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May 7, 2014

US extends Djibouti military deal

The US has secured a 30-year lease for a key Djibouti military base it uses to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa. This follows the visit of Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the US where he met president Barrack Obama. Since 2002, the US has used Camp Lemonier, the former French installation for air and sea surveillance operations throughout the Horn of Africa and for occasional strikes on militants believed to be associated with al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab groups.

May 7, 2014

Efforts to end the conflict in South Sudan continues

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced on Tuesday 6th May 2014 that the former Vice President Riek Machar who is reported to be the rebel chief in the war in South Sudan has promised to attend peace talks scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia aimed at bringing to an end the civil war in Africa’s newest nation. more…

April 30, 2014

Opposition moves to disband the Electoral body in Kenya

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has initiated a parliamentary process through a private citizen petition to remove the nine (9) commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over what the party insists was mishandling of March 2013 elections. It remains to be seen if the bid will be successful considering CORD’s inferior numbers in the National Assembly compared to the ruling Jubilee coalition. Some CORD MPs have already opposed the petition.

April 24, 2014

Top Anglican clergy challenges President Zuma

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has challenged President Zuma to explain to the nation what he knows about the Nkandla scandal and to take responsibility. He noted that South Africa needed a leader who is transparent, who acknowledges imperfection and has commitment to a life as a values-based leader. This call comes as South Africa prepares to go for polls on 7th May 2014 with reports indicating that only 33% of those born after 1994 (the ‘born-frees’)had registered as voters.

April 22, 2014

Deadly killings reported in South Sudan

The UN has reported that more than 200 civilians including children have been killed by rebel gunmen in the oil-rich town of Bentiu in what is believed to be ethnic attack pitting President Salva Kiir's Dinka tribe against militia forces from ousted former Vice President Machar's Nuer tribe. The massacre is reported to have been carried out in a mosque, church, hospital and within an abandoned UN World Food Programme compound.

April 22, 2014

Prediction of a big win for ANC

According to the latest opinion poll published by Sunday Times, South Africa's ruling party ANC is poised to win by 65.5% in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 7, 2014. The survey further showed that potential ANC voters generally did not consider ANC should be held accountable for the alleged abuse of public funds involving President Jacob Zuma.

April 11, 2014

Arusha Meetings

Dr. Arne Wulff and Mr. Peter Wendoh undertook a duty tour to Arusha from 8th to 10th April 2014 to meet with key stakeholders to follow-up on the existing partnerships and explore possibilities of future collaborations. They met with EACJ's Judge President H. Nsekela and Prof. J. Ruhangisa; Prof. M. Sahinkuye of the African Institute of International Law; Mr. Wedi Djamba, Executive Director, Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’Rights; Ms Maike van Ueuem among others. more…

March 28, 2014

ZIMBABWE: Government ordered to compensate rape victim

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe granted an appeal by a rape victim to compel the government to compensate her for failing to provide her access to contraception that would have prevented pregnancy out of the ordeal. more…

March 28, 2014

Africa: Heated debate on homosexuals

There is increased debate on the continent on the rights of homosexuals with several countries condemning it and terming it ‘unAfrican’. There are fears that this could spark attacks on gays or suspected gays on the continent where homosexuality is illegal in over 38 countries. more…

March 21, 2014

BURUNDI: Human rights under attack ahead of 2015 elections

Just weeks after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay denounced the increasing restrictions on civil and political rights in Burundi following a series of violent acts by the ruling party’s youth wing and the disruption of public meetings organized by opposition parties, in another bizarre move, Burundi authorities in Bujumbura has banned jogging groups alleging that they are being used to organise uprisings in Bujumbura. more…