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Seychelles’ climate change and SIDS ambassador Ronny Jumeau testified on Thursday at a forum on climate change at the United States Congress in the US capital, Washington DC.

The ambassador afterwards joined the chair of the forum, Congressman Paul Tonko of New York, and other members of Congress in a press conferencThe forum, entitled “Global Solutions to Climate Change”, was organised by Democrat members of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC).

The aim was to allow representatives of foreign governments to explain the unique challenges faced by their countries, the adaptation and mitigation efforts they were undertaking, and their expectations for the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December.

Amb Jumeau stressed that while SIDS like Seychelles where least responsible for climate change but most vulnerable to it, they were setting an example for major emitters through ambitious programmes to switch to renewable energy and submitting their own climate pledges, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), to the Paris conference.

Seychelles had taken its own initiative to source innovative financing for sustainable development and to tackle climate change through a first-of-its-kind US$30-million debt-for-adaptation swap with the Paris Club and South Africa.

SIDS, known as the moral conscience of the climate negotiations, were also holding the talks to a high bar by calling for, among others, the most ambitious action and targets in cutting greenhouse gas emissionsand providing climate finance and calling for “loss and damage” to be enshrined in the universal and legally-binding global agreement being negotiated.

Ambassador Jumeau was formally invited to testify before the forum by Congressman Tonko after initially being contacted by Oxfam America, one of the 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation working in more than 90 countries.

Other speakers at the two-hour event were ambassadors from Rwanda and the Netherlands, a representative of the French embassy in Washington, and a professor from Stanford University in California.

Amb Jumeau was the only one to take part in the press conference afterwards.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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Seychelles supports Thai bid for UN non permanent seat

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Special Envoy H.E. Mr. Kobsak Chutikul and delegation from the Kingdom of Thailand was Official visit to Seychelles (19th – 22nd November 2015) to solicit the support of Seychelles for their candidature for a non – permanent seat on UNSC for the term 2017-2018

Following a courtesy call on Minister Morgan 20th November 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport the Minister informed the delegation that further to the request for support, Seychelles would be supporting the bid.

“We believe that Thailand’s candidature to the United Nations Security Council for the period 2017-2018 is fundamental at this point in time, given that Thailand attaches much importance in the building of a culture of peace. Thailand has been actively participating in international efforts to address global challenges thus it will constructively serve as a bridge-builder among UNSC members and non UNSC members in order to achieve the common goals of the UN, said Minister Morgan.”

On a bilateral level, Seychelles highlighted that the Kingdom of Thailand continuously supporting the socio-economic development of the country.

Seychelles is very pleased with its active relations with the Kingdom of Thailand, indicative of our longstanding bonds of friendship and cooperation which were established in 1992 and grown from strength to strength

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist attack in Bamako

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The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrifying terrorist attack at the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, on 20 November 2015, during which at least 18 people were killed and many more injured. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this attack and to the Government of Mali, as well as to all Governments whose citizens were targeted in this attack.

The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable. The members of the Security Council expressed their full support to the Malian authorities in their fight against terrorist groups and called on them to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned any action that may undermine the peace process in Mali.

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UNIC Lagos, Harpic mark World Toilet Day, donate two toilets to community

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‘We will forever be grateful for these two toilets…open defecation will surely reduce in our community…’ the Seriki Hausawa of Idi- Araba Community, Alhaji Idris Lawal Haruna had noted just as another community leader, Alhaji Hassan Auyo excitedly acknowledged that ‘Our women and men; boys and girls in Idi-Araba community now have dignified toilets to use…’

The above comments captured the mood of participants at the 2015 World Toilet Day activities and the impact the two mobile toilets donated to Idi-Araba community would have on curbing open defecation in the community. Organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with Harpic, a leading toilet cleaning brand from Reckitt Benckiser, the observance of the World Toilet Day which started with a neighbourhood sensitisation walk and ended with a community briefing session at Idi-Araba Community School complex reached a climax when two toilets donated by Reckitt Benckiser, a UNIC Lagos private sector partner, were handed over to the community.

