Critics focus on Egypt as it hosts AU human rights summit

Critics focus on Egypt as it hosts AU human rights summit

Beginning on Wednesday, Egypt is hosting a three-week human rights conference of the African Union, which currently has President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as its leader. That’s met with criticism from activists in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and beyond who say the increasingly repressive nation needs to get its own house in…

Egypt’s referendum passes with 89 percent of vote

In Egypt, a referendum has passed that will allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority said Tuesday that the referendum on constitutional amendments passed with a decisive…

Egypt heads to polls on Sisi term limits

Egyptians head to the polls on Saturday to begin three days of voting on a referendum that would allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority set the…

HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

Human Rights Watch has launched an eight-part series on changes in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power a year ago. While there’s been much progress, there also remain many challenges in an increasingly tense political atmosphere. “With elections scheduled for May 2020, the next year will be a…

HRW: Cameroon civilians caught between soldiers, separatists

Since October 2016, when Cameroon’s English-speaking lawyers and teachers first launched peaceful protests to press government reforms for its Anglophone populations, there’s been no shortage of international concern over the deepening cycles of violence. Yet they continue, with a new report from Human Rights Watch detailing the deaths, abductions and…

UN laments closure of human rights office in Burundi

  Burundi’s antagonism towards United Nations investigators and the UN human rights agency has spanned the years since President Pierre Nkurunziza insisted on a third term in 2015, touching off a political and humanitarian crisis in the small east-central African nation. Now the government has forced the closure of the…

Autopsy confirms Kenyan activist died of abortion complications

The results of a post-mortem examination completed Thursday in the death of Kenyan human rights activist Caroline Mwatha Ochieng are consistent with excessive bleeding following complications of an attempted abortion. Amnesty International in Kenya said they are accepting the results of the examination, which followed street protests in the Dandora…

Missing Kenyan activist’s body found in morgue

Police in Kenya have arrested six people in connection with the disappearance and death of Caroline Mwatha Ochieng, a prominent human rights activist who was reported missing on February 9. Mwatha’s body was found on Tuesday at the city morgue in Nairobi, where she had been since last Thursday although…

New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

A group of United Nations experts called on the Malawi government on Friday to act quickly to prevent people with albinism from attacks and killings linked to cultural superstitions, especially as the May elections approach. Malawi has seen 150 such cases since 2014, with an uptick in recent weeks that…

Burundi human rights situation still dire, new HRW report finds

The nation of Burundi hasn’t commanded much international attention since May, when President Pierre Nkurunziza successfully pushed through a referendum that would allow him to remain in power through 2034. Yet the human rights situation there remains dire, according to the World Report 2019 released Thursday by the Human Rights…

After Jammeh, Gambians hope for justice as TRRC hearings begin

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia welcomed on Monday the start of hearings by the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), formed to explore human rights violations that occurred during the 22-year rule of former dictator Yahya Jammeh. “As a key pillar of the transitional justice program of the…

Sisi interview to air in U.S. despite Egypt’s demand to stop it

The CBS investigative news program “60 Minutes” in the United States says it’s going ahead with its interview of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, despite Cairo’s request to kill the segment. Sisi recently sat down with journalist Scott Pelley to record the interview, confirming that the Egyptian military is…

New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

Migrants and refugees are being subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the moment they enter Libya, and at every stage of their journey as they seek to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to a report released Thursday by UNSMIL, the UN Support Mission in Libya. The 61-page report is based on…