Africa

  • Escalating Violence in CAR Hinders Aid Delivery 13 Jul 2014

    Escalating Violence in CAR Hinders Aid Delivery

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expresses dismay at the deteriorating human rights situation in Central African Republic (CAR) due to ongoing ethnic violence between Christians and Muslims. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stated that the crisis unfolding in CAR is both significantly threatening humanitarian assistance deliveries and creating major difficulties for aid workers. WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said that, in addition to the deteriorating security situation, worsening droughts in several parts of the country, combined... read more


  • Ethiopian Opposition Chief Faces Death Upon Extradition 13 Jul 2014

    Ethiopian Opposition Chief Faces Death Upon Extradition

    The International Association International Gulf Organisation (iaIGO) strongly condemns the extradition of Andargachew Tsige, the secretary general of the outlawed Ginbot 7 group, by Yemen. Tsige was extradited unlawfully to Addis Ababa  from El Rahaba Airport in Sanaa, Yemen while he was in transit on a flight from Dubai to Eritrea. He faces the death sentence in Ethiopia after having being tried in absentia. Although he had been previously tried in separate trials in Yemen in 2009 and 2012,... read more


  • African Leaders Vote Themselves Immunity from Human Rights Court 07 Jul 2014

    African Leaders Vote Themselves Immunity from Human Rights Court

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly criticizes African Leaders for voting to give themselves immunity from African Court of Human Rights. On Friday, African heads of state voted to adopt an amendment granting government leaders and “senior officials” immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and other human rights abuses at the African Union (AU) Summit in Equatorial New Guinea. Among a number of legal instruments agreed at the meeting was the “Protocol on Amendments to the... read more


  • South Sudan: Four Million People Facing Food Shortages 07 Jul 2014

    South Sudan: Four Million People Facing Food Shortages

    iaIGO is apprehensive about the situation in South Sudan, as four million people face critical food shortages in the coming months. More than a million people have fled their homes and thousands have died in the conflict between different factions of South Sudan’s ruling party last December. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) – which brings together 13 UK charities to deal with international crises – says it currently has less than half of the money it needs to “prevent... read more


  • South Sudan Child Prostitution on the Rise 01 Jul 2014

    South Sudan Child Prostitution on the Rise

    The International Association International Gulf Organization expresses concern over the rise in child prostitution in South Sudan. Out of the estimated 3,000 street-children in Juba, 500 girls are estimated to be involved in prostitution. A survey conducted in September 2013 found that 31 percent of 159 street girls surveyed were victims of commercial sexual exploitation. South Sudan’s violent conflict that erupted in 2013 left one million displaced people. Many children lost their parents to the conflict or were displaced... read more


  • Crimes Against Humanity in Central African Republic 30 Jun 2014

    Crimes Against Humanity in Central African Republic

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly condemns the ongoing violent acts that resulted in an ethnic violence between Muslim Seleka and Christian “anti-balaka” groups. A report released by International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) revealed that war crimes and crimes against humanity are being deliberately committed without impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since January 2013, nearly 3,000 deaths and injuries have been recorded, while hundreds have been targeted with sexual violence.  At least more than... read more


  • African Children’s Charter Recognizes a Right to Education for All Children 26 Jun 2014

    African Children’s Charter Recognizes a Right to Education for All Children

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) supports the African Children’s Charter in recognizing the right to education for all children. Speaking at a press briefing to observe International Day of the African Child, the President of Young People in the Media Eric Samuel Ketter said that the African Children’s Charter recognized the right to education for all children and called upon state parties to ensure the fulfillment of this right. Ketter said that universal and quality education is... read more


  • Nigeria Bomb Blast Condemned 26 Jun 2014

    Nigeria Bomb Blast Condemned

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly condemns the continuing violence in Nigeria’s capital Abuja which killed at least 21 civilians. The bomb attack near the popular Banex plaza shopping complex in Wuse district could be heard from miles away and sent plumes of smoke into the air. It happened as soccer fans were preparing to watch the Nigerian national team take on Argentina in Brazil. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet. However, available... read more


  • Somalia: Ensure Safety of Journalists 22 Jun 2014

    Somalia: Ensure Safety of Journalists

    Yusuf Ahmed Abukar, a prominent 27-year old radio journalist, was killed by a car explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia. Abukar was working for Radio Mustaqbal and Radio Ergo at the time of his death and was killed when an explosive device attached to his vehicle detonated. Abukar was known for criticizing both the Somali government and the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which has recently launched attacks against the parliament in Mogadishu and abroad in Kenya. In 2013, Abukar won the... read more


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