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  3. Thousands of Zimbabweans 'deemed stateless'

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Grandmother sitting with her two grandchildren who are at risk of becoming stateless because their mother has been rendered stateless due to lack of identity documents
    Image caption: These children, sitting with their grandmother, do not have birth certificates as their mother was declared stateless

    Thousands of Zimbabweans are struggling to access education, healthcare and housing because they have been classed as stateless, Amnesty International says.

    The rights group’s report - We Are Like “Stray Animals” - details how Zimbabwean nationality laws have left generations of migrant workers and their families marginalised in the only country they have ever called home.

    Survivors of the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s - one of the bloodiest episodes of former President Robert Mugabe’s rule - are also locked out of citizenship, it says.

    This is because they cannot provide the death certificates for relatives, which are required to prove Zimbabwean nationality.

    Parents are denied birth certificates for their children if they cannot present their own, leaving their children facing precarious futures.

    “Without the necessary identity documents, many stateless children are unable to access education. Those who do attend school are often forced to drop-out, or prevented from sitting their final exams,” the report said.

    Amnesty International is calling on the Zimbabwean government to ensure the registration and restoration of Zimbabwean nationality to all those entitled to it, as provided for under the constitution, including all those born and raised in Zimbabwe to foreign parent.

    Approximately 300,000 Zimbabweans are currently at risk of statelessness, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    Lack of official data means that the exact number is unknown.

  4. UN to set up ceasefire team for Libya

    Alan Johnston

    Middle East editor, BBC World Service

    The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on Libya that envisages the setting up of a team of ceasefire monitors.

    Up to 60 observers would operate from within the existing UN mission in the country.

    The resolution praised the progress that has recently been made in Libya, after years of conflict.

    A UN-brokered process has installed a new government that's been tasked with uniting the country, and preparing for elections in December.

  5. Dynamq's mission to give South Sudan its own beat

    DJ Edu

    This Is Africa

    Dynamq
    Image caption: Dynamq has gone from child refugee to reggae star

    It’s hard enough to forge a successful career as a musician anywhere, but how much more so when you’re from Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan? Kennedy O Lorya, better known as Dynamq, is getting there.

    After a dramatic escape from the civil war as a child, he fell in love with Jamaican reggae and dancehall music in a Kenyan refugee camp, and is now sharing a stage with the likes of Damian Marley, Beenie Man and Busy Signal.

    He’s also intent upon supporting his fellow artists in South Sudan and creating a distinct contemporary sound for the country.

    The country has very little infrastructure of any kind, and as Dynamq told me, when it comes to music it’s pretty much virgin territory:

    Quote Message: Different parts of South Sudan have different sounds but one of the problems we face is that we never recorded anything, we never took down notes of all this stuff, so we don’t have a history like that.
    Quote Message: We just have to go to the villages and hear what they’re singing and that’s what we’re trying to build from. Basically there’s like a blank paper right now for the South Sudan music."

    Dynamq has invented something he calls ruka music.

    Quote Message: Ruka means your own style and it’s really picking up back home, everybody’s like, ‘Ruka music, ruka music!'
    Quote Message: So ruka music is the genre we’re trying to build, but we’re still in the beginning stages.
    Quote Message: It’s like a mixture of everything I’ve been through musically from Kenyan influence, my American influence, the Caribbean influence, and of course growing up in Africa you know Congolese music is like our backbone.
    Quote Message: I’m trying to take all those elements and put it together with a South Sudan feel to it."

    You can hear my interview with Dynamq on This is Africa this weekend, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa and online.

  6. Rwandan woman deported from US over genocide role

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Béatrice Munyenyezi being escorted by US immigration officers - date unknown
    Image caption: Béatrice Munyenyezi lived in the US for over a decade before her arrest and trial

    A woman who won political asylum in the US after hiding her and her family's role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide has been deported to Rwanda after serving a 10-year jail sentence for lying.

    Béatrice Munyenyezi was stripped of her US citizenship after she was convicted in 2013 - she had already spent nearly two years in custody.

    She had settled in the US in 1998 with her three daughters, saying she had been persecuted in Rwanda.

    About 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were slaughtered in Rwanda in 100 days in 1994 by Hutu extremists, many of whom later fled the country.

    Prosecution witnesses had told of how Munyenyezi had inspected identity cards at a notorious roadblock where ethnic Tutsis were singled out for slaughter.

    She had also denied affiliation with any political party when she applied for asylum, despite her husband being a leader of the Interahamwe militia - the youth wing of the then-governing MRND.

    The 51-year-old is expected to be arrested on her arrival home and charged over her role in the genocide.

    Her husband, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, and her mother-in-law, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, who was a government minister, were both found guilty in 2011 by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for their role in the genocide and are serving long prison sentences.

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