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January 8th, 2020

Queen’s Speech Debate 07/01/2019: Baroness Cox Question on Nigeria

Debate Question: Baroness Cox

My Lords, Her Majesty’s gracious Speech affirmed the UK’s commitment to “work closely with international partners to help solve the most complex international security issues and promote peace and security globally.” That was a very important commitment, yet I deeply regret that I have personally witnessed how, in Nigeria, British foreign policy has caused more harm than good....

January 8th, 2020

Written Questions & Answers from Baroness Caroline Cox 07/01/2019

Syria

Question: Baroness Cox

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 October (HL17990), what further steps they have taken to minimise the impact on civilians of sanctions imposed on Syria....

December 3rd, 2019

Country Briefings: September – November 2019

In the countries where our partners work, human rights issues, political events and humanitarian crises rarely reach international headlines. Thus, we have put together briefings sourcing the latest humanitarian reports and news from the past three months in Burma, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria....

November 29th, 2019

The return of the Okukor

  European colonial rule in Africa has been a controversial topic for all parties involved, and recently the issue of looted artefacts has come to the forefront of discussion. Valuable pieces were looted from their African homes, and since their independence in 1960, Nigeria has sought for their return, with very little success, until now....

November 25th, 2019

Baroness Cox says, Britain must stop ignoring Christian prosecution in Nigeria

It has been five years since Nigeria’s Islamist Fulani herdsmen insurgency began. Thousands of civilians have been killed. Hundreds of Christian churches have been burned to rubble. Entire communities have been forced to abandon their homes and farmland....

November 22nd, 2019

Nollywood: An African Goldmine

In 1992, Nigeria’s film industry was born. In 2002, a journalist from The New York Times published an article which coined the term, Nollywood. Since 1992, Nollywood has grown an enormous amount, producing around 50 films per week! This makes it the second largest global film industry, just behind Bollywood, but above Hollywood....

November 18th, 2019

Mental Health: How a lack of education & funding has led to the inhumane care of mental health suffers

Globally, poor mental health has become a very prevalent issue in the past five years. In 2018, one Nigerian hospital in Lagos saw a 22% increase of new patients being admitted due to mental health conditions and a 50% increase in the number of patients struggling with substance abuse....

November 13th, 2019

Nigerian armed forces release 86 more children from inhamane detention centres

In our latest blog, we touched upon the unjust detention of children who are suspected of being members of the extremist group, Boko Haram by the Nigerian armed forces. Last week Human Rights Watch reported the positive news that 86 more children had been released from the inhumane conditions....

November 11th, 2019

An Education Crisis: why are so many Nigerian children missing out on school?

Out of almost 83 million under 15 years olds in Nigeria, 13.2 million are out of school. UNICEF found that one in every five children out of school globally are from Nigeria. Currently in Nigeria, 94.7 million people are living in extreme poverty (living on under $1.90 per day) and education is one essential tool for anyone, anywhere to have an opportunity to escape it....

November 1st, 2019

The rise of deadly extremism in Nigeria

Violence has been rife in Nigeria for over 30 years. However the combination of a growing population and a mix of weather related factors has lead to a significant increase in ethnoreligious attacks in the last decade. Northern Nigeria and the middle-belt have been sieged as Hausa ethnicity dominated regions and heavily dominated by groups such as Boko Haram and other militant Islam groups....
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