(NIGER DELTA) LATEST: Militants’ assassinations of village chiefs weaken links to the central government, said Marsadou Soumaila, the top government official in Ouallam said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.10: Before dawn that day, gunmen approached on motorbikes across the surrounding scrubland. Their target: Boubacar Lawey, the 95-year-old village chief who walked with a cane and for 55 years had settled local disputes, collected taxes and registered births and deaths…..

#AceDailyNews says according to Reuters extremists have targeted African village leaders in wave of assassinations and scrawled onto a cement gravestone in the village of Tchombangou is the date when the calm of the remote community in southwest Niger was shattered: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

DIVISION: Militants’ assassinations of village chiefs weaken links to the central government, said Marsadou Soumaila, the top government official in Ouallam, Niger.  REUTERS/Edward McAllister
REUTERS/Edward McAllister

While residents slept, the men led Lawey a short way from the village and shot him dead.

Lawey wasn’t the only local leader they were after. A West African affiliate of Islamic State killed or abducted the chiefs of at least three other nearby villages that day, said Marsadou Soumaila, the top government official in the department of Ouallam, where the attacks took place. 

“That day, the war started between us,” said Lawey’s son, Moumouni Boubacar.

The ambushes were part of rapidly growing violence by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahel, a band of arid terrain south of the Sahara Desert. In the past four years, thousands of people have been killed in attacks in three Sahel countries – Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, conflict data show. France, the United States and neighboring countries have deployed thousands of troops to try to secure the area. Millions have been displaced and thousands of schools have shut, as these groups strive to win control of rural communities and rid the region of international forces.

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published: Oct.10: 2021:

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LIBYA: ‘ Boat Carrying 250 African Migrants Capsizes Drowning Dozens ‘

#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens, according to a spokesman of Libya’s coast guard.

Qassim Ayoub said that Libyan coast guards were retrieving dozens of bodies still floating 18 kilometres off the coast in the Tajoura district, AP reported.

Thirty-six African migrants, including three women – one of them pregnant – were rescued Monday.

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UNITED NATIONS: ' Call for Greater Protection Under Human Rights for Journalists Reporting in War-Torn and Extremist Countries '

#AceNewsServices – September 02 – Journalists covering conflicts must be afforded the highest degree of protection, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts said today, adding that the recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations of media professionals around the world must be condemned.

“The prevailing impunity for attacks on civilians, including journalists, encourages perpetrators to believe that they will never be held to account for their grave crimes,” they warned in a news release.

“We call for improved international protection for anyone engaged in journalism, especially during conflict situations.”

Stressing that journalists must be ensured the highest degree of protection by States and non-State actors, the rights voiced outrage at the recent execution of American journalist James Foley by the militant group known as the Islamic State (IS).

They also expressed deep concern at the fate of at least seven other journalists and members of the media believed to be held captive by the group in Syria.

“Journalists covering armed conflicts do not lose their status as civilians; they are not participants in the conflicts they cover. As such, they continue to be protected by the applicable guarantees under human rights law and international humanitarian law,” said the experts.

“Attacks against journalists covering conflicts victimize individuals first and foremost, but they also harm us all,” they added. “But attacks also deter and sometimes prevent journalists from exercising their right to seek and disseminate information. Attacks deprive all of us of the right to know and to access information about critical situations around the world.”

The experts called for an “open and committed dialogue” among governments, non-State groups, journalists and other interested parties in order to strengthen protections to promote the safety and respect for those reporting on a conflict, especially to ensure that those responsible for such violence are held accountable.

The experts issuing the call are: the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatoviæ; the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Catalina Botero Marino; and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Faith Pansy Tlakula.

Source: UN News Centre


#african, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #syria, #united-nations, #united-nations-special-rapporteur

` Meeting of European Union and African Foreign Ministers ` Urmas Paet ' said EU must to settle CAR to prevent Conflict Escalating '

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – April 01 – Today in Brussels, at the meeting of European Union and African foreign ministers, foreign minister Urmas Paet said that the European Union must settle on the launch of the Central African Republic operation as soon as possible, in order to prevent the conflict from escalating.

“The current crisis situation in the Central African Republic explicitly shows the need for cooperation with international forces,” Paet said. “Failure to stop escalation of the conflict may result in a real threat of genocide developing in the Central African Republic,” he added.

