Peru Congress revokes land laws

 

 BBC

peru7 Prime Minister Yehude Simon (c) led talks with the tribesPeru’s Congress has overturned two controversial land ownership laws that sparked deadly clashes between police and Amazon tribal groups. At least 34 people were killed in the clashes earlier this month.  The laws were passed under powers Congress had granted President Alan Garcia to implement a free trade agreement with the US.  Tribal groups said they were not consulted and some of Peru’s South American neighbours voiced opposition. Continue reading Peru Congress revokes land laws

Fr Kizito denies claims of wrong conduct against minors

 By CAROLINE RWENJI and FRANCIS MUREITHI

Fr Renato Kizito Sesana. PHOTO/ FILE

ken4One of Kenya’s best known Catholic priests was on Tuesday at the centre of child abuse allegations, which drew a swift promise of investigations from John Cardinal Njue.  Fr Renato Kizito Sesana, best known as a newspaper columnist and for his charity work in Nairobi slums, was accused by Continue reading Fr Kizito denies claims of wrong conduct against minors

Congo: civilians flee from violence – eyewitness report

Independent Catholic News

 The situation of civilians caught in the conflict in Kivu is becoming increasingly desperate, according to eyewitness reports received by the Missionary News Service this morning. “People are fleeing to the woods for days; without water, food or clothes, people are doing everything possible to avoid the armed gangs and even insubordinate army soldiers who loot their homes”, one source said. Continue reading Congo: civilians flee from violence – eyewitness report

DR Congo army ‘close to collapse’

BBC

congoSoldiers are refusing to take on the rebels without pay. The army in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is at risk of disintegrating, senior UN peacekeepers have said.  There have been a series of mutinies by troops who have not been paid their salary for several months. A UN officer told the BBC that army commanders are not passing money on to their troops under their command. The BBC’s Thomas Fessy says in the latest incident soldiers fired in the air for an hour and half and refused to go on a mission to fight rebels. Continue reading DR Congo army ‘close to collapse’

Guilty As Charged? Oil Giant Shell Settles in Human Rights Case

     
AFJNLast week, Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle with the plaintiffs in a case charging Shell with severe human rights abuses in collusion with the Nigerian military. The case was born rought by members of the Ogoni tribe, most notably the son of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an environmental activist and writer who was hanged by the military after protesting the company’s abuses in the Niger Delta in 1995. A trial was set to begin in New York just days after the settlement was announced, suggesting that the evidence against Shell was so clear that it preferred to avoid a public relations disaster. Continue reading Guilty As Charged? Oil Giant Shell Settles in Human Rights Case

The Day of the African Child: a sermon – Restoring the youth

 
Africa Files
 
By Rev.Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Baltimore,

 
African charter chapter#17: Every individual shall have the right to education, cultural life, and the promotion and protection of values.

 

The author now lives and works as a pastor in the African Methodist Church in Baltimore but was present 43 years ago when South African youth marched on June 16th, 1976. JDN Continue reading The Day of the African Child: a sermon – Restoring the youth