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Political Metamorphosis Continues in Ethiopia as Woman elected head of Country’s top court

Meaza Ashenafi a prominent Ethiopian human rights lawyer has been unanimously elected as the first woman to head the country’s federal supreme court. Her appointment is one of the many positive political earthquakes taking place in Ethiopia ever since the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, took office in March 2018 and started ushering in a series of reforms in Ethiopia, a typically patriarchal country. Meaza Ashenafi’s appointed followed that of Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected Ethiopia’s first female President by…

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Gender equality or Revolution as Sahle-Work Zewde elected Ethiopia’s first female president?

Sahle-Work Zewde has been elected Ethiopia’s first female President by the country’s members of parliament, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome. An experienced diplomat, Ms. Sahle-Work who, until her appointment, was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UN representative at the African Union, has become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election came just a week after the reform-minded Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created history by appointing 10 women to ministerial positions in…

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 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

  Experts have argued that Africa has at least 200 billion dollars sustainable development investment potentials. Arguably, developments and poverty eradication in Africa have witnessed some progress in the last 60 years. According to the UNO, poverty has been reduced worldwide from about 40% to fewer than 20% in the last 30 years. While many countries in the world have made significant progress in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, living standard, etc. the majority of African countries with their…

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A Good Reason to Welcome Melania Trump to Africa.

One may bark, What the hell is the US First Lady Melania Trump, possibly doing in Africa? A continent once labeled a Sh.thole? Now in Ghana, does Melania Trump’s husband really know where his wife is? Or could she have lied and told him she was visiting Germany instead of Ghana? Germany – Ghana? Hum, sounds similar…? Similar? Never mind, all I wanted to say was that the two countries may “sound” similar, to some people. Yes, to someone,…

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ICC President at the opening of UN General Assembly holds high-level meetings with States

The President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji held an official visit to the United Nations in New York from 23 to 25 September 2018 to participate/attend the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which took place on 24 September 2018, as well as the opening of the High-Level general debate of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2018. At the Summit world leaders unanimously adopted a declaration committing to redouble efforts to…

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South Sudan doctor wins UN award For Humanitarian Work

The mere mentioning of South Sudan invokes the images of war, pandemonium, refugee crisis, hunger and starvation, and a near-failed State. However, sometimes, hopes can spring out of hopelessness. Happily, this is a typical case, as South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar was named as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The award, which is bestowed on an individual who goes beyond the call of duty to help save lives, is a…

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Interior:  Decorating Children’s Bedroom

 Children, by nature, are small, but they definitely can consume a larger part of the house’s space. When you walk into a house with children, in most cases, their presence is quickly noticed in the state of the house – from those jackets hanging (you mean lying on the floor?) on the wall to the dirty rainboots scattered at the doorstep. You need some sense of creativity and discipline to create that orderliness in a house. However, since children spend a…

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Gabon:  “The legal criteria for this Court to investigate have not been met”

On 29 September 2016, I announced the opening of a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon, based on a referral received from the Government of Gabon with respect to crimes allegedly committed in its territory since May 2016 and potentially falling within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”). My Office also received several article 15 communications alleging crimes in the context of the 2016 presidential election. Following a thorough factual and legal analysis of…

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Tanzania: Many drown as ferry capsized on Lake Victoria

As many as, at least, 40 people have been reported dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. A source had, however, insisted that the number of death could be more than 200. While about 100 people were rescued; 32 of them are thought to be in a serious condition. According to the report, the ferry MV Nyerere, which was overloaded with more than 400 passengers capsized near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora. As…

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Rwanda: 2,000 prisoners freed including opposition figure Victoire Ingabire

President Paul Kagame has yesterday ordered the release of 2000 prisoners, including the main opposition party leader Victoire Ingabire. Victoire Ingabire leader of the FDU-Inkingi party, who has been imprisoned for 15-years, for being a threat to the country’s security and “belittling” the 1994 genocide has been a leading critic of President Paul Kagame. Leaving the Nyarugenge Prison, Mageragere, dressed in the colours of her party with a green jacket, Nyarugenge Prison, Mageragere, Ms. Ingabire, who had earlier called…

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