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    Niger: Journalist Provisionally Released (Oct. 14, 2008) On October 8, 2008, an appeals court in Niamey, Niger's capital, ordered Moussa Kaka released on bail pending trial. Kaka is a well-known journalist currently charged with “undermining national territorial integrity through conspiracy with Tuareg rebels,”according to his attorney, Boureïma Fodi. Kaka could be punished with five years in prison under this […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-10-14
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    Niger: Preliminary Draft Constitution Prepared (Sept. 9, 2010) On September 2, 2010, Niger's ruling Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy released a description of a new, draft constitution for the country. Among the reforms this draft includes, compared with earlier versions, are the lifting of the requirement for candidates for the presidency to have university degrees and the lowering […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-09-09
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    Niger: Editors Detained by Police (Aug. 11, 2009) Two editors in the West African nation of Niger have been in custody at the main police station in the capital city of Niamey since August 1, 2009. The detentions follow reporting in their weekly newspapers on corruption charges involving the national human rights agency. The two men, Abdoulay Tiémogo, editor of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-08-11
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    Niger: Demonstrations Against MP Bonuses (Mar. 5, 2009) A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay “huge salary bonuses” to the national treasury. The groups contend that the bonuses, self-awarded by the Members of Parliament, are […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-03-05
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    Niger: Preliminary Draft Constitution Prepared (Sept. 9, 2010) On September 2, 2010, Niger's ruling Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy released a description of a new, draft constitution for the country. Among the reforms this draft includes, compared with earlier versions, are the lifting of the requirement for candidates for the presidency to have university decrees and the lowering […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-09-09
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    Niger: News Group Director Arrested (Apr. 16, 2009) Abibou Garba, the Director-General of the Dounia radio and television broadcasting group in Niger, was arrested on April 1, 2009. Garba was brought before the public prosecutor the next day, charged with “disseminating false news,” and conditionally released. The case resulted from the televising of a debate in which the visit of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-04-16
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    Niger: Amnesty for Military Coup Participants (May 26, 2011) On May 19, 2011, the unicameral legislature of Niger approved a law that gives amnesty from prosecution to members of the military ruling group that ousted former president Mamadou Tanja in February 2010. According to a parliamentary radio report, all the deputies that were present voted in favor of the measure. (Niger […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-05-26
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    Niger: Referendum Scheduled for New Constitution (June 12, 2009) The Council of Ministers of Niger has scheduled a referendum on a proposed new constitution; the vote will take place on August 4, 2009. The poll will determine whether the President of the country, Mamadou Tandja, will be permitted to extend his term for three years, as the new constitution would permit […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-06-12
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    Niger: Broadcaster Ordered to Suspend Operations (Aug. 29, 2008) On August 19, 2008, the Higher Council for Communications, the media regulatory body of Niger, ordered a radio and television broadcast company to suspend operations for a month. The broadcaster, Dounia, based in the capital city, Niamey, was not given any explanation beyond the statement that it had failed to “respect the […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-08-29
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    Niger/Saudi Arabia: Agreement Signed on Labor Recruitment (Oct. 13, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Niger’s Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, Salissou Ada, described the steps his country will take to implement an agreement between Niger and Saudi Arabia on recruitment of workers from Niger for jobs in Saudi Arabia. That agreement was concluded on June 5, at a meeting held […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-10-13
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    Niger: ECOWAS Court of Justice Rejects Appeal of Former Niger Prime Minister and Presidential Candidate in Baby Trafficking Case (Nov. 18, 2019) On October 30, 2019, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rejected the appeal of Hama Amadou against the Republic of Niger in an alleged baby trafficking case. Amadou was Niger’s prime minister from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2007, and was the […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2019-11-18
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    Niger: Reporters Without Borders Seeks Journalist's Release (Nov. 2, 2007) Moussa Kaka, director of the private Radio Saraounia and a correspondent in Niger of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and of the international, nonprofit, journalist rights organization Reporters Without Borders, was arrested on September 20, 2007, and is being held in detention. Kaka may be charged with breaching national security and his arrest […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    Niger: Finance Law Effective New Year's Day (Dec. 31, 2009) On November 10, 2009, the Minister of Finance of Niger announced a Finance Law 2010 bill. If approved, the new Law will come into force on January 1, 2010. The new Law establishes a corporate income tax of 30%, down from a previous 35%. It specifies that the top marginal rate for […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-12-31
