Rwanda: Politically Closed Elections

[HRW] Nairobi -Presidential elections in Rwanda on August 4, 2017, took place in a context of very limited free speech or open political space, Human Rights Watch said today, as President Paul Kagame is sworn in for a seven-year term. Human Rights Watch released a chronology of violations of the right to freedom of expression, association, and assembly in Rwanda between the country’s December 2015 referendum — allowing the president to run for a third term — and the election, which Kagame won with a reported

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Zimbabwe: Illegal Panners, Cops in Shootout

[The Herald] Illegal gold panners armed with machetes, swords and a pistol went on the rampage in Silobela yesterday, savaging revellers and exchanging gunfire with the police in a case of violence which left one person dead and several others injured.Police said while fights over gold claims were common in the Midlands Province, yesterday’s incident as deplorable.

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