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2015-02-26, Issue 715

Regarding the repeated and contemptuous silence of the different Tunisian governments, which have taken place since the revolution, to requests from families to know the fate of hundreds of missing young Tunisians who have been lost at sea since the revolution, we call on you to organize an international solidarity movement with the activities they have decided to initiate today Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Tunis; a rally at the seat of government in the Kasbah area of Tunis. After the fall of the regime, tens of thousands of young Tunisians from working class districts have crossed the Mediterranean on small boats in search of a better future they can’t find in their country. Thousands could reach the coasts, but hundreds have disappeared and many remained at sea. Four years after these dramatic events, families are still helpless, their sufferings have deepened day by day at the refusal of the successive governments, including the current one, to respond to their request to create a commission of inquiry equipped with the necessary means and skills to know the truth about the missing young Tunisians. We suggest that you send your support to the following address: and organize all actions that you consider useful and rallies in front of consulates and embassies in Tunisia Wednesday, March 4, 2015. TUNISIAN FORUM FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS

Kenya: Film regulator bans screening of Fifty Shades of Grey

Article 19

2015-02-16, Issue 714

The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya, Article 19 says.

Spain’s basic law for the protection of public security, a threat to the rights of assembly and asylum

2015-02-16, Issue 714

Opponents says the law currently awaiting final approval in the Senate prior to its final review by the Congress of Deputies would introduce unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly in Spain and would legalise the practice of summary returns to Morocco from Spain’s enclaves in North Africa.

Buried under the premier’s ‘peace’

21 assassinations yet still no proper mediation process for Glebelands Hostel

2015-02-18, Issue 714

More people are being killed without the murderers being brought to justice. The peace promised residents by eThekwini Municipality and Provincial Government in KwaZulu Natal is nowhere to be seen. How long will these senseless killings last?

Rejecting American imperialist sanctions

Bunge La Mwananchi statement of solidarity with the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

2015-02-19, Issue 714

The Kenyan social movement stands with the People of Venezuela and social movements in South-South solidarity, defending the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela against any imperialist attempts to undermine the social progress made in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro.

Sudan: Mass rape by army in Darfur

UN, AU should press for protection, international investigation

2015-02-12, Issue 713

At least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit over 36 hours beginning on October 30, 2014. The mass rapes would amount to crimes against humanity if found to be part of a widespread or systematic attack on the civilian population.

Stop ‘peace forum’ in occupied territory

Peter Kenworthy

2015-02-12, Issue 713

Africa Contact urges Crabs Montana Forum to move its forum in March from Africa’s last colony, Moroccan occupied Western Sahara. Other organisations deploring the holding of the forum in an occupied territory include the African Union and Western Saharas exile government.

AU 24th Summit: The organisation of Crans Montana Forum in occupied Western Sahara a threat to peace in the region

2015-02-04, Issue 712

The Heads of States and Governments of the African Union adopted a Declaration on the planed organisation of Crans Montana Forum in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, and estimated “it can only create an atmosphere of confrontation in the territory”.

No relief for Kwesakamthethwa farmers

2015-01-26, Issue 711

Government’s R350 million disaster fund for 32 drought-stricken KZN municipalities, fails to reach the people

Call xenophobia by its name

2015-01-26, Issue 711

If the government says this is crime, why are all the victims of this crime 'foreigners', and not white, Indian or black South Africans?

Africa's land and seed laws under attack

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is not only pouring money into plantation projects on the ground, it is changing African laws to serve foreign agribusiness as well. This is the main finding of a new report from the civil society organisations Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and GRAIN.

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara continues to arrest opposition leaders

Eric Edi

2015-01-15, Issue 710

Dr Assoa Adou, a former minister of environment in the government of President Laurent Gbagbo, was recently arrested for his political activities. A strong figure of the FPI party, he fled into exile in Ghana after the electoral violence of 2010. In Ghana, he chaired the coordination of the FPI in exile but returned after three years.

South Africa: Another year, another murder…

...and still no real commitment from government to end Glebelands Hostel

2015-01-22, Issue 710

Phumlani Ndlovu never saw much of 2015. When he was invited to visit friends on Friday 16 January he never expected he could be lured to his death. His lifeless body was found early the next morning near Block 40. He had been gunned down during the night, shot over ten times in the chest and head by faceless killers. He was only in his early thirties when he died.

