Sunday, March 15, 2009

16 March 2009


  • Democratic Republic of the Congo = Mai Mai commander Gedeon Kyungu Mutanga was convicted for crimes against humanity by a military court in Katanga province on March 5th. Yay! (HRW)
    • This ground-breaking ruling also awarded damages to victims of militia violence and found the government liable for failure to disarm militias. (HRW)
  • Nigeria = The National Assembly is debating the “Same Gender Marriage Bill” which would punish same sex marriage by imprisonment. (HRW, Queerty)
  • Sierra Leone = is kicking kids out of school if they get pregnant, or get a partner pregnant. (IRIN)
    • Anyone else think this is a terrible idea? Yowza.
  • Somalia = is instituting Sharia (Islamic) law. (AJ)
  • Sudan = 4 staff members of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) who were abducted in Darfur have been released. (AJ)
    • Following these abductions, DWB pulled out of Darfur almost entirely, like many other aid organizations (see last week’s HRRU posting). (AJ)
  • Tunisia = Political prisoner Sadok Chorou was rearrested this week for speaking his dissident views to the media, apparently. He spent almost 20 years in prison on questionable charges and was only released from that original arrest a few weeks ago. Not cool. (HRW)



  • Liberia = 10 girls share their stories in a new documentary film: “I Have Something to Tell You” (UNICEF)
  • Yay! Comic Relief 2009 raised £57m overnight. The money is for “disadvantaged people” in the UK and the African continent. Nice. (BBC)



1 comment:

Jebedico said...

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