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Global Report 23 February 2010

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Published on Feb 22, 2010

Operation Moshtarak biggest military operation against Taliban

"The biggest military operation against Taliban elements named Operation Moshtarak in the southern province of Helmand continues with minor sporadic resistance from the Taliban militants. The operation is led by Nato and Afghan forces with over 15000 forces taking part. As the operation enters into the second half of its first week, major gains have been claimed by the NATO forces. The operation hasnt been easy; however, it hasnt been as difficult as it had been expected earlier. The operation targets the strong holds of Taliban Militants in the districts Marjah and Nad-e-Ali. The aim of the operation is to rid Marjah of militancy and drugs traffickers and then hand it over to Afghan police before establishing a civil administration for the area."

Hybrid court to handle war atrocities in Darfur

Since the International Criminal Court issued a warrant of arrest against Sudan's president Omar Al-Bashir in connection with atrocities committed in the country, and the recent move by ICC in which the president is also likely to face genocide charges, serious concerns have been raised over the future of the country and especially at a time when a referendum on South secession from North is awaited. On one hand, the UN is opposed to the independence saying it could stir secessionist sentiments across Africa and reignite civil war in the country itself. The African Union implementation Panel for Sudan however prefers a hybrid court to handle the atrocities committed in Darfur. The hybrid court could inspire confidence among Sudanese people according to the panel, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who heads the panel has so far met president Mwai Kibaki and his predecessor Moi over Sudan since Kenya played a key role in brokering a peace deal for the country in 2005. The implementation of the Sudan's peace agreement has been slow, but the panel is seeking support from countries neighboring Sudan in the realization of its stability.


Rights activists demand a ban on polygamy in Uganda

If man and woman are equal, why then should a man be allowed to have several wives while a woman can only have one husband? This is the question the Constitutional Court will answer after listening to a submission from a human rights organisation, Mifumi Uganda, that wants the polygamous marriages declared unconstitutional. The Mifumi activists, say polygamy undermines the wellbeing of women, making them prone to diseases the man might pick and pass on from other women. They mention that it is also a waste of resources that would otherwise be spent on the one wife in the home contrary to the provisions of the Constitution. The activists say they have travelled widely, including visiting Muslim countries, and discovered that polygamy is often denounced and not accepted by families and communities. They therefore want the Islamic law that allows men to marry more than one wife checked as well. Basing on this, the activists also want the practice of paying bride price and all other laws supporting polygamy declared unconstitutional.


Homicide rates fall in Mexico City

Decapitated bodies dumped on the streets, drug-war shootings and regular attacks on police have obscured a significant fact: A falling homicide rate means people in Mexico are less likely to die violently now than they were more than a decade ago. It also means tourists as well as locals may be safer than many believe. Mexico City's homicide rate today is about on par with Los Angeles and is less than a third of that for Washington, D.C. Mexico's homicide rate has fallen steadily from a high in 1997 of 17 per 100,000 people to 14 per 100,000 in 2009, a year marked by an unprecedented spate of drug slayings concentrated in a few states and cities. The national rate hit a low of 10 per 100,000 people in 2007. By comparison, Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have homicide rates of between 40 and 60 per 100,000 people.

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