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2011-06-01: Beyond the privatisation of liberation;
2011-06-01: Immigration: Tolbà campagne contre les mutilations génitales féminines;
2011-06-02: The Igbo genocide and 5 June 1969;
2011-06-02: Johnnie Carson: L’Afrique a besoin de bonne gouvernance;
2011-06-03: US gets bad marks in Amnesty International annual report;
2011-06-03: Mutilations génitales féminines au Togo: Le taux de prévalence estimé entre 6 à 7%;
2011-06-04: Nuclear Proliferation International History Project;
2011-06-04: LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION, UN TRAUMA TOUJOURS PERSISTENT;
2011-06-05: Gender Justice Uncovered Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti;
2011-06-06: Illicit financial flows from the Least Developed Countries, 1990–2008;
2011-06-06: Halte à la mutilation genitale feminine, Une norme sociale qui peut être abandonnée;
2011-06-06: Saudi woman arrested for simply driving a car is set free;
2011-06-07: USA: Arrested for feeding the homeless, over-criminalized and hyper-policed;
2011-06-07: La Cnscpe prône le respect obligatoire des droits de l’enfant;
2011-06-08: Defiant in the face of brutality;
2011-06-09: Caught red-handed: British assassins in the Horn of Africa;
2011-06-10: Africa: Access to water and privatisation;
2011-06-10: Africaines mutilées dans leur féminité: combien de temps encore?
2011-06-11: Land deals raise food security hopes;
2011-06-11: Joseph Thiedjou: Les actes d’homophobie au Cameroun sont quotidiens;
2011-06-12: The water crisis in African cities;
2011-06-12: Droit de reponse à l’imam promoteur de la pratique de l’excision interpellé;
2011-06-13: Water management reform in rural areas of Senegal;
2011-06-14: Strengthening public water;
2011-06-14: Abandon total de toutes formes d’excision – Une mobilisation sociale;
2011-06-15: Maghreb uprisings – Truth is impossible to find;
2011-06-15: CAMEROUN: Références aux droits de l’enfant dans l’Examen périodique universel;
2011-06-16: What’s behind the global bankers’ austerity programs: Seizure of public property for corporations;
2011-06-16: Ce que je crois: Viol de femmes congolaises;
2011-06-16: 9 female genital circumcision FGC photos;
2011-06-17: Study reveals alarming facts about plantation of Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone;
2011-06-17: Le taux national de pratique de l’excision estimé à plus de 96%;
2011-06-18: Kingdom to double wheat reserves;
2011-06-18: Sénégal: Lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines;
2011-06-19: UNEP’s big report: Towards a GREEN ECONOMY;
2011-06-20: EOW hosts national conference to highlight practice of Female Genital Mutilation;
2011-06-20: L’enfer d’être une femme en Somalie;
2011-06-21: SPECIAL COVERAGE: The world’s most dangerous countries for women;
2011-06-22: Changing attitudes to stop witchcraft accusations;
2011-06-23: Requests for Information: May 2011;
2011-06-23: Mutilations Génitales Féminines: vers l’abandon total;
2011-06-24: Federal Reserve Shipped Billions to Iraq Which Were Then Stolen;
2011-06-24: MGF: L’Association Appui Moral et Intellectuel à l’Enfant AMMIE outille les journalistes;
2011-06-25: Boko Haram: Nigeria’s new national crisis?
2011-06-25: Yamoussourko: 325 CAS DE VIOLES SIGNALÉS;
2011-06-26: Call for applications: Meeting of Asian experts on law and practice in respect of torture;
2011-06-26: L’UNFPA déplore 658 cas de violences basées sur le genre lors de la crise postélectorale;
2011-06-27: Living on the Coke side of life in Swaziland;
2011-06-28: Etude: La Tunisie face aux enjeux régionaux, entre leadership et intégration;
2011-06-29: Women’s Reproductive Health: A Case Study from Ekiti State, Nigeria;
2011-06-30: Deal With Tribal Issues.

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Deal With Tribal Issues

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Published on African Moves, by blog owner, June 22, 2011.

Western journos covering Africa often fail to see the underlying ethnic squabbles that are at the root of so many of our problems. Some African intellectuals also deliberately omit ethnic issues from their analyses, for reasons of not wanting to be seen as “backward” or even “barbaric”. Well, we’re African, and we’re the ones who must sort out our own affairs, and so waving away acute, pertinent issues of ethnicity, tribe, clan, totem and language just won’t do.

These issues must be tackled head on. If they’re not acknowledged and tackled head-on, they have a tendency – like vipers – to turn around and bite us in the rear end. Kenya’s post-election violence of ‘08 is a prime example of festering, tribal problems that were left unattended to and then erupted into anarchy at a crucial moment in Africa’s democratic journey … (full text).

Women’s Reproductive Health: A Case Study from Ekiti State, Nigeria

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Published on African Women’s Development Fund AWDF, by AWDF, June 24, 2011.

