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By: Sehin Teferra
Ethiopia needs a stand-alone feminist campaign calling for a new vision of job creation that prioritizes dignified work and decent wages for both men and women.
By: Emerson Sykes
Americans seeking racial justice can learn a lot about protest and liberation from Africans.
By: Pooven Moodley
Communities in Africa are increasingly using litigation to challenge large extractive projects that exacerbate the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity.
By: Nora Götzmann & Sébastien Lorion
New data from Africa provides insights into the role of national human rights institutions in access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses.
By: Ella Scheepers & Ishtar Lakhani & Kasey Armstrong
Community Action Networks in South Africa bring residents from varied backgrounds into collective action to find solutions to COVID-related issues.
By: Hassan Sesay & Daniel Sesay
Legal empowerment helps locals to understand and claim their rights, resulting in a legal victory for communities in Sierra Leone against exploitative corporations.
By: Wangũi wa Kamonji
One women’s group in Uganda is showing that solidarity, community and the determination to sustain generative ways of life can be unstoppable, even in the face ...
In the face of growing climate change, indigenous women in Kenya are remembering and reinstating their native agricultural practices, to build resilience and reclaim ...
By: Armel Niyongere
Treaty bodies showed their ability to take the right measures in situations of crisis like in Burundi. A coordination with the high-level bodies of the United Nations, ...
By: Katharine G. Young
Constitutional entrenchment is only part of the battle for recognition of economic and social rights, as many South African cases have made clear.
By: Sarah Yookyung Kim
When much broader communities can harness intellectual property rights, these shifts can contribute to reducing inequality and improving the standard of life for ...
By: Ishtar Lakhani
Humour is one of the most effective tools in our activist arsenal, because it has the ability to bring people together from a space of shared connection rather ...
By: Jason Brickhill
The courts have done much in South Africa to advance human rights and promote equality, but in what remains a grossly unequal society they can only do so much.
By: Salieu Taal
A movement that started as a simple hashtag, declaring that #GambiaHasDecided, is bringing a fresh wave of optimism and hope to political turmoil in the Gambia.
By: Jackie Dugard
Some argue human rights are insufficient to tackle inequality but overlook the emancipatory power of rights—to create the space to mobilize for change, a dynamic ...
By: Suzanne Kidenda & Katy Johnson
A simple app, developed in close co-operation with clinicians, police and other end-users, is making it easier to effectively document and prosecute sexual assault ...
By: Sunit Bagree
The UK and EU are ignoring Swaziland’s threats to human rights and civic space, refusing to hold the monarchy to account.
By: Caroline Kiarie-Kimondo
Mismanagement of timber resources and illegal logging are exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict and destroying the environment, and women are the most severely affected.
By: Collins Liko
Cartels in Kenya are controlling public resources and access to information, but community mobilization is starting to change this power dynamic.
By: Karen Naimer
DNA technology in sexual violence cases can strengthen investigations and prosecutions, but training on how to collect and preserve evidence is equally important ...
By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Local HIV activists are expanding human rights discourse into health advocacy, largely due to belief in the empowering impact of rights language, not expectations ...
By: David Kode
Governments from Uganda to Poland are silencing activists and organizations that criticize them—what can these NGOs do to fight back?
By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative level, or at the grassroots level? The history and culture of each country may ...
By: John Mwebe & Preksha Kumar
Several investment banks recently withdrew from a project in Malawi due to community-led activism and research on the inherent risks of the proposed plan.
By: Audrey Gaughran
Legal reform is needed to ensure that victims of human rights abuses have access to the relevant information they need to challenge corporations.
By: James A. Goldston
In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken up politics—is court-centric advocacy one of the few remaining avenues to legitimately ...
By: Geoff Dancy
Anti-ICC narratives resonate with a crucial minority of Kenyan citizens, but not with victims of political violence.
By: Victoria Ohaeri
Linking online campaigns to offline action has become critical in challenging closing spaces in Nigeria.
By: Amandine Rushenguziminega
A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but who is funding human rights?
By: Zelalem Kibret
When in the field, human rights workers must be better prepared for trauma in order to heal from it.
By: Douglas Mathew Mawadri
Human rights advocates in Africa face significant challenges in getting past mental health stigmas in order to get help.
