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--calls for change in reform process
Civil society groups have urged Senegalese authorities to change the process through which political reforms are carried out, as a new wave of reforms are announced by the country’s new leadership.
Relatives of some of the 41 Ivorian nationals, who are said to be pro Gbagbo fighters extradited over the weekend for reported involvement in subversive activities, say they are worried about their safety.
Lawyers defending Togo’s former defense Minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe, who is brother of President Faur Gnassingbe, are requesting his release along with others held in connection with plotting against the state.
A number of Mauritanian refugees in Senegal, both women and men, have begun a hunger strike in front of the UNHCR head offices in the capital, Dakar demanding that their status as refugees be regularized.
In Togo, hundreds of prisoners have been released on parole.
This move has been made because of renovation works launched by prison authorities in all of the country’s detention centers.
The Liberian government has rejected the latest US State Department 2011 report on the dismal human rights situation in Liberia, describing it as imbalance and a misrepresentation of the state of affairs in the country.
The head of an agricultural research institute in Senegal has said the country has no need to be facing food insecurity and relying on rice from abroad to feed its population.
--stop the West from using court to “recolonize Africa”
A Pan-African delegation will on Monday, June 18, 2012 deliver a petition in The Hague, Netherlands, demanding that the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes some Western powers and NATO for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Africa and Haiti.
Effectively dealing with crisis and growing insecurity is becoming a major challenge for many West African states nowadays.
On the 22nd anniversary of the Day of the African Child, the huge barrier children with disabilities face has been highlighted, with the child relief agency Plan International calling for “change in the condition” of children.