Hot water: Treasure hunters vs the lawPosted: 26 November, 2020 Filed under: Ross Booth | Tags: artefacts, Colombia, Convention, country of origin, international law, international treasure hunting organisation, National Heritage Recourses Act, Odyssey Marine Exploration, shipwrecks, sunken fortunes, treasure hunting, UNESCO Convention 1 Comment
Author: Ross Booth
LLB student, University of KwaZulu-Natal
The ocean is an enormous place. In fact, its enormity is estimated to cover an area of 361 million square metres and hold around 97% of the earth’s water. It is thus no surprise that things are sometimes lost to the gargantuan depths. However, what happens when they are found?
Modern-day treasure hunting has become a high-risk-high-reward field, but it seems that in many cases, the risk vastly outweighs the reward. Most people, infatuated by the possibility of discovering sunken fortunes, fail to realise the implications that could arise if they do. In fact, the law has made it virtually impossible to keep the entirety of one’s treasure hunting loot – if any portion at all.
Africa is bleeding: The Anglophone crisis in CameroonPosted: 4 November, 2020 Filed under: Mary Izobo | Tags: #StopCameroonViolations, 24 October 2020, Anglophone crisis, autocratic, Cameroon, democracy, discrimination, economic resources, Francophones, human rights violations, inequality, Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy Kumba, President Paul Biya, rule of law, territorial integrity Leave a comment
Author: Mary Izobo
International Human Rights Lawyer and Gender Advocate
The failure to promote the rule of law and democracy creates an environment for conflict, often exacerbated by marginalisation, discrimination, inequality and inequity. The bitterness of citizens roused by violence is usually entrenched in lack of basic services and public infrastructure, corruption, lack of personal and economic security and lack of transparency and accountability of government to its citizens. Thus, the greatest problem of African countries is their failure to protect the economic, political, social, and cultural concerns of its people. This year, 2020 has been marred by a series of human rights violations from Lagos to Kumba, Africa is bleeding.
On 24 October 2020, at least eight children were killed, and dozens wounded by a group of armed men at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy Kumba, in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. There has been a lot of attacks in Cameroon since 2016, however, these attacks have intensified dramatically.