Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopian courts have adjourned until June 2 the case of leading opposition leader Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), who has denied charges of terrorism lodged against him. A hearing scheduled for Thursday followed last week’s 11-page response, presented by Merera and his legal team, arguing that…

UN: Guterres warns that sealing off refugees may backfire, fuel terrorism

New United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has reiterated the U.N. position on protecting refugees, joining the chorus of international voices concerned over President Donald Trump’s stance on those seeking help from the United States, and other countries with similar closed-border policies. “Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more…

In Washington, Shoukry discusses Egypt’s ties under Trump leadership

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, visiting in the United States, reaffirmed that his country is optimistic about closer ties to Washington under president-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Shoukry, speaking with PBS News Hour on Monday, said Egypt is hearing “a clear vision” from Trump on the challenges facing the Middle East,…

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…

Attack in Burkina Faso

Al Qaeda has claimed an attack in Burkina Faso that has resulted in at least 20 dead and hostages taken at a hotel in the center of Ouagadougou. The Splendid hotel is frequently used by United Nations workers and Westerners. According to the BBC, witnesses stated that they saw two…