Tanzania cited as one of the most transparent country in EAC

Tanzania has been cited as one of the most transparent countries in the East African Community (EAC), when it comes to the freedom of the media, according to the study conducted recently. This study, presented to Human Rights Defenders, was based on a qualitative analysis which wanted to identify the matters of priority which civil [...]

Africa forests suffer from lack of scientists, learning institutions

One of the forest principles adopted by the on-going United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is that forest management will be based on the best science, but this is a challenge for Africa, a continent ravaged by low number of scientists and under-resourced forestry training institutions. Prof Fredrick Owino, a forest policy and science specialist [...]

UN Special Rapporteurs condemn ongoing executions in Iran

In a press release published today the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Iran, summary executions and torture condemned the recent execution of four members of the Ahwazi Arab minority in Ahwaz’s Karoun Prison in Iran. They also referred to the unfair nature of the trials in Iran and said: “Any death sentence undertaken in contravention [...]

Two prisoners were hanged publicly in Iran this morning

Two prisoners were hanged publicly in Robat Karim (near Tehran) early this morning Thursday June 28. According to the Mehr news agency one of the prisoners was convicted of drug trafficking while the other prisoner was convicted of rape. The prisoners were hanged in Davoudieh square of this city in fron of several hundred people. [...]

The Moral Foundations of Good Governance

One of the biggest differences between strong and weak states is the nature of the moral imperatives that operate in the public realm. Whereas in well-governed countries, people feel obligated to act according to certain minimum ethical standards, in badly governed countries they do not. There are many reasons for this divergence, most notably differences [...]

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