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  •  United States and South Korea fired projectiles on Wednesday in response to North Korea s latest missile test to deter any aggression from Pyongyang The South Korean military said the U S and South Korea fired four surface to surface missiles toward the Sea of Japan or East Sea in response to North Korea s provocation The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS said each side fired two missiles which accurately hit mock targets and demonstrated the allies capability to deter further provocations North Korea launched a medium range ballistic missile that flew eastward over Japan s archipelago on Tuesday marking the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as tensions rise in the region The U S and NATO strongly condemned the North Korean test It was the first time in nearly five years that a North Korean missile had flown over the Japanese archipelago Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the launch outrageous According to Yonhap South Korean forces immediately responded on Tuesday by dropping two precision bombs from a F 15K fighter jet over the uninhabited island of Jikdo to the west of the Korean Peninsula The Yellow Sea is bordered by China and the Korean Peninsula South Korea s military also fired a Hyunmoo 2C short range ballistic missile toward the East Sea overnight but the missile flew erratically right after take off and ended up crashing on its own base in the east coast city of Gangneung The crash sparked a fire to the missile s fuel but its warhead did not explode and no one was hurt Still residents in the area spent the night concerned due to the bright flashes and loud roar from the crash The move was criticized by lawmakers from South Korea s main opposition Democratic Party DP which decried what it called a security vacuum in the government of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol Yonhap news agency reported Citing the joint chiefs the South Korean agency also reported that the United States is once again sending an aircraft carrier to the waters east of the Korean peninsula in view of the tense situation The unusual return of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was intended to demonstrate the allies readiness for defense it said Most recently the ship arrived there for a naval manouevre with South Korea in September for its first visit in almost four years The South Korean military has been conducting joint flight drills with US F 16 fighter jets in the region part of those naval exercises The last time North Korea flew a missile over Japan in 2017 Pyongyang conducted a nuclear weapons test just days later According to North Korea expert Go Myong Hyun of the Seoul based Asan Institute the likelihood is also currently very high that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapons test toward the end of the month United Nations resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range some of which are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S., S/Korea fire missiles in response to North Korean launch
     United States and South Korea fired projectiles on Wednesday in response to North Korea s latest missile test to deter any aggression from Pyongyang The South Korean military said the U S and South Korea fired four surface to surface missiles toward the Sea of Japan or East Sea in response to North Korea s provocation The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS said each side fired two missiles which accurately hit mock targets and demonstrated the allies capability to deter further provocations North Korea launched a medium range ballistic missile that flew eastward over Japan s archipelago on Tuesday marking the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as tensions rise in the region The U S and NATO strongly condemned the North Korean test It was the first time in nearly five years that a North Korean missile had flown over the Japanese archipelago Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the launch outrageous According to Yonhap South Korean forces immediately responded on Tuesday by dropping two precision bombs from a F 15K fighter jet over the uninhabited island of Jikdo to the west of the Korean Peninsula The Yellow Sea is bordered by China and the Korean Peninsula South Korea s military also fired a Hyunmoo 2C short range ballistic missile toward the East Sea overnight but the missile flew erratically right after take off and ended up crashing on its own base in the east coast city of Gangneung The crash sparked a fire to the missile s fuel but its warhead did not explode and no one was hurt Still residents in the area spent the night concerned due to the bright flashes and loud roar from the crash The move was criticized by lawmakers from South Korea s main opposition Democratic Party DP which decried what it called a security vacuum in the government of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol Yonhap news agency reported Citing the joint chiefs the South Korean agency also reported that the United States is once again sending an aircraft carrier to the waters east of the Korean peninsula in view of the tense situation The unusual return of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was intended to demonstrate the allies readiness for defense it said Most recently the ship arrived there for a naval manouevre with South Korea in September for its first visit in almost four years The South Korean military has been conducting joint flight drills with US F 16 fighter jets in the region part of those naval exercises The last time North Korea flew a missile over Japan in 2017 Pyongyang conducted a nuclear weapons test just days later According to North Korea expert Go Myong Hyun of the Seoul based Asan Institute the likelihood is also currently very high that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapons test toward the end of the month United Nations resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range some of which are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S., S/Korea fire missiles in response to North Korean launch
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    U.S., S/Korea fire missiles in response to North Korean launch

    United States and South Korea fired projectiles on Wednesday in response to North Korea’s latest missile test to deter any aggression from Pyongyang.

    The South Korean military said the U.

    S. and South Korea fired four surface-to-surface missiles toward the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, in response to North Korea’s provocation.

    The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said each side fired two missiles which accurately hit mock targets and demonstrated the allies’ capability to deter further provocations.

    North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile that flew eastward over Japan’s archipelago on Tuesday, marking the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as tensions rise in the region.

    The U.

    S. and NATO strongly condemned the North Korean test.

    It was the first time in nearly five years that a North Korean missile had flown over the Japanese archipelago.

    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the launch “outrageous.

    ” According to Yonhap, South Korean forces immediately responded on Tuesday by dropping two precision bombs from a F-15K fighter jet over the uninhabited island of Jikdo to the west of the Korean Peninsula.

    The Yellow Sea is bordered by China and the Korean Peninsula.

    South Korea’s military also fired a Hyunmoo-2C short-range ballistic missile toward the East Sea overnight, but the missile flew erratically right after take-off and ended up crashing on its own base in the east coast city of Gangneung.

    The crash sparked a fire to the missile’s fuel, but its warhead did not explode and no one was hurt.

    Still, residents in the area spent the night concerned due to the bright flashes and loud roar from the crash.

    The move was criticized by lawmakers from South Korea’s main opposition Democratic Party (DP), which decried what it called a “security vacuum” in the government of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Yonhap news agency reported.

    Citing the joint chiefs, the South Korean agency also reported that the United States is once again sending an aircraft carrier to the waters east of the Korean peninsula in view of the tense situation.

    The “unusual” return of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was intended to demonstrate the allies’ readiness for defense, it said.

    Most recently, the ship arrived there for a naval manouevre with South Korea in September for its first visit in almost four years.

    The South Korean military has been conducting joint flight drills with US F-16 fighter jets in the region, part of those naval exercises.

    The last time North Korea flew a missile over Japan, in 2017, Pyongyang conducted a nuclear weapons test just days later.

    According to North Korea expert Go Myong Hyun of the Seoul-based Asan Institute, the likelihood is also currently very high that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapons test toward the end of the month.

