President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s “strategic” relationship with Iran

This analysis by Eric Reeve provides a detailed insight into the key decisions of Sudanese regime. It indicates the dependence of President Omar al-Bashir on Iran, based on the leaked minutes of the government’s top military and security officials. Martin 15 October 2014 “Sudan, Iran, the Obama Administration, and Khartoum’s Political Vision” More about what…

Sheila Keetharuth

Eritrea: UN expert describes pervasive rights abuses after meeting refugees

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth.  Source: UN News 29 September 2014 – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the…

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South Sudan’s tragedy – the squalor of Minkaman camp

While South Sudan’s leaders continue to prevaricate, the horror of life for ordinary people is often lost. Here, in photographs and satellite photographs, is the situation in just one corner of this vast land: Minkaman camp in Lakes state. Photographs by Geoff Pugh for the Daily Telegraph, Image by UNITAR. According to the Red Cross…

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South Africa: Five reasons for continued optimism

Yesterday I wrote about the ANC and five ways it is undermining the country. Today: five reasons why I continue to be optimistic. Above all else – the indefatigable determination of our people to stand up for our rights. South Africans simply don’t take injustice lying down. Sometimes they will go to the courts. Sometimes…