Ghana: Groups urge Ghana to respect LGBT+ Rights amid crackdown, Mali: AU, ECOWAS, and France condemns coup | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Ghana: Groups urge Ghana to respect LGBT+ Rights amid crackdown

Major foreign aid donors and several groups have appealed to Ghana on Tuesday, 25th May, to respect LGBT+ rights following a crackdown including arrests of people from sexual minorities and an increase in homophobic persecution in the West African country – All Africa reports

In an earlier report, authorities in the country had arrested 21 people last week for promoting LGBT+ rights during a training workshop at a hotel in Ghana’s southeastern city of Ho.

The United States and the World Bank told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they were closely watching the situation in the country, where gay sex is punishable with up to three years in jail.

Mali: AU, ECOWAS, and France condemns coup

The African Union, The Economic Commission of West African States and The French Government has condemned the coup that occurred in Mali, Tuesday, 25th May – Africa News reports

The coup came a day after the two leaders of Mali, The President and The Prime Minister were arrested by the military following their announcement of a cabinet reshuffle.

Ethiopia accuses US after Tigray sanctions

Eastern African nation, Ethiopia has accused the United States of meddling in its affairs after The U.S announced restrictions on economic and security assistance over alleged human rights abuses in the Tigray region – Aljazeera Africa reports

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Sunday, 23rd May, that the restrictions were meant to push the parties involved to settle the conflict that erupted in November last year.

Congo: Earthquakes raze buildings, fear of another eruption grows

An earthquake on the border of Congo and Rwanda razed buildings in the city of Goma on Tuesday, 25th May, and stoked fears a nearby volcano would erupt again only three days after dozens of people were killed and 17 villages were destroyed by lava – Reuters Africa reports

The quake, measured at 5.3 magnitudes by the Rwandan Seismic Monitor, is said to be the largest of over 100 tremors that have followed the eruption on Saturday of Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo volcano, one of the world’s most active and dangerous.

Zuma’s corruption trial set to start after delays

The corruption trial of the former South African President Jacob Zuma is set to commence Wednesday, 26th May following multiple delays – BBC Africa reports

Jacob Zuma, once-celebrated as a hero of the anti-Apartheid struggle is expected to plead not guilty to charges of fraud and corruption in a case that dates back to an arms deal in the 1990s.


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