Bishops say South African leaders must focus on needs of citizens

CAPE TOWN, South Africa ([  ]CNS) — The political officeholders appointed after the Sept. 25 resignation of South African President Thabo Mbeki must work toward rebuilding confidence in the country’s leadership and focus on meeting the urgent needs and demands of ordinary citizens, said the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Continue reading Bishops say South African leaders must focus on needs of citizens

Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell

International Crisis Group
Dakar/Abuja/Brussels, 18 September 2008: The peace process in Ogoni land – a major test for efforts to bring stability to the oil-rich Niger Delta – is likely to fail if the Nigerian government refuses to consult local communities about new oil operations.

Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell,* the latest policy briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines the political and economic implications of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) departure from Ogoni land and gives recommendations on resuming peaceful oil operations in the economically strategic and politically volatile region. Continue reading Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell

Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised

The Independent
By Ben Russell

Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference
Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference

A clampdown on kerbcrawlers and men who pay for sex with trafficked women has been launched by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.

She won a standing ovation at the Labour Party conference after announcing that ministers may create a new offence against people who pay prostitutes who have been forced into the sex trade. Continue reading Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised