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Rights groups take Magufuli to task on human rights

Rights groups take Magufuli to task on human rights

Two reports on Tanzania, released separately by the Amnesty and Human Rights Watch NGOs, charge President John Magufuli’s government with stifling the free press, opposition politicians and NGOs. The reports follow several years of progressively harsher laws and penalties since Magufuli was elected in 2015. The country has seen routine…

Is China the Neocolonial Power in Africa?

By Ellington Ngandu China has been successful in making inroads into Africa with reciprocal warm gestures from many African countries. China has remained Africa’s largest trading partner from 2008 onward, while the United States is its second. Even with the widespread accusations that China is a neocolonial power in Africa –…

Mozambique certifies Frelimo election win

The National Election Commission (CNE) in Mozambique has certified the victory of President Filipe Nyusi and the Frelimo party following the disputed October 15 elections, although at least eight members of the commission dissented and said the CNE failed to guarantee a fair process. Nyusi won with 73 percent of…

Sakharov Prize awarded to Uyghur activist

This year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights, goes to Ilham Tohti, an economist and widely recognized Uyghur defender who was sentenced to life in Chinese prison in 2014. Tohti was selected by the European Union from a short list of finalists that…

Egypt braces for more wind, rain from ‘medicane’

Egypt braced for another round of wicked weather on Friday night, as a storm spinning in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast promised to deliver potentially flooding rains and high winds. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall with some thunderstorms in the country’s north, including Cairo, with…

Masisi, BDP declared election winners in Botswana

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been declared winner following this week’s elections in Botswana, with his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) claiming the necessary seats in parliament to secure his next five-year term. The country’s chief justice, Terrence Rannowane, made the announcement Friday morning after verifying that the BDP had met the…

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

The United Nations addressed on Friday the global spread of unrest that has swept across nearly every continent, with both the UN Secretary General and the head of the UN human rights office in Geneva appealing for peaceful demonstrations and expressing concerns over violence. “Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading…

Sisi, Putin wrap up Russia-Africa Forum

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Russian host and counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, delivered their keynote addresses as the Russia-Africa Forum concluded in the Black Sea city of Sochi. The two co-chairs of the summit issued a joint statement following the two-day meeting, with African government officials and delegations…

Ethiopia, Egypt agree disputed dam talks will continue

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Thursday to discuss their relationship, which has been marked by tensions over the countries’ dispute over the future of the Nile River and Ethiopia’s dam construction. The two discussed their mutual issues while attending the Russia-Africa Forum in Sochi,…

Botswana heads to polls as IEC denies charges of cheating

The polls are set to open in Botswana early Wednesday but not without controversy that’s already emerged over the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the transparency of the vote. The IEC defended itself on Tuesday over two media accounts reporting that the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change party, led…