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African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders 141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out
25 August 2014, Human Rights Watch

(Johannesburg) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African read more...

Kenya: Lawmakers Approve Harsher Penalties for Corrupt Officials
20 August 2014, All Africa/Sabahi

Kenya's National Assembly has approved harsher penalties to combat corruption, with public officials found guilty now required to step down and take a 50% pay cut, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (August 14th).
The changes are part of amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, giving the Ethics and Anti-Corruption read more...

Africa: Ethiopia Overtakes Kenya As Africa's Biggest Refugee-Hosting Country
20 August 2014, UNHCR

Addis Ababa — The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering 629,718 refugees as of the end of July. Kenya, in comparison, is host to 575,334 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.
The main factor in the increased

Southern African Leaders to Meet in Zimbabwe
15 August 2014, VoA News

Preparations are almost complete ahead of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) heads of state summit scheduled next week in Zimbabwe, according to Tanki Mothae, SADC Director of Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation.

He said the leaders will discuss deepening bilateral relations between member states.  Peace read more...

For Rwanda, EAC docket is for women
15 August 2014, The Arusha Times

Rwanda has a new minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs, the third woman in a row to hold the portifolio since the country joined the bloc in 2007.

 Ms Valentine Rugwabiza was recently appointed by President Paul Kagame, the minister for EAC during a cabinet reshuffle in which a new prime minister was announced.

 She

Africa: The First U.S. Africa Summit - More Than a Birthday Party for President Obama
06 August 2014, Chatham House

The first ever US-Africa Leaders summit in Washington DC is an important political statement by the US and Africa that both value a deepened relationship.
This is best demonstrated by no threat of an African boycott despite Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe not being invited because of US sanctions on him. Earlier

Nigeria: Presidential Aide Decries Weak Synergy Between NEPAD, Stakeholders
06 August 2014, Daily Independent

Mrs Fidelia Njeze, the Special Adviser to the President on NEPAD matters, on Tuesday decried the poor relationship between NEPAD Nigeria and the Governors' Forum on the State Peer Review Mechanism.
Njeze said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
She also

U.S., African government officials and civil society leaders discuss strategies to improve governance and combat corruption
04 August 2014, OSF

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 4, 2014)—The Open Society Foundations convened an impressive group of civil society advocates to urge African and the U.S. government to take meaningful steps to improve transparency and accountability. Those efforts are critical to ensuring a stable future where prosperity is widely shared and sustained in Africa.

Open

Nigeria: Ihedioha - How Parliaments in Africa Can Fight Corruption
28 July 2014, Thisday/

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has outlined concrete steps parliaments in Africa can take to support the battle against corruption in their countries.
Speaking at the 45th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (Africa region) in Arusha, Tanzania at the weekend, the deputy speaker

Central African Republic: CAR Reconciliation Talks End This Day
26 July 2014, All

Armed militias are expected to sign a deal ending hostilities before eventual negotiations on a comprehensive agreement.
After three days of frantic negotiations that began on July 21, 2014, international representatives and 170 Central African Republic, CAR, stakeholders are due to end discussions today, July 23,

Africa: U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People
25 July 2014, All

In a guest column for AllAfrica, E. Gyimah Boadi of Ghana's Center for Democratic Development says the vast majority of Africans who prefer democracy over authoritarian regimes deserve to be heard at the forthcoming U.S.-Africa Summit convened by President Barack Obama.
The child kidnappings

Gambia: Impunity Persists - 20 Years of Fear in the Gambia
25 July 2014, All

On 22 July 1994, a group of military officers led by Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew President Dawda Jawara, who had been in power in Gambia since 1970. Yahya Jammeh, supported by the army, proclaimed himself President of the Republic and, over time, took direct control of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior.

Africa: An 'Integration Challenge' - How Does It Feel to Be a Global Problem?
22 July 2014, The South African Civil Society Information Service

Many South Africans see black immigrants as a threat to their privileges. African immigrants from a refugee background, in particular, are viewed as a social burden by societal institutions. These xenophobic attitudes are not unique in South Africa.
Historically, black African refugees received little help from the United Nations read more...

