The Africa Report: 17 July

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika


Israel has launched the forced repatriation of Eritrean migrants despite opposition from human rights groups worldwide.

This forceful move by Israel is in grave violation of the migrants human rights who risk persecution when returning to their totalitarian-led homeland.

There are approximately 60,000 African immigrants in Israel, about 35,000 of them are from Eritrea.

80% of Eritreans who asked for asylum around the world do receive it as a result of the regime in their home country, but Israeli's are beginning to panic that they will be outnumbered in the Jewish state and regard most of the migrants as illegal job-seekers.

Resentment of the presence of African migrants is most evident in the poorer Israeli communities where there is fear of being "swamped" by African immigrants.

Israel has tried to pay the immigrants off with $1500 before forcing them on a plane.

This is not the first time this has happened and human rights groups have strongly opposed this move.



After three months of hospitalisation and plenty of rumours of his condition, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has returned home to Algeria on Tuesday.

Bouteflika sought medical assistance in Paris following a mini-stroke three months ago, causing immense concern in Algeria for the man they consider one of the last stalwarts of liberation.

As Algeria's longest-serving president, he has sat three terms and is being nominated to stand yet another term come 2014 elections.

However, it does not appear as if he will be able to run the presidential race.

This is despite pictures having been distributed of Bouteflika drinking and chatting to members of the cabinet but there has been no audio evidence of his improved health condition.

This is not the first time Bouteflika's health has made the news: In 2007, via Wikileaks, it was reported that he was suffering from stomach cancer.



Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been forced to leave Nigeria after the International Criminal Court (ICC) called for his arrest on charges of genocide.

Al-Bashir was in Nigeria attending the African Union's Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that concluded on Tuesday.

In 2009, the ICC issued a warrant of arrest for Bashir on seven counts of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide in relation to the ethnic cleansing of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa groups.

Al-Bashir usually avoids the 43 African countries that are signatories of the ICC, such as South Africa, as they are obliged by law to arrest him.