Cameroon’s two-year crisis approaches a critical threshold

Cameroon’s two-year crisis approaches a critical threshold

Amnesty International says its experts have verified two videos from Cameroon’s Anglophone regions that, two years after peaceful protests were met by military force under President Paul Biya, now demonstrate escalating violence in the West African nation. The first video shows the decapitation and mutilation of a gendarme, presented by…

Attack on UN peacekeeper breaches South Sudan peace

Attack on UN peacekeeper breaches South Sudan peace

A Nepalese peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was shot and wounded by a government soldier near the town of Yei at the weekend, raising questions over the country’s fragile new peace agreement. The convoy was travelling from the UN base in Yei to collect water,…

Keating warns UN Security Council on Somalia progress

Keating warns UN Security Council on Somalia progress

Michael Keating, the outgoing United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, highlighted the ongoing challenges of the Horn of Africa nation in his final briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday – including the latest rift between member states and the federal government. “On the day that I arrived in…

Corruption fuels African conflict, experts tell UNSC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic serve as examples of how corruption is at the root of conflict, making war “good business” for profiteers who perpetuate atrocities. That’s according to John Prendergast, who with actor George Clooney co-founded the investigative work at The…

Burundi spokesman calls UN human rights report ‘a bunch of lies’

Burundi has again pushed back at the findings of a United Nations human rights investigation released Wednesday that found grave violations continue in the small African nation, including summary deaths, torture, sexual violence and arbitrary arrest. Government spokesman Willy Nyamitwe, a senior advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza and member of his…

Amnesty calls for release of Ajak, South Sudanese prisoners

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir promised more than once to release political detainees, most recently in June when signing a peace agreement in Khartoum. Yet South Sudanese are still arbitrarily arrested, detained and tortured, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday. Most recently, Dr. Peter Biar Ajak, a prominent…

Report: U.S. to shift military personnel away from Africa

The United States is reviewing a plan to withdraw nearly all American counterterrorism forces from African countries, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Three Defense Department officials told the Times that if the plans are approved by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the U.S. would shut down seven…

Bobi Wine freed, leaves Uganda for medical care

Ugandan musician Bobi Wine – an opposition MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – has finally left the country for medical treatment after being detained at the airport and prevented from leaving earlier Friday. Human rights attorney Nicholas Opiyo said he witnessed Wine board a KLM flight at Entebbe…