‘Moral evil, economic good’: Whitewashing the sins of colonialism

In 2017, a professor at Oxford University in the United Kingdom proposed a research project. The key thesis: that the empire as a historical phenomenon – distinct from an ideological construct – has made ethical contributions and that its legacy cannot be reduced to that of genocides, exploitations, domination and repression. Expectedly, such a project […]

Killings in Axum by Eritrea troops ‘may amount to war crimes’

The killings of hundreds of civilians by Eritrean troops in the ancient Ethiopian town of Axum in November last year amounted to “a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations”, according to Amnesty International. The killings in Axum, located some 187km (116 miles) north of Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region, occurred during the […]

Two dead, hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence

Violence erupted after electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote. At least two people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence. Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate […]

Semenya takes testosterone limit case to human rights court

South Africa’s Olympic champion challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights that challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. In 2019, World Athletics, the sport’s world governing body, banned Semenya and other female athletes with differences of […]

The way out of Somalia’s political impasse

Somalia is in a political crisis. For the first time in the country’s recent history, the four-year mandate of Parliament and the executive has expired without the selection – or election – of a new administration, or an alternative political agreement among stakeholders. The crisis stemmed from the deep-rooted trust deficit between the centrifugal and […]

Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government. “Four of them have continued with their hunger strike and their health is deteriorating quickly,” lawyer Tokuma […]

At least 14 killed at religious site in CAR: Amnesty

Rights group calls for investigation amid clashes between Central African Republic security forces and armed groups. At least 14 people have been killed at a religious site in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid clashes between armed groups and security forces, according to material gathered by rights group Amnesty International. Following the analysis of satellite […]

US transport department faults aviation body over Boeing 737 MAX

In new report, US Transportation Department says ‘much work remains’ in fixing how aviation body certifies new planes. The United States Department of Transportation inspector general has faulted “weaknesses” in US government certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that was grounded for 20 months after two crashes killed 346 people, according to a new […]

Gunmen kill 36 in attacks in northern Nigeria

Armed bandits kill people, burn down houses in villages of Kaduna and Katsina states. Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security in Africa’s most populous nation, officials and residents said. The series of attacks by armed bandits occurred over the […]

Niger opposition leader alleges election fraud, declares victory

Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country’s presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin. “The compilation of results … which we have in our possession through our representatives in the various polling stations give us victory […]

Ghana security forces shut down LGBTQ office: Rights group

The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group says its Accra office was raided and closed by security forces. Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, the organisation has said, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure. Gay sex is a criminal offence in the […]

Condemnation as coughing Tanzanian minister gives news conference

Days after President John Mafuguli finally admitted Tanzania has a coronavirus problem, after months of apparent denial and increasing warnings of a resurgence in infections, the sight of the country’s finance minister coughing and gasping during a news conference to defend the state of his health has left many in shock. Finance Minister Philip Mpango, […]

Over a dozen killed in latest attacks blamed on notorious militia

Deaths bring the number of civilians killed by armed groups in Beni since November 2019 to at least 1,013, Kivu Security Tracker says. At least 13 people have been killed in two attacks in the violence-hit eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to local officials and a monitor. A notorious militia called the […]

Nabil Karoui: Tunisia’s media mogul, politician released on bail

Business tycoon was arrested twice on money laundering and tax evasion charges that date back to 2017. Tunisian authorities have released a media-mogul-turned-politician on bail after he spent two months in jail on money laundering and tax evasion charges. “The judge decided to release Nabil Karoui on bail of 10 million dinars ($3.7m). He must […]

CAR gov’t captures ex-President Bozize’s stronghold, PM says

Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada says pro-government forces seized Bossangoa, as escalation in violence puts education on hold for half of country’s children. The prime minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said pro-government forces seized a stronghold of former President Francois Bozize, who was accused in December of plotting a coup amid fresh unrest […]

Ghana receives first COVID vaccine doses as part of COVAX scheme

At least 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine arrive in Ghana’s capital as part of efforts for equitable global access to COVID jabs. Ghana has become the first country to receive vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX scheme, which aims to get COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people, in a global effort to contain […]

Guinea launches Ebola vaccination drive in country’s south

Inoculation campaign gets under way in Gouecke where several cases of the deadly disease have been detected. Guinea has launched an Ebola vaccination campaign to halt the spread of the deadly disease which hit the country’s south this month and has already caused several deaths. The vaccination drive got under way on Tuesday in Gouecke, […]

How to tackle the violence in eastern DR Congo?

25:00 From: Inside Story The Italian ambassador to the DRC was killed in the latest attack by a rebel group in the vast country’s east. Read more 23 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:15 play 25:10 play 25:30 play 25:10 Show more . Source link

Mohamed Bazoum declared Niger’s new president

Former interior minister garnered 55.75 percent of the votes, ahead of rival Mahamane Ousmane, at 44.25 percent, election commission announces. Niger’s electoral commission has declared ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum the winner of the country’s presidential election runoff. Bazoum had secured 55.75 percent of the votes cast on February 21, beating former President Mahamane Ousmane […]

7,000 seek Sudan asylum after fleeing western Ethiopia violence

At least 7,000 people who fled escalating ethnic violence in western Ethiopia have sought asylum in neighbouring Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid heightened tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Violence in the Metekel Zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region is separate from the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which […]

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda after Italian ambassador killed

Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme convoy came under fire near the eastern city of Goma. Rwandan Hutu rebels denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda of responsibility. Luca […]

Why the result of Somali elections are crucial for the region

Somalia is, once again, in political turmoil. The Horn of Africa nation’s opposition leaders say they no longer recognise the authority of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known by his nickname “Farmaajo”, after his term expired on February 8 without a political agreement on a path towards elections to replace him. Somalia’s most recent political […]

Dreaming of Zimbabwe: Stories from the diaspora

Nearly 24 years ago, Lance Guma came face to face with a gun. A man had followed him out of the main post office in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, before attempting to provoke him into an argument. Lance was 22 years old. Lance remembers the gunman threatening to pull the trigger before shrugging and telling […]