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Nigerian Army and allegations of human rights abuses 

    Col. Sagir Musa   Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person  in the world, from birth until death. These rights are fundamental, inalienable, natural and lawful and are attached to human existence. They are based on shared values like dignity, equality, fairness, respect and independence irrespective of

US, China at odds over UN push to fund African peacekeeping

A push at the United Nations to secure financing for peace operations led by the African Union won strong backing from China on Tuesday but the United States poured cold water on the proposal. Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast - the three African members of the Security Council - have

CAR: Dozens killed in attack on refugee shelter

  More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in Central African Republic (CAR), in an attack on a Catholic mission sheltering 20,000 refugees, according to a regional legislator. The violence in the town of Alindao, some 300km east of the capital, Bangui, began on Thursday when Christian militiamen known as "Anti-balaka"

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after nine years

The United Nations (UN) has lifted its sanctions on Eritrea, nine years after they were imposed. This decision was reached on during a meeting of the UN Security Council which follows a rapprochement between Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia in recent months. In 2009, the UN imposed a nationwide arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze on

Zaki-Ibiam, Odi: Group urges UN, ICC to Probe Obasanjo, Danjuma

The Good Governance Advocacy Project, a civil society organization, has called on the United Nations and International Criminal Court to investigate, prosecute and convict former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile Minister of Defence TY Danjuma, for their alleged involvement in war crimes and other offenses against humanity that took place

56,800 dead and missing: The hidden toll of migration

As migration rises worldwide, so has its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys. Barely counted in life, these migrants rarely register in death — almost as if they never lived at all. A growing number of migrants have drowned, died in deserts

Child soldiers of South Sudan

by Andreea Campeanu On the red, dusty ground in Yambio, under a large mango tree, a group of 30 girls and boys, some wearing military clothes and some with guns next to them, sit in the shade eating biscuits while waiting for the start of the ceremony to release them from the army. The

UN Climate report warns time running out

Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the UN said Monday in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert disaster. Earth's surface has warmed one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) -- enough to lift

UN@73: An agenda for permanent peace in the Middle East (open letter)

• H.E., Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador) President of the United Nations General Assembly The Ecuadoran Permanent Mission to UN 760 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan New York City, New York, USA • H.E., Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres (Portugal) Secretary General of the United Nations The UN Headquarters, First Avenue, 46th Street New York, NY 10017, USA • H.E., Ambassador

Intersociety schools Dambazau, Ige on Arms proliferation figures in Nigeria, Africa

•Urges FG to ascertain a verifiable number of illicit SAWL in circulation •Said its  4.5 million not 350 million as claimed   Tunde Alana The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has lampooned Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau (rtd) and Nigerian-born Country Director of UNREC, Mrs. Olatokunbo