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Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more

This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group

The decision by a large armed group based in north-east Nigeria to release nearly 900 youngsters has been welcomed by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which has warned that those freed will need long-term help if they are to lead a normal life in the future.

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya

Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan’s protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya’s capital; and an update on Colombia’s peace process.

News in Brief 12 April 2019

  • Sudan violence may not be over, says UN human rights in appeal to military to respect protesters’ rights
  • Airstrikes and heavy artillery exchanges increase fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya’s Tripoli
  • Five years since mass-abduction of Nigeria’s Chibok girls
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan’s leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria

On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN’s peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to “serious human rights violations”, following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. Fighting continues to escalate in Tripoli, Libya, and in Idlib, Syria, and 10,000 conflict-affected people were forcibly relocated in Nigeria and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

News in Brief 11 April 2019

  • Libya: clashes intensified in southern Tripoli, UN health agency deploys emergency teams 
  • Nigeria: Urgent humanitarian aid needed, to support 10,000 forced to relocate  
  • Escalation of fighting in Syria’s Idlib could have ‘catastrophic’ consequences 
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News in Brief 2 April 2019

  • Massive cholera vaccine campaign set to begin in cyclone-hit Mozambique
  • Acute hunger affects over 100 million people worldwide: UN report
  • Millions still need help in north-east Nigeria, warn aid teams
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‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

As Nigerians get ready to head to the polls on Saturday, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), described the pre-election period as “largely, peaceful and participatory”, and called for that spirit to prevail through election day and beyond.

Judicial independence under threat in Nigeria, warns UN rights expert

The dismissal of Nigeria’s Chief Justice may constitute a grave attack on judicial independence from the State, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday, warning of “threats, pressures and interferences” made against the lawyers defending him.