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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


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.

Police spokesman deliberately misleading the public

2015-09-15, Issue 742

As a spokesperson for the South African Police Serivce, Colonel Naicker is expected to disseminate factually accurate information. But he he has conspicuously failed to do in his comments about the Glebelands violence. How on earth does SAPS expect anyone to take anything he says seriously given the disinformation he has disseminated about an extremely serious and tragic situation?

Revoke AGIP operating licence, environmental group tells Nigeria

2015-09-16, Issue 742

Explosions from Agip pipelines and resultant deaths have been recorded since 1995 and have escalated in the last three years.

#WeFightClimateChange week of action

2015-09-16, Issue 742

Two months before the talks in Paris begin, people across the globe will gather to make connections, plan mobilisations and fight climate change together.

Rape, impunity and human rights violations in Somalia

2015-09-10, Issue 741

Sexual violence continues to increase in Somalia following the recent impeachment against the president, which caused political instability and a crackdown on IDPs around the capital city.

Summit of African Peer Review Mechanism postponed in the last minute

Statement by African civil society on the postponement of the 2nd Extraordinary Summit of the African Peer Review Mechanism Heads of State and Government Forum, Nairobi, September 2015

2015-09-10, Issue 741

African civil society groups have expressed disappointed at the sudden, unexpected and unexplained cancellation of the Summit that was scheduled for Nairobi this week. They say Africa had high hopes and expectations that this Summit would have reinvigorated the APRM’s purpose, institutions and processes, and addressed the critical challenges facing APRM.

A call to the global church and all people of conscience

2015-09-03, Issue 740

Kairos Palestine statement on continued confiscations of Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley of the Bethlehem region.

ACB to battle SA Govt., Monsanto over controversial GM ‘drought tolerant’ maize

2015-08-12, Issue 739

The civil society group is concerned that the recent approval is typical of GM decision-making in South Africa, which simply reiterates and summarises information provided by Monsanto, who has a clear vested interest in the approval. The government is under a legal obligation to apply a risk averse and cautious approach, which takes into account uncertainties and the limits of current knowledge about commercial production of GMOs.

Families of Marikana mineworkers file civil claims against Government

2015-08-11, Issue 739

The families of the 37 mineworkers killed at Marikana on 13 and 16 August 2012 have filed civil claims against the Minister of Police in the High Court in Pretoria. The 37 families are represented by The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic.

African women's position on the New Development Agenda

2015-08-12, Issue 739

African women applaud the new “2030 Agenda” for having the promise of being truly transformative for women and girls around the world. But they are concerned about the lack of commitment by African governments to implement progressive laws, agreements and protocols.

Civil society commends inauguration of presidential committee against corruption

2015-08-12, Issue 739

The team is headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist. The Committee's task is to advise the present Buhari led administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria's criminal justice system.

KDF Amendment Bill 2015 unconstitutional

2015-08-04, Issue 738

The proposed law contravenes provisions of the constitution that require public participation in national affairs, a culture of openness and subordination of the military to civilian oversight.

An open letter to Obama: We need your partnership in the fight against climate change

Mohamed Adow

2015-07-30, Issue 737

With about one billion people, Africa contributes very little to cause the climate problem but its people are among the most seriously harmed. The US, which accounts for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions now causing climate change, should lead efforts to heal the Planet.

10 years of defending human rights defenders in East & Horn of Africa

Hassan Shire

2015-07-30, Issue 737

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project marks ten years of its founding this year. In that period, the organization has done extensive work in providing protection for human rights defenders, advocating against repressive laws and building capacities to strengthen regional civil society.

Nigeria: The sacking of the unserviceable service chiefs

2015-07-15, Issue 735

Global Campaign On Military Spending, GCOMS-Nigeria, welcomes the decision of the President Muhammad Buhari government to sack the country's Service Chiefs.

Open letter to Rwanda prisons director on intensified isolation of presidential contender Victoire Ingabire

Boniface Twagirimana

2015-07-16, Issue 735

It is quite evident that for someone already detained in solitary confinement, these measures amount to mental torture in violation of the International Convention Against Torture, to which Rwanda is a contracting party.

Palm oil giant Wilmar resorts to dirty tricks

2015-07-09, Issue 734

World’s largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International Ltd., under scrutiny as communities in Borneo, Sumatra, Uganda and Nigeria accuse its suppliers of harassment, deception and rights abuses.

Kenya taskforce on NGOs law publishes its report

2015-07-09, Issue 734

The report of the taskforce on Kenya's Public Benefits Organizations Act 2013 has been released and can be found in the NGO Coordination Board website on this link.

Bank accounts of Kenyan rights organisations still frozen despite charges dismissed

Front Line Defenders

2015-07-02, Issue 733

Front Line Defenders continues to be concerned at the freezing of the bank accounts of MUHURI and Haki Africa despite the lack of evidence for the terrorism-related allegations against them.

Marikana’s Farlam Commission fails to save lives by banning R-5S in crowd control

2015-07-02, Issue 733

Social justice activist organisation Amandla.Mobi and Gun Free South Africa are deeply disappointed that the Farlam Commission of Enquiry’s report into the 2012 Marikana massacre makes no recommendation to prohibit R-5 rifles – the assault weapon used by police to kill 34 miners – in Public Order Policing.

Extrajudicial killing of a minor in Kiamaiko

2015-06-04, Issue 729

In a heartless case of police brutality, a Nairobi officer shoots dead a teenage boy in cold blood in a slum as the boy pleads with him to spare his life. Human rights defenders in the area are demanding justice.

Kenyatta regime should stop vicious attack on civil society in Kenya

2015-06-04, Issue 729

President Kenyatta is steadily returning Kenya to authoritarianism. His government has tried to muzzle the judiciary and arm-twist County Governments. It has initiated repressive policy actions aimed at restricting the space of civil society, civil liberties, media freedom and independent critical voices.

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