Weekly News Round-Up (18/09/15)

18 September 2015


News from HART




  • On 13th September, Nagorno-Karabakh held their local government elections in which 52,765 voters cast their ballots. Nagorno-Karabakh continues to operate as a de facto independent republic; however, their elections are not internationally recognised.


  • Buhari spent three days this week on an official visit to France, where discussion included restoring investor confidence, trade, defence, security and Boko Haram.
  • President Buhari and the Nigerian government are in talks with Boko Haram and mulling over an amnesty deal to exchange prisoners in return for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls, special advisor to the President Femi Adesina tweeted on Tuesday.
  • The Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and scholar Adam Idoko has been released by kidnappers after a week-long abduction (17/9/15).
  • A recent survey revealed that half of Nigerian children experience some form of violence and a quarter of girls suffer sexual violence. Over 4000 individuals between 13 and 24 were surveyed.
  • An Islamic primary and secondary school in Jos collapsed on Sunday following heavy rain. Death toll is now at least 10, with more than 24 injured.
  • Authorities have confirmed 9 deaths from a cholera outbreak at an internally displaced camp in Maiduguri, Borno state. MSF call for help.



South Sudan

  • On Wednesday a crashed oil tanker exploded near the town of Maridi in Western Equatoria, killing 182 people according to latest estimates.
  • Independent monitors from the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have officially confirmed that government forces attacked rebel positions in Upper Nile state using helicopter gun-ships, therefore violating a peace agreement intended to bring an end to the conflict, that President Salva Kiir had signed just days before. The United States and other western nations have accused both Kiir and his newly re-instated vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar of squandering goodwill since peace had been agreed. Machar’s rebel troops also violated the agreement by attacking government positions in Unity state on the 23rd August, although this was before Kiir had signed.
  • Senior officials from Russia, Angola and Venezuela have opposed the UN Security Council, and denounced the proposal of sanctions on South Sudan’s Army Chief Paul Malong and rebel General Johnson Olony.
  • The Juba Monitor, an independent South Sudanese print newspaper has reportedly been ordered to cease publication by security forces late on Thursday. Chief Editor and veteran journalist Alfred Taban has been called to attend a meeting with the Office of National Security, after he published an article criticizing government actions in Wunduriba Payam, Central Equatoria, which consisted of random shootings at civilians and led to the displacement of around 80,000.


  • Ugandan president Yoweri Musevini is currently on a two-day visit to Sudan and has held bilateral talks with president Omar-al Bashir, with particular focus on the still volatile situation in South Sudan that has had a heavy impact on both countries. Although the two countries have a history of poor relations, their leaders have come together to resolve the crisis and agreed that they must cooperate in order to stabilise the region.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has stressed concern over the continuation of human rights violations carried out against civilians in Sudan, particularly in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan which, he states, are carried out with impunity by perpetrators. The Committee for Solidarity, set up in response to the September and October 2013 demonstrations in which approximately 200 people were killed, has also accused the parliament security committee of spreading propaganda, as it has denied violations by security forces and accused ‘unknown persons’ for firing on demonstrators.
  • The opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), has welcomed a road map for peace issued by the rebel group the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF). It has been described as ‘historic’ by the SCP for identifying the requirements for negotiations and eventual peace between the government and rebel forces, including the cessation of hostilities, as well as a description of the requirements for inclusive and comprehensive dialogue.
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