    United Nations resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range, some of which are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action In the general debate many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent They said the comprehensive action oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration The implementation and comprehensive follow up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity equality and fundamental human rights Minorities and ethnic groups namely people of African Asian and Muslim descent have long been discriminated against and marginalized their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence Racism ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism particularly in developed countries and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination Some speakers said that in autocratic systems racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society Some speakers highlighted that although more than two years had passed since African American George Floyd died as a result of police violence discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries Police racism and violence were issues of chronic systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin Although digital technologies including artificial intelligence presented increasing opportunities their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy some speakers said They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement generate more views and stimulate users to post hateful content Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national ethnic racial or religious polarization It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies review judicial and law enforcement bodies and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims States must adopt a victim oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue with a broad commitment and participation of States Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination with civil society often playing a critical role in this process They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent address eradicate and punish racial discrimination One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States including a free program that assists victims of anti Muslim hate through counseling advocacy and legal signaling services Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries Armenia on behalf of a group of countries Cuba Venezuela China Namibia India Armenia Malaysia the United States Nepal Indonesia the United Kingdom Pakistan Benin Bolivia Ukraine Malawi Qatar Mauritania Sudan Germany Israel Ecuador Iraq Morocco Bahrain Democratic People s Republic of Korea Russian Federation Afghanistan South Africa Nigeria Peru Syria Belarus Algeria Suriname T rkiye Tunisia Egypt Iran Saudi Arabia and Georgia The following non governmental organizations spoke International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations Al Baraem Association for Charity Work Social Organization Association of Women with University Education Elizka Relief Foundation Institute for NGO Research International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic Religious Linguistic and Other Minorities International Service for Human Rights International Human Rights Association of American Minorities International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations Afrique Esperance World Jewish Congress China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights Al Haq Law in the Service of Man Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges Interfaith International Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l homme B nai B rith Fitilla Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit les Justice et les droits de l homme Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies the Youth Parliament for the SDGs International Lawyers Org the Center for Gender Justice and Women s Empowerment the International Humanist Union and Ethics the Meezaan Center for Human Rights Human Rights Information and Training Center Human Is Right Association Ma onah for Human Rights and Immigration Peace Track Initiative Sikh Human Rights Group International Commission of Jurists Conselho Indigenista Mission rio Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Conectas Direitos Humanas Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco Tamoul Association pour les Victimes Du Monde Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence Integrated Youth Empowerment Joint Initiative Group Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering Association pour la d fense des droits de l homme et des rev endications d mocratiques culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais Iran Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group Africa Culture Internationale Institut International pour les Droits et le D veloppement Global Institute for Water Environment and Health Iraqi Development Organization and LePont Speaking with the right of reply Azerbaijan and Armenia General discussion on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the fifty first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3 00 p m this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner s oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine followed by an interactive dialogue The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner s report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue If time permits the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges facing the post conflict transition followed by an interactive discussion
    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
      The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action In the general debate many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent They said the comprehensive action oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration The implementation and comprehensive follow up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity equality and fundamental human rights Minorities and ethnic groups namely people of African Asian and Muslim descent have long been discriminated against and marginalized their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence Racism ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism particularly in developed countries and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination Some speakers said that in autocratic systems racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society Some speakers highlighted that although more than two years had passed since African American George Floyd died as a result of police violence discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries Police racism and violence were issues of chronic systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin Although digital technologies including artificial intelligence presented increasing opportunities their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy some speakers said They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement generate more views and stimulate users to post hateful content Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national ethnic racial or religious polarization It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies review judicial and law enforcement bodies and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims States must adopt a victim oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue with a broad commitment and participation of States Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination with civil society often playing a critical role in this process They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent address eradicate and punish racial discrimination One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States including a free program that assists victims of anti Muslim hate through counseling advocacy and legal signaling services Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries Armenia on behalf of a group of countries Cuba Venezuela China Namibia India Armenia Malaysia the United States Nepal Indonesia the United Kingdom Pakistan Benin Bolivia Ukraine Malawi Qatar Mauritania Sudan Germany Israel Ecuador Iraq Morocco Bahrain Democratic People s Republic of Korea Russian Federation Afghanistan South Africa Nigeria Peru Syria Belarus Algeria Suriname T rkiye Tunisia Egypt Iran Saudi Arabia and Georgia The following non governmental organizations spoke International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations Al Baraem Association for Charity Work Social Organization Association of Women with University Education Elizka Relief Foundation Institute for NGO Research International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic Religious Linguistic and Other Minorities International Service for Human Rights International Human Rights Association of American Minorities International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations Afrique Esperance World Jewish Congress China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights Al Haq Law in the Service of Man Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges Interfaith International Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l homme B nai B rith Fitilla Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit les Justice et les droits de l homme Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies the Youth Parliament for the SDGs International Lawyers Org the Center for Gender Justice and Women s Empowerment the International Humanist Union and Ethics the Meezaan Center for Human Rights Human Rights Information and Training Center Human Is Right Association Ma onah for Human Rights and Immigration Peace Track Initiative Sikh Human Rights Group International Commission of Jurists Conselho Indigenista Mission rio Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Conectas Direitos Humanas Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco Tamoul Association pour les Victimes Du Monde Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence Integrated Youth Empowerment Joint Initiative Group Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering Association pour la d fense des droits de l homme et des rev endications d mocratiques culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais Iran Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group Africa Culture Internationale Institut International pour les Droits et le D veloppement Global Institute for Water Environment and Health Iraqi Development Organization and LePont Speaking with the right of reply Azerbaijan and Armenia General discussion on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the fifty first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3 00 p m this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner s oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine followed by an interactive dialogue The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner s report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue If time permits the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges facing the post conflict transition followed by an interactive discussion
    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
    Africa3 days ago

    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

    The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.

    In the general debate, many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

    They said the comprehensive action-oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination, and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban.

    Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration.

    The implementation and comprehensive follow-up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States.

    Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity, equality and fundamental human rights.

    Minorities and ethnic groups, namely people of African, Asian and Muslim descent, have long been discriminated against and marginalized, their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence.

    Racism, ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security.

    Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism, particularly in developed countries, and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery.

    Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent, saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture; it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination.

    Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith.

    Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination.

    Some speakers said that in autocratic systems, racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology, with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy.

    Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated.

    Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society.

    Some speakers highlighted that, although more than two years had passed since African-American George Floyd died as a result of police violence, discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries.

    Police racism and violence were issues of chronic, systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries, with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history.

    Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights, people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin.

    Although digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, presented increasing opportunities, their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy, some speakers said.

    They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment, which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement, generate more views, and stimulate users to post hateful content.

    Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation, speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national, ethnic, racial, or religious polarization.

    It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age.

    There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination.

    Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries, and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies, review judicial and law enforcement bodies, and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims.

    States must adopt a victim-oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development.

    The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures.

    Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism.

    They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue, with a broad commitment and participation of States.

    Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination, with civil society often playing a critical role in this process.

    They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent, address, eradicate and punish racial discrimination.

    One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States, including a free program that assists victims of anti-Muslim hate through counseling, advocacy and legal signaling services.

    Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September, where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries, Armenia on behalf of a group of countries, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Namibia, India, Armenia, Malaysia, the United States, Nepal, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Benin , Bolivia, Ukraine, Malawi, Qatar, Mauritania, Sudan, Germany, Israel, Ecuador, Iraq, Morocco, Bahrain, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Peru, Syria, Belarus, Algeria, Suriname, Türkiye, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Georgia.

    The following non-governmental organizations spoke: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations, Al Baraem Association for Charity Work, Social Organization "Association of Women with University Education", Elizka Relief Foundation, Institute for NGO Research, International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities, International Service for Human Rights, International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations, Afrique Esperance, World Jewish Congress, China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man, Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges, Interfaith International, Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l'homme, B'nai B'rith, Fitilla, Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit, les Justice et les droits de l'homme.

    Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding, the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies, the Youth Parliament for the SDGs, International-Lawyers.Org, the Center for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment, the International Humanist Union and Ethics, the Meezaan Center for Human Rights, Human Rights Information and Training Center, Human Is Right, Association Ma'onah for Human Rights and Immigration, Peace Track Initiative, Sikh Human Rights Group, International Commission of Jurists, Conselho Indigenista Missionário , Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Conectas Direitos Humanas, Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco-Tamoul, Association pour les Victimes Du Monde, Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence, Integrated Youth Empowerment - Joint Initiative Group, Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering, Association pour la défense des droits de l'homme et des rev endications démocratiques/culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais-Iran, Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group, Africa Culture Internationale, Institut International pour les Droits et le Développement, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Iraqi Development Organization and LePont. Speaking with the right of reply, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    General discussion on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here.

