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Uganda’s Anti-Gay ‘Christmas Gift’

Thursday, November 29, 2012

On 23 November, Uganda’s infamous anti-gay “Kill the Gays” legislation was passed by a committee vote. It will now move to Parliament, where it will be debated on the floor. Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga expects to pass the Bill by the holidays as a “Christmas gift” to Uganda.

Maternal Mortality in the World’s Newest Country

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

One in seven women in South Sudan will die during pregnancy or childbirth, making the world’s newest country – and one of the poorest - the most dangerous place in the world to give birth. A 15 year old girl has a better chance of dying in childbirth than of finishing school.

Licking your Elbow: Sudan’s Arab Spring Revival

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sudan’s most recent spate of demonstrations that began on 16 June at the University of Khartoum and have since spread across the country have been a long time coming. Similar student demonstrations began in late January 2011 and were revived in January 2012. Both were met with strong crackdowns by police and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

More Sinned Against than Sinning

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sudan Condemns Woman to Death by Stoning


Confronting the Criticisms of those Kony 2012 Ads

Friday, March 23, 2012

Views of the Kony2012 campaign launched by Invisible Children (IC) have drastically fallen after its initial premiere on 5 March and the subsequent backlash. On 16 March, IC founder and star of the video Jason Russell was back in the news after having a breakdown in San Diego. The rhetorical space for advocacy around the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been eroded. The work of IC, in its own right, has largely been discredited and oversimplified.

Egypt, Virginity Tests, and Phase Two of the Revolution

Monday, January 9, 2012

On 27 December Judge Aly Fekry of the Cairo Administrative Court banned virginity testing of female detainees.

Gambling on Elections: Congo’s Presidential Problem

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Originally scheduled to take place on 28 November, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s legislative and executive elections bled into the 30th following logistical issues in delivering ballots, widespread irregularities, and long lines on the first day of polling. With over 30 million voters, thousands of polling stations, and lack of basic infrastructure, DRC’s elections were a logistical nightmare.

Too Taboo to Address?

Monday, October 31, 2011

A population-based assessment completed recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly 40% of women and 23% of men in three Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had been subjected to gender based violence (GBV) since conflict reignited in the mid-1990s. Though some INGOs operational in the region have questioned the methodology of the survey, no one has questioned the existence of GBV against men.

Cease and Desist in Rwanda? (Part 1)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Invocation of the “Ceased Circumstances Cessation Clause”: Is Rwanda Fundamentally Altered Enough?