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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments and [...]

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    An African Elected Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly, Governance • 

    Martin Chungong of IPU

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union has elected Martin Chungong of Cameroon as its secretary-general, the first African and the first non-European to lead the organization in its 125-year history. Chungong, a former member of the Cameroonian parliament, has been the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s deputy secretary-general under Anders Johnsson, of Sweden, who officially retires on June 30. Chungong has also been director of programs [...]

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 

    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes as [...]

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    A Rape Accusation in Northern Mali and the UN’s Awkward Response

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    A woman in Gao after the French attack in January 2013.

    Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there. These acts are committed in the shadows [...]

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    Parliamentary Group Warns of Political Perils as 2014 Elections Loom

    by  • January 23, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Governance, Middle East • 

    Bangkok demonstration November 2013

      A committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union met in mid-January, as a busy year of elections globally was beginning, to confront the human-rights violations and sometimes lethal abuse suffered by 262 members of national legislatures in countries that often call themselves democracies. From Jan. 13 to 17, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s committee on the human rights [...]

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    Nigeria Attracts Latest Criticism for Anti-Gay Laws

    by  • January 15, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights • 

    Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

    In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, the organization called AIDS-Free World wants answers to questions about how the UN will deal with Nigeria after the adoption of a sweeping law broadening the criminalization of  homosexuality. Nigeria has the second-largest number of people globally [...]

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    UN Peacekeeping Deaths Reach 102 in 2013

    by  • January 1, 2014 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Bangladesh peacekeeper at UN headquarters in Mali

    The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations tried to maintain calm in many regions in 2013, but none more so than in Africa. In December alone, it lost numerous peacekeepers in three missions on the continent. By year’s end, the department lost 102 peacekeepers, including those who died from accidents and illnesses, and 36 people [...]

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    ICC Prosecutor Asks to Postpone Trial Against Kenyan President

    by  • December 19, 2013 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Kenyatta, president of Kenya

    Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, has asked for a three-month postponement in the trial for the case against the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. The trial, already postponed several times, was to have started on Feb. 5, 2014. Kenyatta was accused of being an indirect co-perpetrator [...]

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