• Attacks on Eritrean Refugees in Tigray ‘Clear War Crimes’: HRW


    Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray in attacks that amounted to “clear war crimes,” an international rights watchdog has said.

    A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released on Thursday detailed attacks on two camps in Tigray, where local forces have battled the Ethiopian government and their Eritrean allies since November in a conflict that has rocked the Horn of Africa region.

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  • Guinea Coup Leaders Begin Transitional Government Talks


    The military heads behind last week’s coup that removed Guinea’s President Alpha Conde have begun a weeklong consultation with political, religious, and business leaders that they say will lead to the formation of a transitional government.

    The dialogue on Tuesday is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order. It is expected to define the duration of the transition, what political and institutional reforms are needed before elections, and who will lead the transition.

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  • ECOWAS Suspends Guinea After Coup, Says It Will Send Mediators


    West Africa’s main regional bloc has suspended Guinea’s membership, days after a military coup that removed President Alpha Conde.

    During an extraordinary virtual summit on Wednesday, leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded a return to the constitutional order and the immediate release of Conde, who was arrested by special forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya on Sunday.

    The ECOWAS leaders also agreed to send a high-level mission to Guinea as soon as Thursday.

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  • Guinea Coup: Military Arrests President, Dissolves Government


    Guinean special forces seized power in a coup, arrested the president, and promised to change the political makeup of the West African country.

    The new military leaders announced a nationwide curfew “until further notice,” saying it would convene President Alpha Conde’s cabinet ministers and other senior politicians on Monday.

    “Any refusal to attend will be considered a rebellion,” the commandos said in a statement.

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  • Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis ‘Set to Worsen Dramatically’: UN


    Nine months since the start of Ethiopia’s Tigray war, the United Nations has warned that the humanitarian situation in the country’s northernmost region is set to “worsen dramatically.”

    “Stocks of relief aid, cash, and fuel are running very low or are completely depleted. Food stocks already ran out on 20 August,” Grant Leaity, the UN’s acting humanitarian coordinator for Ethiopia, said in a statement on Thursday.

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  • Tanzania Opposition Leader Freeman Mbowe in Court to Face Charges


    Freeman Mbowe, leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party, has appeared in court to face “terrorism” charges, in a case denounced by his supporters as a politically motivated move aimed at crushing dissent.

    The 59-year-old chairman of the Chadema Party has been behind bars since July 21, when he was arrested along with other senior party officials in a nighttime police raid just hours before they were to hold a public forum to demand constitutional reforms.

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  • Ethiopian Rights Group: 150 Reported Dead in Alleged Attack


    The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says it has received reports from residents that some 150 people were killed earlier this month in an alleged attack by the Oromo Liberation Army, which the government declared a terrorist group this year.

    A statement by the government-created rights group on Thursday said the killings in East Wollega in the Oromia region on Aug. 18 were followed by a revenge attack the next day that left another 60 people dead.

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  • Chad’s Former Dictator Hissene Habre Dies of COVID-19 at 79


    Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre, the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by an African court after his government was accused of killing tens of thousands of people, has died in Senegal. He was 79.

    Habre, whose case for years showcased Africa’s reluctance to put its despots on trial as he lived in luxurious exile, had recently contracted COVID-19 according to local media reports. His death Tuesday at a Dakar hospital was confirmed by Jean Bertrand Bocande, director of the penitentiary administration.

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  • New Wave of Ethiopian Detentions of Tigrayans Includes Kids


    Small children are among those held amid a new wave of detentions of ethnic Tigrayans suspected of supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia’s growing war, one detainee says, while witnesses and a human rights watchdog describe fresh disappearances in recent weeks.

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  • Young Zambians Hope for Brighter Future as Hichilema Wins Vote


    As Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was proclaimed victor of the presidential elections on Sunday, the Zambian capital, Lusaka, erupted in celebrations that lasted late into the night as supporters sung, danced, and waved his party’s flags.

    Hichilema, 59, of the United Party for National Development (UPND) won by a landslide 2.8 million votes, trailed by incumbent Edgar Lungu’s 1.8 million ballots.

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