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  •   The main challenges facing humanity are complex and intertwined said F lix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC on Tuesday night while also noting that the DRC had faced decades of aggression at the hands of a neighboring country Peace and security for all control of climate change relaunch of the global economy post COVID economic recovery combating poverty and promoting collective well being are the most pressing challenges of today he said Overcoming them will require working in greater concert with more cooperation and solidarity among states and nations the DRC leader said in his opening speech at the UN General Assembly s annual high level debate Terrorism Underlining that international peace and security remain the main objective of the UN he said that neither indifference nor impetus on its part is acceptable in the face of any threat to international peace and security Currently this issue is crystallizing around the fight against terrorism as well as defusing hot spots in Europe and Africa he continued Terrorism has spared no continent Mr Tshilombo said adding that having metastasized to Africa the continent is paying a heavy price He pointed out that in the name of religious fundamentalism terrorists are barbarously killing innocent people in the East West Center and South of the continent And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge it is far from being eliminated As the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a victim of terrorism despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State the president urged the UN to be actively involved in the implementation of the Coalition s recommendations and the Aqaba process Declarations of intent and proclamations of faith without vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism he said Security crisis The president argued that the DRC has been the victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years of aggression Despite tireless international efforts the massive UN military presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and diplomatic support for 23 years this security issue continues to plague my country he said To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace and stability in the east of the country several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighboring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms but he regretted that an arrangement lasted only a few months Very quickly the architecture of those perspectives cracked and the building collapsed he said Rwanda s aggression The Head of State drew attention to the attacks in neighboring Rwanda and what he saw as that country s support for the armed terrorist groups that are devastating the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo In defiance of international law the United Nations Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union he said that Rwanda on March 23 not only launched a direct military incursion into North Kivu but also provided massive support to the armed forces of the M23 The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight peacekeepers committing a war crime he said referring to the UN peacekeeping and stabilization mission in the country Mr Tshilombo said he would continue tirelessly denouncing the aggression He then called for increased pressure on Rwanda and M23 to respect the positions taken by international organizations He further said there must be broad support for the continuation of the process Nairobi peace agreement the Luanda DRC Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force In that context he also urged the international community to support and encourage th The former president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and the current President of Angola Jo o Louren o mediators of the East African Community EAC and the African Union in the security crisis in the DRC to continue their good offices Image issue He told the Assembly that Rwanda s responsibility along with that of its allies the M23 has been documented in reports by UN mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on Re Great Lakes region international humanitarian non governmental organizations and human rights organization But to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of the Rwandan authorities on the subject the DRC s top official asked the president of the Security Council to officially distribute to its members the latest UN report on the subject It is a matter of image and credibility of our Organization he said Doing otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC he warned adding that it would also further fuel the legitimate suspicion of the Congolese people about the impartiality of the UN as well as the complicity of some of its members in these crimes
    The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo denounces the “aggression” of Rwanda and asks the United Nations to support the mediation led by Africans
      The main challenges facing humanity are complex and intertwined said F lix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC on Tuesday night while also noting that the DRC had faced decades of aggression at the hands of a neighboring country Peace and security for all control of climate change relaunch of the global economy post COVID economic recovery combating poverty and promoting collective well being are the most pressing challenges of today he said Overcoming them will require working in greater concert with more cooperation and solidarity among states and nations the DRC leader said in his opening speech at the UN General Assembly s annual high level debate Terrorism Underlining that international peace and security remain the main objective of the UN he said that neither indifference nor impetus on its part is acceptable in the face of any threat to international peace and security Currently this issue is crystallizing around the fight against terrorism as well as defusing hot spots in Europe and Africa he continued Terrorism has spared no continent Mr Tshilombo said adding that having metastasized to Africa the continent is paying a heavy price He pointed out that in the name of religious fundamentalism terrorists are barbarously killing innocent people in the East West Center and South of the continent And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge it is far from being eliminated As the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a victim of terrorism despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State the president urged the UN to be actively involved in the implementation of the Coalition s recommendations and the Aqaba process Declarations of intent and proclamations of faith without vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism he said Security crisis The president argued that the DRC has been the victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years of aggression Despite tireless international efforts the massive UN military presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and diplomatic support for 23 years this security issue continues to plague my country he said To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace and stability in the east of the country several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighboring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms but he regretted that an arrangement lasted only a few months Very quickly the architecture of those perspectives cracked and the building collapsed he said Rwanda s aggression The Head of State drew attention to the attacks in neighboring Rwanda and what he saw as that country s support for the armed terrorist groups that are devastating the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo In defiance of international law the United Nations Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union he said that Rwanda on March 23 not only launched a direct military incursion into North Kivu but also provided massive support to the armed forces of the M23 The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight peacekeepers committing a war crime he said referring to the UN peacekeeping and stabilization mission in the country Mr Tshilombo said he would continue tirelessly denouncing the aggression He then called for increased pressure on Rwanda and M23 to respect the positions taken by international organizations He further said there must be broad support for the continuation of the process Nairobi peace agreement the Luanda DRC Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force In that context he also urged the international community to support and encourage th The former president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and the current President of Angola Jo o Louren o mediators of the East African Community EAC and the African Union in the security crisis in the DRC to continue their good offices Image issue He told the Assembly that Rwanda s responsibility along with that of its allies the M23 has been documented in reports by UN mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on Re Great Lakes region international humanitarian non governmental organizations and human rights organization But to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of the Rwandan authorities on the subject the DRC s top official asked the president of the Security Council to officially distribute to its members the latest UN report on the subject It is a matter of image and credibility of our Organization he said Doing otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC he warned adding that it would also further fuel the legitimate suspicion of the Congolese people about the impartiality of the UN as well as the complicity of some of its members in these crimes
    The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo denounces the “aggression” of Rwanda and asks the United Nations to support the mediation led by Africans
    Africa4 months ago

    The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo denounces the “aggression” of Rwanda and asks the United Nations to support the mediation led by Africans

    The main challenges facing humanity are "complex and intertwined," said Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Tuesday night, while also noting that the DRC had faced decades of ' aggression' at the hands of a neighboring country.

    “Peace and security for all, control of climate change, relaunch of the global economy post-COVID economic recovery; combating poverty and promoting collective well-being ”are the most pressing challenges of today, he said.

    Overcoming them will require working in greater concert, with more cooperation and solidarity among states and nations, the DRC leader said in his opening speech at the UN General Assembly's annual high-level debate.

    Terrorism Underlining that international peace and security remain the main objective of the UN, he said that "neither indifference nor impetus on its part" is acceptable "in the face of any threat to international peace and security."

    Currently, this issue is "crystallizing around the fight against terrorism as well as defusing hot spots" in Europe and Africa, he continued.

    “Terrorism has spared no continent,” Mr. Tshilombo said, adding that having metastasized to Africa, the continent is paying a heavy price.

    He pointed out that in the name of religious fundamentalism, terrorists are barbarously killing innocent people in the East, West, Center and South of the continent.

    And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge, it is far from being eliminated.

    As the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a victim of terrorism, despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State, the president urged the UN to be actively involved in the implementation of the Coalition's recommendations and the Aqaba process.

    “Declarations of intent and proclamations of faith without vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism,” he said.

    Security crisis The president argued that the DRC has been the victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years of aggression.

    “Despite tireless international efforts, the massive UN military presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and diplomatic support for 23 years, this security issue continues to plague my country,” he said.

    To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace and stability in the east of the country, several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighboring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms, but he regretted that an arrangement lasted only a few months .

    "Very quickly, the architecture of those perspectives cracked and the building collapsed," he said.

    Rwanda's 'aggression' The Head of State drew attention to the attacks in neighboring Rwanda and what he saw as that country's support for the armed terrorist groups that are devastating the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    In defiance of international law, the United Nations Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union, he said that Rwanda, on March 23, not only launched a direct military incursion into North Kivu, but also provided "massive" support " to the armed forces of the M23.

    "The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight peacekeepers...

    committing a war crime," he said, referring to the UN peacekeeping and stabilization mission in the country.

    Mr. Tshilombo said he would continue "tirelessly denouncing" the aggression.

