Racism Concerns in Search Results and Implications for Researching on African Issues

COMMENT Nelson Otieno 13 May 2022 “Why Africa” Search Results Search results are enabled by algorithms that collect, organize, and categorize data into contexts to produce desired results. With this in hindsight, I have done a quick random (and admittedly unscientific) analysis by searching for the word ‘Why Africa’ on Yahoo search engine. I note…

Anti-racism in international human rights law – What is radical enough?

ANALYSIS Thoko Kaime and Isabelle Zundel 06 May 2022 The africanlegalstudies.blog has sent the focus month “Longing for an Anti-Racist World” into a second round. Rightly so, since (un)surprisingly racism is still “one of the globe’s most severe catastrophes”[1] to cite Prof. Arndt in her contribution on this forum last year. The cruel manifestations of…

Protecting persons displaced due to the impacts of climate change in Africa: Through a new treaty, or through a ‘progressive’ interpretation?

ANALYSIS Abiy Ashenafi 30 April 2022 Because of the impacts of climate change, millions of people are being uprooted from their homes and countries. It is estimated that, by 2050, ‘climate change related events’ will cause the forced migration of, at minimum, 1.2 billion people.[1] This clearly calls for determined action to mitigate human-caused climate…

‘Even if you Dress Up, you will not Come to the City!’ Promoting Free Movement of Persons by the East African Court of Justice under Mohochi’s Case

ANALYSIS Jebby Gonza 29 April 2022 Just as water is significant for a fish’s survival, so is cross border migration a fundamental aspect of the East African Community (EAC) integration. The EAC is a regional economic community established by the EAC Treaty, 1999 and comprises of seven partner states.[1] Achieving a common Market is portrayed…

Migrating For Football: Re-igniting Concern for the Irregular Migration of African Football Minors

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a A little more than a decade ago in May of 2007, a boat, a leaking fishing trawler abandoned by its skipper, washed up on the shore of La Tejita beach in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Surprisingly, the boat was loaded with 130 young men of African origin, some of…

“Carrying the Family Burden”: The Paradox of the Kayayei Migrants in Ghana

ANALYSIS John Yajalin 8 April 2022 Introduction On the 22nd of November, 2021, myjoyonline.com carried a sensational headline: “We are tasked to buy motorbikes and iPhones for our husbands after years of working– Kayaye Association President”.[1] Even though the story might sound absurd and hyperbolic, the complaint by the Kayayei Association’s president has some truth.…

Mass influxes from armed conflict in Ukraine: How the African system could provide a model for an expanded global refugee definition

ANALYSIS Bantayehu Demlie Gezahegn 4 April 2022 In less than a month since 24 February 2022, at least 3.6 million people fled armed conflict in Ukraine according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The mass movement of people is one of the aspects of the conflict that attracted global attention and rightly so. One key…

Need to give more importance to climate justice than to net zero targets

OPINION Prof. Dr Phillipe Cullet 31 March 2022 COP26 specifically recognized the importance of the concept of climate justice in the preamble to the Glasgow Climate Pact. Yet, the main focus of policymakers remains on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as reflected in the call to reach net zero by mid-century. On the…

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Consultation and Participation in the Inter-American and African human rights system

In the last two years, we have found ourselves confronted with a series of global crises that seem to have pushed the pressing issues of environmental protection and climate change to the side. But wrongly so. On the one hand, the progression of the climate crisis requires immediate responses and cannot be put on hold…

From Paris to Glasgow: Towards an African-Focused COP 27

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a 31 March 2022 The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 7-18 November 2022.  Ordinarily, it ought to be the 28th session but for the Covid-19 Pandemic which saw the postponement of…