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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
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South Sudan academics’ letter to US envoy: Resolution to current crisis

2014-01-09, Issue 660

Looking ahead beyond an end to the current violence, these academics propose measures that would ensure long-term stability of the world’s newest nation

Cameroon, Herakles land lease signature an alarming development

2013-12-05, Issue 657

Campaign groups Greenpeace and the Oakland Institute say work and forest clearing has been conducted in violation of national law, despite fierce local opposition, and would destroy a forested area of vital biodiversity surrounded by protected areas

CSO position on ARIPO draft legal framework on plant variety protection

2013-12-05, Issue 657

The proposed draft legal framework undermines the sovereign of governments to regulate matters concerning plant varieties as all authority to grant and administer plant varieties granted at the regional level vests with the ARIPO office

The Kenya Upinde Awards (formerly Gay and Lesbian Awards) 2013

Nominations call

2013-12-05, Issue 657

The Upinde Awards (formerly gay and lesbian awards) is an annual event organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. The Awards aims to appreciate the contributions made towards making Kenya an open democratic society by equality actors and allies as well as LGBTIQ individuals and groups The awards are also to honor politicians, journalists, employers, business leaders, journalists and other allies who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya.

Kenya: Statute Law Bill poses grave threat to civil society and must be rejected – UN rights experts

2013-12-05, Issue 657

"The Bill is an evidence of a growing trend in Africa and elsewhere, whereby governments are trying to exert more control over independent groups using so-called ‘NGO laws’”

South Africa: Mokoape, Vavi, Naidoo & Kasrils to speak at the Assembly of Unemployed

Unemployed People’s Movement

2013-12-05, Issue 657

From the 7 to 9 December Unemployed People's Movement, other organisations of the unemployed and the poor, and allies in unions, civil society and other progressive formations will converge on Grahamstown for the first Assembly of the Unemployed.

Letter to African Group on WHRD resolution

2013-11-21, Issue 655

'We are extremely concerned to hear that the African Group has developed a group position objecting to several core elements of the draft resolution'

URGENT ACTION: Mass deprivation of nationality under way in Dominican Republic

2013-11-21, Issue 655

The Constitutional Court ruling which deprives thousands of individuals of foreign descent of their Dominican nationality is being implemented. This has created an increasing nationalist and hostile atmosphere where individuals of Haitian descent are particularly discriminated against and at risk of violence and further violations.

Group protests harassment of journalists in Somaliland

2013-11-21, Issue 655

The following open letter was sent by Somaliland Focus (UK) to Somaliland's government on Nov 11 2013.

Children driven Advocacy: Resisting child labour in Mt Elgon, Kenya

2013-11-21, Issue 655

Evelyn Mkite is a Fahamu Fellow 2013 based in Cheptais location in the Mt Elgon region in Bungoma County, western Kenya. Her activism work revolves around fighting against child labour in Cheptais with the intent of keeping them in school.

Kenyan NGOs oppose proposed restrictive law

Ken Wafula

2013-11-13, Issue 654

Non-governmental organizations and civil society groups read a sinister motive in the government Bill that seeks to restrict funding

Kenya: New laws would undermine basic rights

Reject restrictions on media, independent groups

Human Rights Watch

2013-11-13, Issue 654

(Nairobi, November 12, 2013) – Kenya’s leaders and lawmakers should reject proposed laws regulating the media and nongovernmental activity that would severely undermine fundamental rights and freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today.

AU human rights memorial dialogue focuses on slavery

Justice Africa

2013-11-13, Issue 654

African Union Human Rights Memorial Network dialogue in Dakar, Senegal, 11-12 November, examines the role of slavery memorialisation in promoting human rights on the continent

Media bill contravenes the constitution

2013-11-14, Issue 654

The Rights Promotion and Protection Centre would like to stand behind the Media Council of Kenya, the Communications Commission of Kenya and the entire media fraternity to express our disappointment in the National Assembly for the passing of this very draconian bill.

