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8 Ebola Aid Workers Killed 'In Cold Blood' By Villagers Tags: Guinea Ebola West Africa Crime

CONAKRY, Guinea — The team of health officials accompanied by journalists came to the village to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. Instead, a group of local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them with knives and rocks and killing eight of them, witnesses say.

Guinea’s government said in a statement Friday that six people have been arrested in connection with the attack earlier this week on the health and government officials who were doing disinfection and education on prevention methods.

The horrific violence in the village of Womey underscores the mistrust and fear that remains in the area nearly nine months after the first person here died from what was later discovered to be Ebola. The disease that can cause bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears had never before sickened people in this forested corner of Africa. And when it did, villagers immediately feared that outsiders had brought it here.

There have been attacks on health centers in several affected countries but these are the first fatalities.

“The government strongly condemns the killings of these Guinean citizens including those officials who were carrying out their duties at the time,” the statement issued by the presidency of Guinea said. “These crimes are especially regrettable coming at a time when the international community is mobilizing to help the affected countries in their fight against the Ebola virus.”

The victims from Tuesday’s attack included the deputy administrative official in Womey and the head of the health care center there. Two top health officials from the nearby town of N’Zerekore were killed, along with a pastor and three radio journalists who had been covering the awareness campaigning. The son of the deputy administrative official managed to escape and survived, the government said.

Doctors Without Borders had to temporarily suspend operations in Macenta, Guinea back in April after a crowd attacked the facility. The mob accused aid workers of starting the outbreak. Some young people threw rocks at the aid workers, though no one was seriously hurt.

More than 2,600 people have died across West Africa from Ebola, including at least 500 people in Guinea.

Source: AP

First African Legal Training Programme Opened Tags: News Africa

On September 2nd, the First African Legal Training Programme was opened in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), attended by President Wang Lequan of China Law Society, Executive Vice-President Chen Jiping of China Law Society, Vice-President Zhang Mingqi of China Law Society, Deputy Prosecutor-General Li Rulin of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Minister George N. Manongi of Tanzanian embassy to China, President Peng Long of the BFSU, Director Zhao Daguang of the Administrative Division of the Supreme People's Court, Vice- President Du Shiping of Beijing Law Society, Mr. Shen Sibao, a renowned Chinese expert on law, president of China International Economic Law Institute, and representative of the teachers, and African students of the training programme.

President Wang Lequan of China Law Society, President Peng Long of the BFSU, Vice-President Du Shiping of Beijing Law Society, Antonio Binza Quilobo, Minister Public Magistrate of the Attorney-General's Office of Angola and representative of the African host for the fifth China-Africa Legal Forum, Venrandah Munyaro, State Counsel of the Attorney-General's Office of Zimbabwe and representative of the African host for the fourth China-Africa Legal Forum, delivered remarks. The inauguration ceremony is chaired by Executive Vice-President Chen Jiping of China Law Society.

President Wang Lequan made an address titled "Deepening China-Africa legal exchange and promote comprehensive development of a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership", pointing out that in the new century, China-Africa relations should also keep pace with the times.

In 2000, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was established, becoming an important platform for China and African countries to carry out collective dialogue. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Africa, proposing the development of China-Africa relations with sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, bringing China-Africa relations to a higher level.

In 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Africa, putting forward the concept of "four+six+one" framework, to upgradeChina-Africa cooperation. China and Africa will enjoy a more beautiful future and broader prospect of cooperation.

Forum on China-Africa Cooperation - Legal Forum, as animportant part of FOCAC, has been held successfully four times, achieving fruitful results. And the mechanism has been improved with richer content, more pragmatic cooperationand growing influence.

The First African Legal Training Programme is the first training programme China has hosted for professionals of the legal community in Africa, which the Chinese government attaches high importance to. It is the enrichment and extension of FOCAC - Legal Forum, laying the foundation for providing legal guarantee and intellectual support for comprehensive China-Africa cooperation.

It marks a new stage in legal exchange and cooperation between China and Africa, and will leave its footprint in the history of China-Africa relations. President Wang hopes that African students present can become the participants of China-Africa legal exchanges, practitioners of legal diplomacy, promoters of China-Africa new type of strategic partnership, protectors and inheritors of China-Africa traditional friendship.

 


Wang ended by saying that the Chinese traditional mid-autumn festival is coming, hoping that African students can take the BFSU as their home, enjoying the happiness of the festival with their teachers and having a beautiful memory.

President Peng Long said that the holding of the First African Legal Training Programme in the BFSU by its Law School reflects the trust the leaders of China Law Society have on the BFSU, and the BFSU will work to ensure the success of the training programme.

Vice-President Chen pointed out that the programme has been in the making for three years by the China Law Society. It is the first training programme China organized for African professionals of the legal community. It is a concrete action to implement the Fifth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC - Beijing Action Plan (2013-2015) and FOCAC - Legal Forum Beijing Declaration.

