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The UK Pressing Ahead With Bill to Protect Soldiers…

The United Kingdom government is pressing ahead with proposed legislation that seeks to shield its soldiers from prosecution for any war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the face of widespread condemnation from human rights groups and retired officers, and amid stiff opposition in Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government agreed to shelve plans to protect servicemen and women from prosecution for torture, genocide or crimes against humanity. readmore

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UNESCO And Oxford University To Launch A Massive Open…

UNESCO and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford are launching a joint Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on 10 May 2021 for judges and judicial actors on international standards on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. The 5-week course is open to legal professionals from all justice systems. The course will run from the weeks of 10 May until 07 June 2021, with the possibility for participants to complete the course until 30 June 2021. A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who complete the course. readmore

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Who Benefits From The Death of Chad’s President Deby?

The killing of Idriss Deby reveals a tangled geopolitical web that is likely to deepen internal divisions in Chad. General Idriss Deby, 68, who misruled Chad for 31-years, died on Tuesday after sustaining injuries in clashes between FACT rebels and his troops over the weekend, the country’s military announced. Will his death lead to peace in this oil-producing nation of 15 million? A state funeral is due to take place on Friday. Or will it lead to more chaos and crises, making a bad situation worse? readmore

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Report: 400 suspects arrested for funding Boko Haram, bandits

For over a decade, there has not been clear information on how Boko insurgents are being funded. The businessmen were arrested in an operation being coordinated by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), and in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). readmore

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Why does the International Criminal Court not have more…

America and Israel are not the only countries to reject the court’s authority. THIS MONTH President Joe Biden lifted sanctions on Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump. Mr Biden also rescinded sanctions, which included asset freezes, on other court officials. The court is investigating whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. readmore

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United Nations in an era of growing nationalism

Developing crises in the international community particularly the ongoing deployment of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine which has drawn sharp criticism from the United States and her NATO allies presage possible big powers conflict if care is not taken. Hopefully, this will not lead to a shooting war between Russia and NATO and its leading power the United States but we could see a proxy war between Ukraine aided by NATO and Russian troops backing Russian ethnic Ukrainians who have effectively set up their own country adjacent to Russia. It is unlikely President Joe Biden would allow Russia to annex eastern Ukraine as it did to Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. readmore

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Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo State, freeing detainees. No group has claimed responsibility, but police say the likely perpetrators are the Eastern Security Network, the armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). readmore

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Boko Haram: Fresh Thoughts Around Prosecution Of Suspects

For the governors of North East, one of the ways the scourge of terrorism and terror groups can abate is if the Federal Government grants prosecutorial rights of suspected terrorists to state governments in the zone. The North-East is one of the six geo-politico zones of Nigeria and has an estimated population of 23m representing 13.5 percent of the country’s population. The zone occupies slightly less than one-third of Nigeria’s total area and comprises six states, namely: Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba. Although Nigeria is affected by several conflicts based on overlapping ethnic, religious, political, and regional divisions, the rise of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East appears to be the most severe as it has left thousands of civilians and security operatives dead and displaced millions of others. readmore

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Inter-Communal Violence Will Threaten Stability in Nigeria, Other West…

The Annual Threat Assessment, a yearly report of worldwide threats to the national security of the US, reflects the collective insights of the US Intelligence Community (IC). The 2021 edition was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in April 2021. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, in coordination with Intelligence Community leaders, released the report to the Congress as an unclassified annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States. readmore