First law to pro­tect dis­placed peo­ple

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

NIGER has adopted Africa’s first na­tional law for the pro­tec­tion and as­sis­tance of peo­ple flee­ing vi­o­lence, floods and droughts, the gov­ern­ment and the UN said on Thurs­day.

The gov­ern­ment said there were about 174 000 dis­placed peo­ple in the coun­try, mostly in re­gions where Is­lamist vi­o­lence has spilled over from Mali and Nige­ria.

That fig­ure ex­cludes those who were forced to leave their homes to search for graz­ing land or wa­ter, said Lawan Ma­gagi, min­is­ter of hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion and dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

The law is based on the Kam­pala Con­ven­tion, a 2009 AU treaty that es­tab­lishes guid­ing prin­ci­ples for pro­tec­tion of dis­placed per­sons. |

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