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Kenya’s Police Reform: Police officers ‘told to buy their own uniforms’

The cat must not steal a piece of fish, but the owner of the cat must not put the fish near the cat.  How does the above proverb explain the dilemma facing Kenya as it confronts the shortage of police officers’ uniforms amid the country’s police reform? In a lot of ways. It has been reported that some police officers in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, have been forced to be buying their uniforms from civilian tailors, following an alleged instruction…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the referral by Bolivia

Version française ci-dessous|La versión en español está a continuación Statement: 09.09.2020 On 4 September 2020, I received a referral from the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia (“Bolivia”) regarding the situation in its own territory, in accordance with its prerogatives as a State Party to the Rome Statute (the “Statute”). Pursuant to article 14(1) of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), the referring State requests the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation into crimes…

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COVID-19: Victims Of Conspiracy Theories, Myths or Paranoid Delusions?

Is it the ambiguous belief that certain powerful persons, institutions, government or even evil forces are secretly behind the presence of the COVID-19? How about an alleged undisclosed plot by groups to use the Coronavirus to manipulate the political process or target people for political or financial reasons? I believe you are not unaware of the claims that the Coronavirus was artificially manufactured in the laboratory to depopulate the world. Is the fallacy, that the spread of the COVID-19…

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Towards Gender Equality as Brazil Approves Equal Pay for Women’s and Men’s National Football Team Players

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has announced on Wednesday that the country’s women’s soccer team will receive the same pay as their men’s counterparts. According to the CBF boss Rogério Caboclo, every football players representing Brazil, irrespective of the gender, will receive the same prize money, daily rates and bonuses when on international duty. The equal payment took effect from March 2020. The decision of the CBF is historic, having in mind that many female footballers and activists have…

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International Criminal Court US economic sanctions

Version française ci-dessous ICC-CPI-20200902-PR1535 Press Release: 02.09.2020 The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) condemns the economic sanctions imposed by the US earlier today on the Court’s Prosecutor and a member of her Office. The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC…

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ASP President, O-Gon Kwon, rejects US measures against ICC

Press release: The Hague, 2 September 2020 ICC-ASP-20200902-PR1534 Today the Government of the United States announced concrete measures against the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and a senior staff member in her office. I strongly reject such unprecedented and unacceptable measures against a treaty-based international organization. They only serve to weaken our common endeavor to fight impunity for mass atrocities. The Court is an independent and impartial judicial institution. It operates in strict adherence to the provisions of…

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Brothers who get along will always defeat the enemy

Brothers who get along will always defeat the enemy. (English) Abaguma bobalwa amatumu. (Mashi, DRC)  Ndugu wakisikizana vizuri wanashinda adui kila mara. (Swahili )  Les frères qui s’entendent bien ils arrivent toujours à vaincre l’ennemi. (French ) This proverb is common amongst the Mashi-speaking tribe (Shi and Nyabungu), found in the Sud-Kivu province of the South, West and North of Bukavu of the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC). The proverb is used to emphasize the importance of unity – especially,…

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Understanding why COVID-19 is Indeed a Virus, Tearing the African Social Fabric Apart

You may call the COVID-19 perhaps the worst pandemic of recent time, and definitely, one of the greatest health challenges the world has ever seen. That definition would not be hyperbolic because the virus has caused insurmountable damages and untold miseries, ranging from the deaths of loved ones to the collapse of the world economy.  But to some, the deadly virus is just what it is. So is the COVID-19 data. The opposite of evil. The reminiscence of anything…

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President Alassane Ouattara and the Controversial third-term agenda: A Recipe For Mayhem and Dichotomy

For those who have been following the political metamorphosis and the shenanigans in Ivory Coast, the latest news from the country is hardly the fact that the country’s President Alassane Ouattara has announced he will run for President again in October, despite having concluded his two terms as president – the legal maximum. Definitely, not Ouattara’s rascality. Rather, the real news is the fact that human beings, especially, African leaders, have failed to cast off their diapers of immaturity,…

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Zimbabwe: Tensions Intensify as Mnangagwa, Chiwenga Clash.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga have clashed on Wednesday in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front  (Zanu-PF) Politburo meeting, where other party members were in attendance. The factional intrigue between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga, once friends, has seriously exposed the crack in their relationship as well as high lightened the level of a power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF. Ironically, the bloodless overthrow of late President Robert Mugabe in November 2017, which brought in Emmerson Mnangagwa as…

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USA: The death of civil rights icon John Lewis and hopes for America

John Lewis the USA US civil rights icon John Lewis died on July 17, 2020, of pancreatic cancer, aged 80 years old. He had been since 1987 the U.S. Democratic Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, serving his 17th term in the House. Mr Lewis was one of the fearless civil rights leaders named the “Big Six” (included Martin Luther King Jr, ) credited with organising the historic August 28, 1963, march in Washington, aimed at sensitizing the racial…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: Trial to open on 9 February 2021

On 16 July 2020, Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) scheduled the opening of the trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona for 9 February 2021.  This date was set by the Chamber after considering the respective submissions by the parties and participants, the rights of the accused, the necessary time for the disclosure of evidence and the protection of victims and witnesses, as well as the special…

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