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Cameroon Political Crisis: Ambazonia separatists jailed for life

A military court in Yaoundé, Cameroon has sentenced a leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine other separatists to life imprisonment. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is the leader of the so-called Governing Council of Ambazonia. The court convicted the accused, who had been arrested in Nigeria in January 2018 and deported back to Cameroon, of rebellion and other charges. The lawyers of the convicts had accused the military judge of bias and serious irregularities in the proceedings…

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Untold democracy is taking root in Tunisia

The upcoming presidential vote in Tunisia is set to mark a great milestone in the country’s political history since it gained independence. Following the demise of President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country will head to the ballot earlier than expected as required by the law. The constitution requires presidential polls to be held within 90 days after the death of the incumbent. Before the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections boss…

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Children, women’s safety in jeopardy over rife human trafficking in Namibia

Human trafficking is not a thing of the past as many think; it still exists in the 21st century. There are no significant changes in the modern era, despite the industrial revolution and technological development, as millions of people worldwide are still going through slavery. Unlike in the ancient times when victims of human trafficking, especially from Africa were transported oversees, nowadays the act occurs within the villages, towns or neighbouring countries. In fact, transporting the victims does not…

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Vacancy announcement for the position of Prosecutor of the ICC

The term of the current Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will expire on 15 June 2021. The Assembly of States Parties, acting pursuant to its mandate under Article 112 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute), has initiated the process for the selection of the next Prosecutor. The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), welcomes the publication of the vacancy announcement for the position of the…

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Africa: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of poop.

There is an adage amongst the Igbo ethnic group of the South East of Nigeria, which says:  Onwu na egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya nuu isi nsi. Translated: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of shit. Explained further literally, often when caution is disregarded, one is exposed to irrational actions, unguarded statements which could lead to untold danger, destruction or ultimate end. This proverb throws light on one of the causes of human miseries…

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Kenya: Jubilee party just a few inches from crumbling

In Kenyan political history, no political party has survived split when it goes through hard times, most specifically, internal wrangles since Independence. Going by history, Jubilee, Kenyan ruling party has minimal chances of survival, following squabbles from within for more than a year.  The once united and popular party across the country of late has become a battleground as members tear each other in public. On September 7, 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party The National Alliance (TNA), Deputy President…

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Zimbabwe’s former director arrested over graft

Zimbabwe’s newly constituted anti-corruption commission on Tuesday nabbed former Principal Director Monitoring and Evaluation in the office of the President and Cabinet Douglas Tapfuma on allegations of engaging in corruption. Tapfuma is accused of importing illegally a fleet of vehicles purported to belong to the government. According to state-owned daily the Herald, Mr Tapfuma misused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name and letters from the President’s office to import vehicles for himself, friends and relatives without paying duties. The paper further…

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The Office of the Prosecutor issues its Strategic Plan for 2019-2021

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “The Court”) is pleased to publish its Strategic Plan for 2019-2021, following consultations, including with States Parties and civil society. The Office has been closely assessing and taking stock of its performance, including internal and external factors that act as either drivers or inhibitors of that performance.  With the new Strategic Plan, the Office will build on the strengths of the previous Strategic Plan (2016-2018), by continuing…

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Uganda: Pop star Bobi Wine to run against President Museveni in 2021

In what many Ugandans have described as long-expected news, Ugandan pop star-turned-politician and opposition MP Bobi Wine has officially announced his intention to contest for president in the 2021 election. He is expected to run against the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. “On behalf of the people of Uganda I am challenging you to a free and fair election in 2021,” Bobi Wine announced in Kampala, Uganda. Mr Museveni has…

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Ongwen case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms the Trial Chamber’s decision on motions requesting dismiss of the charges

Today, 17 July 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (« ICC » or « Court ») delivered its judgment unanimously rejecting the appeal of Mr Dominic Ongwen and consequently confirming Trial Chamber IX’s decision of 7 March 2019, entitled ‘Decision on Defence Motions Alleging Defects in the Confirmation Decision’. Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, presiding in this appeal, read a summary of the judgment in open court. Trial Chamber IX had rejected, on 7 March 2019, four defence motions…

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Breaking News: Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders sign a power-sharing accord.

In what some people have called a historic moment, Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders have signed a power-sharing accord, following weeks of turbulence negotiations. The political deadlock started after the country’s former dictator Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April. The agreement was signed on behalf of the military junta by the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Mohamed Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo. Although, the constitutional declaration of the agreement is expected to be signed on Friday,…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC Trial Chamber I files the written reasons of the acquittal

On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, issued an oral decision acquitting Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. Today, 16 July 2019, Trial Chamber I issued its full reasons for the decision. The Majority, composed of Judge Tarfusser and Judge Henderson provided a detailed analysis of the…

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