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  •  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that terrorises populations destroys lives and fractures communities Guterres who said this on Friday in his message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed that perpetrators rarely faced the consequences of hellip
    Sexual violence, brutal tactic of warfare, repression – UN chief
     UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that terrorises populations destroys lives and fractures communities Guterres who said this on Friday in his message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed that perpetrators rarely faced the consequences of hellip
    Sexual violence, brutal tactic of warfare, repression – UN chief
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    Sexual violence, brutal tactic of warfare, repression – UN chief

    UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that terrorises populations, destroys lives and fractures communities.

    Guterres, who said this on Friday, in his message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, observed that perpetrators rarely faced the consequences of their actions.

    The UN General Assembly (69293) proclaimed June 19 each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

    The Day is set aside to raise awareness on the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world.

    “It is the survivors who carry the burden of stigma and trauma throughout their lives, often doubly brutalised by harmful social norms and victim-blaming.

    “We stand in solidarity…supporting the most vulnerable women, girls, men and boys as they struggle to live in dignity and peace in the midst of humanitarian crises,” the UN chief said.

    He said the UN would increase support for those victimised and displaced; those vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation.

    “Rural areas with weak protection systems also need to be a focus for extra support,” he added.

    According to him, this means bolstering national justice systems to hold perpetrators accountable, ensure victims receive medical and psychosocial support, and uphold survivors’ rights.

    Additionally, it requires support for women-led civil society organisations to break down social, economic and cultural barriers that deny protection, equality and justice as well as addressing underlying causes of sexual violence in conflict.

    “With increased political resolve and financial resources, we can match words with action and end the scourge of sexual violence in conflict, once and for all,” stressed the secretary-general.

    Similarly, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten and European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, issued a joint call for the international community to help eradicate conflict-related sexual violence, and “save succeeding generations from this scourge.”

    “It is time to move beyond reactive approaches and address the underlying causes and invisible drivers of sexual violence…as well as harmful social norms related to honour, shame, and blaming victims,” they said in the statement.

    They expressed deep shock over the impact that the war in Ukraine was having on civilians, and grave concern over the harrowing personal testimonies and mounting allegations of sexual violence.

    “We strongly condemn such crimes and call for an immediate end to the violence,” said the statement.

    From Afghanistan, to Guinea, Mali, Myanmar, and elsewhere, they drew attention to an “epidemic of coups and military takeovers” that had “turned back the clock on women’s rights.”

    And as new crises escalate, wars elsewhere continue, including in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

    Each is marked by alarming levels of conflict-related sexual violence used as a tool of political repression, intimidation and reprisal against frontline actors and activists.

    “It is critical to foster a protective environment that deters and prevents sexual violence in the first instance and enables safe reporting and adequate response.

    “Prevention is the best form of protection, including the prevention of conflict itself,” they said.

    To address sexual violence, they said greater political and diplomatic engagement was needed in ceasefire and peace agreements, threat analysis, greater gender-responsive justice and security sector reform.

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  •  The Gender and Election Watch GEW an initiative of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF says it has deployed personnel to observe women s participation in Saturday s Ekiti gubernatorial election This is contained in a statement by Mufuliat Fijabi Chief Executive Officer GEW on Friday in Abuja Fijabi said that the intention was to appraise the hellip
    Ekiti guber: NGO appraises women’s participation
     The Gender and Election Watch GEW an initiative of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF says it has deployed personnel to observe women s participation in Saturday s Ekiti gubernatorial election This is contained in a statement by Mufuliat Fijabi Chief Executive Officer GEW on Friday in Abuja Fijabi said that the intention was to appraise the hellip
    Ekiti guber: NGO appraises women’s participation
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    Ekiti guber: NGO appraises women’s participation

    The Gender and Election Watch (GEW), an initiative of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), says it has deployed personnel to observe women’s participation in Saturday’s Ekiti gubernatorial election.

    This is contained in a statement by Mufuliat Fijabi, Chief Executive Officer, GEW,  on Friday in Abuja.

    Fijabi said that the intention was to appraise the participation of women during the election.

    “The GEW, an initiative of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund and a member of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation room is in Ekiti to observe the  governorship election scheduled for Saturday from a gender angle.

