'Peace at Risk in 19 Countries'
Nineteen African countries are showing clear signs that peace there is about to break down, a Senegalese non-governmental organisation said in a report released here on Sunday. Raddho – the African Rally for the Defence of Human Rights – said it was aiming at alerting international opinion about the risk of conflict so as to encourage urgent, preventive action. Of the 19 countries rated as “high-risk” in the “Peace under construction” report, 10 are in west Africa. They include Togo, decribed by Raddho as rife with “arbitrary arrests, murders, attempted murders and intimidation of opponents,” and Burkina Faso, where President Blaise Compaore’s 16-year rule had been marked by repression, it said. The other countries listed are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Full Story