Call for change to Moroccan rape law

In Morocco, activists are calling for the country’s penal code to be revised after a16-year-old-girl – Amina Filali – committed suicide earlier this month after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist. The Moroccan penal code states that a rapist can escape prosecution if he agrees to marry his victim. The tragic incident sparked outrage in Morocco and elsewhere. Here is an interview with Naima Hamoumi, from the Democratic Association for Moroccan Women in Rabat, about why this law has gone unchallenged for so long. (first on RFI)


Reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly on Mali Coup (interview)

Political leaders from around the world have strongly criticised the military coup in Mali that has overthrown President Amadou Toumani Touré.

The timing of the coup has taken many by surprise as the country was just one month away from presidential elections.

The politically-engaged Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly lived in the Malian capital Bamako for nearly nine years and has a strong following there.

Here is an interview with Tiken Jah Fakoly where he gives his reaction to the coup.



EU to fight organised crime in the Sahel

EU Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels for two days of talks during which they will be asked to approve a security training mission to Niger. The EU says the mission’s role would be to improve Niger’s capacity to fight organised crime in the Sahel. Michael Mann, spokesperson for the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton explains the mission’s objectives.


Room for optimism in Somalia’s conflict

The situation in Somalia has been unstable for almost 22 years, leading some experts to believe the crisis is insoluable – at least in the short-to-medium term. African Union troops have been drafted in to try to wrest control from the dominant Al-Qaeda linked al-Shebab movement, but so far success has been limited. RFI spoke to Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State about why she thinks there are reasons to hope for the war-torn country’s future.

Is ICC verdict on Thomas Lubanga of Congo a victory?

The International Criminal Court gave its first ever verdict in its ten year history on Wednesday with the conviction for war crimes of Congolese militia chief Thomas Lubanga. But the lengthy procedure in reaching a verdict has raised concerns about the court’s effectiveness. In this interview, Francisco Resek, a former judge at the International Court of Justice and former Brazilian Foreign Minister, says the court remains too timid in its application of global justice. (first on RFI)

Kony video goes viral

A campaign by US activists to capture the fugitive head of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels has gone viral on the Internet. The campaign was launched by the non-profit groupInvisible Children with an emotional 30-minute video which has been viewed over 50 million times on YouTube. Below is an interview with a Uganda expert about why the campaign could end up doing more harm than good. (interview with Michael Wilkerson, first on RFI)