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Burundi: Hunting for CSOs intensifies

Bujumbura – The striking off and suspension of several civil society organizations (CSOs) by the Burundian government causes fear for the regime and doubt about its governance. Five of them are accused of “carrying out activities that are not in accordance with their goals set out in their statutes and which are likely to disrupt the order and security of the state.”

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Burundi: UNIIB accuses Bujumbura of serious violations

Bujumbura (Burundi) – The conclusions of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) published on Tuesday 20 September, stimulated much attention. The report accuses Bujumbura of grave human rights violations. The UNIIB report considers that these violations can be qualified as crimes against humanity and warns against a probable genocide.

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Business and Human Rights: the UK’s (bad) model

Over the past few decades, there has been a new scramble for African resources as foreign governments and companies have sought to control the continent’s reserves of minerals, oil and gas. As documented in ‘The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources, a new War on Want report, 101 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) now have mining operations in Africa – and combined, they control resources worth in excess of $1 trillion.

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Time for tough action to stop sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers

“Gentlemen, there are no bad soldiers, only bad officers”, said Napoleon Bonaparte to his military staff after they complained that the poor quality of soldiers was inhibiting success on the battlefield.

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A Dangerous Life If You’re Gay – Malawi’s Homophobic Legislation

Failure by the government to come up with a clear-cut stance on homosexuality is endangering the lives of gays and lesbians in Malawi.

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Time to put civil society in the spotlight: Peace and security in Africa

Peace and security in Africa should not be seen as an exclusive domain of African Union (AU) institutions only. African citizens are those directly affected by violent conflict and instability, writes Tarila M. Ebiede and Sophie Desmidt from ECDPM in this commentary for Addis Fortune and Afronline.org.

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