On June 30, 2020, the Africa Faith and Justice Network was one of the signers of the “Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Proposed Judiciary Reforms are devastating and Unconstitutional,” letter sent to the Honorable Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., the … Continued
The Africa Faith and Justice Network is excited to have three very qualified interns this year for our summer internships. Click on the links below to read each of their bios. AFJN interns go through an intensive orientation process to … Continued
Chazmine is a rising junior at Villanova University, where she majors in Political Science and Communications and minors in Spanish. At Villanova, Chazmine participates in the campus community through organizations such as the Blue Key Society, the Martin Luther King … Continued
Mia Kilpatrick just completed her sophomore year at Wofford College. She is majoring in International Affairs and Spanish. During the 2019-2020 academic year she was able to serve as a Sophomore Delegate on Wofford’s Campus Union Assembly and was recently … Continued
Philip Brooks is a senior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He majors in international relations and political science. This is his second summer working for Africa Faith and Justice Network. Last summer he focused on issues in West … Continued
Washington, DC – (En Francais) A judiciary reform bill being considered in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Parliament is attempting to undermine the Judiciary’s autonomy. If passed, the Judiciary will be answerable to the Minister of Justice, a politically appointed position of the Executive Branch. The DRC’s Constitution states that each branch of the government is autonomous, so if passed the bill would be changing the essential structure of the Republic. Also constitutional revisions are illegal during a state of urgency, like the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many Congolese assert that if this bill passes, it would halt the progress made by the Judiciary and supported by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi with tackling corruption.
Washington, DC – (English Version) Un projet de loi sur la réforme judiciaire en cours d’examen au Parlement de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) tente de saper l’autonomie du pouvoir judiciaire. S’il est adopté, le pouvoir judiciaire devra répondre au le ministre de la Justice, un poste politique du pouvoir exécutif. La Constitution de la RDC stipule que chaque branche du gouvernement est autonome. Par conséquent, s’il était adopté, le projet de loi modifierait la structure essentielle de la République. Les révisions constitutionnelles sont également illégales pendant un état d’urgence, comme la pandémie actuelle de COVID-19. De nombreux Congolais affirment que si ce projet de loi est adopté, il mettrait un terme aux progrès réalisés par le pouvoir judiciaire et soutenu par le président de la RDC, Felix Tshisekedi, pour lutter contre la corruption.
On June 25, 2020, Rev. Aniedi Okure, OP and Sr. Eucharia Madueke were quoted in Patrick Egwu’s article “Nigerian priests condemn police brutality during lockdown, offer solutions” in The Catholic World Report. They talked about the nature of policy brutality … Continued
The Africa Faith and Justice Network Uganda Chapter of women religious have been talking about the domestic violence crisis in Uganda due to COVID-19 on Jubilee Radio. For one hour each week, the sisters talk in the local language about … Continued
Washington DC – Today’s holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States has garnered much attention and support given the nationwide protests that were sparked by the murder of George Floyd. These last few weeks have brought to the surface a long standing hurt felt by many Africans and in particular descendents of enslaved Africans. It has us questioning whether slavery ever really ended on June 19, 1865.