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Renewing Congress’s commitment to peace in Darfur and Sudan | The Hill’s Congress Blog

The U.S. Congress should carry through on the concern and commitment to Darfur that was initiated in 2003. While change in Sudan must come primarily from within, the U.S. and other international actors must support Sudanese efforts for peaceful democratic transformation. To this end, Congress should ensure that adequate funding is allocated for democracy and governance programming designed to build ...

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In Kenya, the biggest election winner is peace | GlobalPost

NAIROBI — Acceptance, conciliatory speeches and promises of legal action marked the end of a hard-fought election in Kenya on Saturday, amid hopes the peaceful polls might draw a line under the ethnic violence that has defined Kenyan politics for two decades. Uhuru Kenyatta was declared president elect, scraping over the threshold for an outright win by just a few ...

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Tracy Fehr: Pushing for Peace: Why Congo’s Women Need a Seat at the Table | The Huffington Post

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day this year, women in one of the most conflict-plagued corners of the world continue to push for stability and peace on behalf of their families, their communities and their region. The courageous women of eastern Congo are fighting an uphill battle within a society entrenched in patriarchal norms, which has been slow to ...

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Kenya peace project puts focus on talk and trust ahead of elections | Clar Ni Chonghaile, guardian.co.uk, The Huffington Post

Power of good … Selline Korir, director of the Kenya Tuna Uwezo project, sits in front of a banner during a peace caravan. Photograph: Global Communities

In a dim, mud-walled hall in a Nairobi slum, about 50 people from the local community have come to meet their new chief; a demure, petite lady in a white jacket with black piping. Around the edges of the room, young men, some wearing caps at rakish angles, stand silently. These are the men Selline Korir, a peace activist, has ...

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African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal | Al Jazeera, others

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from right) meets with from left: Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2013. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

24 February 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged regional African leaders to provide sustained support at the highest political and diplomatic levels to implement a newly signed United Nations-backed accord aimed at stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “It is my earnest hope that the Framework will lead to an era of peace and stability for the peoples ...

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Is a new peace process starting in eastern Congo? | CSMonitor.com

If all goes well, eleven heads of state (or their delegates) will soon gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to sign the snazzily-titled: “Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.” What can we expect for this framework? An early copy I have seen suggests that it provides more questions than answers, although it ...

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‘A very unfortunate decision’: French President gets UNESCO peace prize | RT Op-Edge

Abayomi Azikiwe

“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, the jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa,” the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize said in a statement on Thursday. France started a military operation in Mali on January 11, 2013, with the aim of the ...

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Analysis: Peace unravels in the two Sudans | Features – Al Jazeera English

In September 2012, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, President Salva Kiir, clasped hands grinningly in the international spotlight at the end of a successful summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They had just signed a comprehensive peace mapping out the relationship between the new neighbours, a little more than a year after South Sudan became independent ...

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