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To A.U G.A,
Today is the October 21st 2013. A day labeled as the African Human Rights day. I doubt any African state has included this said day into their national holidays, but that does not matter at least Africa does have a human rights day. Just like every year, this day is characterized by minimal to no recognition, and if indeed it is celebrated, it is celebrated by NGOs. Well, it is celebrated if it is indeed celebrated, it is usually done by NGOs in my country, and the government does not even mention it, not even the Ministry of Justice. I believe its time to get back to the aim of this letter. When the Banjul Charter of Human Rights came into force in 1986 on this very day, African human right activists celebrated as it was a charter designed to cater for African human rights problems. In the preamble of the charter, it states that, The African States members of the Organization of African Unity (now the A.U), parties to the present convention……. Reaffirming the pledge they solemnly made in Article 2 of the Charter to eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa, to coordinate and intensify their cooperation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa and to promote international cooperation having due regard to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While African history and tradition is indeed respected in the Banjul Charter, the pledge by African states in Monrovia in 1979 to make lives of fellow Africans better has been broken over and over again. Life in Africa is unbearable for many, and the gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening. The prospect of widespread hunger and famine in Africa is a reality, and in a few years, that nightmare may come true. Already I have witnessed the same happen in my own country, and images that are shown to the world by international media of what is happening in Africa are not appealing.
While many people may have the mindset that the west are imposing neocolonialism in Africa, I am not to judge, but the AU has failed to protect its own citizens. Since the World Wars, Africa has seen the worst human rights violations to date. The Rwandan genocide, the Somalia crisis, the Ivory Coast PEV, Kenya’s PEV, Uganda’s Idi Amin Dada’s ruthless leadership, military coups, Malian crisis, and so on. Most of the atrocities if not all of them mentioned above happened when the Banjul Charter was in force. While some international law jurists may argue that International Human Rights Law has no precedence over municipal Human Rights Law, I beg to differ on this matter with regards to human rights. I doubt any African country has adopted a completely different approach to its domestic human rights laws. All states have a similar structure to the UDHR and the Banjul Charter. There are slight differences and that cannot be denied.
While I do admit I am perplexed by the recent A.U’s GA Resolution to the ICC to defer the Kenyan case till the sitting president and deputy have served their terms of office, this same resolution was never passed when Bashir was indicted by the ICC. Clearly the A.U GA is exhibiting double standards with regards to treatment of various heads of states. Clearly Bashir is treated different from Kenya’s Uhuru. While I cannot pass judgment on the two, I do have one question. Does the African Human Rights Court function at all? A friend and a colleague visited the court recently, and it still ‘open’ for the lack of better words to describe its current situation. The ICC currently has 18 cases before it that involve prosecuting African citizens for international war crimes. What has the African Human Rights Court being doing all this while? Was the court specifically created to tackle African human rights violations? While the GA may meet every single time and claim that the West are colonizing Africa again, the leaders must keep this in mind; Africa has and always had the mechanisms necessary to take care of its own human rights problems. The Banjul Charter is in force; the Human Rights Court is present; and the last ingredient is the political will by the same heads of states to fulfill the promises they made in Monrovia in 1979 of protecting the rights of human rights of African citizenry. In the words of Cobbah J., “A comparison of African and Western Social organization clearly reveals the cohesiveness of African Society and the importance of kinship to the African lifestyle” (9 Human Rights Quarterly 309 1987). It is because of this kinship attribute that the present heads of African states can solve African human rights problems. First, Africa needs to have its own stand by army similar to NATO. The Mali crisis was a late wake up to the AU. Many military coup de tats have occurred already in Africa, and this is one problem that should have been solved long ago. Second, solve the African militia and terror groups’ problems that continue to plague the continent. From Somalia to Nigeria, these savage groups are a nuisance to the community and its development. Third, the African Human Rights Court though up and running should start performing its duties. Fourth, solve the hunger and famine problems in Africa. The Banjul Charter does provide for the protection of life in Article 4. The right to education in Article 17 should be protected and enhanced. The list of human rights problems is as long as and even longer than the charter articles. While I cannot dictate what the G.A discusses every time they meet, I can only wish that the G. A would concentrate on solving African human rights problems because these problems are not caused by devils from Mars. These problems that have plagued and continue to plague Africa are caused by Africans and can be solved by Africans. Then maybe, October 21st can be celebrated as a Human Rights Day.
Concerned African citizen.
I got a passage from a Facebook friend (#soccer fan) of mine and I thought I could share with the rest of the
And I quote-
Getting married is a life changing situation and it is something everyone wants do it right because
nobody plans to walk down the aisle more than once… at least nobody in their
right mind wants to. If you are planning to walk down the aisle in the very
near future and with the woman/man you are seeing and you need to be very sure
she’s/he’s the one, here are the qualities that if he/she has got, she/he just might not fit into the role.
