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ME TOO MOVEMENT REACHES INTO AFRICAN HALLS OF POWER

(GIN) – A promised investigation into gender discrimination at the African Union appears to be idling on the back burner, according to the South African Mail&Guardian. Some 37 women employees at the African Union Commission (AUC) have complained of “ill-treatment and humiliation”, investigators at the South African paper found. The women, who work at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, appealed to Mouss ...

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AFRICAN WHO SAVED CHILD FROM FALL GETS FRENCH CITIZENSHIP

(GIN) – A migrant from Mali who scrambled up the side of a building to save a 4 year old child dangling from a fifth floor balcony was thanked this week by President Emmanuel Macron and offered citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama had been living without papers in France when the incident took place. “You have become an example because millions of people have seen you,” Macron told the 22 year old young man. “It i ...

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WOMEN’S GROUPS PLEAD FOR CLEMENCY FOR SUDANESE TEEN SENTENCED TO HANG

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A Sudanese court has upheld a judgment of execution for a teenage girl who fought off the forcible sexual advances of her arranged-marriage husband, leading to his death. Noura Hussein has been imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan, since the murder of the man she was forced to marry, who she says raped her as his relatives held her down. The case has highlighted the issues of forced marriage a ...

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COURT DENIES NIGERIAN FISHERMEN ‘ACCESS TO JUSTICE’, RIGHTS GROUPS SAY

May 21, 2018 (GIN) – A coalition of human rights, environmental and development groups from the four corners of the world is challenging a UK appeals court ruling that lets UK-headquartered parent companies escape liability when people in poor countries are harmed by their affiliates. The ruling stems from a lawsuit by the Ogale people in Nigeria against Royal Dutch Shell, based in England, and its Nigerian ...

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BURUNDI VOTE COULD UNDO DELICATE HUTU-TUTSI BALANCE

(GIN) - As U.S. President Trump unravels carefully crafted legislation at home, the newly-passed referendum in Burundi may unravel a balance of power between Hutus and Tutsis, worrying some experts in diplomacy. The finely-tuned Hutu-Tutsi ethnic balance, defined in the 2000 Arusha agreement, helped end Burundi’s civil war, say policy strategists at the International Crisis Group. Under the amended constitu ...

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DEBATE HEATS UP OVER SOUTH AFRICAN ‘WHITE PRIVILEGE’

(GIN) – Members of the opposition Democratic Alliance are reportedly squabbling over a casual remark by the head of the party, Mmusi Maimane, who observed that white privilege and black poverty were critical issues that needed to be addressed. “I firmly stand by comments I made on Freedom Day,” Maimane tweeted on Sunday. “South Africa remains deeply unequal, with black South Africans locked out of opportuni ...

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AT AFRICAN CONFAB, A CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN*

(IDN/GIN) – Children are very much on the political and public agenda in Africa today. The African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfilment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is somber and sobering. The number of child prisoners in Africa is in the thousands, and may even be as high as 28,000. Against this background, chi ...

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ZIMBABWEANS CHEER A MUSICAL ‘LION’ RETURNING FROM EXILE

(GIN) - Welcome home Mukanya. After 14 long years in the U.S. state of Oregon, singer, composer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo has come home to Zimbabwe. His recent performance, for some 20,000 ticket holders at the open-air Glamis Arena, only slowed down as the sun began to rise. "I thought maybe I wasn't going to be able to come back here while I was still alive," Mapfumo confessed. "But by the grace of Go ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN TAKE PRIZE FOR ANTI-NUCLEAR EFFORT

Using the knowledge gained in the anti-apartheid struggle, two South African women challenged a secret, multibillion-dollar nuclear deal that would have dotted South Africa with nuclear power plants from Russia. The women, Makoma Lekalakala and Liziwe McDaid, waged a five-year court battle against the plants. Against all odds, including a secret agreement between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and former Pre ...

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