Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Egypt has blocked access to its website from inside the country after the global organization released a report documenting the government’s use of torture. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human…

Assessing the alarm over Zambia’s Lungu and a state of emergency

There is no escape, really, from the realization that the incremental encroachments on Zambia’s democratic freedoms have now moved the country into a frightening moment. Word that President Edgar Lungu is to declare a national state of emergency appears to mark a new phase of political power for a president…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopia extends state of emergency in place since Irreecha

Ethiopia will maintain its state of emergency for an additional four months, following a parliamentary vote Thursday that approved the extension. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said the measure passed unanimously after Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa made his case for additional time before lawmakers still concerned about unrest in…

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…