    He then called for increased pressure on Rwanda and M23 to respect the positions taken by international organizations.

    He further said there must be broad support for the continuation of the process.

    Nairobi peace agreement, the Luanda DRC-Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force.

    In that context, he also urged the international community to support and encourage th The former president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the current President of Angola, João Lourenço, mediators of the East African Community (EAC) and the African Union in the security crisis in the DRC, to continue their good offices Image issue He told the Assembly that Rwanda's responsibility along with that of its allies, the M23, has been documented in reports by UN-mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on Re Great Lakes region, international humanitarian non-governmental organizations and human rights organization.

    But, to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of the Rwandan authorities on the subject, the DRC's top official asked the president of the Security Council to officially distribute to its members the latest UN report on the subject.

    “It is a matter of image and credibility of our Organization,” he said.

    Doing otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, he warned, adding that it would also further fuel the legitimate suspicion of the Congolese people about the impartiality of the UN, as well as the complicity of some of its members.

    in these crimes.

  •  Sen Ibrahim Shekarau Kano Central on Wednesday at plenary formally announced his detection from the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Shekarau had on Aug 29 defected along with his supporters to PDP from NNPP on issues bordering on alleged unfair treatment by the leadership of the party President of Senate Ahmad Lawan read the letter announcing his official defection Shekarau in the letter said his defection and that of thousands of his supporters in Kano from NNPP to PDP was to actualise their political aspirations in a party that accommodates them After the announcement PDP senators led by the minority leader Philip Aduda and the minority whip Chukwuka Utazi embraced Shakarau for defecting to their party NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Shekarau formerly defects to PDP in Senate
     Sen Ibrahim Shekarau Kano Central on Wednesday at plenary formally announced his detection from the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Shekarau had on Aug 29 defected along with his supporters to PDP from NNPP on issues bordering on alleged unfair treatment by the leadership of the party President of Senate Ahmad Lawan read the letter announcing his official defection Shekarau in the letter said his defection and that of thousands of his supporters in Kano from NNPP to PDP was to actualise their political aspirations in a party that accommodates them After the announcement PDP senators led by the minority leader Philip Aduda and the minority whip Chukwuka Utazi embraced Shakarau for defecting to their party NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Shekarau formerly defects to PDP in Senate
    General news4 months ago

    Shekarau formerly defects to PDP in Senate

    Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central) on Wednesday at plenary formally announced his detection from the New Nigeria Peoples Party ( NNPP), to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

    Shekarau had on Aug. 29, defected along with his supporters to PDP from NNPP, on issues bordering on alleged unfair treatment by the leadership of the party.

    President of Senate Ahmad Lawan read the letter ,announcing his official defection.

    Shekarau in the letter said his defection and that of thousands of his supporters in Kano from NNPP to PDP , was to actualise their political aspirations in a party that accommodates them .

    After the announcement, PDP senators led by the minority leader , Philip Aduda and the minority whip, Chukwuka Utazi embraced Shakarau for defecting to their party.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  An Istanbul court on Wednesday adjourned verdict in a case against Istanbul s opposition party Mayor Ekrem mamo lu over alleged insult on state officials in a 2019 speech The hearing was adjourned until Nov 11 mamo lu s lawyer Kemal Polat told dpa Polat said the court accepted the defence s request to invite a witness and to examine a DVD that contains the speech in question that mamo lu made Prosecutors were seeking up to four years in prison or a political ban for mamo lu for allegedly calling members of the Supreme Electoral Council YSK fools during a November 2019 speech This is according to an indictment seen by dpa The case was unfortunately ongoing but the court should drop it as soon as possible mamo lu said on Wednesday in Istanbul in remarks carried by his office If the court imposed a political ban or prison sentence of one year or more mamo lu would have to step down lawyer Polat said The mayor would stay in office until any such decision was final following an appeals process he added mamo lu from the main opposition Republican People s Party CHP narrowly won the March 2019 mayoral election against his rival from President Recep Tayyip Erdo an s ruling party He won in a re run in June 2019 by a larger margin after the YSK annulled the original result from March Considered a potential challenger to Erdo an s 20 year rule in the elections set for 2023 mamo lu was an outspoken critic of the president s policies particularly concerning the economy and urban planning NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court adjourns verdict in ‘insult’ case against Istanbul mayor
     An Istanbul court on Wednesday adjourned verdict in a case against Istanbul s opposition party Mayor Ekrem mamo lu over alleged insult on state officials in a 2019 speech The hearing was adjourned until Nov 11 mamo lu s lawyer Kemal Polat told dpa Polat said the court accepted the defence s request to invite a witness and to examine a DVD that contains the speech in question that mamo lu made Prosecutors were seeking up to four years in prison or a political ban for mamo lu for allegedly calling members of the Supreme Electoral Council YSK fools during a November 2019 speech This is according to an indictment seen by dpa The case was unfortunately ongoing but the court should drop it as soon as possible mamo lu said on Wednesday in Istanbul in remarks carried by his office If the court imposed a political ban or prison sentence of one year or more mamo lu would have to step down lawyer Polat said The mayor would stay in office until any such decision was final following an appeals process he added mamo lu from the main opposition Republican People s Party CHP narrowly won the March 2019 mayoral election against his rival from President Recep Tayyip Erdo an s ruling party He won in a re run in June 2019 by a larger margin after the YSK annulled the original result from March Considered a potential challenger to Erdo an s 20 year rule in the elections set for 2023 mamo lu was an outspoken critic of the president s policies particularly concerning the economy and urban planning NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court adjourns verdict in ‘insult’ case against Istanbul mayor
    Foreign4 months ago

    Court adjourns verdict in ‘insult’ case against Istanbul mayor

    An Istanbul court on Wednesday adjourned verdict in a case against Istanbul’s opposition party Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over alleged insult on state officials in a 2019 speech.

    The hearing was adjourned until Nov. 11, İmamoğlu’s lawyer Kemal Polat told dpa.

    Polat said the court accepted the defence’s request to invite a witness and to examine a DVD that contains the speech in question that İmamoğlu made.

    Prosecutors were seeking up to four years in prison or a political ban for İmamoğlu for allegedly calling members of the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) “fools’’ during a November 2019 speech.

    This is according to an indictment seen by dpa.

    The case was “unfortunately ongoing but the court should drop it as soon as possible,’’ İmamoğlu said on Wednesday in Istanbul, in remarks carried by his office.

    If the court imposed a political ban or prison sentence of one year or more, İmamoğlu would have to step down, lawyer Polat said.

    The mayor would stay in office until any such decision was final following an appeals process, he added.

    İmamoğlu, from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), narrowly won the March 2019 mayoral election against his rival from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party.

    He won in a re-run in June 2019 by a larger margin, after the YSK annulled the original result from March.

    Considered a potential challenger to Erdoğan’s 20-year rule in the elections set for 2023, İmamoğlu was an outspoken critic of the president’s policies, particularly concerning the economy and urban planning.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   On September 19 2022 HE Don Pramudwinai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level namely 1 reforms of the health architecture global 2 ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post COVID 19 era 3 concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine and 4 discussions on the Group s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77 DPM FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform both structural and functional changes to more effectively address emerging threats to health He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable more inclusive and more coherent In Equidad DPM FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage UHC and increase the capacity of primary health care The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID 19 for both Thai and non Thai populations DPM FM also highlighted the importance of prevention as a profitable investment in health including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre existing cases of ill health In this regard Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme The Future of Life Living in Harmony Sharing Prosperity which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand s competence as a center world class doctor and leading destination in medical tourism On Inclusiveness DPM FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies In addition Thailand has hired village health volunteers trained migrant health workers and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program IFETP On Coherence DPM FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance DPM FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future pandemic instrument and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005 In addition he shared Thailand s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review UHPR process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy The Group is made up of seven countries Norway France Brazil Indonesia Senegal South Africa and Thailand The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes issues on health each year The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is Strengthening consensus on global health in a post COVID 19 world building a healthier world for all
    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77
      On September 19 2022 HE Don Pramudwinai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level namely 1 reforms of the health architecture global 2 ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post COVID 19 era 3 concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine and 4 discussions on the Group s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77 DPM FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform both structural and functional changes to more effectively address emerging threats to health He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable more inclusive and more coherent In Equidad DPM FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage UHC and increase the capacity of primary health care The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID 19 for both Thai and non Thai populations DPM FM also highlighted the importance of prevention as a profitable investment in health including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre existing cases of ill health In this regard Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme The Future of Life Living in Harmony Sharing Prosperity which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand s competence as a center world class doctor and leading destination in medical tourism On Inclusiveness DPM FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies In addition Thailand has hired village health volunteers trained migrant health workers and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program IFETP On Coherence DPM FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance DPM FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future pandemic instrument and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005 In addition he shared Thailand s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review UHPR process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy The Group is made up of seven countries Norway France Brazil Indonesia Senegal South Africa and Thailand The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes issues on health each year The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is Strengthening consensus on global health in a post COVID 19 world building a healthier world for all
    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77
    Africa4 months ago

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77

    On September 19, 2022, HE Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH), organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH, at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York. The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022.