Over 30 students from nearly 20 African countries attended the training programme, who are judges, prosecutors, lawyers and scholars recommended by African legal and law organizations that have close cooperation with the China Law Society, Chinese embassies to African countries, and African embassies in China. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, FOCAC Office have provided guidance and support to the programme.

At the opening ceremony, China Legal Diplomacy Research Center, China-Africa Legal Research Center, China-Africa Legal Training Basis were also inaugurated. Executive Vice-President Chen Jiping of China Law Society serves as honorary chairman of China-Africa Legal Research Center.

Vice-President Zhang Ming serves as chairman of China-Africa Legal Research Center. President Peng Long of the BFSU, Vice-President Du Shiping of Beijing Law Society, Executive Vice-President Wang Liming of Renmin University, President Huang Jin of China University of Political Science and Law, and Director General Gu Zhaomin of the Overseas Liaison Department of China Law Society serve as the deputy chairmen of the Center.

Chinese experts and officials on law including Director General Liu Hehua of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Supreme People's Court, Director General Lin Songtian of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Shen Sibao of China International Economic Law Institute, President Fu Zitang of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, President Jiayu of Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Partner and Lawyer of King&Wood Law Firm Jiang Junluhave been invited to be the council members. At the inauguration, certificate conferring ceremony was also held.

Source: focac

Scores of civilians freed from Africa rebel group Tags: News Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda — A watchdog group says more than 70 women and children have been freed over the past month from the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group, whose leader is the subject of an international manhunt involving U.S. troops.

Invisible Children said Tuesday that 12 of the abductees managed to escape following clashes between rebels and security forces in Congo between Aug. 23 and 25.

The rebel group is increasingly degraded amid a hunt for its fugitive commanders in the jungles of Central Africa. Some commanders have recently defected and turned themselves in to Ugandan troops.

Kasper Agger of the watchdog group Enough Project said it was possible that rebel commanders are releasing women and children in order to give the group more mobility amid military pressure.

Source:AP

Cuba To Send 165 Health Workers To Fight Ebola In Africa Tags: News Cuba World Ebola West Africa

Cuba is to send 165 healthcare workers to West Africa to help in the battle against the world's worst ever epidemic of the Ebola virus, the country's health minister said on Friday.

Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Cuba's minister of public health, said the first of his workers would begin arriving in Sierra Leone in early October.

Some 2,300 people in West Africa have died of Ebola virus infection in the worst outbreak of the disease in history. The epidemic has been raging in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since it started there in March, and has also reached Nigeria and Senegal.

WHO director general Margaret Chan welcomed Cuba's commitment, saying it would make "a significant difference" in Sierra Leone.

"If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight," she said. "Cuba is world famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses and for its generosity in helping fellow countries on the route to progress."

The Cuba staff will include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and social mobilization officers.

Source: Reuters

India's Abeer Selling ‘Fake Medicines’ In Liberia Tags: Liberia.News.Fake Crime

The Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) has disclosed that the Indian-run Abeer Pharmaceuticals has been selling “fake medicines” on the Liberian market.

Abeer Pharmaceuticals is located on Randall Street. It sells drugs as both retail and wholesale levels. It is one of those very cheap pharmacies in Monrovia. Its retail room is flooded throughout the day with people buying different kinds of drugs. Most of the drugs bought, are not prescribed by a doctor.

The Government of Liberia’s health regulatory arm released a statement to the Observer Thursday, September 11: “The Liberia medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), the Government Pharmaceutical Regulatory body, has observed with grave concern that in the wake of our fight, against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in our country, some medications have surfaced on our pharmaceutical markets that are NOT SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION. Please DO NOT BUY any of these medications, as they have been tested and failed quality control test. Taking any of these medicines shall lead to serious health consequences.”

Some of the products that LMHRA said they got from Abeer Pharmaceuticals included Diclof-100mg, Diclof-50mg and Aquaten-100mg. The other products are Amoxitor-125mg and Ampitor-125mg.
Our Health Correspondent saw at least 12 cartoons of medicines that the LMHRA took from Abeer. Two of the cartoons were dampened and Mr. David Sumo, Managing Director of LMHRA, said they had been in Abeer’s ware house for over a year.

One of his assistants opened a bottle of the Amoxitor-125mg, which had its expiry date to be 2016. The odor from the yellowish power that came from the bottle nearly threw everyone from the room.
Mr. Juwe D. Kercula, Pharmaceutical Information Officer, told the Daily Observer that punishment measures for Abeer’s action including quarantining the products, recalling it/them from the market and publicizing it for the general public to know that those products are harmful and are not fit for human consumption.

He said the last option would be to revoke the operator’s license, if.
They also showed two other products, both with names ‘Siidrek and Sudrek’ that they said are fake products on the market.
“These two were not brought on the market by Abeer,” Mr. Sumo clarified.

When contacted, the legal counsel of Abeer told the Observer that they are ready they would respond “appropriately” to LMHRA.

Source: liberianobserver

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