    The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here.

    All meeting summaries can be found here.

    Documents and reports related to the fifty-first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here.

    The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner's oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, followed by an interactive dialogue.

    The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner's report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue.

    If time permits, the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan, including the challenges facing the post-conflict transition, followed by an interactive discussion.

  •  Former Governor of Enugu State Sen Chimaroke Nnamani has dismissed as a ruse the report of a 41 8 million judgment against him in the United States Nnamani in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the report was fake news and targeted at maligning him because of his alternative views on recent political development in the country It is Campaign of calumny intimidation insults and abuse orchestrated to suppress and diminish my voice however my voice will grow louder and more persistent I know my recent position will attract this attack by those who cannot tolerate alternative views democracy allows alternative view points if I cannot express my opinion and take a stand who will There was no such judgment anywhere the author of the fake news is a known blackmailer The story with the Air Peace Airline is still fresh in our memories I m not surprised that the author has offered himself as a willing tool for this hatchet job once again I left Enugu State on a solid foundation 15 years ago record of our accomplishments is an open book no amount of mudslinging can rewrite our history I urge our people and Nigerians alike to ignore the mischievous report sponsored by political foes and professional blackmailers he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. judgment of .8m cheap blackmail, fake news – Sen. Nnamani
     Former Governor of Enugu State Sen Chimaroke Nnamani has dismissed as a ruse the report of a 41 8 million judgment against him in the United States Nnamani in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the report was fake news and targeted at maligning him because of his alternative views on recent political development in the country It is Campaign of calumny intimidation insults and abuse orchestrated to suppress and diminish my voice however my voice will grow louder and more persistent I know my recent position will attract this attack by those who cannot tolerate alternative views democracy allows alternative view points if I cannot express my opinion and take a stand who will There was no such judgment anywhere the author of the fake news is a known blackmailer The story with the Air Peace Airline is still fresh in our memories I m not surprised that the author has offered himself as a willing tool for this hatchet job once again I left Enugu State on a solid foundation 15 years ago record of our accomplishments is an open book no amount of mudslinging can rewrite our history I urge our people and Nigerians alike to ignore the mischievous report sponsored by political foes and professional blackmailers he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. judgment of .8m cheap blackmail, fake news – Sen. Nnamani
    General news3 days ago

    U.S. judgment of $41.8m cheap blackmail, fake news – Sen. Nnamani

    Former Governor of Enugu State, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, has dismissed as a ruse, the report of a $41.8 million judgment against him in the United States Nnamani in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja,  said the report was fake news and targeted at maligning him because of his alternative views on recent political development in the country.

    ” It is Campaign of calumny, intimidation, insults and abuse orchestrated to suppress and diminish my voice; however, my voice will grow louder and more persistent.

    “I know my recent position will attract this attack by those who cannot tolerate alternative views; democracy allows alternative view points, if I cannot express my opinion and take a stand who will?

    “ “ There was no such judgment anywhere, the author of the fake news  is a known blackmailer.

    ” The story  with the Air Peace Airline is still fresh in our memories.

    I’m not surprised that the author has offered himself as a willing tool for this hatchet job once again.

    ” I left Enugu State on a solid foundation 15 years ago, record of our accomplishments is an open book; no amount of mudslinging can rewrite our history.

    ” I urge our people and Nigerians alike to ignore the mischievous report, sponsored by political foes and professional blackmailers,” he said.


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  •  The Accountability in Extractive Sector AES Cluster an NGO has tasked oil producing communities to work toward effective takeoff of host community development trust fund as enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act PIA Mr Auwal Musa the Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC said this at a multi stakeholder dialogue on the review and progress of implementing PIA on Tuesday in Asaba Musa said that dialogue was within the framework of Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement SCALE project implemented by Palladium Group Holdings with funding from the United States Agency for International Development USAID He said that the aim was to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund Musa said that the dialogue was to inform and review the progress in the implementation of the PIA He said it was also to harvest agenda to advance engagements with Settlors Oil companies and relevant state actors towards expediting the establishment of their respective Host Community Development Trust HCDT Funds to the benefit of their communities He said the community engagement was aimed at stepping down knowledge with guidance from relevant state actors on the issue of regulations template and procedural guidelines for the communities The CISLAC boss said that the dialogue was equally to identify opportunities to facilitate the establishment of community platforms for timely reviews of relevant frameworks and processes Speaking Munachi Ugochukwu Programme Officer CISLAC s Tax Justice Environment and Conservation of Nature said the programme was being implemented in oil producing states of Delta Akwa Ibom Lagos Imo Rivers and Abuja The programme is being delivered through an anchor cluster model with about 10 organisations from the participating states and Abuja It is about driving transparency and accountability in the extractive sector to ensure that the sector resources trickled down both to the oil host communities and Nigerians The aim is to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund About five host communities and three representatives each were invited A traditional ruler a woman and a youth leader are part of the persons drawn for the engagement process he said Ugochukwu listed the communities in Delta as Owa Aladima Ndokwa nation Ekakpamre and Orogun He said the objective was to step down the content regulation for the host communities to be familiar with it as well as the procedural and template guidelines for the establishment of the host communities trust fund In his remarks the Delta Director National Orientation Agency NOA Mr Chris Anyabuine expressed the readiness of the agency to sustain the awareness creation on the PIA and host community regulations across the state The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC Corporate Affairs Commission Delta Ministry of Environment traditional councils leaders of oil host communities and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group tasks oil producing communities on Petroleum Industry Act
     The Accountability in Extractive Sector AES Cluster an NGO has tasked oil producing communities to work toward effective takeoff of host community development trust fund as enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act PIA Mr Auwal Musa the Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC said this at a multi stakeholder dialogue on the review and progress of implementing PIA on Tuesday in Asaba Musa said that dialogue was within the framework of Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement SCALE project implemented by Palladium Group Holdings with funding from the United States Agency for International Development USAID He said that the aim was to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund Musa said that the dialogue was to inform and review the progress in the implementation of the PIA He said it was also to harvest agenda to advance engagements with Settlors Oil companies and relevant state actors towards expediting the establishment of their respective Host Community Development Trust HCDT Funds to the benefit of their communities He said the community engagement was aimed at stepping down knowledge with guidance from relevant state actors on the issue of regulations template and procedural guidelines for the communities The CISLAC boss said that the dialogue was equally to identify opportunities to facilitate the establishment of community platforms for timely reviews of relevant frameworks and processes Speaking Munachi Ugochukwu Programme Officer CISLAC s Tax Justice Environment and Conservation of Nature said the programme was being implemented in oil producing states of Delta Akwa Ibom Lagos Imo Rivers and Abuja The programme is being delivered through an anchor cluster model with about 10 organisations from the participating states and Abuja It is about driving transparency and accountability in the extractive sector to ensure that the sector resources trickled down both to the oil host communities and Nigerians The aim is to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund About five host communities and three representatives each were invited A traditional ruler a woman and a youth leader are part of the persons drawn for the engagement process he said Ugochukwu listed the communities in Delta as Owa Aladima Ndokwa nation Ekakpamre and Orogun He said the objective was to step down the content regulation for the host communities to be familiar with it as well as the procedural and template guidelines for the establishment of the host communities trust fund In his remarks the Delta Director National Orientation Agency NOA Mr Chris Anyabuine expressed the readiness of the agency to sustain the awareness creation on the PIA and host community regulations across the state The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC Corporate Affairs Commission Delta Ministry of Environment traditional councils leaders of oil host communities and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group tasks oil producing communities on Petroleum Industry Act
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    Group tasks oil producing communities on Petroleum Industry Act

