South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

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Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Brussels, ICG - Africa Report N°228 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For more than eighteen months, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body mediating peace negotiations to end South Sudan’s civil war, has struggled to secure a deal in the face of deep regional divisions and the parties’ truculence. To overcome these challenges, it announced a revised, expanded mediation – ... Read More »

Zimbabwean authorities hunt Spaniard accused of killing Cecil the lion

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European allegedly paid €50,000 for chance to kill tourist attraction, who was found headless after being shot with a bow and arrow and tracked for 40 hours The Guardian – Stephen Burgen in Barcelona Authorities in Zimbabwe are trying track down a Spaniard who allegedly paid park guides €50,000 (£35,000) for the chance to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most ... Read More »

Reform and Security Strategy in Tunisia

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ICG – Tunis/Brussels – Middle East and North Africa Report N°161 The full report is available in: French EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS With a dysfunctional internal security apparatus, Tunisia’s response to increasing, ever more devastating jihadi attacks has been ad hoc. The attacks in Tunis and Sousse, in March and June 2015, as well as frequent assaults against the police, ... Read More »

Former Chad dictator faces war crimes trial

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Global development Trial of Hissène Habré is first time courts of one African country have prosecuted former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes Guardian Global development is supported by: About this content The Guardian – Celeste Hicks in Dakar The former Chadian leader, Hissène Habré, is to go on trial in Senegal accused of crimes against humanity, war ... Read More »

The Libyan Political Dialogue: An Incomplete Consensus

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The preliminary political agreement that emerged from UN-led talks between Libyan rival factions at a signing ceremony in the Moroccan coastal resort town of Skhirat last week was a critical first step toward ending the Libyan civil war. Tripoli/Brussels  | ICG Yet one side’s refusal to come on board without further amendments to the text potentially makes the agreement stillborn. Under ... Read More »

Australia should step up to defend human rights in Egypt

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Australia should demonstrate its international human rights leadership by leading action at the Human Rights Council to address the urgent human right situation in Egypt, human rights organisations said in a joint letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Egyptians are witnessing the most serious human rights crisis in decades. The Human Rights Law Centre, along with the Human Rights Council ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s young elephants sold to China

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Twenty-four young elephants being transported by air from Zimbabwe to China, eight months after capture of 27-strong group in north-west of the country sparked outrage The Telegraph – By Peta Thornycroft in Johannesburg Twenty-four young elephants are being transported by air from Zimbabwe to China, eight months after their capture in the north-west of the country sparked outrage from animal ... Read More »

Female suicide bombers kill scores in Nigeria

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Wave of attacks brings to more than 200 deaths from Boko Haram counter-attack in Borno State The Telegraph – By AFP Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said on Saturday. The latest carnage in a series of attacks that have claimed more ... Read More »

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

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Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home on July 2 and were taken into custody, said a legal source. Hurriyet – PARIS – Agence France-Presse The men, accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged three and five at a hotel swimming pool, were repatriated after being questioned by French and Burkinabe military ... Read More »

Slaves in their own words: Recordings of a lost world

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The 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed 150 years ago. Thanks to the Library of Congress, the voices of some of those who were emancipated can now be heard The Telegraph - By David Millward, US Correspondent Around four million slaves were freed at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Over the generations their stories have been ... Read More »