1. She/he is dependent- on you for everything. When he/she wants to buy the smallest thing, she/he dials your
number and asks you to buy it for her/him. When he/she wants to make an important decision, he/she stalls and waits till you see each other. When she/he wants to do things she/he would handle on her/his own, he/she keeps on waiting for you to come and make the decision for her/him, then you need to think twice before you join the prestigious institution of marriage. There is nothing bad in making decisions together or helping him/her buy stuff but everything is wrong when it happens all of the time. A wife/husband needs to be independent to some extent. Be able to fulfill his/her home obligations when one of the spouse isn’t home and make important decisions on his/her behalf. You need to be independent one not a dependent person. It is a husband/wife you want, not a pet. Even pets are independent!
2. Her dressing (directed to the girlfriends)- believe it or not, a wife needs to apply a bit of modesty in her dressing while she’s married. Now, easy as it is to say she’d changed her closet full of skimpy and semi unclad clothes when she says I do, she needs to begin to change it now. You can only be used to things you have started practicing. There is a difference between a wife and a whore. If your wife dresses a video vixen all the time or like a stripper, then expect no respect whatsoever when you are out together. Besides when the kids start coming, how do you want to explain to them why mommy keeps dressing like she raided a kindergarten store and took all their baby dresses?
Food for thought.
*Passage was slightly modified by onyanchaerick.
This is a post I read about the zodiac sign Capricorn as I being
one of them. I must say that, I have never believed in such but the predictions
tend to give me a bit of cheer once in a while. I do not know where guys get
this stuff and oh well…
“Capricorns- Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Grouchy
at times and annoying at some. Lazy and like to take it easy, but when they
find a job or something they like to do they will put their all into it. Proud,
understanding and sweet. Irresistible. Loves being in long relationships. Great
talkers. Always gets what he or she wants. Cool. Loves to win against other
signs in sports, especially Gemini. Likes to cook but would rather go out and
eat at good restaurants. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Smart. This is the prediction of the Capricorn sign
for the year 2013.”
For the Capricorns, we rule the world. Yes, we do and will
continue doing. Peace.
Baby steps towards elimination of discrimination in the military.
The U.S. military is now ending its ban on women in combat positions. Did you have to read that sentence again? I still do, and I just typed it …and heard it on NPR this morning, and I heard it on the television last night. I still feel like it’s not something I should be hearing in 2013. No, I’m not talking about the lifting the ban part, I’m talking about the ban to begin with. It’s been nearly 100 years since we gave women the right to vote (and I’m hoping it was equally bizarre to at least some people back then that they didn’t have that right before 1920), and just now can women die fighting for that right, at least officially and directly.
Women have already been dying and getting severely injured in wars for years now. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled veteran currently serving in…
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I came across this statement by Bill Cosby on the Internet a
few days ago. It was dated Feb 3rd and someone had uploaded it
through a Facebook photo.
Bill Cosby “I’m 83 and I am tired.”
“I’ve worked hard since I was 17 except for when I was m
doing my National Service. I put in 50 hour weeks and didn’t call sick in nearly
40 years. I made a reasonable salary but I didn’t inherit my job or my income,
and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though
retirement was a bad idea, and I am tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth”
to people who do not have work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government
will take the money I earned by force if necessary, and give to people too lazy
to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace”
when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their
sisters, wives and daughters for their family honor; I’m tired of Muslim
rioting over some slight offense; Muslim murdering Christians and Jews because
they aren’t “believers”; Muslims burning schools for girls; Muslims stoning
teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; Muslims mutilating the genitals
of little girls all in the name of Allah because the Quran and Sheria laws tell
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other
cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use their oil money
to fund mosques and madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New
Zealand, UK, America and Canada while no one in these countries are allowed to
fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other
country to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told that I have to lower my living
standards to fight global warming which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease and
I must help support and treat them and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant
germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them and stuff white powder up their noses
or stick a needle in their arm while they are tired to fight it off?
I’m tired of hearing of wealthy athletes, entertainers and
politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or
youthful mistakes when we all know their only mistake was getting caught. I’m
tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. I’m really tired of people
who do not take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of
hearing them blame the government or discrimination or big whatever for their
I’m tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in
their teens and early 20’s be deck themselves in tattoos and face studs thereby
making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the government. Yes, I’m
damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83. Because mostly, I’m not going to see
the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and
their children. Thank God I’m on my way out and not on my way in. there is no
way this will be widely publicized unless each of us sends it on. This is your
chance to make a difference. I’m 83 and I’m tired. If you do not agree, you are
part of the problem.”
I do not know who legitimate this statement is but it is
indeed an interesting read. I agree with some of his points and also disagree
with others. It always comes down to choices we make, that’s my take.
@achwesh You would appreciate this post.
For many the commute to and from work is a daily ritual. I don’t just mean this in the slang ‘repetitive waste of time’ sense of the word either. It’s also true in a very primordial, tribal sense.
Think of it like this: driving to work is like going on a mammoth hunt. It’s you and your workforce kin, side by side, going in to fulfill your societal responsibility. It’s a nomadic movement you engage in daily in order to sustain the survival of yourself, your family, or your position within a social network. But unlike the epic odysseys and pilgrimages of yesteryear, the modern commute is a journey essentially stripped of any physical effort, human interaction, romance or adventure.
Oddly enough because of this, the commute isn’t really a journey at all. I’d argue it’s more a necessary psychological transition from one state of mind (home/rest) to another…
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