Monthly Archives: April 2014

Civil societies asked to investigate crimes in S Sudan

AU Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who has asked civil society groups to investigate crimes in South Sudan,

By Staff Writer The African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan has invited civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to be involved in the process of investigation of the human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in the country. This follows establishment and swearing in of the commission on 12th March at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to a statement issued by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on 22nd April, the commission is aimed at making recommendations on the best ways and means to ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all South Sudan communities. … Continue reading

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Sierra Leone now most peaceful nation on earth – Bai Koroma

Sierra Leone President Bai Koroma launches the second Security Sector Review.

By Jessica A Badebye Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma has lauded his country’s security services for the tremendous transformation exhibited since the Security Sector Review 2005. He was launching the second Security Sector Review (SSR) for Sierra Leone, at Miata conference centre in Sierra Leone. In a jovial mood, Koroma boasted that his country is amongst the most peaceful nations in the world today because it is also exporting peace and security to other countries through participation in peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Darfur and other parts of the world and requested the gathering to rise and give a rousing applause for the security sector. He observed that the country’s security services … Continue reading

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Pan African Parliament advocating for legal status

Onyango Kakoba: “We (PAP) have been giving a lot of advice on several issues but it is upon an individual state to take the advice."

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala – Uganda The chairperson of the Human rights and Justice Committee of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), also the leader of members of parliament from Uganda at the African Parliament, Onyango Kakoba, has expressed the significance of advocating for PAP to become a legislative body than a mere advisory entity that it is today. Speaking to journalists during PAP’s 10th review meeting Friday, Onyango Kakoba said PAP had failed to follow up on issues of democracy, good governance and electoral reforms in the African Charter that many African countries have since ratified. We (PAP) have been giving a lot of advice on several issues but it is upon an … Continue reading

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African leaders boycott European Union-Africa summit

President Mugabe refused to attend summit because his wife Grace was denied a visa to Brussels.

By Jessica A Badebye  South Africa’s President Jacob and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe have joined their other African Union colleagues in boycotting the 4th European Union (EU)-Africa summit demanding equal treatment of the continent’s peoples and all member states. The two presidents join Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki, Sudan’s Omar al Bashir and Sahrawi’s Mohamed Abdelaziz. This follows an earlier call to African Union (AU) member states by the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) to stay away from the highest level two-day summit between Europe and Africa which is expected to kick off on Tuesday 2nd April through 3rd in Belgium due to the discrepancy in the manner participants were chosen. Sources … Continue reading

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