HRW appeals for action as Rwanda cracks down on dissent

HRW appeals for action as Rwanda cracks down on dissent

Rwanda has been arresting and threatening political opponents since President Paul Kagame was re-elected in August, in a repressive response detailed on Friday by the Human Rights Watch organization. “The Rwandan government’s crackdown shows that it is unwilling to tolerate criticism or accept a role for opposition parties, and it…

Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara

Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara

Police in Rwanda have confirmed the arrest of former presidential aspirant Diane Shima Rwigara, and say Rwigara and two family members were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department for questioning on Monday. The Rwandan National Police say warrants for Rwigara, as well as Anne and Adeline Rwigara, were applied after they…

Rwanda: NGO founded by missing Rwigara appeals for her release

Where is Diane Shima Rwigara? Authorities in Rwanda deny that the opposition political figure who sought to run against newly elected President Paul Kagame is detained, but multiple accounts from witnesses and family members in recent days dispute their claims. Now the humanitarian organization People Salvation Movement, founded by Rwigara…

Lesotho: Burial for Lipolelo Thabane planned for June 30

The memorial service and burial for Lipolelo Thabane are planned for Friday in Lesotho, more than two weeks after the estranged wife of newly installed Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was shot dead at her home. The 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was killed on June 14, immediately prior to Thabane’s inauguration, in…

Egypt: High-profile Hijazi detention, NGO case end in acquittal

An Egyptian-American held in detention for her humanitarian aid work with street children was acquitted in a Cairo court on Sunday. Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, were among eight people found not guilty on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture, according to Egyptian media reports….

Zambia: Opposition party leaders uneasy as Hichilema heads to court

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, where he is expected to face treason charges after being accused of blocking a presidential motorcade, according to legal counsel. Hichilema, a prominent businessman and leader in the United Party for National Development (UPND), was arrested Monday night during…

Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag founder Mawarire expected in court Friday

Pastor Evan Mawarire, founder of the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe, is expected in court Friday after his arrest Wednesday at the Harare International Airport, where he was returning from a trip to the United States. Supporters of the human rights activist gathered to wait for Mawarire’s appearance on Thursday, but…