Journey to Ekiti State, Nigeria:

8th June 2011. I am en route to Ekiti State for the very first time. As I board the Air Nigeria plane that will take me from Accra to Lagos for the first leg of my journey I am handed a copy of the National Mirror by one of the flight attendants. I scan the paper and my attention is caught by 2 headlines, “Conduct bureau urges public officers to publish assets”[i] and “EU to partner Ekiti on growth, development”[ii]. The first headline refers to the fact that the Governor and Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Mrs Funmi Olayinka are the first political holders in office to declare and publish their assets. The second headline gives details of a visit to Ekiti state by the EU Ambassador to Nigeria “in view of the governor’s focus on reforms in governance” … //  Continue Reading…

Etude: La Tunisie face aux enjeux régionaux, entre leadership et intégration

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Quelle sera la place de la Tunisie libérée dans le Maghreb, et plus largement dans le monde arabe? – Publié dans nawaat.org, par Habib M. Sayah, Juin 15, 2011.

Introduction: Après Bourguiba, une diplomatie bien timide:

Au cours de la longue présidence d’Habib Bourguiba, la Tunisie a acquis une position prépondérante dans la diplomatie arabe. Quoi que l’on puisse penser de l’homme, et en dépit des nombreuses dérives de son régime, Bourguiba a su mener une politique étrangère éclairée, portant ainsi la voix raisonnée de la Tunisie à l’occasion des grands débats diplomatiques qui ont animé le monde arabe, notamment en ce qui concerne les perspectives de résolution du conflit israélo-palestinien. De plus, l’esprit pacifique de la politique bourguibienne combiné à une politique de développement relativement efficace, des avancées en matière d’éducation et de droits de la femme, ont permis à cette Tunisie qui s’est distinguée, de bénéficier d’une certaine aura au sein du monde arabe, en dépit des nombreuses atteintes aux droits de l’Homme.   Continue Reading…

Living on the Coke side of life in Swaziland

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Peter Keenworthy, June 22, 2011.

Next time you crack open a Coke to quench your thirst, spare a thought for the sugar cane workers in Swaziland. Peter Kenworthy investigates the operations of the Coca-Cola Company in the repressive monarchy.

Coca-Cola is one of the largest and wealthiest companies in the world, as well as being one of the world’s best-known brands. The desperate situation of the poverty-stricken workers in the sugar cane fields in Swaziland, who harvest the sugar cane that is the most important ingredient of African Coke, on the other hand, is a well kept secret.  Continue Reading…

L’UNFPA déplore 658 cas de violences basées sur le genre lors de la crise postélectorale

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Publié dans Agence Ivoirienne de Presse AIP, par zgrp/cmas, le 22 juin 2011.

… Mme Kouyé a rappelé que « de 2000 à 2007, un total de 846 cas de violences sexuelles ont été enregistrés dans les structures sanitaires de huit localités issues des régions centre, nord et ouest (CNO). L’excision qui concerne deux femmes sur cinq n’a pas diminué entre 1998 et 2000 ».

La représentante du FNUAP a ajouté que ce sont 17 cas de mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) qui ont été rapportés dans le seul mois d’avril 2011, parmi les déplacés de Danané.  Continue Reading…

Call for applications: Meeting of Asian experts on law and practice in respect of torture

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Published on HURIDOCS, by admin, June 22, 2011.

REDRESS and the Asian Human Rights Commission are delighted to issue this call for applications to participate in a regional expert meeting which forms part of the action “Reparation for Torture: Global Sharing of Expertise” supported by the EU European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The meeting will take place in Hong Kong on 23-25 September 2011.

The meeting aims to bring together a series of experts with experience in assisting torture survivors in the countries of the region to identify systemic challenges and best practices. It will provide an opportunity to exchange information and experiences of use in litigating torture cases and advocating legal and institutional reforms. The meeting forms part of a series of regional events that seek to strengthen the collaboration of practitioners to more effectively combat torture. The contributions made before and during the meetings will be reflected in regional and global reports on the law and practice relating to the prohibition of torture to be published in several languages.  Continue Reading…

Yamoussourko: 325 CAS DE VIOLES SIGNALÉS

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Publié dans framat.info, par Coulibaly Souleymane, le 22 juin 2011.

Sous l’égide de certaines agences du système des Nations unies (Unfpa, Unicef et Unhcr) se tient depuis hier lundi dernier à l’Hôtel des parlementaires de Yamoussoukro,  un atelier international de formation des formateurs en matière de violences basées sur le genre (Vbg).  Il s’agit, selon les organisateurs, de renforcer les capacités des maîtres formateurs locaux par la mise en place d’interventions de qualité et coordonnées à même de leur permettre de prévenir et répondre efficacement aux questions des violences basées sur le genre.  Continue Reading…

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s new national crisis?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, June 23, 2011.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram bombings, militants in the Niger Delta, attitudes towards homosexuality in Ghana, the censorship of internet pornography in Tunisia and a Canadian couple’s decision not to gender their child all feature in this week’s review of African blogs, compiled by Sokari Ekine.

… Some weeks ago, a story emerged in Ghana claiming that 8,000 homosexuals were registered with health NGOs in two provinces, many of whom had HIV. In 2008 the numbered of registered gays and lesbians was only 2,900. The rise in HIV and other STDs was said to be due to the majority of the registered being bi-sexual. Following the usual sensationalist reporting that follows any mention of homosexuality, the Ghanaian Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) announced it would be investigating ‘the issue’. Ato Kwamena Dadzie – Atokd – is clearly irritated by what he considers a spurious exercise but more so by the ridiculous hellfire and brimstone type statements from some sectors:  Continue Reading…

MGF: L’Association Appui Moral et Intellectuel à l’Enfant AMMIE outille les journalistes

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Publié dans l’OPINION, par Issoufou MAIGA (Ouahigouya), le 15 juin 2011.

