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South Sudan and Ceasefire: Real or Same Old Story?

South Sudan and Ceasefire: Real or Same Old Story?

The recent promise by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to accept a peace deal, which would end years of civil war in the world’s youngest country has been received with cautious optimism, to say the least. To many, there is little reason for jubilation over the statement of the President or his rival Riek Machar, if their past empty promises are anything to go by. Since becoming the youngest country in the world, South Sudan has plunged into a senseless, barbaric and brutal war since 2013, two years after independence,...
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Rome Statute 20th anniversary high-level commemorations generate strong calls for justice

Rome Statute 20th anniversary high-level commemorations generate strong calls for justice

On 16 and 17 July 2018, an event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. High-level representatives of more than 30 States in attendance included the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representatives of national Senates and Parliaments, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, as well as officials of international and regional organizations, civil society and academia. Speakers reiterated their support to justice...
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Family Planning in Africa and Men’s Chauvinism

Family Planning in Africa and Men’s Chauvinism

According to the new UN population report, the population of the world stands presently at 7.6 billion people. In the year 2050, it is expected that about 2.2 billion more people worldwide, will be added to this figure, making the world’s population close to 9.8 billion people in the next 32 years. Presently, Africa has a population of 1.2 billion. However, by 2050, this figure is believed to increase by almost 60%, adding more 1.3 billion people to the world’s population. That means from the available statistics, about around 1.3...
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Leaving The Political Arena Fearlessly And With Integrity Intact

Leaving The Political Arena Fearlessly And With Integrity Intact

Ideally, the aim of occupying a political position is to use it to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the lives of others, including, but not limited to providing much needed social services to the populace. Sadly, many a leader in Africa and other places, have rather used their political position to not only enrich themselves but cause unimaginable hardship to others. The result is that, in most cases, when these leaders have left the political territory, their successor is forced to probe their past activities. When such a...
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The Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Summit: Time for Emulation

The Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Summit: Time for Emulation

Conflict is the mother of animosity, distrust, fear, violence, disunity, economic and social short nemesis and negligence. Apart from women and children, who are often victims of unspeakable atrocities, widespread trauma, such as extensive emotional and psychological stress and a decrease in the civilian population are some of the consequences of war. Many have experienced these unfortunate mayhems in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and so many other war-torn and conflict–infected countries. Despite the aftermath associated with...
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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at first arria-formula meeting on UNSC-ICC relations

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at first arria-formula meeting on UNSC-ICC relations

6 July 2018 Mr. Chair, Esteemed Members of the United Nations Security Council, And Representatives of the wider United Nations membership, President of the Assembly of States Parties, and other distinguished co-briefers, Ladies and Gentlemen,   Introduction Allow me at the outset to express my gratitude to the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the co-sponsoring States Parties of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) on the United Nations Security Council (“UNSC” or the “Council”) for convening this important meeting, and all States and civil...
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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the Second Arrest Warrant for Mr Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli

ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the Second Arrest Warrant for Mr Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli

On 4 July 2018, the judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) issued a second warrant of arrest for Mr. Al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade, based in Benghazi, Libya. In August 2017, the judges of the ICC found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Al-Werfalli is responsible for 7 separate rounds of executions, in which a total of 33 people were murdered, and issued a warrant of arrest against him. Despite this warrant, Mr. Al-Werfalli remained at large and allegedly...
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The Western Conspiracy, Short-sightedness and the Recent Refugee Crises

The Western Conspiracy, Short-sightedness and the Recent Refugee Crises

“Europe will be invaded by thousands of immigrants from Libya. There will be no one to stop them anymore. The Mediterranean will become a sea of chaos if I am toppled from power.”  This is not a prophecy from God, rather it was a warning from no other person than the former Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the ex-Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair during a telephone conversation with him on 25 February 2011. While the Western world was busy strategizing their plans to use air strikes to...
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Mikel thanks everyone, says he was shaken by father’s abduction

Mikel thanks everyone, says he was shaken by father’s abduction

Pius Ayinor Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has spoken of his deep appreciation to the public and particularly the Nigeria police following the rescue of his father from the den of kidnappers on Monday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The Super Eagles captain expressed his gratitude through his Twitter and Instagram platforms. He wrote on Tuesday: “I would like to thank the police authorities involved in ensuring the safe return of my father after the ordeal this week. I will also like to thank everyone for their kind words of support. He is now...
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President Kagame and Rwanda: The Burning Light Cannot be Hidden

President Kagame and Rwanda: The Burning Light Cannot be Hidden

Some people call him a no-nonsense man. To some, he is arrogant. Others hail him as a visionary leader. Yet, some accuse him of being autocratic. Whatever you choose to call him, the one thing is certain – President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has the deep country’s interest in his heart. He has meticulously and convincingly shown this through ambitious plans and selfless service to the country. Hardly can any honest person deny this obvious reality on the ground as evident in the super transformation of Rwanda. Can a burning...
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