Monthly Archives : July 2009

Moves to close Rwanda legal loophole.

Moves to close Rwanda legal loophole.

London: The law could be changed to close a legal loophole that allows suspected criminals from the Rwandan genocide to live in the UK and avoid prosecution. During a joint press conference with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Number 10…

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Prosecution closes case in Lubanga trial.

Prosecution closes case in Lubanga trial.

The Hague: The prosecution has concluded its case in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, alleged founder and leader of the union des patriotes congolais (UPC). Lubanga Dyilo faced two counts of war crimes consisting of enlisting and conscripting children…

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Government bans journalists protest action.

Government bans journalists protest action.

Freetown: The police have refused a peaceful planned demonstration for Mon 13th July by the Sierra Leone association of journalists (SLAJ). The planned protest is against the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on SLAJ’s case calling for the…

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Foreign journalists abducted.

Foreign journalists abducted.

Mogadishu: Two foreign journalists have been kidnapped from a hotel by gunmen in the Somalian capital. About 10 gunmen disguised as government security forces arrived at the hotel in the south of the city and took them. A BBC Somali…

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Press union journalists freed on bail.

Press union journalists freed on bail.

Banjul: The six journalists who were returned to the capital’s Mile Two prison Fri 3rd July were released again Tues 7th on bail of 400,000 dalassi (10,800 euros). The court did not immediately demand payment of the bail but it…

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Victims oblivious of Charles Taylor trial

Victims oblivious of Charles Taylor trial

Sierra Leone: Former Liberian president Charles Taylor began testifying at his trial Tues 14th July before the special court for Sierra Leone in The Hague. Despite the importance placed on the trial for the victims of the conflict in Sierra…

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Obama’s African youth revolution

Obama’s African youth revolution

The most poignant suggestion by President Obama to changing Africa’s fortune in his speech in Accra, Ghana was his call to the youths of the continent to hold their leaders to account. In a continent where age and patronage is…

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Uganda signals intention to arrest President Bashir

Uganda signals intention to arrest President Bashir

President Omar al-Bashir will surely not now enter Uganda any time soon, but if he did he will be arrested under the warrant issued by the international criminal court (ICC). Uganda’s minister for international affairs Henry Oryem Okello reportedly told…

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