archives : October 2009


Zimbabwe - International
Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has expressed grave displeasure at the illegal detention and subsequent deportation from Harare of Manfred Nowak, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. - Friday 30 October 2009

Angola - France
Charles Pasqua is very angry. Sentenced to a one year prison term Tuesday in the Angolagate trial, known as one of the major international political scandals, the former French top cop has called for the lifting of an official secrecy act on arms sale documents. He has also accused former Presidents François Mitterand and Jacques Chirac, as well as former Prime Ministers, Édouard Balladur and Alain Juppé, of condoning the Angola arms sale despite a United Nations embargo. The two former prime ministers have denied the accusations. Jacques Chirac, who was Prime Minister at the time, has not yet reacted. - Friday 30 October 2009

Guinea’s military leader, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara has been banned from traveling outside Guinea, his personal accounts have been frozen, and military supplies to the Guinean military have been suspended. The sanctions are the latest punitive measures taken against the junta by the United States, the European Union, the African Union and West African alliance Ecowas. - Friday 30 October 2009

The UN Security Council on Wednesday approved the creation of a commission of inquiry to look into the 28 September massacres in Guinea. The goal of the inquiry is to determine those responsible for the massacres. The same day was marked by a strike action under the theme "a day without work". The initiative, launched by women of “les forces vives” (a coalition of political parties and civil society organisations against the junta) in memory of the victims, saw the participation of a vast majority of the population. - Friday 30 October 2009

A series of government construction projects in Ethiopia has until recently proved lucrative for the Germen Development Corporation International Services (GTZ IS), a self-funding wing of GTZ. However, a recent strategic shift from the Ethiopia Government suggests it will no longer be a favoured development partner. - Thursday 29 October 2009

Somalia - Sudan - France
Some eighty Somali and Sudanese refugees who had illegally squatted a military barracks in Pontoise, near Paris for months, are being relocated to hotels. The decision, reached last Thursday by the prefectural and municipal authorities of the city, comes after an aggressive media coverage of the unsanitary living conditions of the immigrants. Report. - Thursday 29 October 2009

A special Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission on Zimbabwe’s volatile political situation have began work to review progress of inclusive government forged between long time rivals President Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. - Thursday 29 October 2009

Panafrica - United States - China - Japan
It simply beats my imagination as to how every single U.S. citizen has already handled cocaine or risks handling it in the very near future. At least that is what a cocaine alert in the United States suggests! It appears that nine banknotes in every ten circulating on the other side of the Atlantic carry traces of the... shhh (white powder). - Thursday 29 October 2009

Zimbabwe - International
Following the break in civility and a looming crisis on the Zimbabwean political scene, the United Nations sent a torture expert to the country, but the supposed week-long fact-finding mission was cancelled at the last minute as the expert was turned away by Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry. - Thursday 29 October 2009

Zimbabwe - International
As previously announced, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, was invited by the Government of Zimbabwe to conduct an official fact-finding mission, from 28 October to 4 November 2009. - Wednesday 28 October 2009

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