June 3rd, 2016
News Round-Up 03/06/16
- The Irrawaddy reports on human rights abuses in Chang Mai. The Burma Army is accused of conducting extra-judicial killings, beatings and bombings.
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- At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria’s civil war, police said on Tuesday.
- Six people were killed when militants attacked a boat belonging to Nigeria’s state-run oil firm, the army said on Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the country’s increasingly restive oil-producing region.
- Five people were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded in northeast Nigeria, in a region where Boko Haram insurgents have operated for years, the country’s military said Sunday last week.
- A new militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has emerged in Nigeria – attacking oil installations in a campaign which threatens the economy of Africa’s most populous state.
- Last week, The United Nations Security Council voted to renew sanctions on six individuals accused of obstructing a peace deal in South Sudan, weeks after formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). On the government side, they include Gen Marial Chanuong, Gen Santino Deng Wol and Gen Jok Riak. From the opposition are Generals Gatwech Dual, Peter Gatdet, and Gathoth Gatkuoth. They have tasked a panel of experts to prepare a detailed report about weapon flows to South Sudan within the next 3 months.
- Governor Elias Waya Nyipuoch said 12 bodies had been found in Wau, thought to belong to unarmed civilians, who were allegedly arrested and killed for being suspected supporters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLA-IO).
- The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) released a joint statement on the aerial bombardment in South Kordofan and the de facto expulsion of the UN OCHA Head. Read it here.
- The Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, says that Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir “is copying and pasting the Darfur genocide experience into Blue Nile”. Arman said that instead of ending the genocide and war crimes in Darfur committed by their militias, the Khartoum government “is borrowing heavily from his experience in Darfur to extend it into the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile, especially after they failed to recruit local militias in the Two Areas”. The SPLM-N warned against the recent deployment of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia in the war-torn state of Blue Nile saying the Sudanese government plans to exterminate its indigenous population.
- The pre-trial hearing of Kizza Besigye has been delayed due to unspecified ‘security threats’. Besigye was imprisoned for treason by incumbent president Yoweri Museveni, after the former staged his own swearing in ceremony after alleging Museveni’s election victory was illegitimate.
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