HRW warns of crackdown against Guinea opposition

HRW warns of crackdown against Guinea opposition

At least 20 protests organized by opposition activists in Guinea have been shut down under a ban that began in July 2018, and as the nation heads toward 2020 presidential elections, the Human Rights Watch organization is calling on its leaders to assure democratic space is protected. Security forces have…

U.S. says 10 killed in retaliatory Somalia strikes

U.S. says 10 killed in retaliatory Somalia strikes

The United States says none of its personnel, nor those of its partners in Somalia, were injured on Monday when a car bomb attack happened at the Baledogle Military Airfield – but the attack was cause for a U.S. response. “This attack, though ineffective, demonstrates the direct threat al-Shabaab poses…

Egyptians find some news, social media blocked

Egyptians find some news, social media blocked

Egyptians were experiencing some Internet disruptions on Sunday as protests against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi continued into the weekend, with service interruptions that appeared to target news sites and social media messaging. NetBlocks.org, an organization that tracks shutdowns and disruptions across the globe, reported that BBC News and other news…

Rights groups worry over Algeria’s crackdown on protests

Algerians have protested every week for more than six months now, demanding economic reforms and an embrace of democratic principles. Thousands continued to protest even after former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April, and they haven’t stopped as the North African nation works its way toward a December 12 presidential…

Renewed violence in C.A.R. threatens humanitarian aid

There’s been renewed concern over violence in the Central African Republic of late, and now the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the region says the situation is worse following recent attacks in the northeastern town of Birao. Armed attacks at the weekend, which came two weeks after the fighting on…

Rwanda to take in migrants detained in Libya

Migrants trapped in deteriorating conditions in Libya may be headed to Rwanda, following the announcement Tuesday of a deal between the central African nation, the African Union and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to evacuate them. “Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to…

Salamé warns that Libya crisis could drive regional chaos

The special envoy to Libya painted a dire portrait for the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, warning of two potentially deadly outcomes if Libya fails to abandon the “chimera” that is a military solution. Ghassan Salamé told the council that one path leads to “continued fratricide amongst the Libyans”…

Burundi officials rubbish warnings in new UN report

High-level officials in Burundi say they strongly reject the conclusions of a United Nations report released Wednesday, one that expressed concern over risks associated with human rights concerns as the volatile nation moves toward 2020 elections. The report, completed by a team of UN experts including Doudou Diène of Senegal…

Ramaphosa condemns South African xenophobia, violence

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday condemned the violence against foreigners that has been sweeping across parts of the country, as mobs loot and attack immigrants and the businesses they own. “The attacks on people who run businesses from foreign nationals is something that is totally unacceptable,” Ramaphosa said…

Another bomb attack threatens Malawi opposition group

In Malawi, plans for a meeting between security officials and opposition leaders with the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) were disrupted Friday by yet another firebomb threat outside the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. Witnesses say an unidentified suspect was seen running toward an HRDC vehicle with the firebomb before escaping….

UN Security Council extends sanctions in Mali

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Thursday to extend sanctions imposed in Mali against those who are interfering with the progress of a 2015 peace agreement for the Sahel nation. The sanctions, now in force until the end of August 2020, were first put in place in 2017. They…

How EOCs can limit the impact of African health disasters

By Ciku Kimeria In 2017, a dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso resulted in 12,087 cases and 24 deaths, mostly in the central region. Such outbreaks have historically placed a major strain on Burkina Faso’s public health system and recently led to a call for a more coordinated emergency response…

New AFRICOM head meets with Libya’s Sarraj in Tunis

The new commander for the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) traveled to Tunis this week to meet with Libyan leader Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, who replaced Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser at the end of…