Rwandan opposition leader and government critic Diane Rwigara has been acquitted of insurrection and forgery charges by a court in Kigali.
Authorities in Ethiopia have arrested former deputy intelligence chief Yared Zerihun amid investigations into corruption and human right abuses committed by security forces.
Ten men in Tanzania have been arrested on suspicion of being gay, the same week a new task force was created by the government to identify homosexuals.
Regional commissioner for the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda, says authorities have been handed the names of thousands of suspected gay people, after calling upon the public to report them to the government.
Dar es Salaam governor Paul Makonda has announced the formation of a surveillance squad to hunt down gay people in the capital.
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.
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
Authorities in Ethiopia have released more than 1,100 people arrested over violent protests in and around the capital of Addis Ababa in September.
Ethiopia’s national human rights commission is calling upon the government to deploy national defence forces in areas recently hit by an uptake in ethnic violence.
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.