Tag: Niger

Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Niger to stop persecuting journalist Baba Alpha

Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Niger to stop persecuting journalist Baba Alpha

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK, United States of America The Nigerien Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Nigerien authorities to reverse the expulsion of Journalist Baba Alpha, and ensure his safety. Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency Bonferey, was released by  authorities on April 3, after serving a one year jail term.   Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job "Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job," said Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator. She adds that"Nigerien authorities sho
UN experts urge Niger Government to swiftly adopt strategy on internal displacement

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

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, REST OF THE WORLD
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
Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa

Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa

AFRICA, EUROPE
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region. The current upgrade reinforces all fields of the Belgian foreign policy in a comprehensive approach: bilateral cooperation, diplomacy, development cooperation, defence, security and justice. It will make it easier to align all these polici...