Sub-Saharan Africa

A hashtag that inspired hope: #GambiaHasDecided

February 28, 2019
BY: Salieu Taal
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A movement that started as a simple hashtag, declaring that #GambiaHasDecided, ...

Human rights—tackling inequality by catalyzing the agents of social change

February 12, 2019
BY: Jackie Dugard
Español | Français

Some argue human rights are insufficient to tackle inequality but overlook ...

A tech solution to documenting sexual violence

January 3, 2019
BY: Suzanne Kidenda & Katy Johnson
Español | Français

A simple app, developed in close co-operation with clinicians, police ...

Despite record inequality, UK and EU won’t challenge Swaziland’s monarch

October 11, 2018
BY: Sunit Bagree

The UK and EU are ignoring Swaziland’s threats to human rights and civic ...

Illegal logging fuels conflict and violence against women in South Sudan

March 20, 2018
BY: Caroline Kiarie-Kimondo

Mismanagement of timber resources and illegal logging are exacerbating ...

Community participation in the face of gatekeeping: lessons from Kenya

March 1, 2018
BY: Collins Liko

Cartels in Kenya are controlling public resources and access to information, ...

DNA testing can help – and hinder – sexual violence prosecutions

February 28, 2018
BY: Karen Naimer
Español | Français

DNA technology in sexual violence cases can strengthen investigations ...

Empowering language of rights underlies increasing use in HIV advocacy

January 9, 2018
BY: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Setswana | Zulu

Local HIV activists are expanding human rights discourse into health advocacy, ...

As NGOs speak out, expect clampdowns to grow

December 6, 2017
BY: David Kode

Governments from Uganda to Poland are silencing activists and organizations ...

Building up vs. trickling down: human rights in Southern Africa

November 16, 2017
BY: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Español | Setswana | Zulu

Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative ...

Using community-led activism and public opinion to stop harmful development

November 14, 2017
BY: John Mwebe & Preksha Kumar

Several investment banks recently withdrew from a project in Malawi due ...

Human rights justice requires corporate information sharing

October 17, 2017
BY: Audrey Gaughran

Legal reform is needed to ensure that victims of human rights abuses have ...

Court judgements are shaking political foundations—and upholding rights

September 14, 2017
BY: James A. Goldston

In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken ...

Why an anti-ICC narrative may help Kenyan leaders win votes

August 22, 2017
BY: Geoff Dancy

Anti-ICC narratives resonate with a crucial minority of Kenyan citizens, ...

How to confront restrictive legislation in Nigeria

August 16, 2017
BY: Victoria Ohaeri

Linking online campaigns to offline action has become critical in challenging ...

A levy in the African Union could be a step towards independence

June 14, 2017
BY: Amandine Rushenguziminega

A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but ...

Ready for anything: how preparation can improve trauma recovery

May 11, 2017
BY: Zelalem Kibret

When in the field, human rights workers must be better prepared for trauma ...

Fighting stigma: protecting the mental health of African rights advocates

April 9, 2017
BY: Douglas Mathew Mawadri
Français | العربية

Human rights advocates in Africa face significant challenges in getting ...

Looking deeper to understand African governments’ opposition to the ICC

April 3, 2017
BY: Ayodele Akenroye

African governments are withdrawing from the ICC with valid criticisms—but ...

Opportunities for resistance: Trump’s authoritarianism and the law

February 23, 2017
BY: Stuart Wilson

Human rights values and rule of law are lost on authoritarians, but the ...

An elusive justice—holding parent companies accountable for human rights abuse

February 14, 2017
BY: Joe Westby

A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need ...

“Quit before they get hit”: withdrawals from the ICC are an indicator of the Court’s success

February 7, 2017
BY: Chris Dolan

Are presidents who seek to withdraw from the ICC in denial about a rare ...

The complex reality beyond the trial of Dominic Ongwen

December 21, 2016
BY: Sarah Kihika Kasande & Virginie Ladisch

Dominic Ongwen faces trial at the ICC for crimes of which he was also ...

The ICC needs to ally with victims

November 21, 2016
BY: Reed Brody

To survive the current crisis, the ICC must recruit its most persuasive ...