The sensitisation road-walk was enlivened by traditional talking drums percussion and joined by youths in the community, NGO partners and media representatives, all clad in branded T-shirts and distributing fliers on toilet Hygiene and Sanitation to emphasise the need for better toilet hygiene practices.

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja noted that the observance of the World Toilet Day contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number six and therefore called on all stakeholders to renew their efforts in providing access to clean water and adequate sanitation worldwide. ‘We must continue to educate and protect communities at risk, and to change cultural perceptions and long-standing practices that hinder the quest for dignity’, he said further.

Mr Kayanja thanked the management of Reckitt Benckiser, leaders and members of Idi-Araba community for their support and the media for their commitment to public service. He added that ‘By working together, and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation, we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family.’

In his remarks, the Marketing Director, Reckitt Benckiser West Africa, Mr Oguzhan Silivrili said the enlightenment campaign for the World Toilet Day has become necessary because open defecation has a ripple effect to the larger society as it affects the healthy living conditions resulting in increased Child Mortality, Cholera, Diahoerria in addition to loss of dignity or risk of physical attack and sexual abuse. He observed that the aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about people who do not have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.

Speaking, the Category Manager Harpic, Ms Omotola Bamigbaiye-Elatuyi, urged the students and other youths at the event to ‘Stop open defecation, use a toilet’. This she stated, would reduce diseases in the community and sicknesses among its members.

Earlier, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the students and other participants in Yoruba Language while a Hausa translation was also delivered to widen the reach and deepen the understanding of the message.

Receiving the toilets on behalf of the youths in the community, the President of Idi-Araba Youth Development Association, Mallam Garba Ahmed Idris thanked the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Harpic toilet cleaning brand for the life-saving health and sanitation messages delivered to the community and more importantly, according to him, the two toilets donated for the use of the community.

The observance was put together by UNIC Lagos, Reckitt Benckiser and other NGOs which included Idi-Araba Youth Development Association, Loving Gaze and Female Muslim Doctors. The 2015 edition of the World Toilet Day, marked every 19 November, has surely come and gone, but the impact of activities organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and partners would last forever in Idi-Araba community, Lagos State.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lagos.

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‘We will forever be grateful for these two toilets…open defecation will surely reduce in our community…’ the Seriki Hausawa of Idi- Araba Community, Alhaji Idris Lawal Haruna had noted just as another community leader, Alhaji Hassan Auyo excitedly acknowledged that ‘Our women and men; boys and girls in Idi-Araba community now have dignified toilets to use…’

The above comments captured the mood of participants at the 2015 World Toilet Day activities and the impact the two mobile toilets donated to Idi-Araba community would have on curbing open defecation in the community. Organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with Harpic, a leading toilet cleaning brand from Reckitt Benckiser, the observance of the World Toilet Day which started with a neighbourhood sensitisation walk and ended with a community briefing session at Idi-Araba Community School complex reached a climax when two toilets donated by Reckitt Benckiser, a UNIC Lagos private sector partner, were handed over to the community.

The sensitisation road-walk was enlivened by traditional talking drums percussion and joined by youths in the community, NGO partners and media representatives, all clad in branded T-shirts and distributing fliers on toilet Hygiene and Sanitation to emphasise the need for better toilet hygiene practices.

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja noted that the observance of the World Toilet Day contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number six and therefore called on all stakeholders to renew their efforts in providing access to clean water and adequate sanitation worldwide. ‘We must continue to educate and protect communities at risk, and to change cultural perceptions and long-standing practices that hinder the quest for dignity’, he said further.

Mr Kayanja thanked the management of Reckitt Benckiser, leaders and members of Idi-Araba community for their support and the media for their commitment to public service. He added that ‘By working together, and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation, we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family.’

In his remarks, the Marketing Director, Reckitt Benckiser West Africa, Mr Oguzhan Silivrili said the enlightenment campaign for the World Toilet Day has become necessary because open defecation has a ripple effect to the larger society as it affects the healthy living conditions resulting in increased Child Mortality, Cholera, Diahoerria in addition to loss of dignity or risk of physical attack and sexual abuse. He observed that the aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about people who do not have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.

