A recent article about the fight against Ebola in Nature references a recent report that CIC's Congo Research Group published with Human Rights Watch. As the story notes, "around 1,900 civilians have been massacred in North and South Kivu in the past three years and another 3,300 people have been abducted," according to CRG's report, and the ongoing conflict is one of the root causes behind the continuing spread of the Ebola virus.
Refugees risk their lives to get to countries where they can be safe, and their children can grow up without fear. #MeToo stories continue to surface as women speak out, in the workplace and beyond. Violence erupts regularly between rebel groups and government forces in different countries around the globe. What unites these problems? A lack of justice.
After nearly 18 years—and more than 32,000 civilians killed in the last decade alone—there may be an end in sight for the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history. Representatives from the Taliban and Afghan delegates met today and yesterday with the hopes of beginning conversations that could finally stop the violence that has plagued the country for many years. CIC Associate Director Barnett R. Rubin joins The Takeaway to talk about the latest round of negotiations.
A new article from The Guardian reports that across the world, an estimated 5.1 billion people – two-thirds of the global population – are being failed by the justice system. But providing universal access to basic justice could save the global economy billions of dollars every year, as lost income and stress-related illness due to seeking legal redress can cost countries up to 3% of their annual GDP, according to a report published today by the Task Force on Justice.
As load-shedding continues to affect lives, and headlines decry the deepening crisis at Eskom, it is deeply worrying that the government is gearing up to bankroll the largest electricity project in Africa: the Inga 3 Dam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The dam will have an uncertain environmental and social effect in the DRC and would be more expensive than most other sources of energy available to the South African government. Why should South Africans help underwrite a multibillion rand project in another country with huge risks and meagre potential benefits?