UN AND AFRICA: "Unprecedented" death sentences for 528 Egyptians

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Protests in Egypt

• The sentencing in Egypt of 528 people to death after a mass two-day trial has been described as “unprecedented” by the UN Human Rights Office. It also said the trial was “rife with procedural irregularities”. The defendants, many of whom were not in court, were found guilty of charges including membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and the killing of one police officer.

Students perform at the UN to remember victims of slavery

Student performers

• Seven students from different countries were selected to participate in a theatre workshop that focuses on creative writing and acting. They performed at the UN commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Day is observed on 25 March each year.

Water is major source of energy for African countries


• Countries in Africa are grappling with developing their sources of energy and ensuring that their populations have access to water. In fact, according to an expert from the UN Development Programme, (UNDP) water is a major source of energy on the African continent. This year, World Water Day, observed by the United Nations on 22 March highlighted this link between water and energy.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit
Duration: 10'00"

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