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INTERNATIONAL COURT TO SEEK REPARATIONS FOR THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN WAR CRIMES VICTIMS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to 18 years in jail on war crimes offenses ...

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BOTSWANA COURT AFFIRMS LEGAL RECOGNITION OF TRANSGENDERS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – In its second groundbreaking decision on gender identity, the Botswana courts have issued a ruling that acknowledges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their right to equal protection before the law. The ruling echoes the so-called “bathroom bill” in the U.S. that would bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that did not match their biological sex. In ...

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ZIMBABWE LEADER, FACING DEADLINE, REFUSES OUSTER BY HIS GENERALS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) - President Robert Mugabe, rejecting demands from former friendly generals and war veterans to step down, now faces impeachment from members of his party. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old president crushed expectations he would resign after a military takeover, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis. Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party said tha ...

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IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE, CLEAR NAMES OF OGONI MARTYRS, RIGHTS ACTIVISTS URGE

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) – Some 22 years have passed since nine environmental activists were executed by the Nigerian government for what their lawyer called “asking inconvenient questions.” The nine were leaders of the Ogoni peoples of Nigeria who led protests against the devastation of their ancestral lands by multinational oil corporations. On Nov. 10, 1994, after a secret military trial, all nine were senten ...

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FROM PARADISE PAPERS, HOW ‘SLAVERY IN MINIATURE’ CAME TO BURKINA FASO

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) –As hundreds of investigative journalists scoured a “data dump” of leaked financial records, a number of African countries left nearly broke by multinational corporations came into focus. The story of Burkina Faso is a case in point. Details of the apparent misappropriation of monies were revealed in what is now called the Paradise Papers. Burkina Faso was a country short on development ...

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NIGERIA SEEKS IDENTITY OF TRAFFICKERS WHO LET 26 NIGERIAN WOMEN DROWN AT SEA

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) - Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), is calling for an international inquiry to identify and prosecute the traffickers behind the recent deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast city of Salerno. According to NAPTIP, the number of deaths of Nigerians on the Mediterranean Sea runs into thousands. There should be “a high level investiga ...

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GRUELING RESCUE OPERATION IN MEDITERRANEAN UNABLE TO SAVE 26 AFRICAN GIRLS

NOV. 7, 2017 (GIN) – Shivering immigrants pulled from icy Mediterranean waters huddled under aid workers’ blankets hardly move the hearts of wealthy nationals in developed countries these days. But the story this week of 26 young African women whose bodies were recovered near a smuggler’s boatload of migrants caused some heads to turn and tears to fall. Their bodies were plucked from the sea on Sunday in on ...

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CHARITIES FACING CLOSER SCRUTINY OVER SEX HARASSMENT AND GRAFT CLAIMS

Nov 6, 2017 (GIN) – Two well-known charities are responding to serious claims of misappropriation of money and sexual harassment during their work in Africa. In one investigation by the Associated Press, the Red Cross was cited for faulty oversight of workers who may have stolen millions of dollars meant to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The deadly Ebola virus that spread throughout West Africa f ...

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TAX HAVENS FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL EXPOSED IN LATEST ‘DATA DUMP’

Nov. 6, 2017 (GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times and other national and international pa ...

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