Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

Campaign for Accountable Governance through Elections, (CAGE) has requested the Code of Conduct Bureau to urgently publish the names of current public officials who have failed to comply with asset declaration requirements under the 1999 Constitution.

The government of Libya routinely subjects migrants, asylum seekers and refugees -- primarily from sub-Saharan Africa -- to serious human rights abuses, including beatings, arbitrary arrests, forced returns and in some cases, torture, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Tuesday (September 12).

The rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has agreed to release 'non-combatants', including women and children they are holding captive, a top United Nations officials said. "I was pleased that the LRA have promised to release non-combatants and other abductees - women and children," Jan Egeland, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in the southern Sudanese town of Juba on Monday (September 11).

An initiative, which is a forum for women activists working in the area of women rights and development seeks essentially to empower the Nigerian women folks politically, especially in the forth-coming national elections slated for 2007 was launched by the Women Unity Forum (WUF) in Lagos on September 11.

The number of women who die during birth is still high, the State of Uganda Population report, has revealed. "Maternal mortality has remained stable and high at 505 deaths per 100,000 live births. The majority of maternal deaths occur outside hospital indicating delays in seeking care," the report says.