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Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 March 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in Nigeria for example, a civil society group known as International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate victims of rights violations in the country the sum of $5 billion. The group made the call while presenting its report of alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings committed by the Buhari administration in the past 20 months. The organisation called on the Buhari-Federal Government of Nigeria to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crimes within the period under review.

The situation report also covers Niger, where drought is causing the closure of many schools. During this season, about 50 percent of the students may not come to school. They follow their parents to graze their flock. To remedy this situation, teachers are calling for the construction of school canteens and dormitories to retain students.
These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

The Civil Society Situation Report is a bi-monthly synopsis of news articles compiled by WACSI on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa. It serves as a tool to monitor the trends and changes in both fields across the regions.

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