Category: Human Rights

UN General Assembly elects 15 members-states into Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK–– The UN General Assembly has elected fifteen countries into the United Nations Human Rights Council. Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, and Ukraine were elected in a vote on Monday, The elected countries will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018. Among the 15 outgoing members — Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal, and Qatar — 11 members except for Botswana, the Republic of Congo, India and Indonesia were eligible...

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Nigerian president Buhari denounces Biafran secessionists, corruption

IPOB leader Nnamdi-Kanu, in white, second from left WEST AFRICA – Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend lashed out against dissenters seeking Nigeria’s “dismemberment” as the country marked its 1960 independence from Britain. The Nigerian leader also said corruption remained the African oil giant’s “number one enemy.” Buhari said, “As a young army officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about two million lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. “Those who are agitating for a rerun were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the...

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Cameroon Accused of forcibly deporting Nigerian refugees in danger

Cameroon illegally deported 100,000 Nigerian refugees seen here WEST AFRICA – Several international relief and rights organizations have accused the West Africa nation of Cameroon on Wednesday of forcibly returning some 100,000 Nigerian refugees back to hostile territories in violation of international treaties, hence, putting the vulnerable population in danger from Boko Haram Islamists. According to Human Rights Watch, “Since early 2015, the Cameroonian authorities have summarily deported at least 100,000 Nigerians living in remote border areas back to war, displacement and destitution in Nigeria’s Borno state.” Human Rights Watch said Nigerian refugees who had sought asylum within the...

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Libya deports over 100 W. African migrants to Burkina Faso

NORTH AFRICA – War torn Libya has deported about 100 immigrants from Burkina Faso and other West African states on Wednesday, Libyan authorities confirmed. “On Wednesday morning, anti-illegal immigration department of Tripoli deported 82 illegal immigrants from the Republic of Burkina Faso voluntarily,” said the official statement. With assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hundreds of African migrants have been deported voluntarily from Libya on a frequent basis. The Libyan immigration department also said all deported immigrants always return home with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Sources say Libya is a preferred point of departure for sub-Sahara African immigrants with intent and interest to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. According to internal sources questioning immigrants. Most are fleeing their homelands due to the insecurity and chaos as well as unemployment and poverty. Also, the rise of Islamic terrorists’ attacks and the gradual spread of local radicalism by groups like Boko Haram and the Al Qaeda affiliate – the AQIM -in northern Mali are some of main reasons many are leaving. According to recent IOM’s estimates, thousands of migrants have already reached European shores in 2017 so far, while many others have drowned on the...

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U.S. Begins Tough Actions on Africa, Sanctions S. Sudan’s officials

In 2016, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, endorsed then Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, Sr., over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  That does not stop the Trump’s administration from being tough on him and his rogue officials.  WASHINGTON, DC –The Trump administration has imposed sanction on few senior officials and three companies in South Sudan for what the administration considered as a deliberate attempt to obstruct peaceful co-existence. The United States in a swift action imposed sanctions on two senior government officials and a former army chief suspected of hindering peace in the country. Those affected include Information...

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Togo cut off Mobile internet, fearing its utility during opposition protests

Security forces confront protesters in Togo’s capital, Lome West Africa – The Togo’s government sanctioned its citizens with access to internet services in the past few days in an efforts to restrict social media communication as a plan opposition’s protest was being evolving. The authorities cut off Mobile internet services in the country on Thursday, where new opposition protests were planned after an enormous anti-government demonstrations across the country. On social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which were still accessible using intermittent Wi-Fi access in the Togolese capital, Lome, users urged the government to restore services...

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Boko Haram’s attacks on Nigerian villages Killed 27

Nigeria’s Army arrived on the scene after Boko Haram’s atrocities   West Africa —Boko Haram’s extremists have attacked several villages in the past week, killing 27 people, according to residents in Nigeria’s northern Borno state. A member of a self-defense group with the Nganzai local council, Modu Jialta, said the Islamic extremists arrived in villages on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people by slitting their throats and shooting them. “The bodies were buried on Friday,” he said. Mai Abatcha Monguno, commander of the Guzamala local council’s self-defense forces, told journalists that 12 other people were killed in attacks on...

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Nigerian government to Lock down media spreading hate speech

Media Houses In Nigeria under Attack by the Government, Free Speech Suppressed  West Africa–– The Nigerian government warn media houses and groups of a fierce resistance to maintain national security, unity and peace. The country’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said Thursday that the government will clamp down on any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech, The instruction was part of attempts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country, Information Minister Mohammed said at a National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “As a matter of fact, the...

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