Central African Republic – Justice Needed for Lynching – New Government Should Investigate, Prosecute Army Officers

The Central African Republic government should immediately investigate and prosecute uniformed army officers who publicly lynched a man they suspected of being a Seleka fighter, Human Rights Watch said today. The extrajudicial killing and mutilation took place on February 5, 2014, immediately after the new president, Catherine Samba-Panza, addressed thousands of regrouped military officers, expressing…

Mali: UN – Terrorist Threat in Mali Continues

United Nations — The United Nations’ top envoy in Mali warned Thursday that the security situation remains tenuous because of the continued threat of terrorist attacks. U.N. Mali envoy Albert Koenders said terrorist attacks in the north increased in the last part of 2013, killing civilians, four U.N. peacekeepers and two French journalists. “The terrorist…

Chad: Former Darfur Refugees Scraping By in Chad

Tissi — Thousands of former Chadian refugees who fled conflict in their country between 2004 and 2009 for neighbouring Darfur in Sudan, have been returning home in the past few months following sporadic inter-communal violence. These Chadian returnees, alongside thousands of new Darfuri refugees, started crossing into southeastern Chad in January, fleeing a conflict over…

Robert Mugabe vows to continue Zimbabwe indigenisation

Robert Mugabe was speaking at the Defence Forces Day holiday Robert Mugabe has vowed to press on with his policy of forcing all companies to cede economic control to black Zimbabweans. “Indigenisation” was one of his main campaign issues for last month’s election, which he officially won. Mr Mugabe, 89, denies opposition claims that the…