    The Accountability in Extractive Sector (AES) Cluster, an NGO has tasked oil producing communities to work toward effective takeoff of host community development trust fund as enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). Mr Auwal Musa, the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) said this at a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the review and progress of implementing PIA on Tuesday in Asaba. Musa said that dialogue was within the framework of Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project implemented by Palladium Group Holdings with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He said that the aim was to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund. Musa said that the dialogue was to inform and review the progress in the implementation of the PIA. He said it was also to harvest agenda to advance engagements with Settlors (Oil companies) and relevant state actors towards expediting the establishment of their respective Host Community Development Trust (HCDT) Funds to the benefit of their communities He said the community engagement was aimed at stepping down knowledge with guidance from relevant state actors on the issue of regulations, template and procedural guidelines for the communities. The CISLAC boss said that the dialogue was equally to identify opportunities to facilitate the establishment of community platforms for timely reviews of relevant frameworks and processes. Speaking, Munachi Ugochukwu, Programme Officer, CISLAC’s Tax Justice, Environment and Conservation of Nature, said the programme was being implemented in oil producing states of Delta, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Imo, Rivers and Abuja. “The programme is being delivered through an anchor cluster model with about 10 organisations from the participating states and Abuja. “It is about driving transparency and accountability in the extractive sector to ensure that the sector resources trickled down both to the oil host communities and Nigerians. ”The aim is to engage host communities that can drive the implementation process for the establishment of host community development trust fund. ”About five host communities and three representatives each were invited. A traditional ruler, a woman, and a youth leader are part of the persons drawn for the engagement process,” he said. Ugochukwu listed the communities in Delta as, Owa Aladima Ndokwa nation, Ekakpamre and Orogun. He said the objective was to step down the content regulation, for the host communities to be familiar with it as well as the procedural and template guidelines for the establishment of the host communities’ trust fund. In his remarks, the Delta Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Chris Anyabuine, expressed the readiness of the agency to sustain the awareness creation on the PIA and host community regulations across the state. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Corporate Affairs Commission, Delta Ministry of Environment, traditional councils, leaders of oil-host communities, and the media. NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Thanks to the support of the United States Agency for International Development USAID mothers in South Sudan will receive ready to use therapeutic foods RUTFs crucial for treating their severely wasted children a life threatening form of malnutrition These life saving complementary foods have been made available to UNICEF in South Sudan through a 35 million contribution from USAID USAID is providing this additional support as South Sudan faces the highest levels of malnutrition among registered children with 1 4 million children expected to be acutely malnourished in 2022 This represents an increase of approximately 30 percent in the number of children suffering from wasting compared to 2021 The funds will be used to provide more than 350 000 boxes of RUTF to treat more than 350 000 children in South Sudan in 2022 and 2023 Addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan is critical and we are acutely aware of the need for these supplies to treat malnourished children said Katherine Crawford USAID South Sudan mission director The US government is pleased to continue to support the ongoing response to malnutrition and ensure the health and well being of children in South Sudan Boxes of therapeutic food will be sent across the country to more than 1 300 nutrition centers where UNICEF and its partners screen children for malnutrition and provide therapeutic assistance to those in need UNICEF has already treated almost 150 000 children for acute malnutrition in 2022 said Hamida Lassako UNICEF Representative in South Sudan With this vital support UNICEF and its partners are able to ensure the continued detection and treatment of children across the country and we are grateful to the United States for this support No child should have to suffer from malnutrition and UNICEF recognizes the need to increase the focus on prevention Additional USAID funding will benefit more than one million mothers fathers and caregivers of children under 24 months of age through nutritional counseling services for mothers infants and young children equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent their children from fall into malnutrition
    The Embassy of the United States (USA), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces further support for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the fight against malnutrition in south sudan
      Thanks to the support of the United States Agency for International Development USAID mothers in South Sudan will receive ready to use therapeutic foods RUTFs crucial for treating their severely wasted children a life threatening form of malnutrition These life saving complementary foods have been made available to UNICEF in South Sudan through a 35 million contribution from USAID USAID is providing this additional support as South Sudan faces the highest levels of malnutrition among registered children with 1 4 million children expected to be acutely malnourished in 2022 This represents an increase of approximately 30 percent in the number of children suffering from wasting compared to 2021 The funds will be used to provide more than 350 000 boxes of RUTF to treat more than 350 000 children in South Sudan in 2022 and 2023 Addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan is critical and we are acutely aware of the need for these supplies to treat malnourished children said Katherine Crawford USAID South Sudan mission director The US government is pleased to continue to support the ongoing response to malnutrition and ensure the health and well being of children in South Sudan Boxes of therapeutic food will be sent across the country to more than 1 300 nutrition centers where UNICEF and its partners screen children for malnutrition and provide therapeutic assistance to those in need UNICEF has already treated almost 150 000 children for acute malnutrition in 2022 said Hamida Lassako UNICEF Representative in South Sudan With this vital support UNICEF and its partners are able to ensure the continued detection and treatment of children across the country and we are grateful to the United States for this support No child should have to suffer from malnutrition and UNICEF recognizes the need to increase the focus on prevention Additional USAID funding will benefit more than one million mothers fathers and caregivers of children under 24 months of age through nutritional counseling services for mothers infants and young children equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent their children from fall into malnutrition
    The Embassy of the United States (USA), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces further support for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the fight against malnutrition in south sudan
    Africa3 days ago

    The Embassy of the United States (USA), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces further support for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the fight against malnutrition in south sudan

    Thanks to the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), mothers in South Sudan will receive ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs) crucial for treating their severely wasted children, a life-threatening form of malnutrition.

    These life-saving complementary foods have been made available to UNICEF in South Sudan through a $35 million contribution from USAID.

    USAID is providing this additional support as South Sudan faces the highest levels of malnutrition among registered children, with 1.4 million children expected to be acutely malnourished in 2022.

    This represents an increase of approximately 30 percent in the number of children suffering from wasting compared to 2021.

    The funds will be used to provide more than 350,000 boxes of RUTF to treat more than 350,000 children in South Sudan in 2022 and 2023.

    “Addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan is critical, and we are acutely aware of the need for these supplies to treat malnourished children,” said Katherine Crawford, USAID South Sudan mission director.

    "The US government is pleased to continue to support the ongoing response to malnutrition and ensure the health and well-being of children in South Sudan."

    Boxes of therapeutic food will be sent across the country to more than 1,300 nutrition centers where UNICEF and its partners screen children for malnutrition and provide therapeutic assistance to those in need.

    “UNICEF has already treated almost 150,000 children for acute malnutrition in 2022,” said Hamida Lassako, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan.

    "With this vital support, UNICEF and its partners are able to ensure the continued detection and treatment of children across the country and we are grateful to the United States for this support."

    No child should have to suffer from malnutrition, and UNICEF recognizes the need to increase the focus on prevention.

    Additional USAID funding will benefit more than one million mothers, fathers, and caregivers of children under 24 months of age through nutritional counseling services for mothers, infants, and young children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent their children from fall into malnutrition.

