Archive for February 17th, 2022

17/02/2022

The Weaponisation of Libya’s Elections

Human Wrongs Watch

TRIPOLI, Libia, Feb 17 2022 (IPS)* – Libya was supposed to hold elections early this year. Instead, it now has two rival political administrations — a return of the divisions of the past.

Graffiti on a wall in Benghazi, Libya, calls for elections and democracy. Credit: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

Libya is entering a new cycle of its political crisis. In December 2021, a mere 48 hours before polls were supposed to open, the elections were postponed. Emad Sayah, the head of Libya’s High National Election Committee (HNEC), declared it to be a case of force majeure. He then proposed to Libya’s parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), to reschedule the elections for 24 January 2022.

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17/02/2022

Africa’s Sahel Region Facing ‘Horrendous Food Crisis’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the Sahel region “stares down a horrendous food crisis”, the UN emergency food relief chief warned on Wednesday [16 February 2022] that the number of people on the brink of starvation has “increased almost tenfold” over the past three years and “displacement by nearly 400 per cent”.

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© WFP/Cheick Omar Bandaogo | Displaced people wait in line for food distribution in Gorom-Gorom, Burkina Faso.
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The vast Sahel, which runs nearly the breadth of the continent, south of the Sahara Desert, is experiencing some of its driest conditions in years.

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