Category Archives: Human rights

Wangari Maathai, in her own words – Freedom turns a corner: Part 1

The push for political pluralism: Saba Saba, live bullets and  ‘political’ trees  Today’s excerpt, the third, covers the early 1990s. Prof Maathai’s tribulations at the hands of the government continue, as she joins hands with like-minded pro-democracy forces in the struggle … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own glorious and eternal words – Fighting for freedom

The battle for Uhuru Park Unbowed: One woman’s story by Wangari Maathai This second excerpt from Prof Maathai’s autobiography above is from the chapter Fighting for freedom. Unlike the previous excerpt from Seeds of change, this one has been abridged in the … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai, in her own glorious and eternal words – Seeds of change

Unbowed: One woman’s story Were the peerless environmentalist, human rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Prof Wangari Muta Maathai, still walking among us, she would have been 73 tomorrow, April 1. Today is Christianity’s Resurrection Sunday – a fitting day to revive … Continue reading

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Missing ‘my’ Martha

I recall a fiery and courageous Martha Karua who was deep in the trenches of Kenya’s second liberation. In the dark, depressing and dangerous days of Daniel arap Moi’s dictatorship, Martha unfailingly stood, not with might and minority, but with … Continue reading

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Slavery, discrimination and inhumanity in Mauritania — Gross abuse of law

“Despite the considerable efforts of governments, civil society and the international community, we still live in a world blighted by slavery and slavery-like practices.  Millions of human beings are subjected to an existence that is almost unfathomable in its degradation … Continue reading

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Key points on Islam and slavery — Corollary to ‘The burden of being Black in Mauritania’

By its crimes against humanity through the genocide, discrimination, slavery and apartheid visited on its African citizenry, Mauritania violates three sets of human rights laws it is bound to uphold — its own national law, international legal instruments and Islamic … Continue reading

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The burden of being black–Mauritania

Slavery, genocide and disenfranchisement How is it not to know what it is like to be free? To have your every waking, sleeping and living moment and your whole life and destiny in the hands of another that owns you? … Continue reading

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