How we talk about mass violence: the cultural effects of Darfur campaigns

November 8, 2016
BY: Joachim J. Savelsberg 

When NGOs alter their narratives of mass violence depending on the cultural ...

A string of departures from the ICC is ringing alarm bells

October 30, 2016
BY: James A. Goldston

Three African states have pulled out of the ICC with other departures ...

Blame South Sudanese leadership, not George Clooney

September 28, 2016
BY: Majak D’Agoôt & Remember Miamingi

The crisis in South Sudan is a result of its current leadership – the ...

Letter to George Clooney

September 28, 2016
BY: Rita Abrahamsen

Celebrity activism risks reducing complex political issues to simple morality ...

New Katanga trial shows DRC’s potential to try complex international crimes

September 16, 2016
BY: Paul Seils & Myriam Raymond-Jetté 

A DRC warlord convicted by the ICC will now also face prosecution by national ...

Rethinking what ICC success means at the Bemba Trial

September 14, 2016
BY: Valerie Arnould

When measuring ICC success, we need to examine the local impact and not ...

To implement Agenda 2030 in Africa, people must be at the centre

August 3, 2016
BY: Charles Kojo Vandyck  & Maame Darkwaa Twum Barima

Increasing threats to citizens’ freedoms will derail the sustainable development ...

For sexual minorities, “closing space” for civil society means losing access to critical services

July 6, 2016
BY: David Kuria Mbote

Closing space for African sexual and gender minority groups is about far ...

Lessons from Kenya: unpacking the ICC’s deterrent effect

July 5, 2016
BY: Yvonne M. Dutton  & Tessa Alleblas

Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal ...

Revising perceptions of the rights of older people in Africa

June 13, 2016
BY: Jamillah Mwanjisi

A new African treaty promises to protect the human rights of the elderly.

Do South Africans really have the right to protest?

June 8, 2016
BY: Julian Brown 

South Africans’ right to protest exists on paper, but authorities have ...

In for the long haul: a creative fight for space in Kenya

April 21, 2016
BY: Ezra Mbogori 

What started as a “one time” reform exercise has turned into a long-term ...

In the name of security: when silencing active citizens creates even greater problems

April 20, 2016
BY: Iva Dobichina & Poonam Joshi

Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely ...

Refugee protection is politics

March 31, 2016
BY: Roni Amit & Loren B. Landau

The best refugee legislation in the world will have little effect when ...

Running the numbers on ICC deterrence: when does it actually work?

March 22, 2016
BY: Hyeran Jo & Beth A. Simmons

Systematic assessments reveal that the ICC can deter intentional civilian ...

Without addressing women’s security, we can’t hope for equality

March 8, 2016
BY: Amrita Kapur

Understanding why and how insecurity affects women is key to overcoming ...

End the attacks—protecting the rights of persons with albinism

February 26, 2016
BY: Ikponwosa Ero 

A newly appointed UN expert sets out a plan to protect the rights of persons ...

Côte d’Ivoire: The International Criminal Court with its back against the wall

December 2, 2015
BY: Eric-Aimé Semien

Four years after the ICC's intervention in Ivory Coast, opinions are still ...

What do South Africans really think about sexual orientation and gender identity?

November 9, 2015
BY: Carla Sutherland 

South Africa stands apart from the criminalization of homosexuality in ...

ICC success depends on its impact locally

August 26, 2015
BY: Elizabeth Evenson

Delivering justice for victims is the raison d’etre of the ICC. But making ...

Law and politics at the International Criminal Court

August 24, 2015
BY: Benson Chinedu Olugbuo

The ICC should be above politics, but some of the rules found in the Rome ...

The realpolitik of rights and democracy

August 11, 2015
BY: Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua

What happens when human rights and democracy do not only advance Western ...

Internationalisation: lessons from the women’s movement

August 4, 2015
BY: Muthoni Muriithi

The internationalisation debate can learn a lot from women’s movements ...

Do African rights groups have the “how” to internationalise?

June 9, 2015
BY: Charles Kojo Vandyck 

Internationalising human rights work in Africa will always be a distant ...