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

UNESCO Launches the Portuguese version of its Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa

The Toolkit provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues pertaining to the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and the safety of journalists

As part of its on-going project of strengthening the role of judicial actors in Africa on international and regional standards on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, UNESCO has launched the Portuguese version of its Legal Standards on Freedom of Expression: Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa. The Toolkit…

Source: Amnesty International |

Eritrea: Release Journalists and Politicians Arrested 20 Years Ago

Some of the high-profile detainees in Eritrea include former Finance Minister Berhane Abraha, who was arrested in September 2018

The Eritrean authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 21 journalists and politicians who were arrested in a sweeping crackdown on dissent 20 years ago, said Amnesty International as it launched a new campaign #WhereAreEritreasDissidents. The arrests of the journalists between 21 and 23 September 2001 followed the arrest on 18 September…

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

Joint Statement on Dispute Between the President and Prime Minister

The ongoing division and politicisation risks undermining the important progress that has been made

As Somalis mark the one-year anniversary of the 17 September Agreement, international partners* are increasingly alarmed that the escalating dispute between the President and Prime Minister will undermine Somalia’s stability and derail the electoral process.     We urge the President and Prime Minister to resolve their differences immediately, avoid further unhelpful exchanges…

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    • UNPOL officers deployed to UNMISS in Warrap recently conducted a refresher training on policing for 12 of their national counterparts in Warrap. The objective is for these officers to trickle down their learning to other colleagues. Photo by Peter Kuol/UNMISS
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United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers conduct two-day refresher training for national policing counterparts in Warrap

The course consisted of interactive sessions on crime scene investigations, report writing, recording statements, preparing cases and familiarization with court procedures

Twelve police officers in Tonj South county, Warrap state, recently improved upon their investigative skills, thanks to a two-day refresher course facilitated by United Nations Police officers deployed here.   The course consisted of interactive sessions on crime scene investigations, report writing, recording statements, preparing cases and familiarization with court…

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

In Dialogue with Eswatini, Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes legislative progress and asks about child Health

Challenges to the welfare of Eswatini’s children included the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which had closed schools for over a year, as well as global warming and climate change

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the combined second to fourth periodic reports of Eswatini on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with Committee Experts welcoming legislative progress, and asking about child health related issues, such as age determination and nutrition,…

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United Nations Police (UNPOL) builds community policing capacities to bolster safety and security of residents on Tonj south

This method encourages strategic solutions to immediate, underlying conditions that could jeopardize public safety

United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers based in Kuajok, Warrap state, recently held a day-long community policing workshop in Tonj south county for 33 participants drawn from local policing counterparts as well as community members. According to Bol Bol Chol, a South Sudanese police inspector in the county, such workshops go…

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    • UNMISS recently refurbished a police station in Awiel Jedid, Wau, as part of its Quick Impact Project's programme, ensuring law and order in the area receives a much-needed boost. Photo by Michael Wondi/UNMISS
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UNMISS rehabilitation of police station in Wau brings new hope for citizens

Four existing office spaces were renovated while two additional offices, four detention cells and two latrines were constructed

Awiel Jedid, a suburb in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal, was severely affected when civil war erupted in South Sudan. “When conflict broke out, the area became completely deserted. People fled for fear of their lives, leaving behind their homes and belongings,” reveals Sam Muhumure, the Head of the United…

Source: Amnesty International |

Niger: Increasing Number of Children Killed and Recruited by Armed Groups in Sahel’s Tri-border Area – New Report

Increasing numbers of children are being killed and targeted for recruitment by armed groups in conflicts raging at Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. The 57-page report, ‘I Have Nothing Left Except Myself’: The Worsening Impact on Children of Conflict in…

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    • Jean-Pierre Lacroix, chief of UN Peace Operations, and Nicholas Haysom, Head of UNMISS, have discussed security arrangements and the peace process with President Salva Kiir.
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Political and Security Discussions Dominate Meeting between UN Peace Chief and South Sudan’s President

The need to urgently progress security arrangements and the peace process more broadly was top of the agenda

Three years ago today, a peace deal was signed between warring parties in South Sudan, ending a long and bloody civil war. But the country is still struggling to fully implement the agreement and deliver the peace, recovery, and development it promised its people. The need to urgently progress security…

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Human Rights Abuses Intensifying in Eastern DR Congo - UNHCR

An alarming number of human rights abuses have been carried out against civilians this year by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday

In the two most affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, UNHCR and its partners recorded more than 1,200 civilian deaths and 1,100 rapes, constituting a total of 25,000 human rights abuses.  Speaking in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said the violence “continues to cost lives and drive people from their homes”.   Host families ‘exhausted’  In…