The Week Ahead: 22 November – 28 November 2010

These are some of the stories coming up in the week ahead.

Protests in France and the UK, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and a high profile case in the ICC.

Today Monday the trial against Jean-Pierre Bemba starts in the Internation Criminal Court (ICC). The ex vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has five charges against him, two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes for murder, rape and pillaging. The trial is expected to go on for several months.

Protests are planned both in France and the UK, in both cases over issues that have already seen a lot of protest. In France unions have called for more action against the country’s proposed pension reform which last month was passed in the French parliament. In the UK a day of action is planned by student organisations in order to protest the increase in university tuition fees.

Thursday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and during the week a number of activities around the world are planned to commemorate the event. The day was instituted by the UN General Assembly in 1999.

Also in the news this week.

A run-off presidential election is planed in the Ivory Coast between candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara.

Finally, presidential and parliamentary elections are planned in Haiti on Sunday.