Archive for September 18th, 2015

18/09/2015

‘Boko Haram Violence Displaces 1.4 Million Children in Nigeria and Beyond’

Human Wrongs Watch

The number of attacks by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries has risen, and half a million children have had to flee to safety in the past five months, bringing the total number of displaced children in the region to 1.4 million, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 18 September 2015 said.

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Children and adults in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo 

“Each of these children running for their lives is a childhood cut short,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a statement.

“It’s truly alarming to see that children and women continue to be killed, abducted and used to carry bombs,” he added.

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18/09/2015

Algeria: The Secret Service Never Die

Human Wrongs Watch

 
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**Photo: Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner | Algeria, 2008 | Presidencia de la Nación Argentina | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner | Algeria, 2008 | Presidencia de la Nación Argentina | Wikimedia Commons

In Algeria, the plot cannot even compare to the best American thriller series. Plot twists, power plays and myths – all the ingredients of a great political thriller are present and all are fed by a code of silence to give a fictional sense of the power struggles at the top echelons of the state.

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18/09/2015

Ten Weeks Ahead of Paris Climate Conference, Only 1 in 3 Countries Submits ‘Intended’ Action Plan

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December [30 November-11 December 2015]  in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue on 17 September 2015 said.

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Climate change has serious implications for agriculture and food security. Photo: FAO/L. Dematteis

Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, told a press conference at United Nations Headquarters that, to date, 62 out of 194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

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