Johannesburg – CAGE Africa today launches its first chapter of the Africa Review, a series of in-depth country guides on how the War on Terror has affected Muslims and justice in eight countries on the African continent.

The Review provides a glance at how legislation, policing and society has been affected by the US-led ‘War on Terror’, and in turn how these changes have violated the rule of law and resulted in grave injustices.

An important resource for journalists, human rights defenders and all those interested in gaining a deeper look into how the global war is being meted out on the ground in Africa, the Review will be published country by country, month by month until the end of the year.

Karen Jayes, spokesperson for CAGE Africa, said:

“When researching the project, we came to realise how the ‘War on Terror’ has corrupted justice from country to country. From violating the rule of law through broad legislation, to giving free reign to police to target Muslim communities, to disappearances and torture, the influence of United States global policy has been overwhelmingly negative, worsening existing conflict, disrupting religious harmony, and often fueling extremism.”

“Through this Review it has become blatantly clear that the solution to our current global crises lies not in more weaponry and discriminatory legislation, but on less of these things, in favour of more open, trusting relations between people, and negotiation between opposing groups. There also needs to be an honest evaluation of how current government policies are not benefiting all, and courageous policy change needs to take place to bring about more equitable societies. This is the road to peace.”

Read the first chapter on Ethiopia by downloading it from our shop here.


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