AU Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit
22 July 2014, VoA news

 A senior official of the African Union said next month’s U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.

Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such read more...

Africa: Who Will Foot the Bill for Africa's New Intervention Force?
09 July 2014, ISS

The next time a major crisis that needs swift military action breaks out anywhere in Africa, an African force will be on high alert to intervene within days. This was the message from African leaders at the recently concluded 23rd bi-annual African Union (AU) summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
At the summit, South African President

South Africa: Legal Grounds to Compel SA Government to Renew Zim Permits
09 July 2014, SW Radio/

South African legislator Masizole Mnqasela has said Zimbabweans whose right to live there under the Special Dispensation programme has expired, should go to court if the South African government does not renew their permits.
Mnqasela who was a researcher for the Dispensation programme as a home affairs parliamentary portfolio read more...

Africa: AU Summit Decision a Backward Step for International Justice
04 July 2014, Amnesty Int'l

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said.
An official communiqué

Africa: Role of Media in Security Sector Reform in Africa
04 July 2014, The Inquirer (Monrovia)

April 7th, 2014 hundreds of journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, United Kingdom to show solidarity for media colleagues of the Aljazeera International Television network that have been detained by the military backed government in Egypt in violation of their rights to report the truth. read more...

U.S., African government officials and civil society leaders discuss strategies to improve governance and combat corruption
04 July 2014, OSF

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 4, 2014)—The Open Society Foundations convened an impressive group of civil society advocates to urge African and the U.S. government to take meaningful steps to improve transparency and accountability. Those efforts are critical to ensuring a stable future where prosperity is widely shared and sustained in Africa.

Open

APRM Forum appoints interim CEO
30 June 2014, APRM Secretariat

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea – 26 June 2014, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum, has announced the appointment of an interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, to steer the affairs of the APRM Secretariat pending the recruitment of a permanent CEO.

25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council opens in Malabo: Discussions to focus on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa
26 June 2014, African Union Commission-AUC

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 23 June 2014 - "We are holding this meeting and the Summit on the theme Agriculture and Food Security, at a time when our vision for the next fifty years, Agenda 2063… the Africa we want, is taking shape”. This statement was made by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union read more...

Africa: Amnesty International Launches New APP to Fight Attack, Kidnap and Torture
24 June 2014, All

At a Glance
A new Panic Button app, to give human rights defenders urgent help from their own networks when facing attack, kidnapping, or torture is now available for public download on Google Playstore, announced Amnesty International today.
The 'Panic

Uganda Opposition Vows United Front Against Museveni
24 June 2014, VoA news

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said he will defeat the opposition in 2016, even if it is united under a single candidate.
Museveni reportedly told a Jinja radio talk show Sunday the opposition has proved to be inept and immature in its handling of critical national issues.
A recent meeting of opposition

S Africa Elections Chief Should Step Down - Court
19 June 2014, SAPA

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) chairwoman Pansy Tlakula should be removed from her position due to misconduct, the Electoral Court ruled on Wednesday.
Judge Lotter Wepener recommended her removal in his written judgment, but this was a decision for the relevant committee of the National Assembly.
"In

Cote d'Ivoire: Ivory Coast's Gbagbo to Face Trial
13 June 2014, All

The Hague — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is to go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), judges said on Thursday.
The 69-year-old, who is the first former head of state to have appeared at the ICC, is facing charges of murder, rape, attempted murder and persecution.
In the 131-page

Liberia: LACC to Arrest Corrupt Officials
13 June 2014, New Democrat

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), determined to restore integrity, transparency and accountability especially as the anti-graft agency comes under continuing criticisms as a toothless bulldog, has vowed to arrest and prosecute corrupt officials without fear or favor.
The anti-corruption chief, Cllr. James Verdier,

South Sudan: Another U.S. $227 Million Dollars Scandal Involving South Sudan's Chief Negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial
13 June 2014, South Sudan News Agency

As war rages on in South Sudan and peace negotiation stalled in Addis Abba, Ethiopia between the Government of South Sudan and SPLM -In Opposition, South Sudan is once again rocked by another alleged nasty scandal and embezzlement of $ 205 million US Dollars by its Chief Peace Negotiator, former Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Minister of read more...

