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Ethiopia human rights group puts spotlight on abuses in prisons

The Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP) has shone light on instances of rights abuses in the country’s prisons. EHRP used the story of a young woman, Nigist Yirga, who has been held by authorities since 2015 for participating in anti-government protests that hit the East African country. Nigist – born and …

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Algeria’s premier sacked after less than three months in office

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential statement carried by state media. “President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday relieved Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune of his duties and appointed Ahmed Ouyahia”, the president’s chief of staff, in …

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Nigeria: 27 killed, over 80 wounded in suicide bomb attack

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed at least 27 people and wounded 83 in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, local sources said. A woman bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in the village of Konduga near Maiduguri, the epicenter of the conflict between government forces and …

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Zambia opposition chief freed, treason charge dropped

 Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was released from prison Wednesday and treason charges against him were dropped, his party said shortly before his trial was to begin in Lusaka. “Hakainde Hichilema and his 5 co-accused have been released from prison with the treason charge dropped,” the United Party for National …

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Zambian president legalizes HIV testing without informed consent

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday announced the legalization of HIV testing and treatment in all hospitals without informed consent of patients. He made the announcement during the inaugural launch of a HIV campaign in the capital Lusaka. “Just the same way we don’t consult you for consent when we are testing for Malaria, …

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Mali: 7 dead 7 injured as Gunmen attacked UN base

Unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping force in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu on Monday, killing seven people and injuring seven others in what the UN peacekeeping chief called a “terrorist attack”. Earlier Monday, gunmen attacked two neighboring UN camps in Douentza in the Mopti region …

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