A former president of Chile, who is now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, on Wednesday, strongly condemned the use of excessive and disproportionate force by Nigerian armed forces in Lagos on Tuesday evening. She called on the Nigerian authorities to take urgent steps to deal decisively with the underlying problem of persistent violations committed by the security forces, and make a far...

Technology

Bill Clinton condemns killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday condemned the use of force against peaceful protesters in Nigeria on Tuesday, saying the government should engage in peaceful dialogue."I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to...

TOP STORIES

Rage as Trump admin plans to categorize Amnesty International as antisemitic, meaning hostile to or prejudiced against Jewish people

Amnesty International on Wednesday night described as 'baseless' plans by the Donald Trump administration to categorize the reputable human rights group and several other non-governmental organizations as antisemitic, meaning hostile to or prejudiced against Jewish people.The U.S....

Warlords accused of horrendous crimes continue to walk free in Central African Republic

 Amnesty International is outraged that warlords accused of horrendous crimes, including unlawful killings and sexual violence, continue to walk free in Central African Republic, two years after the inauguration of the country’s Special Criminal Court (SCC).Despite a few investigations...

Volunteer in AstraZeneca coronavirus clinical trial dies

A volunteer for AstraZeneca and Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine trial has died, Brazilian authorities said on Wednesday, according to Reuters. It was not immediately clear whether the man received the vaccine or had been part of a placebo group.

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Sixty-five organizations call for immediate release of Iwacu journalists in Burundi

Sixty-five organizations on Thursday called for the immediate and unconditional release of Iwacu journalists in Burundi, exactly a year after they were convicted on charges against state security.The Iwacu journalists Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi were simply doing their job, the 65 organizations said in a statement, adding that "their continued detention on baseless charges is a stark reminder that,...

GLOBAL

North Korea’s pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary, violent, cruel, and degrading – Report

The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Sunday. Former...

Amnesty International urges Sudan to transfer former President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Sudan should transfer individuals indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC), including the former President Omar al-Bashir, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.The call came following the historic...

Amnesty International confirms at least 38 Nigerian protesters killed on Tuesday

At least 12 Nigerian protesters were killed on Tuesday in two locations in the commercial city of Lagos, Amnesty International said on Wednesday following an investigation. About 38 people were killed nationwide on Tuesday, the group added."An...

“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as Africa's most populous country seemed to be slipping into chaos.Abubakar, who ran against President Muhammadu Buhari...

Technology

Sub-Saharan Africa faces difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, IMF says in latest economic outlook

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its in latest 2020 economic outlook released on Thursday.

Bill Clinton condemns killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday condemned the use of force against peaceful protesters in Nigeria on Tuesday, saying the government should engage in peaceful dialogue."I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to...

TOP STORIES

Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet condemns killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

A former president of Chile, who is now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, on Wednesday, strongly condemned the use of excessive and disproportionate force by Nigerian armed forces in Lagos on Tuesday evening. She called on the...

Sixty-five organizations call for immediate release of Iwacu journalists in Burundi

Sixty-five organizations on Thursday called for the immediate and unconditional release of Iwacu journalists in Burundi, exactly a year after they were convicted on charges against state security.The Iwacu journalists Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi...

Rage as Trump admin plans to categorize Amnesty International as antisemitic, meaning hostile to or prejudiced against Jewish people

Amnesty International on Wednesday night described as 'baseless' plans by the Donald Trump administration to categorize the reputable human rights group and several other non-governmental organizations as antisemitic, meaning hostile to or prejudiced against Jewish people.The U.S....

Warlords accused of horrendous crimes continue to walk free in Central African Republic

 Amnesty International is outraged that warlords accused of horrendous crimes, including unlawful killings and sexual violence, continue to walk free in Central African Republic, two years after the inauguration of the country’s Special Criminal Court (SCC).Despite a few investigations...

Volunteer in AstraZeneca coronavirus clinical trial dies

A volunteer for AstraZeneca and Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine trial has died, Brazilian authorities said on Wednesday, according to Reuters. It was not immediately clear whether the man received the vaccine or had been part of a placebo group.

