AFRICA

Two community leaders detained incommunicado by NISS in Port Sudan

Two community leaders detained incommunicado by NISS in Port Sudan

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
KHARTOUM, Sudan: The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies is concerned about the safety and well-being of two community leaders from Port Sudan, Red Sea state who are being held incommunicado by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) of Port Sudan. The two leaders have been in detention for close to three weeks without charge or access to their families and/or lawyers. Their families have expressed concern for their safety and their vulnerability to torture and ill-treatment given the well-documented use by the NISS of torture and other forms of ill-treatment against detainees. On 11 December 2017, the two leaders, Hashim Ali Ahmed and Osman Albagir Osman led a peaceful protest by members of the Bishareen tribe who demonstrated against activities o
Ethiopia: Government Pledges to Release ‘Political Prisoners’

Ethiopia: Government Pledges to Release ‘Political Prisoners’

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: In response to the announcement by the government of Ethiopia that it will release all political prisoners and close the notorious Central Crime Investigation Center, also known as Maikelawi, Freedom House issued the following statement: Ethiopia’s pledge to release political prisoners is a positive step that needs to be followed by many more steps toward democratization "Ethiopia’s pledge to release political prisoners is a positive step that needs to be followed by many more steps toward democratization,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. The Ethiopian government jailed thousands for participating in peaceful street demonstrations and involvement with opposition political parties, activities t
Sierra Leone and Israel Advance Diplomatic Ties in Seoul

Sierra Leone and Israel Advance Diplomatic Ties in Seoul

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
SEOUL, Republic of Korea: The Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Chaim Choshen today 4th January 2018 paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, at the Sierra Leone Mission in Seoul, the South Korean Capital. Ambassador Choshen, who was appointed as Ambassador of Israel to South Korea in August 2016, expressed his appreciation for being warmly received by his Sierra Leonean host and counterpart, and stated that his Government was very keen to expand its relations with Africa, citing the examples of Official Visits in recent months by the Israeli Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu to various countries in Africa. Recounting the rec...
First Ever Google Developers Group (GDG) Festival

First Ever Google Developers Group (GDG) Festival

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Google Developers Group (GDG) is pleased to announce that for the first time, the Developers’ Festival, dubbed DevFest-Addis will be held on January 6, 2018 in Addis Ababa at the U.S. Embassy American Center. Google Developers Group (GDG) Festival is sponsored by Google and aims at creating a space for software developers, IT enthusiasts to get new ideas, learn from industry experts, engage with peers, use Google Technologies, and other developer tools. The event will cover multiple product areas such as Android, Firebase, Google Cloud Platform, Design Sprint, Machine Learning, Mobile Web and Artificial intelligence. Developers’ Festivals (DevFests) are large, community-run developer events that take place around the globe focused on c
Minister Reynders condemns the use of violence by security forces in the DRC

Minister Reynders condemns the use of violence by security forces in the DRC

AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Last Sunday, a large number of Congolese citizens suffered a brutal crackdown in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma... while they only wished to gather peacefully and pray. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the use of violence by the Congolese security forces, the interruption of church services, the obstructions to peaceful demonstrations as well as measures taken to block the press and social media. He calls for the release of prisoners and for an independent enquiry on these recent events. He presents his condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his solidarity with the Congolese people. The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council called last December for the respect of freedom of express
Uganda’s top University constitutes a team to study the results of the visitation committee report

Uganda’s top University constitutes a team to study the results of the visitation committee report

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda: The Makerere Universality Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has constituted a team of eleven members  to study the visitation committee report with the view of  making formal response that will be discussed extensively by the University Management and thereafter  send it to the University Council for a  formal submission to the Minister of Education and Sports. Addressing the press on 03rd January 2018, Prof. Nawangwe the study of the visitation  Committee report, will  also help the University contribute to the white paper development process, identify areas for immediate implementation and those that may need further clarification from the Ministry of Education ad Sports. On 29th December 2017, the Visitation Committee handed over its report to the Presi
UN voices deep concern to the destruction of housing for displaced persons in Somalia

UN voices deep concern to the destruction of housing for displaced persons in Somalia

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
MOGADISHU, Somalia: A senior United Nations official in Somalia expressed deep concern over reports of the unannounced destruction of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as humanitarian infrastructure in Mogadishu. “I am deeply saddened to learn of evictions, without prior notice, of internally displaced persons, in Banadir region,” Peter de Clercq, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, said in a statement issued on Monday. “Some of these displaced people have walked long distances from different parts of the country fleeing drought and conflict,” he continued, pointing out that on 29 and 30 December, over 23 IDP settlements, housing over 4,000 IDP households, were destroyed. Mr. de Clercq, who is also UN Humanita
World Council of Churches (WCC) condemns attack against church in Nigeria

World Council of Churches (WCC) condemns attack against church in Nigeria

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
GENEVA, Switzerland: World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned an attack that occurred on New Year’s Day at the Rivers church in Omuku town, southern Nigeria. People who were worshipping, starting anew, celebrating and reflecting on a new year, have lost their lives At least 16 people were killed by gunmen who opened fire after a New Year's Day church service, according to police reports. The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday. “People who were worshipping, starting anew, celebrating and reflecting on a new year, have lost their lives,” said Tveit. “We condemn this senseless violence. Let us strengthen our resolution to pursue peace and justice for all, digni
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