A study of female circumcision in Ethiopia in view of physical integrity: A human rights violation?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Circumcision (FC) is a traditionally deep-rooted practice in East Africa. However, most countries in the world and international organisations view it as a violation of fundamental human rights, such as the right to physical integrity.Therefore, different legal frameworks trying to protect girls and women from female circumcision…

Exhumed bodies of Ethiopian Migrants in Malawi underscore the rising dangers of cross-border trafficking in Southern Africa

Two mass graves were recently discovered in Malawi containing a total of 29 bodies believed to be Ethiopian migrants.[1] It’s a tragic discovery that underscores, once again, the perils of irregular migration along what is known as the Southern Route. Each year, thousands of migrants from the East and Horn of Africa (and sometimes from…

Climate change and human rights – The significant action of Gabon in protecting human rights in a changing climate

In Africa, the significances of climate change include, among other aspects, the transformation of weather patterns, biodiversity destruction and wider occurrence of more infectious diseases. All these events, in their turn lead to food insecurity, human forced displacement, and water shortages. Marginalised and vulnerable people often experience the worst effects of climate change. They often…

Debate series: “When the law is not enough: Tackling intractable problems of human rights – prospects for integrated approaches”

Dear Colleagues, The Chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth in cooperation with Rhodes University would like to invite you to our debates series on intractable problems of human rights in Africa: Everyone’s Human Rights financed by the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple 26 October – 30 November 2022 from 11.00 AM…

Nothing new under the sun: LGBTQI+ rights as human rights

OPINION Rosa Ojwang 29 July 2022 I advocate for LGBTQI+ rights because I am a black, African woman, who has benefitted from the historical social justice movements, particularly, the Civil Rights and Feminist struggles for equality. I understand my history, and I choose not to merely benefit from the sweat, tears, and sacrifice of prior…

Child Trafficking in West Africa and the Question of Justice: How life under unjust structures weakens efforts to end human-trafficking

ANALYSIS Mitterand M. Okorie, PhD 22 July 2022 A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) paints a disturbing picture of human trafficking in West Africa. Released in 2021, the report shows that 75 per cent of trafficking victims detected in West Africa are children, the majority of whom are…

Free and Equal: Towards a Fearless Future for the LGBTQI+ Community in Kenya

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a 15 July 2022 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”[1] Article 1, UN Declaration of Human Rights Slightly over two months ago in April of 2022, the life-less body…

Taking Pride in Nature and the Environment from a Queer Perspective: The Protection Nexus

OPINION Jan Maina 8 July 2022 The month of June, where two journeys of a planetary crisis and human liberation take place. One is the Pride and the other one is Stockholm 50+ to celebrate the World Environment Day which committed to the journey towards environmental liberation and sustainability over 50 years ago. From these…

Resolution 275 and the realisation of LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa

ANALYSIS Dr Ayodele Sogunro & Sohela Surajpal 24 June 2022 In 2014, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted Resolution 275, the ‘Resolution on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity’.[1] This move, undertaken within a political…

Covid-19 and the expanded criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda

ANALYSIS Adrian Jjuuko (LLD) 17 June 2022 As Pride Month 2022 continues, the Ministry of Health in Uganda has raised alarm on the rising number of new COVID-19 infections.[1] Although the Ministry has not mentioned considering lockdowns at the moment, there is cause for worry for LGBT persons and organisations working on LGBT issues. The…