Statement by BDS South Africa on the forthcoming visit of Palestine liberation struggle icon, Comrade Leila Khaled

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The Israeli lobby in South Africa, including the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, have – not unexpectedly - been trying to discredit Leila Khaled’s forthcoming 6-16 February tour.

Leila Khaled: South African students welcome visit

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS), representing learners in South African Pre-Tertiary level, welcomes the planned visit in February of one of our own, Palestine Freedom Fighter against the racist regime of Israel, Comrade Leila Khaled to South Africa.

Statement on the planned visit by Cde Leila Khaled

2015-01-22, Issue 710

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association welcomes the planned visit of the Palestine struggle icon and freedom fighter, Leila Khaled to South Africa. This is amid the racist oppressive Zionist Israel sympathisers’ noise against such planned visit.

Unconditional release of human rights defenders arrested in peaceful demonstration

2014-12-18, Issue 707

At least eight human rights defenders were brutally arrested and assaulted on 18 December 2014 in Nairobi during a peaceful demonstration against the Security Law (Amendment) Bill.

A call for peace in South Sudan

2014-12-18, Issue 707

Civil society groups across the Great Lakes & Horn of Africa regions have called on governments to acknowledge the outcry of South Sudanese people and engage in serious peace negotiations instead of stalling tactics while searching for military victory.

Kenya frustrated ICC prosecutor by non-cooperation

Fatou Bensouda

2014-12-11, Issue 706

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the status of the Government of Kenya’s cooperation with the Prosecution's investigations in the Kenyatta case

Statement on behalf of the victims following the withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Kenyatta

Fergal Gaynor

2014-12-11, Issue 706

Today’s withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Kenyatta will inevitably disappoint the estimated 20,000 victims of the crimes charged in this case.

KPTJ statement following the ICC Prosecutor’s notice of withdrawal of charges against Uhuru Kenyatta

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The circumstances under which the charges against Kenyatta have been withdrawn – based on alleged witness intimidation and lack of cooperation by the Government of Kenya – rather than vindicating him, have left many questions hanging over his role in post-election violence.

Kenyatta’s ICC case: Kenya should account for impeding access to justice and truth


2014-12-11, Issue 706

ICC judges decide not to adjourn the case further; decline to refer Kenya to the ICC’s governing body despite criticising the lack of cooperation from Kenya

Withdrawal of Kenyatta charges signals need for overhaul of ICC investigations

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Prosecution’s complaints about non-cooperation by the Kenyan authorities is true, but the lack of evidence points more to a failure of the previous investigative strategy of the Office of the Prosecutor. The evidence is out there, the question is why the OTP did not have it before charges were proffered.

Palestine Embassy in Tanzania condemns assassination of Ziad Abu Ein

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Embassy of the State of Palestine in Tanzania condemns in the strongest terms the Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Palestinian Minister and Head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Mr. Ziad Abu Ein.

AFSA open letter opposing human feeding trials involving GM banana

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty, has submitted this Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University expressing fierce opposition to the human feeding trials taking place at Iowa State University involving genetically modified (GM) bananas. The Letter is supported by more than 120 organizations from around the world.

Police reforms key to solving insecurity in Kenya

Cidi Otieno David

2014-12-03, Issue 705

Following the second attack in Mandera Town in Kenya in less than two weeks, leading to the death of 36 people, Kenya’s police chief announced his retirement and the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary was removed. But this is not enough to improve security.

Gross violation of human rights at Wieta Farm

2014-12-03, Issue 705

On 2 December, a farmworker was assaulted and freedom of association denied on a WIETA farm outside Robertson, South Africa.

Sudan: Human rights activist still held in unknown location

2014-12-03, Issue 705

Human rights defender Mr Rashid Shikhaldeen Abash continues to remain in detention without charge for more than two months

Pan-African solidarity statement with The Burkinabe People

2014-11-28, Issue 704

The events of 31st October 2014, leading to the popular uprising in Burkina Faso that removed Blaise Compaore from power, constitute a turning point for the entire region, and probably Africa as a whole.

Civil society questions Kenya’s UN Ambassador views on ICC

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ)

2014-11-12, Issue 702

Civil society’s response to Ambassador Macharia Kamau’s statement to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 30th October 2014 regarding the Report of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the UNGA.

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