January 15th, 2016
HART Weekly News Round-up 15/01/2016
News from HART
- On Monday 11th January, we welcomed our new CEO, Corinna Loges, to HART!
- The HART team has recently returned from a trip to Sudan and South Sudan, and a report will be forthcoming in the near future.
HART just back from Sudan & South Sudan. Photo:women grind sorghum in Nuba Mountains -severe food shortage predicted pic.twitter.com/GwNvMTsu1y
— HART-UK (@HARTnews) January 14, 2016
- HART Ambassador, Kashi Syal, wrote an excellent article titled Human Trafficking in India, which we published for Human Trafficking Awareness Day on 11th January.
- Aung San Suu Kyi has made a last-minute decision to join the peace talks in Burma but claims that the ‘heavy-lifting’ of the peace process is yet to come.
- Ethnic leaders have criticised the five-day Union Peace Conference in Napyidaw, deeming it mere political posturing by Thein Sein’s government.
- A senior official in the NLD has also said that they will not press for an immediate change to the constitution that bars Suu Kyi from becoming president, and will instead appoint a ceremonial head of state.
- More than 100 dalits came out on the road in Amreli and blocked roads at Rajkamal Chowk seeking justice for the girl from their community who was allegedly raped. The victim’s family claim that they had been threatened if they pressed charges.
- A top US human rights official expressed concern on Thursday about recent incidents of violence in India against religious minorities, urging national leaders to be vigilant in protecting the right of Indians to freedom of worship.
- Aramais Voskanyan has become the first Armenian casualty of the New Year in the ongoing conflict, aged just 19. He was killed by Azeri troops at the frontlines last weekend.
- The conflict will be discussed at the January 26th Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE) Winter Session.
- Five years after their kidnapping, Esther Augustine and Felicia Destiny, who were kidnapped from different areas by gunmen in Edo State and Delta state, have been reunited with their families.
- More than 35 British troops are preparing for deployment to Nigeria where they will take part in training exercises to help the Nigerian army tackle Boko Haram. This comes after the US donated 24 armoured vehicles to the Nigerian military for the same reason last week.
- Boko Haram have attacked the town of Madagli, Adamawa State, in northeast Nigeria, killing seven people and burning ten houses.
- Nigeria faces major challenges in vaccinating its children, says the annual Global Vaccine Action Plan Assessment Report.
- A hand grenade explosion in South Sudan’s oil-producing Upper Nile state killed six people and wounded 12 according to the UN
- Thousands of South Sudanese have fled fighting and extreme hunger in recent weeks, the UN says in a report, as leaders struggle to honour the peace deal on the ground
- More than half of children in South Sudan are not in school, the highest proportion in any country, Unicef has said. The NGO has begun an appeal for $25m to get children who are currently out of school back in.
- South Sudanese peace partners have agreed to reopen up the peace agreement for further renegotiation on whether to revoke or confirm the 28 states unilaterally created by president Salva Kiir.
- Violence in El Geneina, West Darfur, has cost twelve people their lives, as the Sudanese authorities are ordered to investigate the incident.
- Leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) will meet with representatives of the Qatari government to discuss solutions for the conflict in Darfur.
- The Nuba Observatory for Human Rights has condemned violent practices of the Rapid Support Forces against civilians in El Abbasiya Tagali in South Kordofan which have resulted in six deaths and “serious violations of human rights”.
- 41% of children in primary and secondary age are not enrolled in school, Unicef has said. This is the third highest of any country in the world.
- A referendum on Darfur’s administrative status will be held on 11th April, with residents of the region taking part in the vote.
- The UN World Food Programme has welcomed significant contributions from donors towards the operations in Sudan last year of the UN Humanitarian Air Service, which serves as a vital aid link to the country.
- Read Nuba Reports ‘South Kordofan Jan 2016 Situation Report’ for updates on recent developments.
- The World Bank has cancelled a $265 million transport scheme for Uganda amid claims that construction workers targeted school girls and reports of poor treatment of workers.
- A private clinic in Mbale Municipality has closed indefinitely for allegedly admitting two patients suffering from cholera instead of referring them to isolated camps. The disease has killed 13 people in the municipality since November.
- A collection of human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have advised the government to urgently suspend the Crime Preventers program ahead of the forthcoming elections. Its members have been accused of acting partisan and of carrying out brutal assaults and extortion with no accountability.
- The EU has dispatched a team of 30 long-term observers to various districts across the country as part of activities to monitor the election.
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