News Round Up 29/09/17

29 September 2017


Newly-arrived Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Burma into Bangladesh, walk towards the nearest refugee camp at Teknaf (Dar Yasin/AP)



  • U.S. state of Michigan recognizes Karabakh independence – Michigan became the 8th U.S. state to recognize the independent Republic of Artsakh. “The Michigan Senate vote for Artsakh independence represents a resounding reaffirmation of our enduring American commitment to democratic self-determination and an equally powerful blow against Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s ongoing aggression against this peaceful republic,” said ANC of Michigan Chair Lara Nercessian.


Baroness Cox at the Lady Cox Rehabilitation Centre in Nagorno-Karabakh


Surrendered Boko Haram Islamic militants are loaded onto an aircraft by the Nigerian military to be taken to a rehabilitation centre in Gombe where they reportedly are to begin a de-radicalization process, in Maiduguri, Nigeria (Photo: Usuf Osman, European Pressphoto Agency)

South Sudan

A view of the Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan (Photo UN/JC McIlwaine)


Washington kept sanctions on Sudan in place largely due to Darfur conflict. (Middle East Online)

Timor Leste

  • Our HART Blog this week looks at the Moringa plant – an internationally recognised agent in alleviating problems of malnutrition. The nutritious plant has already helped to combat malnutrition in Haiti and Zambia, and there are hopes it can be introduced in Timor Leste. Timor Leste still has the third highest levels of stunting and wasting in children, and 70% of the population are living at subsistence level.
  • Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus Pires, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United Nations, addressed the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session and hailed Timor Leste as a great success of UN peacebuilding missions and “living proof of the United Nations’ ability to save lives and help make the world a safe place”.
The nutritional value of a Moringa leaf (Source: Feng Shui London)


  • In a new initiative to reduce to spread of HIV, The Ugandan Ministry of Health has agreed to allow the Uganda Harm Reduction Network (UHRN) and Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU) to pilot the country’s first legal needle-syringe programme (NSP) in the country.  NSPs are a harm reduction initiative whereby sterile needles and syringes are provided to people who inject heroin and other drugs.
Contents of an NSP kit (Stock image: Wikimedia)


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