Canadian courts greenlight lawsuit on Eritrean mine workers

Canadian courts greenlight lawsuit on Eritrean mine workers

Human rights campaigners say they welcome the decision by Canada’s Supreme Court to allow a lawsuit against the Nevsun mining firm, which is accused of human rights violations during operations in Eritrea. Human Rights Watch said a 2013 investigation first found that an Eritrean construction firm owned by the country’s…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

Abiy’s Nobel speech draws on personal experience with war

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia accepted his Nobel Prize for Peace on Tuesday, delivering a speech that was emotive in terms of the cost of war – and his own experience with it – as well as inspirational, despite criticisms Abiy has faced over whether the prize was deserved….

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

In Asmara, East Africa talks climate change and sustainable development

East African nations took another step forward on regional integration this week, with an emphasis on measures to curb climate change impacts while developing economic opportunities. Fourteen nations were present at a three-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE), co-hosted by the Economic Commission for…

Abiy says Nobel award is a ‘collective win for Ethiopians’

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, in honor of what the Nobel committee described as “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” Abiy, the 43-year-old…

AU suspends Sudan as protests, violent crackdown continue

The African Union made good on its threat to suspend Sudan from AU participation on Thursday, insisting on a civilian-led transitional government denied by a Transitional Military Council in acting authority since the April ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir. A communique followed the AU Peace and Security Council meeting…

Afwerki cautions against ‘premature’ change for Eritrea

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, speaking at Independence Day celebrations in Asmara, acknowledged that “a new era” has come to the Horn of Africa nation but it is not a time for sweeping change. “Before prematurely charting out new and permanent sustainable development programs, it is imperative that we conduct…

Locust swarms present risk to Red Sea nations

Horn of Africa nations continue their battles with a desert locust outbreak that is affecting the Red Sea region, where February rains have promoted a second generation of the insect breeding that began in December. New swarms are expected to form at the end of the month. “Once vegetation begins…