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    Swaziland: Wikileaks documents shows government prioritises repression over poverty and democracy, says ACTSA

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

     ACTSA press release, 24 February 2011 According to a US diplomatic cable, released by Wikileaks, the British Government refused a US$60M export licence for assault rifles, heavy machine guns, armoured personnel carriers and helicopters to be exported to Swaziland in 2008.

    SAMWU Condemns Arbitrary Arrest of 52 Socialist Activists in Harare

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    South African Municipal Workers’ Union PRESS STATEMENT, 22 February 2011 This Union is outraged at the arrest of 52 activists in Harare on 19th February by armed security personnel. It appears that their only ‘crime’ was to be part of a discussion group, with a film examining recent events in Egypt and the Middle East. [...]

    DR Congo colonel Kibibi Mutware jailed for mass rape

    Monday, February 21st, 2011

    BBC News, 21 February 2011 A military court in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo investigating a case of mass rape has sentenced Lt Col Kibibi Mutware to 20 years in jail.

    EU declaration on Zimbabwe targeted measures

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

    The EU has decided to retain targeted measures on Zimbabwe, saying there is insufficient progress to change policy substantially. They have however reduced the number on the list and say they are willing to amend at any time if there are any concrete developments.

    Zimbabwe: Civil society joint statement on escalating violence

    Monday, February 14th, 2011

    Civil society joint statement on escalating violence, increasing instability and targeted victimization of civil society leaders, the media and ordinary citizens Sunday, 13 February 2011 We as Civil Society Groups appended below, strongly condemn the resurgence of politically motivated violence accompanying ZANU PF’s preparations for impending elections. The violence, which is typical of ZANU PF [...]

    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Statement on increased Human Rights Violations in Zimbabwe

    Monday, February 14th, 2011

    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, 11 February 2011 Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition strongly condemns the escalation of politically motivated violence perpetrated by suspected ZANU PF supporters and the onslaught on civil society activists by state security agents. These recent developments, which have resulted in the shrinking of democratic space in Zimbabwe, are taking place against the [...]

    Zimbabwe – the violence must stop

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    ACTSA Press Release, 10 February 2011 11 February 2011 marks the second anniversary of Zimbabwe’s inclusive government. It is being marked by increasing violence, threats and intimidation.

    ZCTU demands stop to politically sponsored violence

    Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

    Wellington Chibebe, Secretary General, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, 8 February The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is disturbed by the wave of violence that swept the streets of Harare yesterday and resulted in some self-employed traders losing goods worth thousands of dollars.

    Women campaign to be heard at African Union summit

    Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

    A women’s conference in Addis Ababa aimed to move gender issues from the margins to the forefront of debate in Africa Elissa Jobson, Guardian.co.uk “We know that the African Union summit is still very masculine but we are trying to bring in the voices of women,” said Gertrude Mongella, former president of the Pan-African parliament, [...]

    UN raises alert on high flooding risks in parts of southern Africa

    Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

    Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) helps governments prepare as rising waters threaten food security 07 Feb 2011, FAO Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal [...]

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