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Africa: New Regional Anti-Piracy Agreement

(July 9, 2013) On June 25, 2013, in an effort to help prevent piracy and other illegal maritime actions in West and Central Africa, participants in the <?Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, adopted the Yaoundé Declaration on the Gulf of Guinea Security. Two key resolutions […]

Africa: Pan-African Parliament to Become Continent-Wide Legislative Body

(Nov. 23, 2010) It was reported on November 22, 2010, that the Pan-African Parliament is on the verge of becoming a continent-wide legislative body with the authority to make laws binding on all members of the African Union (AU). (Fred Oluoch, Pan African Parliament Soon to Make Laws Binding AU Members, THE EAST AFRICAN (Nov. […]

Africa; France: French Supreme Court Authorizes Corruption Investigation of Three African Heads of State

(Nov. 17, 2010) On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, 2009, denying the status of “civil party” to an association named International Transparency France (ITF). (Cass. […]

Africa: Joint Statement on Climate Change Agenda Issued

(Oct. 28, 2010) It was reported on October 24, 2010, that a joint committee comprising the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Union Commission (AUC) issued a Consensus Statement on climate change matters of key importance to Africa. The statement, which contains a 56-point agenda, was […]

Africa: Adherence to Rule of Law in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa Measured

(Oct. 20, 2010) On October 14, 2010, the World Justice Project released its 2010 World Rule of Law Index report, a quantitative assessment of adherence to the rule of law in 35 jurisdictions around the world. The assessment is based on interviews conducted with 41,000 lay persons and 900 experts (Rule of Law Index, THE […]

Africa: Draft HIV Law for East African Community

(Dec. 9, 2009) The East African Community (EAC) is drafting a law to provide a joint, regional response to HIV AIDS treatment for persons as they move freely across EAC Member States' borders. The EAC, headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A consultancy group's report, based on a study of […]

Africa: Countries to Harmonize Laws on Arms Control

(Sept. 10, 2009) It was reported on September 7, 2009, that countries from Africa's Great Lakes region and the Horn are in the process of harmonizing their laws to better fight the spread of small arms across national borders. (Mathias Ringa, African Countries Take Up Laws to Fight Spread of Small Arms, THE EASTAFRICAN, Sept. […]

Africa: Conference to Craft Common Negotiating Position on Climate Change

(Aug. 25, 2009) It was reported on August 24, 2009, that representatives and experts of ten African nations have convened a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to forge a common stance on climate change before the United Nations conference slated for December in Copenhagen, on the renegotiation of the Kyoto Protocol, takes place. One of […]

Africa: Model Law Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Transmission Under Criticism

(Aug. 14, 2009) According to a news report dated August 8, 2009, the Model Law for HIV/AIDS, a document drafted during a 2005 workshop in Chad in which 18 countries from western and central Africa participated, is coming under increasing criticism from civil society organizations that see the model law as counterproductive in the fight […]

United Nations; Africa: Action Against Child Trafficking Urged

(Dec. 2, 2007) Speaking at an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed conflict, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, urged West and Central African states to protect their children. He described child trafficking as something “which not only harms innocent lives but also efforts to secure […]