    The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level, namely (1) reforms of the health architecture global; (2) ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era; (3) concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine; and (4) discussions on the Group's draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77.

    DPM/FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform, both structural and functional changes, to more effectively address emerging threats to health.

    He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable, more inclusive, and more coherent.

    In 'Equidad', DPM/FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increase the capacity of primary health care.

    The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID-19, for both Thai and non-Thai populations.

    DPM/FM also highlighted the importance of prevention, as a profitable investment in health, including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre-existing cases of ill health.

    In this regard, Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme "The Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity", which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand's competence as a center world class doctor.

    and leading destination in medical tourism.

    On “Inclusiveness”, DPM/FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good, while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies.

    In addition, Thailand has hired "village health volunteers," trained migrant health workers, and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP).

    On “Coherence”, DPM/FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities, in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance.

    DPM/FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future 'pandemic instrument' and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005).

    In addition, he shared Thailand's experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community.

    The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members, with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy.

    The Group is made up of seven countries: Norway, France, Brazil, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand.

    The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes/issues on health each year.

    The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is "Strengthening consensus on global health in a post-COVID-19 world: building a healthier world for all."

  •  President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia s first mobilisation since World War II and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia In the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow s Feb 24 invasion Putin explicitly raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict approved a plan to annex a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary and called up 300 000 reservists If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people this is not a bluff Putin said in a televised address to the nation Citing NATO expansion towards Russia s borders Putin said the West was plotting to destroy his country engaging in nuclear blackmail by allegedly discussing the potential use of nuclear weapons against Moscow and accused the United States the European Union and Britain of encouraging Ukraine to push military operations into Russia itself In its aggressive anti Russian policy the West has crossed every line Putin said This is not a bluff And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them he added The address which followed a critical Russian battlefield defeat in northeastern Ukraine fuelled speculation about the course of the war the 69 year old Kremlin chief s own future and showed Putin was doubling down on what he calls his special military operation in Ukraine In essence Putin is betting that by increasing the risk of a direct confrontation between the U S led NATO military alliance and Russia a step towards World War Three the West will blink over its support for Ukraine something it has shown no sign of doing so far Putin s war in Ukraine has killed tens of thousands unleashed an inflationary wave through the global economy and triggered the worst confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when many feared nuclear war imminent Putin signed a decree on partially mobilising Russia s reserves arguing that Russian soldiers were effectively facing the full force of the collective West which has been supplying Kyiv s forces with advanced weapons training and intelligence Speaking shortly after Putin Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would draft some 300 000 additional personnel out of some 25 million potential fighters at Moscow s disposal The mobilisation the first since the Soviet Union battled Nazi Germany in World War Two begins immediately Such a move is risky for Putin who has so far tried to preserve a semblance of peace in the capital and other major cities where support for the war is lower than in the provinces Ever since Putin was handed the nuclear briefcase by Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999 his overriding priority has been to restore at least some of the great power status which Moscow lost when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Putin has repeatedly railed against the United States for driving NATO s eastward expansion especially its courting of ex Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Georgia which Russia regards as part of its own sphere of influence an idea both nations reject Putin said that top government officials in several unnamed leading NATO countries had spoken of potentially using nuclear weapons against Russia He also accused the West of risking nuclear catastrophe by allowing Ukraine to shell the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which is under Russian control something Kyiv has denied Putin gave his explicit support to referendums that will be held in coming days in swathes of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops the first step to formal annexation of a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary The self styled Donetsk DPR and the Luhansk People s Republics LPR which Putin recognised as independent just before the invasion and Russian installed officials in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions have asked for votes We will support the decision on their future which will be made by the majority of residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk People s Republics Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Putin said We cannot have no moral right to hand over people close to us to the executioners we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate That paves the way for the formal annexation of about 15 per cent of Ukrainian territory The West and Ukraine have condemned the referendum plan as an illegal sham and vowed never to accept its results French President Emmanuel Macron said the plans were a parody Kyiv has denied persecuting ethnic Russians or Russian speakers But by formally annexing Ukrainian territories Putin is giving himself the potential pretext to use nuclear weapons from Russia s arsenal the largest in the world Russia s nuclear doctrine allows the use of such weapons if weapons of mass destruction are used against it or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons It is in our historical tradition in the fate of our people to stop those striving for world domination who threaten the dismemberment and enslavement of our Motherland our Fatherland Putin said We will do it now and it will be so said Putin I believe in your support YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin escalates Ukraine war, issues nuclear threat to West
     President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia s first mobilisation since World War II and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia In the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow s Feb 24 invasion Putin explicitly raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict approved a plan to annex a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary and called up 300 000 reservists If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people this is not a bluff Putin said in a televised address to the nation Citing NATO expansion towards Russia s borders Putin said the West was plotting to destroy his country engaging in nuclear blackmail by allegedly discussing the potential use of nuclear weapons against Moscow and accused the United States the European Union and Britain of encouraging Ukraine to push military operations into Russia itself In its aggressive anti Russian policy the West has crossed every line Putin said This is not a bluff And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them he added The address which followed a critical Russian battlefield defeat in northeastern Ukraine fuelled speculation about the course of the war the 69 year old Kremlin chief s own future and showed Putin was doubling down on what he calls his special military operation in Ukraine In essence Putin is betting that by increasing the risk of a direct confrontation between the U S led NATO military alliance and Russia a step towards World War Three the West will blink over its support for Ukraine something it has shown no sign of doing so far Putin s war in Ukraine has killed tens of thousands unleashed an inflationary wave through the global economy and triggered the worst confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when many feared nuclear war imminent Putin signed a decree on partially mobilising Russia s reserves arguing that Russian soldiers were effectively facing the full force of the collective West which has been supplying Kyiv s forces with advanced weapons training and intelligence Speaking shortly after Putin Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would draft some 300 000 additional personnel out of some 25 million potential fighters at Moscow s disposal The mobilisation the first since the Soviet Union battled Nazi Germany in World War Two begins immediately Such a move is risky for Putin who has so far tried to preserve a semblance of peace in the capital and other major cities where support for the war is lower than in the provinces Ever since Putin was handed the nuclear briefcase by Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999 his overriding priority has been to restore at least some of the great power status which Moscow lost when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Putin has repeatedly railed against the United States for driving NATO s eastward expansion especially its courting of ex Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Georgia which Russia regards as part of its own sphere of influence an idea both nations reject Putin said that top government officials in several unnamed leading NATO countries had spoken of potentially using nuclear weapons against Russia He also accused the West of risking nuclear catastrophe by allowing Ukraine to shell the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which is under Russian control something Kyiv has denied Putin gave his explicit support to referendums that will be held in coming days in swathes of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops the first step to formal annexation of a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary The self styled Donetsk DPR and the Luhansk People s Republics LPR which Putin recognised as independent just before the invasion and Russian installed officials in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions have asked for votes We will support the decision on their future which will be made by the majority of residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk People s Republics Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Putin said We cannot have no moral right to hand over people close to us to the executioners we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate That paves the way for the formal annexation of about 15 per cent of Ukrainian territory The West and Ukraine have condemned the referendum plan as an illegal sham and vowed never to accept its results French President Emmanuel Macron said the plans were a parody Kyiv has denied persecuting ethnic Russians or Russian speakers But by formally annexing Ukrainian territories Putin is giving himself the potential pretext to use nuclear weapons from Russia s arsenal the largest in the world Russia s nuclear doctrine allows the use of such weapons if weapons of mass destruction are used against it or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons It is in our historical tradition in the fate of our people to stop those striving for world domination who threaten the dismemberment and enslavement of our Motherland our Fatherland Putin said We will do it now and it will be so said Putin I believe in your support YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin escalates Ukraine war, issues nuclear threat to West
    Foreign4 months ago

    Putin escalates Ukraine war, issues nuclear threat to West

    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War II and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.