Speaking, the Category Manager Harpic, Ms Omotola Bamigbaiye-Elatuyi, urged the students and other youths at the event to ‘Stop open defecation, use a toilet’. This she stated, would reduce diseases in the community and sicknesses among its members.

Earlier, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the students and other participants in Yoruba Language while a Hausa translation was also delivered to widen the reach and deepen the understanding of the message.

Receiving the toilets on behalf of the youths in the community, the President of Idi-Araba Youth Development Association, Mallam Garba Ahmed Idris thanked the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Harpic toilet cleaning brand for the life-saving health and sanitation messages delivered to the community and more importantly, according to him, the two toilets donated for the use of the community.

The observance was put together by UNIC Lagos, Reckitt Benckiser and other NGOs which included Idi-Araba Youth Development Association, Loving Gaze and Female Muslim Doctors. The 2015 edition of the World Toilet Day, marked every 19 November, has surely come and gone, but the impact of activities organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and partners would last forever in Idi-Araba community, Lagos State.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lagos.

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First African girls’ summit on ending child marriage in Africa

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INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa

When: 26 – 27 November 2015

The Summit will be preceded by a Youth Pre-Summit that will take place from 24th to 25th November 2015 during which a Youth Pavilion will be set up as a space for youth to interact during the Summit.

Who: The Summit is organized by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia

Where: The event will hold at the New Government Complex Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia.

Objectives: The main objective of First African Girls’ Summit is to share experiences and good practices as well as challenges on ending child marriages at country, regional and international levels, particularly with countries that have already launched the AUC Campaign on ending Girls’ Child Marriage.

The Summit will also secure and/or renew commitments from stakeholders notably governments, to invest more on ending child marriage in their respective countries. It will also be a forum to discuss the successes and challenges faced by community leaders, traditional, religious leaders, girls affected by child marriage as well as youths advocating against child marriage.

Participants: The First African Girls’ Summit will be attended by Member States- Ministers dealing with social development issues and children affairs, Ministers of Finance, Religious and Community Leaders, youth advocates particularly women and girls affected by child marriage; Development Partners, UN Agencies, Bilateral and Multi-lateral Agencies and representatives from Civil Society Organisations ( CSOs).

Expected outcomes: The Summit is expected to:

Enhanced continental awareness on the consequences of child marriage;
It will also accelerate the need to end child marriage in Africa.

Background:

Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs girls of their rights to health, to live in security, and to choose if, when and whom to marry. It is a harmful practice, which severely affects the rights of a child and further deprives the child from attaining other aspirations like education.

Every year, about 14 million adolescent and teen girls are married, almost always forced into the arrangement by their parents. Although the proportion of child brides has generally decreased over the last 30 years, in some regions child marriage remains common, even among the youngest generations, particularly in rural areas and among the poorest. Among young women worldwide aged 20-24, around 1 in 3 (or 70 million) was married as children and around 1 in 9 (or 23 million) entered into marriage or union before they reached age 15. The largest numbers of child brides are concentrated in Africa. In Africa, the highest prevalence of child marriage (Child marriage prevalence is defined as the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before age 18) is dominant in at least 19 countries.

Despite most African countries setting the legal age for marriage at 18 years, laws are rarely enforced since the practice of marrying young children is upheld by tradition and social norms. Child marriage is deeply rooted in gender inequality (gender based violence and gender discrimination), poverty, tradition and culture. The practice is most common in rural areas, where prospects for girls can be limited. In many cases, parents arrange these marriages and young girls have no choice. Consequently, some societies believe that early marriage will protect young girls from sexual attacks and violence and see it as a way to insure that, their daughters will not become pregnant out of wedlock and bring dishonour to the family. In effect, the paradox is that parents and society are often wrong.

Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential but are prevented due to being forced into child marriage and this harmful practice has devastating effects on the girl-child and the society, one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity for girls age 15 to 19 is pregnancy and childbirth.

