Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays world, its own history

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Once upon a time there was a country the majority of whose people were oppressed and systematically discriminated against by a minority regime. The violation of human rights was a structural feature of its system, euphemistically called “separate development”. The execution of power claimed to be based on the rule …

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Burundi & Rwanda: rivalry at the heart of Great Lakes crises

André Guichaoua, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne The end of two particularly bloody and dramatic civil wars saw a reversal of the political and ethnic dominance in Rwanda in 1994 and Burundi in 2004. This dominance had come into being at independence. In Rwanda, the 1959 revolution overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and brought Hutu elites to …

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Africa News Headlines for 2 October 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. South Sudan conflict: Britain must keep up the political pressure to protect a fragile peace Source: The Independent Winners of UBC’s integrity award on fighting corruption in Africa Source: The Globe and Mail How China’s Economic Slowdown Will Impact Africa …

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Senator Inhofe urges Secretary Kerry to support Burundi elections

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and senior member of the Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on June 26 encouraging the Obama administration to re-engage with the government of Burundi and to support the electoral process that is now in motion. …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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