By: Ayodele Akenroye
African governments are withdrawing from the ICC with valid criticisms—but what can be done to make the Court less imbalanced?
By: Stuart Wilson
Human rights values and rule of law are lost on authoritarians, but the need to clothe their action in forms of law is not.
By: Joe Westby
A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need to prevent powerful multinationals hiding behind their subsidiaries to dodge accountability ...
By: Chris Dolan
Are presidents who seek to withdraw from the ICC in denial about a rare instance of achieved gender equality?
By: Sarah Kihika Kasande & Virginie Ladisch
Dominic Ongwen faces trial at the ICC for crimes of which he was also a victim—forcing us to reevaluate dichotomies of guilt and innocence.
By: Reed Brody
To survive the current crisis, the ICC must recruit its most persuasive allies—the victims of atrocity crimes themselves.
By: Joachim J. Savelsberg
When NGOs alter their narratives of mass violence depending on the cultural characteristics of each country, which version dominates?
By: James A. Goldston
Three African states have pulled out of the ICC with other departures in the works, putting ICC legitimacy in crisis.
By: Majak D’Agoôt & Remember Miamingi
The crisis in South Sudan is a result of its current leadership – the country wasn’t doomed to fail – and its people welcome celebrities like George Clooney who ...
By: Rita Abrahamsen
Celebrity activism risks reducing complex political issues to simple morality tales, leading to emotional politics and irresponsible interventions.
By: Paul Seils & Myriam Raymond-Jetté
A DRC warlord convicted by the ICC will now also face prosecution by national courts in the DRC—an enormously welcome step.
By: Valerie Arnould
When measuring ICC success, we need to examine the local impact and not just the international effects.
By: Charles Kojo Vandyck & Maame Darkwaa Twum Barima
Increasing threats to citizens’ freedoms will derail the sustainable development goals.
By: David Kuria Mbote
Closing space for African sexual and gender minority groups is about far more than advocacy—it is about accessing critical services that no one else provides.
By: Yvonne M. Dutton & Tessa Alleblas
Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a deterrent effect, Kenya’s experience requires a deeper look.
By: Jamillah Mwanjisi
A new African treaty promises to protect the human rights of the elderly.
By: Julian Brown
South Africans’ right to protest exists on paper, but authorities have effectively suppressed dissent by making it too dangerous.
By: Ezra Mbogori
What started as a “one time” reform exercise has turned into a long-term battle for Kenyan civil society.
By: Iva Dobichina & Poonam Joshi
Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely to challenge extremist ideologies, making insecurity worse.
By: Roni Amit & Loren B. Landau
The best refugee legislation in the world will have little effect when those seeking protection are characterized as security risks.
By: Hyeran Jo & Beth A. Simmons
Systematic assessments reveal that the ICC can deter intentional civilian killing, but only under the right conditions.
By: Amrita Kapur
Understanding why and how insecurity affects women is key to overcoming inequality across all dimensions of empowerment.
By: Ikponwosa Ero
A newly appointed UN expert sets out a plan to protect the rights of persons with albinism.
By: Eric-Aimé Semien
Four years after the ICC's intervention in Ivory Coast, opinions are still divided regarding its impact
By: Carla Sutherland
South Africa stands apart from the criminalization of homosexuality in Africa, but without surveys, we still don’t know the public’s opinion.
By: Elizabeth Evenson
Delivering justice for victims is the raison d’etre of the ICC. But making justice count for victims requires much more than fair trials in a Hague courtroom.
By: Benson Chinedu Olugbuo
The ICC should be above politics, but some of the rules found in the Rome Statute make that difficult.
By: Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua
What happens when human rights and democracy do not only advance Western foreign policy, but also contribute to producing, not reducing, poverty?
By: Muthoni Muriithi
The internationalisation debate can learn a lot from women’s movements in terms of opening spaces and opportunities for the voiceless.
By: Charles Kojo Vandyck
Internationalising human rights work in Africa will always be a distant dream unless rights groups operate beyond survivability.
By: Mark Drumbl
LRA commander and former child soldier Dominic Ongwen’s forthcoming trial at the ICC risks obscuring the complex question of how to achieve justice when a victim ...
By: Abadir M. Ibrahim
Using extreme examples to justify a purely secular human rights approach does a disservice to the many religious leaders doing progressive work.
