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Israel jails African asylum seekers refusing deportation

By Bethan McKernan Hundreds of detained Eritreans go on hunger strike as state begins much-criticised expulsion programme to third countries. Seven Eritreans who have had their asylum petitions rejected have been jailed indefinitely by Israel after refusing deportation to Rwanda. The men are the first to be detained since the Israeli authorities announced a initiative last November

Fighting between Rwanda, Congolese troops in eastern DRC

Heavy fighting broke out between the Rwandan and Congolese military in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after an incursion by Rwandan troops, according to a Congolese army spokesman. Investigations are under way to see if the clashes occurred because of a problem with border demarcation. The fighting occurred on Tuesday "on Congolese

African migrants in Israel opt for jail over deportation

  At a detention centre in Israel’s Negev Desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about. “I won’t go there,” Abda Ishmael, a 28-year-old Eritrean, said in excellent Hebrew outside Holot, an open facility housing some 1,200 migrants and set

Kagame, Netanyahu ‘agree’ on African deportation from Israel

By Mund Muguire Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said Kigali would take in immigrants deported from Israel provided the process complies with international law. President Kagame met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. After the talks, Mr Netanyahu’s office

Rights groups appeal to Rwanda to reject refugees sent from Israel

The UN's refugee agency says it was seriously concerned about Israeli proposals to relocate tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and refugees to third countries in Africa. If they don't comply, Israel says they would face imprisonment. For nearly a decade, Israel has struggled to deal with tens of

Rwanda ‘recalls ambassador to France’

Rwanda has decided to recall its ambassador to France after Defence Minister James Kabarebe was summoned to appear before a magistrate investigating the death of former President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) has reported. Jacques Kabale was recalled to Rwanda for "consultations", according to French publication Jeune Afrique. This

Rwanda illegally detaining, torturing civilians-HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report detailing unlawful detention and torture in Rewanda . The 91-page report - We Will Force You to Confess: Torture and Unlawful Military Detention in Rwanda - alleges details widespread and systematic torture by the military and accuses judges of being complicit in the creation of


The United States said Saturday it was "disturbed by irregularities observed during voting" in Rwanda's election, which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99 percent of the vote. A State Department statement reiterated "long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process." Kagame easily won a third term in office in

The price to pay for Rwanda’s development miracle

Those attending the first YouthConnekt Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, earlier this month, heaped praise on the country and its president Paul Kagame. Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu, who spoke about his foundation’s empowerment of African entrepreneurs, said Kagame ‘makes Africans very proud’. Other speakers included Vera Songwe, the newly appointed head