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Campaigns

Campaigns

ROAPE is committed to supporting radical and progressive movements on the continent. We support popular and democratic movements and individuals who have been targeted by authoritarian and oppressive measures. Here we provide information about campaigns on the continent and how we can build practical solidarity.

  • Far from being a vehicle to advance higher education in the country, Egypt’s military regime wants to use the collaboration with UK universities to provide cover to a deeply repressive human rights record. Anne Alexander argues that the credibility of UK universities helps to hide the constant abuse of academic freedoms in Egypt....

  • Bettina Engels writes about the murder of two activists in Burkina Faso. The activists were well known for campaigning against mining in the province of Yagha in the North East of the country.  For years the region has been a hotspot of artisanal mining and conflicts between residents, the mining company and state security forces. Using the fight against ‘Islamic terrorism’, the government is frequently targeting activists. ROAPE appeals to our readers for solidarity and any form of support in the campaign to expose the murderers....

  • In a long-standing campaign against the activities of a gold mining company in Burkina Faso, the community has mounted consistent resistance to forced removals, repression, arbitrary arrests and the devastation of livelihoods. In this appeal for solidarity we ask our readers to support the community with any form of support. ...

  • Outsourcing is a key pillar of neoliberalism and it has devastated working conditions in public services and universities across the world. In Africa such practices have been part of the long-running restructuring of economies and states. Yet, the continent has also been at the cutting edge of campaigns against outsourcing. In South Africa, for example, in recent years the campaigns to decolonise higher education, end privatisation and scrap fees have also demanded and secured an end to outsourcing......

  • Caroline Mwatha Ochieng was a tireless campaigner against police brutality and illegal arrests in Kenya, and she was involved in documenting these cases. Through the documentation of these systematic injustices, Caroline was exposed to police harassment and threats but she never gave up and continued to fight for social justice. Earlier this month she was murdered. Campaigner and Kenya social justice activist, Gacheke Gachihi celebrates her life....

  • Kenyan doctors have been on strike since 5 December last year. Judy Karagania, a doctor involved in the campaign, writes for roape.net about a vital fight for Kenya’s public health care system. The government, she writes, refuses to properly fund doctors salaries amid collapsing public hospitals, rising living costs and concessions to private medicine. ...

  • Gary Littlejohn introduces the Mozambique News Reports and Clippings, distributed and collated by Joseph Hanlon. ROAPE will regularly post Hanlon’s reports. By Gary Littlejohn The latest issue of Mozambique News Reports and Clippings, No. 335, distributed by Joseph Hanlon, shows that the drought induced by the last El Niño event is by no means Mozambique’s only problem. There are large numbers of food insecure people in Mozambique, as in other parts of Africa. Firstly, there is the fact (covered in an earlier edition of this newsletter) that negotiations between Frelimo and Renamo are in limbo, with the international mediators having ‘paused’ them owing to apparently irreconcilable positions taken by each side. Neither side was reportedly willing to consider a compromise document drafted by the mediators, who have now left the country. Meanwhile, low level fighting continues between Renamo and government forces, with considerable consequences for......

  • By Issa Shivji, Director, Nyerere Resource Centre (NRC) and Idris Kikula, Vice Chancellor, University of Dodoma & Member, Steering Committee, NRC. Since 2012 three colleagues – Issa Shivji, Saida Yahya-Othman and Ng’wanza Kamata – all former or current academics of the University of Dar es Salaam, have been conducting research in a project of writing a comprehensive and authoritative biography of Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. As you all know, the existing biographies are either outdated, do not cover the whole of Mwalimu’s lifetime, or are not analytical and comprehensive. The three researchers were fortunate to interest the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) to fund the research. During the course of the research, spanning over four years, the researchers have collected enormous archival and secondary material and conducted over 100 interviews which exist in both audio and transcript form. From the inception of the project,......

  • Gold Fields Ghana's development agreement with the government of Ghana is illegal because it grants the international mining giant royalty and corporate tax rates more favourable than those set out in the relevant legislation, says Dr. Yao Graham, coordinator of Third World Network....

  • A community leader opposed to mining in a coastal area in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe, was murdered in the evening of 22 March. The murder draws in the Australian mining company MRC, its South African subsidiary TEM and the South African government, police and ruling party. ...

  • ROAPE Online is shocked and saddened by the news about the murder of Giulio Regeni, an activist and a PhD student at Cambridge University working on the Egyptian new labour movement. Giulio’s murder is a stark reminder of both the dangers and the importance of research which is politically committed to economic and social justice. ...

  • ROAPE supports the campaign of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and EuroMed Rights to gather public support for the release of Egyptian activists currently held in prison....

  • Following the ridiculous case against Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze on 16 September all charges were dropped and both men were acquitted. Here we include a brief update and links for further campaigning....

  • Since the middle of October 2015 students at universities across South Africa have been protesting over three issues. Ashley Fataar writes how by November universities across the country were witnessing protests unprecedented since the fall of racial apartheid in 1994. Listed here are some of the campaigns that have come out of these protests....

  • Well-known public intellectual Dr. Castel-Branco and a national newspaper editor Mr. Fernando Mbanze were due to go on trial in Mozambique at the end of August, charged with insulting the then President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza in 2014. Gary Littlejohn explains the background and why they need our support. ...