Pambazuka News 428: South Africa’s 2009 National election: Waiting to exhale

The Global Information Technology report of 2008-2009 has ranked Zimbabwe’s Information and Communication Technology sector at 132 out of 134 countries on the network readiness index list, ahead of East Timor and Chad. The Network Readiness Index (NRI) measures the capacity of countries to exploit the opportunities offered by the ever-changing Information and Communications Technology sector. The NRI comprise of three components: the environment for ICT offered by a given country or more

The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA) pursues with great concern the case of Mrs. Nahla Bashir Adam, works in Youth Association for Child Rights in Kurdufan. Nahla had been detained by the Sudanese Security Forces in south Darfur in December 12, 2008. However, since that time, Nahla hadn't subjected to a trail or accused of any charges. Moreover, no one knows where she exists even their lawyers or colleagues in human rights domain.

Since coming to power in 2002, President Kibaki has gazetted the creation of 124 new districts and there are rumours of a possible 15 more being created. Experts speculate the objective is to pre-empt the intended constitutional boundaries review. The ad hoc creation of new districts is a continuation of the government’s political manipulation of local development which in turn undermines the impact of the extensive resources channelled to through the districts and decentralised structures.

The LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a unique programme to which 30 individuals from African countries with a good law degree and preferably experience in the field of human rights are admitted. During an intensive one-year course, they are taught by eminent lecturers in the field of human rights and gain invaluable practical exposure. It is the only course of its kind in Africa.

The American University in Cairo (AUC) Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) is pleased to announce its plans for an additional Graduate Diploma with a Specialization in Psychosocial Intervention for forced migrants and refugees beginning in September 2009.