  •   October 4 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of the ambush near Tongo Tongo Niger that claimed the lives of four Nigerian and four American soldiers The United States Embassy in Niamey honors the memory of the fallen and expresses its deepest condolences to their families friends and communities The United States remains committed to supporting and training Nigerien security and defense forces through our security partnership that is based on common strategic goals and shared values This year we will launch a new publicity campaign seeking information that will bring those responsible for the Tongo Tongo ambush to justice This campaign includes billboards posted in the Niamey and Tillaberi regions advertising the following information The US government s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to 5 million CFA 3 4 billion for information on the 2017 Tongo Tongo attack Individuals with information on those responsible for the attack may be eligible for a reward and should send their information to Rewards for Justice at 227 91 47 99 13 More information about this reward offer is available at https rewardsforjustice net rewards 2017 niger attack tongo tongo niger 4 october 2017
    Remembering the Fallen on the 5th Anniversary of the Tongo Tongo Attack
      October 4 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of the ambush near Tongo Tongo Niger that claimed the lives of four Nigerian and four American soldiers The United States Embassy in Niamey honors the memory of the fallen and expresses its deepest condolences to their families friends and communities The United States remains committed to supporting and training Nigerien security and defense forces through our security partnership that is based on common strategic goals and shared values This year we will launch a new publicity campaign seeking information that will bring those responsible for the Tongo Tongo ambush to justice This campaign includes billboards posted in the Niamey and Tillaberi regions advertising the following information The US government s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to 5 million CFA 3 4 billion for information on the 2017 Tongo Tongo attack Individuals with information on those responsible for the attack may be eligible for a reward and should send their information to Rewards for Justice at 227 91 47 99 13 More information about this reward offer is available at https rewardsforjustice net rewards 2017 niger attack tongo tongo niger 4 october 2017
    Remembering the Fallen on the 5th Anniversary of the Tongo Tongo Attack
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    Remembering the Fallen on the 5th Anniversary of the Tongo Tongo Attack

    October 4, 2022 marks the fifth anniversary of the ambush near Tongo Tongo, Niger, that claimed the lives of four Nigerian and four American soldiers.

    The United States Embassy in Niamey honors the memory of the fallen and expresses its deepest condolences to their families, friends, and communities.

    The United States remains committed to supporting and training Nigerien security and defense forces through our security partnership that is based on common strategic goals and shared values.

    This year we will launch a new publicity campaign seeking information that will bring those responsible for the Tongo Tongo ambush to justice.

    This campaign includes billboards posted in the Niamey and Tillaberi regions advertising the following information.

    The US government's Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million (CFA 3.4 billion) for information on the 2017 Tongo Tongo attack.

    Individuals with information on those responsible for the attack may be eligible for a reward and should send their information to Rewards for Justice at +227 91 47 99 13.

    More information about this reward offer is available at: https://rewardsforjustice.net/rewards/2017-niger-attack-tongo-tongo- niger-4-october-2017/.

  •  International watchdog Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U S Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia two of the groups that signed the petition to the U S said Dempster noted that the U S government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989 1997 and from 1999 2003 which claimed almost 250 000 lives according to the United Nations The conflict saw mass killings the widespread use of child soldiers rape and mutilations No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars This is even when Charles Taylor a warlord who became president of Liberia was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country s civil war and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions The NGOs pleading for U S involvement include Advocates for Human Rights Global Justice and Research Project and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia They want the U S government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia HRW states YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs
     International watchdog Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U S Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia two of the groups that signed the petition to the U S said Dempster noted that the U S government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989 1997 and from 1999 2003 which claimed almost 250 000 lives according to the United Nations The conflict saw mass killings the widespread use of child soldiers rape and mutilations No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars This is even when Charles Taylor a warlord who became president of Liberia was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country s civil war and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions The NGOs pleading for U S involvement include Advocates for Human Rights Global Justice and Research Project and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia They want the U S government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia HRW states YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs
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    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs

    International watchdog, Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice.

    The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U.

    S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack.

    “The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars,” Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia, and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia, two of the groups that signed the petition to the U.

    S., said.

    Dempster noted that “the U.

    S. government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia’s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court.

    ” The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989-1997 and from 1999-2003, which claimed almost 250,000 lives, according to the United Nations.

    The conflict saw mass killings, the widespread use of child soldiers, rape, and mutilations.

    No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars.

    This is even when Charles Taylor, a warlord who became president of Liberia, was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country’s civil war, and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions.

    The NGOs pleading for U.

    S. involvement include Advocates for Human Rights, Global Justice and Research Project, and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia.

    They want the U.

    S. government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa, such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor, by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia, HRW states.

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  •   The US Trade and Development Agency and the Government of Botswana have renewed a long standing partnership to develop high quality infrastructure for the people of Botswana In a Memorandum of Understanding MOU USTDA and the Botswana Public Procurement Regulatory Authority PPRA agreed to cooperate in providing training and technical assistance to the country s public procurement officials under the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative Understand the best value USTDA also committed technical assistance grant funds to support PPRA s implementation of new national government procurement regulations designed to strengthen the quality of the nation s infrastructure In 2014 the Government of Botswana became the first country partner of the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative Since then Botswana has made significant legal and regulatory progress that prioritizes transparency best value and life cycle cost analysis in its public procurement This includes the passage of the Government Procurement Act 2021 The MOU will extend Botswana s status as a Global Procurement Initiative partner country for a further three years I am very proud that Botswana has been the first country to partner with USTDA under our Global Procurement Initiative a partnership based on our shared belief that high quality infrastructure is critical to economic growth said Enoh T Ebong Director of USTDA Botswana s commitment to public procurement reform and best value investment decision making sets an example not only for Africa but also for emerging economies around the world The USTDA Technical Assistance Grant will provide strategic and technical procurement assistance to help PPRA implement the Public Procurement Act including establishing rules regulations training requirements and implementation guidance to promote skills development promote the modernization of value based procurement and strengthen the professionalization of procurement The assistance will also help PPRA establish auditing best practices as it assumes its new role as an oversight body PPRA Interim Executive Director Tumelo Motsumi said Promoting best value procurement through strategic and meaningful partnerships in public investment management is a true USTDA and PPRA success story Amanda S Jacobsen Charg d Affaires US Embassy in Gaborone Botswana added The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Botswana and the Government Procurement Regulatory Agency to promote Botswana s economic diversification through through good and effective governance for which Botswana is world renowned Launched in 2013 USTDA s Global Procurement Initiative helps government officials in emerging economies better understand the total cost of ownership of goods and services for infrastructure projects The initiative currently includes 15 partner countries
    US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Botswana renews infrastructure cooperation
      The US Trade and Development Agency and the Government of Botswana have renewed a long standing partnership to develop high quality infrastructure for the people of Botswana In a Memorandum of Understanding MOU USTDA and the Botswana Public Procurement Regulatory Authority PPRA agreed to cooperate in providing training and technical assistance to the country s public procurement officials under the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative Understand the best value USTDA also committed technical assistance grant funds to support PPRA s implementation of new national government procurement regulations designed to strengthen the quality of the nation s infrastructure In 2014 the Government of Botswana became the first country partner of the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative Since then Botswana has made significant legal and regulatory progress that prioritizes transparency best value and life cycle cost analysis in its public procurement This includes the passage of the Government Procurement Act 2021 The MOU will extend Botswana s status as a Global Procurement Initiative partner country for a further three years I am very proud that Botswana has been the first country to partner with USTDA under our Global Procurement Initiative a partnership based on our shared belief that high quality infrastructure is critical to economic growth said Enoh T Ebong Director of USTDA Botswana s commitment to public procurement reform and best value investment decision making sets an example not only for Africa but also for emerging economies around the world The USTDA Technical Assistance Grant will provide strategic and technical procurement assistance to help PPRA implement the Public Procurement Act including establishing rules regulations training requirements and implementation guidance to promote skills development promote the modernization of value based procurement and strengthen the professionalization of procurement The assistance will also help PPRA establish auditing best practices as it assumes its new role as an oversight body PPRA Interim Executive Director Tumelo Motsumi said Promoting best value procurement through strategic and meaningful partnerships in public investment management is a true USTDA and PPRA success story Amanda S Jacobsen Charg d Affaires US Embassy in Gaborone Botswana added The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Botswana and the Government Procurement Regulatory Agency to promote Botswana s economic diversification through through good and effective governance for which Botswana is world renowned Launched in 2013 USTDA s Global Procurement Initiative helps government officials in emerging economies better understand the total cost of ownership of goods and services for infrastructure projects The initiative currently includes 15 partner countries
    US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Botswana renews infrastructure cooperation
    Africa3 days ago

