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18 October 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Thomas Sankara's murder trial underway

'While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas.' – Thomas Sankara   The trial of 14 men, including a former President, over the assassination of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara began today. Legalbrief reports that former President Blaise ... Read More

Regional News

Plight of abducted children addressed

UN officials have received increasing reports of the use of children in armed groups and violations, including abduction and sexual violence by militant Islamist groups in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado region. A report of the allAfrica site notes that Unicef ... Read More

President under fire over party comments

The Office of the Presidency is attempting to justify Namibian President Hage Geingob’s offensive comments to members of his own party at a Swapo central committee meeting last weekend. In a statement, the office said the comment was not meant ... Read More

Doctors suspend lengthy strike

Striking doctors in Nigeria's public hospitals have suspended their two-month-long industrial action. The labour action, by resident doctors who are training to be specialists, almost crippled the health sector. Their union said it was giving the government another chance ... Read More

Africa International

Kenya withdraws ICJ's jurisdiction ahead of key ruling

Kenya on Friday raised a pre-verdict storm against the International Court of Justice ruling due tomorrow on a maritime boundary case filed by Somalia, saying the judges’ decision will be a product of a ‘flawed’ process. The East African reports ... Read More

US slams Ethiopian Airlines scandal

The Biden administration has described a CNN report that Ethiopian Airlines shuttled weapons to Eritrea as ‘incredibly grave’ and warned that it was prepared to impose sanctions on Ethiopia and any other parties who prolonged the conflict in Tigray. CNN ... Read More

Tanzanian novelist wins Noble Literature Prize

Tanzanian-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the Nobel Literature Prize for his writings on post-colonialism and the trauma of the refugee experience. Gurnah, who grew up in Zanzibar but arrived in England as a refugee at the end of the ... Read More


DRC humanitarian wins prestigious prize

Julienne Lusenge, who has spent 40 years helping victims of wartime sexual violence in the DRC, has been awarded Armenia’s $1m Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. The annual award recognises the extraordinary humanitarian work of individuals around the world and ... Read More

How DRC’s Covid-19 funds disappeared

Researchers says missing funds, opaque pay practices and poor management hamper the coronavirus response in the DRC. The Congo Research Group, based at New York University, says several new committees were set up that cost more money but failed to ... Read More

Funding shortfall hampers Africa's revival

Sub-Saharan Africa needs significant additional funding to counter damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, bolster its economic recovery prospects and mitigate threats posed by climate change. That’s according to the World Bank which noted that the regional economy is expected ... Read More


Deep divisions over anti-gay Bill

Ghana's Parliament is preparing to debate a draft Bill – framed in the guise of ‘family values’ – which seeks to introduce some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ laws on the African continent. The prospect of it passing is pushing ... Read More

Africa Analysis

SA’s national treasures saluted

Three prominent men who played a pivotal role in reshaping the landscape of SA – and the rest of the continent – have been hailed over the past week. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was pivotal in crushing apartheid, turned 90 on ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Divorce rulings emphasise value of women's roles

Two new judgments from the courts in Kenya and Zimbabwe underline changing judicial views about the role of women in building up a family home and the contribution that women, as wives and mothers, may be said, on divorce, to ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘Asking for an apology is too easy ... I don't believe that we can free ourselves of this history.’ – French President Emmanuel Macron, who vowed to address the legacy of colonialism as young Africans assailed France's ‘arrogance’ ... Read More

Book Review

By The Sea

By The Sea   By Abdulrazak Gurnah The New Press. $17   Gurnah luminously weaves together themes of alienation, treachery and despair in a story about two political exiles in a drab English seaside town who at last find forgiveness ... Read More

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