September 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been sexually exploiting and assaulting Somali women, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The abuses have allegedly occurred on two AMISOM military bases in the Somalian city of Mogadishu. According to the report, Ugandan and ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The High Court of Australia ruled on Wednesday that a person can be legally recognized as gender neutral. "Norrie," who was born male but underwent a "sex affirmation procedure" in 1989, sought to be officially categorized as gender "non specific." Though the NSW Regisry of Birth, Deaths, and ...[read more]
February 9, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN and the African Union (AU) have signed a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui of Algeria, Commissioner for Peace and ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The African Union (AU) called Saturday for African countries to "speak with one voice" against the trials of sitting heads of state in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The statement comes in relation to the trial of two current heads of the Kenyan government, Kenya's president, Uhuru ...[read more]
January 16, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for South Sudan leaders, the African Union (AU) and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, "Appalling crimes have been ...[read more]
January 14, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005, reversing the previous holding of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. CAFA allows "mass ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UN Security Council (UNSC) voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize deployment of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) following escalating violence in the nation's capital Bangui. Through Security Council Resolution 2127, the UNSC approved the existing International Support ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Dan DeRight
JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Amnesty International (AI) on Sunday stated that the African Union (AU) declaration on Saturday that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) was "deplorable." AI also criticized the AU's denouncement of the ICC trials of Kenyan President Uhuru ...[read more]
October 13, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The African Union (AU) unanimously resolved Saturday that African heads of state should be immune from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). In particular the AU denounced the ICC trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. The AU alleges that the... ...[read more]

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