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On joint visit to DR Congo, UN and World Bank chiefs voice support for latest peace effort | UN News Centre

In the first visit of its kind, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support a recent peace deal and promote economic development in the long-troubled region. “This is a critical moment for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region,” Mr. Ban told ...

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Soft Vengeance: An Interview with South Africa’s Albie Sachs | International Center for Transitional Justice

South African judge and human rights activist Albie Sachs is among the foremost transitional justice experts to have emerged from the anti-apartheid struggle and subsequent transition. In this April 17, 2013 interview with ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils, Sachs discusses the difficult balance of retribution and reconciliation, offers his thoughts on how different forms of repression can shape transitional justice ...

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Goodluck Jonathan’s report card for Nigeria? Must try harder | Remi Adekoya, guardian.co.uk

Nigerians had no rational reason to believe their lives would improve after Goodluck Jonathan became president three years ago this week. The list of promises their rulers have broken is so long it would make a virgin cynical. But then Nigerians can be stubbornly optimistic. When Jonathan first appeared on the political scene in 2007, when Nigeria’s then president, Olusegun ...

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Papua peace journalist tries to drum up NZ support amid Indonesian crackdown | Pacific.scoop.co.nz

A prominent West Papuan journalist and activist has visited New Zealand to gather support for West Papua’s inclusion in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) while an Indonesian government crackdown was killing and arresting Papuan demonstrators. Former editor of Kompas newspaper Otavianus Mote visited in his role ats chair of the five elected “peace negotiator” representatives of West Papua. He says ...

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South Sudan: UN mission welcomes peace deal between armed groups and Government forces | U.N. News Centre

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today welcomed a peace deal between the Government of South Sudan and local militia groups, adding that it remained ready to assist the country as it moved forward in establishing a lasting peace. “UNMISS stands ready to support this peaceful development, including with the demobilization of children associated with these armed ...

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Hidden In Plain Sight: Sudan’s Harboring of the LRA in the Kafia and Kingi Enclave 2009-2013 | Resolve

Released on April 26th, 2013, Hidden In Plain Sight: Sudan’s Harboring of the LRA in the Kafia Kingi Enclave, 2009-2013, uses satellite imagery and testimony from Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) defectors to document the renewal of Sudan’s support to the LRA from 2009 until at least early 2013, and to pinpoint the likely location of rebel leader Joseph Kony’s recent ...

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Zimbabwe: Peace Call – Genuine or Grandstanding? | allAfrica.com

WHEN I heard President Robert Mugabe’s call for peaceful elections as he addressed the crowd gathered for Independence Day celebrations, I couldn’t help but reflect back on these incessant calls. Since about October 2012, President Mugabe has been vehemently calling for peaceful elections and for the need to restrain from intimidating the electorate. The only yawning irony has been how ...

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African Union brings Sudan, rebels together for peace talks | Reuters

The African Union on Wednesday brought together for the first time for peace talks Sudan and insurgents fighting government troops in two states bordering South Sudan, in a conflict that has affected almost a million people. Fighting broke out between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-North, in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile ...

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Tuareg rebels refuse to disarm, take part in Mali polls | AFP

Separatist Tuareg rebels in Mali on Wednesday refused to disarm or take part in elections planned for July until negotiations have taken place with Bamako. “The disarmament of the MNLA the Tuareg’s National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad is out of the question. Have you ever seen a group disarm without negotiations?” Paris-based spokesman Mahamadou Djeri Maiga told a ...

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Sudan to start peace talks with border state rebels | chicagotribune.com

Sudan will start peace talks on Tuesday with insurgents fighting government troops in two states bordering South Sudan in a conflict which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, according to state media on Sunday. The talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) will commence under the auspices of the African Union in Ethiopia on Tuesday, said Ibrahim Ghandour, ...

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