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‘We will not obey’: Statement of Haitian popular movement

2016-02-03, Issue 760

The war for Haiti is on. After six years of failed reconstruction following the earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and laid to waste much of the country, the powerful local and international forces that have frustrated national rebuilding now also want to sabotage Haiti’s politics. The people say they will not accept and are appealing for international solidarity.

Exhibition about struggles of Zimbabwean asylum seekers opens in London

2016-01-13, Issue 757

The exhibition lays bare the human cost of Britain's broken asylum system. The featured asylum seekers were active and successful people in Zimbabwe, but many developed depression, poor health and became destitute in the UK after being forced to live in limbo for too many years.

WTO Nairobi Ministerial: ‘Permanent solution to Food Security? Junk the WTO!’

2015-12-15, Issue 755

No solution in sight from a system that breeds the world’s problems, warns global activists a day ahead of the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi, Kenya

An open letter to Hugh Denbow, Administrator Walter Rodney Secretariat

2015-12-15, Issue 755

A commission of inquiry must be transparent. Its work is not over until its report is presented, following which those in charge of the secretariat are expected to hand over the records of the proceedings for safe-keeping. There is uncertainty in Guyana as to responsibility and accountability of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry.

End the crisis in Burundi

Petition to Global Pan African Movement, African Union (AUu), East Africa Community (EAC) and the Government of Burundi on extra-judicial killings, rampant hate speech and refugees

2015-11-23, Issue 752

The political crisis in Burundi remains unresolved and appears to deepen with each passing day. The government, regional leaders and the international community need to act before it is too late.

The Burundi Crisis: Civil society speaks

2015-11-23, Issue 752

The regional civil society call for inclusive dialogue and commitment to sustainable peace in Burundi.

Activists slam SABC and etv for breaking promises to Marikana widows

2015-11-25, Issue 752

Social justice activist organisation [url=http://amandla.mobi/]amandla.mobi[//url], which supported the Marikana widows who delivered a petition with over 4000 names demanding that Miners Shot Down is broadcast on free to air channels is disappointed that both etv and SABC are still refusing to broadcast the documentary.

Dzamara's disappearance: Civil society urges President Mugabe to act

2015-11-18, Issue 751

International and Human Rights Watch are asking NGO’s across Africa to join the call to President Robert Mugabe, to investigate and resolve the circumstances around Itai Dzamara’s enforced disappearance. Below is a brief background of Itai Dzamara and the full text of the petition.

International civil society alarmed by conviction of Cameroonian activist

2015-11-10, Issue 750

Prominent activist Nasako Besingi has been convicted after a protracted and controversial legal process on two counts of propagation of false news against the US agribusiness company, Herakles Farms, and two counts of defamation against two employees of the company. He faces three years in jail.

Madagascar moves closer to reforming gender discriminatory law

2015-11-10, Issue 750

Madagascar is one of 27 countries around the world which continues to deny women the ability to confer citizenship on their children on an equal basis with men. Twenty MPs have committed to reform the current law.

Statement from UWC academics and staff on #FeesMustFall

2015-10-27, Issue 748

Free education is not only about money, resources, student to lecturer ratios, the end to the outsourcing, although it clearly does mean this. It also means an education that works towards freedom. It means working through legacies of apartheid difference that persist in the present.

We oppose plans to increase electricity tariff in Nigeria

2015-10-27, Issue 748

The planned increase is cruel and inconsiderate of the daily economic hardships faced by Nigerians. Any increase in electricity tariff will aggravate the living conditions of masses in every sector of the Nigerian economy.

Call to action in support of Angolan activists

2015-10-27, Issue 748

KILOMBO UK is asking all justice loving Africans, and friends of Africa, to take action to secure the unconditional release of young social justice activists arrested and detained in Angola since June 2015 for reading a book about democracy.

MRG deeply disappointed by Arusha Court land rights judgment against Loliondo Maasai

2015-10-28, Issue 748

The ruling is a significant defeat for the Maasai of Loliondo who depend on raising and herding cattle in the harsh environment to earn their fragile living, and have had their main means of survival jeopardised by both international investors and their own government.

South Africa: Statement of solidarity with protesting students

The whole country is watching the struggle of the students at universities around the country.

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2015-10-22, Issue 747

Students are insisting that the social value of education must come before its commercial value. Just as land should not be bought and sold, so also education is not something that should be bought and sold.

Support the student struggle in South Africa

2015-10-22, Issue 747

Academic staff at universities in South Africa call on their colleagues at universities and tertiary institutions around the world, members of civil society, and all who have been fortunate enough to enjoy the benefits of higher education, to sign this campaign and stand with South African students in their struggle for a democratised higher education sector. Sign the petition here.

Jewish South Africans say: Stop the killings, end the occupation

2015-10-22, Issue 747

History has time and again shown that violence does not take place in a vacuum and until the ongoing issue of an illegal and brutal occupation is addressed, there is unlikely to be peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Muslims in Israel/Palestine.