L’AMMIE a tenu du 10 au 11 mai 2011 à Ouahigouya, un atelier de formation au profit des journalistes de la province afin de lutter efficacement contre les mutilations génitales féminines.

Pour lutter contre la pratique néfaste des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) communément appelée Excision, une communication efficace s’impose et la contribution des hommes et femmes des médias est plus que nécessaire afin de bousculer les mentalités. C’est pour justement permettre aux journalistes et animateurs de la presse écrite et des radios de la province du Yatenga de jouer leur partition à travers l’information et la sensibilisation des populations que la présidente de l’AMMIE, Cecile BELOUM, a trouvé la nécessité d’organiser cette formation.  Continue Reading…

Federal Reserve Shipped Billions to Iraq Which Were Then Stolen

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… Involved in Other Unsavory Activities – Published on Global Research.ca, by Washington’s Blog, June 23, 2011.

CNBC reports today:

  • The New York Fed is refusing to tell investigators how many billions of dollars it shipped to Iraq during the early days of the US invasion there, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction told CNBC Tuesday.
  • The Fed’s lack of disclosure is making it difficult for the inspector general to follow the paper trail of billions of dollars that went missing in the chaotic rush to finance the Iraq occupation, and to determine how much of that money was stolen.
  • The New York Fed will not reveal details, the inspector general said, because the money initially came from an account at the Fed that was held on behalf of the people of Iraq and financed by cash from the Oil-for-Food program. Without authorization from the account holder, the Iraqi government itself, the inspector general’s office was told it can’t receive information about the account.  Continue Reading…

Mutilations Génitales Féminines: vers l’abandon total

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Publié dans La Nation/Djib, le 22 juin 2011.

Le projet « Halte aux MGF » initié par l’Association des Femmes de Tadjourah (AFT) est déjà en train de porter ses fruits, de plus en plus de chefs coutumiers et de leaders religieux ayant rejoint la » caravane » dirigée par la députée Hasna Hassantou. Cette dernière passe d’un site pilote à l’autre pour convaincre, sensibiliser, informer. Objectif visé ? L’abandon total des MGF.

Le vendredi 10 juin dernier, Mme Hasna Hassantou, députée et présidente de l’Association des Femmes de Tadjourah, a repris son bâton de pèlerin pour aller à la rencontre des communautés villageoises ciblées par son projet de lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines … //  Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: May 2011

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, May 2011.

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. LOOKING FOR CURRICULA ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGION FOR AGES 13-17
Dear list members, I am looking for curricula on human rights and religion designed for pre-youth ages 13-17.
Any and all assistance is much appreciated, Tahirih Danesh, E-mail.

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Changing attitudes to stop witchcraft accusations

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Linked on our blogs with HelpAge International, and with Condemning the killing of older people on witchraft accusations. – Published on HelpAge International, by Juliana Bernard, June 14, 2011.

I was at a meeting recently with one of our partners TAWLAE (Tanzania Women Leaders in Agriculture & Environment) talking to older people about the successes of our projects which address violence against older women and attacks on older women accused of witchcraft.

It’s been a long haul, influencing and changing attitudes and behaviour towards women, especially older women. Though we very rarely have any attacks or killings of older women in the 90 villages we work on, killing of older women is on the increase in Tanzania. We’re here today talking about what we have achieved and what is still to do.  Continue Reading…

SPECIAL COVERAGE: The world’s most dangerous countries for women

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Linked on our blogs with Afghanistan is most dangerous country for women, on TrustLaw, (Source: Alertnet), June 15, 2011. – Published on TrustLaw, June 15, 2011.

Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan are the world’s most dangerous countries for women due to a barrage of threats ranging from violence and rape to dismal healthcare and “honour killngs”, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll showed on Wednesday.

India and Somalia ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the global perceptions survey by TrustLaw, the Foundation’s legal news service.

TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts from five continents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six risks:

health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking. Continue Reading…

L’enfer d’être une femme en Somalie

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Publié dans Radio Netherlands, par Rédaction Afrique, Juin 15, 2011.

“La chose la plus dangereuse qu’une femme en Somalie puisse faire, c’est de tomber enceinte”. Maryan Qasim, ministre de la Femme, s’étonne que son pays ne soit pas premier sur la liste des endroits les plus dangereux pour la femme.

L’étude coordonnée par TrustLaw, une entité de la Fondation Thomson Reuters, a conclu que l’Afghanistan était le pays le plus dangereux pour les femmes, suivi par la République démocratique du Congo, où le viol atteint des proportions alarmantes, le Pakistan et l’Inde. La Somalie est cinquième de ce classement mondial établi sur des critères allant des violences domestiques aux mutilations génitales, en passant par les discriminations économiques. Continue Reading…

EOW hosts national conference to highlight practice of Female Genital Mutilation

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Published on NewsMedical.net, (Source), le 15 juin 2011.