Paet stated that Estonia recognises the work done so far by France and the African Union to help alleviate the situation in the country. “Estonia has chosen to contribute up to 55 members of their Defence Forces for the European Union’s military operation,” he said.

Foreign minister Urmas Paet expressed hope that under the leadership of interim president Catherine Samba-Panza, the security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic will improve.

The entire 4.6 million population of the Central African Republic has been effected by the crisis. People have no access to health care and there is a shortage of food. There are about 700 000 internal refugees and nearly 250 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.

The African Union’s MISCA operation and the French Sangaris operation are currently operating in the Central African Republic.

The European Union and African foreign ministers also discussed Africa’s wider security concerns and the ability of European countries to contribute to the preparation and training of security forces, since Africa’s sense of ownership in regulating the continent’s tensions is considered essential.

Estonian military personnel participated in the European Union Training Mission in Mali, which was Estonia’s first ever military involvement in Africa.

Courtesy of Press Release – http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/node/19618


#africa, #africas, #african, #african-union, #brussels, #car, #central-african-republic, #estonia, #european-union, #france

` Oscar Pistorius: ` Murder Trial has been Adjourned until April 7 due to Illness of the one of the Legal Assistant's'

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – PRETORIA – March 28 – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until Friday until April 7.

The South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand on that day in his own defence.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for more than a week due to the illness of one of the legal assistants, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors are arguing the 27-year-old deliberately killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year by firing four rounds from a 9mm pistol through a closed toilet door.

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#AceGuestNews and Views Brendan Cole VOR Two centuries…

#AceGuestNews and Views – Brendan Cole – VOR

Two centuries on from the abolition of slavery, the slave trade continues to make headlines. A coalition of 14 Caribbean heads of state is considering endorsing a proposal to seek financial reparation for 400 years of slavery. Martyn Day is a senior UK lawyer, who is one of those who have drawn up an action plan to try and bring a claim to the International Criminal Court next year.

The nations involved argue that a legacy of illiteracy, poor health and limited social opportunities in the region is a direct consequence of the centuries of Human trafficking.

Day explained that they were approached by the prime minister of St Vincent about helping them with the issue after they achieved compensation for the Mau Mau tortured by the British in Kenya in the 1950’s.

They agreed there was no prospect of a case for injuries suffered in the same way as with the Mau Mau, so the case is about the damage being suffered today.

“Even now in 2014, the Caribbean suffers a lot from what happened during the slave era,” he says. “Issues such as health, education, social welfare. The Caribbean nations have been hamstrung by their past. We would be saying to countries like Britain, France, Netherlands and other countries that they should play a role in trying to recompense and assist the Caribbean nations in trying to come into the 21st century.”
We pointed out that some of them may not agree.

“Of course, but we benefited massively from the money that was being made out of slaves back in the 16th, 17th, 18th century and at the same time we were handicapping both the African and Caribbean states.

#AceGuestViews of Brendan Cole


Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_03_10/Slavery-UK-lawyers-assist-14-Caribbean-nations-in-push-for-ICC-claim-5832/

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` Boat Smuggling `African Immigrants ‘ capsizes off ` Beer Ali’ ioff Yemen’s Southern Coastline’

#AceWorldNews says that forty-two illegal migrants have drowned after their boat capsized off Yemen’s southern coast late on Sunday, AFP reports, citing the country’s defence ministry.

The boat smuggling dozens of African migrants “overturned off the coast of Beer Ali,” in the southern Shabwa province, the ministry said in a brief statement on its news website 26sep.net.

At least 30 others were saved by Yemeni naval patrol in the Arabia Sea and taken to a refugee camp in the town of Mayfaa.


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` World Bank postpones $90 million loan for `Ugandan's Health System’ because of law on Homosexuality'

#AceWorldNews says the World Bank announced on Thursday that it had postponed a $90 million loan payment intended for Uganda’s health system because of the African country’s new law that declares anyone convicted of homosexuality could be imprisoned for life.

It is rare for the poverty-fighting agency to make a political stand, yet President Jim Yong Kim told employees that the World Bank is against all forms of discrimination.

The law has angered western countries to the point that Uganda, already among the world’s poorest countries, has seen donations from Norway and Denmark suspended.

The World Bank still has a portfolio of projects in the African country worth $1.56 billion.


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