Robbie Corey-Boulet is a freelance journalist based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He has previously worked in India, Cambodia, Kenya and Liberia. He can be found on Twitter at @robbiecb31.
Articles written by Robbie Corey-Boulet
A Cameroonian court’s overturning of the conviction of two men accused of homosexuality was a rare victory for gay rights in Africa. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries, and several are considering bills to strengthen existing anti-gay legislation. Despite the U.S. State Department’s recent statements of support for gay rights internationally, efforts to combat such legislation come with a host of risks. more
Last week marked the opening of the first trial related to Côte d’Ivoire’s recent bout of postelection violence. Eighteen months after the conflict ended, political divisions have largely thwarted efforts at national reconciliation. The beginning of the justice process is seen as a potential catalyst for progress. So far, however, the scales of domestic justice have been blatantly one-sided. more
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to West Africa this week to highlight the Obama administration’s efforts to promote democratic institutions and credible elections. But in Liberia, a staunch ally that receives more than $200 million annually in American foreign assistance, the conversation prior to the visit concerned the U.S. effort to combat the criminalization of homosexuality overseas. more
As she seeks a second term in tomorrow's election, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's chances could hinge largely on whether voters believe she has kept her promise to improve living conditions for ordinary Liberians. Looking back on the past six years, few would dispute that there have been significant gains. But it remains to be seen whether this is the type of progress that can ensure her re-election.more
For observers and advocates of the International Criminal Court, the Feb. 26 U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Libya was nothing short of a breakthrough: It marked the first time a decision to refer crimes to the ICC was backed by all members -- including the United States, which has been openly hostile to the court for much of its existence. Can the U.S. now be counted among the court's staunch allies? more