Hundreds of Algerians have taken to the streets in the capital, Algiers, for the second week of protests demanding the release of detained journalist Khaled Drareni.
The journalist was sentenced to three years in prison in March and has since become a symbol of the fight for press freedom.
An international campaign of support and demonstrations in favor of his release were recently organized in Paris, New York and Geneva.
A petition launched in Algeria has gathered some 2,000 signatures from journalists and civil society personalities. Khaled Drareni has received the support of many Algerian artists. In recent months, authorities have accused journalists of threatening the “national interest” and many have been sent to prison as a result.
Reporters without borders recently denounced the deteriorating context for press freedom in Algeria. The country ranks 146th out of 180 in 2020 world press freedom index, down 27 places from 2015.
Drareni`s appeal has been set for next week.
Health Workers At Kenya’s Biggest Hospital Strike Over Pay
Kenyan health workers have downed tools as they embark on a strike action in protest against delayed payment of improved salaries and allowances.
The workers are demanding the implementation of resolutions that were passed eight years ago by an advisory committee.
One patient was reported to have died in a car at a hospital park on Monday while waiting for treatment at Kenya’s largest referral hospital.
The management of Kenyatta national hospital said the deceased, a motorbike taxi rider, arrived at the hospital in a critical state and nothing could be done to save him.
A hospital board member, Stanley Kamau said the staff were not to blame for the incident as they had issued a strike action notice.
Ethiopia Regional Officials Sacked After Violence
Ethiopian authorities have sacked at least 40 regional government officials in the nation’s western state of Benishangul-Gumuz following a wave of ethnic-related violence.
Five districts in the state have been put under military control to contain the violence that left dozens dead and hundreds displaced last week. The perpetrators have not been identified.
Amhara state authorities have accused officials in Benishangul-Gumuz of not doing enough to prevent the violence.
The government-linked Ethiopian human rights commission said it was deeply alarmed by the violence, which targeted civilians. Most of the victims in the attacks were said to be from the Amhara and Agew ethnic groups.
The ruling Prosperity Party (PP) said, ten of the officials are now under investigation.
There is concern about the increasing ethnic-related violence in Ethiopia. It is seen as one of the most pressing challenges for prime minister and Nobel Peace prize winner Abiy Ahmed.
At least 15 persons, including four women, were killed, in a pre-dawn attack on Friday. Attacks earlier in the month also left 30 persons dead. Activists say the number could be as high as 80.
Sudan Refuses Associating Removal From U.S. Terrorism List With Israel Ties
Sudan prime minister Abdalla Hamdok says Sudan does not want to link its removal from a U.S. terrorism list with a normalization of relations with Israel. Being on the terrorism list has hindered the Sudan’s access to foreign funding for its economy.
The Sudan was put on the U.S. list in 1993 because the united states believed former president Bashir’s government was supporting militant groups. Bashir was removed last year and Sudan has long cooperated with the united states on counter-terrorism. Many in the Sudan believe the country should be removed from the list.
Sources said this week U.S. officials have indicated in talks with a Sudanese delegation they wanted Khartoum to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and open ties with Israel.
But prime minister Abdalla Hamdok said sSudan had told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit last month it was necessary to separate the issues.
During a video statement to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Hamdok said the Sudan was actively cooperating with international and bilateral efforts to fight terrorism and terrorism financing.
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