Source: Embassy of Ethiopia in Stockholm, Sweden |

Ethiopia Appoints New Defense and Foreign Ministers

All three appointees have since been sworn into office by Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi in the House of Peoples Representatives

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR)  approved the nominations Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed put forward for three ministerial posts on April 18, 2019. The House approved the appointment of Gedu Andargachew as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lemma Megresa as Minister of Defense and Engineer Aisha Mohammed as Minister of Urban…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR evacuates refugees in Libya to Niger amid Tripoli fighting

UNHCR has worked with the Libyan Ministry of Interior and authorities in Niger to make this possible

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated some 163 refugees from Libya to Niger in the first such flight since fighting escalated in the Libyan capital two weeks ago. The flight landed early on Friday. UNHCR has worked with the Libyan Ministry of Interior and authorities in Niger to make…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) condemns violent confrontations in Kalma internally displaced person (IDP) camp in South Darfur

These confrontations reportedly resulted in the killing of 16 people including a humanitarian field worker, with 17 injured and a significant number of IDPs displaced

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) strongly condemns recent violent confrontations between two rival youth groups in Kalma Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur state, which occurred on 13 April 2019. These confrontations reportedly resulted in the killing of 16 people including…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

We agree with the Sudanese people that the first step is forging a new transitional body that includes leadership and participation by civilians representing the diversity and breadth of Sudanese society

Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome, it’s great to have you join us in the Council today. Mr. President, over the past days, we have seen a dramatic and significant series of events unfold in Sudan. However, the demands of the Sudanese for a representative government have not yet been…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for action from Europe and US as conflict in Tripoli, Libya worsens

Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned by increasing fighting around Tripoli, Libya, which last night claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 22, including an IRC staff member. Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence. The IRC is calling on European…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

SRSG Ghassan Salame: Heavy shelling of residential neighbourhood, killing innocent people is as blatant violation of international laws

The catastrophic impact upon the civilian population is expected to continue to rise as long as the hostilities continue

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame condemns in the strongest terms the overnight heavy rocket shelling on the high-density residential neighbourhood of Abu Slim in Tripoli which resulted in scores of civilian deaths and injuries. According to initial medical sources, civilian casualties include injured women and children and one…

Source: The Federal Council, Switzerland |

Rockets fired on Tripoli: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) calls for end to fighting in Libya and for universal support for the political process

Switzerland calls on all parties to the conflict to put an end to military operations and guarantee a truce to allow humanitarian operations to proceed

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is gravely concerned about the military escalation following the attack launched by the Libyan National Army on 4 April and the subsequent fighting around Tripoli. More than 100 people have lost their lives and thousands more have been forced to flee. The centre…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Guinea: Create Special Unit to Probe Protest Deaths

Human Rights Watch interviewed 55 people in January and February 2019 about the conduct of the security forces during protests, violence by demonstrators, and the justice system’s response

The government of Guinea should set up a special task force of judges to investigate the conduct of the security forces and others engaged in unlawful acts during protests. The government’s failure to adequately investigate a dozen alleged killings in 2018 by the security forces and several alleged killings by protesters risks…

Source: British High Commission - Lilongwe |

UK supports National Elections Command and Control exercise in Malawi

Officers from Malawi's protective services will be practicing multi-agency working ahead of May 2019 elections with support from British Peace Support Team (Africa)

The United Kingdom through British Peace Support Team (Africa) is supporting a national, election-focused command exercise (15th to 18th April 2019) in Lilongwe, aimed at examining, validating and testing core national capabilities and staff competencies at strategic, tactical and operational levels of command by giving participants a chance to practice…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Somali Forces & U.S. Africa Command Conduct Airstrike Targeting Al-Shabaab

Airstrikes are one part of the U.S. strategy to support Somali forces in their commitment to the Federal Government of Somalia’s advancement of economic development, governance, and their military institutions

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to degrade al-Shabaab, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Garowle, Lower Shabelle Region, Somalia, on April 11, 2019. Airstrikes are one part of the U.S. strategy to support Somali forces in their commitment to the Federal…