Niger Becomes First African Nation To Approve Law Protecting People Displaced Due To Violence, Environmental Impacts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Niger adopts law to protect displaced people in first for Africa
“Niger has adopted Africa’s first national law for the protection and assistance of people fleeing violence, floods, and droughts, the government and United Nations said on Thursday. … The new law was approved unanimously by the national assembly on Monday, Magagi said. It is based on the Kampala Convention, a 2009 African Union treaty that establishes guiding principles for protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Other African countries have ratified the Kampala Convention, but not incorporated it into national law, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR)…” (Peyton, 12/6).