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UN Probes Zimbabwe

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Clement Voule this week flew into a storm as his visit coincided with the reported abduction of the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Peter Magombeyi amid worsening human rights violations. Civil society groups say more than 50 people have […]

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

Bangladesh Appoints Ex-Judge To Tackle Backlog Of Trafficking Cases

More than 4,000 cases are awaiting trial under a 2012 law that criminalised trafficking, according to police records – Bangladesh said on Monday it has appointed a former judge to advise on how to clear a huge backlog of trafficking cases after coming under international pressure to do more to tackle the crime. Bangladesh has […]

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians voted Sunday to select their next president among some two dozen candidates with unofficial results suggesting two outsider candidates are ahead. More than seven million people were eligible to cast their ballot in what is only the North African country’s second free presidential election, eight years after its so-called Jasmine Revolution. A steady stream […]

Kenya, Uganda Sign Pact To End Cross-Border Crisis

Kenya, Uganda Sign Pact To End Cross-Border Crisis

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Thursday witnessed the signing of an agreement aimed at promoting sustainable peace and development among Turkana, Pokot and Karamojong communities. The programme dubbed Cross-Border Sustainable Peace and Development seeks to end hostilities among the three neighbouring communities and enhance development in the region by promoting […]

Hundreds of Mozambicans Left Homeless After SA Violence

Hundreds of Mozambicans Left Homeless After SA Violence

More than 500 Mozambicans have reportedly lost their homes and about 400 others expressed a desire to return to Mozambique following the anti-foreigner violence in neighbouring South Africa. This is according to the Mozambican Christian Council (CCM) in the wake of the spiralling crisis mostly in the Gauteng Province. CCM denounced the skirmishes but discouraged […]

Xenophobia, March Against Gender-Based Violence Loom Over WEF Summit

Xenophobia, March Against Gender-Based Violence Loom Over WEF Summit

Protesters and mourners demanding to see President Cyril Ramaphosa over recent incidents of violence against women have marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) summit is being held. Demonstrators held signs commemorating Uyinene Mrwetyana, Janika Mallo, Leighandre Jegels and Jesse Hess, victims of gender-based violence […]

Government Negotiating With Boko Haram To Free Leah Sharibu – Presidency

Government Negotiating With Boko Haram To Free Leah Sharibu – Presidency

The Buhari administration is committed to freeing Leah Sharibu and is in negotiation with the kidnappers to do so, a presidential aide said on Saturday. Garba Shehu said the Buhari administration will not give up on the safe return of Miss Sharibu. Miss Sharibu is one of the 110 students of Government Girls Science and […]

Mozambique Government Admits To Systemic Corruption

Mozambique Government Admits To Systemic Corruption

Despite “legislative and institutional efforts, governance and corruption challenges in Mozambique remain of a systemic nature, principally due to constraints on effective implementation,” the government admits in a “Report on Transparency, Governance and Corruption”. It is a government report, completed in July with “assistance” from the IMF and pressure from the IMF, and published by the […]

U.S. Imposes New Visa Charges On Nigerians

U.S. Imposes New Visa Charges On Nigerians

The U.S. government has announced that it is imposing a ‘reciprocity fee’ on Nigerians seeking to travel to the United States. The new fee will only apply to Nigerians whose visa request has been approved. The announcement was made in a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja . The new fee ranges from $80 to $110 (28,8000 to […]

G7 Leaders Urged To Promote Gender Empowerment

G7 Leaders Urged To Promote Gender Empowerment

 As leaders of the seven major industrialised nations (G7) meet in the coastal sea town of Biarritz in the south-west of France, one of the world’s leading women’s organisations is calling for the protection and advancement of women worldwide. Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver, and a two-time member of both G7 Gender Equality Advisory […]