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It Is Still Very Difficult For Women To Access Justice

It Is Still Very Difficult For Women To Access Justice

IT started like any other normal day for Emily Tuyishime but little did she know it would turn into a black Saturday in her life. On that fateful Saturday afternoon, her four-year-old son was involved in an accident that left him in a coma after sustaining grave injuries on the head. Tuyishime tried to seek […]

Victory At Last For Hissene Habre Victims

Victory At Last For Hissene Habre Victims

 HUMAN rights groups believe the African Union’s adoption of a trust fund for victims of former Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré, is a major step towards justice. The trust fund will now be able to start collecting and disbursing reparations for victims of Habré regime that ruled between 1982 and 1990. Victims requested reparations for serious […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

I would like to first apologise for the delay in posting this week’s Loud Whispers. I usually finish the first draft of my articles by Saturday evening, then I give it a few more reads and make corrections till it is time to post on Sunday night. I was very pleased with myself that I […]

Zuma May Face Graft Charges After South Africa Court Ruling

Zuma May Face Graft Charges After South Africa Court Ruling

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal opened the way for the reinstatement of criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma by upholding a lower court’s ruling that a decision by prosecutors to scrap them was “irrational.” Zuma’s lawyers conceded in a Sept. 14 hearing at the High Court that the National Prosecuting Authority’s reasoning in dropping […]

Kenyan President Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was “Coup”

Kenyan President Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was “Coup”

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday the country’s Supreme Court staged a “coup” against the will of the people when it annulled his win in last month’s presidential election, his toughest rhetoric yet in the wake of the Aug. 8 vote. His remarks came on the same day that the election board announced the […]

Kenya Plunges Into Uncertainty as Court Annuls Presidential Vote

Kenya Plunges Into Uncertainty as Court Annuls Presidential Vote

Kenya faces an extended period of uncertainty after the Supreme Court tossed out the results of last month’s presidential election in a stunning decision that’s unprecedented in Africa. The judges ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days, opening an intense campaign at risk of being marred by violence. The news sparked celebrations […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

I have a confession to make. One of my secret pleasures is reading the Fashion Court pages of Sunday Sun, one of the Nigerian national newspapers. The Fashion Court pages feature women in bizarre outfits  that provide ‘Too Much Information’. Some of the outfits are so alarming you wonder how anyone could leave the four […]

In Defence of Titilayo Momoh

In Defence of Titilayo Momoh

On March 24, one Ms Taiwo Titilayo Momoh, attempted suicide at the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. Both the police and concerned citizens rescued her from killing herself.  The said Ms Momoh was arraigned on April 21, at the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate Court on a one-count charge to wit: “That you, Titilayo Momoh on the […]

Justice for Women Who Kill

Aminata* was only 17 years old when she was arrested for killing her former boyfriend eight years ago. She was sentenced to death for murder in November 2010 and feared each day she would be executed before her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the government on Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Day on 27 […]

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South Africa’s High Court blocked the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, the latest blow to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma from an assertive post-apartheid judicial system. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the government would press ahead with withdrawing from the Hague-based tribunal, noting that the ruling was based largely […]

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