October 31st, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (31/10/14)

News from HART:
  • Human Rights Watch researcher Mausi Segun, who spent months tracking down the few girls who escaped from Boko Haram, has released a report on the condition of Boko Haram female abductees. The report can be found here.
  • “Every day, millions of victims o
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October 31st, 2014

Baroness Cox raises question on developments in Northern Nigeria at the House of Lords

On Thursday October 30th 2014, Baroness Cox raised a question in the House of Lords on the recent developments in Nigeria. The Baroness asked “Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.” The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, acknowledged the serious threat posed to Nigeria by Boko Haram, highlighting that “more than 3,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram this year and more than 1.5 million people have been displaced.” Moreover, the Minister reported the government’s awareness of “reports that Nigerian authorities have agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and are in ongoing negotiations.” The minister also mentioned the government’s knowledge of “reports of Boko Haram attacks since the ceasefire announcement.” The government, Baroness Anelay concluded, is “[monitoring] events closely.” Baroness Cox then brought to the Peers’ attention that, having visited areas afflicted by Boko Haram’s insurgency, “the scale of suffering to which [the Minister] refers massively exceeds that reported by the media.” She highlighted that “this year alone 2,000 women and girls have been abducted”, a figure that includes “the widely publicized kidnapping of the schoolgirls at Chibok”....

October 31st, 2014

House of Lords Debate: Combatting Slavery in Supply Chains

Of the 30 million people around the world currently estimated to be living in slavery, the majority are in the private sector. Their situation is often hidden at the bottom of long, convoluted supply chains, allowing big businesses to abdicate responsibility for the exploi...

October 24th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (24/10/14)

News from HART:
  • This week, HART and other organisations signed a letter pressing Tony Blair to exert influence on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to hand over Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to authorities for the crimes he has been indicted by the International Cr
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October 20th, 2014

HART Burma Briefing: September/October 2014

Over the past few years Burma has been moving from a half-a-century long military regime to a full multiparty democracy. However, despite economic successes and increased investment in the country, it still faces big challenges in terms of political and religious freedom...

October 17th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (17/10/14)

News from HART:
  • Thursday 16th October was World Food Day 2014. For this annual event, which aims to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world, and strengthen international and national solidarity, Agnes Magyar has prepared a briefing on malnutrition,
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October 16th, 2014

World Food Day Briefing

Why should we care about hunger? Thursday 16th October is World Food Day 2014. This annual event counts amongst its aims the need to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world, and the need to strengthen international and national solidarity in the strugg...

October 10th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (10/10/14)

News from HART • HART has signed a joint letter written by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, in coordination with 15 other South Sudanese organisations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organisations, to the African Union’s Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan....

October 10th, 2014

Heavy shelling during renewed Burma Army offensive causes civilian deaths and further displacement of hundreds in central Shan State

Burma Army operations against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army in central Shan State since early October have caused widespread damage, loss of civilian lives, and further displacement of hundreds of villagers in Ke See township. Between October 2-4, 2014, d...

October 9th, 2014

Joint letter to the AU Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan

The South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA), together with 15 other South Sudanese organizations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organizations, including HART, have written to the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan to highlight th...
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