Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s invited South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to help mediate talks in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Abiy made the announcement during an official visit to South Africa at the weekend, where he and Ramaphosa discussed how the latter might…

Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Slightly more than half of 65 nations reviewed in the new Freedom on the Net 2019 report show a decline in access, democratic protections for speech, and related Internet and social media rights – with Sudan showing one of the biggest drops and Zimbabwe not far behind. The annual report…

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

The United Nations addressed on Friday the global spread of unrest that has swept across nearly every continent, with both the UN Secretary General and the head of the UN human rights office in Geneva appealing for peaceful demonstrations and expressing concerns over violence. “Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading…

Report on Sudan’s transition calls for international attention

There’s cause for optimism that Sudan’s transition to civilian government and democratic principles will be successful in the long term, but a new report released Monday warns that many economic and security challenges remain. That’s according to the Crisis Group, which appealed to the international community to keep its focus…

Four African nations newly elected to UN Human Rights Council

Four African nations have been newly elected to the United Nations Humans Rights Council – among them a few that are raising eyebrows – and they’ll replace four outgoing nations beginning in 2020. Libya, Mauritania, Namibia and Sudan are the new nations, according to a UN statement that followed Thursday’s…

Scientists announce IVF success for nearly extinct rhino

Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino say they’ve successfully created two embryos in the lab by using eggs from the last two remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males. “The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near…

Attorneys seek bail for former Sudanese president al-Bashir

In Sudan, the attorneys for former president Omar al-Bashir have argued that the deposed leader, imprisoned in Khartoum since his April arrest, should be released on bail. Al-Bashir appeared in court Saturday for the second hearing of his trial. He is charged with corruption and money laundering, after Sudanese authorities…

Floods in Sudan kill at least 54 people

Floods in Sudan have claimed at least 54 lives so far this rainy season, with impacts in almost all of the 18 states in the country. Most of the fatalities have occurred when the roofs of homes collapsed or people were electrocuted. The heavy rains that began August 13 have…

Sudanese opposition OK’s Hamdok in PM role

Sudanese opposition leaders say they’ve agreed to the nomination of Abdalla Hamdok as the nation’s new prime minister, ahead of Saturday’s formal launch of a transitional government that’s been under negotiation since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April. The announcement came Thursday from the Sudanese Professionals Association,…

Nigerian, Sudanese leaders receive U.S. religious freedom award

Two African leaders were among those to receive the new International Religious Freedom Awards from the United States Department of State, at a ceremony hosted by department secretary Mike Pompeo, above, on Wednesday. Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan of Sudan, a human rights lawyer at the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative (SHRI), has…

Sudanese activists welcome transition deal

The marches and parades continued across Sudan on Friday, this time with speakers to discuss the newly announced transitional agreement between Sudan’s military leadership and activists who have for months pressed for a democratic civilian government. The deal, announced in the early morning hours, will cover an interim period of…

Actor Clooney, NGO co-founder appeal for action on Sudan

Prominent actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast are the co-founders of The Sentry, an organization that tracks corruption and conflict. Now they’ve appealed to the United States government to act on the Sudan crisis with sanctions and anti-money laundering measures. The two wrote an appeal in a…

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…