Category Archives: Human Rights

Burundi: Bujumbura Accused in Geneva

Bujumbura – “A deep and widespread sense of fear,” this is evidenced by the testimonies gathered by the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi. During the 35th session, an oral report was submitted. This is …

Lampedusa: I would never have embarked on this adventure

Lampedusa (Italy) – His name is Ibrahim Sow, a.k.a. Mandy Kaporo-rails. From the beaches of Conakry where he used to make rap video-clips to the hot-spot center in Lampedusa, he spent 14 months traveling towards

UN Human Rights Council concerned about violations in Burundi

The commission of inquiry on Human Rights violations in Burundi has presented its first oral briefing to the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland. Fatsah Ouguergouz, the chair of the commission says they are …

Burundi: Hunting for CSOs intensifies

Bujumbura – The striking off and suspension of several civil society organizations (CSOs) by the Burundian government causes fear for the regime and doubt about its governance. Five of them are accused of “carrying …

Burundi: UNIIB accuses Bujumbura of serious violations

Bujumbura (Burundi) – The conclusions of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) published on Tuesday 20 September, stimulated much attention. The report accuses Bujumbura of grave human rights violations. The UNIIB report considers

Business and Human Rights: the UK’s (bad) model

Over the past few decades, there has been a new scramble for African resources as foreign governments and companies have sought to control the continent’s reserves of minerals, oil and gas. As documented in ‘…

Time for tough action to stop sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers

“Gentlemen, there are no bad soldiers, only bad officers”, said Napoleon Bonaparte to his military staff after they complained that the poor quality of soldiers was inhibiting success on the battlefield.

We as former Army …

Peace, Security No More Elitist Reductions

Peace and security in Africa should not be seen as an exclusive domain of African Union (AU) institutions only. African citizens are those directly affected by violent conflict and instability.

As George Mukundi Wachira, head …