Girls from the UK are being subjected to illegal genital mutilation, despite the devastating consequences, a University of Leicester postgraduate student claims … //

… Sadiyo added: “This conference aims to raise a higher level of public awareness of FGM and to allow the voices of women, who either have been a victim of FGM or are at risk of undergoing the procedure, to be heard. In addition, the conference aims to build a lasting dialogue between the communities who practise FGM and religious scholars, health care professionals and the local authorities. The time has come to move forward and face the reality. FGM is a painful reality and we need to educate ourselves and those whom we live with, so that FGM will never be practised again.”  Continue Reading…

UNEP’s big report – Towards a GREEN ECONOMY

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All about Green Economy, picked up from AGEG Consultants eG /Karsten Weitzenegger’s Special Issue on Green Economy and Development, Newsletter June 2011 (daily newsletter service):

Toward a GREEN ECONOMY, pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication, UNEP, 2011, ISBN 978-92-807-3143-9 – Download this 626 pdf.pages.

See about same item also on un-ngls.org, and on the broker online.eu.

Links:   Continue Reading…

Sénégal: Lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines

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Publié dans Wal fadjri, par Mamadou Sarr, le 17 juin 2011.

Douze ans après le vote de la loi rendant illégale la pratique des Mutilations sexuelles féminines (Mgf), des progrès ont été réalisés, certes, dans l’élimination de l’excision avec des déclarations d’abandon public de plusieurs ethnies sénégalaises, mais une des incidences de cette loi, c’est qu’elle se pratique dans la clandestinité.

En décembre 2010, le ministère chargé de la Famille, des Organisations féminines et de la Protection de l’enfance devenu, après le dernier remaniement, ministère de la Famille et des Organisations professionnelles a commandité une étude pour connaître la portée réelle de l’adoption de la loi 99-05 du 29 janvier 1999 sur les mutilations génétiques féminines et son adéquation avec les stratégies en cours pour l’élimination de l’excision au Sénégal.  Continue Reading…

Kingdom to double wheat reserves

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by JASON BENHAM, June 15, 2011.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia expects about two million tons of wheat imports this year unchanged from 2010, and aims to double its reserves to one year’s consumption by 2014, the Kingdom’s Minister of Agriculture said.

Saudi Arabia, which has emerged as a major buyer of wheat, wants to build up reserves of basic commodities such as wheat, rice, oils and sugar to protect itself against the impact of a spike in global food prices and to support its rapidly growing population.

The country began importing wheat in 2009 and is looking to rely entirely on wheat imports by 2016 as it seeks to save precious water.  Continue Reading…

Le taux national de pratique de l’excision estimé à plus de 96%

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Publié dans Afriquinfos, le 16 juin 2011.

CONAKRY (Xinhua), Guinea – Les acteurs politiques et sociaux ainsi que les acteurs au développement en Guinée sont préoccupés par le taux national de pratique de l’excision estimé à 96,6%, un véritable fléau pour la santé de la jeune fille.

Selon les données statistiques de la dernière enquête démographique de santé menée en 2005, le taux de pratique de l’excision est estimé à 96,6 % au niveau national, d’où la mise en place par le gouvernement, depuis 2006, de programmes et de plans de communication, de sensibilisation et d’information sur les conséquences néfastes de la mutilation génitale chez les jeunes filles entre 0 et 15 ans.

Ces campagnes qui ont consisté à demander aux femmes exciseuses d’abandonner cette pratique a démarré dans la région de la Moyenne Guinée en 2006 avec les communautés peules.   Continue Reading…

Study reveals alarming facts about plantation of Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone

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Study reveals alarming facts about plantation of Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone

Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first in Addax |Sierra Leone | Switzerland, Bread for all), June 15, 2011.

The Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food (SiLNoRF) today published the Independent Study report on the sugarcane-to-ethanol project of the Geneva based firm Addax Bioenergy.

At the press conference in Freetown (Sierra Leone), two researchers from Ghana, Mike Anane and Cosmos Abiwu, who conducted the research, presented the results of the Independent Study. During 5 weeks in Sierra Leone, the researchers investigated the backgrounds of the Addax investment, the human rights aspects of Land Lease Agreement and interviewed communities in 12 villages affected by the operations of Addax. The researchers found that “many farmers in project affected communities have already lost their access to fertile lands, though Addax has provided community members with alternative farm lands and confined them to smaller lands, promises by Addax to plough and harrow the lands materialized too late in 2010. Continue Reading…

9 female genital circumcision FGC photos

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got to this website for 9 (horrible) photos.

(My comments:

  • - if deleted by fanatic hackers, I will publish these photos on my well protected blog;
  • - the mothers of these girls are not aware that the mental and psychological development of such heavily traumatised children  is stopped. If Africa has to be developed, women’s creative contribution is absolutely needed, thus stop this trauma).

Liens:

Le Clitoris à Trois Sauces, publié dans AGORA VOX (source wikipedia), par Georges Zeter, Juin 2011.

Guinée Bissau: approbation de la loi interdisant les mutilations génitales féminines: Je souhaite remercier le Parlement pour l’approbation de la loi contre les mutilations génitales féminines dans notre pays … , le 12 juin 2011.

La promesse du plaisir: à la recherche du point G, publié dans levifFOCUS.be, par Guy Verstraeten, le 13 juin 2011.

Ce que je crois: Viol de femmes congolaises

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Publié dans Le Post, par José Ntuba Odé Yikila, le 11 juin 2011.