Polisario congratulates European parliament; Morocco diplomatically isolated

Statement by Mohamed Sidati, Minister-Delegate of the Polisario Front to Europe

Mohamed Sidati

2013-10-30, Issue 652

The decision by Members of the European Parliament to support a report that is highly critical of Morocco’s human rights violations in Western Sahara is a welcome move. More pressure should be piled of Morocco to end its occupation of Africa’s last colony

10 family members killed by government bombs in Darfur


2013-10-30, Issue 652

For years the Sudan Government has been indiscriminately bombing villages and other civilian areas in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile Provinces causing death and destruction to villages and crops. This needs to stop

Release Sidahmed Lemjayed in Africa's last colony

Africa Contact

2013-10-30, Issue 652

Africa Contact demands that Morocco releases activist Sidahmed Lemjayed and 24 other political prisoners from Sale prison in Morocco



2013-10-30, Issue 652

The operation is in no way a “clean up” of the inner city and does not comply with the City of Johannesburg’s existing economic, spatial or urban management policies or by-laws

Kenya: Justice for Liz campaign under way

Call for action for arrest and prosecution of the rape gang

2013-10-30, Issue 652

Activists have organised a protest march to call for the arrest and prosecution of a gang of men who raped a teenage girl and seriously injured her in western Kenya. The men were initially arrested but later freed in unclear circumstances

S.Africa's historic Robben Island sees launch of 'Free Palestinian Political Prisoners' campaign

2013-10-30, Issue 652

Group 4 Security (G4S) was the company that BDS South Africa singled out during its message and address at yesterday's Robben Island launch of the "Free Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Political Prisoners" campaign

IFJ/FAJ raise serious concerns on intimidation of journalists in Kenya

2013-10-31, Issue 652

Police summoned Kenya Television Network (KTN, private) journalists, John-Allan Namu and Mohammed Ali, over their report on the Westgate Mall looting by army officers. The network’s CEO, Sam Shollei, has also been summoned.

Angola: Please help free Nito Alvares

Amnesty International

2013-10-30, Issue 652

Seventeen-year-old boy has been held in illegal detention with adults for nearly two months for allegedly insulting the president. He has not been taken to court

Statement of the Africa Forum on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

2013-10-17, Issue 650

More than 40 former African heads of state and government oppose foreign military intervention and urge continuation of efforts to bring the two sides to a negotiating table to find a peaceful solution to the conflict

Kenya: Torture reforms must tackle implementation gap and end impunity

2013-10-09, Issue 649

At the conclusion of a visit to Kenya by a delegation of anti-torture experts, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and its coalition of partner organisations in Kenya call for the continuation of the reform path and effective steps to end impunity

Statement of solidarity with the people of Sudan

Sudan Solidarity Network

2013-10-10, Issue 649

The recent violent repression of peaceful protests following the removal of fuel subsidy leading to a high coast of living showed a brutal government that has little regard for the lives and rights of its own people. State violence is still going on

The extremely intimidating environment in Kenya today

Maina Kiai

2013-10-03, Issue 648

Civil Society has been under vicious attack since March, especially by politicians and in the social media. Human rights defenders have been particularly targeted

Yet another UN report calls for support to peasant farming and agroecology

It's time for action

GRAIN | La Vía Campesina | ETC Group

2013-10-03, Issue 648

International recognition is growing that supporting small farmers and agroecology is the way to solve the global food and climate crisis

No Human Rights = No Development

2013-10-03, Issue 648

Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network Submit Human Rights Report on Ethiopia to the United Nations

Apo killings: Civil society demands response from government

2013-10-03, Issue 648

Following the recent unjustified and brutal killings at Kyari Close, Zone ‘E’, Apo Legislative Quarters, near Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, by some security agents which left no fewer than eight (8) persons dead and several others wounded, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) hereby observes as follows:

PACM condemns Egyptian military

PACM Sierra Leone

2013-09-05, Issue 644

Movement condemns the release of Mubarak from prison, massacre of civilians and wants Al-Sisi to be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity

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