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Female Genital Mutilation is a Gruesome Impediment to the Empowerment of Women

On 06 February 2017, the world marks the 14th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).   Consider this, approximately 200 million girls and women alive today globally, have undergone some form of FGM.

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Burundi: Three lessons about the crisis from speaking to those who fled it

Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more than 327,000 of Burundi’s 11 million people have now sought refuge outside the country according to UN figures from early 2017 – nearly all fleeing since the crisis erupted.

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Exclusive. Op-Ed: We can help the people of CAR unleash their immense untapped potential

Brussels – On 17 November, the International conference for the Central African Republic will take place in Brussels, organised jointly by the European Union and the Central African Government. Afronline.org, in partnership with African media partners, publishes a joint op-ed by Faustin-Archange Touadéra (President of the Central African Republic), Federica Mogherini (High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission), Jan Eliasson (Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations) and Makhtar Diop (Vice-President of the World Bank).

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UN Unable to Fully Investigate Chemical Weapons Allegations in Sudan

United Nations (New York) – The UN has only limited access to Jebel Marra, the location in Sudan where Amnesty International alleges Sudanese government forces have used chemical weapons, UN Peacekeeping Chief Herve Ladsous said here Tuesday.

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Interview with Amina Mohamed: Matteo Renzi, a reliable European ally for Kenya and Africa

New York – In this interview given to Afronline.org, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, expresses her views on the migration challenges affecting Africa and the responsibilities of Europe, giving the thumbs up to the EU external investment plan for Africa and Neighbourhood Countries launched in September by the European Commission. She is sure she can count on a key ally, the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. continue reading »

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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