Gunmen kill 37, including children, in Niger village

Unidentified armed men have killed 37 civilians, including 14 children, in an attack on a village in southwest Niger, according to internal security service memos and a local official. The attack occurred on Monday in the commune of Banibangou, in the Tillabery region near the Malian border, where Islamist militants have massacred hundreds of civiliansContinue reading “Gunmen kill 37, including children, in Niger village”

Burkina Faso: Thousands protest against rising jihadist bloodshed

Thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Saturday, demanding a stronger response to rising jihadist bloodshed after a massacre last month killed more than 130 people. The landlocked West African country has faced increasing attacks by jihadist groups linked Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State since 2015. In the capital Ouagadougou, protestersContinue reading “Burkina Faso: Thousands protest against rising jihadist bloodshed”

World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns

The United Nations’ Human Rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to fight a severe deterioration of rights globally. “To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision — and concerted action to follow up,” Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to theContinue reading “World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns”

UN stops short of calling for global arms embargo against Myanmar

Special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns that ‘the risk of a large-scale civil war is real’ in the country following February 1 military coup. The UN General Assembly has stopped short of calling for a global arms embargo against Myanmar’s military, even as it took the rare step of urging member states to “prevent theContinue reading “UN stops short of calling for global arms embargo against Myanmar”

UN mission in Mali calls for immediate release of arrested president and PM

Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane, as well as the defence minister, were seized by the military on Monday The United Nations’ mission in Mali has called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of the country’s president and prime minister, who were detained by military officers after a cabinet reshuffle. President Bah Ndaw, the prime minister, Moctar Ouane,Continue reading “UN mission in Mali calls for immediate release of arrested president and PM”

UN Report: French Air Strike Killed 19 Civilian Wedding Party-Goers in Mali

“The majority of those hit in the strike were civilians who are protected from such attacks by international humanitarian law,” a UN report released this week noted. From above, the photographs show a stretch of charred land in the middle of the desert and a mass grave covered in dried tree branches, where people livingContinue reading “UN Report: French Air Strike Killed 19 Civilian Wedding Party-Goers in Mali”

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