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27 February 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Double delight as West Africans lead global bodies

There’s been no shortage of African giants who have shaped history. Former South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts played a leading role at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, advocating for the creation of the League of Nations, Ghanaian diplomat ... Read More

Regional News

Activists pardoned

Algerian authorities have released at least 35 pro-democracy activists under presidential pardons issued ahead of the second anniversary of a popular uprising. A report on the News24 site notes that the Hirak protest movement, which swept strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika from ... Read More

Military probes torture video

Cameroon's army has arrested several soldiers and policemen for torturing a suspected 'terrorist' in the country's conflict-scarred anglophone region. A report on the News24 site notes that a 10-minute video posted on social media showed men in military ... Read More

Activist jailed for Facebook post on President

A Chadian court has sentenced a rights activist to three years' imprisonment for writing that President Idriss Deby is seriously ill and being treated in France. A report on the News24 site notes that Deby has ruled Chad for more ... Read More

Africa International

Windhoek refuses to cover national carrier’s debt

Namibia’s Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste says the government will not pay the N$104m which Air Namibia owes Belgian company Challenge Air. This comes after the government opted to have the national airline voluntarily liquidated. As previously reported in ... Read More

Concern over Maputo’s deportation of editor

The expulsion of prominent journalist Tom Bowker by the Mozambican Government is an unashamed attempt to silence the media and restrict the right to freedom of expression in that country. That’s the view of the Southern African Editors Forum (Saef ... Read More

Algerian gets death sentence for tourist's beheading

An Algerian court has sentenced a man to death over the kidnap and murder of a French mountaineer in 2014. Hervé Gourdel was abducted while exploring Djurdjura National Park and his graphic beheading video later emerged of his death. The ... Read More


Hotel Rwanda star appears in court

The man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide last week appeared in court at the start of his terrorism trial. Paul Rusesabagina's lawyers have denied the charges against him. BBC News reports that ... Read More

Bushiri’s family blocked from leaving Malawi

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri's daughters and mother-in-law have been stopped from leaving Malawi for Kenya. A report on the eNCA site notes that Bushiri and his wife, Mary, fled from SA to Malawi after being granted bail last year. They ... Read More

WHO takes aim at Tanzania

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed concern over Tanzania’s failure to introduce sufficient measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. President John Magufuli has ignored all Standard Operating Procedures recommended by the WHO, including the use of masks. The Independent ... Read More

Africa Analysis

A Matter of Justice

Law firm urges Commonwealth action against Tanzania

As local and international concern grows over the Tanzanian Government’s handling of Covid-19, a major international law firm has written to the Commonwealth Secretariat, suggesting that the time had come to consider expelling Tanzania from the Commonwealth. International human rights ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘In order to help the living, we need to count the dead.’ – UN Population Fund demographer Romesh Silva on revelations that just eight African countries have an official system to register deaths. Algeria, Cape Verde, Egypt, Mauritius, Príncipe ... Read More

Book Review

The Dressing Station

The Dressing Station By Dr Jonathan Kaplan Picador. $14   The Dressing Station is a searing portrait of devastation on the battlefield that 'illuminates the consequences of war and the ambiguities of relief work at a time when these issues ... Read More

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