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Africa

Innocent African-American Released After Nearly 28 Years
Africa, News, US

Innocent African-American Released After Nearly 28 Years

A court in Saint Louis, Missouri, overturned Lamar Johnson's conviction on Tuesday. So the 50-year-old African-American spent nearly 28 years innocently behind bars for murder. American and English-language media write that. Johnson walked out of court a free man. "This is unbelievable," he said. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 for the murder of Marcus Boyd, an accusation he has consistently denied. Boyd was shot dead on Johnson's front porch by masked men. Johnson indicated several times that he was not home at the time of the attack. Saint Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner filed a motion to secure Johnson's release in August after investigating with the nonprofit Innocence Project and believing the man was telling the truth. According to the judge who overtur...
Botswana Removes Homosexuality From Criminal Law
Africa, News

Botswana Removes Homosexuality From Criminal Law

The court in Botswana has decriminalized homosexuality in a ruling. It thereby rejects an appeal lodged by the country's conservative government. The High Court announced this on Monday.   In 2016, the court of Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, ruled that laws criminalizing same-sex relationships should be changed. These "relics of the Victorian era are oppressing a minority," the court said. The decision was seen as "historic" because homosexuality is illegal in many African countries. But in October, the government filed an appeal. According to them, the parliament and not the judge should decide on the "political issue". Again, without success, because the appeal was rejected. Many gay Botswanians have long "lived in constant fear of being discovered or arrested," Judge Ian Ki...
Concern about Low Vaccination Coverage in Africa: 820 Million Doses Needed
Africa, News

Concern about Low Vaccination Coverage in Africa: 820 Million Doses Needed

The number of new corona cases in Africa is starting to fall slightly. Every week, the number of confirmed infections fell by 15 percent, to a total of 239,000, reports John Nkengasong of the African Union health organization (Africa CDC).   At the same time, there are warnings about the rise of the delta variant and the low vaccination coverage. Despite the slight decline in infection rates, it is still too early to speak of a tipping point, emphasizes Matshidiso Moeti, regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO). "The continent is still in the third wave of contamination, and we are certainly not out yet." The current wave of infection is being driven by the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. In western Africa, this is still leading to an increase in...