Southern Africa

Statement of Rafael Marques on Angola's Deadly Diamonds

On March 24, 2005, Angolan journalist and human rights activist Rafael Marques delivered a presentation condemning human rights abuses connected to Angola's diamond industry, and recommended that the international community work to improve living conditions for those in the legal diamond trade, as well as those affected by the market for illegal "blood diamonds."

 

 

Democracy and Peace-building: Re-thinking the Conventional Wisdom

This article, which is a systematic analysis of the practical experiences of theauthors in facilitating workshops to help resolve African conflicts, argues that we need to think again about how we both conceptualize and operationalize peace-building techniques. As the Iraq debacle may be said to show, to impose a peace settlement and democratic government institutions on a state and people after a war does not, by itself, work.

The International Criminal Court and Africa

Of the five cases currently being reviewed by the International Criminal Court (ICC), all are based on alleged war crimes committed in African countries. The list of countries involved in ongoing trials includes Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Kenya and, most recently, Sudan. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the first prosecutor for the ICC spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center on September 15 at an event organized by the Africa Program of the Wilson Center, Amnesty International and Citizens for Global Solutions.

Day II: African Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum 2010

Friday, July 30
9:00 - 9:15 am Keynote Speaker: Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Ways and Means Committee

9:15 – 10:30am Panel I: Textiles and Beyond
Steve Lande, Former Professor of Trade Policy, Georgetown University
Jas Bedi, Chairman, African Cotton Textiles Industry Federation
M. Monyane, Vice Chairman, Lesotho Textile Exporters Association
Navdeep Sodhi, Partner, Gherzi Consultants
Moderator: Tony Carroll, Partner, Manchester Trade

10:15 Coffee Break

Day I: African Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum 2010 "A Decade of Progress in Bridging the U.S.-Africa Trade Gap"

Please see the attached documents below for both the notes on the proceedings of the event and the powerpoint presentations made over the two days.

Thursday, July 29

8:15 – 8:45am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am Welcome and Introduction of Speaker, Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Keynote Speaker: Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Senate Foreign Relations Committee

How Swaziland's Governance Model and AIDS Crisis Intersect

On December 5th, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program hosted an event on the recent developments in Swaziland co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute. A panel of four experts discussed a wide range of social and economic challenges currently facing Swaziland including its economic growth, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and the government's handling of opposition parties.

Beyond "Conflict Diamonds:" a New Report on Human Rights and Angolan Diamonds

A Roundtable discussion with Rafael Marques, author of a new human rights report entitled "Lundas, the Stones of Death: Angola's Deadly Diamonds." In this report, Marques and co-author Rui Falcão de Campos examine patterns of human rights abuses linked to the diamond industry in the provinces of Lunda-Norte and Lunda-Sul during the course of the year 2004. The corruption and lawlessness in these diamond-rich provinces both permit routine human rights abuses, and prevent fair distribution of the wealth generated from the lucrative industry.

Art Exhibit: Southern African Art--Selections from the Cooper Gallery

A special exhibition of art from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia, featuring selections from the Cooper Gallery. The exhibit highlights the beautiful and symbolic Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. Pieces represent stylized animals, gods, spirits, ancestors, and totems, as well as contemporary abstract art forms. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience this emerging art form.

A Leading Social and Political Activist Reflects on the New South Africa

A full summary and transcript of Ms. DeLille's comments will be posted shortly.

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