    ” This strategic initiative has been put in place to gather information and carryout analysis about women’s participation in the Ekiti election in comparison to men.

    “To this end NWTF GEW has deployed accr

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  •  A UN human rights expert Ms Siobh n Mullally on Friday urged the United Kingdom to stop its controversial policy of transferring some asylum seekers to Rwanda Mullally in a statement expressed serious concern that the two countries asylum partnership arrangement violated international law and risked causing irreparable harm to those seeking international protection There are hellip
    UN expert urges UK to stop transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda
     A UN human rights expert Ms Siobh n Mullally on Friday urged the United Kingdom to stop its controversial policy of transferring some asylum seekers to Rwanda Mullally in a statement expressed serious concern that the two countries asylum partnership arrangement violated international law and risked causing irreparable harm to those seeking international protection There are hellip
    UN expert urges UK to stop transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda
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    UN expert urges UK to stop transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda

    A UN human rights expert, Ms Siobhán Mullally, on Friday urged the United Kingdom to stop its controversial policy of transferring some asylum seekers to Rwanda.

    Mullally, in a statement, expressed serious concern that the two countries’ asylum partnership arrangement violated international law, and risked causing irreparable harm to those seeking international protection.

    “There are serious risks that the international law principle of non-refoulement will be breached by forcibly transferring asylum seekers to Rwanda.

    “People seeking international protection, fleeing conflict and persecution, have the right to seek and enjoy asylum – a fundamental tenet of international human rights and refugee law,” said Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

    The Special Rapporteur welcomed urgent interim measures by the European Court of Human Rights that grounded a flight earlier this week, due to transfer of a small group of asylum seekers to the Central African nation.

    “Transferring asylum seekers to third countries does nothing to prevent or combat human trafficking, in fact it is likely to push desperate people into riskier and more dangerous situations.

    “Rather than reducing trafficking in persons, it is likely to increase risks of exploitation,” Mullally said.

    The Special Rapporteur expressed concern that the arrangement failed to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers who were victims of trafficking and seeking protection in the United Kingdom.

    “These victims and persons at risk of trafficking could be transferred under the arrangement.

    “There are inadequate safeguards to ensure that victims of trafficking or persons at risk of trafficking are identified, given assistance and ensured effective access to international protection.

    “They risk further victimisation and trauma by being transferred to a third country,” she said.

    Mullally was also concerned that there were insufficient guarantees against risks of trafficking or re-trafficking for those who might be denied asylum, or arbitrarily removed to another state from Rwanda.

    The expert echoed concerns by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees about difficulties that arose in disclosing traumatic experiences – such as trafficking – in screening interviews for asylum seekers, usually conducted shortly after arrival.

    Under the arrangement, UK authorities will conduct an initial screening before deciding on whether an individual may be transferred.

    The expert further said the initial screening was not sufficient to identify and recognise the specific protection needs of asylum seekers, including victims of trafficking.

    The Special Rapporteur has previously raised concerns regarding the Nationality and Borders Bill, and its potential adverse impact on the human rights of victims of trafficking.

    She has also repeatedly raised concerns with the international community, about the increasing tendency to place migration within a criminal law enforcement paradigm.

    “Restrictive migration-related measures are presented as part of efforts to combat organised crime, including trafficking in persons, regardless of how the measures may affect the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons,” the UN expert said.

    Mullally urged States to expand pathways for safe, orderly and regular migration without discrimination, in order to combat trafficking in persons.

    According to her, resettlement programmes, family reunification measures and provision of humanitarian visas are more effective ways to prevent trafficking of those fleeing persecution and conflict.

    She called on all States to uphold their international obligations regarding the principle of non-refoulement in international law, which guarantees that no person should be returned to a country where they could face irreparable harm.

    “We must not allow the objective of combating human trafficking to be misused, in an attempt to undermine the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution, and the principle of non-refoulement,” Mullally said.