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    Economic Community of West African States: Niger Found Guilty in Slavery Case (Oct. 30, 2008) The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in a landmark decision, recently found Niger guilty of failing to protect a woman from slavery. Hadijatou Mani, who was a slave for ten years following her sale as a child, was awarded a payment of ten million […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-10-30
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    Mali: Proposal to Raise Marriage Age May Help Counter Trafficking in Girls (Jan. 28, 2009) According to the United Nations, Niger is the country with the highest incidence in the world of early marriages, with many married by age 12 and 80 percent married before age 18. (Niger: Early Marriage – From Rural Custom to Urban Business, IRIN, Jan. 16, 2009, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/200901160644.html.) The current minimum […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-01-28
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    Nigeria: State Governments Take Federal Government to Court (June 2, 2008) It has been reported that seven state governments, of Abia, Bauchi, Benue, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, and Osun States, recently filed a suit against the Federal government before the Nigerian Supreme Court for violation of section 163 of the Nigerian Constitution, by failure to pay “Federal Account entitlements” between 2004 and 2007. The […]
    • Contributor: Goitom, Hanibal
    • Date: 2008-06-02
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    International Labour Organization: Forced Labor Protocol to Come into Effect Next Year (Dec. 3, 2015) The Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention, first adopted at a conference held by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2014, will come into effect on November 9, 2016. That date is 12 months after the protocol received its second ratification, from Norway, following a prior ratification by Niger.  (Norway Ratification Clinches […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-12-03
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    Spain: National Police Chief Addresses Anti-Terrorism Policies (Sept. 29, 2016) The head of Spain’s National Police gave an address describing how Spain’s efforts to improve anti-terrorist cooperation among European Union Member States, and arguing against national border patrols within the European Union.  (Hugo Gutiérrez, El Director de la Policia Nacional Pide mas Cooperación Europea contra el Terrorismo, EL PAIS (Aug.1, 2016).) He argued […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2016-09-29
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    Nigeria: Several Nigerian States Urged to Adopt Federal Child Protection Law (Dec. 4, 2009) It was reported on November 23, 2009, that on the occasion marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly, Dr. Suomi Sakai, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, called on Nigerian states that have yet to adopt the Federal […]
    • Contributor: Goitom, Hanibal
    • Date: 2009-12-04
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    Nigeria: Regional Court Says Government Has Legal Obligation to Provide Free and Compulsory Education to Children (Dec. 3, 2010) On November 30, 2010, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS CCJ) ruled that the Nigerian government has an obligation to provide free and compulsory education to every Nigerian child (ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria to Provide Free, Compulsory Education, AFRIQUE AVENIR (Dec. 1, 2010), http://tinyurl.com/399ocddn). This […]
    • Contributor: Goitom, Hanibal
    • Date: 2010-12-03
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    Mexico: Saadi Gadafi Prevented from Fleeing Illegally to Mexico (Dec. 14, 2011) On December 7, 2011, the Mexican federal government announced that it thwarted an operation whereby Saadi Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, would have fled to Mexico with his family, posing as Mexican citizens. (Press Conference, Mensaje a medios de comunicación que ofreció el Secretario de Gobernación, Alejandro Poiré […]
    • Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2011-12-14
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    Economic Community of West African States: Single Customs Tariff Agreement (Nov. 15, 2013) On October 25, 2013, the nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a 15-country regional cooperative bloc, agreed to establish a single customs tariff system. (ECOWAS Member States, ECOWAS website (last visited Nov. 8, 2013); West African Bloc Moves Further Towards Regional Economic Integration, ALLAFRICA.COM (Oct. 26, 2013).) According […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-11-15
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    Mali: Sharia Law Imposed in North (Aug. 14, 2012) Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) have occupied northern Mali, controlling about 60% of the country, since late March 2012. These two armed groups have as a goal the imposition of Sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. (Forcing Sharia Law in Mali, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-08-14
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    Mauritania: Anti-Terror Law Rejected by Constitutional Council (Mar. 8, 2010) On March 4, 2010, following an appeal by 32 Members of the National Assembly, the Constitutional Council of Mauritania rejected the country's new law on terrorism, calling a number of the articles unconstitutional. The law, which was adopted by the legislature on January 5 of this year, had permitted preventive detention, phone-tapping, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-03-08
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    International Labour Organization: Forced Labor Protocol Enters into Effect (Nov. 17, 2016) On November 9, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced that its International Protocol P029 of 2014 to the Convention Concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (the Forced Labour Convention of 1930) had officially entered into force. On the same date, Argentina became the ninth country to ratify the Protocol. (Aaron Christenson, International […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-11-17