A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. ‘Now, with 493 other defendants in a grotesque mass trial, he faces the death penalty for alleged murder and terrorism.’   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ibrahim Halawa was 17 when he was arrested. He’s 19 now. He may be dead before he’s 20. An Irish citizen, he was visiting Cairo in August 2013 when(...)

Sisi turns the screw in Egypt

A new law giving authorities sweeping powers to crack down on individuals and groups who “undermine national unity” or threaten public order “by any m(...)

Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi (right) with defence minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last October. Photograph: Reuters

Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, architect of the military intervention in Egypt’s worsening political crisis, was little known outside the army when he was (...)