Ethiopia: UN team urges inquiry as Merkel heads to Addis Ababa

Ethiopia: UN team urges inquiry as Merkel heads to Addis Ababa

A group of United Nations human rights experts called Monday for Ethiopia to allow an international inquiry into the country’s detentions and violence against peaceful demonstrators. The U.N. appeal – for the second time this year – urged Ethiopian authorities, who placed the nation under a state of emergency over…

Swaziland court ruling on Terror Act opens door to reforms

Democracy and human rights activists say they welcome a Swaziland court decision to declare the Suppression of Terror Act unconstitutional. Earlier this week, the country’s High Court ruled against a ban that opponents have long argued is misused to protected King Mswati from opposition challenges, and prevents political and social…

Ethiopia: Oromo crackdown continues

Protests continue in the Oromo region of Ethiopia as accusations of systematic discrimination are thrown at the government. The protests that began in November last year started when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region. The region spans across the country…

Djibouti’s three-way tango with China and the U.S.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Djibouti’s authoritarian President Ismail Omar Guelleh confirmed a long-rumored Chinese naval base in the tiny East African nation would, in fact, soon be a reality. Military planners and political leaders in the United States, who are heavily reliant on Djibouti’s bases and installations, have…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection

The AU 2016 summit will only renew the opportunities in Agenda 2063 if…

The African Union (AU) is convening its January 2016 under the guiding theme: ‘African year of human rights with a particular focus on the rights of Women’.  As is customary, the AU Heads of States Assembly will assemble last on 30-31st January, after having been preceded by meetings of the…

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari is a senior fellow in the foreign policy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Uganda: HRW “Keep the People Uninformed”

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on January 10 criticizing the Ugandan government and accusing them of repressing freedom of speech and association in the lead up to the presidential and parliamentary elections. Elections are due to be held on February 18 and journalists are being targeted for…

UN presses Angola to release human rights activist

The United Nations has called for the release of the Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavung who has been detained by the government. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary detention (UNWGAD) has condemned the detention and conviction of Mavung saying it is arbitrary and violates international law. Mavung…

Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Same sex unions: how can we move towards change?

Public opinion is a major factor in harassment, discrimination and stigma against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in different African countries. Since LGBT activities are criminal and punishable by law in some states, members of the LGBT community live in fear and lack the freedom to express their…

Lucy K. Maroncha

Lucy Maroncha is a Kenyan freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tanzanian Parliamentarians key in fight to end attacks on persons with albinism

In May 2015, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Minister, Pereira Silima, issued an unambiguous warning to the members of her country’s National Assembly. “I want to assure my fellow politicians that there won’t be any parliamentary seat that will be won as a result of using albino body parts,”…

Honourable Raynell Andreychuk

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk is Senator from Canada, the former chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, and former High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda, and Ambassador to Somalia, and the Comoros.