    US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Botswana renews infrastructure cooperation

    The US Trade and Development Agency and the Government of Botswana have renewed a long-standing partnership to develop high-quality infrastructure for the people of Botswana.

    In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), USTDA and the Botswana Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) agreed to cooperate in providing training and technical assistance to the country's public procurement officials under the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative: Understand the best value.

    USTDA also committed technical assistance grant funds to support PPRA's implementation of new national government procurement regulations designed to strengthen the quality of the nation's infrastructure.

    In 2014, the Government of Botswana became the first country partner of the USTDA Global Procurement Initiative.

    Since then, Botswana has made significant legal and regulatory progress that prioritizes transparency, best value, and life cycle cost analysis in its public procurement.

    This includes the passage of the Government Procurement Act 2021.

    The MOU will extend Botswana's status as a Global Procurement Initiative partner country for a further three years.

    “I am very proud that Botswana has been the first country to partner with USTDA under our Global Procurement Initiative, a partnership based on our shared belief that high-quality infrastructure is critical to economic growth,” said Enoh T.

    Ebong.

    , Director of USTDA.

    "Botswana's commitment to public procurement reform and best value investment decision-making sets an example not only for Africa but also for emerging economies around the world."

    The USTDA Technical Assistance Grant will provide strategic and technical procurement assistance to help PPRA implement the Public Procurement Act, including establishing rules, regulations, training requirements, and implementation guidance to promote skills development, promote the modernization of value-based procurement and strengthen the professionalization of procurement.

    The assistance will also help PPRA establish auditing best practices as it assumes its new role as an oversight body.

    PPRA Interim Executive Director Tumelo Motsumi said, "Promoting best value procurement through strategic and meaningful partnerships in public investment management is a true USTDA and PPRA success story."

    Amanda S.

    Jacobsen, Chargé d'Affaires, US Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, added, “The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Botswana and the Government Procurement Regulatory Agency to promote Botswana's economic diversification through through good and effective governance, for which Botswana is world renowned.” Launched in 2013, USTDA's Global Procurement Initiative helps government officials in emerging economies better understand the total cost of ownership of goods and services for infrastructure projects.

    The initiative currently includes 15 partner countries.

  •   Thirty one Mbeya women entrepreneurs today completed 13 weeks of specialized business and entrepreneurship training funded by the US government through its Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE program The women were applauded and urged to continue their income generating activities during a graduation ceremony attended by Tanzanian National Assembly Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson Mbeya District Commissioner Dr Rashid Mohammed Chuachua the Vice Chancellor of the Mbeya University of Science and Technology MUST Prof Aloyce Mvuma and many other distinguished guests Speaking on behalf of the US Embassy was Ambassador Donald Wright AWE is a global initiative of the US government that seeks to promote women s economic empowerment with the goal of helping 50 million women worldwide reach their economic potential AWE is committed to giving women the knowledge networks and access they need to turn their ideas into reality Speaking to the graduates during the ceremony Ambassador Wright described the impact of the training that AWE provides The thirteen weeks of training he received as part of this program gave him the practical skills to build sustainable businesses and a network of like minded entrepreneurs and mentors in the United States he said He further added that empowering women economically is the fastest way to change society Women have a strong multiplier effect on the wider community because when women are successful they are more likely to invest their earnings back into their families and their communities paying for things like their children s education and health care The economic benefits of their achievements support future generations Your creativity is already having an impact on the Tanzanian society and economy he said The Mbeya cohort is the sixth group of women to participate in AWE The first group of 20 women graduated on September 9 2019 in Dar es Salaam The second group of 25 female entrepreneurs from Iringa completed their program on December 16 2020 The third group of 17 female entrepreneurs from Zanzibar graduated on June 28 2021 The fourth group of 32 female entrepreneurs from Mwanza graduated on November 8 2021 and the fifth group of 31 entrepreneurs from Dodoma graduated on June 6 2022 Through a partnership with the US African Development Foundation USADF entrepreneurs participating in the AWE program are eligible for additional USADF seed funds ranging up to 25 000 to expand their businesses The US Embassy partners with Selfina to implement the AWE program in Tanzania Selfina founded in 2002 by Dr Victoria Kisyombe is a pioneer in micro credit in Tanzania through micro leasing with a special focus on widows and girls In the last 19 years SELFINA has economically empowered more than 31 000 women through an active revolving fund More than 300 000 lives have been impacted through the accumulated benefits Women now own their own businesses and more than 150 000 jobs have been created
    The Embassy of the United States (USA) supports the women entrepreneurs of Mbeya
      Thirty one Mbeya women entrepreneurs today completed 13 weeks of specialized business and entrepreneurship training funded by the US government through its Academy of Women Entrepreneurs AWE program The women were applauded and urged to continue their income generating activities during a graduation ceremony attended by Tanzanian National Assembly Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson Mbeya District Commissioner Dr Rashid Mohammed Chuachua the Vice Chancellor of the Mbeya University of Science and Technology MUST Prof Aloyce Mvuma and many other distinguished guests Speaking on behalf of the US Embassy was Ambassador Donald Wright AWE is a global initiative of the US government that seeks to promote women s economic empowerment with the goal of helping 50 million women worldwide reach their economic potential AWE is committed to giving women the knowledge networks and access they need to turn their ideas into reality Speaking to the graduates during the ceremony Ambassador Wright described the impact of the training that AWE provides The thirteen weeks of training he received as part of this program gave him the practical skills to build sustainable businesses and a network of like minded entrepreneurs and mentors in the United States he said He further added that empowering women economically is the fastest way to change society Women have a strong multiplier effect on the wider community because when women are successful they are more likely to invest their earnings back into their families and their communities paying for things like their children s education and health care The economic benefits of their achievements support future generations Your creativity is already having an impact on the Tanzanian society and economy he said The Mbeya cohort is the sixth group of women to participate in AWE The first group of 20 women graduated on September 9 2019 in Dar es Salaam The second group of 25 female entrepreneurs from Iringa completed their program on December 16 2020 The third group of 17 female entrepreneurs from Zanzibar graduated on June 28 2021 The fourth group of 32 female entrepreneurs from Mwanza graduated on November 8 2021 and the fifth group of 31 entrepreneurs from Dodoma graduated on June 6 2022 Through a partnership with the US African Development Foundation USADF entrepreneurs participating in the AWE program are eligible for additional USADF seed funds ranging up to 25 000 to expand their businesses The US Embassy partners with Selfina to implement the AWE program in Tanzania Selfina founded in 2002 by Dr Victoria Kisyombe is a pioneer in micro credit in Tanzania through micro leasing with a special focus on widows and girls In the last 19 years SELFINA has economically empowered more than 31 000 women through an active revolving fund More than 300 000 lives have been impacted through the accumulated benefits Women now own their own businesses and more than 150 000 jobs have been created
    The Embassy of the United States (USA) supports the women entrepreneurs of Mbeya
    Africa3 days ago

    The Embassy of the United States (USA) supports the women entrepreneurs of Mbeya

    Thirty-one Mbeya women entrepreneurs today completed 13 weeks of specialized business and entrepreneurship training funded by the US government through its Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program.

