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Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman
The United Nations was established to safeguard world peace and security, development, and human rights, yet it is undeniable that it sometimes fails to protect the rights of a great many people. This book aims to look at the reasons for that failure. Rosa Freedman offers explanations of how and why the organisation is unable, at best, or unwilling, at worst, […]

Investing in girls’ education makes good economic sense
Raimah Amevor examines the uncomfortable truth of the low value placed on the education of females in Nigeria. Nigeria recently demonstrated its dominance as a leading African nation through re-basing its GDP, overtaking South Africa for the first time in decades. While the populous African nation continues to reach new economic heights, lack of basic social services counteracts its efforts, […]

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Burkina Faso: Compaoré Quits After Army Takes Power
[Deutsche Welle]The president of Burkina Faso has stepped down after days of protests demanding his resignation. The demonstrators had been angered by Blaise Compaore's plan to run for a fifth term in office.

Burkina Faso: Army Forces Compaoré Out
[RFI]French Foreign Affairs Secretary Laurent Fabius on Friday called for calm in Burkina Faso as protesters prepared to take to the streets after President Blaise Compaoré refused to resign and the army announced it had taken control.

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South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed today.

Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital
Greatly concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to the violence and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country.

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