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Burundi social justice activist wins civil courage prize

Burundi social justice activist wins civil courage prize

| October 19, 2017

(GIN)—An international award for civil courage despite extreme personal risk will be given this year to Pierre Claver Mbonimpa of Burundi in a ceremony in New York. Mr. Mbonimpa has documented and taken action on a wide range of abuses, including attacks on members of the opposition, journalists and human rights defenders; political killings, enforced […]

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Somalians face renewed threat from al-Shabab in twin truck bombings

Somalians face renewed threat from al-Shabab in twin truck bombings

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—A presumed safe zone in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, is now awash in ash and rubble from one of the deadliest attacks by a terrorist group in a decade. More than 300 people died when a twin truck bomb exploded followed by a massive fireball. The trucks had managed to enter the area with their […]

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Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—Voters in Liberia were lining up at dawn last week to choose new leadership for a nation whipsawed by health and other challenges under the 12 year administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As of Monday, out of a field of 20, the top vote getters were George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change leading with […]

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On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—He was called the Lumumba of Burundi. From a royal Tutsi family, he dreamed of a nation free of colonial rule. After a brief sojourn in Belgium, Prince Rwagasore returned home to join the independence struggle. In 1961, he was sworn-in as prime minister. Two weeks after taking office, Prince Rwagasore was assassinated—his killer said […]

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U.S. opens new chapter in Sudan relations, lifting sanctions

U.S. opens new chapter in Sudan relations, lifting sanctions

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—Sudan’s strained relations with the U.S., decades long, have suddenly taken a turn for the better. In a move that caught some diplomats and human rights defenders by surprise, the U.S. State Department announced the lifting of some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions against Sudan. The initiative was reportedly hammered out in the […]

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Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winds up her presidential career this month with a major record of achievements as Africa’s first female head of state. The economy is four times its size when she took office in 2005. The national debt has been wiped out, schools are being built and enrollment is up. The country […]

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Rwanda jails women’s rights activist after presidential bid

Rwanda jails women’s rights activist after presidential bid

| October 4, 2017

(GIN)—Diane Shima Rwigara, who took on Rwandan President Paul Kagame in recent national polls, has been arrested and sits in jail, charged with “offenses against state security and forgery.” “These charges are false; and nobody in Rwanda believes the validity of these charges,” said Rwigara’s brother, Aristide Rwigara, who lives in the United States, speaking […]

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Cameroon fires on English-speaking separatists, killing 17

Cameroon fires on English-speaking separatists, killing 17

| October 4, 2017

(GIN)—Amid a rising tide of citizen-led movements demanding independence, sovereignty and home rule, English-language speakers in Cameroon are rising up for an end to second-class status, unemployment, and limits to freedom of speech imposed by French-language rulers in the capital, Yaounde. In response to recent strikes and rallies, Cameroon’s government has banned public gatherings, suspended […]

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Nigerian ‘unsung hero’ tapped for major U.N. award

Nigerian ‘unsung hero’ tapped for major U.N. award

| October 4, 2017

(GIN)—Zannah Mustapha, a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria, is the 2017 winner of the Nansen Refugee Award, U.N. officials announced this week. In the first online Facebook video of the U.N. agency, long-time journalist Yvonne Ndege recounted how Mr. Mustapha established the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation […]

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New twist in genocide case on behalf of Namibian Hereros

New twist in genocide case on behalf of Namibian Hereros

| September 21, 2017

(GIN)—The New York-based American Museum of Natural History is believed to be holding skeletal remains collected by a German racialist scientist who studied the Herero and Namaqua peoples of Namibia. The find was announced last week and will be included in a federal class action suit filed on behalf of the Hereros and Nama people […]

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