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UK Minister for Africa welcomes release of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan

Posted by African Press International on July 27, 2014

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mark Simmonds welcomes release of Meriam Ibrahim and calls on Government of Sudan to guarantee religious freedom for all.

Commenting after Meriam Ibrahim, who had previously been sentenced to death for apostasy, boarded a plane leaving Sudan with her family, Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said:

“I am delighted that Meriam Ibrahim has been able to leave the country safely with her family.

“I welcome last month’s decision by the appeal court to overturn the barbaric sentence handed down in May. Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right enshrined in both international human rights law and Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution. I call on the Government of Sudan to reflect on the lessons of Meriam’s case and ensure that this right is upheld for all.”

 

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United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Mr. Djinnit condemns the renewal of heinous attacks in Nigeria

Posted by African Press International on July 27, 2014

DAKAR, Sénégal, July 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa and High Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Nigeria, Mr. Said Djinnit, strongly condemns the killing of civilians perpetrated over the week-end and yesterday reportedly by the Boko Haram group in the town of Damboa, in Borno State, and in Kaduna, in Kaduna State.

Mr. Djinnit expresses his profound outrage at the attacks, which resulted, according to initial reports, in the death of more than 130 people and forced a score number of about 15000 people to move to the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, or to neighbour towns of Biu and Goniri.

Mr. Djinnit expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and renews his solidarity and sympathy to the victims, as well as to the Government and the people of Nigeria.

He encourages the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to stop the cycle of violence and bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.

Mr. Djinnit reiterates the support of the United Nations to an effective regional cooperation to put an end to the terrorism threat and Boko Haram attacks.

 

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United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA)

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Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda Graduates Its First Class  

Posted by African Press International on July 27, 2014

  •  The ceremony awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT)

KIGALI, Rwanda, July 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda (http://www.cmu.edu)  is proud to announce that its first class in Africa graduated on 24 July, 2014. The ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT).

The graduation underscores Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to educating engineers and entrepreneurs who are striving to make an economic impact in East Africa. Many of the students have ambitions to be the next technical innovators and business leaders responsible for ushering the region’s economic and social growth into the future.

In 2007, the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, recommended establishing Centres of Excellence throughout Africa to cultivate the science and technological skills required for developing an IT workforce and expertise in Africa. Motivated to elevate global intellectual and economic vitality, Carnegie Mellon University became the first U.S. university to offer a master’s degree programme taught by full-time faculty resident in Africa.

“Being present in East Africa is the only way to understand the region’s technology needs,” says Bruce Krogh, the inaugural director of CMU in East Africa. “Creating a long-term education programme is critical, because it gives students time to analyze problems and develop solutions in the context in which they occur.”

Carnegie Mellon students in Rwanda receive a world-class education enriched by the institution’s history and tradition of excellence that began in the United States in 1900. Rigorous coursework, practicums and internships provide students with the critical skills valued by industry throughout East Africa

To ensure that Carnegie Mellon University’s research and curriculum in Rwanda remain relevant to Africa, the faculty and students engage with local companies and multinational corporations on a continual basis. Companies that have recruited Carnegie Mellon University students for internships in East Africa include General Electric, IBM, Marriott, Microsoft, VISA and Voxiva.

“It is important that students stay in East Africa instead of studying in the States or elsewhere. If Africa’s best students leave to study abroad for two years, that becomes problematic. At CMU, students remain plugged into the region’s rapidly evolving technical and business networks,” says Krogh.

“Our graduating class is filled with remarkable young men and women who are ready to enter industry and become entrepreneurs. We are excited about their potential to make significant contributions to IT in East Africa and the world,” says James H. Garrett Jr., dean of Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering.

In Africa, Carnegie Mellon University offers two graduate degree programmes: its founding programme, the M.S. in Information Technology, and the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering launching in August, 2014. The programme currently has 43 students and 8 faculty members. Research areas include energy systems and IT for healthcare and business.

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About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (http://www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked university with programmes in areas ranging from science, technology and business to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real world problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley, Qatar, and programmess in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.

 

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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

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