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News in Brief 11 November 2020

  • Social media firms urged to help end trafficking amid pandemic 
  • More support needed for stateless, powerless against COVID
  • Brutal Mozambique killings must be investigated: Guterres
  • Deputy UN chief visits displaced in wartorn NE Nigeria
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Displaced in Nigeria's restive northeast tell UN deputy chief they're 'impatient' for home

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General is on a trip to West Africa and the Sahel region, and on Tuesday, she travelled to Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, a region badly affected by conflict and where many continue to live under the threat of Boko Haram insurgency. 

Deputy UN chief conducts solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel

The UN Deputy Secretary-General is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the Organization’s support to countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent famine in hunger hotspots

People in four food insecurity “hotspots” inside Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, need help urgently to avoid sliding into famine, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

Nigerians need justice, UN rights experts say, in call for inquiry into protestor killings

The Nigerian Government must establish a credible, independent inquiry into the recent killing of at least 12 peaceful protestors by soldiers, a group of independent UN human rights experts said on Tuesday, as demonstrations against a discredited police unit continue across the country.

News in Brief 21 October 2020

  • UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria 
  • UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing online 
  • Mediterranean facing irreversible damage, unless urgent action is taken 
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UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria 

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for “an end to reported police brutality and abuses.” 

News in Brief 28 September 2020

  • Delhi track dwellers must not be evicted, warn rights experts
  • Rapporteurs' investigations hit by UN cash crunch
  • Largest prisoner release agreed in Yemen talks
  • Nigeria urged to overturn death penalty for 'blasphemous' singer
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Rights experts denounce death sentence against Nigerian singer who posted on WhatsApp

Independent UN human rights experts have called on the Government of Nigeria to immediately release a singer sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he performed and shared on social media. 

Rights experts urge Nigeria to free humanist detained for blasphemy

Nigerian authorities must immediately release prominent humanist and rights defender Mubarak Bala, who has been detained for more than two months without charge on accusations of blasphemy, a group of independent UN human rights experts said on Friday.