HRW: Habré case advances fight against impunity

HRW: Habré case advances fight against impunity

The decision to uphold the 2016 life-sentence conviction of Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, for crimes against humanity committed during the 1980s was welcomed by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization on Thursday. The ruling by the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal “vindicates the persistence of the victims’ struggle…

Mumbere charged with murder as Ugandan death toll rises to 126

Ugandan tribal king Charles Wesley Mumbere was formally charged with murder on Tuesday, following weekend clashes that left scores of people dead in the western region of Rwenzori. Mumbere was arrested in Kasese, amid renewed violence that broke out between the ethnic Bakonzo and Ugandan security forces. The region of…

Ethiopia releases 2,000 prisoners, promises political dialogue

Ethiopian officials have released 2,000 people detained during recent weeks of violent protests amid the nation’s current state of emergency. Minister of Defense Siraj Fegessa, speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, declined to say how many people in total had been picked up during mass arrests that followed the…

ICC responds on SA withdrawal as Africa wonders who’s next

The International Criminal Court in The Hague acknowledged South Africa’s intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute on Saturday, while expressing its widely shared concern that other African nations will follow Pretoria’s lead and separate from their ICC treaty agreements. “Although withdrawing from a treaty is a sovereign act, I…