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CAR: outbreak of violence in Bangui

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BANGUI – At least 135 people have been injured in the worst outbreak of violence in years in the Central African Republic’s capital, aid agencies said on Friday, straining hospital trauma centres. At least 21 people died in clashes this week when United Nations peacekeepers and local security forces battled armed groups in Bangui’s PK5 neighbourhood – a Muslim enclave of the majority Christian city – over three days, a local official said. 

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it had treated 83 people since the weekend at a hospital and a health centre, while the Red Cross said 52 injured had arrived at another hospital.It is the worst violence seen in the capital since 2015, said MSF’s operational manager William Hennequin.”We are worried to see such level of violence and the impact it could have outside Bangui,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

The head of U.N. peacekeeping said civilians killed were young people who had been “manipulated” and armed by criminal gangs to confront the peacekeepers and Central African Republic forces. 

Nigeria to send troops to restive central states


Major General David Ahmadu of Nigeria’s army, on Wednesday 7th of February, said it would send troops from February 15 into the country’s volatile central states to quell violence between farmers and herders that has killed hundreds in recent weeks, particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa state.

CHR: Duterte’s ‘42 virgins’ joke strips women of dignity, human rights

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The Commission on Human Rights strongly denounced President Rodrigo Duterte’s joke of making virgins as a “come-on” to promote tourism in the country, calling it an appalling remark. In fact, Duterte, after declaring himself “half-Muslim,” during his last day in India, suggested in jest that the ISIS does not have a monopoly of making promises about virgins: claimed that Islamic State extremists lure followers with the promise of “42 virgins” in heaven; “The come-on is that if you die a martyr, you go to heaven with 42 virgins waiting for you. If I could just make it a come-on also for those who’d like to go to my country(..)” he said. CHR called on the government to uphold laws that protect women from violence and discrimination such as the Women in Development and National Building Act, Magna Carta of Women and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law. It also urged the public to stand up for women’s rights and reject violence and discrimination of all forms.

In Calais, Macron defends its migration policy of “authority” and “humanity”


Firmness and humanity. In his speech in Calais, Emmanuel Macron wanted to reaffirm the two principles that guide his immigration policy. In front of security forces, the head of state reiterated his commitment to fight illegal immigration. “By no means,” he promised, the state “will allow a jungle in Calais, where a vast slum of more than 8,000 migrants was dismantled in October 2016.” Everything is done to ensure that the illegal passage is not possible in Calais “, which” is not a backdoor to England,” he said, assuring that the state would not allow “to build illegal pathways in this region.”
Macron reminded to all associations responsibility in their action with migrants. “Those who encourage these women and men to stay, to settle illegally or even to go to Great Britain, take on immense responsibility and never will they have the state by their side “, he said. He also announced that the state will take care of the distribution of food to migrants, until then provided by the associations.
But Emmanuel Macron called also the police to be “exemplary” with migrants, not carrying out any violence or confiscation of their belongings.

Iran’s President: cooperation in eradicating the corruption of terrorism from Syria


During the tripartite summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey held in Sochi on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the progressive elimination of Daesh and the rest of the terrorist groups announce a new era of eradication of violence. The Russian, Iranian and Turkish leaders discussed the future of Syria and reaffirmed the importance of preserving sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of it, stressing how these three countries are committed to working closely to bring about peace and stability in Syria. In his speech, Rouhani highlighted how the three countries succeed through engagement and friendship and cooperation in eradicating the corruption of terrorism from Syria, “shattering the shadow of ISIS from the country and portraying a bright future for the region”, as he said. “In the present circumstances, our great mission is not only the fight against terrorism, but also a major effort to eradicate forms of discrimination, poverty and violence throughout the region. That is why regional communications and institutions need to be deepened and strengthened”, he added. President Rouhani also emphasized some points as fundamental solutions to the Syrian crisis: it is essential to continue helping the Syrians in fighting terrorism in their country because the war against it has not ended yet and the active and universal participation of the international community in the future of Syria is fundamental to achieve stability, eliminate humanistic sufferings and rebuild the country.

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