As we look at the developmental impact of child marriage on the community and Africa, we should bear in mind that, it is a serious violation of human rights. Child marriage as a human rights violation has been included in a number of legal instruments at the continental and international levels. The African Union (AU) specifically promotes policies related to young peoples’ rights and is mandated by its various legal instruments ( more recently, 5th Strategic Priority of AU’s Strategic Plan 2014 –2017 as well as AU’s Agenda 2063) with a bearing on the rights of children and youth to promote common standards by supporting adaptation and implementation of the instruments at regional and national level and monitoring of implementation progress by Member States and ensuring accountability.

In an effort to provide a bright future for millions of women and girls, the AU together with a range of partners launched the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa on 29 May 2014. The campaign is focused on accelerating change across the continent by encouraging African governments to develop strategies to raise awareness of and address the harmful impact of child marriage as well as expediting and invigorating the movement to end child marriage by: (i) supporting policy action in the protection and promotion of human rights, especially with a view to addressing violence against girls and women and promoting gender equitable social norms (ii) mobilizing continental awareness of and engagement to end child marriage and (iii) removing barriers and bottlenecks to law enforcement.

Media representatives are invited to cover Africa’s Girl Summit on 26 and 27 November 2015 as well as the Pre-Summit Youth event on 24th and 25th November 2015 in Lusaka.

Follow the conversation online using our twitter handle @OurGirlsAU and our hashtag #AGS2015 and #EndChildMarriageNow to spread the word.

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AUC Chairperson Approves the Deployment of African Union Short-Term Observers (STOs) for the 2015 General Elections in Burkina Faso

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The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of the African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 29 November 2015 General Elections in Burkina Faso, following an official invitation of the Government. The STOs will arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 21 November 2015 and will remain in the country until 05 December 2015.

The African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) will be led by H.E Jean Omer Beriziky, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar. The mission comprises Sixty (60) Short Term Observers (STOs) from the Pan African Parliament, the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) of the African Union, election management bodies, civil society organizations, think tanks, media and academic institutions.They will be deployed throughout the electoral constituencies of the country to monitor the electoral process and to consult with key stakeholders involved in the electoral process including government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and media to provide a critical assessment of the conduct of election.

The Mission has the mandate to observe the General Elections in line with relevant African Union and international instruments comprising the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory and the national laws of Burkina Faso. The Mission shall contribute to the reinforcement of the democratization process in Burkina Faso by providing an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the aforementioned international and regional best practices and standards.

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AUC Chairperson Approves the Deployment of African Union Short-Term Observers (STOs) for the 2015 General Elections in Burkina Faso

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The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of the African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 29 November 2015 General Elections in Burkina Faso, following an official invitation of the Government. The STOs will arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 21 November 2015 and will remain in the country until 05 December 2015.

The African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) will be led by H.E Jean Omer Beriziky, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar. The mission comprises Sixty (60) Short Term Observers (STOs) from the Pan African Parliament, the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) of the African Union, election management bodies, civil society organizations, think tanks, media and academic institutions.They will be deployed throughout the electoral constituencies of the country to monitor the electoral process and to consult with key stakeholders involved in the electoral process including government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and media to provide a critical assessment of the conduct of election.

The Mission has the mandate to observe the General Elections in line with relevant African Union and international instruments comprising the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory and the national laws of Burkina Faso. The Mission shall contribute to the reinforcement of the democratization process in Burkina Faso by providing an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the aforementioned international and regional best practices and standards.

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The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of the African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 29 November 2015 General Elections in Burkina Faso, following an official invitation of the Government. The STOs will arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 21 November 2015 and will remain in the country until 05 December 2015.

The African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) will be led by H.E Jean Omer Beriziky, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar. The mission comprises Sixty (60) Short Term Observers (STOs) from the Pan African Parliament, the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) of the African Union, election management bodies, civil society organizations, think tanks, media and academic institutions.They will be deployed throughout the electoral constituencies of the country to monitor the electoral process and to consult with key stakeholders involved in the electoral process including government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and media to provide a critical assessment of the conduct of election.

