Liberian lawyer says senator will face war crimes charges

A high profile Liberian lawyer says a former rebel leader turned senator must be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. Counselor Taiwon Gongloe said there is nothing one can or will do to get Senator Prince Johnson off the hook for killing people and showing no remorse during the Liberian civil […]

Sweden to give more money for global COVID-19 vaccines

The Swedish Government intends to provide an additional SEK 100 million (about $12 million) in grants to COVAX to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible in low and middle income countries. This means that Sweden is doubling its support to the COVAX global vaccine access initiative. The government is now planning to allocate an additional SEK 100 […]

Switzerland: Liberian war crimes trial continues

The trial of a former Liberian rebel commander arrested in Switzerland for alleged war crimes during Liberia’s first civil war will on Monday start its second important phase, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. On December 3, 2020, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court, in the city of Bellinzona, began the trial of Alieu Kosiah, a former commander of […]

African free trade area impact report launched

The long-awaited African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is finally operational, wherein trading commenced on the 1st of January. This marks a celebrated milestone for intra-Africa trade. The AfCFTA eliminates tariffs on 90 per cent of goods produced on the continent, tackles non-tariff barriers to trade and guarantees the free movement of persons. It consolidates a […]

Sweden: Negative COVID-19 test required for entry

The Swedish Government on Wednesday decided that foreign nationals will have to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry into Sweden, regardless of where they are arriving from. The aim is to reduce the risk of spreading the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been detected in a number […]

Norway, South Africa host meeting on Covid-19

Norway and South Africa on Friday co-hosted a high-level meeting between G20 and OECD finance ministries on how to collectively resolve the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and how to mobilize the financial resources needed to succeed. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni of South-Africa and Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner of Norway co-chaired […]

Black Life Matters wins Swedish human rights prize

The 2020 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the international civil rights movement Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation which has its roots in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation works for peaceful civil disobedience to police brutality and […]

African Free Trade Area key to mitigate COVID-19 effects

By Chido Pamela Mafongoya The long-awaited trading within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) finally began on 1 January 2021, marking a very important milestone for African trade. The AfCFTA creates a single continental market for goods and services, with the aim of increasing intra-African trade by reducing tariffs by approximately 90 percent and […]

Sierra Leonean in court for Liberian war crimes

The trial of Sierra Leonean Gibril Massaquoi will begin on February 1 before the Pirkanmaa District Court in Finland and is expected to last for several months. This follows Monday’s indictment of Massaquoi by the Office of the Prosecutor on charges of aggravated war crimes, aggravated crimes against humanity and murders – which he allegedly […]

Putting Africa at the front of the Biden Administration

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden was sworn into office, ushering in a new administration, new foreign policy and a new approach to U.S. trade and investment in Africa. For its part, the Trump administration had not been short on growing U.S. private sector involvement in Africa, specifically under its trademark initiative, Prosper Africa. Designed […]