    In the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion, Putin explicitly raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict, approved a plan to annex a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary, and called up 300,000 reservists.

    “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in a televised address to the nation.

    Citing NATO expansion towards Russia’s borders, Putin said the West was plotting to destroy his country, engaging in “nuclear blackmail” by allegedly discussing the potential use of nuclear weapons against Moscow, and accused the United States, the European Union and Britain of encouraging Ukraine to push military operations into Russia itself.

    “In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line,” Putin said.

    “This is not a bluff.

    And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them,” he added.

    The address, which followed a critical Russian battlefield defeat in northeastern Ukraine, fuelled speculation about the course of the war, the 69-year-old Kremlin chief’s own future, and showed Putin was doubling down on what he calls his “special military operation” in Ukraine.

    In essence, Putin is betting that by increasing the risk of a direct confrontation between the U.

    S.-led NATO military alliance and Russia — a step towards World War Three – the West will blink over its support for Ukraine, something it has shown no sign of doing so far.

    Putin’s war in Ukraine has killed tens of thousands, unleashed an inflationary wave through the global economy and triggered the worst confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when many feared nuclear war imminent.

    Putin signed a decree on partially mobilising Russia’s reserves, arguing that Russian soldiers were effectively facing the full force of the “collective West” which has been supplying Kyiv’s forces with advanced weapons, training and intelligence.

    Speaking shortly after Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would draft some 300,000 additional personnel out of some 25 million potential fighters at Moscow’s disposal.

    The mobilisation, the first since the Soviet Union battled Nazi Germany in World War Two, begins immediately.

    Such a move is risky for Putin, who has so far tried to preserve a semblance of peace in the capital and other major cities where support for the war is lower than in the provinces.

    Ever since Putin was handed the nuclear briefcase by Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999, his overriding priority has been to restore at least some of the great power status which Moscow lost when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Putin has repeatedly railed against the United States for driving NATO’s eastward expansion, especially its courting of ex-Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Georgia which Russia regards as part of its own sphere of influence, an idea both nations reject.

    Putin said that top government officials in several unnamed “leading” NATO countries had spoken of potentially using nuclear weapons against Russia.

    He also accused the West of risking “nuclear catastrophe,” by allowing Ukraine to shell the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which is under Russian control, something Kyiv has denied.

    Putin gave his explicit support to referendums that will be held in coming days in swathes of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops – the first step to formal annexation of a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary.

    The self-styled Donetsk (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR), which Putin recognised as independent just before the invasion, and Russian-installed officials in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions have asked for votes.

    “We will support the decision on their future, which will be made by the majority of residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson,” Putin said.

    “We cannot, have no moral right to hand over people close to us to the executioners, we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate.

    ” That paves the way for the formal annexation of about 15 per cent of Ukrainian territory.

    The West and Ukraine have condemned the referendum plan as an illegal sham and vowed never to accept its results.

    French President Emmanuel Macron said the plans were “a parody.

    ” Kyiv has denied persecuting ethnic Russians or Russian-speakers.

    But by formally annexing Ukrainian territories, Putin is giving himself the potential pretext to use nuclear weapons from Russia’s arsenal, the largest in the world.

    Russia’s nuclear doctrine allows the use of such weapons if weapons of mass destruction are used against it or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.

    “It is in our historical tradition, in the fate of our people, to stop those striving for world domination, who threaten the dismemberment and enslavement of our Motherland, our Fatherland,” Putin said.

    “We will do it now, and it will be so,” said Putin.

    “I believe in your support.

    ” YEE (
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  •  Ms May Ikokwu Chief Executive Officer CEO Save Our Heritage Initiative SOHI an NGO on Wednesday advocated stronger collaboration among stakeholders to increase Alzheimer s disease awareness campaign Alzheimer s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory thinking and behavior Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks Ikokwu made the call in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria as the world commemorates Alzheimer s Day The day is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer s disease related dementia Ikokwu who is a culture advocate who described Alzheimer s as a progressive disease where dementia symptoms gradually worsens over a number of years adding that it is catastrophic to the brain In its early stages memory loss is mild but with late stage Alzheimer s individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment Alzheimer s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning As it advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms including disorientation mood and behavior changes she said Ikokwu explained that people with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer s may find it hard to recognise that they a health challenge She that signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends as usually evidenced by the person starting to repeat him or herself Ikokwu who said that Alzheimer s can best be prevented advised that anyone experiencing dementia like symptoms should accompanied by a family member see a doctor as soon as possible This is necessary as Alzheimer s disease manifests in various ways with people and there is no universal solution for all cases Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improve dramatically and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life Regular physical exercise like dancing may be a beneficial strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer s and vascular dementia she said According to her exercises such as continuous learning may directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain A medically approved exercise programme is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan because of its known cardiovascular benefits Current evidence suggests that eating healthy food that improves the condition of the heart may also help protect the brain she said The SOHI chief said it was unfortunate that those suffering from Alzheimer s disease suffer stigma including children out ignorance mocking them nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group advocates increased Alzheimer’s disease awareness 
     Ms May Ikokwu Chief Executive Officer CEO Save Our Heritage Initiative SOHI an NGO on Wednesday advocated stronger collaboration among stakeholders to increase Alzheimer s disease awareness campaign Alzheimer s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory thinking and behavior Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks Ikokwu made the call in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria as the world commemorates Alzheimer s Day The day is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer s disease related dementia Ikokwu who is a culture advocate who described Alzheimer s as a progressive disease where dementia symptoms gradually worsens over a number of years adding that it is catastrophic to the brain In its early stages memory loss is mild but with late stage Alzheimer s individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment Alzheimer s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning As it advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms including disorientation mood and behavior changes she said Ikokwu explained that people with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer s may find it hard to recognise that they a health challenge She that signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends as usually evidenced by the person starting to repeat him or herself Ikokwu who said that Alzheimer s can best be prevented advised that anyone experiencing dementia like symptoms should accompanied by a family member see a doctor as soon as possible This is necessary as Alzheimer s disease manifests in various ways with people and there is no universal solution for all cases Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improve dramatically and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life Regular physical exercise like dancing may be a beneficial strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer s and vascular dementia she said According to her exercises such as continuous learning may directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain A medically approved exercise programme is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan because of its known cardiovascular benefits Current evidence suggests that eating healthy food that improves the condition of the heart may also help protect the brain she said The SOHI chief said it was unfortunate that those suffering from Alzheimer s disease suffer stigma including children out ignorance mocking them nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group advocates increased Alzheimer’s disease awareness 
    General news4 months ago

    Group advocates increased Alzheimer’s disease awareness 

    Ms May Ikokwu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an NGO, on Wednesday advocated stronger collaboration among stakeholders to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness campaign.

    Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior.

    Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

    Ikokwu made the call in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria as the world commemorates Alzheimer’s Day. The day is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s disease related dementia.

    Ikokwu, who is a culture advocate, who described Alzheimer’s as a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsens over a number of years, adding that it is catastrophic to the brain.

    “In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.

    “Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning.

    “As it advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes,” she said.

    Ikokwu explained that people with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it hard to recognise that they a health challenge.

    She that signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends as usually evidenced by the person starting to repeat him or herself.

    Ikokwu, who said that Alzheimer’s can best be prevented, advised that anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should, accompanied by a family member, see a doctor as soon as possible.

    “This is necessary as Alzheimer’s disease manifests in various ways with people and there is no universal solution for all cases.

    “Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improve dramatically, and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life.

