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12 May 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Keen interest in ICC’s latest conviction

The International Criminal Court (ICC) last week sentenced former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen (45) to 25 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. Legalbrief reports that the former child soldier was found guilty ... Read More

Regional News

Government invokes military rule in hot spots

The DRC will replace civilian authorities with military administrations in two conflict-hit provinces for a month, the government has confirmed. A report on the News24 site notes that a surge in attacks by armed militias and intercommunal violence along Congo ... Read More

'Underground cells’ thwarted

Ethiopian authorities say they have foiled underground cells of a group allegedly plotting to disrupt the upcoming elections. The National Intelligence and Security Service, Defence Forces, the Federal Police Commission, and Information Network Security Agency say the group is being ... Read More

Government accused of genocide

The powerful head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church has accused the government of committing genocide against the Tigrayan people. In his first public comments since the war began in Tigray six months ago, Patriarch Abune Mathias said the government was working ... Read More

Africa International

Uganda moves to clean up its global image

The Ugandan Government has hired UK public relations firm Mercury International, a subsidiary of Mercury Public Affairs, to improve its image globally. Documents seen by The Monitor indicate that the focus of lobbying will be in the US. Mercury Public ... Read More

Stalemate in SA Government on Chang extradition

A sharp dispute in SA among President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Ministers and advisers about which country to extradite former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang to is keeping him incarcerated in a South African prison more than 28 months after he was ... Read More

Eskom said to be wary of 'power ships' deal

Eskom is reportedly not interested in buying emergency power from Turkish company Karpowerships due to concerns about the costs and length of the contract. Die Burger reports that Eskom has not publicly commented on the controversy which is already subject ... Read More


Somalia restores ties with Kenya

Somalia has restored diplomatic ties it cut with Kenya, following back channels masterminded by Qatar. The East African reports that Abdirashid Hashi, spokesperson for Somalia's President Mohamed Farmaajo, said Qatar had steered the resumption of relations but did not ... Read More

Gay asylum seekers face bigotry and hostility – report

The report, LGBTI+ Asylum Seekers in SA: A Review of Refugee Status Denials Involving Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, released last week, has found evidence that LGBT refugees are being denied asylum in SA, despite being ‘eligible for protection under ... Read More

Three arrested over WFP food theft

The Hawks have arrested three people for allegedly defrauding more than R5m worth of foodstuffs from the World Food Programme (WFP) which were meant for a relief operation in Malawi. A TimesLIVE report notes that the food had been donated ... Read More


Bill seeks to increase female political representation

A Bill that seeks to create 111 additional special seats for females in Nigeria’s National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. It aims to alter the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and would create 37 additional ... Read More

New law addresses sexual harassment

Uganda's Parliament has passed a sweeping law on sexual offences, repealing some of the provisions in the decades-old legislation. BBC News reports that the new measures provide for the establishment of a national sexual offenders’ register. Anyone convicted of ... Read More

Deep concerns over homosexuality ban

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on Uganda to amend a Bill to ban same-sex relations that it says would violate human rights standards and undermine public health. Parliament last week ‘quietly’ passed the ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


‘With a rising civilian death toll, scores of disappeared people, and increasing unlawful attacks by armed Islamist groups, it's clear that abuses by one side beget abuses by the others.’ – Jonathan Pedneault, crisis and conflict researcher at ... Read More

Book Review

I Am a Girl from Africa

I Am a Girl from Africa   By Elizabeth Nyamayaro Scribner. $18   When severe draught hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth, then eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life purpose ... Read More

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