The Mission has the mandate to observe the General Elections in line with relevant African Union and international instruments comprising the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory and the national laws of Burkina Faso. The Mission shall contribute to the reinforcement of the democratization process in Burkina Faso by providing an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the aforementioned international and regional best practices and standards.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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Nigeria: UN expert urges authorities to halt ongoing trend of forced evictions

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country.

The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out in Badia, Lagos, which rendered thousands of people homeless. All up, more than 30,000 people will lose their homes, businesses and livelihoods, if demolitions in this area continue as planned.

“I am alarmed that over 10,000 people, including children, women and elders have been pushed out of their homes without prior notice in the middle of the rainy season, with police sometimes resorting to violence to carry out the evictions,” Ms. Farha said. “There was no consultation or discussion about alternative temporary housing options available to them.”

“More troubling yet is that two months later there are still hundreds of people sleeping in makeshift shelters or churches, facing routine harassment, with the situation getting worse every day, and without any adequate response by the local or federal authorities in line with their international human rights obligations,” she deplored.

The independent expert noted that this trend of forced evictions invariably leads to homelessness due to a lack of affordable and adequate housing, in particular for people living in poverty or who have moved to cities to escape violence. “There is no viable resettlement or alternative accommodation provided by authorities for affected individuals, and many fear further evictions as they lack security of tenure,” she warned.

Unlawful forced evictions were already executed in an adjoining area in Lagos in February 2013, displacing over 9,000 people. Studies of mid-term impacts show than one out of three persons evicted at that time were still homeless years after their eviction.

Two months after the latest evictions in Badia took place, there is no response yet to the concerns raised by affected individuals and their representatives by either the State or Federal authorities, even after the expert raised the issue with the Government last month.

“I urge all levels of Government in Nigeria to immediately halt these unlawful evictions which are causing massive homelessness and ensure that those affected have access to just and effective remedies, including compensation,” she concluded.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country.

The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out in Badia, Lagos, which rendered thousands of people homeless. All up, more than 30,000 people will lose their homes, businesses and livelihoods, if demolitions in this area continue as planned.

“I am alarmed that over 10,000 people, including children, women and elders have been pushed out of their homes without prior notice in the middle of the rainy season, with police sometimes resorting to violence to carry out the evictions,” Ms. Farha said. “There was no consultation or discussion about alternative temporary housing options available to them.”

“More troubling yet is that two months later there are still hundreds of people sleeping in makeshift shelters or churches, facing routine harassment, with the situation getting worse every day, and without any adequate response by the local or federal authorities in line with their international human rights obligations,” she deplored.

The independent expert noted that this trend of forced evictions invariably leads to homelessness due to a lack of affordable and adequate housing, in particular for people living in poverty or who have moved to cities to escape violence. “There is no viable resettlement or alternative accommodation provided by authorities for affected individuals, and many fear further evictions as they lack security of tenure,” she warned.

Unlawful forced evictions were already executed in an adjoining area in Lagos in February 2013, displacing over 9,000 people. Studies of mid-term impacts show than one out of three persons evicted at that time were still homeless years after their eviction.

Two months after the latest evictions in Badia took place, there is no response yet to the concerns raised by affected individuals and their representatives by either the State or Federal authorities, even after the expert raised the issue with the Government last month.

“I urge all levels of Government in Nigeria to immediately halt these unlawful evictions which are causing massive homelessness and ensure that those affected have access to just and effective remedies, including compensation,” she concluded.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Mali

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Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

November 20, 2015

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today in Mali. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and injured during this senseless assault on innocent people at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.

We thank the first responders, especially Malian Forces and U.N., French, and U.S. security personnel, including U.S. Diplomatic Security, who assisted with evacuating hostages and transporting them to safe locations.

Our embassy in Bamako is making every effort to account for American citizens in the city, and in the days ahead we stand ready to provide support the Malian government in the investigation. All those responsible for these recurring terrorist attacks must be held accountable.

Mali is an important regional partner to the United States, and we stand with the Malian people. These terrorist attacks will only deepen our shared resolve to fight terrorism.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Africa Regional Media Hub.

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Categories: AFRICA