January 16, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Both sides in South Sudan's new war have committed "appalling crimes," according to a Human Rights Watch report Thursday, offering a grim picture of massacres, ethnic killings and looting of humanitarian aid. The organization said a credible independent investigation was required, calling on the African Union to broaden its planned inquiry into atrocities to make it "truly independent and credible. " It also called for United Nations sanctions against individuals found to be responsible for crimes.
January 10, 2014 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Central African Republic's interim president, Michel Djotodia, agreed to resign Friday under regional pressure after failing to halt the brutal sectarian violence that has devastated the country, officials announced. Djotodia, the Muslim Seleka rebel alliance leader who seized power last March in a coup, and interim prime minister, Nicolas Tiengaye, were stepping down, officials said at a special security summit in Chad convened by the Economic Community of Central African States.
December 9, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Thousands of South Africans filed into the 94,000-seat soccer stadium in Soweto early Tuesday for the state memorial service of the nation's apartheid-struggle hero, Nelson Mandela. Low gray clouds and misty rain cast a somber mood, but the atmosphere in the stadium was joyful and exuberant, as the crowds sang liberation struggle songs, danced, ululated, whistled and blasted vuvuzelas - the plastic trumpets that South Africans blow at soccer matches and joyful occasions, waiting for the service to begin.
December 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will fly about 850 African Union troops to the Central African Republic this week to assist French soldiers trying to quell street battles by rival militias in the country's capital, the Pentagon announced Monday. Two U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo planes will ferry the troops and their equipment from Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, to Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a landlocked former French colony. The airlift operation is scheduled to begin by Tuesday and last until the end of the week.
October 15, 2013
Re "Africans dispute tribunals," Oct. 13 It is hardly a surprise that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir are calling on the African Union to withdraw its support of the International Criminal Court. Both have been charged by the ICC with crimes against humanity. It is not a surprise that these criminally indicted "leaders" wish to sustain the culture of impunity that is running rampant in too many countries in Africa. The African Union is to be commended for its refusal, so far, to support this sinister proposal for its member countries to withdraw en masse from the ICC. Kenyatta and Bashir claim that it is disrespectful to indict and try government leaders in the ICC. Respect is earned, not conferred.
October 12, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - African Union leaders Saturday said that no sitting African leader should face trial by the International Criminal Court for heinous crimes. But African opponents failed to win support for a mass withdrawal from the ICC at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Africa's relationship with the court, according to news agencies. After the summit, AU officials suggested that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would withdraw his cooperation with the court based in The Hague in his upcoming trial for crimes against humanity.