Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) was formed in 2009, conforming to the provisions of African Youth Charter, which was adopted by the African Union. The Charter defines African youth as people between the ages of 15 and 35. Membership to OAYouth is open to individuals and youth organisations, that are working to empower youth on any issues.
2012 marked the 11th anniversary of World Refugee Day, commemorated every year on 20 June. Thousands of people take time to recognise and compliment the input of people forcibly uprooted from their homes and displaced throughout the world. The annual tribute is noted by an array of events in many countries, incorporating humanitarian workers, civilians, government officials and refugees and asylum seekers.
Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN), a consortium of more than 20 NGOs in nine countries, says sanctions on Zimbabwe must stay intact until human and property rights violations stop.
In a press statement, ZEN coordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen, says even after a year of a coalition government, the political, democratic and economic crisis in the country remains unchanged.
People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.
PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”
Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.
Anti-Corruption activist, John Githongo, says not enough is being done in the fight against corruption despite commitments made by politicians under the new Kenyan constitution.
Githongo says that impunity is still prevalent in government and not solid action was being taken against individuals implicated in graft.
In the same vein, constitutional expert, Yash Pal Ghai, says that any individual implicated in graft should vacate office immediately to allow for investigations to take place.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says security forces associated with Laurent Gbagbo are abducting and ‘disappearing’ his rival's supporters.
Citing statements from numerous witnesses, the organisation says the Ivorian leaders who order and encourage these kinds of grave human rights abuses could be held accountable by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Why is a large broad-based adult basic education programme not part of government’s ‘New Growth Path’? Are we content to merely provide pensions and grants to millions of adult South Africans who should be learning productive skills, entrepreneurship, basic health – and also about democracy?
Amnesty International (AI) has released a hard-hitting report with stinging findings on the harassment of Somali refugees by Kenya's police and soldiers.
The report also questions the sincerity of Cabinet Ministers; Otieno Kajwang' (immigration) and George Saitoti (internal security), over their commitment in handling Somali refugees within Kenya's borders.
The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum has warned that the 31 December deadline of documenting Zimbabweans in South Africa is ‘unrealistic’.
The organisation’s lawyer and director, Gabriel Shumba, points out that the major problem with that deadline is that there are thousands of Zimbabweans who do not have passports.
Rights group Amnesty International has urged the United States to prosecute former President George W Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorised waterboarding holds true.
Amnesty International's senior director, Claudio Cordone, points out that, "Under international law, anyone involved in torture must be brought to justice, and that does not exclude former President George W Bush.”