Tag Archive | African Union

Chad’s ex-leader gets life in prison for atrocities

Chad’s ex-leader gets life in prison for atrocities

Former Chad president Hissene Habre, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted on Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule. The verdict capped a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former […]

African Standby Force starts first military exercises

African Standby Force starts first military exercises

Members of the African Union’s new 25,000-strong multinational standby force are gathering to begin field training for the first time. The exercises in South Africa aim to make sure the force is ready by January to respond to crises across the continent. The force will be made up of five brigades from Africa’s economic blocs. […]

Kenyatta call to self-sufficiency carries health risks

Kenyatta call to self-sufficiency carries health risks

During the 25th African Union summit from 7-15 June, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta took to Twitter to urge his fellow leaders to move away from reliance on development aid from donor countries. In his tweet at the conference in South Africa, Kenyatta said that sometimes aid “only appears to be charitable” and “so often carries […]

Níger e Chade lançam ofensiva contra Boko Haram

Níger e Chade lançam ofensiva contra Boko Haram

Os exércitos dos Chade e do Níger iniciaram este domingo de manhã uma ofensiva aérea e terrestre contra os extremistas do Boko Haram, grupo que desde 2009 tenta estabelecer um califado (estado islâmico) na Nigéria. O arranque desta operação surge um dia depois da divulgação de uma mensagem de áudio onde o líder do grupo […]

Boko Haram crisis: AU backs regional force

Boko Haram crisis: AU backs regional force

The African Union (AU) has backed plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants. AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the threat posed by the Islamist group required a “collective, effective and decisive response”. Boko Haram has seized control of a swathe of north-east Nigeria and killed thousands […]

Burkina Faso leaders agree transitional framework

Burkina Faso leaders agree transitional framework

A framework for a transitional government in Burkina Faso has been agreed after talks between political, military and civil leaders. The plan was agreed unanimously, however a new leader was not named. The transitional body is intended to return the country to civilian rule and prepare for elections next year. The army took power after […]

EU-Africa leaders discuss CAR crisis at summit

EU-Africa leaders discuss CAR crisis at summit

African and EU leaders held crisis talks on the spiralling sectarian unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR), at a two-day summit in Brussels. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who is also attending, promised to do “everything possible” to improve the international response to the crisis. The European Union (EU) has already announced plans to […]