HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

Mozambique’s new amnesty law is meeting with resistance from activists outraged by the idea that neither their government nor its longtime Renamo opposition will be held accountable for abuses. The new law protects from prosecution those accused of serious human rights violations since 2014. They include allegations of enforced disappearances,…

Tunisia’s Essebsi honored with state funeral

Tunisia’s Essebsi honored with state funeral

Tunisians on Saturday bid farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi, the 92-year-old leader who died Thursday at a military hospital in Tunis following years of service to the North African nation. Essebsi’s state funeral included throngs of people in the streets who came to honor him, lining the route between…

U.S. embassy issues warning over Malawi election protests

The United States Embassy in Lilongwe has issued a travel ban and security warning for staff, ahead of planned protests Friday in the wake of the disputed Malawi presidential election. “Though organizers consistently have called for peaceful protest, looting and violence have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities,”…

Uganda’s Bobi Wine plans presidential run

Uganda’s Bobi Wine says he plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for the presidency in 2021, but he expects ongoing threats as the government continues to shut down opposition politicians. Wine, a popular musician elected to parliament in 2017 whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, made his case in an…

Ilhan Omar calls for impeachment of U.S. President Trump

In the United States, Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar – a Democrat serving the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Congress – called on Monday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, following yet another round of Trump remarks targeting her and three other women of color serving in the legislature….

Term is up for Bensalah, but Algeria still has no elections

Algeria’s interim leader will remain in place until the country holds elections, despite Tuesday marking the end of a 90-day term that began with the departure of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Abdelkader Bensalah, a Bouteflika ally and Algeria’s parliament leader, stepped into the role following Bouteflika’s resignation in April. The…

Sudanese activists welcome transition deal

The marches and parades continued across Sudan on Friday, this time with speakers to discuss the newly announced transitional agreement between Sudan’s military leadership and activists who have for months pressed for a democratic civilian government. The deal, announced in the early morning hours, will cover an interim period of…

Detained Turkish citizens released as LNA steps up Libya attacks

Six Turkish citizens were released by Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on Monday, following Haftar’s declaration that all Turkish citizens and assets in the country are Libyan National Army targets – and an equally forceful message from Turkey that warned of retaliation. Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs called the…

Ethiopia’s sorrow, amid questions of ‘too much, too soon’

In Addis Ababa, the memorial for Ethiopian chief of staff Gen. Seare Mekonnen and retired Major Gen. Gezai Abera on Tuesday was a somber affair with crowds gathering around the venue amid tight security. They came in solidarity as Ethiopia reels from a regional coup attempt in Amhara that left…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times