has inflamed the Sudanese Web since it was posted online last Wednesday. Our Observer says the footage shocked even the most conservative Sudanese. Read more and watch the video…
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Rwanda’s community courts – for punishment or mercy?

In a few weeks, Rwanda's gacaca courts, set up to process the enormous backlog of war crime cases which resulted from the 1994 genocide, will close their doors. After nine years and over a million gacacas, do Rwandans feel that justice has been served through this unique process? Read more...

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