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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 read more...

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

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 read more...

 
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...

 
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.
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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 Africa.com

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 read more...

 
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 read more...

 
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 read more...

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

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 read more...

 
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, read more...

 
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
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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
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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.
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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 read more...

 
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.
 
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South Africa: Just Under 95 Percent of Votes Counted
09 May 2014, SAnews.gov.za/Allafrica.com

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 Africa.com

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’’.
 
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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 Africa.com


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 Africa.com/The 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 read more...

 
Rwanda: Reconciliation Elusive in Rwanda, 20 Years On From Genocide
07 April 2014, AlertNet

In April, Jean Pierre never switches on his television, afraid of what might happen to his wife, Grace, if she sees the programmes broadcast during Rwanda's annual genocide commemoration week.
 
"I've taken her to hospital twice in April," he said. "She had flashbacks. She was crying and saying that the militias had come back."
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Kenya: Uhuru's ICC Case Collapsing
02 April 2014, All Africa.com/The Star

Nairobi — DETAILED analysis of Monday's ICC ruling indicates that President Uhuru Kenyatta's case is doomed to collapse by October.
 
The 47 page ruling by judges Kuniko Ozaki, Robert Fremr and Geoffrey Henderson left every impression that the case would collapse, even if the Kenya government cooperated and provided Uhuru's financial read more...

 
Ghana’s president takes over as head of ECOWAS
31 March 2014, Vanguard

YAMOUSSOUKRO – Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has been elected the new head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a summit of the 15-nation regional bloc, his Ivorian predecessor announced on Saturday."I am very happy to tell you that yesterday (Friday) my peers… decided to name as head of ECOWAS, my brother and
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Africa: EU Keen to Have Africa at Summit
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Herald


The European Union yesterday made a plea to African governments not to boycott next week's EU-Africa Summit in Brussels, Belgium.
 
EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Aldo Dell'Ariccia said a lot had been invested in preparing for the Summit of 64 Heads of State and Government.
 
However, Foreign Affairs Minister read more...

 
Kenya's Refugee Relocation Plan Violates High Court Directive, Rights Group Says
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Sabahi

Kenya's renewed order to force refugees from urban areas to relocate to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps violates a ruling by Kenya's High Court, which concluded that forceful relocation violates refugees' rights and dignity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday (March 26th).
 
The High Court rejected a similar move by the read more...

 
Malawi: MEC Faults OMR System On Voters' Roll Irregularities
28 March 2014, All Africa.com/Malawi News Agency

Blantyre — The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has now started re-working on all voters rolls before another verification exercise starts soon.
 
The Commission started the verification exercise on Monday this week but was later suspended it within the week due to among others what the institution called logistical read more...

 
Rwanda: Donor Dependency Unhealthy, Says Pan-African Parliament
18 March 2014, All Africa.com/The new Times

Members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), this week debated the budget for 2015, and agreed to develop new methods of funding for the organisation, noting its dependence on donors is unhealthy.
 
This was during a session held in Midrand, South Africa on Tuesday. The PAP had earlier on discussed and adopted the organisation's Strategic read more...

 
Malawi: Will Cashgate Lose President Banda the Election?
14 March 2014, Think Africa Press

With the public getting restless over the protracted Cashgate investigations, the longer the case drags on, the worse it will be for Banda come May.
 
Blantyre: As the countdown to Malawi's 20 May elections picks up speed, the government corruption scandal known as Cashgate continues to dominate headlines and the read more...

 
Africa: Unicef - Justice Still Out of Reach for Millions of Children
14 March 2014, All Africa.com

Geneva — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.
 
Violations include children being denied their right to quality health care and education and their right to protection read more...

 
APRM commends Tanzania's President's Delivery Bureau
12 March 2014, The Guardian / IPP Media (Tanzania)

By The guardian reporter

The African Union governance assessment body-the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Tanzania chapter has commended the government of Tanzania for establishing the President's Delivery Bureau (PDB) which will implement highly prioritized projects.
 
The statement was issued over the weekend read more...

 
Anxieties of West African Democracy: Six Presidential Elections in 2014-2015
04 March 2014, African Futures

By Gilles Olakounlé Yabi

It is with knotted stomachs and clenched throats that the citizens of six members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are preparing to enter an election period that has become synonymous in too large a part of the continent, with a high risk of violent crisis. The first who will be summoned read more...

 
La Démocratie de l’Angoisse: l’Afrique de l’Ouest et ses Six Élections Présidentielles de 2014-2015
04 March 2014, African Futures

Par  Gilles Olakounlé Yabi

Cette contribution est la première d’un essai en deux parties par le Dr. Gilles Olakounlé Yabi sur l’environnement anxieux dans les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest qui se préparent pour les élections en 2014/2015. La deuxième partie sera publiée read more...

 
Sierra Leone News: Governance, Education and Justice still lagging – OSIWA
03 March 2014, Awoko

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) yesterday launched three reports on ‘Education’ the ‘Justice Sector and the Rule of Law’ and ‘Democracy and Political Participation’ in Sierra Leone, which the Country Director Joe Hindovei Pemagbi said presents "an honest assessment of governance in the justice sector and the broader democratic read more...

 

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