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UN Mission facilitates dialogue to mitigate herdsmen, farmers crises

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Musonda, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said that the dialogue held in Abuja was the first in a series of consultations for the implementation of UNTFHS programme.


The UNTFHS programme was a three-year project being implemented by UNDP, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Food and Agriculture Organisation in partnership with Benue and Nasarawa State Governments.

According to Musonda, the dialogue brought together senior UN representatives in the country, experts from national and local governments, civil society organisations, and the private sector.

He added that the dialogue explored several policy options that could be adopted in the quest to end the conflict and ensure permanent peace.

Musonda said that the key recommendations among others was the advocacy for comprehensive solutions, preventive and mitigating measures.

He added that this required all key stakeholders to integrate into policy planning and response frameworks thereby strengthening long term resilience and safeguarding sustainable development.

The UNDP official said that the Policy dialogue also served as a platform to enhance multi-stakeholder partnerships to support implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

He said that UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon in his statement at the event lauded the dialogue.

According to him, the Human security approach recognizes the full array of challenges that can both propel the devastating force of a crisis and undercut prospects for sustainable peace and development.

“This essential understanding presents opportunities to complement immediate humanitarian efforts, while helping to shape long-term solutions that put people on the path to towards inclusive and sustainable development,” Kallon was quoted as saying

According to him, the UN Mission also met with key stakeholders to discuss the protracted conflict affecting numerous communities, particularly in Benue and Nasarawa states.

“The conflict in these States has led to massive displacement of people from the affected communities, death of hundreds and loss of livelihoods posing a formidable threat to the country’s food security and long-term stability”.

He said that the visiting team shared insights into the significance of the human security approach as a framework for policy-making in complex development challenges.

He said that the team, while in Makurdi earlier met with representatives of civil society organisations, farmers associations, local and state government representatives, community elders, traditional leaders, and representatives of local and international non-governmental organisations.

The team exchanged information with them on key elements of the human security approach, which could be employed in promoting dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, especially between the herdsmen and farmers in the region.

He said that Chief of the UN Human Security Unit, who is also leading the team, Ms Mehrnaz Mostafavi noted that the challenges to human security of both farmers and herders and activities are structured around addressing the numerous risks to safeguard livelihoods and promote peace”.

She added that a piecemeal approach will not address the prevalent cycle of violence and multi-faceted nature of the herder-farmer conflict.

According to her, instead a comprehensive and integrated approach that addresses the root causes of the conflict while reducing the vulnerability of communities to protection risks is required.

 

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Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape

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After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.


Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.

She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.

According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.

“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.

“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’

Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.

“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.

“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.

“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.

Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.

“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.

“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.

“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’

Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.

According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.

She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.

Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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Full Text: The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of “United States-Style Human Rights”

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The China Society for Human Rights Studies on Thursday released an article titled “The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of ‘United States-Style Human Rights’.”


Please see the attachment for the article. 

Full Text: The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of “United States-Style Human Rights”

Full Text: The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of “United States-Style Human Rights”

Full Text: The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of “United States-Style Human Rights”

Full Text: The COVID-19 Pandemic Magnifies the Crisis of “United States-Style Human Rights”

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Chinese Mission urges EU to address disinformation in fact-based, unbiased, rational manner

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A spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) said on Wednesday that EU’s joint communication on COVID-19 disinformation refers to China selectively, and hopes EU could address the relevant issues in a fact-based, unbiased and rational manner.


The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy sent a joint communication on Wednesday to other organs of the bloc, mentioning China as engaging in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns.

The Chinese spokesperson said China is always opposed to the fabrication and dissemination of disinformation by any individual or organization and China is a victim of disinformation.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China has made tremendous efforts in fighting the virus, and has successfully turned the situation around and effectively protected people’s safety and health. In response to the pandemic, China and the EU have helped and supported each other in a humanitarian and friendly spirit. These are facts and truth that merit due respect and recognition.

The spokesperson said China and the EU are not systemic rivals, but comprehensive strategic partners. While remaining firmly committed to the path of its own choice, China has no intention to export its system and development model, nor to participate in any “battle of narratives.”

Under the current circumstances, spreading disinformation and trading accusations will do nothing to help the global fight against the pandemic, said the spokesperson, noting that the international community should jointly reject disinformation and work together in good faith, with a view to overcoming the pandemic at an early date and jointly safeguarding global public health security.

The spokesperson said that the joint communication refers to China selectively, and does not mention a single word about those who fabricate genuine disinformation that is anti-China and anti-science. “We hope that the EU could address the relevant issues in a fact-based, unbiased and rational manner.”

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Chinese Mission asks EU to refrain from interfering in HK affairs

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A spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) on Friday urged the EU to refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any form, in response to Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Hong Kong.


The spokesperson said Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. The legal basis for the governance of Hong Kong by the Chinese government is the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It is just untenable to accuse China of not being in conformity with international commitments citing the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The spokesperson said upholding national security is always a duty of the central government. The Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong give power and responsibilities to the National People‘s Congress (NPC) of China to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the national level. The relevant decision is designed for closing national security loopholes in Hong Kong, stopping violence and restoring law and order in Hong Kong, and ensuring Hong Kong‘s long-term prosperity and stability.

The spokesperson said “one country, two systems” is China’s basic state policy. The central government is firmly resolved to implement the “one country, two systems.” The decision adopted by the NPC on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR provides a fundamental guarantee for the full implementation of the “one country, two systems,” “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy. The decision only targets acts of separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference that seriously undermine national security. It will not impinge on the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents, nor the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors.

The spokesperson urged the EU to observe international law and basic norms governing international relations, respect China’s efforts to safeguard national security, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any form, and take real actions to sustain the sound and steady development of China-EU relations.

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