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UN expert on extreme poverty to visit Ghana from April 9-18

UN expert on extreme poverty to visit Ghana from April 9-18

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GENEVA, Switzerland The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will visit Ghana from 9 to 18 April 2018 to examine the government’s efforts to address poverty through the lens of international human rights law. “It is widely recognized that Ghana has made great strides in poverty eradication over the past two decades, but government statistics indicate that poverty is still prevalent and inequality is on the rise,” said Philip Alston Philip continues to say that it is a critical time in Ghana’s history, as the macroeconomic turbulence of the past few years is beginning to stabilize and the country is seeking its own development path. "It will be important for the government to address the rising inequality and keep human rights at the
UN experts urge Niger Government to swiftly adopt strategy on internal displacement

UN experts urge Niger Government to swiftly adopt strategy on internal displacement

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NIAMEY, Niger A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Niger to prioritise the adoption of a strategy to ensure the rights of internally displaced persons are respected following attacks by non-state armed groups in both the Diffa and Tillabery regions. These attacks have triggered a deterioration of the security situation and uprooted over 130,000 people. “Despite some positive steps taken by the Government, including the decision to develop an IDP law incorporating the provisions of the Kampala Convention into domestic law, its approach to internal displacement has largely been ad hoc,” said Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons She adds“The authorities of Niger must intensify their efforts and devot
Act decisively on challenges of Migration and Refugees says South African Speaker Mbete

Act decisively on challenges of Migration and Refugees says South African Speaker Mbete

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa Parliamentarians were well-placed to build bridges that turned country boundaries into open hearts reaching out to welcome those forced to seek refuge or a second home and it was important and urgent to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation and the global regime for migrants and refugees. “Without migration, most societies would never have achieved their current level of development,” said National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete, during her address to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly’s General Debate . The three-day General Debate, which ends today, is about “Strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based policy solutions”. Parliaments, she said, should ensure there were mechanisms to
Five Journalists arrested during Ethopia’s state of Emergency

Five Journalists arrested during Ethopia’s state of Emergency

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NAIROBI, Kenya The Committee to Protect Journalists has today  called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists. Journalists Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Befekadu Hailu, Mahlet Fantahun, and Zelalem Workagegnehu, were arrested by security forces.  According to CPJ research, all five have previously been imprisoned for their journalism. We call on Ethiopian authorities to disclose what crime they accuse these journalists of committing or release them at once Authorities have not publicly disclosed any charges against the journalists. Under the state of emergency Ethiopia declared in February, permission is needed to host large gatherings and authorities can carry out arrests without warrant, according to a report by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency
British Council partners YNaija to launch West Africa Arts Exchange

British Council partners YNaija to launch West Africa Arts Exchange

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LAGOS, Nigeria: British Council in partnership with YNaija.com  has launched the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world. It will serve as a one-stop online destination for art enthusiasts interested in learning about the African contemporary art space as expressed by creatives aged 18-35. Our work in arts create new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world The West Africa Arts Exchange will showcase artistes working in diverse art genres including music, visual arts, film/television, theatre, dance, design, fashion and gaming. The online platform is designed to progressively assess and admit talented a