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Africa and the Coronavirus pandemic: A blessing in disguise for some

Africa and the Coronavirus pandemic: A blessing in disguise for some

For several months governments across the globe have been working tirelessly to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, a crisis which has brought the entire world to a standstill.  To reduce the risk of transmission, countries have been urging their citizens to embrace the directives issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). ...
Appeals hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: Practical information

Appeals hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: Practical information

From 22 to 24 June 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will hold a partially virtual hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé to hear the observations of Parties and Participants on the Prosecutor’s appeal against the ...
Coronavirus Pandemic: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s poison

Coronavirus Pandemic: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s poison

Have you ever pondered over the adage one man’s meat is another man’s poison? If you did, how relevant is the proverb to the present coronavirus state of affairs? Like a hurricane,  the pugnacious pandemic descended, tormenting the world community with impunity. Deaths, sickness, alienation, uncertainties, poverty, joblessness, hopelessness become ...
ICC Appeals Chamber amends the conditions of release of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé

ICC Appeals Chamber amends the conditions of release of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has on 28 May 2020, decided to dismiss the request of the Defence for Mr Gbagbo for reconsideration of its judgment granting him and Mr Blé Goudé conditional release. The Appeals Chamber, however, decided to review the conditions of ...
Côte d’Ivoire and the Soro Saga: Ignoring History and the Consequences.

Côte d’Ivoire and the Soro Saga: Ignoring History and the Consequences.

The world-acclaimed Nigerian prolific author Chinua Achebe wrote in his memoir There was a country that “a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.” This simple, yet powerful proverb carefully summarizes the problem facing many African countries, in particular, Côte d’Ivoire (also called Ivory ...
The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown or Lock-up?

The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown or Lock-up?

You could say that the coronavirus pandemic came unannounced. Followed by preventive measures to tame the seemingly indomitable aggressive deadly virus. First, came the lockdown, initiated by various governments around the world. It was meant to last for a period of two weeks or a little more. Fair enough, to ...