Depuis le début de la crise en RDC, plusieurs organisations de défense des droits de l’Homme ont dénoncé, chiffres et preuves à l’appui, l’ampleur des viols et autres actes de violence commis sur les populations congolaises, essentiellement sur des femmes et des jeunes filles. 1.100, c’est le chiffre, officiellement connu aujourd’hui, des femmes et jeunes filles violées chaque jour dans ce pays que tout le monde considère comme une « République » et comme « Démocratique ». Des rapports, des reportages, des interviews, des témoignages, des documentaires ont été réalisés sur ce drame humain sans précédent. On parle de ces viols et autres actes barbares qui vont de la brutalité sexuelle à la mutilation des parties génitales féminines.  Continue Reading…

What’s behind the global bankers’ austerity programs: Seizure of public property for corporations

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Published on Intrepid Report (first in Wayne Madsen Report), by Wayne Madsen, June 15, 2011.

What lies in store for Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and, in short order, the United States, is the wholesale sell-off of public property to private corporations at bargain basement prices. What the despots who gather in their secretive lairs at Davos, Cernobbio, Bilderberg, and G8/G20 are bringing about is a world where no property is owned by the state, which by default means the people. Total corporate control over every facet of life equals extreme fascism.

What is occurring in Greece is a bellwether for what will befall other nations in Europe, as well as the United States, if the bankers get their way. And in Greece, the people know how generations of investments by the taxpayers are being turned over to vampire capitalists who have the full backing of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission, and the European Central Bank.  Continue Reading…

CAMEROUN: Références aux droits de l’enfant dans l’Examen périodique universel

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Les recommandations suivantes ont été acceptées par le Cameroun – Publié dans CRIN – UPR report, le 6 juin 2011.

76. 1.):

  • Adhérer aux deux protocoles optionnels de la Convention sur les Droits de l’Enfant (CRC) (Algérie);
  • ratifier et mettre en place, de manière efficace, le Protocole Optionnel de la Convention des Droits de l’Enfant sur la vente, la prostitution ou la pornographie liés aux enfants (OP-CRC-SC) et le Protocole Optionnel de la Convention des Droits de l’Enfant sur l’implication des enfants dans le conflit armé (OP-CRC-AC) (Mexique) ;
  • ratifier les instruments fondamentaux pour lesquels il n’est pas encore partie, notamment OP-CRC-AC et OP-CRC-SC (Haïti) ;
  • ratifier et mettre en place, de manière efficace, le protocole Optionnel de la Convention contre la Torture et Autres Traitements ou Punissions Rabaissants, Inhumains ou Cruels (OP-CAT) (Mexique, Luxembourg) ;
  • signer (Royaume-Uni) et ratifier l’OP-CAT (Royaume-Uni, Brésil, Afrique du Sud, Djibouti) ;
  • adhérer à l’OP-CAT et établir une procédure nationale de prévention fourni par le Protocole (Estonie, République Tchèque).   Continue Reading…

Maghreb uprisings: Truth is impossible to find

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, June 9, 2011.

Despite all the news and analysis on Libya, we still don’t know very much about who the rebels are and where their support comes from, writes Sokari Ekine… //

… LIBYA AND AFRICA:

The refugee crisis in Tunisian camps and on the Mediterranean continues as thousands and thousands of migrant workers and Libyans flee the conflict. There are reports of an increasing number of migrants escaping in flimsy boats and drowning at sea. It seems to me that this humanitarian crisis is not only being ignored by NATO countries but they are in fact making the situation worse as their concern does not extend to helping the most vulnerable. At the very least providing safe passage and properly equipped boats to evacuate refugees. Last month the Telegraph reported that 800 refugees had drowned whilst trying to escape. Mayibuye Blog by Priority African Network has a series of reports on the fate of refugees. Pan African Newswire reports on the latest deaths of 150 African migrants found of the Tunisian coast last Tuesday.  Continue Reading…

Abandon total de toutes formes d’excision – Une mobilisation sociale

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Publié dans La Nation.dj, par Ali Fayçal Ahmed, le 8 juin 2011.

Il existe une volonté nationale qui vise une éradication de toutes formes d’excision parmi les milieux urbains et ruraux du pays. Celle-ci s’est traduite par la tenue d’un nombre d’ateliers de réflexion et de conférences sous-régionales sous nos cieux. Autant de rencontres ont été ponctuées d’appels sensibilisateurs sur les conséquences multiformes et néfastes des mutilations génitales féminines à l’endroit des masses djiboutiennes. On a entendu en début de soirée de lundi dernier une même rhétorique autour de ces pratiques qui datent de l’ère pharaonique au sein du centre de développement communautaire de Quartier 4 … //  Continue Reading…

Strengthening public water

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Samir Bensaid, June 7, 2011.

While both North–South partnerships and South–South partnerships have strengths and limitations, linking these in networked models is an effective way to mobilise expertise and funding and achieve success, writes Samir Bensaid, with reference to the example of ONEP (Morocco) and SNDE (Mauritania).

While both North–South partnerships and South–South partnerships have strengths and limitations, linking these in networked models is an effective way to mobilise expertise and funding and achieve success. Such a networked partnership, involving six public water operators from Europe and two from Africa, was developed to improve access to water in Mauritania. The partnership rests on a solid basis of shared public service principles. A crucial factor in the partnership is the contribution of the Moroccan state water company ONEP (National Drinking Water Supply Company), one of Africa’s best performing public water operators.  Continue Reading…

Water management reform in rural areas of Senegal

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Moussa Diop, June 7, 2011.

