Africa 

UN calls for investigation into possible war crimes in Tigray

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday called for an “objective and independent investigation” in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, after having “corroborated serious violations” likely to constitute “war crimes and crimes against humanity”. In a statement issued in Geneva, Bachelet said her office “has managed to corroborate information on some incidents that occurred in November last year, indicating indiscriminate bombings in the towns of Mekele, Humera and Adigrat in the Tigray region” in the north of the country, the scene of several months of…

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Africa 

Senegal clashes kill one after opposition leader arrested

Senegalese police clashed with supporters of arrested opposition leader Ousmane Sonko on Thursday, leaving one person dead in the south of the country, a police official said. It was the first death confirmed in clashes since Sonko was arrested on Wednesday for disturbing public order as protests broke out ahead of his court appearance on a rape charge. Sonko, leader of the opposition Pastef party and former presidential candidate, is considered a key potential challenger for President Macky Sall in elections in three years. One person was killed in clashes…

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Africa 

Amidst ‘conflict, blanket denials and finger-pointing’, UN rights chief calls for probe in Ethiopia’s Tigray 

“Deeply distressing reports of sexual and gender-based violence, extrajudicial killings, widespread destruction and looting of public and private property by all parties continue to be shared with us, as well as reports of continued fighting in central Tigray in particular”, said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.  “Credible information also continues to emerge about serious violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict in Tigray in November last year”, she added.  The conflict between the Ethiopian Government and regional forces of…

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Africa 

Egypt begins phase 2 of vaccination on elderly people et al

Health officials in Egypt have begun the second phase of a nationwide vaccination drive. The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, are receiving their first doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine against the coronavirus. There are 40 vaccination centres countrywide. “I was expecting a mess and this did not happen at all. Everything was organized and there was a very great respect for people and comfort in procedures”, Cairo resident, Rasha Ahmed said. Health authorities have launched a website where beneficiaries could sign up to get jabbed. So far, over…

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Africa 

Rwanda’s economy in recession [Business Africa]

Rwanda’s economy Rwanda’s economy is in a recession. Restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus is piling pressure on the economy. Thousands face unemployment and there’s risk of more Rwandans falling into poverty. That’s why analysts are urging the government to take additional measures to spur growth in this East African nation. Retail trade, leisure, hospitality and conference tourism are key sectors hard hit. The country of 12 million people has seen strict coronavirus-prevention measures in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Rwandan population has felt the…

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Africa 

20 die after human traffickers force migrants into sea en route to Yemen

This is the third such incident in the Gulf of Aden in the last six months, according to the International Organization for Migration, which said that survivors are receiving medical treatment in the port town of Obock, Djibouti. “Wednesday’s tragedy is further proof that criminals continue to exploit people desperate to improve their lives for profit regardless of the consequences”, said IOM Djibouti Chief of Mission, Stephanie Daviot. She called for smugglers and human traffickers to be prosecuted, before appealing for the creation of legal migration pathways, “to allow people to…

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Africa Investments 

Forum d’Assouan II : renforcer les synergies en faveur des victimes de déplacements forcés en contexte de Covid-19

La pandémie de Covid-19 a aggravé les vulnérabilités des personnes déplacées de force et les différents acteurs –gouvernementaux, multilatéraux, non gouvernementaux et privés— doivent développer plus de synergies pour prendre en compte son impact disproportionné sur ces populations vulnérables, ont estimé les participants à un panel organisé mercredi 3 mars dans le cadre du Forum d’Assouan II (1er au 5 mars), en Egypte. Ce panel avait pour thème : « Prendre en compte les déplacements forcés dans les processus de planification nationale et de paix : localiser le changement de paradigme…

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North Africa People 

Former Pastoral Nomads Considering In-Place Farming

By Jacqueline Skalski-Fouts Recent trends reveal that pastoralists in the Maghreb region are turning to sedentary farming practices like agroforestry as nomadic herding becomes more difficult. This unpublished article investigates the causes for this shift, associated environmental impacts, and local responses. North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic people in the steppe highlands, is on the decline. Facing limited grazing land due to overuse and drought, pastoral nomads are favoring more sedentary farming methods like growing fruit or nut trees and crops. Developmental nonprofits in the…

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Africa 

French baker’s hunger strike saves Guinean immigrant from deportation

Guinean migrant Mamadou Yaya Bah, who was subject to an immediate expulsion order, will now be able to stay in France after the regional prefecture reversed its decision. A month ago, his boss Patricia Hyvernat, the owner of the bakery where he works, went on hunger strike to demand her apprentice be granted legal status. The strike prompted the French administration in Ain to overturn their decision. “Yaya was the only person who asked us to come here for an apprenticeship because we are in the country because it’s a…

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Africa 

Ghana’s top court quashes opposition election petition

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo was Thurday retained as leader, following a seven-member panel of the country’s top court Judges’ dismissal of the election petition filed by main opposition leader John Mahama. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said this is because the case had no merit. Former President John Dramani Mahama who contested the 2020 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, took the Electoral Commission to court. He sought to challenge validity of results and subsequent declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner. But reading the…

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