Burundi and the Right of Intervention by the AU

The piece by Colonel Festus Aboagye (Retired)* attempts to examine different dimensions of the situation in Burundi, the Burundi question, and its implications for operationalising the right of intervention principle in the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) in particular, and the integrity of the AU as a whole.

The Burundi question has occupied the peace and security landscape of Africa since April 2015 when its President, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced his intention to stand for a controversial third term in office. The controversy incited the spate of killings—about 400—and population displacement to neighbouring countries—more than 200,000 people, according to media reports.

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The New Peace and Security Council of the AU

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you some reflections of Solomon Ayele Dersso, PhD, on today’s (28 January 2016) election of the new 15 members of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC).

Having until recently been producing the AU PSC Reporting, a publication of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS, South Africa), Solomon possesses tremendous knowledge of the work of the AU PSC. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Dr Dersso provides deep insights into the dynamics of the current elections, including pointers to the regional politics of hegemony evidenced in the elections.

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Violence, Women, and Guns: The State of Female Homicide in the World

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to resume its online journal discourse and share with our readership and wider audience a Small Arms Survey report on Violence, Women and Guns: The State of Female Homicide in the World.

On the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women that fell on 25 November 2015, the Small Arms Survey “called attention to the lethal and pervasive effects of gender-based violence, following the call of Ms. Dubravka Šimonović Special Rapporteur on violence against women for the creation of a Femicide Watch”.

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Reading the Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), October – 2015

There were great expectations of South Sudan when it gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, at the end of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan in 2005.

The CPA paved the way for the January 2011 referendum that saw a resounding vote in for the South to secede and become the 54th member of the African Union (AU). South Sudan’s independence brought to an end decades of a civil war that is also arguably the longest within the African continent.

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