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Fighting Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Through the resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly declared 26 June the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The aim is to create awareness of the danger of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and put action and cooperation in place to achieve a drug-free society. Simply put, drug abuse means using illegal drugs or prescription or over-the-counter medicines in excessive amount or for other purposes than they are intended to be used….

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Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”: The Issues of Translation, Fragmentation and Identity

It came like a flashy thunderbolt, drizzling gently over my stunned and weakly mesmerised soul. Truly hypnotised in the bliss of perfect pleasure, you may say. Alas, it was somehow difficult to attribute the source of the impromptu intoxicating ecstasy – the inauguration of President Joe Biden of the USA, despite all Mafiosi-like unconstitutional attempts to stop the legitimate constitutional process? Or those powerful poetic lines from amazing Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she recited at President…

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South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary: Actions speak louder than words

The latest pledge from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to end any form of war in his country would have been received globally with much enthusiasm and hope some years ago. Today, such a promise, which President Kiir made during his speech to mark the country’s 10th anniversary (did I hear you call it a “lost decade”?) of its independence, is hardly breaking news. It is not just because the reality on the ground hardly matches the rhetoric; the…

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Travel & Destination: Make Kenya Your Next Destination

Hardly can one talk about Africa without mentioning Kenya, one of the most stunning places on the continent. The East African country is reaping significantly from enthusiastic international visitors who want to gain new experiences and realise their dreams by visiting their lovely destinations. Kenya Tourism Performance Report 2019 indicates the country received 2, 048,334 visitors compared with 2,025,206 in 2018. The East African nation also recorded revenue of $1.6 billion, indicating that the tourism sector is playing a significant role…

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ICC Principals adopt High-Level Statement on Gender Equality.

On 30 April 2021, Judge Piotr Hofmański, President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda and ICC Registrar, Peter Lewis adopted a High-Level Statement on Gender Equality at the ICC. “We firmly believe that in order to uphold women’s rights and to reap the benefits of women’s important contributions, the perspectives of women in all of their diversity must be integrated in all spheres of the work of the Court,” the Principals affirmed….

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Proverb of the week: “Hot water does not burn down the house.” (English)

Hot water does not burn down the house (English) Maji ya moto hayachomi nyumba (Swahili / Eastern and Central Africa) This African proverb is very common amongst the Sukuma and Ngoreme tribes of Tanzania and the Kuria people in Kenya and Tanzania. Primarily, they use the saying to encourage a husband and wife that peaceful co-existence between them is vital to the success of their marriage – irrespective of arguments and challenges they encounter in their relationship. The couple must work…

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Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip has died aged 99.

Buckingham Palace has announced Prince Philip’s death, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, at the age of 99. He passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, the Palace announced. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our…

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Statement by ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, at the conclusion of her visit to Mali

Photo credit: © Timbuktu TFV-ICC HD @Nicolas Réméné From the 29th to the 31st of March, I had the honour to conduct my third and last official visit to Mali in my capacity as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the ‘’Court’’) before my term ends in June of this year. While in Mali, my delegation and I had a full programme  of meetings and productive discussions with the Malian authorities, the judiciary, representatives of civil society,…

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Bride Price in Africa: He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune

Dowry, a payment made by the family of the groom in the form of money, presents, or a mixture of both, to their future in-laws at the start of their marriage, to enable the groom to marry the bride, has endured the strong wave of westernization in the Africa continent. The long-standing customary practice is shared across the societies from Egypt to South Africa, down to Ghana and Rwanda. On the other hand, in the Hindu culture, the bride’s…

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Talking About Violence Against Women

Being seen (and treated) as inferior, weak, less intelligent than male, a sex object and, in fact, as everything opposite the male, the discriminatory perception and maltreatment of women can itself be a bitter traumatic experience for the female gender. Justifying such perception with the violent treatment of women, and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare for a woman and a huge stumbling block…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the occasion of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I join the calls for a world free of violence against women and children. Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, from sexual and gender-based violence to harassment, human trafficking, child marriages, and being forced to serve as child soldiers. Despite progress made in the fight against impunity for such crimes, they remain prevalent. These are crimes that…

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Say No To Gender-Based Violence!

Discrimination against women and girls is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing. Just like elsewhere in the world, women and girls in Africa had gone through thick and thin due to gender inequality on the continent. And the menace is hardly far from being eradicated in modern African society. Gender inequality, which is a by-product of the sexist ideology, which maintains that the female is inferior to the male, persists through the enaction and (re)enforcement of…

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