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UN Indicts China, S/Arabia Over Death Penalty

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UN Indicts China, S/Arabia Over Death Penalty

As the world marks the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has indicted China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia for carrying out majority of death penalties.

The UN envoy noted the that majority of executions today were carried out in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Noting that about 170 UN Member States have put on hold, the death penalty, he said progress made toward eliminating the death penalty had been “marred by setbacks”.

He noted that hundreds of offenders – often impoverished, women or hailing from minority groups – have been executed without legal representation or transparent criminal proceedings.

The UN chief argued that legal representation or transparent criminal proceedings might have spared them from the death penalty.

Some 170 Member States have abolished or put a stay on executions, since the UN General Assembly’s first call for a moratorium on its use in 2007.

Guterres noted the lack of transparency in some countries, where the death penalty was still used, underscoring its incompatibility with human rights standards.

The UN scribe said he was “deeply disturbed” in particular, by the number of juvenile offenders being executed.

“Only last week, Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran of Iran, was executed for killing her husband, when she was 17, despite a trial marred by irregularities.

“In some countries, people are sentenced to death in secret trials, without due process, increasing the potential for error or abuse,’’ the UN chief regretted.

Guterres called for all nations to abolish the practice of executions adding: “I call on those remaining, to join the majority and put an end to the death penalty now’’.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, had echoed Guterres concerns.

Gilmour said there was “far too much secrecy, and it’s quite indicative of the fact that although many countries are giving up the practice.

“Those that retain it, nevertheless, feel that they have something to hide’’.

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

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Experts Support Trade Multilateralism

Several experts from different countries have voiced their support for multilateralism in trade.  They particularly pointed to china’s actions to promote cooperation based on win-win results.

Sanusha Naidu, a foreign policy analyst based in South Africa, said the recent G-20 summit has told the world the significance of multilateralism in trade which has played an active role for the global economy.

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

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150 Nations Sign International Agreement On Migration

More than 150 nations have signed a landmark international agreement on managing migration.

The UN pact, which is not legally binding, was adopted at a meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, but it has been shunned by some countries including the U.S., Australia and at least six EU nations.

Its objectives include the integrated management of borders and giving migrants access to basic services.

Critics fear it will increase migration but the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the pact was based on co-operation and regulating migration.

He called it a source of “collective shame” that 60,000 migrants had died on perilous journeys since 2000.

All 193 UN members, except the united states, finalised the pact five months ago

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.

The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says  this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria.  It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”.  The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..

Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.

This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.

States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.

The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

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