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…

Ban, global leaders call on Ethiopia to protect human rights

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Ethiopian government to ensure “the protection of fundamental human rights,” the AP reports. A Ban spokesman said Monday the Secretary General “reiterates his call for calm” and urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia. The United States also has expressed its concern over Ethiopia’s…

Rights groups renew call to halt AU plans on ICC withdrawal

At least two dozen African human rights groups and international NGOs working alongside them called Thursday for the African Union to end consideration of AU withdrawal – and a mass exodus of African nations – from International Criminal Court authority. The new appeal comes ahead of a Friday AU meeting…

Zimbabwe outlaws child marriage

The Zimbabwean Constitutional Court has outlawed child marriage in the country, ruling that marriage before the age of 18 is now illegal. Judge Vernanda Ziyambi stated that the ruling is effective immediately and applies to both boys and girls under the age of 18 regardless of whether they are “unregistered,…

Peaceful demonstrations spiralling into violence in Ethiopia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated yesterday that Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 75 protesters and wounded many more in the protests which started in November. Reportedly, security officers have also been killed however the number remains undisclosed. The protests began when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to…

Human Rights Watch releases report on South Sudan

A report released yesterday by Human Rights Watch stated that South Sudanese government forces and allied fighter have been carrying out scores of killings, rapes and widespread bringing and pillaging of civilian property in a military offensive in Unity State. These acts have caused forced displacement of those living in…