OPEC sees gradual recovery in oil demand as it closes in on deal, Amnesty slams Libya and Europe over ‘horrific’ abuse of migrants | 5 things that matter today

Across the African continent, here are 5 culturally relevant stories you shouldn’t miss out on:

Amnesty slams Libya and Europe over ‘horrific’ abuse of migrants

Amnesty International has condemned the “horrific violations” being committed against migrants returned to Libya with the cooperation of European states after trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The rights group said on Thursday that new evidence had emerged of “harrowing violations, including sexual violence, against men, women and children” intercepted at sea and forcibly returned to detention centres in the North African country. – Aljazeera reports.

OPEC sees gradual recovery in oil demand as it closes in on deal

OPEC forecast a gradual recovery in demand for its crude this year and next, as the group closes in on a deal to revive the production still shuttered since the pandemic. – Bloomberg reports.

South Africa looting: Government to deploy 25,000 troops after unrest

The South African government plans to deploy 25,000 troops after days of widespread looting and violence.

The military deployment – to counter riots sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma – would be the biggest since the end of apartheid. – BBC reports.

African leaders mobilize vaccines, finance at Abidjan summit

Several African leaders on Thursday attended the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa summit in Abidjan to discuss ways to support economic recovery on the continent after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. – AfricaNews reports.

Nigerian separatist tortured in Kenya – lawyer

The lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, who leads a banned group seeking a breakaway state in south-eastern Nigeria, has told the BBC that he has visited his client for the first time since his arrest more than two weeks ago.

Alloy Ejimako said the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) leader looked unwell with bruises on his hands and the back of his head.

He said Mr Kanu, who is being held in a facility run by Nigeria’s secret police, had told him that he had been detained and tortured in Kenya before his extradition last month. – BBC reports.

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