By: Geoff Dancy & Bridget Marchesi & Florencia Montal & Kathryn Sikkink
Despite increased criticism against the International Criminal Court, new evidence suggests that the Court may be having a real deterrent impact.
By: Stanley Ibe
We cannot afford to globalize human rights at the expense of local context. To be sustainable and effective, local activists must lead and adapt human rights initiatives ...
By: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze
International Criminal Court developments in 2014 have certainly been important, but we must also look to key events in regional and national institutions that ...
By: Leo Igwe
‘Traditional African ways’ is not a monolith. It has evolved over time and must evolve again to adapt to human rights. Human rights should not defer to tradition ...
By: Richard Dicker
Past experience suggests warnings that international criminal trials impede peace efforts are overblown. The ICC prosecutor mustn’t politicize her mandate by paying ...
By: Pascal Kambale
The ICC has pursued the "small fish" in the DRC, letting those most responsible for the worst crimes off the hook.
By: Charles Kojo Vandyck
Human rights groups can survive in the current funding climate if they shift their focus towards locally driven funding resources.
By: Sarah Nouwen
The intervention of the ICC in some countries has many effects, but little impact on promoting real accountability – and at times working against that goal.
By: Kamal Elgizouli
Respect for ‘sovereignty’ is no defence against ICC action in Sudan, as the government claims. International standards, many that Sudan signed, make clear a state’s ...
By: Abamfo Ofori Atiemo
Human Rights Watch’s scathing critique of Ghana’s prayer camps misses the point. For many people struggling with mental illness and social stigmatization, the camps ...
By: Mwangi S. Kimenyi
Africa can benefit greatly from an International Criminal Court that is credible, fair, competent and independent - the current Court fails on all counts.
By: Njonjo Mue
While the ICC has encountered serious challenges in Kenya, the Court has an important role to play in strengthening Kenyan rule of law and holding elites to account.
By: David Petrasek
The International Criminal Court has failed to live up to expectations that it would mark the end of impunity. Beset by controversy, and its continued relevance ...
By: Shantha Rau Barriga
Ambamfo Ofori Atiemo says that prayer camps in Ghana deserve a closer look, as they are a supposedly compassionate, faith-based response to mental disability. Human ...
By: Kechi Nomu
On the streets of Nigeria, what seems like the “voice of the people” is often just unquestioning followers, echoing the opinions of religious leaders. The human ...
By: Beatrice Lamwaka
Human rights advocates must take their message to street corners, like preachers, and teach the people love for everyone, irrespective of race, tribe and sexual ...
By: Richard L. Wood
Pentecostal Christianity is one of the fastest growing religious forces in the world. Although many secular human rights activists view Pentecostalism as retrogressive, ...
By: Selemani Kinyunyu
For too long, the African Union and its human rights bodies have depended on foreign aid. If the Union implements a radical new financing tax on airline tickets, ...
By: Geraldyn Ezeakile
Religion may help to control behavior and justify human worth and dignity, but in Nigeria, the co-existence of Sharia law with English Common Law has had serious ...
In Africa and other regions in the global South, religion and human rights support similar values. For years, religion has helped disenfranchised groups the way ...
By: Jill Olivier
It’s time to move past overly simplistic arguments surrounding Catholics and condoms, and make an effort to understand the real and very complex contributions of ...
By: Melaku Mulualem
Kenyan officials under International Criminal Court indictment seek caps for foreign funding to local NGOs, raising the spectre of a “Beijing Consesus” for African ...
By: Okeoma Ibe
Designing and planning solutions to human rights problems from thousands of miles away often produces unsustainable results. The time has come for Southern human ...
By: Michael Broache
When does the ICC have a preventive effect? Evidence from DRC shows that it may not be the logic of deterrence that works best to prevent atrocities.
By: Osai Ojigho
International aid is not ethically wrong, and local rights groups will use it for years to come. We must also mobilize domestic funds, however, by gaining a better ...
By: Maina Kiai
In October Kenya introduced legislation capping foreign funding to NGOs and requiring that money be channeled through a government body. Though narrowly defeated, ...
By: Alice Nkom
When the EU awarded a large grant to Alice Nkom for her work defending gay people in Cameroon it was attacked for encouraging illegal activity. Here Nkom describes ...
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