Human Rights

The Claremont Main Road Mosque and the Fight For Spatial Justice

The following op-ed is written by Angela Andrews of the Legal Resources Centre. Newlands and Claremont, affluent suburbs of Cape Town, have a tragic history of forced removals.  One of the largest and most established communities (classified “Coloured” under Apartheid racial classification legislation) was removed from these picturesque areas under the Group Areas Act in …

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Burkina Faso: Land And Property Rights

Burkina Faso: Land And Property Rights

Burkina Faso is working hard to emerge from the large-scale political and social upheaval that characterized the 18 months following the popular uprising that resulted in the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014. In view of the presidential and legislative elections held in November 2015, and the largely successful municipal elections in May …

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Why South African Community’s Win Against Mining Company Matters

Sonwabile Mnwana, University of Fort Hare A South African High Court has passed an important judgment putting a stop to the pervasive practice by companies to mine ancestral lands in rural areas without the villagers’ consent. The case was brought by the community of rural UMgungundlovu, a small cluster of villages that fall under the …

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Protect, Support and Empower Girls in Lake Chad Region

By Lakshi De Vass Gunawardena As Lake Chad enters its 10th year of conflict, millions of young girls are being used and manipulated in grotesque ways. Maria Sole Fanuzzi, Lake Chad Child Protection Specialist at Plan International, said: “New York City has 8.25 million people, so when we talk about the girls in the Lake Chad …

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A Migrant Turned Saviour of Others

Seven years ago, when Cameroon began experiencing inter-regional conflict, Armand Loughy, a 55-year old Cameroonian psychiatrist, strapped her youngest child on her back and with her five other children embarked on the dangerous Journey from Cameroon towards Rabat, Morocco’s capital. They fled the deteriorating security situation in Cameroon, looking for a better life. Loughy, who is …

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LLand and Property Rights

Cameroon: Land And Property Rights

Cameroon is a Central African country situated on the Gulf of Guinea. Its population is 24.1 million (2017) and just over half the people live in urban areas. Its landscape is diverse and has plentiful natural resources, but this has not always resulted in commensurate economic growth. Agriculture, forestry and fishing contributed only 15% to …

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The Challenge: Clean and Safe Water

Clean, safe water is an essential basic need that must be available in order for human beings to survive the next day. Africa has a serious water crisis, despite the continent boasting of having numerous natural water sources such as […]

UN Peace keeping Africa

A Look at 10 UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

With more than 70 missions under its belt since it was formed in the mid-40s, the United Nations Peacekeepers have played a significant role in their quest to protect civilians and bring about peace in war-affected territories. In commemorating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, marked annually on May 29, we take a look at …

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