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.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has approved the release of more than 2,000 political prisoners, including opposition leader Victoire Ingabire who was jailed in 2012 for conspiring against the government.
A Canadian citizen who spent more than 11 years imprisoned in Ethiopia has returned to his home in Toronto.
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners in the country, according to state media.
A court in Ethiopia has sentenced an opposition leader to six months in jail for contempt of court.