Although unpopular, pressure from Security Council sanctions has led to progress and must now be sustained.
By Meressa K Dessu and Selam Tadesse
Cautious optimism surrounds efforts to end the brutal five-year civil war in South Sudan. Recent progress in the peace process has led to a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing agreements among parties to the conflict, including the two main rivals – President Salva Kiir’s government and Riek Machar’s rebel group.
Can the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region help deliver stability and good governance?
25 Jul 2018 / By Chido Mutangadura and Priyal Singh
The extension of presidential terms through ‘constitutional coups’ in Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda and Uganda has eroded regional stability by fuelling politically motivated violence and unrest. It also undermines the development of a shared and robust democratic culture across the region.
Local and international courts, and aid organisations, are key starting points for dealing with this violence.
Sexual violence by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly being used as a weapon of war. Women and girls are typically seen as the primary victims, but the extent of sexual violence against men and boys is equally worrying.
Restrictions aimed at stopping extremism shouldn’t deny the people of the Lake Chad Basin their livelihoods.
By Omar S Mahmood
The ongoing terror threat in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon has led the governments of the Lake Chad region to enact numerous security restrictions in affected areas. While these restrictions are meant to improve security for all, some affect civilians negatively – particularly regarding livelihoods.