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JKL: War on drugs with John Mututho

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See ALL International Criminal Court cases: They are all Africans, How fair is it?

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All Cases

Situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo ICC-01/04-01/06
The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga 
Decision on the Joinder of the Cases against Germain KATANGA and Mathieu NGUDJOLO CHUIDecision on the implementation of regulation 55 of the Regulations of the Court and severing the charges against the accused persons​​
Bosco Ntaganda ICC-01/04-02/06
The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda
The Prosecutor v. Callixte Mbarushimana
The Prosecutor v. Sylvestre Mudacumura
The Prosecutor v. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui 

Decision on the implementation of regulation 55 of the Regulations of the Court and severing the charges against the accused persons​​

Situation in the Central African Republic

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo ICC-01/05 -01/08
The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

Situation in Uganda

Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen ICC-02/04-01/05
The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony,
Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo
and Dominic Ongwen

Situation in Darfur, Sudan

The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Muhammad
Harun (“Ahmad Harun”) and
Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman
(“Ali Kushayb”)

©UN Photo / Stuart Price
The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir
The Prosecutor v. Bahar Idriss Abu Garda 
The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain
Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein ICC-02/05-01/12
The Prosecutor v. Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

Situation in the Republic of Kenya

The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta ICC-01/09-02/11
The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
The Prosecutor v. Walter Osapiri Barasa

Situation in Libya

The Prosecutor v. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi

Situation in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Laurent Gbagbo ICC-02/11-01/11
The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo
The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé
Laurent Gbagbo ICC-02/11-01/12
The Prosecutor v. Simone Gbagbo

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Storm Devastated Puntland Struggles to Recover

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GENEVA, Switzerland, December 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Puntland State of Somalia with unforeseen ferocity, the government estimates that over 35,000 people have been affected by the disaster and are at risk of destitution and hunger.

About a hundred and fifty people have been reported dead or missing, thousands of head of sheep, goats, and camels have been killed – the basis for livelihood and survival of most of the local community – infrastructure lies in ruins, and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are intensifying.

“For three days almost 10 years of progress were hanging in the balance – we watched schools and health facilities being washed away by the heavy rainfall,” reported Hussein Hassan, Head of IOM’s sub-office in Garowe, Puntland.

Details on the damage are only now emerging because part of the main tarmac road was swept away and some remote areas have been hard to reach. But so far, the assessment team, including IOM, ministries and agencies, observed that there is considerable damage on infrastructure and huge loss of livestock with dead bodies of animals everywhere in the epicenter with a strong stench of decaying flesh.

Furthermore, 14 water points including borehole wells were reported to have been destroyed to varying degrees in the districts of Eyl and Dangorayo.

“Given that Puntland is a semi-arid region, it rarely rains but when it does, to the extent that was seen, the impact is devastating,” said Hussein Gadain, the Chief Technical Advisor for FAO’s Somalia Water and Land Information Management unit (SWALIM).

In liaison with local authorities, IOM and health cluster partners rapidly deployed medical teams to provide emergency medical and food assistance to the affected communities. IOM teams reached out to 495 beneficiaries with dry food supplies while 5,000 gained full access to emergency medical assistance.

“There is a pressing need for access to clean, safe, and hygienic drinking water. We are already receiving cases of diarrhoea and infectious diseases from the affected districts. In order to address the water shortage problems, we need to start water tracking and rehabilitation of water points. Our resources are limited so we appeal to our partners to assist us in addressing these pressing issues,” pleaded Dr. Ali Abdullahi Warsame, Puntland’s Minister of Health.

“The immediate humanitarian need is great, and will increase as many basic commodities are in short supply. Health facilities, schools and light infrastructure no longer stand where they used to, and as a result many women, children, and men have been left vulnerable to water-borne illnesses. Furthermore, the situation is heightened by the massive loss of livestock which is one of the local communities’ main sources of livelihoods, families are running out of food supplies, and to compound matters, landmines from the Somali civil war are being unearthed by mudslides and floods, leaving many families in a precarious situation,” said Ali Abdi, IOM Somalia Chief of Mission.

IOM is planning longer term efforts to restock the affected pastoral communities, to support their economic recovery, and the restoration of livelihoods. IOM is also planning to actively participate in health systems strengthening in areas affected by the cyclone. A medical team consisting of qualified and auxiliary nurses and midwives will be participating in a three-month project to expand access of the affected communities to integrated Primary Health Care services.



International Office of Migration (IOM)

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Determining Migrant Health Needs

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GENEVA, Switzerland, December 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM South Sudan released the findings of its recent Migrant Health Assessment last week, providing health partners in the country with an up-to-date overview of the health challenges encountered by migrants.

Funded by the IOM Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA), the assessment is the first of its kind in South Sudan. The assessment identifies the key health vulnerabilities and needs faced by migrants, and provides reliable evidence for future collaboration between the government, partner organizations and IOM to address these needs.

“Addressing the health and wellbeing of migrants is key to ensuring that migration contributes to sustainable development,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission David Derthick. “It is our hope that this assessment will provide a basis for an informed discussion on the health of migrants in the country.”

The assessment identified three key spaces of vulnerability – transport corridors, transit sites, and urban settings. One hundred and eighteen in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and key informant discussions were carried out with migrant workers and migrant female sex workers as well as truck drivers and their mechanics, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees. Information was gathered on these populations’ self-reported health concerns and the barriers and enabling factors they face in accessing health care services.