    Special Rapporteurs report to the Human Rights Council and operate in their individual capacity. They are not UN staff and are not paid for their work. (

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  •  Dr Obafemi Hamzat Lagos Deputy Governor says the state is benefiting from the solid foundation laid by the Sen Bola Tinubu administration the presidential flagbearer of All Progressives Congress APC Hamzat said this at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque Alausa on Friday during a Special Jumat Service to mark 3rd Year Anniversary of hellip
    Foundation of Lagos solid – Lagos Deputy Gov.
     Dr Obafemi Hamzat Lagos Deputy Governor says the state is benefiting from the solid foundation laid by the Sen Bola Tinubu administration the presidential flagbearer of All Progressives Congress APC Hamzat said this at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque Alausa on Friday during a Special Jumat Service to mark 3rd Year Anniversary of hellip
    Foundation of Lagos solid – Lagos Deputy Gov.
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    Foundation of Lagos solid – Lagos Deputy Gov.

    Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Lagos Deputy Governor, says the state is benefiting from the solid foundation laid by the Sen. Bola Tinubu administration, the presidential flagbearer of All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Hamzat said this at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa on Friday during a Special Jumat Service to mark 3rd Year Anniversary of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

    Tinubu, previously served as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.

    He said that when Sen. Tinubu assumed office in 1999, there was no money in the state’s coffers, hence, he had to take a loan.

    According to him, Tinubu was accused of mortgaging the future of the state, but the loan was actually utilised for the development of the state.

    He also said that the foundation was what the subsequent administrations later leveraged.

    Reeling out some of the achievements made by the state, he explained that Lagos had made enormous progress in development, payment of pensions and gratuities of retirees, and staff salaries were up to date.

    ”We should not forget that things were not this good, but it can also be better. So, I am saying that in 1999, we did not have one single public ambulance.

    “Also in 1999, we could not afford to pay salaries, but today, we are where we are.

    ”In 2007, when the budget of Lagos State rose to about N400 billion, the Executive Council were saying, ‘it is audacious’,  but today, it is N1.7 trillion.

    “So, something has moved, our GDP has moved.

    ”The GDP of Lagos is bigger than Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire put together, those  are two countries. So, that’s why you have this influx of people coming to Lagos,” Hamzat said.

    According to deputy governor, 2023 will give Nigerians another opportunity to elect the right leaders and they should not miss it, hence, the choice of Tinubu.

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  •  Dr Abdul Azeez Adediran the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Governorship Candidate in Lagos State has promised to support traders in Alaba market to get registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise Adediran made the promise when he led some party chieftains on a solidarity visit to Alaba International Market in Ojo area of Lagos hellip
    CVR: Lagos PDP guber candidate visits Alaba market, pledges assistance
     Dr Abdul Azeez Adediran the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Governorship Candidate in Lagos State has promised to support traders in Alaba market to get registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise Adediran made the promise when he led some party chieftains on a solidarity visit to Alaba International Market in Ojo area of Lagos hellip
    CVR: Lagos PDP guber candidate visits Alaba market, pledges assistance
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    CVR: Lagos PDP guber candidate visits Alaba market, pledges assistance

    Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Lagos State, has promised to support traders in Alaba market to get registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.

    Adediran made the promise when he led some party chieftains on a solidarity visit to Alaba International Market in Ojo area of Lagos on Friday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the management of the market, had on June 9, closed down the market to allow traders to register for their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) but the effort was said to be unsuccessful.

    Addressing the traders, the PDP candidate said; “I am liaising with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make the process of registration seamless in Alaba and its environs.

    “Within the next couple of days, more machines and officials will be allotted to register people of Alaba, that has been the outcome of my parley with the electoral body.

    “Considering the contribution of Alaba in the state revenue generation, it will be inhuman to technically prevent them from choosing who their leader should be,” he said.

    The Lead Visioner, Lagos4Lagos Movement assured the traders that no effort would be spared at ensuring their registration for PVC.

    Adediran, who said he was in the race to bring the needed change in the scheme of things, said adequate security had been put in place at registration centres to forestall crisis.

    The 44-year-old candidate called on the youth to be at the vanguard of good electoral process by voting right and guiding their votes for it to count.

    In his response, the host and President, Alaba Amalgamated Association, Mr Geoffrey Udochukwu-Mbonu, said the people were ready for the exercise.

    According to him, for the traders who are daily earners to lock shops for a whole day speaks volume of their eagerness to get registered.

    The market leader, who frowned at intimidation of people at election, requested for security at registration centres.

    He commended the candidate for his concern and promised to mobilise traders to make themselves available for the exercise.


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