Burundi has elected ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye as its new president in a contentious election.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the ruling party and authorities in Tanzania are using fear and repression against opposition groups and the few remaining independent organisations in the country ahead of presidential elections in May.
At least 24 people have been killed in clashes between police and armed militants in the outskirts of Burundi’s largest city, Bujumbura.
Authorities in Ethiopia have announced that dozens of high-profile prisoners are set to be released from jail, including opposition activists accused of an attempted coup last year.
South Sudan’s rival leaders have formed a transitional coalition government in their latest effort to implement lasting peace after years of civil war.
Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has been released, seven months after his arrest.
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has agreed to hear a case against Uganda over constitutional changes that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to run for candidacy in another two elections.
A delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to discuss the potential handover of former president Omar al-Bashir who is wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
A renowned academic in South Sudan has been suspended over the publication of an opinion piece on the issue of states and their boundaries in the country.
Lawmakers in Ethiopia have approved controversial law aimed at tackling hate speech that critics warn could be used to restrict freedom of expression.