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Bill Clinton condemns killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday condemned the use of force against peaceful protesters in Nigeria on Tuesday, saying the government should engage in peaceful dialogue."I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protestors for police reform and an end to corruption," Bill Clinton tweeted.

GLOBAL

Thailand authorities use water cannon against peaceful activists, arrest journalists

Thai police unnecessarily used water cannon against peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, in violation of international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch...

IMF approves additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved an additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout.The new disbursement, under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), is the second emergency financial release to Cameroon...

Amnesty International urges Sudan to transfer former President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Sudan should transfer individuals indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC), including the former President Omar al-Bashir, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.The call came following the historic...

Amnesty International confirms at least 38 Nigerian protesters killed on Tuesday

At least 12 Nigerian protesters were killed on Tuesday in two locations in the commercial city of Lagos, Amnesty International said on Wednesday following an investigation. About 38 people were killed nationwide on Tuesday, the group added."An...

“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as Africa's most populous country seemed to be slipping into chaos.Abubakar, who ran against President Muhammadu Buhari...

Nigerian activists drag Buhari government to International Criminal Court for killing peaceful protesters

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to “promptly investigate reports that Nigerian authorities, military, and some politicians have used/ and are using thugs, soldiers and...

Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as Pope. The endorsement was released in an interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.“Homosexual people have...

Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns “carnage as Buhari’s military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters”

The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Wednesday described what it called "carnage as Buhari's military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters."https://youtu.be/7TvmkAwTnasIn a statement received by Today News Africa in...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved an additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout.The new disbursement, under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), is the second emergency financial release to Cameroon since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year.It brings total IMF emergency support to Cameroon since the outbreak of...

Sub-Saharan Africa faces difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, IMF says in latest economic outlook

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its...

IMF approves additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved an additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout.

Half of women in the world are jobless, UN says in shocking new report

Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Principality of Andorra becomes IMF’s 190th Member

The Principality of Andorra joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday, becoming the Fund's 190th member.Ambassador...

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now highly unlikely amid COVID-19 – Report

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a...

Technology

Sub-Saharan Africa faces difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, IMF says in latest economic outlook

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a difficult road to recovery amid COVID-19 economic fallout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its in latest 2020 economic outlook released on Thursday.

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BUSINESS

Africa and US development financiers talk post COVID-19 pandemic

The continent’s largest development finance institutions have emphasized that a sustained and collaborative approach among development partners to scale up project development activities, will boost...

Half of women in the world are jobless, UN says in shocking new report

Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter...

U.S. Justice Department sues Google for holding an illegal monopoly over search

The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet INC.'s Google for abusing its monopoly in...

MTN named most valuable African brand worth $3.3 billion

MTN Group has been named the most valuable African brand with a value of $3.3 billion.Brand value...

Renewables are Africa’s path for a green recovery

“Now is be the best time to move towards green economy. It is time to shift towards a more sustainable and...

Trump admin announces new reforms aimed at making it more difficult for skilled foreign workers to acquire H-1B visas

The United States Departments of Labor and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced additional immigration reforms that would make it more difficult...

NIGERIA

Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet condemns killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

A former president of Chile, who is now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, on Wednesday, strongly condemned...

Use of brute force on peaceful protesters in Nigeria is an aberration: Group

The Nigerian Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has decried the use of brute force on some #ENDSARS protesters at...

Bukola Saraki: I have watched with horror the use of force against the Lekki #EndSARS protesters

I have watched with horror the use of force against the Lekki #EndSARS protesters. My heart bleeds for the country. It...

Nigeria House Speaker calls for thorough investigation over Lekki Tollgate killings

The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday described the event of the reported casualties of...

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s government pledges to end corruption

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Thursday, October 22, 2020, respond to oral questions in the National Assembly, where he will...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Official funeral declared for fearless South African human rights and anti apartheid lawyer Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday declared the funeral of the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla...

