3,3 miljard dollar fiscale voordelen Shell, Total, Eni ten koste van onderwijs en gezondheidszorg Nigeria

Oliegiganten Shell, Total en Eni hebben in Nigeria minstens 3,3 miljard dollar aan belastingvoordelen opgestreken bij het grootste gaswinningsproject van het land. Dit concluderen de organisatie ActionAid en de Nederlandse Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (SOMO) in een eigen onderzoek.

The Gambia bans female genital mutilation

Yahya Jammeh said the ban would come into effect immediately. Photograph: Seyllo

President Yahya Jammeh outlaws practice that affects three-quarters of women in west African country

The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after the Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said last night that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban would come into effect immediately, though it was not clear when the government would draft legislation to enforce it. FGM involves cutting female genitalia – often when girls are young – to remove their labia and clitoris, which often leads to lifelong health complications, including bleeding, infections, vaginal pain and infertility. More than 130 million women worldwide are subjected to the procedure in Africa and the Middle East.

Herdenking: Ken Saro-Wiwa 20 jaar geëxecuteerd door dictatuur Nigeria en door Shell

Op 10 november 2015 is het twintig jaar geleden dat Ken Saro-Wiwa werd geëxecuteerd. De Nigeriaanse strijder voor de mensenrechten verzette zich tegen de vernietiging van de leefwereld van de Ogoni, zijn volk, door het petroleumbedrijf Shell. De militaire dictatuur executeerde hem voor die strijd in opdracht van Shell, dat weigerde zijn enorme financiële overmacht over de dictatuur in te zetten om zijn leven te sparen.

De Wereld Morgen, Lode Vanoost, zondag 8 november 2015

How Immigration saved 23,472 Nigerians from terrorism, prostitution, slavery

In its efforts to prevent young Nigerians from being lured into terrorism, prostitution, slavery and other untoward activities abroad by unscrupulous individuals, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has continued to be stringent in scrutinising those intending to travel out of the country. PRNigeria gathered that in the fifteen months period running from January 2014 to March 2015, the Service debarred a total of 23,472 individuals from travelling out of the country from the various departure points.

Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation, But Advocates Say There's Still More Work To Do

Before stepping down, Nigeria’s former president made sure his legacy boasted fighting for women’s rights and protections.

Goodluck Jonathan signed into law last month a ban on female genital mutilation, a practice that involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons, the Guardian reported.

However, activists say laws alone won’t put abolish the practice, and that a systemic cultural shift is required to make sure women and girls are no longer subjected to the harmful procedure.

Nigeria's female genital mutilation ban is important precedent, say campaigners

As the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, bans FGM in one of his final acts, groups look to the last African nations who have not yet made it illegal.

The Nigerian government has taken the historic step of outlawing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), in a move campaigners describe as “hugely important”.

Nigeria – a cultural and political powerhouse in Africa – introduced a new federal law banning the practice, which involves removing part or all of a girl’s outer sexual organs.

Nigeria, grote economie, arme bevolking

Nigeria is de grootste economie van Afrika. “Elk jaar sterven echter bijna 100.000 kinderen aan diarree, want twee derde van de bevolking heeft geen toegang tot sanitair”, volgens Clinton Ikechukwu Ezeigwe, directeur van de ngo Christian Fellowship & Care Foundation. Hier volgt zijn betoog.

Zero tollerance for female genital mutilation

Anti-homowet Nigeria bedreiging voor mensenrechten

Het verbod op relaties tussen mensen van hetzelfde geslacht in Nigeria criminaliseert het tonen van affectie tussen homostellen en bemoeilijkt het werk van organisaties die opkomen voor homorechten. Dat stelt mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch in een reactie op de in Nigeria ondertekende wet van 14 januari 2014.

Nigeria and Uganda plotted to pass anti-gay bills together

President Yoweri Museveni said: 'I wonder why the West is not concerned about the development of my country. They are only concerned about gays.’
20 December 2013 | By Joe Morgan, Tris Reid-Smith


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