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Wars of national liberation, the super-powers and the Afro-Asian Ocean region

"The heady days of East-West detente are gone. The Wall Street Journal and the AFL-CIO representing the American labour movement - are unanimous in their verdict that "detente is dead". There is thus a growing feeling that detente has never been a...

Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa Tanzania's Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance

"This project is intended to promote the effectiveness of democracy protection institutions such as human rights commissions and those institutions charged with overseeing the integrity of the government bureaucracy which are normally called Ombu...

Zimbabwe: Increased Securitisation of the State?

"The current dilemma facing Zimbabwe’s ruling political elite has arisen out of uncertainty and fear. Uncertainty about the challenges it may face as a result of the opening of the political space for true multi-party politics. Fear of what an o...

Mergers in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Sector set to Evade Human Rights due Diligence

The mining of diamonds in Zimbabwe had been operating at a minimum level before the commencement of large scale alluvial diamond mining in Marange in 2010. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) unpublished figures quoted in the United Na...

HIV/AIDS and Human Rights in Namibia

"This report is a summary of national HIV/AIDS policies, strategic frameworks, legislation, guidelines and court cases in Namibia as they relate to HIV/AIDS and human rights. A national consultant in Namibia collected the relevant documents, answe...

Framed! How the Human Rights Framework Shapes our Engagements: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises to Explore the Framework that Human Rights Offer

"A significant development in the modern-day state is the notion of the ‘Rule of Law”. This generally means that no-one is above the law. This emanates from the idea that the law is based on fundamental principles which can be discovered, but whi...

Social Protection in Africa: A Review of Social Protection Issues in Research: Policy and Programming Trends and Key Governance Issues in Social Protection

"The last decade has seen social protection gaining centrality in the development agenda of many African countries. Several factors explain this heightened interest. Firstly, despite evidence of considerable economic growth across the continent, ...

Building Freedom? Securing Constitutionalism and Civil Liberties in Africa: An Analysis of Evidence from the APRM

"Africa’s turn to electoral democracy over the past three decades has rightly been hailed as a significant achievement, but it has not rid the continent of restrictive and authoritarian governance impulses. This report attempts to interrogate the...

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