Source: Christian Telegraph Cardinal John Onaiyekan from Nigeria has warned South Sudan against foreign oil exploiters and conmen saying that if used well oil money can be good while it can be bad... READ MORE
Restoring U.S. Funding of the WHO
On May 29, 2020, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the WHO and announced on April 14th that he would defund it. WHO funding is essential for Africa. AFJN with AdNA advocated Congress for continued participation in and funding for the WHO. The House of Representatives included WHO funding for 2021.
A Moratorium on Rents Increase During COVID-19
On May 8, 2020, AFJN sent a letter to Congressional Committees asking for a moratorium on rental increases. The stay-at-home orders were causing financial hardships and preventing tenants from shopping for competitive and more affordable housing. Many of those burdened were African migrants. To advance this policy we:
- We met with Representative Jamie Raskin (MD), Member of the National Coronavirus Response Committee, since he had implemented a similar measure in his own county and supported the idea.
- Created an action alert encouraging individuals to contact their representatives in support of moving legislation
Debt Forgiveness and the Issuance of Special Drawing Rights
Indebted nations, already heavily burdened before the pandemic, lacked resources to service their debts when COVID-19 hit. AFJN with our partners advocated the U.S. Administration and Congress, Europe, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for:
- Bilateral and multilateral debt forgiveness for African countries that included strong accountability measures.
- U.S. support of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) by the IMF to member countries in this time of crisis. SDRs were last used in 2009 during the global recession.
In addition, AFJN also mobilized African Ambassadors to support the above measures via letters and phone calls.
Amnesty International Press Release Source: http://www.amnestyusa.org Thursday, December 13, 2012 Contact: Suzanne Trimel, email@example.com, 212-633-4150, @strimel (Washington, D.C.) – After a delegation from Amnesty International met Wednesday (Dec. 12), with Guillaume Kigbafori Soro,... READ MORE
By Ashagrie G. Abdi, AFJN Intern This article was first published in our April-June Newsletter After the downfall of Zaid Barre, Somalia’s President from 1969-’91, the struggle for power resulted in a civil... READ MORE
by World Student Christian Federation We recognize the vulnerability the Nigerian people feel in their places of worship to be a violation of their right to worship publicly. We hope the federal government... READ MORE
By Hervé Cheuzeville and translated from French by Bahati Ntama Originally published by Echo D’Afrique ( Read it here) The situation in the Horn of Africa is tragic. However, truth must be told... READ MORE
by Bahati Jacques On several occasions US Senator Inhofe has called for the release of former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo and that he be allowed an honorable exit into exile. In... READ MORE
NEWS ADVISORY -International Humanitarian Law Institute (U.S.A.) – —For the advancement of due process and equality before the law, in the theory and practice of International criminal law— Director: Prof. Peter Erlinder c/o... READ MORE
International Humanitarian Law Institute News Advisory Contact: Dr. Christine Schoettler, PhD. (fr) firstname.lastname@example.org Andrea Palumbo, JD. (eng) email@example.com St. Paul, MN – April 27 — A 4-hour ICTR Appeal Chamber hearing will complete... READ MORE