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Berlin meeting plans ANC’s centenary celebrations

The African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa will celebrate its 100th anniversary on 8th January 2012. Preparations are in full swing to mark this important year in the South African calendar. Since May 1994, the ANC has led the national cabinet in a new democratic dispensation after the demise of the apartheid system.

The centenary is a world celebration. It is an important narrative of the struggle for freedom during the 20th century. It is a recollection of the contribution of the world to the eradication of the draconian system of apartheid. It is a celebration of humanity and friendship across boundaries of race, creed, and geographical location. It is a celebrity of unity among people of the world, from all walks of life against evil; because never has the world been united in one resolute manner as it did during the struggle for freedom in South Africa.
 

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ALDE: Fight against discrimination and persecution of homosexuals

Don't use "cultural difference" to support homophobic speeches or legislation

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament has asked the EU institutions, Member States and international organisations to step up the fight against discrimination and persecution targeting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.
 

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Ashton: End violence against homosexuals

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has reaffirmed EU’s commitment “to the entitlement of all persons to enjoy the full range of human rights without discrimination.”

In a statement on behalf of the EU to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Ms. Ashton said: “Around the world, gender identity and sexual orientation continue to be used wrongly as the pretext for serious human rights violations. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons continue to be subjected to persecution, discrimination and gross ill-treatment, often involving extreme forms of violence.”
 

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Pope calls for an end to violence in Libya

Pope Benedict XVI has made a fresh call for an end to violence in Libya. The Pope said that he continues "to follow with great apprehension the dramatic armed conflict in Libya, which has caused a great number of victims and suffering above all among the civil population.”
 

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Young refugees denied student finance support

Children’s Legal Centre: “Higher education must be an experience and investment open to all”

Young people seeking asylum from countries such as Afghanistan and Iran, who have been given permission to stay in the UK because it is not safe for them to return, have had their educational prospects thrown into doubt, Children’s Legal Centre has said.

These students, who have been in the care of social services because they arrived alone without their parents or carers, used to pay the same as UK-born students for university fees and were granted access to student loans. But they have now been told they must pay the same fees as international students – and they are no longer allowed to access student loans.
 

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