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Guinea: ICC prosecutor warns of trials over clashes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned the government and the opposition in Guinea that they could face possible trials over ongoing protests and deadly clashes. At least 16 civilians have been killed since last month during demonstrations sparked by believes that President Alpha Condé intends running for office again. The protesters led by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists are opposing a possible constitutional change that could let Conde seek a third term. But the ICC‘s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou…

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At least 78 people killed in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopian officials say at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of a prominent activist. The prime minister’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told reporters on Thursday that 409 people had been detained over the unrest. She also revealed that investigations are ongoing and the death toll and number detained could rise. Activist Jawar Mohammed said that police surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail. That got his supporters to pour unto the streets last week to protest against his…

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Guinea: Several dead in protest against President Conde

A demonstration to oppose constitutional amendments that could allow Guinean President Alpha Conde to run for a third term has left at least five people dead. The Police clashed with demonstrators in the capital, Conakry and the opposition stronghold of Mamou. At least four demonstrators were reportedly shot dead in Conakry as police opened fire on protesters. Opposition leader Cellou Diallo has told reporters that four protesters had been shot dead. He hinted that the protests will continue until the plan to give President Conde a third term is aborted. “We encourage citizens…

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Egypt: Over 1,000 people arrested after anti-Sisi protests

Right groups in Egypt say more than 1,000 people have been arrested over ongoing anti-government protests. Last Friday marked the start of street protests organized by Egyptians, signaling a major shift in how people feel about the al-Sisi government. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters…

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Algeria: Ex-president’s brother jailed for 15 years

Said Bouteflika, the brother of Algeria’s former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was accused and put on trial for conspiring against the state and undermining the military. The trail lasted for two days. Said Bouteflika was regarded as the person behind the presidency of his brother, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Two other former secret service chiefs, Mohamed Mediene and Bachir Tartag were also sentenced together with Said. A political party head Louisa Hanoune also suffered similar fate. Said and other convicts were first detained in…

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Al-Sisi on shaky grounds as Egyptians protest against him

Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appears to be standing on shaky grounds after hundreds of Egyptians staged their first major protests against him. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters demanding al-Sisi’s resignation. President al-Sisi is facing corruption allegations against his government. Hundreds of protesters filled…

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Nigeria: Protest held over killing of young women

Hundreds of women in Nigeria on Wednesday marched to the Government House in Port Harcourt, protesting the killing of young women in hotels in Rivers State. The women clad in black attire held placards with messages that called for an end to the killings. At least, eight young women have been murdered in different hotels in the River state within the last two months. Some of those killed are believed to be prostitutes, whose acts are considered illegal and often get no protection from police. The protesters say everybody, including…

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Togo’s new law that clamps down on protests

Togo lawmakers have passed a new law that restricts demonstrations, in an attempt to clamp down on opposition rallies. Opposition parties have been agitating over the state of affairs in Togo, demanding the exit of current President Faure Gnassingbe. The opposition largely boycotted last year’s parliamentary elections which means they hardly have representations in parliament. That made the passage of the new law easier for the ruling party. The government has defended the new law, saying it will make the country safer. Under the new law, no protests will be…

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Nigeria: Court orders detention of activist, Omoyele Sowore

A Nigerian High Court has ordered the detention of publisher of online news organisation, SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days. Sowore is a well known activist in Nigerian and convener of the #RevolutionNow protests which was staged this week. He has been in detention since Saturday days before Monday’s protests in parts of the country. State prosecutors had asked for the court to prolong the detention of Sowore who has been charged under Niegria’s Terrorism Act. Sowore’s lawyers say they intend challenging the ruling by the court. Mr. Femi Falana…

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Sudan crisis: Constitutional declaration signed by factions

Sudan’s opposition coalition and the military rulers on Sunday signed a constitutional declaration which will now pave the way to form a transitional government. On Saturday both factions agreed on a deal towards a new transitional government following the toppling of long time leader, Omar al-Bashir. The deal was struck after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said after months of protests and killings. Sunday’s signing ceremony was mere formalities but was attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators. These mediators helped broker the accord. Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Drir said…

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