Support Ethiopian food & land rights activists

2015-10-16, Issue 747

Three Ethiopian activists are facing trial under a draconian counter-terrorism law after trying to attend a food security workshop in Nairobi earlier this year. They are all involved in supporting local communities in ensuring food security and access to land, in a country where around one million hectares of land have already been leased to investors. If you're able to, please consider supporting their families. Click on this link.

Kenyan journalists outraged by draconian media law

William Oloo Janak

2015-10-16, Issue 747

The draconian law passed by the National Assembly is likely to be easily replicated by the County Assemblies across the country, setting in motion a wave of intimidation and harassment of journalists and ultimately lead to censorship.

Kenyan parliament passes repressive media bill

2015-10-19, Issue 747

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 15, 2015- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage late Wednesday by Kenya's national assembly of a bill that would impose a harsh fine or two years in jail, or both, for a journalist who is found guilty of defaming the Kenyan parliament or its members. The bill must be approved by the senate and the president before it can become law, according to news reports. "This bill has no place in a democracy," said CPJ's Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. "The public has a right to hear news and criticism of what is discussed in parliament and how members conduct themselves. We urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to live up to his promise to respect press freedom and the role of the media in ensuring the free flow of information." The Kenya Correspondents' Association issued a statement that said the bill violates articles in the country's constitution which guarantee press freedom and access to information. In July, CPJ released a special report, "Broken Promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press," which found that a combination of legal and physical harassment is making it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely in the country. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 15, 2015- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage late Wednesday by Kenya's national assembly of a bill that would impose a harsh fine or two years in jail, or both, for a journalist who is found guilty of defaming the Kenyan parliament or its members. The bill must be approved by the senate and the president before it can become law, according to news reports. "This bill has no place in a democracy," said CPJ's Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. "The public has a right to hear news and criticism of what is discussed in parliament and how members conduct themselves. We urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to live up to his promise to respect press freedom and the role of the media in ensuring the free flow of information." The Kenya Correspondents' Association issued a statement that said the bill violates articles in the country's constitution which guarantee press freedom and access to information. In July, CPJ released a special report, "Broken Promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press," which found that a combination of legal and physical harassment is making it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely in the country.

Joint press statement on the dehumanizing and degrading treatment of women in active politics by the Uganda Police.

2015-10-13, Issue 746

On October 10, 2015, women, men and children watched with horror and disgust as various media outlets aired the degrading treatment of a woman from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) during her arrest by Uganda Police.

It’s official: 19 European countries say ‘No’ to GMOs

Lorraine Chow

2015-10-06, Issue 745

Although GMOs are widely grown in many parts of the world, the topic is fraught with contention in Europe. Many of EU countries have strict laws against GMOs out of public health and environmental concerns.

Lack of political and judicial will undermining Mauritania’s anti-slavery law, sudy saya

2015-10-06, Issue 745

The report, drawing on a number of case studies, faults the criminal justice process at all stages: from lack of initial police follow up, inadequate investigation by prosecutors, to judges not enforcing proper procedure or sentencing in compliance with the law.

Fertiliser companies dominate talks on climate change and agriculture, says new report

"Exxons of agriculture" should be kept out of Paris COP21

GRAIN

2015-09-30, Issue 744

GRAIN's report shows how fertiliser companies have infiltrated the main policy processes on agriculture and climate to position chemical fertilisers as a solution to climate change and to weaken support for non-chemical farming.

Regulation of informal trade in Johannesburg in disarray, report says

2015-09-30, Issue 744

Report concludes that there is considerable scope for the City to improve the management of informal trade, and that any restriction or prohibition on trade is likely to negatively affect the way that traders make a living as it undermines the benefits that traders derive from permanence.

Ethiopia: World Bank translator, activists face trial

Activists heading for food workshop charged with terrorism

2015-09-23, Issue 743

Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism law has been used to prosecute journalists and bloggers, opposition politicians, and peaceful protesters. Many have been accused without compelling evidence of association with banned opposition groups.

South Africa: Concern about the state of Polsmoor prison

2015-09-23, Issue 743

Prisons should not become a death sentence, but a platform where those who have been found to have offended are rehabilitated so they could later be integrated and play a meaningful role in our society.

New report stresses how and why states must reform gender discriminatory nationality laws

Equal Rights Trust

2015-09-25, Issue 743

Across all four countries analysed, the report finds that those who have been or are most affected are women from disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minority women, or those of lower socio-economic status.

Guyana’s President David Granger: Allow the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry the Two More Weeks Requested for Key Witnesses

2015-09-17, Issue 742

Guyana’s new government has refused to allow the Commission a final two weeks to finalise the investigation for clearly political reasons. Guyanese and people around the world need and deserve a completed inquiry into this atrocity.

Stop the rapes on campus!

Increase in cases of rape and sexual assault on female university students in Nigeria by academic staff

Nigeria Feminist Forum

2015-09-15, Issue 742

The mass abuse of female university students in Nigeria is fueled by the lack of a consistent and clear policy by university governing bodies and school authorities concerning sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape of female students.

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