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Rwanda accepts to take in African refugees held in Libya

Rwanda has reached a deal with the African Union to take in African refugees being held in worsening conditions in detention centres in Libya. These refugees mainly migrants will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Rwanda’s government and the African Union. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday that a first group of 500 refugees will be evacuated in coming weeks. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a news briefing…

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AU lifts suspension on Sudan after transitional government deal

The African Union (AU) has now lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership after a transitional government was put in place. The new government brings an end to months of violence and chaos following the toppling of former leader, Omar al-Bashir. The AU suspended Sudan for three months after the military initially refused to hand over power to a civilian regime with 60 days. Following negotiations and dialogue, the civilian opposition and the military agreed to a new transitional government. The parties signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August. Sudan also…

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AU commission says ‘some military coups are inevitable’

The African Union Commission Deputy Chairman Kwesi Quartey has said that although the Union hopes coups do not take place, some of them are inevitable. The Ghanaian diplomat told DW that “we are concerned. But we also recognize that the military is a backbone of the state and in a situation of chaos normally the military will not sit down and watch the political situation fall apart. So, some of it is inevitable”. But the deputy AU commission chief reminded the world that despite a push for democracy in Africa,…

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Sudan crisis: Factions agree on new transitional government

Sudan’s military leaders have agreed on a deal with the main opposition coalition to make way for a new transitional government. The deal was struck on Saturday after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said. Both factions have been negotiating for a new transitional government since April when longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a coup. The African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt who made the announcement on Saturday did not give any details. “I am announcing to the Sudanese, African and international public opinion that the two delegations…

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Senegal Court case of Former Chad Leader Habre might spell an end to the need for ICC

President, Hissene HabréA special court in the Senegalese capital of Dakar began a long-awaited trial Monday against former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre on charges of torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

The 72-year-old Habre and his lawyers have dismissed the court as lacking due process and said they would boycott the trial, but they were present Monday after authorities forced their client to appear.

 

“We consider that this procedure, this court as illegitimate,” Francois Serres, one of Habre’s lawyers, said. “We consider the principle that there is no due process when the investigation has not been conducted fairly.”

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ICC the West’s tool to Harass Africans, Mugabe demands cutting ties

Robert MugabeThe International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.

The demand came in a report Saturday on previous decisions made by African Union leaders.

Mugabe, 87, told the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2011 that the ICC has no credibility in Africa.

The court “seems to exist only for alleged offenders of the developing world, the majority of them Africans”, he said.

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Comrade Robert Mugabe assumes African Union leadership

Robart MugabeZimbabwe president calls on Africa to harness resources for its own ends as members urged to tackle infrastructure, climate change, conflict and Ebola Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old president, has assumed the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) with a call for members to improve infrastructure and tackle climate change, conflict and Ebola, and with a familiar rallying cry that Africa’s wealth belongs to Africa and not “imperialists and colonialists”.

The veteran leader, who was elected head of the union on Friday, replaces President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, of Mauritania.

“By electing me to preside over this august body, with full knowledge of the onerous responsibility that lies ahead, I humbly accept your collective decision,” Mugabe told the AU summit in Addis Ababa.

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African Union: President Robert Mugabe should urgently address human rights concerns

Robert MugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.

President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.

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AU Chairperson Dlamini Zuma called for Support for Ebola affected countries

AU Chairperson Dlamini ZumaAddis Ababa – The African Union has today called for “a lot of support and solidarity from fellow African countries and from the international community” for its member states affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today spoke at the opening ceremony of an emergency meeting of the Union’s Executive Council, as the continent seeks to craft a united, comprehensive and collective response to the Ebola outbreak that has so far affected a number of countries in West Africa.

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