Political Unrest
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Libya drops plan to curb migrant crossings

Africa | Political instability fuels human trafficking and illegal immigration
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/23/17, 11:18 am

An appeals court in the Libyan capital Wednesday ruled against an agreement with Italy to try to curb the surge of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The ruling marks a blow to Italy’s response to the crisis even as Libya’s political instability continues to exacerbate it.

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UN accuses Congo of killing, abusing protesters

Congo | Political instability has led to a culture of impunity in the country
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/02/17, 10:24 am

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used excessive force against political protesters, leading to the deaths of at least 40 people, the United Nations human rights agency said.

The report, released Wednesday, revealed the government deployed soldiers and military police to control protesting crowds in December. Hundreds of civilians had come out to protest Congo’s President Joseph Kabila’s move to stay in office beyond his term limit. The responding officials had no training in handling demonstrations and abused their power, the report said.

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Violence targets immigrants in South Africa

South Africa | Angry residents burn the homes and businesses of foreigners
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/22/17, 10:45 am

Multiple attacks on the homes and businesses of immigrants in South Africa have raised fears of widespread violence. The government has warned that inflammatory comments on social media directed at immigrants could escalate into bloodshed.

“There is no place in our constitutional democracy for citizens or foreign nationals to take the law into their own hands and incite violence,” security spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said. “Communities and individuals who feel threatened should follow lawful channels to express their concerns.”

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