Shining teeth in Moscow 2006
Being queer is empowering me to step away from hyper sexualised gender narratives. Narratives that normalise or problematise hyper sexual relationship between the men and women. When I am neither a man or woman I can look at myself like a Person demand to be treated like a Person. After the feminist republik, the accountability summit and naming myself queer I began to see my personal situation in a whole different light.
Hitherto I’ve been focusing on my unfair dismissal from Oxfam. I neglected to pursue that Oxfam might be liable in tortious negligence or under personal injury law or even human rights law. Like a deer caught in headlights I stared straight ahead. The first time I learnt that I may have had a personal injury claim was in July 2013 and I was told at the time it was two weeks away from…
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By Makeda Saba
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In January this year Sudanese troops were sent to man the country’s border with Eritrea.
The border was sealed: trade between the neighbouring states ceased.
This has caused real hardship for many on both sides of the border – but particularly in Eritrea, which relies on imports from Sudan.
So what is behind these dramatic events?
The origins of the dispute can be traced back to a visit to Eritrea by the Sudanese First Vice – President and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih in December last year.
The official Sudanese statement said the two sides had “discussed progress of the bilateral relations between two countries and issues of mutual concern.”
But Sudanese sources suggest the discussions were far more dramatic. Sudan has been drifting away from its traditional alliance with Egypt, and closer to Ethiopia.
Khartoum has sided with Addis Ababa rather than Cairo over Ethiopia’s Grand…
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I have received this from a contact working through the ‘Freedom Friday’ network.
Activists from yesterday’s protest are sending a call for national unity against PFDJ actions against religious schools.
In an impassioned appeal for unity across all faiths the activists stated:
“Unsurprisingly the regime is attempting to taint this as a religious move aimed at asserting Moslem dominance in the country.
However neither the actions of the government in closing religious schools not the actions yesterday were about one religious group.
There were Christians protestors on the streets yesterday and some are actually in prison alongside their Moslem brothers.
Yesterday at the mosque we made it clear that our issues are issues of freedom and liberty and not confined to religion or one religious group.
In fact what must be clear is that the schools shut include the Catholic school in at the Cathedral as well as the…
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The trend is extremely concerning
Maybe one day our grandchildren will ask us: what did you do when a Nazi party returned to the German parliament? A modified question of this version was asked by my generation to their grandparents and parents: what did you do when ‘Auschwitz’ happened, ‘Auschwitz’ having become the metaphor for the barbarity of the ‘Third Reich’, including not only the extermination of the Jewish and other populations but also the extermination war in the East and much else.
AfD election poster: ‘Stop islamisation – vote AfD’ Photo: Stefan Boness, http://www.iponphoto.com
Hopefully it will not get that far, and the ‘Nazi-party’ will disappear again before future grandchildren are born, but the result of the recent German general election, where it came third in the overall popular vote, even if not unexpected, still came as a seismic shock to many. Those who ever went to an rally by the Alternative für Deutschland
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I spent several years of my professional career working on human rights and justice first as the Founder and Chairperson of Juris-Club, then as Commissioner at the National Commission of Human Rights following my election by the Parliament of Togo, then as Outreach Liaison for Africa at the Global Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York among others … The conflict between the African Union and the ICC therefore interests me in several respects but especially as African and a human rights lawyer; therefore I would like to share here some personal reflections on the different episodes of the serial “ICC versus the African Union”.
The International Criminal Court: The Basics
The creation of the International Criminal Court is an important step in mankind’s efforts to make our world more just. The court was established by an international law treaty “The Rome…
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