HART News Round-up 26/02/16

26 February 2016

News from HART

  • Baroness Cox has returned from her visits to Australia and East Timor.
  • The HART team looks forward to receiving the last of the entries for the HART Prize for Human Rights competition with a quickly approaching deadline of 11.59pm tonight.
  •  The job vacancy for the position of Finance Manager at HART is still open. Application deadline is on 7th March.


  • A female-only self-defense training center was launched in Rangoon on Wednesday with the aim of teaching women how to protect themselves when faced with sexual harassment, transforming potential victims into great opponents for any aggressor. In an increasingly unsafe society, Burmese women are often discouraged from going out in public alone and are incited to stay home. The Myanmar Women’s Self Defense Center aims to empower women with a course that will include six sessions in self-defence skills, including one briefing concerning Burmese laws related to women.




  • Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern Nigeria has left almost 6,500 children severely malnourished in IDP camps. Furthermore, about 450 children died of malnutrition in 28 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Borno state in 2015 .
  • The Nigerian army has established an office for human rights in Abuja to continue training officers about the need to respect the rights of citizens in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
  • Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has alleged that there are politicians in Nigeria who supported the activities of the Boko Haram sect in their lust for power.

South Sudan 

  • Vice President James Wani Igga has called for troops everywhere in South Sudan to stop fighting, saying the ongoing violence is breeding suspicion about whether the parties are genuinely committed to peace. He said, “There is need for us in South Sudan to totally cease fire, according to the agreement, everywhere, we must cease fire, so that we can begin to develop the trust and confidence.”
  • United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan have apologised for failure to repel an attack on a protection of civilians’ site in Malakal last week: “We are really sorry, and sorry is an understatement.” 18 civilians were killed and over 80 others injured when youths from Shilluk and Dinka Padang communities clashed at an UN Protection of Civilians site hosting nearly 50,000 civilians.
  • South Sudanese government has proposed a referendum to determine the number of states through which the country should be governed.


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