In North Maluku, the mass violence that followed democratisation officially ended in mid-2000. One year of successive waves of violence resulted in the displacement of over one fifth of the local population and killed an estimated 3,000 people.[i] As a result of the conflict, provincial elections were delayed until 2002, the government decentralisation process was halted until 2004, and provincial elections were postponed to 2007. During this interim emergency governance period, several important bureaucratic changes were made, aimed at restoring security and stable government.Continue Reading →
The fact that civilians are suffering from violence in Syria is undisputed. Beyond that, it is hard to know what is fact, and what is constructed from a familiar narrative of a “responsibility to protect” civilians faced with the threat of atrocity.
The “R2P” narrative follows a familiar plotline: bad government continues offensives designed to [...]Continue Reading →
Left behind was a society scarred by the darkest period in Ethiopia’s modern history; a massive and systematic elimination of human lives, and essentially, one of the gravest human rights violations that has occurred in the history of the nation.Continue Reading →
Because of our country’s painful racist past, South Africans tend to see all human rights violations through the prism of white vs black. Learning about the Holocaust, where, in very general terms, whites killed whites and Rwanda where blacks murdered blacks is hugely important.Continue Reading →
Why does the AU need a memorial? The AUHRM signifies the fact that Africa now will have to face up to its violent history.Continue Reading →
WPF encourages its audience to check out the new coalition effort, Making Sense of Kony. This site includes a blog, resources, frequently asked questions and more about the LRA and Uganda, offering crucial background information and expert analysis necessary for informed action. Among the contributors is WPF’s Alex de Waal. The group describes [...]Continue Reading →
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