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

UN experts deplore rights violations against Burundi refugees

Refugees have confirmed being taken by Tanzanian police, subjected to enforced disappearance and torture before being refouled or coerced into signing for 'voluntary return'

UN human rights experts* today called on the governments of Tanzania and Burundi to respect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled Burundi, deploring reports of enforced disappearances, torture, forced returns and repression. Arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances have allegedly been carried out by the Tanzanian police…

Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) |

UN Envoy to Somalia Condemns Attacks In Lower Shabelle

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attacks

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, condemned yesterday’s attacks against the Somali National Army bases in Barire and Awdhegle towns in Lower Shabelle region. “We strongly condemn these attacks that targeted Somali forces. This is a vivid reminder of the sacrifices being made by Somali…

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

Central African Republic: Experts alarmed by government’s use of “Russian trainers”, close contacts with UN peacekeepers

Expressed concerns about their connections to a series of violent attacks that have occurred since the presidential elections on 27 December 2020

A group of UN experts today expressed alarm at the increased recruitment and use of private military and foreign security contractors by the Government of Central African Republic, and their close contacts with UN peacekeepers. The Working Group on mercenaries said they were deeply disturbed by the interconnected roles of Sewa Security…

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The Mozambican Oil and Gas Chamber condemns the terrorist attacks in Palma

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved, injured and displaced

The Mozambican Oil and Gas Chamber condemns the terrorist attacks in Palma on the 25th of March in the strongest possible terms and expresses its heartfelt condolences to all the victims of the attacks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved, injured and displaced. Terrorism is…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

Mali and UNESCO to receive a “symbolic euro” in token reparation for the heritage of Timbuktu

The reparation, which will take place in a ceremony in Bamako, will give effect to the sentence passed in 2017 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will today hand over a symbolic euro to the Government of Mali and UNESCO for damage inflicted on the people of Mali people and the international community by the destruction of cultural properties in Timbuktu in 2012. The reparation, which will take place in a…

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We Must Support Mozambique Overcome Terrorist Forces, Protect Lives, and Restore Hope (By NJ Ayuk)

From an economic standpoint, it is determined to eliminate obstacles to the development of the huge natural gas fields that lie off the coast of Cabo Delgado

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org). “You may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise”. Maya Angelou was so right. These profound words do ring true today when we look at the recent coward attacks by terrorists against defenseless Mozambicans. There’s so much…

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UNMISS helps restore calm and stability following recent violence in Koch

50 peacekeepers from Ghana, led by Major Kofi Safo, had established a temporary operating base in Koch earlier this month

An armed clash in Jahjah village, located near Koch in the Unity region of South Sudan, has led to homes and offices being ransacked and burnt to the ground. “When the looting started, most of us ran to nearby areas to shelter in the bush,” stated a community member. “We…

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Secretary-General underscores need for peace and stability in Africa’s Sahel region

The Secretary-General underscored the need to address the root causes of conflict, given the multidimensional and inter-related nature of the many challenges in the region

The UN Secretary-General has underlined his concern for Africa’s Sahel region, where deteriorating security and violence are aggravating an already difficult humanitarian situation that is unfolding amid the COVID-19 pandemic and climate emergency.  António Guterres addressed heads of State from the Group of Five for the Sahel, known by the…

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UNHCR alarmed at armed atrocities in eastern DR Congo

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at ongoing atrocities carried out by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which have become part of a systematic pattern to disrupt civilians’ lives, instill fear and create havoc. In 2020, UNHCR partners registered a record of more than…