    “Regular physical exercise like dancing may be a beneficial strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia”, she said.

    According to her, exercises such as continuous learning may directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain.

    “A medically approved exercise programme is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan because of its known cardiovascular benefits.

    “Current evidence suggests that eating healthy food that improves the condition of the heart may also help protect the brain,” she said.

    The SOHI chief said it was unfortunate that those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease suffer stigma including children, out ignorance, mocking them.

    nanews.


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  •   Nairobi resident Cyprine Odada was so tired of traffic jams that in 2015 she decided to try cycling to work Her first trip on two wheels through the Kenyan capital was eye opening It was very scary and most of the motor vehicle users were not friendly said Odada a city planner There were many who thought that cyclists and especially women should not be on our roads Her experience was far from unique In Kenya and much of Africa pedestrians and cyclists routinely face hazards such as speeding cars crumbling sidewalks and during the rainy season flooding Every day an average of 261 pedestrians and 18 cyclists are killed on the roads of Africa Yet cities across the continent are taking what experts call encouraging steps to bring those numbers down Municipalities from Cape Town to Cairo are building cycle paths improving pedestrian access to public transport and rehabilitating urban infrastructure As well as making roads safer the changes could help reduce air pollution which kills hundreds of thousands of people annually in Africa by empowering people to choose safe and comfortable modes of transport with low emissions and avoid cars that spew soot Policies and investments that promote walking and cycling save lives and also combat congestion air pollution and climate change said Sheila Aggarwal Khan director of the Economics Division at the United Nations Environment Program Environment UNEP Although the continent as a whole is historically among the lowest emitters Africa s transport sector produced almost 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 a number that is rising rapidly Many of the municipal efforts to improve road safety are outlined in a new report from UNEP the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN Habitat and the Walk21 Foundation The publication Walking and Cycling in Africa Evidence and Good Practice to Inspire Action is designed to encourage policymakers to make roads safer for all users particularly cyclists and pedestrians The one billion people who walk and bike for nearly an hour every day put their lives at incredible risk the moment they leave their homes the report said They must circulate on streets without accessible sidewalks They have to cross roads dotted with speeding cars or cross makeshift intersections Experts say that by building walking and cycling infrastructure cities can move people away from cars buses and motorcycles helping to alleviate the often deadly pollution that hangs over many people African cities A UNEP funded study found that ambient air pollution accounted for 394 000 deaths on the continent in 2019 In Nairobi for example the dominant type of air pollution is fine particulate matter PM2 5 The concentration of PM2 5 in the Kenyan capital was 14 7 micrograms per cubic meter according to data compiled by UNEP and IQAir a Swiss quality technology company of the air about 1 5 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization Vehicles that burn fuel could also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change Africa s transport sector produced nearly 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 a figure that is rising rapidly Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Africa walking and cycling are generally the least considered in urban planning Infrastructure investments tend to focus on motorized vehicles including the growing number of privately owned cars The Walking and Cycling in Africa report follows the launch last year of the Cycling Cities Campaign which is supported by UNEP and UN Habitat The report called for systematic investment in dedicated infrastructure such as sidewalks bike lanes and highway crossings He urged cities to make roads near schools safer and encouraged officials to map public transport stops to ensure they are walkable or bikeable The report highlights a case study from Lusaka Zambia where officials with the support of UNEP and other UN agencies used accident data to map the city s most dangerous roads and intersections That data officials hope will be used to make targeted infrastructure improvements Odada the urban planner hopes to see more evidence based decision making like that in the years to come As an urban planner I hadn t initially made the connection between my work and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our roads said Odada who now works with the Critical Mass Nairobi cycling safety group We need better road designs that incorporate bike lanes and better policies and laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians
    In Africa, cities strive to make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians
      Nairobi resident Cyprine Odada was so tired of traffic jams that in 2015 she decided to try cycling to work Her first trip on two wheels through the Kenyan capital was eye opening It was very scary and most of the motor vehicle users were not friendly said Odada a city planner There were many who thought that cyclists and especially women should not be on our roads Her experience was far from unique In Kenya and much of Africa pedestrians and cyclists routinely face hazards such as speeding cars crumbling sidewalks and during the rainy season flooding Every day an average of 261 pedestrians and 18 cyclists are killed on the roads of Africa Yet cities across the continent are taking what experts call encouraging steps to bring those numbers down Municipalities from Cape Town to Cairo are building cycle paths improving pedestrian access to public transport and rehabilitating urban infrastructure As well as making roads safer the changes could help reduce air pollution which kills hundreds of thousands of people annually in Africa by empowering people to choose safe and comfortable modes of transport with low emissions and avoid cars that spew soot Policies and investments that promote walking and cycling save lives and also combat congestion air pollution and climate change said Sheila Aggarwal Khan director of the Economics Division at the United Nations Environment Program Environment UNEP Although the continent as a whole is historically among the lowest emitters Africa s transport sector produced almost 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 a number that is rising rapidly Many of the municipal efforts to improve road safety are outlined in a new report from UNEP the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN Habitat and the Walk21 Foundation The publication Walking and Cycling in Africa Evidence and Good Practice to Inspire Action is designed to encourage policymakers to make roads safer for all users particularly cyclists and pedestrians The one billion people who walk and bike for nearly an hour every day put their lives at incredible risk the moment they leave their homes the report said They must circulate on streets without accessible sidewalks They have to cross roads dotted with speeding cars or cross makeshift intersections Experts say that by building walking and cycling infrastructure cities can move people away from cars buses and motorcycles helping to alleviate the often deadly pollution that hangs over many people African cities A UNEP funded study found that ambient air pollution accounted for 394 000 deaths on the continent in 2019 In Nairobi for example the dominant type of air pollution is fine particulate matter PM2 5 The concentration of PM2 5 in the Kenyan capital was 14 7 micrograms per cubic meter according to data compiled by UNEP and IQAir a Swiss quality technology company of the air about 1 5 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization Vehicles that burn fuel could also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change Africa s transport sector produced nearly 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 a figure that is rising rapidly Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Africa walking and cycling are generally the least considered in urban planning Infrastructure investments tend to focus on motorized vehicles including the growing number of privately owned cars The Walking and Cycling in Africa report follows the launch last year of the Cycling Cities Campaign which is supported by UNEP and UN Habitat The report called for systematic investment in dedicated infrastructure such as sidewalks bike lanes and highway crossings He urged cities to make roads near schools safer and encouraged officials to map public transport stops to ensure they are walkable or bikeable The report highlights a case study from Lusaka Zambia where officials with the support of UNEP and other UN agencies used accident data to map the city s most dangerous roads and intersections That data officials hope will be used to make targeted infrastructure improvements Odada the urban planner hopes to see more evidence based decision making like that in the years to come As an urban planner I hadn t initially made the connection between my work and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our roads said Odada who now works with the Critical Mass Nairobi cycling safety group We need better road designs that incorporate bike lanes and better policies and laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians
    In Africa, cities strive to make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians
    Africa4 months ago

    In Africa, cities strive to make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians

    Nairobi resident Cyprine Odada was so tired of traffic jams that in 2015 she decided to try cycling to work.

    Her first trip on two wheels through the Kenyan capital was eye-opening.

    "It was very scary, and most of the motor vehicle users were not friendly," said Odada, a city planner.

    "There were many who thought that cyclists, and especially women, should not be on our roads."

    Her experience was far from unique.

    In Kenya and much of Africa, pedestrians and cyclists routinely face hazards such as speeding cars, crumbling sidewalks and, during the rainy season, flooding.

    Every day, an average of 261 pedestrians and 18 cyclists are killed on the roads of Africa.

    Yet cities across the continent are taking what experts call encouraging steps to bring those numbers down.

    Municipalities from Cape Town to Cairo are building cycle paths, improving pedestrian access to public transport and rehabilitating urban infrastructure.

    As well as making roads safer, the changes could help reduce air pollution, which kills hundreds of thousands of people annually in Africa, by empowering people to choose safe and comfortable modes of transport with low emissions.

    and avoid cars that spew soot.

    "Policies and investments that promote walking and cycling save lives and also combat congestion, air pollution and climate change," said Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, director of the Economics Division at the United Nations Environment Program.

