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Female genital mutilation and gender-based crimes against women in Africa

Often in many African countries, for a great number of women, being born a woman seems sometimes not only like a crime; it can be a great misfortune as well. Even though, being seen as a sex object can itself be a bitter traumatic experience, justifying such a perception with 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 no sane woman…

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ICC:President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute

President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Mr. O-Gon Kwon, today welcomed the deposit by Malaysia, on 4 March 2019, of its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Kwon stated: “On behalf of the Assembly I wholeheartedly welcome Malaysia to the Rome Statute family and I congratulate the government and the people of Malaysia for…

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Somalia: Five men sentenced to death for gang-rape

Five men have been sentenced to death by firing squad for the gang-rape of a woman in Galkayo, a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland. According to the prosecutor, the accused  – four of whom are 18 years old and one 19 – pleaded guilty to raping the woman, whose name was not mentioned, on 22 February. The verdict, which took place in a civilian court is very significant because until now, most rape cases in Puntland had…

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Nigeria coach slams Cameroon, debunks match-fixing allegation

Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball team coach, Alex Nwora has come down hard on Cameroon Basketball Federation (FECABASKET) over the match-fixing allegation levied against D’Tigers, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. FECABASKET officials had alleged that D’Tigers wilfully lost to Cote d’Ivoire to aide their qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He said such careless statement borne out of frustration and which is capable of bringing the sport into disrepute should not be taken lightly by FIBA. Nwora blasted Cameroon insisting they embarked on…

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Unintended pregnancy in Africa

Unintended pregnancy has become a very serious world problem, which, if not paid any attention to, could turn into a menacing threat to the world population as well as the health of mothers and children. Globally, more than 214 million women who do not want to get pregnant do not use any form of contraceptives such as pills, implants, and condoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recent statistics. Furthermore, more than 21.6 million women have unsafe abortions…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II joins Yekatom and Ngaïssona cases

On 20 February 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II decided to join the cases of The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and The Prosecutor v. Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona.  In the Chamber’s view, joint proceedings against Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona will serve to enhance the fairness and expeditiousness of the proceedings by avoiding the duplication of evidence, inconsistency in the presentation and assessment of evidence, undue impact on witnesses and victims, and unnecessary expense. In joint cases, each suspect shall be accorded the same…

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Africa: Just Do Like others And Remain Where You Are

Aside from corruption, one of the greatest problems facing Africa today is the desire to copy from others, instead of being authentic. Innovation is the mother of creativity. There is nothing terrible about getting ideas from existing concepts and modifying them to fit one’s situation, environment or needs. But copying an existing concept, which is developed to fit a particular environment and using it in a completely different setting only leads to mediocrity because what works for, say, the…

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UGANDAN EDITION OF KATA KATA MAGAZINE IS OUT!!!!

At last, your educative, informative, yet humorous magazine Kata Kata Cartoon Magazine is on the street in Uganda, featuring humorous cartoon illustrated story over “Minority and their Rights,” exclusive interview with Ugandan talented musician GAMIT, entertainment, fashion, health, technology, food, literary circle, beauty etc all for just UGX 4000 Grab your copy at: WANDEGEYA: MM supermarket, Outside Hot Loaf, Outside Stanbic bank, Outside Barclays bank, KAMPALA: Shell Kampala road, Outside Bank of Baroda, Outside Bata shoes opposite Charm Towers,…

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Africa and Prison Reform: Using jail to save money and avoid loneliness.

The former anti-apartheid icon and one of the most respected leaders in this century, Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in the maximum security prison on the Robben Island, South Africa, once said:  “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” How true is this about Africa and how does the statement reflect African…

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Statement of the ICC Prosecutor following the conditional release of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé

We note the decision of the Appeals Chamber.  The Prosecution’s position was that we would be amenable to release with a set of conditions attached. These conditions would be to ensure that Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé would be available before the Court should the trial proceedings against them continue. The Prosecution still has the right to appeal the January 15 decision to acquit Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé the serious charges against them.  At this…

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The Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case

The Chief Prosecutor of the ICC appeals the dismissal of the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Background: The ICC Appeals Chamber is holding a hearing to hear further submissions on the Prosecution’s Appeal against the decision of ICC Trial Chamber I in relation to the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé following their acquittal. Below is audio-visual footage of the first 15 minutes of today’s Appeals Chamber hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case…

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NEW: PROVOCATIVE BOOK!!!!!!!

Wide Sargasso Sea: Themes Of Colonialism And Patriarchy Our everyday discourse throws light on the nature of the human relationship and experience, and equally shows how deeply human beings are entangled in the web of the dominant ideologies, amongst them, sexism and racism. How does the past explain our present social relationship and give meaning and legitimacy to the everyday discourse?  As a counter-text to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, published in 1847, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea  reveals “the…

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