A long way from Tahrir to democracy

Last Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising. What many hoped would be a peaceful demonstration for democracy turned into a stark reminder of the many challenges Egypt is still facing on its path to democratisation.

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– We will settle this with war

With another round of unsuccessful negotiations and an upsurge in violence, there may be truth to the theory that with the dry season comes fighting season in South Sudan.

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A Peace Prize to children

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize displays a powerful support for children’s rights, and the importance of education. This award gives us hope of a democratic future.

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A democracy for the majority

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is one of the largest groups of stateless people in the world. Will Obama even mention the group’s name when he visits the country?

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What kind of interim government for South Sudan?

The parties to the conflict in South Sudan has now been at the negotiation table in Ethiopia for more than 10 months without reaching a political solution to the conflict that broke out in December last year. They agree in principle on the need for a transitional government, but disagree on its design.

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Hope amid challenges in Somalia

On August 1, a member of the Somalian parliament named Sheikh Adan Madar was assassinated in Mogadishu. He was the fifth lawmaker to be killed in 2014. The attacks on MPs come at a time when Somalia’s parliament is developing into a keystone in the democratization process. They are gruesome attempts to intimidate those who work towards a peaceful and democratic Somalia.

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Better protection of children

How to avoid that children end up in prison with adults? What is the difference between child offenders and children in need of care and protection? Police officers, children’s officers and other key professions were gathered for a workshop in Kisumu to discuss these questions.

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