UN Criticises the DRC Over Arrests
The United Nations condemns the arrests of 32 people in the DRC after a nationwide opposition-led strike call gripped parts of the country
The United Nations has condemned the arrests of 32 people in the Democratic Republic Congo after a nationwide opposition-led strike call gripped parts of the country, calling some of them ‘arbitrary’.
The arrests happened in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji-Mayi in the centre of the country, says Jose Maria Aranaz, who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO).
Eleven of those arrested by police and the national intelligence agency remain in custody in Mbuji-Mayi, while the rest were subsequently released, he adds.
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LGBTI NGOs Stigmatised in Uganda
LGBTI in Uganda is still considered a western concept, however, NGOs are working to educate the public on homosexual issues
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBTI) in Uganda is still considered a western concept, however, non-governmental organisations are working to educate the public on homosexual issues.
Vice President of foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Sheila Muwanga says the issue around LGBTI in Uganda is intolerance.
Muwanga points out that, “I think people are generally intolerant of concepts, dimensions of things they are not familiar with.”
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CSOs Campaign Focuses on Post-2015 Agenda
A group of CSOs launch a campaign to localise the SDGs and collect views of Ugandans about the UN-led global development agenda
A group of civil society organisations yesterday launched a campaign to localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and collect views of Ugandans about the United Nations-led global development agenda.
On 25 September 2005, representatives from the 193 United Nations (UN) member states including Uganda adopted the SDGs, with a wide range of targets, including economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental objectives at the UN General Assembly.
In January, the SDGs, building upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), consequently replaced the MDGs as the main international mechanism for guiding development in all UN member states until 2030.
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Many Countries Hard Hit by Malnutrition
Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition
Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition.
Adequate nutrition is still a massive global problem despite research showing that it contributes significantly to both the economic and health benefits of a country.
In Africa, an estimated 220 million people are undernourished and nearly 50 percent of child deaths globally - about three million children - can be linked to undernutrition which is a result of low birth weight, protein-energy deficiency and deficiencies of vitamins and minerals.
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IPPs Have Benefits for SA: NGO
Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa, says renewable Independent Power Producers have benefits for South Africa
Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa, says renewable Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have benefits for the country.
The organisation’s project coordinator, Dominique Doyle, says it is a poor decision for the country as a whole, as rollout of renewable energy projects were successful in bringing electricity to the grid speedily and faster than coal.
“The benefits of the renewable IPP is that they are much more efficient, cheaper, they are more technologically advanced and they bring better benefits to the country in terms of employment and reliable electricity,” explains Doyle.
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