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2014-12-05

Namibia: Elections 2014 Analysis

National elections were recently held in Namibia, and the results were released on December 1. The SWAPO ruling party won a landslide 80 percent, which means 77 seats of 96 in the National Assembly. The president candidate from SWAPO won the presidential election with 87 percent of the total votes.

2013-07-03

Burma: Released human rights activist still has his bag packed

U Myint Aye leads the Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters (HRDP), one of the Palme Center’s partners in Burma. For many years the organization has promoted human rights in a country where even the concept of human rights has been banned.

2013-03-06

South Africa: A film on women’s struggle for gender equality

In South Africa there is a long history of women’s struggle for equality and justice. Long before gaining full membership in the ANC in 1943, there were women standing up and protesting against the passport laws. To this day, there are still more battles to be fought. In this movie, women members of the ANC give their perspective on these questions and why they matter.

2013-03-05

South Africa: A film on women’s struggle for gender equality

- There are similarities with the struggle for non-racialism, you can’t just say black people mobilize for non-racialism, you also have to bring white people into the picture and say that you have a common future, a common responsibility to build South Africa, says Febe Potgieter, member of the ANC.

2013-01-03

Fight against corruption in higher education

Jovana Tripunovic presented how the project works to battle corruption in higher education and raise transparency and accountability of the educational systems and institutions.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

"Young people tell me that they are not being listened to when attending party meetings. Older people leave the room or talk to each other as the young speak", says Erike Tanghöj, chairs the pan-African Program for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).

2012-12-20

Ten years of peace in Angola

After decades of civil war, Angola is today a country on the rise. The Olof Palme International Center and the Swedish Social Democrats are working together with the country's Social Democratic Party, MPLA, in a project called From Bullets to Ballots. Other parties that are participating in this cooperation are the South African ANC and the Palestinian Fatah, all of whom share a common history of continued struggle against oppression and occupation.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

PYPA is  a three-year initiative (2012-2014) carried out by the Centre Party International Foundation (CIS) in cooperation with Green Forum (GF), the Christian Democratic International Center (KIC), and the Olof Palme International Center (OPC).About 120 young African politicians from eleven countries are participating.

2012-12-20

Learning to be heard: Seminars for Young Politicians in Africa

PYPA is  a three-year initiative (2012-2014) carried out by the Centre Party International Foundation (CIS) in cooperation with Green Forum (GF), the Christian Democratic International Center (KIC), and the Olof Palme International Center (OPC).About 120 young African politicians from eleven countries are participating.

2012-10-30

The Conflict in Western Burma Continues

Last week, 84 people, both Buddhists and Muslims, were been killed and 3 000 homes have been destroyed, according to government figures. Since the conflict broke out in June, over 100 people have been killed and over 100 000 people have been displaced.

2010-05-19

Community

We also call on the international community, particularly China, ndia, and ASEAN countries to increase pressure on the SPDC to immediately cease its violence against unarmed peaceful protesters and to commence political dialogue focused on genuine reforms. We believe that the region's muted response on Burma for the past few weeks has emboldened the regime to be violent.

2010-02-24

EU fisheries agreement a violation of international law

The EU fisheries agreement with Morocco is in violation of international law, and must be stopped. Press release from MEP Åsa Westlund (S&D), and Jens Orback, Secretary-General of Olof Palme International Center.

2009-10-10

The Co-operative changed their lives

“We women have realised our value and our men are also beginning to do so”; says Fidaa Rashid, one of the co-operative participants. The work in the co-operative takes time but Fidaa Rashid also wants to begin studying English and computers. She has three children and is expecting a fourth, and thinks it is important that her children learn about computers.

2008-12-18

The network for female politicians from Southern Africa

April 2008 saw the visit of the Southern African forum for Social Democratic women, one of the party-oriented Democracy projects at the Palme Center. These projects aim to strengthen democracy through support to organizations and political parties that work for justice, development and peace. Encouraging political participation, education and organizational development, particularly for women and youth, lay at the heart of these projects.

2008-12-18

The network for female politicians from Southern Africa

The SA network is comprised of parliamentarians from nine nations all of whom have demonstrated “that women can make a difference”. This was the second meeting of the forum where it was felt  that shared experiences and mentorship will continue to strengthen the network.