Nigeria: This Crisis Must Not Be Wasted
09 June 2014, Premium Times

I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the #BringBackourGirls Coalition at this encounter. I want to thank the Nigerian women across the country who have inspired and sustained this movement, especially the mothers, families, and communities of the abducted school girls.

The call to #BringBackOurGirls has gained voice

Malawi 2014 Elections: Post-Election Perspectives
06 June 2014, AfriMAP

Johannesburg, 5 June 2015- As Malawians recover from an election high, related to the May 20th poll, the big question being asked is whether Malawians got the government and leaders they deserve.  In other words do the outcomes of the elections reflect the popular will of voting Malawians?  Additionally Malawians should

Kenya: African AGs Reject Popular Uprisings
06 June 2014, The Star-Kenya

ATTORNEYS General across Africa have rejected a clause which would have legitimised popular but peaceful uprisings by Africans. The AGs and ministers of justice who met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month said the clause in the draft protocol of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights appears to provide an avenue for unconstitutional change of read more...

African Union Takes Stock of 51 Years As Terrorism Spreads Across Continent
26 May 2014, IPS

Harare — As the African Union is set to celebrate its 51st birthday on May 25, it does so as the continent remains caught up in a tide of terrorist conflicts, which many analysts feel the AU has done little to resolve.
"With unsolved conflicts dotted across our continent, really the efficiency of the AU is read more...

Malawi: UN Chief Urges Calm, Respect for Tallying Process After Elections
26 May 2014, UN News Service

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all candidates, political parties, and state institutions in Malawi to remain calm and to support fully the Malawi Electoral Commission in completing its work.
The country held simultaneous presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Tuesday.

Malawi Elections - Lack of Transparency Could Lead to Violence
19 May 2014, ISS

Tomorrow, 20 May 2014, Malawians head to the tripartite polls for what promises to be the country's most contested elections since the first multi-party elections were held in 1994.
President Joyce Banda, the former deputy president, came to power in April 2012 following the death in office of former president Bingu wa Mutharika. read more...

Guinea-Bissau Awaits Presidential Runoff Results
19 May 2014, VoA

Vote counting is under way in Guinea-Bissau after Sunday's second-round presidential election.
The poll is aimed at restoring constitutional order after a 2012 military coup, one of several to hit the country in its 40-year history.
Jose Mario Vaz of the dominant PAIGC party led the first round with read more...

Pre-election context In Malawi
19 May 2014, AfriMAP

The May 20th tripartite elections in Malawi take place five decades after attaining independence from British colonial rule and twenty years after return to plural politics.  The Elections Situation Room that is supported by OSISA has carried out analysis of the pre-election environment that highlights some gains regarding the integrity with read more...

Nigeria: GOC Redeployed After Soldiers' Mutiny in Borno
16 May 2014, Vanguard

Maiduguri--Few hours after some troops deployed to Borno on counter insurgency operations fired shots at the official vehicle of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Maiduguri, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed as he attempted to address them, Defence Headquarters, yesterday, announced his immediate redeployment.
The

Africa: Black Rights Groups Urge Banks to Pay for Slavery, Hollande Stays Stum
12 May 2014, RFI

Some of France's top banking institutions and richest families are being asked to pay back thousands in compensation to victims of slavery.
French President François Hollande acknowledged France's role in the illicit trade but rejected calls for reparations. Paris marked the eighth edition of Remembrance Day on Saturday.

South Africa: Just Under 95 Percent of Votes Counted
09 May 2014,

Pretoria — Almost 95% of the votes have been counted in the 2014 general election.
On the second day of vote counting at the National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria, the African National Congress is in the lead with a massive 62% of the votes, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 21% and then the newcomers the Economic read more...

