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The notice said President Tokayev had signed off on parliamentary ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — a document that commits signatories to the abolition of capital punishment.

Kazakhstan abolishes death penalty

Kazakhstan abolished the death penalty, making permanent a nearly two-decade freeze on capital punishment in the authoritarian Central Asian country, a notice on the presidential website said Saturday.
Treasury chief Rishi Sunak had committed to ending the widely unpopular tax on tampons and sanitary pads in his budget in March but the change could only take effect Friday after Britain had finally left the economic orbit of the European Union.

UK abolishes ‘sexist’ tax on women’s sanitary products

Treasury chief Rishi Sunak had committed to ending the widely unpopular tax on tampons and sanitary pads in his budget in March but the change could only take effect Friday after Britain had finally left the economic orbit of the European Union.
Former US First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton renews call for abolition of U.S. Electoral College

The former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on Monday renewed her call for the abolition of the country’s Electoral College.
Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Omo-Agege: Why National Assembly cannot produce new constitution for Nigeria

Deputy President of Senate Ovie Omo-Agege has declared that the National Assembly has no power to replace the current constitution with new one.
Isoko people under the auspices of Isoko Ethnic Nationality Movement, IENM, weekend, described Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as God’s special gift to Deltans.

Senator Omo-Agege: Why National Assembly can’t offer brand new constitution

Those agigating for a brand new Constitution in Nigeria may have to perish the thought as the National Assembly lacks the powers to do so, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said.
Members of the media surround pro-democracy activists Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak (5th R), Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Anon Numpa as they speak outside Chanasongkram police station in Bangkok on November 30, 2020, as they came to hear charges of allegedly violating the royal defamation law during the ongoing pro-democracy protests. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai protest leaders charged with royal defamation

Thai police charged five key leaders of the country’s pro-democracy protest movement Monday under the kingdom’s tough royal defamation laws, the first such use of the controversial legislation in two years.
The Chairman Oriade Local Government in Osun State Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting the sum of N193 million to his personal account.

Group drags Osun council chief to EFCC for ‘diverting’ N193m to personal account

The Chairman Oriade Local Government in Osun State Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting the sum of N193 million to his personal account.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF commends Imo communities for abolishing female genital mutilation

Imo State communities and stakeholders have been urged to work tenaciously and assiduously towards the total elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and all forms of violence against the girl child.
Demonstrators are seen as water cannons are being used during an anti-government protest as lawmakers debate on constitution change, outside the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, November 17, 2020. REUTERS-Athit Perawongmetha

Thai police fire water cannon, teargas at parliament protest

Thai police blasted protesters with water cannon and used teargas on Tuesday, hurting several people in a bid to push back a demonstration at parliament demanding constitutional changes that would touch on the powerful monarchy.

200,000 police attached to politicians – Ex-IGP

A former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, says over 200,000 police officers were attached to political elites, a practice he termed “policing the elites against policing security spaces.”
Pro-democracy protesters hold up the three-finger salute during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 26, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV - AFP)

Thai premier says ‘illegal protests’ must be controlled as parliament opens

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said Thailand needs to bring “illegal protests” under control on Monday as he opened a special parliamentary session to address months of pro-democracy rallies.
Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Right Commission (NHRC)

NHRC: Modern slavery must end in Nigeria

The National Human Rights Commission has called for an end to slavery which it says still thrives in modern forms in Nigeria despite the official abolition of the scourge many decades ago.
Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity.

China detains professor who criticised Xi Jinping over coronavirus

Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man.
One of the victims of the fast-spreading coronavirus has reportedly died in Ghana, authorities have confirmed.

Nigerian bank shuts down office as staff tests positive for virus

As a responsible corporate entity, and in line with the collective resolve to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Fidelity Bank Plc has announced that it’s Federal Secretariat, Abuja Business Office has been shut down.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has warned the newly inaugurated cabinet members to shun frivolities and work as one indivisible team for the progress of the state.

Osun governor abandons predecessor’s education policies

The Osun State Government on Monday announced the abolition of same school uniform policy for students in public schools in the state which was introduced by immediate past administration of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola.
ActionAid Nigeria

ActionAid trains 75 TBAs to reduce maternal, child mortality rate in Abuja

An international humanitarian and nonprofit making organization, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, has trained 75 Traditional Bed Attendants, TBAs, in 55 communities in five Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, to reduce maternal and child mortality rates.
In line with his abolition of all forms of fees and levies in public schools, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has released funds for the running of the schools for the 2019/2020 academic session and vowed to sack any school heads caught collecting fees and levies.

Rivers governor suspends principal, vows to sack others collecting fees, levies

In line with his abolition of all forms of fees and levies in public schools, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has released funds for the running of the schools for the 2019/2020 academic session and vowed to sack any school heads caught collecting fees and levies.
Hailing from Rajasthan, 17-year-old Payal Jangid was on Wednesday conferred the Changemaker Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards held in New York.

Gates foundation honours 16-year-old girl who refused to marry at 12

Miss Payal Jangid, a 16-year-old from India, was on Tuesday honoured for her commitment towards advocating for education and abolition of child marriage after refusing to marry at the age of 12.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAPTIP seeks partnership with UNODC to fight human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will continue to deepen partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to fight trafficking in person in the country.
Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal ‘make approach’ for wantaway Real Madrid playmaker

However, the 22-year-old has played just five minutes in the last six games and earlier today, reports in the Spanish press indicated that the player had told Zinedine Zidane of his intention to leave on loan during the window.
FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer on Epiphany, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican, January 6, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Pope urges U.S. reconciliation as bishops call out Joe Biden on abortion

Pope Francis told U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States, while the nation’s bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion.
A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

John Mrabure emerges new acting correctional chief

A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

Jigawa PDP inaugurates 29-member reconciliation committee

The Jigawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 29-member reconciliation committee to unite and bring back its lost glory in the state.