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Ten years ago today, the Senegalese nation was plunged into deep mourning, when the ferry Le Joola sank in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Dakar, the capital, from the southern region of Casamance.
When the full picture emerged as to what had happened to the government-owned ferry, hundreds of people had met their untimely deaths, leaving scores of families and loved ones bereaved.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it is “deeply concerned” about the recent spate of attacks targeted at the media in Guinea, considering that within one month, two politicians have attacked two radio stations, while party militants continue to assault journalists.
The Foundation said in a statement Tuesday that it was reiterating its call on the authorities to be critical of these attacks and safeguard the lives and rights of journalists and media personnel in Guinea.
--Plan Int’l urges commitment to end suffering
With no immediate end in sight to the Malian crisis, “reports have now surfaced that safety of children fleeing the conflict in Mali has been compromised,” the children development organization, said Plan International.
By William Selmah/WADR Correspondent
A sub-regional meeting of human rights activists is underway in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with participants expected to review activities and progress in human rights advocacies in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
The European Union Delegation to Liberia has identified social exclusion and discrimination as two issues that remain obstacles to Liberia’s pursuit of inclusive economic development and a likely source of future conflict unless adequately addressed, an EU press statement said in Monrovia on Tuesday..
---new report urges govts to act
“An epidemic of bad laws and human rights abuses” are hampering the global response to HIV/AIDS, said findings of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.
A Senegalese government minister has appealed to Mauritanian refugees living in Dakar to end their nearly three-week-old hunger strike.
Human Rights Watch (HWR) has called on authorities in Ivory Coast to ensure that the 41 suspected Ivorian dissidents extradited from Liberia on June 23 are given the due process of law, access to lawyer and that their rights are respected.
In the wake of worsening insecurity in rebel occupied northern Mali, a cholera outbreak in an area some 20 kilometers from the city of Gao, while the UN Security Council has refused to support an ECOWAS intervention force.
--UNHCR report reveals
Some 175 children have reportedly been used by armed groups in northern Mali, with 17 cases of sexual violence reported by displaced women, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said.