    Environment (UNEP).

    Although the continent as a whole is historically among the lowest emitters, Africa's transport sector produced almost 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019, a number that is rising rapidly.

    Many of the municipal efforts to improve road safety are outlined in a new report from UNEP, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the Walk21 Foundation.

    The publication, Walking and Cycling in Africa: Evidence and Good Practice to Inspire Action, is designed to encourage policymakers to make roads safer for all users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

    "The one billion people who walk and bike for nearly an hour every day put their lives at incredible risk the moment they leave their homes," the report said.

    “They must circulate on streets without accessible sidewalks.

    They have to cross roads dotted with speeding cars or cross makeshift intersections."

    Experts say that by building walking and cycling infrastructure, cities can move people away from cars, buses and motorcycles, helping to alleviate the often deadly pollution that hangs over many people African cities: A UNEP-funded study found that ambient air pollution accounted for 394,000 deaths on the continent in 2019.

    In Nairobi, for example, the dominant type of air pollution is fine particulate matter (PM2.5).The concentration of PM2.5 in the Kenyan capital was 14.7 micrograms per cubic meter, according to data compiled by UNEP and IQAir, a Swiss quality technology company of the air, about 1.5 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization -Vehicles that burn fuel could also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.

    Africa's transport sector produced nearly 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019, a figure that is rising rapidly.

    Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Africa, walking and cycling are generally the least considered in urban planning.

    Infrastructure investments tend to focus on motorized vehicles, including the growing number of privately owned cars.

    The Walking and Cycling in Africa report follows the launch last year of the Cycling Cities Campaign, which is supported by UNEP and UN-Habitat.

    The report called for systematic investment in dedicated infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes and highway crossings.

    He urged cities to make roads near schools safer and encouraged officials to map public transport stops to ensure they are walkable or bikeable.

    The report highlights a case study from Lusaka, Zambia, where officials, with the support of UNEP and other UN agencies, used accident data to map the city's most dangerous roads and intersections.

    That data, officials hope, will be used to make targeted infrastructure improvements.

    Odada, the urban planner, hopes to see more evidence-based decision-making like that in the years to come.

    “As an urban planner, I hadn't initially made the connection between my work and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our roads,” said Odada, who now works with the Critical Mass Nairobi cycling safety group.

    "We need better road designs that incorporate bike lanes and better policies and laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians."

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Minister of State Federal Capital Territory FCT Dr Ramatu Aliyu over the passing of her mother Hajiya Zainab Ali In a condolence message by his media aide Mr Femi Adesina on Wednesday in Abuja Buhari commiserated with family members friends and associates of the late matriarch who defined her life with kindness charity and service to humanity The president noted outpouring of testimonies over the good life of late Zainab fondly called Gogo with reflections on her wise counsels He also noted with delight Zainab s diligence in business and enveloping love for her children orphans neighbours and community especially for the underprivileged Buhari prayed that the almighty God would remember her investments of love on earth and grant her eternal rest NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari condoles FCT Minister of State Ramatu Aliyu over mother’s death
     President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Minister of State Federal Capital Territory FCT Dr Ramatu Aliyu over the passing of her mother Hajiya Zainab Ali In a condolence message by his media aide Mr Femi Adesina on Wednesday in Abuja Buhari commiserated with family members friends and associates of the late matriarch who defined her life with kindness charity and service to humanity The president noted outpouring of testimonies over the good life of late Zainab fondly called Gogo with reflections on her wise counsels He also noted with delight Zainab s diligence in business and enveloping love for her children orphans neighbours and community especially for the underprivileged Buhari prayed that the almighty God would remember her investments of love on earth and grant her eternal rest NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari condoles FCT Minister of State Ramatu Aliyu over mother’s death
    General news4 months ago

    Buhari condoles FCT Minister of State Ramatu Aliyu over mother’s death

    President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Ramatu Aliyu, over the passing of her mother, Hajiya Zainab Ali. In a condolence message by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina on Wednesday in Abuja, Buhari commiserated with family members, friends and associates of the late matriarch, “who defined her life with kindness, charity and service to humanity’’.

    The president noted outpouring of testimonies over the good life of late Zainab, fondly called “Gogo”, with reflections on her wise counsels.

    He also noted with delight Zainab’s diligence in business and enveloping love for her children, orphans, neighbours and community, especially for the underprivileged.

    Buhari prayed that the almighty God would remember her investments of love on earth and grant her eternal rest. 


