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Uganda: Besigye detained by police over march protest


Kampala – Uganda’s main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was this morning arrested from his home in Kasangati. Besigye who had earlier announced he would go to the electoral commission to pick the official declaration forms of the presidential race was stopped as he attempted to leave his home. He was taken to a blue police van and whisked away to Naggalama police station where he is cur-rently detained. Besigye has rejected the results of Thursday’s election won by veteran President Yoweri Museveni, and called on his supporters to join a protest march on Monday.

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Is Burundi’s electoral process fatally flawed?

Last month Burundi was plunged in the worst political crisis since the end of the civil war. Elections were held in 2005 and 2010 and whilst the latter were marred by accusations of corruption, they nonetheless went ahead relatively peacefully. This year’s polls have been a different story.

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Burundian authorities Must Respect Press Freedom


Brussels – Burundian democracy is being threatened by the recent clampdown and attacks on local journalists. Such is the most important point made by a coalition of international press freedom organisations and media groups at a press conference held today in Brussels in solidarity with the oppressed journalists of Burundi.

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Analysis: Burundi’s fragile peace hangs in the balance

These are troubled times in Burundi, where the president is determined to hang on to power – even if it violates the decade-old peace agreement that ended the country’s devastating civil war. And once he breaks that agreement, what’s left to keep the peace? By Simon Allison.

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The 15 Journalists Putting Women’s Rights on the Front Page

Media coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights is crucial to achieving international development goals, yet journalists covering these issues often face significant challenges. Recognising the contributions these journalists make to advancing women and girls’ rights, international advocacy organisation Women Deliver have named 15 journalists for their dedication to gender issues ahead of International Women’s Day 2015.

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Changing Prime Minister once a year will not benefit Somalia’s future

Somalia’s Federal Parliament was closed on Nov. 11th and 15th after a group of MPs disrupted proceedings by shouting, banging on tables, and some waving protest signs that read “No Cash for Votes” and “Somali Democracy in Action”.  continue reading »

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Direttore Responsabile Giuseppe Frangi