Human right organisations including Amnesty International are sounding alarms over the maltreatment of a female activist held by Egyptian authorities since 2018. Aisha el-Shater spoke out against human rights violations and forced disappearances of activists before she herself was detained. She has been kept in solitary confinement since then and denied critical medical care, reports say. → Read the rest “Will Aisha el Shater be free?”
The World Health Organization is really pushing African countries to translate commitments their leaders have made to universal health coverage into actual practice. And they are offering up some inducements.
The WHO signed an agreement with the African Union last week to provide expertise in areas ranging from drug regulations to finance modeling to AU and country officials. → Read the rest “An agreement with some strings attached”
The essentials: Foreign Ministers of Nigeria, Niger and the Republic of Benin met in Abuja last week to discuss issues around Nigeria’s partial border closure. The delegates agreed to a joint border task force to combat smuggling.
The context: Nigeria’s August border closure continues to be an inconvenience for its eastern and western neighbours, Benin and Niger. → Read the rest “Nigeria, Niger, Benin to form joint border patrol team”
The essentials: Despite a raft of ludicrous denials, it's clear that Ugandan officials are cracking down on the country's LGBT community. Following the raid of a gay-friendly Kampala bar, 67 people are now being charged with public nuisance.
The background: Anti-LGBT rhetoric started heating up a few months back when Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo promised that Uganda's parliament would soon be voting on notorious legislation that would introduce the death penalty for people found guilty of having gay sex. → Read the rest “Uganda’s cynical, dangerous crackdown on its LGBT community”
The world officially has an Ebola vaccine.
European regulators approved the marketing and distribution of Ervebo, a vaccine from the drugmaker Merck, which can be used against the most-common strain of the virus. Already in use in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has been shown to be 97.5 percent effective. → Read the rest “An Ebola breakthrough”
- Huawei's pitch to African mayors: ‘Our cameras will make you safe’ (Mail & Guardian)
- Tanzania, Where Magufuli Is Waging a War on Democracy (Council on Foreign Relations)
- ‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists (The Guardian)
- Two Namibian ministers resign following Al Jazeera investigation (Al Jazeera)
- Ethiopia: Sidamas prepare to vote on regional independence (DW)
- E-Commerce: Africa retailer Jumia suspends e-commerce in Cameroon (Yahoo)
- Kenya: “Digital Colonialism” Transforming Kenya’s Political Discourse (CigiOnline)
- Mozambique: Fears grow for election monitors secretly transferred to new prison (Amnesty International)