Daily Archives: April 7, 2008

‘Ex-slave’ takes Niger to court

A former slave is suing Niger‘s government, accusing it of failing to implement laws against slavery introduced in 2003.

Hadijatou Mani took the case to the Community Court of Justice of Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, based in Nigeria. This is the first such case brought by a former slave in Niger.

The government says it has done all it can to eradicate the practice and says the problem has been exaggerated. Ms Mani appeared in court with her lawyers, family members and anti-slavery activists. The government was represented by a high-powered team including the prime minister, justice minister and speaker of parliament. The case is due to last for five days.

At last it started, for decades slavery has been the cancer of Niger and yes in the 20th century and the 21st century. There are even books from ex-slaves who were sold in UK and France.

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Diana unlawfully killed

Princess Diana was unlawfully killed due to the “gross negligence” of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi, an inquest jury has found. The jury reached the same verdict for her companion Dodi Al Fayed.

The jury also specified that Mr Paul’s drink-driving and the fact that neither Mr Fayed nor Diana were wearing seatbelts contributed to their deaths. The inquest into the 1997 Paris crash that killed them and Mr Paul lasted six months. The jury returned joint verdicts of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving – or gross negligence manslaughter.

Princes Diana was killed when Mr Paul crashed a hired Mercedes into a pillar in the Alma underpass in Paris in the early hours of 31 August, 1997. Mr Fayed’s father Mohamed al Fayed left the High Court without commenting as did Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker thanked the jury for their “considerable devotion” to duty over the past six months and said it was “almost astonishing” that they had been present on every day without having any absences.

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Bomb convicts escape

Nine people convicted for links to suicide bombings in Casablanca have escaped from a Moroccan prison, officials say.

Prison authorities at Kenitra, 40km north of the capital, Rabat, noticed the escape on Monday morning, the Justice Ministry told state media. An interior ministry source told AFP news agency that the prisoners had tunneled their way out.

The 2003 attacks left 45 people dead, including 12 bombers, and many injured. Most of the nine men were serving life sentences for involvement in the bombings, a group which supports Islamist prisoners said.

A source close to Islamist prisoners told the BBC the nine men had left a message on their wall of their jail. It said they had suffered from injustice and were escaping because they saw no other solution to their woes, stressing that they received no outside help for their prison break.

Let’s see now where in Europe or USA we are going to find them!

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Olympic protests in Paris

Protests against the torch relay ahead of the Beijing Olympics have spread to France’s capital, Paris. Four people were arrested, including two who were taking part in demonstrations critical of Chinese rule in Tibet.

Officials twice extinguished the torch and put it on a bus for safety reasons. Earlier, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, expressed concern over unrest in Tibet and the torch protests. The French protests come after 37 people were arrested during pro-Tibet protests which disrupted Sunday’s relay in London.

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Muslim Brotherhood boycotts elections

Egypt‘s opposition Muslim Brotherhood group says it will boycott municipal elections after being allowed to field 20 candidates for thousands of seats.

Deputy leader Mohammed Habib said the move was in response to the government’s “disregard for justice”. The authorities have carried out a wide-ranging crackdown ahead of Tuesday’s vote, leaving many candidates behind bars or unable to register. International groups have condemned the crackdown against the opposition.

President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party has candidates for all 52,000 seats, and will be unopposed in 90% of them, party sources say. Correspondents say Egyptian municipal elections are rarely marked by controversy, but this year’s poll is the first since a constitutional amendment in 2005 which required presidential candidates to secure the backing of local councilors.

Bin Laden must have a party now!!! Egypt one of the few to make steps towards democracy will sink in the Muslim fundamentalism!

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WHO 60th anniversary: our health, our future

Today marks the 60th anniversary of WHO. This special occasion presents WHO with an opportunity to celebrate achievements in global public health over the last 60 years, demonstrate the impact of WHO’s work and address challenges for the future.

WHO’s 60th anniversary celebrations (WHO60) consists of a variety of activities and events that will continue to unfold throughout the year, covering a range of public health issues and particularly emphasizing issues linked to WHO’s six-point agenda.

WHO: www.who.int/en/

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Mugabe warns of white land battle

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has called on the black population to ensure that white farmers do not regain the land seized from them, reports say.

Mr. Mugabe said black Zimbabweans could not afford to “retreat in the battle for land”; the comments came as opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he had defeated Mr. Mugabe in the presidential election.

A High Court judge is set to rule on a petition by the opposition demanding the immediate release of the results. The judge said he would first consider an argument by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that his court did not have jurisdiction.

Does anybody believe whatever he says anymore?

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