AfDB Tasks Nigeria, Others On Inclusive Growth
09 May 2014, Leadership/All

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday urged Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to synergise and drive inclusive growth in the continent.
Prof. Mthuli Ncube, AfDB Chief Economist, made the call in Abuja at the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa with the theme: "Forging Inclusive growth, Creating Jobs’’.

Ethiopia: UN Review Should Condemn Crackdown - Activists, Journalists Persecuted Under Draconian Laws
06 May 2014, Human Rights Watch

Geneva — United Nations member countries should call on Ethiopia to stop targeting activists and the media under draconian laws. The UN Human Rights Council will review Ethiopia's human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure on May 6, 2014.
A Human Rights Watch submission to the UN on Ethiopia read more...

South Africa: New Ballot Template for Visually Impaired Voters
06 May 2014, South Africa Info

A new, larger ballot paper template has been developed to help visually impaired voters to cast their votes without assistance in Wednesday's general election, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Friday.
The increase in the number of political parties registered to contest the election prompted the IEC and South read more...

Namibia: What Happened to Nepad?
25 April 2014, Namibian

WAS THE New Economic Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) a panacea for Africa's development problems or was it just another fad destined for the continent's development cemetery?
This question has been posed before since the inception of Nepad in 2001. The popular and/or political critique is that Nepad was the creation read more...

Africans Want Democracy But Are They Getting It?
24 April 2014, All

Cape Town — Popular support for democracy and against one-party rule in Africa has risen substantially in the past decade, but most Africans don't think they are actually experiencing democracy.
These are among the conclusions which can be drawn from the latest analysis of the results of the 34-country public opinion read more...

South Africa: Black Voters No Longer Interested in Liberation Credentials
23 April 2014, VoA news

During South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, most blacks voted for the African National Congress because it was a black majority party and one that fought for their liberation. Twenty years later, however, there now are many black parties and the ANC's liberation credentials are slowly fading away as an attraction for voters. Black voters read more...

Kenya facing ‘hurdles to democracy’
21 April 2014, Standard Digital media

Kenya: Scholars, civil society and lawyers have warned that Kenya risks reversing democratic gains unless ethnicity, corruption, centralisation of power and electoral systems are fixed.
In a newly published book by University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, read more...

Malawi Presidential Vote, ‘Too Close to Call’
16 April 2014, VoA news

A newly released Afrobarometer poll in Malawi shows President Joyce Banda and her ruling People’s Party (PP) placed third behind two opposition presidential candidates in the run up to the May 20 presidential, legislative and local elections.
The survey showed a decline in President Banda’s approval rating, which dropped from a high read more...

Burundi: UN Concerned At 'Troubling' Political Developments in Burundi
11 April 2014, UN News Service

The United Nations today called on the Government of Burundi to address ongoing political violence and restrictions on human rights, saying it is receiving "troubling" information about recent developments in the country.
"The United Nations ... has been raising concerns both with the Government of Burundi and at the highest levels read more...

Lesotho: IFC-Negotiated Privately Run Hospital Sapping Lesotho Budget
08 April 2014, Inter Press Service

Washington — The world's first hospital to be built and run in a developing country under a public-private partnership is taking up more than half of the health budget in Lesotho, according to new estimates, diverting resources from populations outside of the capital.
The unique funding arrangement for the Queen 'Mamohato Memorial read more...

Uganda: Ending Electoral Corruption
07 April 2014, All Independent

Why Uganda should move away from a winner-take-all electoral system in favour of proportional representation
I argued in last week's column that in Uganda's specific context of mass poverty, electoral competition tends to eliminate public-spirited candidates (or patriots) in favour of crooks. Therefore as our democracy deepens, read more...

Africa: Notable Absence of African States On First Anniversary of Arms Trade Treaty
07 April 2014, AllAfrica/MediaGlobal (New York)

On the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by the United Nations General Assembly, the landmark agreement fell short of its 50 state ratification minimum needed to enter into force.
Only two African countries have ratified the treaty.
So far, 28 African countries have signed


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