Ramaphosa calls on South Africans to rise against crime and racism after white farmer’s murder by blacks triggers protests

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called on all South Africans to rise against crime and racism, a week after Brendin Horner,...

ETHIOPIA

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass introduces resolution calling for respect for human rights in Ethiopia

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, on Friday, introduced a resolution calling for...

“This is worse than COVID-19”, Ethiopian migrants describe “hell” in Saudi prisons

An investigation by Amnesty International has exposed horrifying new details about the treatment of Ethiopian migrants detained in Saudi Arabia. Since...

South Africa seeks to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to 30,000 megawatts available

South Africa is seeking to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to the 30,000 megawatts of...

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure Jawar Mohammed with terrorism

As human rights organizations continue to warn that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is turning Ethiopia into a dictatorship, his administration on...

CAMEROON

IMF approves additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved an additional $156 million disbursement to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19 economic fallout.

Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic...

Amnesty International USA urges Trump not to deport thousands of African migrants from Cameroon

Amnesty International USA on Friday urged the Trump administration to refrain from deporting African migrants from Cameroon....

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto placed under ‘house arrest’

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto has been placed under what seems like a house arrest at his residence in the capital...

KENYA

Cybercriminals target South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria with millions of attacks in 2020, and the year is not over

South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria have already seen millions of cyberattacks in 2020 with three months to the end of the...

Condemnation, outrage over arrest of Amnesty International Kenya’s chairperson Renee Ngamau

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that its Kenya Chairperson Renee Ngamau was arrested on Monday night for rallying her neighbors to...

The world celebrated changes in Ethiopia under Abiy Ahmed a little bit early, released Kenyan journalist tells Voice of America

A Kenyan journalist who was arrested and detained in Ethiopia for two months before he was released after he contracted the...

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa so far, according to the latest data from the Ethiopia-based Africa Center for...

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma freed in Ethiopia but dozens of opposition leaders and journalists still locked up

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma has been released from detention in Ethiopia but dozens of prominent opposition leaders and journalists remain locked...

Mau forest evictees’ plight intensifies as Kenyan authorities fail to provide vital assistance

Police violence and property destruction during evictions in Kenya’s Rift Valley and a lack of support afterward has caused deaths and desperation...

GHANA

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo elected as new chairman of ECOWAS, a regional body of 15 countries in West Africa

The President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States...

Ghana to reopen international air borders from September 1

Ghana will reopen its international air borders on September 1, six months after closing them in March to curb the spread...

Africa’s economic transformation will not come from aid but trade says Ghanaian president

At a ceremony on Monday to commission the permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana’s President Nana...

11 human rights groups call for justice for 44 Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, 2 Togolese, 1 Gambian and 1 Ivorian massacred in Gambia and Senegal...

The families of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth...

UNITED STATES

Rage as Trump admin plans to categorize Amnesty International as antisemitic, meaning hostile to or prejudiced against Jewish people

Amnesty International on Wednesday night described as 'baseless' plans by the Donald Trump administration to categorize the reputable human rights group...

Trump admin designates more Chinese media outlets as ‘foreign missions’

The Trump administration on Wednesday designated more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions.In a statement, the...

Five rights groups urge US to protect peaceful protesters ahead of November 3 elections

City and state officials in the United States should review their laws, policies, and practices ahead of the November 3, 2020 general elections...

Hillary Clinton tells Buhari to stop killing Nigerian protesters

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to "stop killing young #ENDSARS protesters."

CHINA

Trump admin designates more Chinese media outlets as ‘foreign missions’

The Trump administration on Wednesday designated more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions.In a statement, the...

U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong persons for ‘supporting Iran’

The United States on Monday announced that it had imposed sanctions on some Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for "Activities Related...

U.S. says China’s militarization of South China sea unacceptable and dangerous

The United States said on Sunday that China's militarization of the South China sea was unacceptable."We...

12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists held incommunicado and denied basic rights by China

At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, including one child, who have been held incommunicado in Shenzhen’s Yantian Detention Center since August 23,...

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