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Sudan: Attacks May Be Crimes Against Humanity – Rights Group

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Sudan: Attacks May Be Crimes Against Humanity - HRW 

A prominent Human Rights Group has said on Monday fatal attacks on protesters in Sudan in June may amount to crimes against humanity.

In a 59-page report, human rights watch has detailed allegations of abuses Sudanese security forces leveled on protesters, in June and afterwards, in the protesters’ camp in Khartoum.  The account also documents the security forces’ abuses leading up to the June attack.

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The protests had first targeted price increases in Sudan, but then expanded into demonstrations against Sudan’s strong-arm, 30-year president, Omar Al-Bashir and his administration.

Human rights watch says in the report, large numbers of security forces descended on the protesters’ sit-in area on June the third, “and opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing many instantly.”  the report also says the forces raped, stabbed, and beat protesters.

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HRW also claims security forces humiliated many, cutting their hair, forcing them to crawl in sewer water, urinating on them, and insulting them.”

The rights group says at least a hundred twenty persons were killed on June the third, and in the following days.

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It points to the government’s initial denial that the attacks took place, but for which a government spokesman later apologized.

Sudan has established a committee to investigate the June violence.

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Explosion At Astron Energy’s South African Refinery Kills At Least Two: Source

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Explosion At Astron Energy's South African Refinery Kills At Least Two: Source

An explosion went off at Astron energy refinery in South African on Thursday. A source who works at the 100,000 barrel per day plant says, at least two persons are reported killed in the explosion and several others injured.

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The plant, which was just starting up after undergoing extended maintenance, was shut down after a fire broke out early on Thursday.

The company- Astron energy `s spokesperson has not responded.

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Mali Opposition Seeks To Curb President’s Authority In Reform Plan

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Mali Opposition Seeks To Curb President's Authority In Reform Plan

Opponents of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita have sought on Wednesday to end a political crisis by proposing reforms to neuter his authority and hand executive power to a prime minister.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Bamako twice in June to demand the immediate resignation of Keita saying he had been unable to resolve Mali’s numerous crises, while corruption and economic hardship have flourished.

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A leader of opposition coalition, Choguel Kokala Maiga, presented a nine-point proposal this week that included the appointment of a prime minister by the opposition. But did not push for a demand for the president`s resignation.

Among the group’s proposals are the dissolution of the national assembly, a transitional legislative body, the renewal of members of Mali’s highest court, and a government of national unity.

Their proposal would effectively curtail Keita’s powers to that of a ceremonial head of state. 75-year-old Keita, was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term.

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Mali has been in political turmoil since a disputed legislative election in march. The lead-up to the poll was marred by allegations of vote buying and intimidation and the kidnapping of opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.

As concerns about Mali’s political instability are growing, Boubacar Keita`s government has offered concessions, including a unity government, while mediators from the regional body ECOWAS have proposed new legislative elections in disputed constituencies. These have been rejected by the opposition.

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The united nations, which has thousands of peacekeepers in the country, has also called for calm and dialogue. At a Sahel security summit on Tuesday, France, EU and regional leaders called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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Burundi To Boost Testing, President Labels Covid-19 ‘Worst Enemy’

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Burundi To Boost Testing, President Labels Covid-19 'Worst Enemy'

Burundi’s new president Evariste Ndayishimiye says his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his late predecessor. Former president Pierre Nkurunziza who died last month was criticized for not taking the pandemic seriously.

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Now, Ndayishimiye says screenings will be launched wherever clusters of cases are suspected, and that soap prices and water bills will be reduced. He called the coronavirus the country’s worst enemy.

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Some countries and human rights groups have expressed hope that the new president, an ally of Nkurunziza, might break with certain ways of his predecessor.

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Burundi has reported 170 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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