Sudan confirms it has missing opposition activist detained

Sudan confirms it has missing opposition activist detained

Authorities in Sudan confirmed they are holding Mohamed Boshi, a vocal critic of the government who was forcibly disappeared in Egypt last month despite seeking asylum in Cairo, the Human Rights Watch organization said Thursday. The 35-year-old Boshi has been missing since October 10. Witnesses reported five armed men, believed to be…

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

Campaigners with Human Rights Watch in both Africa and the United States expressed concern late Friday over the Nigerian army’s use of President Donald Trump’s remarks, specifically about responding with lethal force to any migrants throwing rocks at U.S. troops staged on its southern border. Trump’s remarks Thursday, which he…

Rights groups warn again on Guinea’s political violence

International human rights organization Amnesty International has issued another warning over the political violence in the West African nation of Guinea, which claimed another life on Tuesday. Opposition groups reported the shooting death of a 30 year-old man believed to be the victim of security forces in the capital of…

Report: South Sudan forces are attacking civilians

It’s less than a week until South Sudan plans a peace celebration in Juba with both President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar expected to attend. Yet there’s little to celebrate for thousands of civilians still fleeing violence, and there’s evidence that the latest “peace on paper” isn’t reaching…

Chamisa steadfast on refusing election results amid Zimbabwe crackdown

The incidents of attacks on Zimbabwe’s political opposition and their supporters are mounting, and Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to act quickly and put an end to the crackdown. “With soldiers unleashing violence against ruling party opponents, the veneer of respect for human rights…

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…