    The women were applauded and urged to continue their income-generating activities during a graduation ceremony attended by Tanzanian National Assembly Speaker Dr. Tulia Ackson, Mbeya District Commissioner Dr. Rashid Mohammed Chuachua, the Vice Chancellor of the Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST) Prof. Aloyce Mvuma, and many other distinguished guests.

    Speaking on behalf of the US Embassy was Ambassador Donald Wright.

    AWE is a global initiative of the US government that seeks to promote women's economic empowerment with the goal of helping 50 million women worldwide reach their economic potential.

    AWE is committed to giving women the knowledge, networks and access they need to turn their ideas into reality.

    Speaking to the graduates during the ceremony, Ambassador Wright described the impact of the training that AWE provides.

    “The thirteen weeks of training he received as part of this program gave him the practical skills to build sustainable businesses and a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors in the United States,” he said.

    He further added that empowering women economically is the fastest way to change society.

    “Women have a strong multiplier effect on the wider community because when women are successful, they are more likely to invest their earnings back into their families and their communities, paying for things like their children's education and health care.

    The economic benefits of their achievements support future generations.

    Your creativity is already having an impact on the Tanzanian society and economy,” he said.

    The Mbeya cohort is the sixth group of women to participate in AWE.

    The first group of 20 women graduated on September 9, 2019 in Dar es Salaam.

    The second group of 25 female entrepreneurs from Iringa completed their program on December 16, 2020.

    The third group of 17 female entrepreneurs from Zanzibar graduated on June 28, 2021.

    The fourth group of 32 female entrepreneurs from Mwanza graduated on November 8, 2021 and the fifth group of 31 entrepreneurs from Dodoma graduated on June 6, 2022.

    Through a partnership with the US African Development Foundation (USADF), entrepreneurs participating in the AWE program are eligible for additional USADF seed funds ranging up to $25,000 to expand their businesses.

    The US Embassy partners with Selfina to implement the AWE program in Tanzania.

    Selfina, founded in 2002 by Dr. Victoria Kisyombe, is a pioneer in micro-credit in Tanzania through micro-leasing with a special focus on widows and girls.

    In the last 19 years, SELFINA has economically empowered more than 31,000 women through an active revolving fund.

    More than 300,000 lives have been impacted through the accumulated benefits.

    Women now own their own businesses and more than 150,000 jobs have been created.

  •   The Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar is planning the world s tallest green building a 28 story apartment tower designed using hybrid wood technology Called Burj Zanzibar burj meaning tower in Arabic the spectacular skyscraper is designed to reach 96 meters in height Dubbed vertical green village it would represent an iconic landmark not only for the island but for all of Africa and a global environmental milestone being the first wooden structure in the world of such proportions The mixed use commercial and apartment building design in a playful beehive style with stunning ocean views was unveiled to the public in Muscat Oman on October 1 Dutch born architect Leander Moons responsible for the concept said Burj Zanzibar is not just an exceptional building but a new ecosystem for the future of life The residential tower with 266 residences will be located in Fumba Town the pioneering ecological city in East Africa developed by the German engineering firm CPS Categorized as a strategic investment and fully backed by the Zanzibar government the growing city near the capital where foreigners can shop stretches along a 1 5 kilometre coastline on the south west coast Burj Zanzibar will be the highlight and natural continuation of our efforts to provide sustainable housing in Africa thereby boosting local jobs and businesses said CPS Executive Director Sebastian Dietzold in Muscat With turquoise seas white sand beaches and a UNESCO protected historic Stone Town Zanzibar has recorded an annual growth in tourism of 15 in recent years and an economic growth of 6 8 Earlier this year the semi autonomous archipelago 35 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania spread its wings in another direction as well launching an initiative to attract African tech companies worth a total of 6 billion Benefits of wood Wood is the oldest building material in the world As a wood technology it is currently enjoying a renaissance due to its environmental benefits and longevity New wood products such as cross laminated timber CLT and glue laminated timber are seen as the building material of the future One cubic meter of wood traps half a ton of carbon dioxide while conventional concrete construction is responsible for 25 of CO2 emissions Once completed Burj Zanzibar would be the tallest wooden building in the world and the first skyscraper in Africa to feature this innovative technology A few weeks ago the 86 6 meter Ascent Tower in Milwaukee USA was certified as the world s tallest hybrid wood building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat CTBUH The tallest conventional skyscraper in Africa is a 385 meter office tower called Iconic Tower in Egypt still under construction The tallest skyscraper in Tanzania is the 157 meter Port Authority building in Dar es Salaam The tallest conventional building in the world is Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 828 meters The specialist consortium from New York to Switzerland Burj Zanzibar is planned as a hybrid wooden tower A steel reinforced concrete core is designed to meet all required fire and life safety standards The project will be executed by a consortium of leading specialists from Switzerland Austria Germany South Africa Tanzania and the United States Green roof gardens and planted balconies further reduce the carbon footprint of the building Burj Zanzibar will be a widely visible new landmark for Zanzibar and beyond not only because of its appearance but also because of its method of construction architect Leander Moons said during the launch event Established to promote locally available wood as a building material Tanzania and its vast land resources for agroforestry would also benefit from the ambitious green mega tower A large forest development in central Tanzania near Iringa already covers twice the size of New York An expanded forestry industry could create hundreds of thousands of jobs in this East African country said CPS Director Dietzold Playful and elegant style that fits any culture Playful architectural style reminiscent of a beehive with honeycombs combines modern urban trends with local culture Panoramic windows enclosed green loggias and a modular design will enhance the green nature of the tower and allow for flexible apartment floor plans tailored to any cultural preferences explained Principal Architect Moons Residents can have their outdoor garden even on the top floor Representing a young vibrant and above all sustainable lifestyle the building allocates a mix of studios one and two bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses The elegant tower stands on a terraced podium with shared and private gardens shops and a communal swimming pool Unit sizes range from studios starting at 79 900 to a spacious penthouse with a private pool on the 26th floor at 950 880 As a global architectural landmark the Burj Zanzibar will set a new benchmark for construction in the 21st century concluded CPS Director Sebastian Dietzold
    World’s tallest wooden apartment tower to be built in Zanzibar
      The Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar is planning the world s tallest green building a 28 story apartment tower designed using hybrid wood technology Called Burj Zanzibar burj meaning tower in Arabic the spectacular skyscraper is designed to reach 96 meters in height Dubbed vertical green village it would represent an iconic landmark not only for the island but for all of Africa and a global environmental milestone being the first wooden structure in the world of such proportions The mixed use commercial and apartment building design in a playful beehive style with stunning ocean views was unveiled to the public in Muscat Oman on October 1 Dutch born architect Leander Moons responsible for the concept said Burj Zanzibar is not just an exceptional building but a new ecosystem for the future of life The residential tower with 266 residences will be located in Fumba Town the pioneering ecological city in East Africa developed by the German engineering firm CPS Categorized as a strategic investment and fully backed by the Zanzibar government the growing city near the capital where foreigners can shop stretches along a 1 5 kilometre coastline on the south west coast Burj Zanzibar will be the highlight and natural continuation of our efforts to provide sustainable housing in Africa thereby boosting local jobs and businesses said CPS Executive Director Sebastian Dietzold in Muscat With turquoise seas white sand beaches and a UNESCO protected historic Stone Town Zanzibar has recorded an annual growth in tourism of 15 in recent years and an economic growth of 6 8 Earlier this year the semi autonomous archipelago 35 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania spread its wings in another direction as well launching an initiative to attract African tech companies worth a total of 6 billion Benefits of wood Wood is the oldest building material in the world As a wood technology it is currently enjoying a renaissance due to its environmental benefits and longevity New wood products such as cross laminated timber CLT and glue laminated timber are seen as the building material of the future One cubic meter of wood traps half a ton of carbon dioxide while conventional concrete construction is responsible for 25 of CO2 emissions Once completed Burj Zanzibar would be the tallest wooden building in the world and the first skyscraper in Africa to feature this innovative technology A few weeks ago the 86 6 meter Ascent Tower in Milwaukee USA was certified as the world s tallest hybrid wood building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat CTBUH The tallest conventional skyscraper in Africa is a 385 meter office tower called Iconic Tower in Egypt still under construction The tallest skyscraper in Tanzania is the 157 meter Port Authority building in Dar es Salaam The tallest conventional building in the world is Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 828 meters The specialist consortium from New York to Switzerland Burj Zanzibar is planned as a hybrid wooden tower A steel reinforced concrete core is designed to meet all required fire and life safety standards The project will be executed by a consortium of leading specialists from Switzerland Austria Germany South Africa Tanzania and the United States Green roof gardens and planted balconies further reduce the carbon footprint of the building Burj Zanzibar will be a widely visible new landmark for Zanzibar and beyond not only because of its appearance but also because of its method of construction architect Leander Moons said during the launch event Established to promote locally available wood as a building material Tanzania and its vast land resources for agroforestry would also benefit from the ambitious green mega tower A large forest development in central Tanzania near Iringa already covers twice the size of New York An expanded forestry industry could create hundreds of thousands of jobs in this East African country said CPS Director Dietzold Playful and elegant style that fits any culture Playful architectural style reminiscent of a beehive with honeycombs combines modern urban trends with local culture Panoramic windows enclosed green loggias and a modular design will enhance the green nature of the tower and allow for flexible apartment floor plans tailored to any cultural preferences explained Principal Architect Moons Residents can have their outdoor garden even on the top floor Representing a young vibrant and above all sustainable lifestyle the building allocates a mix of studios one and two bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses The elegant tower stands on a terraced podium with shared and private gardens shops and a communal swimming pool Unit sizes range from studios starting at 79 900 to a spacious penthouse with a private pool on the 26th floor at 950 880 As a global architectural landmark the Burj Zanzibar will set a new benchmark for construction in the 21st century concluded CPS Director Sebastian Dietzold
    World’s tallest wooden apartment tower to be built in Zanzibar
    Africa4 days ago

