Human Rights

Accountability: the far-reaching impact of corruption

One in five people in Africa have paid bribes to access medical services or to obtain documentation. Widespread corruption creates a culture of impunity, meaning that officials consider themselves above the law. Without a culture of accountability, there can be no progress in human rights. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW A

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Ethiopia’s march to gender parity

Under recently elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia has reached several significant milestones in gender equality in politics. Half of Mr Abiy’s 20-person cabinet are women. In October Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously voted for Sahle-Work Zewede to replace Mulatu Teshome as President. Finally, Meaza Ashenafi was appointed as Ethiopia’s first female

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The laws of war: protecting civilians in armed conflict

Sub-saharan African countries face threats from armed groups and terrorist organizations. Groups such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram have no respect for human rights. They carry out massacres, conduct ethnic cleansing and target civilians. Governments aim to protect people against the threat of such groups. However, they can inflict significant

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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: a heroine for all

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a Nigerian politician born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1900. She played a key role in ensuring that Nigerians had a greater role in their own affairs, and she set up the Abeokuta Women’s Union, a political organisation of women which united to fight injustices under colonialism. The

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The Importance of Free Press for a Democracy

The freedom of the press in an exceptionally important aspect of any democratic society. The ability to criticise government policy and allow the African people a voice in the most important matters of policy is the cornerstone of both the freedom of the press and democracy itself. Protecting the independence

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Illiberal democracy in Africa

The growth and protection of democracy is vitally important to the well-being of all people across all continents. The struggle for democracy in Africa has cost many lives and has suffered many authoritarian regimes. Yet now just as in the twentieth century democracy is being threatened across the African continent.

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