10 November 18

Former Somali refugee elected to Congress in US midterms

Former refugee Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American to be elected to Congress in this week’s UK midterm elections.

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10 November 18

Diane Rwigara: Prosecutors seek 22-year prison sentence for Rwandan activist

Prosecutors in Rwanda requested a 22-year prison sentence for Diane Rwigara, at the opening of her trial in the capital Kigali on Wednesday.

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02 November 18

Somalia: UN calls for end to ‘stand-off’ between federal, state authorities

UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the Assistance Mission UNSOM, Nicholas Haysom, has called for an end to a political “stand-off” between federal and state authorities in Somalia.

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02 November 18

Ethiopia: Women’s rights activist chosen to head Supreme Court

Ethiopia has sworn in women’s rights activist Meaza Ashenafi to head the country’s Supreme Court, the first time a woman has held the position.

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30 October 18

DRC: Thousands rally against voting machines ahead of election

Thousands of opposition supporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday rallied against the use of voting machines in the country’s upcoming election.

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26 October 18

Ethiopia appoints its first female president

Ethiopia’s parliament has appointed its first woman. president, days after unveiling a new cabinet consisting of 50 percent females.

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26 October 18

South Sudan release five political prisoners

South Sudan released five political prisoners on Thursday although none of them appear to be senior rebel officials whose release is required by the country’s tentative peace deal.

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23 October 18

Released Ethiopian bloggers expose digital media control tactics

A group of six bloggers released from prison in 2015 have shared their experience on the control of digital media, surveillance and censorship in Ethiopia. Speaking publicly for the first time at the recently concluded Forum on Internet Freedom in
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23 October 18

Ethiopia signs peace deal with ONLF rebel group

Ethiopia has signed a peace deal with rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), after 34 years of insurgency in the country’s eastern Somali Region State.

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09 October 18

Rwanda: Diane Rwigara and mother freed on bail

The family of Rwandan opposition leader and government critic Diane Rwigara say she and her mother have been released on bail, after being detained for more than a year.

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