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Central African Republic: UN expert condemns deadly attacks, calls for greater civilian protection

Bocoum also urged the leaders of the armed group concerned to assume their responsibilities

The UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) strongly condemns the recent attacks that led to the deaths of more than 49 people between 19 and 21 May in several villages in the Ouham-Pendé Prefecture.  "If armed groups claim their place in the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Bachelet dismayed by Kenyan High Court Decision upholding criminal sanctions for same-sex relations

The High Commissioner noted that LGBT activists and their allies in Kenya have fought hard to secure greater recognition

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed her disappointment at the decision of the High Court of Kenya to uphold a ban on consensual, same-sex relations between adults that dates back to the colonial-era. The Court had been asked to review the constitutionality of Sections 162…

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Juba forum explores ways to advance the status of women in South Sudan (Joshua Mmali)

The forum is a culmination of 37 workshops that have taken place across ten regions of South Sudan

A two-day national advocacy forum on women, peace and security has concluded in Juba, with discussions having focused on ways to influence and achieve women’s effective participation in governance and the country’s peace process. “It’s very crucial for us to have this working group, so that we can see and…

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UNMISS hands over newly renovated police station to Aweil authorities (Emmaneul Kele)

The facility was repaired to the tune of 49,000 dollars, financed by the peacekeeping mission

The government of Aweil has received a newly renovated police station to improve the enforcement of rule of law in this part of South Sudan. While receiving the keys of the Station from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Aweil governor Jaldit Malith Jal said the UN is…

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UNMISS and partners aim to de-militarize civilian facilities; improve conditions for returns in Upper Nile

Some community members in the Upper Nile area have said they do not feel safe to return to their home areas

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and partners are working with military commanders and government officials to create a safe and secure environment for displaced people to return home, including by demilitarizing civilian installations such as schools and hospitals in the Upper Nile area. “We are now looking…

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Sri Lankan peacekeepers share time, meals and other gifts with patients at Bor hospital (Gideon Sackitey)

The Sri Lankan initiative was prompted by Vesak Day, a religious and cultural festival

When you are hospitalized, your immediate concern is to get prompt and adequate care to recover as quickly as possible. It can be a dull experience, at the best of times, but bed-ridden patients at the main hospital in Bor have recently been in for a surprise treat. “It’s a…

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Democratic Republic Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator

The epidemic has claimed more than 1,200 lives and threatens to spread to other provinces in the east

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”. Amidst a surge in new cases, the epidemic has…

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Africa Men and Women’s Sevens, the two tournaments serving as qualification events for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, Tokyo 2020

The Tunisian and South African rugby federations will host the Africa Women's Sevens and Africa Men's Sevens tournaments, respectively, which will serve as qualification events for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020

In partnership with Société Générale, the official bank of Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), the Africa Women's Sevens will take place on 12nd and 13th October 2019 in Jemmel in Tunisia and will bring together twelve of the best African teams. Each one will be eager to top the rankings so that…

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U.S. Ambassador Sullivan Holds Iftar with Interfaith Community

President of the National Council of Muslim Chiefs in Ghana Chief Abdul Qadir Tahir represented the Chief Imam

On May 21, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Sullivan, in line with the U.S. Embassy’s long standing tradition, hosted an Iftar dinner at her residence. President of the National Council of Muslim Chiefs in Ghana Chief Abdul Qadir Tahir represented the Chief Imam. Also present were the Honorable Ameer of the Ahmadiyya…

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Nigerian Displaced Communities Prepare for Rains as First Storms Raze Hundreds of Homes

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nigeria will respond to the needs of displaced populations through a multi-sectoral rainy season emergency response plan

Zaynab stands next to the remnants of her home she used to share with her six children before it was destroyed by early season rainstorms that brought strong winds and rain to north-east Nigeria.   “I was in the market in the afternoon when the storm came but my six children…