News, Resources & Upcoming Events (26/04/2021)

News and Reports

Will events in Chad force a reset of Sahel strategy? –

Mort d’Idriss Déby : “la France perd un allié très important” dans le Sahel –

Rebels threaten to march on capital as Chad reels from president’s battlefield death –  Reuters

Niger: The African Commission must act for a human rights approach in the African Union’s handling of the political and security situation –

Sahel : l’Algérie et le Niger accordent leurs violons –

Gérard Araud – La France devrait s’inspirer de l’Amérique et quitter le Sahel –

Burkina Faso : « Juger Blaise Compaoré n’ajoutera pas à l’instabilité » –

Mali: Killings, ‘Disappearances’ in Military Operations – Human Rights Watch

Mali sets February date for presidential, parliamentary elections –


In 2017 the Government of Rwanda retained the Washington DC law firm of Levy Firestone Muse LLP to investigate the role of the French government in connection with the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda that left more than 800,000 dead. The Muse Investigation report was submitted to the Government of Rwanda on 19 April 2021. It concludes that the French government bears “significant responsibility for enabling a foreseeable genocide”.

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Togo: the Gnassingbe regime clamps down on opposition

a Togolese human rights activist sheds new light on how West Africa’s oldest autocracy uses modern surveillance techniques to further strengthen its control. A 2018 investigation by Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity research group based at the University of Toronto, uncovered the use of a spyware program known as Pegasus to attack the electronic devices of Togolese dissidents. Sold by the NSO Group, an Israeli company, to aid in the fight against terrorism and crime, it also enables authoritarian, poor human right record regimes to abuse its powers and oppress activists, journalists and other civil society leaders.

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