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40th Universal Periodic Review of human rights: UK statement on Zimbabwe

The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French delivered this statement during Zimbabwe's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council

The United Kingdom acknowledges the repeal of Zimbabwe’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We are concerned by restrictions on freedom of assembly, the harassment of journalists, opposition and civil society, and that the Private Voluntary Organisation Amendment Bill could be used to restrict civic space. The UK…

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UK Minister for Africa statement on Burkina Faso

UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has issued a statement on the coup d’etat by military forces in Burkina Faso

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford: "The UK condemns the coup d’etat by military forces in Burkina Faso. "We call for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all members of the civilian government who have been detained, including the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. "It is vital…

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New $10 million UK support to tackle impact of drought in Somalia

The funding is expected to support almost 500,000 people in Somalia to access clean water and afford food supplies

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP, today (17 January 2022) announced a $10 million package of UK support for Somalis affected by extreme drought, during a visit to Kenya as part of a three-country East Africa visit. The funding will provide vital assistance such as cash to buy…

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Sudan: Quad statement, January 2022

The UK, US, UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have issued a Quad statement to welcome discussions to resolve Sudan's political crisis

The Quad (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America) welcome the announcement that the UN Interim Transition Assistance Mission to Sudan is facilitating discussions to resolve Sudan’s political crisis. We strongly support this UN-facilitated, Sudanese-led dialogue initiative. We urge all Sudanese political actors…

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Joint statement on elections in Libya – December 2021

The UK, US, France, Germany and Italy have issued a joint statement on elections in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States of America welcome the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams on 23 December and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations across Libya over the past ten days. We express our strong…

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UK and international partners condemn Wagner Group’s plan to deploy mercenaries in Mali

The UK and international partners have issued a statement condemning the decision to deploy mercenary troops from the Wagner Group in Mali

Statement by the UK and international partners: "We, the international partners committed to supporting Mali and its people in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace and stability and combat terrorism, firmly condemn the deployment of mercenary troops on Malian territory. This deployment can only further deteriorate the security situation in…

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Government urges British nationals to leave Ethiopia now

The FCDO is urging British nationals to leave Ethiopia immediately in light of the deteriorating conflict

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is urging British Nationals to leave Ethiopia now while commercial flights continue to operate. Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said: “The conflict in Ethiopia is deteriorating quickly. In the coming days we may see the fighting move closer to Addis Ababa, which could…

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UK and Ghana reaffirm partnership on climate adaptation and resilience ahead of COP26

The fifth UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) was held on 15 June 2021 and co-chaired by the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge

During a visit to Ghana, Minister of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan co-chaired a ministerial roundtable with Minister of Environment Dr Kwaku Afriyie on climate adaption and resilience and Ghana’s roadmap to COP26. The UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency and Minister of State (Minister for Energy,…

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Witnessing the Juba Peace Agreement: Troika statement

Statement from the UK, Norway and USA on witnessing the Juba Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and Sudanese Opposition Groups

Troika statement from the UK, Norway and USA: Today, the governments of the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States (the Troika) signed the Juba Peace Agreement as Witnesses in a signal of political support to the Agreement. Having welcomed the Agreement in October 2020, this further step demonstrates our…