Combining Traditional and Modern Laws: The Strengths of Eritrean Community Courts

By Mela Ghebremedhin, For the detractors of Eritrea, the country has no “no laws or rules”. This is a refrain often parroted by the so-called mainstream media. Seen through their distorted prisms, Eritrea is plunged in a complete anarchy. But, really…? Actually, Eritrean society has a rich track record of customs and traditional justice systems […]

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Mediation as a Not so Modern Concept …

By Ruby Sandhu, Returning recently from Asmara, Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, I met with mediators from the impressive grassroots community courts from the six Zoba regions in Eritrea, individuals equal in gender and spanning a generation. Eritrea, a country that is consistently referred to as a despotic regime, one without the Rule of […]

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IGAD Imposed a Take it or Leave it Deal Over South Sudan Warring Parties

By Sudan Tribune, AN EXTRAORDINARY summit of the heads of state and government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which convened on Thursday, has been adjourned until Saturday in order to give the two warring parties more time to reach an agreement on a document imposed by regional leaders. The move comes after South […]

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Can the U.S. Mediate Egypt and Ethiopia? Lessons from the Ethiopia – Eritrea Stalemate

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,, EARLIER this week, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, questioned several expert witnesses at a hearing entitled “Water Sharing Conflicts and the Threat to International Peace.”[i] While the primary focus of the hearing was on the ongoing Ethiopia-Egypt Nile dispute, an extremely interesting […]

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President Kiir Accuses IGAD of Delaying Peace Deal

By Sudan Tribune, SOUTH Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Friday accused the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) of allegedly delaying peace talks to end the country’s 11-month-long conflict, which has killed thousand and displaced millions of people. “Whenever we are about to reach a peace agreement, the IGAD imposes recess and holidays, this is why […]

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S. Sudan Demands Ethiopian Chief Mediator Replaced

By TesfaNews, THE South Sudan government demanded the removal of Ethiopian chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin after accusing him of pursuing “regime change” at the behest of  the Troika members of the US, UK and Norway. Government spokesman Micheal Makuei Lueth told BBC’s Focus on Africa program on Tuesday that the former Ethiopian foreign minister was […]

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South Sudan Minister Demands Relocation of Peace Talks to Kenya

By Victoria Kioko, THE South Sudan Government has called for disbandment of mediation talks in Ethiopia claiming it is not a neutral ground. The government is now demanding that the peace talks to be moved to Kenya and headed by General (Rtd) Lazarus Sumbeiywo. Information and Broadcasting Minister Michael Makuei Lueth expresses dissatisfaction with the mediation […]

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