    World’s tallest wooden apartment tower to be built in Zanzibar

    The Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar is planning the world's tallest green building, a 28-story apartment tower designed using hybrid wood technology.

    Called Burj Zanzibar - "burj" meaning tower in Arabic - the spectacular skyscraper is designed to reach 96 meters in height.

    Dubbed "vertical green village", it would represent an iconic landmark not only for the island but for all of Africa and a global environmental milestone, being the first wooden structure in the world of such proportions.

    The mixed-use commercial and apartment building design, in a playful beehive style with stunning ocean views, was unveiled to the public in Muscat, Oman on October 1.

    Dutch-born architect Leander Moons, responsible for the concept, said: "Burj Zanzibar is not just an exceptional building, but a new ecosystem for the future of life."

    The residential tower with 266 residences will be located in Fumba Town, the pioneering ecological city in East Africa developed by the German engineering firm CPS.

    Categorized as a strategic investment and fully backed by the Zanzibar government, the growing city near the capital, where foreigners can shop, stretches along a 1.5-kilometre coastline on the south-west coast.

    “Burj Zanzibar will be the highlight and natural continuation of our efforts to provide sustainable housing in Africa, thereby boosting local jobs and businesses,” said CPS Executive Director Sebastian Dietzold in Muscat.

    With turquoise seas, white-sand beaches and a UNESCO-protected historic Stone Town, Zanzibar has recorded an annual growth in tourism of 15% in recent years and an economic growth of 6.8%.

    Earlier this year, the semi-autonomous archipelago, 35 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania, spread its wings in another direction as well, launching an initiative to attract African tech companies worth a total of $6 billion.

    Benefits of wood Wood is the oldest building material in the world.

    As a wood technology, it is currently enjoying a renaissance due to its environmental benefits and longevity.

    New wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber are seen as the building material of the future.

    One cubic meter of wood traps half a ton of carbon dioxide, while conventional concrete construction is responsible for 25% of CO2 emissions.

    Once completed, Burj Zanzibar would be the tallest wooden building in the world and the first skyscraper in Africa to feature this innovative technology.

    A few weeks ago, the 86.6-meter Ascent Tower in Milwaukee, USA, was certified as the world's tallest hybrid wood building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

    The tallest conventional skyscraper in Africa is a 385-meter office tower called “Iconic Tower” in Egypt, still under construction.

    The tallest skyscraper in Tanzania is the 157-meter Port Authority building in Dar es Salaam.

    The tallest conventional building in the world is Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 828 meters.

    The specialist consortium from New York to Switzerland Burj Zanzibar is planned as a hybrid wooden tower.

    A steel-reinforced concrete core is designed to meet all required fire and life safety standards.

    The project will be executed by a consortium of leading specialists from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States.

    Green roof gardens and planted balconies further reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

    “Burj Zanzibar will be a widely visible new landmark for Zanzibar and beyond, not only because of its appearance but also because of its method of construction,” architect Leander Moons said during the launch event.

    Established to promote locally available wood as a building material, Tanzania and its vast land resources for agroforestry would also benefit from the ambitious green mega tower.

    A large forest development in central Tanzania, near Iringa, already covers twice the size of New York; "An expanded forestry industry could create hundreds of thousands of jobs in this East African country," said CPS Director Dietzold.

    Playful and elegant style that fits any culture Playful architectural style, reminiscent of a beehive with honeycombs, combines modern urban trends with local culture.

    “Panoramic windows, enclosed green loggias and a modular design will enhance the green nature of the tower and allow for flexible apartment floor plans tailored to any cultural preferences,” explained Principal Architect Moons.

    Residents can have their outdoor garden even on the top floor.

    Representing a young, vibrant and, above all, sustainable lifestyle, the building allocates a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses.

    The elegant tower stands on a terraced podium with shared and private gardens, shops and a communal swimming pool.

    Unit sizes range from studios starting at $79,900 to a spacious penthouse with a private pool on the 26th floor at $950,880.

    “As a global architectural landmark, the Burj Zanzibar will set a new benchmark for construction in the 21st century,” concluded CPS Director Sebastian Dietzold.