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  •   The Egyptian authorities have shown no genuine willingness to acknowledge let alone address the country s deep seated human rights crisis despite launching a National Human Rights Strategy a year ago Instead they have continued to stifle freedoms and commit crimes under international law in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 Amnesty International said today In a new report Disconnected from reality Egypt s national human rights strategy covers up the human rights crisis Amnesty International presents a detailed analysis of the strategy in light of the human rights situation on the ground and reveals how the authorities have used it as propaganda tool to hide the ever increasing crackdown on any form of dissent ahead of COP27 in November 2022 The Egyptian authorities have created the National Human Rights Strategy as a brilliant cover up for their relentless human rights violations thinking they would mislead to the world before COP27 But the grim reality of its notorious human rights record cannot be rebranded with a public relations stunt said Agn s Callamard Secretary General of Amnesty International The international community must not be fooled by Egypt s attempts to hide the magnitude of the human rights crisis in the country Instead it must pressure the Egyptian authorities in public and in private to take meaningful steps to end the cycle of abuse and impunity starting with releasing the thousands of critics and opponents arbitrarily detained in Egyptian jails easing their grip on civil society and allow peaceful protests Amnesty International s new report is based on extensive documentation of patterns of human rights violations committed in Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al Sisi came to power as well as information collected since the launch of the National Human Rights Strategy NHRS from multiple sources including victims witnesses human rights defenders and lawyers The organization also reviewed official documents audiovisual evidence and reports from UN agencies among others The findings and recommendations were shared with the Egyptian authorities on September 7 2022 A misleading image Since the launch of the NHRS the Egyptian authorities have repeatedly referred to it in public and private meetings with other governments as evidence of their commitment to the human rights The five year strategy was drafted by the government without any consultation with independent human rights organizations or public engagement and presented a deeply misleading picture of Egypt s human rights crisis It absolves the authorities of any responsibility by blaming security threats economic challenges and Egyptian citizens themselves for not understanding and exercising their rights The strategy praises the constitutional and legal framework while ignoring the authorities introduction and enforcement of a series of repressive laws that effectively criminalize or severely restrict the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression association and peaceful assembly These laws further eroded fair trial guarantees and entrenched the impunity of the military and security forces The strategy also ignores the authorities dismal record since July 2013 in cracking down on dissent with thousands of people still arbitrarily detained or unfairly prosecuted In the last two years alone dozens have died in prison after the willful denial of medical care and detention in cruel and inhumane conditions In recent months in a positive but very limited step dozens of prisoners of conscience and other political detainees have been released However the authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest dozens of other critics and opponents while many of those released are banned from traveling Since 2013 authorities have also censored hundreds of websites raided and shut down independent media outlets and detained dozens of journalists for expressing critical views or simply doing their jobs The SNIS praises the State s commitment to the principles of equality and non discrimination and lists some initiatives by official bodies Amnesty International has found that the authorities continue to subject men women and children to human rights violations on the basis of their sex gender identity sexual orientation and religious beliefs No strategy will protect our right to freedom of expression or achieve the peaceful coexistence of people if it does not release all the people who are imprisoned for their opinion for the ideas they expressed and for having a different story from the one imposed by the State prominent human rights activist Mona Seif told Amnesty International Her brother Alaa Abdelfattah has been arbitrarily imprisoned for most of Egyptian President Abel Fattah al Sisi s rule The NHRS exaggerates the government s self declared achievements in socio economic rights that contrast sharply not only with the authorities failure to progressively realize these rights but also with their relentless attacks on those who voice their socio economic grievances including workers medical professionals and residents of informal settlements In general the NHRS also exaggerates constitutional and legal guarantees but does not explain how these are not in line with Egypt s international obligations or how they are widely flouted in practice It completely ignores patterns of current or past human rights violations and ignores the role of security forces prosecutors and judges in committing or facilitating human rights violations Amnesty International welcomes some of the modest NHRS recommendations presented as objective results including the review of capital offenses and alternatives to pre trial detention as well as the introduction of comprehensive legislation to combat violence against women Overall however their expected results do not begin to address the scale of the crisis of human rights and impunity in the country Significant progress for human rights in Egypt must begin with the release by the authorities of the thousands of people arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their human rights All politically motivated criminal investigations against human rights defenders must be closed and all travel bans asset freezes and other restrictions lifted Criminal investigations into crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations committed by the security forces should be launched with a view to bringing those responsible to justice These include unlawful killings of hundreds of protesters and extrajudicial executions torture and enforced disappearances President Abdel Fattah al Sisi must recognize the depth of the human rights crisis for which his government is responsible and take concrete steps to resolve it Given the depth of the human rights and impunity crisis and the lack of political will to reverse course the international community should support efforts to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the human rights situation in Egypt in the UN Human Rights Council said Agn s Callamard Background Egypt is set to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in November Environmental and human rights groups have raised concerns about limiting protests to designated areas and the ability of Egyptian civil society to participate meaningfully without fear of reprisal
    Egypt: Human rights crisis deepens one year after launch of national human rights strategy
      The Egyptian authorities have shown no genuine willingness to acknowledge let alone address the country s deep seated human rights crisis despite launching a National Human Rights Strategy a year ago Instead they have continued to stifle freedoms and commit crimes under international law in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 Amnesty International said today In a new report Disconnected from reality Egypt s national human rights strategy covers up the human rights crisis Amnesty International presents a detailed analysis of the strategy in light of the human rights situation on the ground and reveals how the authorities have used it as propaganda tool to hide the ever increasing crackdown on any form of dissent ahead of COP27 in November 2022 The Egyptian authorities have created the National Human Rights Strategy as a brilliant cover up for their relentless human rights violations thinking they would mislead to the world before COP27 But the grim reality of its notorious human rights record cannot be rebranded with a public relations stunt said Agn s Callamard Secretary General of Amnesty International The international community must not be fooled by Egypt s attempts to hide the magnitude of the human rights crisis in the country Instead it must pressure the Egyptian authorities in public and in private to take meaningful steps to end the cycle of abuse and impunity starting with releasing the thousands of critics and opponents arbitrarily detained in Egyptian jails easing their grip on civil society and allow peaceful protests Amnesty International s new report is based on extensive documentation of patterns of human rights violations committed in Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al Sisi came to power as well as information collected since the launch of the National Human Rights Strategy NHRS from multiple sources including victims witnesses human rights defenders and lawyers The organization also reviewed official documents audiovisual evidence and reports from UN agencies among others The findings and recommendations were shared with the Egyptian authorities on September 7 2022 A misleading image Since the launch of the NHRS the Egyptian authorities have repeatedly referred to it in public and private meetings with other governments as evidence of their commitment to the human rights The five year strategy was drafted by the government without any consultation with independent human rights organizations or public engagement and presented a deeply misleading picture of Egypt s human rights crisis It absolves the authorities of any responsibility by blaming security threats economic challenges and Egyptian citizens themselves for not understanding and exercising their rights The strategy praises the constitutional and legal framework while ignoring the authorities introduction and enforcement of a series of repressive laws that effectively criminalize or severely restrict the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression association and peaceful assembly These laws further eroded fair trial guarantees and entrenched the impunity of the military and security forces The strategy also ignores the authorities dismal record since July 2013 in cracking down on dissent with thousands of people still arbitrarily detained or unfairly prosecuted In the last two years alone dozens have died in prison after the willful denial of medical care and detention in cruel and inhumane conditions In recent months in a positive but very limited step dozens of prisoners of conscience and other political detainees have been released However the authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest dozens of other critics and opponents while many of those released are banned from traveling Since 2013 authorities have also censored hundreds of websites raided and shut down independent media outlets and detained dozens of journalists for expressing critical views or simply doing their jobs The SNIS praises the State s commitment to the principles of equality and non discrimination and lists some initiatives by official bodies Amnesty International has found that the authorities continue to subject men women and children to human rights violations on the basis of their sex gender identity sexual orientation and religious beliefs No strategy will protect our right to freedom of expression or achieve the peaceful coexistence of people if it does not release all the people who are imprisoned for their opinion for the ideas they expressed and for having a different story from the one imposed by the State prominent human rights activist Mona Seif told Amnesty International Her brother Alaa Abdelfattah has been arbitrarily imprisoned for most of Egyptian President Abel Fattah al Sisi s rule The NHRS exaggerates the government s self declared achievements in socio economic rights that contrast sharply not only with the authorities failure to progressively realize these rights but also with their relentless attacks on those who voice their socio economic grievances including workers medical professionals and residents of informal settlements In general the NHRS also exaggerates constitutional and legal guarantees but does not explain how these are not in line with Egypt s international obligations or how they are widely flouted in practice It completely ignores patterns of current or past human rights violations and ignores the role of security forces prosecutors and judges in committing or facilitating human rights violations Amnesty International welcomes some of the modest NHRS recommendations presented as objective results including the review of capital offenses and alternatives to pre trial detention as well as the introduction of comprehensive legislation to combat violence against women Overall however their expected results do not begin to address the scale of the crisis of human rights and impunity in the country Significant progress for human rights in Egypt must begin with the release by the authorities of the thousands of people arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their human rights All politically motivated criminal investigations against human rights defenders must be closed and all travel bans asset freezes and other restrictions lifted Criminal investigations into crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations committed by the security forces should be launched with a view to bringing those responsible to justice These include unlawful killings of hundreds of protesters and extrajudicial executions torture and enforced disappearances President Abdel Fattah al Sisi must recognize the depth of the human rights crisis for which his government is responsible and take concrete steps to resolve it Given the depth of the human rights and impunity crisis and the lack of political will to reverse course the international community should support efforts to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the human rights situation in Egypt in the UN Human Rights Council said Agn s Callamard Background Egypt is set to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in November Environmental and human rights groups have raised concerns about limiting protests to designated areas and the ability of Egyptian civil society to participate meaningfully without fear of reprisal
    Egypt: Human rights crisis deepens one year after launch of national human rights strategy
    Africa4 months ago

    Egypt: Human rights crisis deepens one year after launch of national human rights strategy

    The Egyptian authorities have shown no genuine willingness to acknowledge, let alone address, the country's deep-seated human rights crisis despite launching a National Human Rights Strategy a year ago.

    Instead, they have continued to stifle freedoms and commit crimes under international law in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), Amnesty International said today.

    In a new report "Disconnected from reality": Egypt's national human rights strategy covers up the human rights crisis, Amnesty International presents a detailed analysis of the strategy in light of the human rights situation on the ground, and reveals how the authorities have used it as propaganda.

    tool to hide the ever-increasing crackdown on any form of dissent ahead of COP27 in November 2022.

    “The Egyptian authorities have created the National Human Rights Strategy as a brilliant cover-up for their relentless human rights violations, thinking they would mislead to the world before COP27.

    But the grim reality of its notorious human rights record cannot be rebranded with a public relations stunt,” said Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

    “The international community must not be fooled by Egypt's attempts to hide the magnitude of the human rights crisis in the country.

    Instead, it must pressure the Egyptian authorities in public and in private to take meaningful steps to end the cycle of abuse and impunity, starting with releasing the thousands of critics and opponents arbitrarily detained in Egyptian jails, easing their grip on civil society and allow peaceful protests.” Amnesty International's new report is based on extensive documentation of patterns of human rights violations committed in Egypt since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power, as well as information collected since the launch of the National Human Rights Strategy.

    (NHRS) from multiple sources, including victims, witnesses, human rights defenders and lawyers.

    The organization also reviewed official documents, audiovisual evidence and reports from UN agencies, among others.

    The findings and recommendations were shared with the Egyptian authorities on September 7, 2022.

    A misleading image Since the launch of the NHRS, the Egyptian authorities have repeatedly referred to it in public and private meetings with other governments as evidence of their commitment to the human rights.

    The five-year strategy was drafted by the government without any consultation with independent human rights organizations or public engagement and presented a deeply misleading picture of Egypt's human rights crisis.

