Media Coverage

5/21/2019

A court in Kenya has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to pay 1.06bn shillings ($10.5m; £8.2m) in compensation to a widow for illegally seizing her land. Mr. Moi transferred to himself 53 acres of land belonging to widow Susan Cheburet Chelugui, the judge ruled. This ruling is hugely significant for Kenya, as there have been numerous cases of land grabbing by high-ranking government officials and wealthy business people over the years, but the victims generally have neither the will nor the money to fight back.

5/21/2019

Over the past decade, British and American universities have been digging into their historical ties to slavery. Most have sought to ‘atone’ for their past through special programs and research projects.

5/17/2019

The government plans to roll out a special birth certificate registration program for children born during the war in Northern Uganda. The decision follows estimates from a pilot study done in 2018 in the region which showed that about 6,000 children had been born during the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war. The study was focused on returnees, comprising mainly young women and girls, who were abducted but returned with children.

5/17/2019

A United Nations fact-finding mission has urged cutting off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. In a statement on Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council said there had been no progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than one million of whom have fled military "clearance operations" in the northwest Rakhine region.

5/17/2019

Algeria’s imminent presidential election looks likely to be postponed, a source said on Friday, as protesters returned to the streets for the 13th successive Friday to demand the removal of the nation’s ruling elite. After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month under pressure from protesters and the army, and a presidential election is scheduled for July 4. But a source familiar with the matter said the vote was to be delayed due to difficulties of organizing the logistics in time and opposition on the street.

5/17/2019

A longtime politician who served four terms in Congress, Zury Rios is barred by Guatemala’s constitution from running for president. The constitution prohibits anyone who came to power by coup or force from running for president, and the same ban extends to their blood relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity. Rios is the daughter of former dictator General Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a military coup and was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the massacres of 1,771 Maya Ixil civilians.

5/17/2019

The German Historical Museum has announced it will return a 15th century monument to Namibia after it was taken during the colonial era. At a ceremony, German Culture Minister Monika Grütters said it was a "clear signal that we are committed to coming to terms with our colonial past." Namibia's ambassador to Germany, Andreas Guibeb, called it "important as a step for us to reconcile with our colonial past and the trail of humiliation and systematic injustice that it left behind."

5/14/2019

Sudan’s former president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has been charged over his role in the killing of protesters during demonstrations that led to his ouster last month, the nation’s public prosecutor said in a statement on Monday.

 

5/14/2019

The head of Venezuela’s national assembly, Juan Guaidó, has asked for a meeting with the US military for “strategic and operational planning” in the power struggle between the Guaidó camp and the government of Nicolás Maduro.

5/14/2019

In South Africa, relatives of deceased freedom fighters are still waiting for the deaths of their loved ones to be prosecuted. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has admitted that political interference led to almost 300 apartheid-era cases being ignored. Now, the families waiting for justice are asking the state capture inquiry to look into how the NPA was captured when it refused to investigate those apartheid crimes. 

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