Amnesty calls for inquiry into Ethiopian musician’s death

Amnesty calls for inquiry into Ethiopian musician’s death

Human rights activists are pressing Ethiopian authorities to properly investigate the shooting of a popular Oromo singer whose death has sparked protests in parts of the country. Hachalu Hundesa, who spoke out publicly last week on the tense political situation in Ethiopia, was shot around 9:30 p.m. Monday in Addis…

MSF: Uptick in South Sudan violence disrupts aid delivery

The Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) NGO says it has suspended medical operations in the Pibor community of eastern South Sudan following a recent flare-up in communal violence. Fighting between armed Bor Dinka and Murle groups has escalated over the past 10 days with thousands of people fleeing their…

AU chief issues call for restraint in volatile Mali

The head of the African Union Commission has called on Malian activists to remain peaceful, as the country enters another week of protests calling for an end to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s administration. The appeal from AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat follows demonstrations on Friday, when thousands of people in…

President Nkurunziza dies suddenly in Burundi

President Pierre Nkurunziza has died in Burundi, according to the government on Tuesday. Nkurunziza, 55, died of a heart attack in hospital. The statement, issued by secretary general and Burundi government spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye, said Nkurunziza fell ill late Saturday in the northern Ngozi community following a sporting match. He…

Experts rush to control new DR Congo Ebola outbreak

The Africa director for the World Health Organization says health professionals are rushing to Mbandaka, a border city in Democratic Republic of Congo where a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus is reported. “This outbreak is close to transport routes and borders, so a speedy response like this is all…

Zimbabwe charges 3 opposition activists amid human rights outcry

In Zimbabwe, three women activists with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance party who were detained following protests two weeks ago are back in custody pending a final bail ruling on Thursday. The women, including MDC-Alliance MP Joanah Mamombe, above, were charged earlier this week in connection with…

Lesotho PM Thabane resigns amid murder allegations

Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho resigned on Tuesday, making good on public statements he’s made for weeks that promised he’d step down before summer amid allegations he is implicated in the 2017 murder of his former wife. Moeketsi Majoro, the country’s finance minister, is expected to be sworn in…

EU commits €105 million to Horn of Africa relief

The European Union has announced €105.5 million in aid to Horn of Africa nations facing not just the coronavirus pandemic but also ongoing conflict, severe flooding and a months-long locust infestation that has destroyed crops and threatened food security. Somalia and Ethiopia will share €90 million nearly equally, while Kenya…

Three opposition leaders missing amid Zimbabwe’s COVID crisis

In Zimbabwe, the international community joins local groups in their concern over the latest arrest of opposition leaders, this time three women including Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP Joanah Mamombe. Mamombe, along with MDC leaders Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marowa, has been missing since Wednesday after participating in protests…

Report: Ethiopian troops shot down COVID relief plane in Somalia

The plane that crashed in Somalia last week while delivering humanitarian supplies to support the coronavirus pandemic response was accidentally shot down by Ethiopian forces, according to statements from AMISOM and the Ethiopian military. The African Express 711 aircraft was flying from Baidoa to a camp at Bardale, according to…

HRW says Egypt is expanding repressive powers during pandemic

The Human Rights Watch organization is sounding the alarm over Egypt’s COVID-related emergency powers legislation, which would expand the power of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regardless of any public health link to a stated emergency. “President al-Sisi’s government is using the pandemic to expand, not reform, Egypt’s abusive Emergency Law,”…