Law & Governance

The Sidama Referendum: Ethiopia’s fight for stability

Ethiopia’s upcoming referendum on self-determination for its ethnic Sidama community has been dominated by headlines of violence and civil unrest. Since July, at least 40 people have died in clashes between state security forces and activists in Southern Ethiopia. The country’s leaders have historically struggled with the challenge of providing

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Part 1: Recent Changes to Drug Laws in South Africa

In recent years, global attitudes towards the drug cannabis as both a medicinal and a recreational drug have been shifting. Many countries have seen changes in law to reflect the more liberal views of their voters: sometimes decreasing penalities for possession and usage, and sometimes permitting cannabis for medical purposes.

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Understanding political parties

By the end of 2019 there will have been elections in at least 20 African countries, with 15 more planned to take place in 2020. Millions of people across the continent will be going to vote – many for the first time in their lives. Voters will have to choose

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What do trade unions do?

Workers are often at a disadvantage when negotiating with employers. It is difficult for workers to complain about pay or conditions when they can lose their jobs. Therefore, some workers form unions – organisations to promote their shared interests. This negotiation between unions and employers is known as ‘collective bargaining’.

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Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Peace Prize

On 11th October 2019, Ethiopia’s president Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize thanks to the peace agreement he negotiated last year with Eritrea, who they border. This represents a significant achievement for the 43-year-old president, the youngest country leader on the African continent, and marks a new beginning for

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Beijing Declaration

WHAT IS THE BEIJING DECLARATION? The Beijing Declaration is a series of commitments agreed upon by the 186 United Nations countries during the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. These countries marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations with this declaration which is, effectively, a promise to work

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