    It absolves the authorities of any responsibility by blaming security threats, economic challenges and Egyptian citizens themselves for “not understanding” and exercising their rights.

    The strategy praises the constitutional and legal framework, while ignoring the authorities' introduction and enforcement of a series of repressive laws that effectively criminalize or severely restrict the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.

    These laws further eroded fair trial guarantees and entrenched the impunity of the military and security forces.

    The strategy also ignores the authorities' dismal record since July 2013 in cracking down on dissent, with thousands of people still arbitrarily detained or unfairly prosecuted.

    In the last two years alone, dozens have died in prison after the willful denial of medical care and detention in cruel and inhumane conditions.

    In recent months, in a positive but very limited step, dozens of prisoners of conscience and other political detainees have been released.

    However, the authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest dozens of other critics and opponents, while many of those released are banned from traveling.

    Since 2013, authorities have also censored hundreds of websites, raided and shut down independent media outlets, and detained dozens of journalists for expressing critical views or simply doing their jobs.

    The SNIS praises the State's commitment to “the principles of equality and non-discrimination” and lists some initiatives by official bodies.

    Amnesty International has found that the authorities continue to subject men, women and children to human rights violations on the basis of their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.

    “No strategy will protect our right to freedom of expression or achieve the peaceful coexistence of people if it does not release all the people who are imprisoned for their opinion, for the ideas they expressed and for having a different story from the one imposed by the State, ”, prominent human rights activist Mona Seif told Amnesty International.

    Her brother Alaa Abdelfattah has been arbitrarily imprisoned for most of Egyptian President Abel Fattah al-Sisi's rule.

    The NHRS exaggerates the government's self-declared achievements in socio-economic rights that contrast sharply not only with the authorities' failure to progressively realize these rights, but also with their relentless attacks on those who voice their socio-economic grievances, including workers, medical professionals and residents of informal settlements.

    In general, the NHRS also exaggerates constitutional and legal guarantees, but does not explain how these are not in line with Egypt's international obligations or how they are widely flouted in practice.

    It completely ignores patterns of current or past human rights violations and ignores the role of security forces, prosecutors and judges in committing or facilitating human rights violations.

    Amnesty International welcomes some of the modest NHRS recommendations, presented as "objective results", including the review of capital offenses and alternatives to pre-trial detention, as well as the introduction of comprehensive legislation to combat violence against women.

    Overall, however, their “expected results” do not begin to address the scale of the crisis of human rights and impunity in the country.

    Significant progress for human rights in Egypt must begin with the release by the authorities of the thousands of people arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their human rights.

    All politically motivated criminal investigations against human rights defenders must be closed and all travel bans, asset freezes and other restrictions lifted.

    Criminal investigations into crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations committed by the security forces should be launched, with a view to bringing those responsible to justice.

    These include unlawful killings of hundreds of protesters and extrajudicial executions, torture and enforced disappearances.

    “President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi must recognize the depth of the human rights crisis, for which his government is responsible, and take concrete steps to resolve it.

    Given the depth of the human rights and impunity crisis and the lack of political will to reverse course, the international community should support efforts to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the human rights situation in Egypt in the UN Human Rights Council,” said Agnès Callamard.

    .

    Background Egypt is set to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

    Environmental and human rights groups have raised concerns about limiting protests to "designated areas" and the ability of Egyptian civil society to participate meaningfully without fear of reprisal.

  •  Police in Ondo State say they have arrested two 35 year old serial kidnappers Olaoye Oluwatosin and Taiwo Olamide The suspects allegedly kidnapped three persons in Ofosu Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State between 2021 and 2022 Police spokesperson SP Funmilayo Odunlami paraded the duo before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure Odunlami said they kidnapped one Mrs Folasade Akinloye from her shop at Ofosu on Aug 28 2022 at 10 40 p m using an ash colour Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 797 AP During investigation it was discovered that the suspects were also responsible for the kidnap one Mrs Folasade Akinselure on July 13 2021 and that of Ms Stella Stephen on March 9 2022 They confessed to committing the crime The victims were rescued unhurt Police also recovered the Toyota Camry car and two cutlasses the suspects used in committing the crime from them Odunlami said She assured that the suspects would be arraigned after further investigation Odunlami also told newsmen that the police arrested one Adesina Shittu of Aule in Akure for theft and for faking his own kidnap She explained that a complainant reported to the police that he gave a Bajaj tricycle valued N1 6 million to Shittu for use as a commercial vehicle Shittu was supposed to be delivering N4 000 to the complainant on daily basis Three days later Shittu called the complainant and claimed that he was kidnapped and that the complainant should assist him to pay the ransom to secure his release During investigation forensic analysis showed that the suspect was in Badagry Lagos State and not at Igoba in Akure where he claimed he was being held hostage she said Odunlami said Shittu was arrested with the tricycle and taken back to Akure Shittu would also be arraigned soon the police spokesperson assured NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest 2 serial kidnappers in Ondo State
     Police in Ondo State say they have arrested two 35 year old serial kidnappers Olaoye Oluwatosin and Taiwo Olamide The suspects allegedly kidnapped three persons in Ofosu Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State between 2021 and 2022 Police spokesperson SP Funmilayo Odunlami paraded the duo before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure Odunlami said they kidnapped one Mrs Folasade Akinloye from her shop at Ofosu on Aug 28 2022 at 10 40 p m using an ash colour Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 797 AP During investigation it was discovered that the suspects were also responsible for the kidnap one Mrs Folasade Akinselure on July 13 2021 and that of Ms Stella Stephen on March 9 2022 They confessed to committing the crime The victims were rescued unhurt Police also recovered the Toyota Camry car and two cutlasses the suspects used in committing the crime from them Odunlami said She assured that the suspects would be arraigned after further investigation Odunlami also told newsmen that the police arrested one Adesina Shittu of Aule in Akure for theft and for faking his own kidnap She explained that a complainant reported to the police that he gave a Bajaj tricycle valued N1 6 million to Shittu for use as a commercial vehicle Shittu was supposed to be delivering N4 000 to the complainant on daily basis Three days later Shittu called the complainant and claimed that he was kidnapped and that the complainant should assist him to pay the ransom to secure his release During investigation forensic analysis showed that the suspect was in Badagry Lagos State and not at Igoba in Akure where he claimed he was being held hostage she said Odunlami said Shittu was arrested with the tricycle and taken back to Akure Shittu would also be arraigned soon the police spokesperson assured NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest 2 serial kidnappers in Ondo State
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Police arrest 2 serial kidnappers in Ondo State

    Police in Ondo State say they have arrested two 35-year-old serial kidnappers, Olaoye Oluwatosin and Taiwo Olamide.

    The suspects allegedly kidnapped three persons in Ofosu, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State between 2021 and 2022. Police spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, paraded the duo before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure.

    Odunlami said they kidnapped one Mrs Folasade Akinloye from her shop at Ofosu on Aug. 28, 2022 at 10:40 p.

    m. using an ash colour Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 797 AP.

    During investigation, it was discovered that the suspects were also responsible for the kidnap one Mrs Folasade Akinselure on July 13, 2021 and that of Ms Stella Stephen on March 9, 2022. “They confessed to committing the crime.

    The victims were rescued unhurt.

    “Police also recovered the Toyota Camry car and two cutlasses the suspects used in committing the crime from them,’’ Odunlami said.

    She assured that the suspects would be arraigned after further investigation.

    Odunlami also told newsmen that the police arrested one Adesina Shittu of Aule in Akure for theft and for faking his own kidnap.

    She explained that a complainant reported to the police that he gave a Bajaj tricycle valued N1.6 million to Shittu for use as a commercial vehicle.

    Shittu was supposed to be delivering N4,000 to the complainant on daily basis.

    “Three days later, Shittu called the complainant and claimed that he was kidnapped, and that the complainant should assist him to pay the ransom to secure his release.

    “During investigation, forensic analysis showed that the suspect was in Badagry, Lagos State and not at Igoba in Akure where he claimed he was being held hostage,’’ she said.

    Odunlami said Shittu was arrested with the tricycle and taken back to Akure.

    Shittu would also be arraigned soon, the police spokesperson assured.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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