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Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki (left) and Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed  at Asmara International Airport in Eritrea on Monday. Photograph: Ghideon Musa Aron Visafric via Reuters,

On Tuesday morning, Ethiopian mechanic Mohammed Osman placed a phone call he had dreamt of making for 20 years. He called his mother Kedija, who was (...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed (L) walks with Eritrea’s foreign minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (R) as Eritrea’s delegation arrives for peace talks in  international airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yonas Tadesse/AFP

Long-time foes Eritrea and Ethiopia “opened the door of peace” on Tuesday after the first high-level visit from Asmara to Addis Ababa in nearly two de(...)

The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Ethiopia’s newly elected prime minister Abiy Ahmed: widely seen as a reformer.  Photograph: Tiksa Negeri

A recent declaration by US lawmakers could signal a significant shift in Washington’s approach to addressing Ethiopia’s human rights record. Ethiopia(...)

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed (centre) on April 11th: Tuesday’s moves are part of a radical reform agenda. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it would implement a peace agreement ending a 1998-2000 war with Eritrea that requires it to cede disputed land it (...)

Priority will be given to people who are able to provide accommodation for their family members given the high demand on limited housing supplies across Ireland.  Photographer: Michaela Rehle/Bloomberg

A family reunification programme that will allow up to 530 refugees join family members in Ireland will open for applications on Monday. The Humani(...)

 A boy takes part in a protest against the Israeli government’s plan to deport African migrants, in Tel Aviv on March 24th. Photograph:  Corinna Kern/Reuters

In a dramatic turnaround, the Israeli government has scrapped its controversial plan to deport tens of thousands of African asylum seekers, after no (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and interior minister Arye Deri:   deal with UN refugee agency cancelled shortly after it was announced. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Facing a right-wing backlash, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled a deal with the United Nations refugee agency to resettle tens o(...)

Israeli prime minister Binjamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

In a dramatic last-minute U-turn, Israel has cancelled the deportation of some 35,000 African asylum seekers that was due to begin in the coming days.(...)

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