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UN Security Council welcomes Somali agreement on prompt and peaceful elections

The agreement, that would allow elections within 60 days, was an outcome of the summit convened by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble

In a press statement released Friday night, the 15 members of the council commended the country’s leaders for putting first “Somalia’s stability, security and development, and the best interests of the Somali people”. The agreement, that would allow elections within 60 days, was an outcome of the summit convened by Prime…

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‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations

Sudanese civil society shared their vision of a new Sudan based on freedom, justice and economic opportunity

Moving from Sudan’s current fragile transition period towards stable civilian rule, requires a continued “spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration”, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. “One of the key messages remains that we expect all parts of Sudan to work together for all of Sudan”, Special…

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    • MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko | MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Niafounké in Mali
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Fresh attacks, dire conditions plague Africa’s Sahel, Security Council hears

Countries of the Sahel region have seen an escalation of attacks by armed extremist groups in recent years, striking frequently at security forces and civilians

Despite a deteriorating security situation and the reverberating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional troops deployed to combat terrorists in Africa’s Sahel region have scaled up the tempo of their operations in recent months, efforts that must be matched by a spirit of solidarity among their global partners, the senior UN peacekeeping official told the…

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UN condemns killing of aid worker in South Sudan

The aid worker was killed when assailants fired at a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle

The top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan has called  for law enforcement along roads following the first killing of an aid worker in the country this year during an ambush in Budi, East Equatoria, on Wednesday. The aid worker was killed when assailants fired at a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle that was…

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New mission chief points to opportunities ahead of 2023 election in DR Congo

Keita urged officials to use the interim period to overcome obstacles, and take advantage of opportunities, so that progress and reforms can be made

The 2023 electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will mark “a new critical stage” in the country’s journey to democratic transition and stabilization, UN Special Representative Bintou Keita said on Tuesday in her first briefing to the Security Council.  Ms. Keita, who also heads the UN mission…

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    • © UNHCR/Chris Melzer | Eritrean children play in the Adi Harush refugee camp in Tigray, northern Ethiopia.
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Probe announced into alleged Tigray rights violations: UN rights office

The development comes after fighting began in the north Ethiopian state on 4 November last year

Alleged serious abuses and rights violations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are to be investigated by the UN, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Thursday. The probe, which will be carried out jointly by the High Commissioner’s Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC),…

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    • © UNHCR/Martim Gray Pereira | Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by conflict in northern provinces of Mozambique.
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Mozambique: Cabo Delgado displacement could reach 1 million, UN officials warn

The number of internally displaced people increasing from around 70,000 roughly a year ago, to close to 700,000 today, and expected to reach one million by June

Senior leaders with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Monday of the urgent need  to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, where an ongoing  insurgency has uprooted  hundreds of thousands of people.   Assistant High Commissioners Gillian Triggs and Raouf Mazou were fresh from the…

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Libya arms embargo ‘totally ineffective’: UN expert panel

The 2011 arms embargo prohibited Libyans from exporting all arms and related materials, and obliged UN Member States to prevent the direct or indirect supply of all weaponry to Libya

An arms embargo imposed on Libya by the Security Council in 2011 remains “totally ineffective” a UN Panel of Experts has said, adding that civilians, including migrants and asylum seekers, continue to suffer widespread rights violations and abuses.  In its final report, the Panel of Experts on Libya – established pursuant to resolution 1973…

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Allies of South Sudan militias must be held accountable: UN human rights report

More than 738 people were killed, and 320 wounded, during the reporting period, while at least 686 women and children were abducted, and 39 women were raped

Military and political officials in South Sudan supporting community-based militias in the Greater Jonglei region, must be held accountable for violence that killed more than 700 people over a six-month period last year, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Monday.  Between January and June 2020, organized and heavily-armed militias…

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Central African Republic ‘very volatile’, despite important progress – UN peacekeeping chief

In “a major achievement”, the country is on track to successfully conclude a democratic transfer of power within the constitutional timeline

Despite a successful presidential election and other noteworthy progress, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be plagued by violence and volatility, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.  Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, praised the peacekeeping mission in the country, MINUSCA, in providing security to thousands…