#Oromo news network in U.S. works to defeat Ethiopia’s media blackout

Ethiopia’s state of emergency dramatically reduces access to information about the Oromo population from within the country, where independent journalists and bloggers have been silenced for weeks. From outside Ethiopia, however, Oromo journalists and activists continue to provide news of what’s happening behind the veil of tightly controlled state media….

Report on Juba attacks details changes for UNMISS operations

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to implement new measures for the United States Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), designed to ensure greater accountability and better protect South Sudanese civilians. The UN decision follows an independent investigation of the violence that spanned days marked by chaos in and around the…

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. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

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.