News round-up 8/4/16

8 April 2016

News from HART

    • This week, we have been closely monitoring the escalating conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Read words from our local partners here and add a message of support for civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh here.
    • Next week is the HART Prize for Human Rights Prize Giving and Exhibition. Click here to book your free ticket for the Exhibition and Prize Giving on 12th April 2016.






  • On Tuesday, Nigerian officials gave permission for a memorial event at the school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, from where Islamist rebels abducted 276 girls two years ago. It will be held on 14 April, exactly two years since Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Secondary School.
  • Nigeria’s Defence Ministry has started a programme Operation Safe Corridor”, aimed at rehabilitating former fighters of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The programme is part of government efforts to counter the Boko Haram.
  • A prominent Nigerian jihadist and leader of a Boko Haram splinter group named Ansaru, Khalid al-Barnawi, has been arrested in Kogi state.
  • The Nigerian Army has rescued 275 people who were being held captive by Boko Haram in Borno State.
  • The United Nations says it will relocate its humanitarian coordination centre to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to enable it respond effectively to the humanitarian crisis created by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

South Sudan


  • Up to 400,000 people in Sudan may need food aid because of poor rains caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon according to a UN official.
  • United Nations sanctions monitors confirmed in their latest report the recent presence of cluster munitions in Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region in violation of a U.N. arms embargo.
  • Tensions are running high in Darfur ahead of a controversial referendum that could see the war-torn region reorganised into a single semi-autonomous zone.
  • Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has told the BBC he will step down in 2020, when his current mandate ends.
  • Fierce fighting is taking place in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan since as the Sudanese government army launched a large-scale campaign on the rebel positions.
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