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 cries foul over EU election observer report

Kenya cries foul over EU election observer report

Kenya remains deeply divided following the contentious 2017 elections, according to a report from the European Union’s chief elections observer released Wednesday – a report that created some division of its own as Kenyan officials objected to the EU decision to make it public. “Kenyans went from high hopes for…

New EU immigration plan puts focus on Africa’s most vulnerable

The European Union introduced on Wednesday a new immigration plan that would bring at least 50,000 new people, primarily from African and Middle East nations, into member countries. The proposed two-year plan will run through October 2019, and acknowledges the shift in migration patterns across the Mediterranean since the immigration…

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…

Climate goals: Time to end the East v. West narrative over Africa

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, there was no shortage of responses from the international community or, for that matter, from American business leaders and local and state governments. The rest of the world expressed…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Benin, Mozambique airlines cleared for takeoff to EU nations

The European Commission has updated its EU Air Safety List, which now includes 181 airlines in countries outside the EU that are either banned or restricted from flying to member nations because of safety or regulation issues. All air carriers certified in Benin and Mozambique were removed from the EU Air…