Mauritanian prosecutors appeal sentence against 'blasphemy' blogger

2017-11-10 19:30

Mauritanian prosecutors has said they had appealed against a two-year prison term served on a blogger who had earlier received a death sentence for blasphemy.

Government forces accused of 'savage repression' in Togo

2017-11-09 06:00

Togo's opposition on Wednesday accused the security forces of "savage repression" after nearly 20 of its supporters were injured as they tried to protest against the ruling party.

Reasons for Mugabes call for death penalty 'not solid'

2017-11-04 11:41

Human rights group, the Amnesty International has reportedly criticised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after he declared this week that he was in favour of resuming capital punishment in response to murder rates.

Macron stresses security, not rights, with Egyptian leader Sisi

2017-10-25 08:37

French President Emmanuel Macron has lauded deepening security and diplomatic ties with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, adding that he had refused to "give lessons" about human rights during their talks in Paris.

Macron faces rights test as Egypt's Sisi visits Paris

2017-10-24 10:42

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to welcome Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Paris under pressure from human rights groups to end what they call France's "disgraceful policies of indulgence" towards him.

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

2017-10-16 19:05

Two international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Human rights honor goes to Egyptian banned from travel

2017-10-10 21:18

An Egyptian has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards granted to human rights defenders but was unable to receive the prize in person because of a travel ban linked to his work documenting abuses

Top Africa Stories: Zim, Nigeria, Kenya

2017-10-05 06:00

"Poisoning" claims have lead to an unprecedented rift among President Robert Mugabe’s two deputies, while a video has emerged of Zimbabwean parks rangers in the main kicking and beating young wild elephants reportedly destined for China.

Cameroon English-speaking areas alert after deadly protests

2017-10-02 18:36

Cameroon's military has been heavily deployed in the country's English-speaking regions and few people are on the streets after several people were killed over the weekend in protests in support of independence for some Anglophone regions

Fighting between CAR armed groups leaves 25 dead: UN

2017-09-13 11:43

At least 25 people in the Central African Republic have been killed in recent sectarian clashes between armed groups, while a new wave of thousands have been made homeless by the violence, the UN says.


Mauritania blogger's death penalty cut to 2 years

2017-11-09 21:17

A Mauritanian appeals court reduced the death penalty for a blogger accused of blasphemy to a two-year jail term, a legal source has said, after a case that has drawn protests from rights watchdogs.

Egyptian activists pan US actress Helen Hunt in open letter

2017-11-07 18:31

Egyptian activists have condemned American actress Helen Hunt for her participation in a government-organised youth conference they say is whitewashing authorities' appalling human rights record and suppression of free speech.

Amnesty International criticises Kenya police

2017-10-30 15:36

The United States says it is deeply concerned by violence that has occurred in Kenya since a presidential election last week.

Crown prince pledges 'moderate' Saudi Arabia

2017-10-25 05:15

Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Kenya, Uganda

2017-10-21 07:14

A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections, and Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations.

Amnesty voices doubts about secret Boko Haram trials

2017-10-11 21:05

Amnesty International has said it had "huge concerns" about the mass trials of Boko Haram suspects, with press and the public banned from the hearings on security grounds.

Nigeria tries Boko Haram suspects behind closed doors

2017-10-08 15:06

More than 2 300 suspected members of the jihadist group Boko Haram are expected to appear in court in Nigeria in unprecedented mass trials to be held behind closed doors.

Rights group slams arrest of journalist over Grace Mugabe 'used underwear' story

2017-10-04 12:53

A rights group has slammed the recent arrest of Zimbabwean journalist Kenneth Nyangani, adding that this was “a deliberate tactic to intimidate him and other journalists in order to deter them from doing their work.”

Sudan student condemned to hang for killing of policeman

2017-09-24 18:58

A court in Sudan sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer has said.

'Horrifying surge' of violence in CAR: Amnesty

2017-09-08 17:01

Civilians in a central province of the strife-torn Central African Republic are enduring "a horrifying surge in torture, pillage and forced displacement", Amnesty International has reported.

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