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Archive April 2015

Legal routes no easy fix to EU migration crisis

Oxford – In a new column, Jeff Crisp, former policy chief at UNHCR and now an advisor with Refugees International, questions whether opening up more legal routes into Europe is really the silver bullet to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean many make it out to be.

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Sudan’s Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of votes

Khartoum – Sudan’s president Omer Hassan al-Bashir won re-election with 94% of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, extending his nearly three-decade rule for another five years. The chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC), Mukhtar al-Asam, said at a briefing broadcast on national television on Monday that Bashir received about 5.2 million votes.

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Europe pushes away migrant ‘problem’ but many more will still come

In the space of one weekend in April over 800 migrants perished in the waters of the Mediterranean. This was the worst death toll since a ship carrying migrants sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on 3rd October 2013, killing at least 366 people. In 2014 some 200,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean by boat from North Africa and approximately 3,500 died attempting the journey. So far this year 1,700 have perished.

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Chaos Grows in Burundi as President Defies Advice to Step Down

New York – Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, overriding objections to an ill-advised third term, now faces a growing popular movement to oust him after his term ends this coming June. On Sunday, thousands of angry Burundians filled the streets in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest a manouevre by the ruling party to put Nkurunziza back in office for one more term of five years. The constitution allows just two terms, back to back.

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Exclusive Burundi- Interview with Bob Rugurika (Director of Radio RPA) “The closing of Radio RPA hides a sinister plan against Burundi.”

Brussels – “The closing of Radio RPA hides a sinister plan against Burundi which has the goal of destroying, behind closed doors and with total impunity, all dissenting voices to the Burundian regime.”

This is what Bob Rugurika, the director of la Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), is denouncing in an exclusive interview granted to the news agency “Infos Grands Lacs”, this Tuesday 28th April, in collaboration with VITA/Afronline.

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Is Durban capable – and deserving – of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games?

Durban has made a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. However, the city is built on a foundation of race and class inequality, leading to xenophobic attacks and unrest. Before Durban is ready to host any international events, it must become the strong African citizen it has promised to be by treating all of its citizens equally.

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