Changes to the water sector in Senegal that have seen a disengagement of the state and the promotion of the private sector have had unforeseen effects, writes Moussa Diop. Increased waste in domestic water consumption is one of the contradictions, while existing social relations also have a significant impact on the water delivery environment.

In the name of macroeconomic adjustment, the Bretton Woods institutions advocated shock therapy: reestablishment of internal and external stability through severe budgetary austerity, privatisation of public companies, price deregulation, currency devaluation, abandoning large infrastructure projects and policies of import substitution. All these measures combined with a dose of moralism: good governance.  Continue Reading…

Droit de reponse à l’imam promoteur de la pratique de l’excision interpellé

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Publié dans Le Faso.net, par Sidwaya, le 8 juin 2011.

Après avoir fait écho d’un discours tenu par un fanatique religieux faisant la promotion de l’excision dans un village de Pabré, Kantigui a ouï dire que l’intéressé a été interpellé et sensibilisé. Voici le feed-back transmis aux Editions Sidwaya.

Monsieur le Directeur de publication, Dans votre numéro 6930 du 25 mai 2011 “l’omniprésent Kantigui” dans sa rubrique “On murmure” a relaté le cas d’un fanatique religieux qui a encouragé ses coreligionnaires à continuer à exciser leurs filles.

Le Secrétariat permanent du Conseil national de lutte contre la pratique de l’excision SP/CNLPE voudrait par la présente, vous remercier pour avoir bien voulu attirer son attention et porter votre, les actions qui ont été prises sur ce cas.  Continue Reading…

The water crisis in African cities

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Michel Makpenon June 6, 2011.

Access to running water remains in a state of crisis for a huge number of people across Africa, writes Michel Makpenon. With growing urbanisation across the continent, African cities will need the political determination to ensure sustainable water resources based on social need rather than commercial concerns, he stresses … //

… If we do not want future generations to suffer the consequences of our mistakes, as Lisa Ochola did, we must listen to the opinion of Professor Kader Asmal, winner of the Stockholm Water Award: ‘We cannot enter the 21st century with the usual commercial approach we are used to having concerning water management in big cities. We must make a realistic assessment of our water management capabilities in specific circumstances. We must dare. We must show unfailing commitment to equity. We need political determination. It is important that research and education play their role and lead the way that will best achieve fairness and efficiency in the long term. Finally we need national and international collaboration and understanding because sustainable water management represents long term security for all of us.’   Continue Reading…

Joseph Thiedjou: Les actes d’homophobie au Cameroun sont quotidiens

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Publié dans YAGG – inventons notre communauté, par Julien Massillon, le 11 juin 2011.

Une nouvelle agression homophobe s’est produite le samedi 14 mai dernier dans un bar de Yaoundé, au Cameroun. Plusieurs associations travaillant aux côtés de la communauté homosexuelle sur place ont été saisies de cette affaire. Aux alentours de 23 heures, deux jeunes hommes, Christian et Yannick prenaient un verre lorsque quatre personnes, dont le cousin de Yannick, les ont violemment attaqués. « Vilainement amoché », Yannick a reçu des blessures très graves d’après son compagnon. Si ses jours ne sont pas en danger, sa vie quotidienne reste très difficile.

INFRACTION PASSIBLE D’UN EMPRISONNEMENT:  Continue Reading…

Land deals raise food security hopes

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Landgrab (first on Congo Brazzaville and on South Africa, by IRIN, June 8, 2011.

By handing over 80,000 hectares of untilled land to a few dozen South African farmers, authorities in the Republic of Congo are confident they will greatly improve domestic agricultural expertise and reduce the country’s chronic dependence on food imports.

“In terms of nutrition, we are in a constant state of need,” said Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Rigobert Maboundou. “This is why we are giving over these lands, to employ local labour and benefit from the South African expertise.” He said it was essential to surrender the farmland to those who could invest in it.

“Congo has been waiting for an investment initiative like this, the creation of thousands of jobs. More than anything else, the country is expecting abundant food since the South African farmers will produce crops and raise livestock,” said Minister of Land Affairs and Public Domain Pierre Mabiala.  Continue Reading…

Africaines mutilées dans leur féminité: combien de temps encore?

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Publié dans Contrepoints, (article repris d’ Un Monde Libre avec l’aimable autorisation du site), par Félicité Annick Foungbé d’Abidjan /Côte d’Ivoire, le 6/06/2011.

Dans le monde dit en développement nombreuses sont les atteintes aux droits des minorités. Les Mutilations génitales féminines en Afrique demeurent malheureusement une illustration de cette situation. Pourquoi persistent-elles sur le terrain? Quel schéma de lutte envisager pour espérer un jour clore le chapitre? … //

… Dès lors, pourquoi ne pas axer la sensibilisation autour de la gente masculine?

