WE STAND WITH FERGUSON

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WE WANT JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN!!!

    Violent protests have again broken out in Ferguson after the decision of a Grand Jury not to charge the police officer responsible for gunning down a BLACK unarmed teenager, Mike Brown. But this time, the protests didn’t just stay in Ferguson, other other US cities joined the protests chanting ‘WE STAND WITH FERGUSON‘. From New York to Seattle to Oakland, California, the decision did not go down well with thousands of Americans who have been observing the events of the previous weeks and the announcement quickly prompted protests, some violent.

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The scene where Mike Brown was shot dead by a WHITE police officer

     What are the people calling for? JUSTICE!
They do not believe justice has been served and they are very discontent with the system which they believe is racially biased. Of course, anyone who knows a thing about the US knows that racial bias is still widely being seen both at local and national fronts. Pictures like these from the initial protests proves this point.

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    The question on many people’s lips which I feel is very important is, “What if this was the other way round and it was a black officer who shot dead an unarmed white boy, will the ruling still be the same?”
      All the people are crying for is Justice for Mike Brown and indeed not only Mike Brown. This image below would explain better.

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Protesters protest indiscriminate police shooting of blacks
and carry a long list of people believed to be killed by the
police

         This is indeed sad and the fact that it is happening in ‘role model to the world’ America makes it all the worst. If the United States is serious about being a role model in Justice and Human rights, then it must first set a followable example which of course Ferguson is not.
      I must add that I was unhappy to see Donald Trump’s tweets, blaming the whole Ferguson saga on President Obama and saying that though America has a black president, things like this still persist and this would hinder the emergence of a black president for many generations to come.
How can anyone blame a system that has been for decades on the President? How far could Obama even go when he is always been blocked by the Senate?
Certainly, if Obama had tried to do otherwise and wade in directly into issues like this, people would still complain. This is not an issue of the President, it is a national issue and the fault is with the biased system. What America must do is to make all her citizens feel safe, protect their human rights irrespective of race and make sure they get justice. Justice should belong to all and not special or exclusive to any particular ‘color’.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

Join the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAMPAIGN

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    Yesterday was the World’s International Day to End Impunity and promote Freedom Of Expression and it is very important for we activists to resound the major message of yesterday which is “Freedom of Expression and Information are fundamental human rights and must be respected by all Governments and Organization.”
     The world has recently seen a lot of attack on freedom of information. A good example is the jailing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt and even crackdowns in China, Bahrain, and most especially Eriteria and North Korea. I have repeatedly seen disheartening reports of human rights violations and attack on press freedom in Eriteria and North Korea.
     For purpose of information and enlightenment, the list below shows the WORST 10 COUNTRIES IN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. The list is from Freedom House and is in no particular order.
Central African Republic
Somalia
Equatorial Guinea
Sudan
Eritrea
Syria
North Korea
Turkmenistan
Saudi Arabia
Uzbekistan
       Let us all join the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CAMPAIGN and enlighten people about this being one of their basic human rights which they should let no one take away from them.
When we are robbed of information, we are robbed of power and are susceptible to manipulation.
When we are denied our freedom of expression, we are being oppressed and made to be irrelevant.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

THE RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED CHILD

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               I came across this UNICEF photo on my Facebook page and I felt a strong obligation to join UNICEF in advocating for the rights of children around the world. I have severally written against various forms of human rights abuses and injustices against children.  Abuses that include use of child soldiers, early marriage of the girl child, child labour, lack of education, neglect of the refugee children, poverty and hunger, amongst others.
ALL CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS! This is irrespective of their nationality, ethnicity, race and religious orientation. It pains me to see the great injustices that is being done to the Rohingya children of Myanmar, who have been rejected by their Government, have no nationality and live their lives as refugees, being denied of many basic rights that they are normally supposed to enjoy.
         Today, I feel its important to also highlight the fact that DISABLED CHILDREN HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS ALL OTHER CHILDREN. Most disabled children, especially here in Africa are being denied of many basic rights, the most important being education. But the Convention for Rights of the Child (CRC)  explains that disabled children shouldn’t be ostracized but given equal rights as their counterparts. Let us show love to children with disability. They need the love and care.

Written by Olisa Lotenna

THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD

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Forbes Israel has ranked the 10 Richest terror groups based on their annual income and its certainly no surprise that the Islamic State (ISIS) leads the group of rich evil terrorists. I’ve written previously about how rich ISIS is, how they get their money and why having that much money poses a great threat to the world. ISIS has even recently announced plans to mint its own currency.
     Terrorist groups usually raise money by taking up donations from charities, government agencies, as well as through criminal activities such as drug trafficking, robberies, extortion and human trafficking (common with ISIS and Nigeria’s Boko Haram). According to the rank, the richest terrorist organisation today and in history is the Islamic State (ISIS) which is super rich mostly because of the oil fields it controls in Iraq.
      THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD
1. Islamic State ($2 billions) Iraq and Syria
2. Hamas ($1 billion) Palestine
3. FARC ($600 millions) Colombia
4. Hezbollah ($500 millions) Lebanon
5. Taliban ($400 millions).  Pakistan and Afghanistan
6. Al-Qaeda ($150 millions) The Middle East
7. Lashkar e-Taiba ($100 millions)
8. Al-Shabaab ($100 millions). Somalia and Kenya
9. Real IRA ($50 millions)
10. Boko Haram ($25 millions) Nigeria and Cameroon

Written by Olisa Lotenna

Burkina Faso did the right thing

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Michel Kafando, Head of Interim Government of Burkina Faso

      
   Since protests followed the plan of Former President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27 year long rule by altering the constitution, I have carefully followed the developments in Burkina Faso. When the protest became too much and protesters tried to burn the Legislative building, President Compare fell to the pressure. He however changed the plan and instead said he would continue being president and his government would oversee the next year’s Presidential elections. This still didn’t go down well with the opposition and protesters who demanded his outright resignation. He later bowed to the mounting pressure.
       After President Compaore resigned, the Army took over government and suspended the constitution. This was when my fears began to grow. Burkina Faso is a poor country, I thought and the civilians would suffer badly in the eventuality of an internal conflict. The UN also is overstretched with various degrees of conflicts around the world and even the current Ebola crises and funding might not be very forthcoming. My fear for the country mounted when in less than a week, three different military officers claimed the position of the head of state. This isn’t turning out to be good, I reasoned. This might result to another South Sudan and this would be a conflict West Africa wouldn’t like to see at all.
     My fears however subsided when the African Union started to mount pressure on Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, the acting head of state to restore civilian government or face sanctions.
This morning, I saw the very welcome news that the Foreign Minister who has also worked with the UN has been appointed as the Interim Head of State and would oversee the elections next year and that the constitution had been returned.
So, I must say that Burkina Faso did the right thing and I’m happy that the military officers put the interest of the nation above selfish political and personal ambitions.
Certainly, more countries need to follow this example and quickly resolve political issues in order to prevent the country fron spinning out of control. If Syria and South Sudan had done this, we might be singing a different song now and thousands of precious human lives would have been saved.

Written by Olisa Lotenna