PAMBAZUKA NEWS 201: Zimbabwe: Elections, despondency and civil society's responsibility

If civil society groups have their way, a guideline drafted by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights should hold cabinet ministers accountable for their actions while in office. Maina Kiai, chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), says they are planning a series of public meetings to create awareness on how to hold civil servants accountable, and demand for their resignation in case of any wrongdoings.

Tanzania’s government has sent police and paramilitary officers to volatile Zanzibar to harass opposition supporters ahead of elections, an opposition party has claimed. It also accused the government of redrawing constituency boundaries to weaken concentrations of opposition voters. Zanzibar, which united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964, retains the right to elect its own parliament and president.

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a network of elected legislators from 110 countries from all regions of the world, welcomes the adoption of the first United Nations Security Council resolution referring a situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Resolution 1593 (2005) of March 31, 2005 on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, was adopted with 11 votes in favour and 4 abstentions. The measure had been under active discussion in the Security Council since January 25, 2005, more

The Sahel, a vast region bordering the Sahara Desert and including the countries of Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania, is increasingly referred to by the U.S. military as "the new front in the war on terrorism". There are enough indications, from a security perspective, to justify caution and greater Western involvement. However, the Sahel is not a hotbed of terrorist activity. A misconceived and heavy handed approach could tip the scale the wrong way; serious, balanced, and long-term more

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