L’homme étant le chef de famille et l’époux, celui dont l’assentiment est préalable à toute action, le challenge consisterait à emmener les caciques à revoir leur approche de la femme et des MGF. Il faudrait qu’ils arrivent enfin à comprendre qu’il n’y a absolument rien de valorisant à épouser une femme mutilée. Pensons notamment à tous ces intellectuels, parlementaires, juristes, étudiants en fin de cycle, jusque-là insensibles au cri de cœur de la femme, ces intellectuels qui maintiennent ce verrou absurde de la tradition afin de ne pas concéder l’ouverture de trop aux valeurs occidentales … Continue Reading…

Africa: Access to water and privatisation

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Jacques Cambon, June 7, 2011.

Despite UN recognition of access ‘to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights,’ it is a right that is far from being realised in most parts of the world, writes Jacques Cambon.

On 29 July 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations recognised, in a proposed resolution by Bolivia and adopted by 122 votes with 41 abstentions, ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.’ The resolution also calls upon ‘states and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building and technology transfer, in particular to developing countries’.  Continue Reading…

Caught red-handed: British assassins in the Horn of Africa

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Thomas C. Mountain, June 8, 2011.

ASMARA, Eritrea—In early February of this year, a six-man squad of British mercenaries were caught red-handed in the midst of preparing an attempt to assassinate the top leadership of the Eritrean government in the port city of Massawa on the Red Sea.

Of the six, four were apprehended and two managed to escape, abandoning their mates while blazing out of Massawa Bay into the Red Sea in an inflatable speedboat, never to be seen again by Eritrean eyes.

A search of the vessel they arrived on uncovered a cache of tools of the assassins’ trade. Included was a small arsenal of automatic weapons, a sophisticated satellite communications system, state of the art electronic target range finders, and most damning, several sniper rifles.   Continue Reading…

Defiant in the face of brutality

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, June 2, 2011.

Uganda’s Walk2Work campaign, growing public consciousness in Kenya, Swaziland’s pro-democracy demonstrations, public sector protests in Botswana and the still invisible LGBTIQ movement feature in this week’s reflection on struggles for social justice across the continent, by Sokari Ekine.

Recently the Dar es Salaam Citizen published an OpEd piece, “News is not coming out of Africa” in which it criticised African media for the focus on reporting ‘events’ and failure to follow through with informative opinion and commentary. Instead African media continues to rely on western media for in-depth analysis of African affairs.   Continue Reading…

La Cnscpe prône le respect obligatoire des droits de l’enfant

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Publié dans La Nouvelle Tribune.info, par Christian Tchanou, le 2 juin 2011.

… De prime abord, la Cnscpe (Cellule Nationale de Suivi et de Coordination pour la Protection de l’Enfant au Bénin) a tenu à saluer les dernières mesures relatives  à l’adoption de la Charte sur la protection et à la lutte contre le travail des enfants au Bénin, tout en constatant et en déplorant les nombreux cas d’exploitation des enfants  au travail, particulièrement dans les pires formes de travail au Bénin. La  Cellule, poursuit Boglo, encourage de ce fait, les familles et communautés à dénoncer: Continue Reading…

USA: Arrested for feeding the homeless, over-criminalized and hyper-policed

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Published on Axis of Logic, by Les Blough, June 5, 2011.

We recently published two reports of U.S. police arresting people for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. Our purpose for publishing those reports was to help expose the growth of the U.S. Police State and the degree to which the state inserts itself into the personal affairs of its citizens. If you find arrests for dancing in public hard to believe, how about being arrested for feeding the homeless! Most Axis readers were appalled at the dancing arrests but the opinion of a few was, “Well, they broke the rules so they deserved it.” The questions we have for the latter group is, “Do you think it possible that we have too many rules, who makes them and why?” The 3 people arrested for feeding the homeless in a public park in Florida also broke a rule so perhaps some people think they too deserve to be arrested, humiliated, fined and jailed. In the news article below this commentary, the Orlando Sentinel reports details of these arrests.

A larger story:   Continue Reading…

Saudi woman arrested for simply driving a car is set free

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Linked on our blogs with Release Saudi Woman Arrested for Simply Driving a Car, May 28, 2011. – Received by e-mail, From: Change.org.

Hi! Last week you signed a petition calling for the immediate release of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother arrested for daring to drive a car. Almost 3,500 people from all over the world joined you in calling for Manal’s release and and an end to the Saudi ‘gender apartheid.’ Good news: yesterday, at 6pm Saudi time, Manal was released from prison! After extensive pressure from activist groups and media outlets all over the world, the Saudi government had no choice but to give in.   Continue Reading…

Halte à la mutilation genitale feminine, Une norme sociale qui peut être abandonnée

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Publié dans UNICEF, le 2 juin 2011.

Toutes les 10 secondes, une fille de moins de douze ans endure les souffrances d’une mutilation génitale – ceci concerne chaque année trois millions de petites filles. A l’échelle de la planète, on estime à 130 millions le nombre de filles et de femmes (15 à 49 ans) qui subissent cette pratique. La mutilation génitale féminine est très répandue dans de nombreux pays d’Afrique – en raison des mouvements migratoires, elle atteint aussi l’Europe et la Suisse.

La Situation:  Continue Reading…

Illicit financial flows from the Least Developed Countries: 1990–2008

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Dev Kar, June 2, 2011.

This paper, commissioned by the UNDP, explores the scale and composition of illicit financial flows from the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Illicit financial flows involve the cross-border transfer of the proceeds of corruption, trade in contraband goods, criminal activities and tax evasion. In recent years, considerable interest has arisen over the extent to which such flows may have a detrimental impact on development and governance in both developed and developing countries alike.

