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…

PASET forum on advancing STEM education wraps up in Nairobi

About 200 experts and policy decision makers wrapped up a conference on science and technology in Nairobi on Friday.  Kenya hosted leaders from 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa who connected with their counterparts from China and other “innovation nations.” The Partnership for Skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’s…

Gambian elections chief at odds with Jammeh’s stance flees to Senegal

The head of Gambia’s electoral commission has fled the country because of threats to his safety, after certifying December 1 election results that showed President Yahya Jammeh in defeat. Alieu Momarr Njai left the country on Friday for neighboring Senegal, Reuters reports. Jammeh initially accepted the results and congratulated the Gambian opposition…

Senegal welcomes Mouride Muslims to annual pilgrimage

Senegal is expecting up to 5 million people this weekend as Mouride pilgrims gather for the Grand Magal pilgrimage in Touba, an annual ceremony that begins Saturday. The holy city about 200 kilometers east of Dakar is at the center of the Mouride Muslim order, a mystical Sufi strand in…

Hissene Habre trial postponed

Chad’s former President, Hissene Habre, was forcibly brought to court for his second day of his trial for crimes against humanity on Tuesday July 21, 2015. On his first day in court, Monday July 20, Habre was removed from the courtroom after shouting that the trial was “a farce.” When…