Zimbabwe election updates: Mnangagwa declared winner

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the victor in Zimbabwe’s presidential election, after results released late Thursday showed him with 50.8 of the votes – just enough above the required threshold to avoid a September 8 runoff. Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes compared with challenger Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance candidate who received 2,147,436…

Zimbabwe election: Growing concern over a ‘calm before the storm’

There’s restless confusion in Zimbabwe, as opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance – as well as incumbent Zanu PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa – each suggest they will be the country’s new leader, without any formal confirmation of results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). That’s leading to questions…

HRW calls for accountability in Guinea’s electoral violence

Authorities in Guinea have yet to take seriously the allegations of abuses by government security forces during violent street protests that rocked the small West African nation following its February elections. That’s according to a new report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, which found “credible evidence that Guinea’s security…

Museveni defends Uganda’s new social media tax

President Yoweri Museveni, known for the occasionally wordy post on whatever topic is at hand, has taken to Facebook to defend a controversial tax, imposed on social media and money mobile users, that went into effect at the beginning of July. Museveni pointedly said he wanted to use social media…

Mozambique’s president wants jihadist threat shut down

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique said he wants the jihadist threat operating in his country’s north to be “neutralized,” the first public comment he’s made on the issue since armed groups began terrorizing villages in the Cabo Delgado province. Nyusi, speaking during independence celebrations in Maputo, condemned the recent spate…

Mounting concern over Mozambique extremist attacks

Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado have killed at least 39 people and displaced more than 1,000 since May, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. More than 400 homes have been burned down in the past two weeks, displacing people in three different…

New call for inquiry into police abuses in unsettled Angola

The Human Rights Watch organization has called on Angolan authorities to investigate what appears to be the summary execution of a criminal suspect by police officers in Luanda, one of dozens of similar cases reported by nongovernmental human rights group Maka Angola. Footage of the June 1 incident, captured by a…

U.S. hearing focuses on Eritrean human rights in driving migration

Representatives from the United Nations and international NGOs participated in a hearing on Eritrea’s record Wednesday as the United States Congress and its Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission focused on the drivers behind high rates of Eritrean migration. “Migrants from the small east African nation of Eritrea make-up a disproportionate…

Appeal for calm in Guinea as opposition plans new protests

As the political opposition in Guinea plans new protests for next week, the Amnesty International organization has appealed for government forces to show restraint as clashes in the West African nation have become increasingly violent. At least 15 people have died and many more injured since local elections were held…

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…