MAY 2011: UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UNDP: DISCUSSION PAPER – with e-mail one and e-mail two, and with the Websites Poverty Reduction and Democratic Governance.   Continue Reading…

Gender Justice Uncovered Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti

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First re-visit on MADRE: Press Release, January 6, 2011,  IACHR Sets Recommendations for Haitian Government to Address Sexual Violence in IDP Camps.

Received by e-mail, From: MADRE, Date: 02/06/2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rights, Resources and Results for Women Worldwide, CONTACT: Stephanie Küng, MADRE.org, NY/USA (212) 627-0444 – Gender Justice Uncovered Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti.

Thursday, June 2, 2011—New York, NY—Today, as the winners of the annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards were announced, the People’s Choice Award was presented for a landmark decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to demand action to end sexual violence in Haiti’s displacement camps.   Continue Reading…

LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION, UN TRAUMA TOUJOURS PERSISTENT

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Les acteurs pour une application de la loi 99-05 – Publié dans SudOnline.sn, par Moussa DRAM, le 30 Mai 2011.

Des poches de résistance persistent toujours à Sédhiou et sa région dans les mutilations génitales féminines. La pratique traumatise les jeunes filles et pendant ce temps, l’application de la loi 99-05 se heurte à des difficultés majeures dans la région. Ces deux derniers jours, acteurs de la société civile, de la justice, coutumiers et religieux ont planché sur l’état d’application de cette loi. C’est à l’initiative de l’ONG Fodde et Unfpa. Les participants promettent une large diffusion des enjeux de cette loi … //  Continue Reading…

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project

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Published on The National Security Archive, by , May 26, 2011.

New NPIHP Research Update
U.S. Secret Assistance to the French Nuclear Program, 1969-1975: From “Fourth Country” to Strategic Partner.

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the publication of the latest NPIHP Research Update by William Burr, senior analyst at the National Security Archive. The paper, U.S. Secret Assistance to the French Nuclear Program, 1969-1975: From “Fourth Country” to Strategic Partner features sixty-four new documents on U.S. assistance to the French nuclear program and the debate in Washington surrounding the French decision to ‘go nuclear.’ These documents, spanning the Eisenhower to Ford administrations, shed new light on American attitudes towards nuclear weapons development and proliferation during the time of the Limited Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty negotiations … (full text).

… Visit the Wilson Center.org/NPIHP to view the documents and for more information about the collection.

US gets bad marks in Amnesty International annual report

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Mary Shaw, June 2, 2011.

On May 12, Amnesty International (AI) released its annual report on the state of human rights in the world. The report examines the human rights records of 159 countries around in the world during 2010.

The United States of America got some bad marks again this year, primarily related to human rights violations in the “war on terror” and our continued use of the death penalty … //  Continue Reading…

Mutilations génitales féminines au Togo: Le taux de prévalence estimé entre 6 à 7%

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Publié dans Savoir News, par Edem Etonam EKUE, le 28 Mai 2011.

… On dénombre au Togo, sept Ongs de lutte contre les MGF dont “Tama’de” (dans la région Centrale), “Kaalnpaag” (région des Savanes) et “Odjougbo” (dans la région des Plateaux).

Les régions les plus touchées par ces mutilations sont celles des Plateaux, la région centrale, de la Kara et des Savanes. Un vaste projet baptisé “Libération”, financé par l’Ong allemande “Intact” a permis à ces structures nationales de lutte contre les mutilations de mener une série d’actions sur le terrain.  Continue Reading…

Johnnie Carson: L’Afrique a besoin de bonne gouvernance

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Publié dans AFRIIK.com, par Oumarou Barry, le 25 Mai 2011.

… Johnnie Carson, 68 ans, est un diplomate de carrière. Il a été ambassadeur des Etats-Unis dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique avant d’être nommé en 2009 Secrétaire d’Etat américain chargé des Affaires africaines. Le 26 avril dernier, en duplex de son bureau à Washington, il a répondu aux questions d’Oumarou Barry, rédacteur en chef de l’émission télévisée Initiative Africa (People TV), qui se trouvait dans le studio de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis à Bruxelles.

Récemment vous avez dit, je vous cite : « Ce qui se passe au Nigeria a des conséquences non seulement pour l’Afrique, mais aussi pour les États-Unis et le reste du monde. » Pourquoi?   Continue Reading…

The Igbo genocide and 5 June 1969

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, May 25, 2011.

Reflecting on the availability of documentary sources, Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe discusses the history of the Igbo genocide.

Thankfully, for the interest of posterity, the Igbo genocide, perpetrated by the Nigeria state, is one of the most documented crimes against humanity. Leading university and public libraries across Europe (particularly in Britain, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden) and North America have invaluable repositories of books, state papers (including, crucially, hitherto classified material now declassified as part of mandatory timeframe provisions and freedom-to-information legislations), church papers, human rights/anti-genocide/anti-war groups’ campaign papers, reports, photographs and interviews, Red Cross/other third sector papers, reports and photographs, newspaper/news magazine/radio/ television/video archives and sole individual depositories, some of which are classified as ‘anonymous contributors’… //  Continue Reading…