Tag Archives: Rwanda

African Union (AU) summit calls for mass withdrawal from ICC

6 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Aaron Brooks, The East African Monitor
Following a debate at the African Union’s annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, the regional bloc voted for all member states to withdraw from the Interational Criminal Court (ICC). However, the resolution is non-binding with Nigeria and Senegal the only countries to oppose a withdrawal.
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Joseph Chilengi: African Union (AU) hires unguided missile to slam the International Criminal Court (ICC)

17 Jul

Editor’s Note:

    How much must African dictators and their club, the African Union, paid Joseph Chilengi, to make such emotional speech from Kigali, Rwanda, where the butchers of African peoples are caucusing in their annual heads of state summit? Chilengi may have not noticed that one of the summit’s agenda items is Burundi.
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Int’l law experts accuse 9 African states of practicing gruesome torture; experts vow to end it!

9 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

GENEVA — International law prohibits torture under all circumstances, yet it remains a widespread practice. Doctors, psychiatrists, lawyers and other experts met Friday at the United Nations in Geneva to exchange views on how to stop torture and how to tackle the long-lasting suffering of victims.
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Inquiry finds UN police used excessive force during Mali protests: Finding swift, but more rule of law & accountability in missions essential

5 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At present, the UN has 12,436 police, 1,755 military observers, 11,762 local civilians, of which the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) shares 1,033 UN police, 513 international civilian operatives, 469 local civilians, 119 UN volunteers and 8,461 troops. It is also a place that since March 2013 has witnessed 44 UN fatalities.
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Authoritarian Resilience in Rwanda and Ethiopia

4 Mar

The twins of repressive politics and national resources plunderers, which the DFID’s Africa Power and Politics Programmes (APPP) in their case describes rent-seeking of the businesses their respective ‘dominant parties’ own as mechanism by which “self-interested politicians can pursue welfare-improving decisions.” In 2006, even the World Bank timidly warned about the danger of this to the future of economic growth in Ethiopia, the development of the private sector and welfare of the whole society. Credit: Fragile States

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Hilary Matfess, Fragile States

The development community’s analysis of fragile states overlooks the variety of governance patterns exhibited by these countries. Most notably, it frequently does not take into account the differences between authoritarian states—some may be highly exclusive economically, others may be focused on shared growth; some may depend on weak institutions, others on relatively strong governing bodies; and some may have little legitimacy, while others have significant levels of it. This oversight prevents the formation of effective policy in the short-term and is counter-productive to efforts to advance democracy in the long run. As an example of the shortcomings of the current approach, I want to examine how governance in Ethiopia and Rwanda challenges the current understanding of fragility and illustrate a new sort of authoritarian rule.
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‘Ethiopia, Rwanda give the lie to electoral democracy hype’, researcher makes bold, dangerous recommendation to SSA

3 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



Mr. Frederick Golooba-Mutebi penned Ethiopia, Rwanda give the lie to electoral democracy hype on the February 28, 2015 issue of Africa Review, which is partially reproduced hereunder and the link provided. In there, he gives the impression that his objective is to suggest institution of measures that would help redeem the long and many promises of freedom, human liberties and growth and development for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For that, he underlines the need to eliminate “clientelism, the exchange of votes for material or financial handouts” from the existing so-called competitive elections.
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Paul Kagame’s physician murdered, says letter from a reader to this blog shedding some light

28 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

After we published Paul Kagame’s doctor shot dead Wednesday in Kigali, not unusual for Rwandan leader’s politics, a Letter to The Editor we received at TEO (full name and email withheld) states:

    “Let’s be serious. Kagame’s personal physician was coldly murdered. He had been in jail for 3 weeks before his death. Gasakure was not an alcoholic. He was a well know professional, highly respected. The is a smear campaign.”


Case studies: Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa – Chad, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda 

30 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “For those who hoped to see the strengthening of human rights in Africa, with increasing governmental accountability and transparency, and with more inclusive and participatory forms of politics, this [situation – African resistance, erosion of Western dominance and the securitization of development] would not be good news.”

    – Jonathan Fisher and David M. Anderson, Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa

New hypotheses and fresh arguments have been coming for a long time now to explain what has been shaping the post-Cold War relations between Western donor states on one hand and aid recipient African states and – to an extent – Eastern European governments on the other.
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