Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi is considered “a well- choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya,” according to a statement released Wednesday. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said full investigations into Odinga and his Nasa “co-conspirators and facilitators” are…

In Egypt, another blow as Sisi challengers bow out of presidential race

In Egypt, another blow as Sisi challengers bow out of presidential race

As yet it’s still unclear exactly what happened to Egyptian politician Hisham Geneina on Saturday, but the country’s opposition leaders say it’s another attempt at intimidation by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as he pushes for a second term. Widely circulated images of the former auditor, who served a brief jail sentence last…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopia drops charges against Oromo leader Merera, 500 others

Ethiopia on Monday said it was dropping charges against 528 political prisoners, the first such group since a decision announced earlier this month to release political prisoners. Among them is Merera Gudina, the Oromo scholar and longtime opposition leader. State-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), FANA Broadcasting and other news outlets…

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

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…