Sharing land borders with six countries and having absorbed over two million returnees since 2005, South Sudan is a country largely characterized by migration. Despite the important economical and developmental contributions made by migrants, they face risks and challenges in terms of access to health services and exposure to unsafe traveling, working or living conditions.

While migrants often start their journey healthy, the conditions of the migration process may make a migrant more vulnerable to ill health. These conditions include individual, environmental and societal drivers of health vulnerabilities, such as poverty, discrimination, language and cultural differences, separation from family and legal status.

Describing the difficulties migrants can face in accessing health services, a migrant female sex worker from Uganda told IOM, “Some people go to the hospital but there is discrimination there. One woman went to the hospital, and even though she was very sick and had been waiting first, she kept getting passed over in the line. Sometimes people even pretend they don’t understand you when you go to the clinic.”

The assessment report outlines 21 recommendations for partners and key stakeholders including the Government of South Sudan and UN organizations. Among these recommendations is the promotion of migrant-sensitive health systems, improved monitoring of migrant health and advocacy for migrant-sensitive policy development.



International Office of Migration (IOM)


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The Fourth Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues and Visit Iran

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BEIJING, China, December 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei announces at the regular press conference:

At the invitation of Siyabonga Cwele, State Security Minister of South Africa and the government of Iran, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will go to Cape Town, South Africa to attend the Fourth Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues and pay a visit to Iran from December 5 to 9.



China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Humanitarian aid still needed in east of country: DRC

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GENEVA, Switzerland, December 2, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ With the end of fighting between the armed forces and M23 in Rutshuru, displaced people are returning home. The ICRC and the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are carrying on with their humanitarian work in the east of the country.

“Recent events in Rutshuru should not cause us to overlook the fact that the humanitarian and security situation remains difficult in other territories in the east of the country,” said Alessandra Ménegon, head of the ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The people there are still facing serious problems arising from violence and the lack of health care, clean water and food.”

In Rutshuru, groups of displaced people have been returning to their home villages since fighting ended. Several hundred members of M23 have turned themselves in or been captured. “We are visiting former fighters and civilians arrested in connection with the recent fighting, and the places where they are gathered or detained,” said Rachel Bernhard, head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Goma.

The aim of the ICRC’s visits is to assess the conditions in which people are being held and to ensure that they are being treated humanely and with dignity, in accordance with applicable rules and standards.

Unexploded munitions a danger for the population

“People are trying to get back to living normal lives, so they’re going to be working in the fields, but it’s very risky because of the explosive hazards that remain,” said Ms Bernhard.

To help prevent accidents involving explosive devices, radio messages warning of the danger are being broadcast by the Congolese Red Cross and the ICRC.

The recent improvement in security conditions made it possible to reunite almost 40 children who had been living in shelters in Goma with their families in mid-November. “My granddaughter is coming home today,” said Augustine. “I was afraid I would never see her again.” Since the beginning of October, 125 children have been returned to their families through the joint efforts of the ICRC and the Congolese Red Cross.

Improved health-care facilities in South Kivu

In territories other than Rutshuru in the east of the country, fighting involving many armed groups is causing great suffering for civilians. In South Kivu, an ICRC surgical team has performed 44 operations on war-wounded patients in the provincial referral hospital of Bukavu since the beginning of October.

“We’re upgrading the infrastructure in this hospital, and building a new health-care centre in Ramba, in Kalehe territory,” said Catherine de Patoul, in charge of ICRC medical programmes in North and South Kivu. A gynaecology unit is being fitted out in Walungu hospital. Medicines are being distributed and training provided in four rural hospitals and three health-care centres. In addition, support is being maintained for 40 counselling centres (“maisons d’écoute”) in the Kivus that accommodate victims of sexual assault and other violence-related trauma.

Following violent clashes between armed groups over the past few weeks, kitchen utensils, tarpaulins, blankets, sleeping mats and baskets have been distributed to some 35,000 people displaced from the south of Masisi who are now in the highlands of Kalehe and Ziralo in South Kivu.

In north-central Katanga province, a distribution of basic necessities has been slowed because of the security situation. Nevertheless, 1,900 people currently displaced in the villages of Paza and Kalwala, in Manono territory, received tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen utensils, buckets, soap, hoes, plastic drums and hygiene products.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since the beginning of October the ICRC has also:

•    continued to visit people held in civilian and military places of detention in connection with armed conflict, distributing food in five prisons and medicines in 19 prison clinics;

•    continued working to improve the water distribution network of the city of Goma, in particular by opening two new pumping stations that will ultimately provide the city’s 500,000 inhabitants with clean drinking water;

•    continued water catchment and supply programmes for more than 85,000 people living in rural areas in the territories of Walikale, Masisi and Rushuru, in North Kivu province;

•    continued fish farm projects in North and South Kivu for almost 4,000 people, and agricultural projects involving the distribution of healthy cassava cuttings, soybean, maize and beans with the aim of promoting the economic recovery of people displaced by conflict or returning home;

•    reunited 125 children with their families by working together with the Congolese Red Cross in Equator, Western and Eastern Kasai, Katanga, North and South Kivu and Eastern provinces.



International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


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