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Lana Osei is a JURIST staff correspondent in Ghana and a recent graduate of the GIMPA (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration) Faculty of Law. She files this dispatch from Accra.  Last Friday, September 15th, Ghana’s Armed Forces assured the country in an interview with the leadership of the Ghana Journalists Association that there [...]

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Thousands of pro-junta protesters demonstrated outside a French military base in Niamey, Niger on Saturday against France’s refusal to withdraw its military from the country despite demands from Niger’s junta. Protesters were holding banners with signs that said, among other things, “French army leave our country.” This was the biggest protest in Niger so far [...]

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The UN sanctions on Mali are set to end Thursday after the Security Council failed to renew them. In August 2022, the UN renewed its travel ban and asset freeze on some individuals in the West African nation resulting from political unrest in 2015. The 2023 sanctions would have extended to “those who obstruct or [...]

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EU member states announced on Tuesday they would evacuate their citizens from Niger. Their decision was prompted by mounting concerns over the country’s instability following a military coup. France, Germany, Italy and Spain, represented by their respective spokespersons and ministries, reaffirmed their resolve to begin evacuation operations for both their nationals and people of other [...]

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Niger’s national broadcaster identified Army General Abdourahamane Tiani as President of Niger’s new military government on Friday following a coup that deposed former President Mohamed Bazoum. The country’s ruling council, called the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Homeland, was formed out of Niger’s presidential guard, which carried out the coup. In a televised [...]

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Niger Foreign Minister Massoumi Massoudou told France 24 on Thursday that the administration is attempting mediation with members of Niger’s military who conducted a coup of President Mohamed Bazoum’s administration. His statement comes only hours after Niger’s military announced they supported the coup carried out by military members of Bazoum’s elite guard on Wednesday. Colonel [...]

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The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday said it was concerned about reports that hundreds of Burkinabe refugees, including women and children, fleeing to Ghana were being deported. For the past few years, Burkina Faso has been experiencing violence and terrorist attacks from extremist groups in many cities. According to UNHCR, more than 17,500 [...]

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Belarusian law students enrolled at European Humanities University are filing reports with JURIST on current circumstances in Belarus under the constitutionally-disputed presidency of Alexander Lukashenka. Katsiaryna Vasilionak files this dispatch from Vilnius, Lithuania.  During the period of June 23-24, the private military company Wagner, headed by Prigozhin, attempted an armed rebellion in Russia. Alexander Lukashenka [...]

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The UN Security Council withdrew the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday, handing security over to Mali’s transitional government. According to the passed resolution, MINUSMA will begin removing its personnel from Mali on July 1 and finish by January 1 of 2024. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for: the full cooperation [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday three episodes involving the militia in Burkina Faso have resulted in the forced disappearances and purported deaths of 18 men, the execution of at least nine men and the severe beating of children between the ages of 6 and 16. The armed forces allegedly committed these atrocities during [...]

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