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UN’s mandate to protect human rights takes another hit

Thalif Deen The UN’s longstanding mandate to promote and protect human rights worldwide –- undermined recently by right-wing nationalist governments and authoritarian regimes – has taken another hit. The Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says six of the UN’s 10 treaty bodies are being forced to

Vigilante groups urged to protect Muslim worshippers during mid-night prayers

Garba Sara As Muslims set to commence mid night prayers otherwise known as 'Tahajjud' in the last 10 days of the Holy Islamic month of Ramadan, members of Islamic Aid Organizations and other vigilante groups in Bauchi state have been charged to provide adequate security at mosques against social miscreants. The charge

Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities to raise ‘self-defence Army’ against Boko Haram, herdsmen 

Say both groups are linked with same agenda Vow to defend homelands Warn ‘Audu Ogbeh should relocate to Katsina after tenure’     Nosa Enobhayisobo   The Nigerian ethnic groupings, especially those from the northern part of the country under the aegis of Ethnic Nationalities Defence Organisation (ENDO), have vowed to fend off

Human Rights: DHQ to produce rules of engagement for Nigerian Armed Forces

Senator Iroegbu The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has set up Committee to establish Rules of Engagement (RoE) for the Nigerian Armed Forces to uphold human rights in accordance with the global best practices. To this end, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) will

Arrest of female ‘sex workers’, targeted violence against women—WANEP

•Demands urgent action against assaults on women in Abuja Senator Iroegbu The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP-Nigeria has expressed concern the arbitrary arrests and detention of women and allegations of sexual assault and rape by security agents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The National Coordinator, WANEP-Nigeria, Mrs. Brigdet Osakwe, in

IPCR, HCF sign MoU to tackle xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and Hybury Consulting Firm (HCF) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to tackle xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. The MoU was signed in Abuja by the Director-General IPCR, Prof. Bakut Bakut, and the Chief Executive Officer HCF, Mr

Nigeria risks losing rescued women, girls to Boko Haram–Crisis Group

Tens of thousands either fled or were rescued since 2015 Rescued women subject to stigma and risks of sexual abuse   Jude Johnson and Ruth Olurounbi   Nigeria could lose thousands of women and girls rescued from Boko Haram Islamist militants to the insurgents all over again if they’re not properly reintegrated in

Over 5,000 children killed by explosives in Nigeria, four other conflict zones–Report

•Half of all child casualties in 2017 in Nigeria were the result of suicide attacks or IEDs •Nearly three quarters of child casualties in the world’s five deadliest wars caused by explosives  •As UK doctors launch guide for Syrian medics battling to save children's lives Senator  Iroegbu and Emma Batha (Reuters) Children in major

Threats to freedom on the rise in Nigeria, Africa–Report

Jude Johnson   There is growing threat to freedom in Africa including Nigeria where there is a stalemate over the proposed law to regulate the activities of Non-Govermental Organisations (NGOs), according to the democracy watchdog Freedom House says in a new report. The report noted that in a dozen countries across Africa, governments