Africa Is Witnessing a Decline in FGM Prevalence Rates And That’s Good News

 The world marked the International Day of zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation over the weekend and that provided an opportunity to evaluate the steps taken by African countries, where prevalence rates have been know to be high. Last year, Nigeria and Gambia took giant strides toward the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by adopting […]

For Africa, Lessons From Hong Kong And The Umbrella Revolution – Alex Ndungu Njeru

 They have it all; economic freedom, one of the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita in the world (53,203 US$D), the infrastructure is perfect and systems work like clockwork. So why are the Hong Kong citizens agitating for electoral reform and political freedom? In relative terms most citizens of repressed countries in the world would […]

Former Rwandan Minister Jailed for Genocide

 The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) yesterday sentenced former Minister of Planning, Augustin Ngirabatware, to 35 years for his role in organising and carrying out the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The search for these fugitives will continue and will not cease and until they are found and brought to account before the Mechanism […]

African Criminal Court Not Viable

  THE African Union summit sitting in Addis Ababa is expected to address the proposal for an African Criminal Court to handle crimes against humanity on the continent. This is a good idea in principle but bad in practice. An international criminal court only takes on cases that member nations are avoiding, or covering up. […]

How Long Before An African Criminal COurt?

 The long-running spat between the African Union (AU) and International Criminal Court (ICC) over perceived bias has prompted the AU to push ahead with plans to form its own Africa-wide criminal court, but analysts believe the move could complicate, rather than enhance, international justice. "Africa wants regional ownership of its crimes and its leaders," Alan […]

Africa Called to Reverse Soaring Adoption Rates

 As the number of African children adopted by people outside the continent reaches record levels, experts, activists, government officials and academics have called for the practice to be stemmed, warning that adoption was too often motivated by financial gain rather than the best interests of the children involved. Between 2003 and 2011, for example, at […]

South Africa: Minister Condemns Silencing of Women During Traditional Courts Bill Hearings

 Pretoria — The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says women should not be prevented from voicing their opinions during the Traditional Courts Bill public hearings currently underway. Delivering her Budget Vote Speech to the National Council of Provinces on Friday, Xingwana said in some provinces, women were told they were […]

Nigerian Petrol Taxes And The Suppression Of Human Rights amidst corruption

    Nigeria’s president Jonathan announced increased petrol taxes on January 1st. This was done through the petroleum pricing and regulatory agency. This has brought about protests and uproar in Africa’s most populous country.   Amidst the tax increase, Nigerians are worried about the fact that the administration of President Jonathan cannot account for N9.6 […]