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Gambia in search of justice: the cases against former Interior Minister Ousmane Sonko

TweetOn 26 January 2017, Gambia’s former Interior Minister, Ousmane Sonko, was arrested near Berne in Switzerland and charged with crimes against humanity. Two alleged victims, supported by the Swiss NGO TRIAL International, recently filed criminal charges against Sonko, claiming that … Continue reading

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The post-electoral impasse in the Gambia

TweetDjibril Balde with Kristof Orlans A week after accepting defeat in the Gambia’s 1 December polls, President Yahya Jammeh, in an extraordinary volte-face, rejected the results of the presidential election and ordered soldiers to take control of the Independent Electoral Commission … Continue reading

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Displaced from Burundi – again

TweetIn Burundi, people know only too well the consequences of war. And one of the most tangible consequences of war is displacement. But not only does war lead to displacement, failures to create a viable end to displacement can create … Continue reading

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Gambia: elections in a climate of fear and impunity

TweetOn 1 December 2016, Gambians will go to the polls to elect a president with the likely scenario being the incumbent, President Yahya Jammeh will be re-elected for a fifth time. Twenty-two years ago, Jammeh was a young army officer … Continue reading

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Dadaab: Security is not only a concern for the Kenyan government

Tweet Refugees in Dadaab boarding buses to return to South Central Somalia, August 2016 In May 2016, the government of Kenya announced its plans to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of this month, November. The … Continue reading

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The International Criminal Court and the Bashir problem

TweetInternational Justice Day is celebrated on 17 July, the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The day is meant to serve as a reminder of the importance of bringing perpetrators of war … Continue reading

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Atrocities in Beni: Struggling to Make Sense of the Violence

TweetOn 2 June 2016, the Congolese organisation Filimbi asked Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to investigate the ongoing situation near Beni, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the … Continue reading

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Republic of Congo: counting the social cost of recent elections and political violence

TweetIt may not be easy to determine the social cost of the recent presidential elections and ensuing violence in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) but it is evident that it was quite high. On 16 April, following his victory … Continue reading

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Regional and local tensions intertwine in Gambella, as violence claims hundreds of lives

TweetOn 15 April 2016, a cross-border raid from South Sudan into Ethiopia’s Gambella region left more than 200 dead. According to the Ethiopian government, more than 108 women and children were abducted and some 2,000 head of cattle stolen during … Continue reading

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Referendum in Darfur: Closing chapter of the conflict or travesty of justice?

TweetOn 23 April, it was announced that almost 98% of voters in Darfur’s referendum voted for maintaining the region as five states. The referendum – organised over three days in mid-April by the Sudanese authorities – allowed the people of … Continue reading

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