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Landmark Convention Adopted to Protect Domestic Workers

Delegates attending the International Labor Conference have adopted a landmark Convention aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.The measure was passed by a vote of 396 in favor, 16 abstentions, and one negative vote cast by Swaziland. The Convention is an international treaty that is binding on...

Clinton to Attend US-Africa Trade Forum During Visit to Zambia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among delegates from the United States expected to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, forum in Zambia this week.African Growth and Opportunity Act is designed to strengthen trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. And Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis says AGOA...

Swaziland Government Dismisses Calls for Democratic Reforms

Swaziland’s attorney general has dismissed opposition demands for democratic reforms, saying the campaign lacks strong local support. Majahenkaba Dlamini said the government would not kowtow to pressure from self-interest groups to work outside the confines of the constitution. He also said the groups are unsure about what they really want. “They...

Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International says in its latest annual report that recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that freedom of expression lies at the heart of human rights. 2010 ended with a public uprising in Tunisia that forced that country’s longtime leader from power.  Then in the new year, similar public demonstrations prompted Egypt's...

Africa's Governments Confront Social Media Protests

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Uganda Communications Commission for ordering telecom companies to block access to social networking websites.  The order came earlier this month as activists were planning protests against higher prices and corruption. The commission said it took the action to reduce the threat of violence....

Swaziland Police Beat, Arrest Protestors

In Swaziland police have arrested scores of activists, beaten others and fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent a planned pro-democracy protest.  Teachers, students and activists attempting to gather for a planned march in the city of Manzini Tuesday were among those beaten by police, who also set up road blocks, and turned away buses heading...

Soaring Oil Prices Could Stun World Economic Growth

The sharp rise in oil prices as a result of political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East could deal a major blow to global economic growth over the next two years. Developing nations could be hit the hardest. The increase comes as countries are still recovering from a global recession. Britain’s Overseas Development Institute [ODI] says...