Sweden eases COVID restrictions

The Swedish Government previously presented a plan for adapting and phasing out the restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a press conference on Monday, June 28, it was announced that a number of restrictions will be lifted as of July 1, in line with stage 2 of the Government’s plan. […]

Sweden extends COVID travel ban

The Swedish Government has extended the entry ban on travel to Sweden from EU/EEA countries. The Swedish regulations are also being adapted to the EU regulation on a COVID certificate. This mainly entails an entry ban on travel to Sweden unless a vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test result, a certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 […]

Liberian gets 20-year jail term for war crimes

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court today announced a guilty verdict and 20-year prison sentence for Alieu Kosiah, a former Liberian rebel commander, after a four-week trial held in December 2020 and February 2021, following years of investigation which started in 2014. The former Liberian battalion commander of the ULIMO (United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy) rebel […]

Sweden to host UN environmental conference

Sweden and Kenya today jointly presented a resolution for adoption by the UN General Assembly that lays the foundation for the international UN conference, ‘Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity’. Sweden will host Stockholm+50, to be held in its capital city, Stockholm on June 2–3 next year. […]

Swiss court to give verdict in Liberian war crimes trial

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court announced today that the verdict in the war crimes trial of Liberian suspect Alieu Kosiah will be rendered on June 18.  Kosiah pleaded not guilty, and the federal prosecutor requested a 20-year prison sentence.  Kosiah, former ULIMO commander, stood trial in Bellinzona, Switzerland, for four weeks in December 2020 and […]

African human rights vs.Western human rights

By Thomas C. Mountain If you ask those of us living in Africa, almost all of us willtell you that the “human rights” that matter most are those that are basic to the right to life: food, water, shelter, medical care and education for our children. If you and your family are cold, hungry, sick […]

Ugandan gets 25-year prison sentence for war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced Ugandan Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment after he was found guilty for a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between July 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005. The period of his detention between January 4, 2015 and […]

African women can build a better future for all Africans

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber Over the last 30 days Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has become the most important woman in the African energy industry. She has taken some of the most courageous steps in rebooting Tanzania’s energy sector and economy. The signing of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline with […]

World military spending rises to almost $2 trillion

Total global military expenditure rose to $1981 billion last year, an increase of 2.6 per cent in real terms from 2019, according to new data published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The five biggest spenders in 2020, which together accounted for 62 per cent of global military expenditure, were the United States, China, […]

AU meets to push African vaccine development

African leaders last Monday assembled at a global meeting to discuss the status of local pharmaceutical manufacturing on the continent, underscored the need to increase local production of vaccines and therapeutics to achieve greater public-health security. “The production of vaccines and access to vaccines is an absolute priority,” Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, said […]