Monthly Archives : August 2010

Rwanda: On curtailing freedom of expression

Rwanda: On curtailing freedom of expression

Amnesty International (AI) has released a report encouraging the government to amend the country’s laws pertaining to freedom of expression. The report, released 31st August titled “Safer to Stay Silent: The Chilling Effect of Rwanda’s Laws on ‘Genocide Ideology’ and…

2 Comments / 13 View / 31st August 2010

Kenya: ICC complains over Bashir visit

Kenya: ICC complains over Bashir visit

The International Criminal Court (ICC)said Friday that it was reporting indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s visit to Kenya to the UN Security Council, so that appropriate steps might be taken. Bashir attended the ceremony in Nairobi Friday 27th August to…

5 Comments / 21 View / 27th August 2010

Kenya: Christian Aid welcomes new constitution

Kenya: Christian Aid welcomes new constitution

Kenya’s new constitution passed into law on Friday 27th August, replacing the country’s 1963 constitution. The law will ensure a more balanced and fair presidential system, which will include a devolved government, the enshrining of National Human Rights Commission and…

1 Comment / 45 View / 27th August 2010

Igniting Debate: Africa 50 years on

Igniting Debate: Africa 50 years on

This year, seventeen African countries are celebrating fifty years of self-governance and of these eight nations commemorate their independence in August.  The euphoria that gripped so many nations in 1960, proved to be a landmark moment in the continent’s history….

1 Comment / 17 View / 27th August 2010

Britain to withhold aid from corrupt countries

Britain to withhold aid from corrupt countries

The British coalition government has sparked debate over plans to withhold aid from countries rich in natural resources, whose leaders are believed to be diverting wealth away from their people. The head of the Department for International Development (DFID), Andrew…

2 Comments / 14 View / 25th August 2010

São Tomé: Government urged to improve financial transparency

São Tomé: Government urged to improve financial transparency

A report released Monday 23rd August by Human Rights Watch has addressed the nature of the country’s next transition. The paper, which is titled ‘An Uncertain Future: Oil Contracts and Stalled Reform in São Tomé e Príncipe’, explores the benefits…

Comments Off / 11 View / 25th August 2010

Equatorial Guinea: Amnesty condemns deaths

Equatorial Guinea: Amnesty condemns deaths

Amnesty International has openly rebuked the executions of four former military officers accused of attempting to assassinate the country’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.  José Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu and Jacinto Michá Obiang were sentenced to…

1 Comment / 25 View / 24th August 2010

Diversions from the real issues: The curse of Celebrity

Diversions from the real issues: The curse of Celebrity

Journalism the world over labours under the curse of celebrity.  There is no doubt that the reading, surfing, watching and listening public are fascinated by it.  But are they fascinated to the exclusion of all else?As a journalist with more…

1 Comment / 42 View / 24th August 2010

Niger: Oxfam appeals for more aid

Niger: Oxfam appeals for more aid

Aid agencies have warned that heavy flooding in the region will mean that millions of people will remain neglected. Floods have killed at least six people and left thousands homeless, heightening the country’s on-going crisis.  The River Niger in the…

1 Comment / 16 View / 24th August 2010

Kenya: Agencies tackle poachers

Kenya: Agencies tackle poachers

A joint operation has led to the arrest of two suspects over the seizure of 317 pieces of raw elephant ivory.  The ivory was discovered on Saturday 21st August at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the capital Nairobi. The…

2 Comments / 20 View / 23rd August 2010