2008-10-27

Referendum or armed struggle? Africa’s last colony hands the UN an ultimatum

The silence is palpable and fills the Per Albin room at ABF House, Stockholm. The seminar is Western Sahara – Africa’s last colony. Migration under occupation. The speaker is Brahim Mokhtar, the quietly spoken Polisario representative to Sweden, Polisario being the Western Sahara’s Freedom movement. He looks spent as you would if you had just confided that you have given the United Nations an ultimatum: honor your promise and give us a referendum or expect a resumption of hostilities. This ultimatum is a warning of an imminent war and the deadline is 31st December, 2008.

2008-09-05

Xenophobia and the violent attacks in south africa

2008-09-05

Xenophobia and the violent attacks in south africa

The violent offensive against foreign migrants and minority ethnic groups in South Africa has marked 2008 as a year of apologies and shame. It is one of the most unfortunate transitional narratives of post-apartheid South Africa.

2008-07-01

Southern African Forum for Social Democratic Women

-When you educate a woman you are educating a whole nation, said Amelia Sumbana, Parliamentarian from Mozambique in her address to the Social Democratic Party at the yearly meeting. From April 10th – 19th 2008, Olle Burell of the Olof Palme Center played host to thirteen parliamentarians from Southern African, through one of the Palme Center’s democracy projects.

2008-07-01

Southern African Forum for Social Democratic Women

The goal of the project is to build up a network of female politicians in SADC (The Southern African development Community). Participants are parliamentarians from both government and opposition parties.  During their visit they met with Anna -Carin Jämtin och representatives of Stockholm Social Democratic Women. They also met Mona Sahlin, Bo Ringholm and several other Swedish Social Democrats. Study visits to important social institutions was on the programme as was a lecture on the history of the Swedish Labour movement by Anita Gradin.

2008-05-05

Years to reconstruct Rangoon

It will take at least 40 days to reinstall electrical lines. Main water supply system is damaged and the whole city cannot get any water now. A bottle of water cost 800 kts and there is no more stock now.

2008-02-13

Union Day Protest in Rangoon

The protesters gathered for about 40 minutes outside the Rangoon headquarters of the opposition National League for Democracy, where Union Day ceremonies were being held. Riot police and plain clothes security officials were deployed outside the building and took pictures of the protesters on film and video, but no arrests were made.

2007-10-11

Burma Update

As we all know, it has made a big difference when the whole world witnessed on the pictures of brutal crackdowns by the military regime on unarmed monks and protesters on the television screen.

2007-10-05

Burma - Five monastries raided last night

Many reports inform you more arrests of activists inside Burma right after the UN Special envoy Mr. Gambari left.  Actually, number of arrests had been made even while he was in the country for four days.  The military trucks going around some parts of Rangoon City and dragged away some people last night as well (3/10/07) when threats were made to those who involved in the peaceful protests.  So far, we only know that Mr. Gambari delivered a strong message to military regime's top leaders but no substance of what they discussed has yet been released or revealed.

2007-09-28

They are KIlling Again!

As much as international media across the globe is covering all happening in the country around the clock, the people in Burma have been so courageously marching on the streets knowingly they would be shot and killed while many are making sure the information reach to outside world immediately as things happen.

2007-09-20

The ETU AIDS project

– We have taken up the fight against AIDS because it impacts so deeply on the lives of poor people. We also see it as a new front of struggle and feel that the way one conducts this struggle can help to build civil society, people’s power and accountable and responsive local government, says Beatie Hofmeyr national manager at The Education and Training Unit (ETU).

2006-05-15

Namibia: The Next Election is Crucial for Change

The Namibians are a peace-loving people. The fought against the colonial power Germany, which even resorted to genocide, and against South Africa, which occupied the country after the First World War and introduced apartheid. But after victory their energy was exhausted, says Nora Schimming-Chase, National Chairperson of Namibia’s largest opposition party, the Congress of Democrats.

2008-10-27

Referendum or armed struggle? Africa’s last colony hands the UN an ultimatum

“Let us as a people have the right to say what we want. Let us have our referendum. If this doesn’t happen, I can assure you that our young people are not prepared to live as we have lived for the past 33 years. They want their freedom. If they don’t get it, they will pay the ultimate price – they will die fighting for it. “

2009-10-10

The union is a support to the enemployed

Plaxedes Chironda works at rose growers Green Valley Growers outside of Harare. The wage is one US dollar per day, but Plaxedes is glad to have a job in a Zimbabwe where more than 90 percent are unemployed.

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