Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa welcomes the resumption of peace talks on the situation in the Western Sahara

The negotiations are taking place in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2440 adopted by the United Nations Security Council on 31 October 2018

South Africa welcomes the recently concluded first round of negotiations held on 5-6 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland on the situation in Western Sahara. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, welcomed these positive developments and stated: “South Africa is pleased that Morocco and the Polisario Front have been…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Public Designation of The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh

The United States is committed to combating corruption, increasing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promoting good governance globally

The Department is publicly designating former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, under the terms of Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2018, due to his involvement in significant corruption.  Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State…

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

UNSMIL Statement on the Deteriorating Situation in Southern Libya, the Shutting Down of Sharara Oil field

The Mission calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the armed elements from the area

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expresses its strong condemnation of Sunday’s consecutive, but unrelated, attacks against civilians and facilities in the South of Libya and calls on the Libyan authorities to take prompt and effective action against the lawlessness engulfing the region. The murder of six hostages…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Libya: Council adopts conclusions

The Council welcomes the outcome of the Conference for Libya hosted by Italy in Palermo on 12 and 13 November 2018, which followed the Paris Conference held on 29 May 2018

The Council adopted conclusions on Libya. The Council welcomes the outcome of the Conference for Libya hosted by Italy in Palermo on 12 and 13 November 2018, which followed the Paris Conference held on 29 May 2018. The Council states that the status quo in Libya is a prevalent source…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Council extends sanctions for one year

The sanctions comprise an asset freeze and a ban on entering the European Union and are targeted at 14 individuals

The Council extended the restrictive measures currently in place against the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 12 December 2019. The sanctions comprise an asset freeze and a ban on entering the European Union and are targeted at 14 individuals. They were adopted on 12 December 2016 and 29 May 2017 in…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Assistant Secretary Madison Travels to Kenya for Global Forum on Drug Use Treatment and Prevention

Her meetings will focus on U.S.-Kenya cooperation to pursue our shared goals, including in the area of Kenyan police accountability

On Monday, December 10, experts and practitioners from 83 countries in the field of drug use prevention and treatment will gather in Nairobi, Kenya for the fourth annual workshop of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP). Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison of the Bureau of…

Source: U.S. Department of Justice |

Former Head of Organization Backed by Chinese Energy Conglomerate Convicted of International Bribery, Money Laundering Offenses

Schemed to Bribe the President of Chad, President and Foreign Minister of Uganda

A federal jury in New York City today convicted the head of a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Hong Kong and Virginia on seven counts for his participation in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar scheme to bribe top officials of Chad and Uganda in exchange for business advantages for a Chinese oil…

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Libyan Justice sector practitioners explore attaining international standards for Libyan prison

The seminar provided participants with a unique platform for exchanging views and suggesting solutions to improve the situation of Libyan prisons and bring them in line with international human rights and rule of law standards

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) brought together 18 senior judges, prosecutors and judicial police officers from all regions of Libya in a two-day 5-6 December seminar under the theme “The Application of Rule of Law Principles in Prisons: Empowerment of the Judicial Police”. The seminar provided participants…

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Source: The Republic of Sierra Leone State House |

President Julius Maada Bio Updates the Media on Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law

He was addressing the inaugural Media Cocktail at Radisson Blu, organised by the Office of the Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has told journalists in Freetown that his New Direction Government is at an advanced stage in the repeal of Part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel. He was addressing the inaugural Media Cocktail at Radisson Blu, organised by the Office…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Justice and Correctional Services Committee rejects proposal to remove Public Protector

The committee was also informed today that a similar process was instituted by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North-Gauteng High Court

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services today rejected a request by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to expedite procedures to remove the Public Protector from office. Committee Chairperson, Ms Madipoane Refiloe Moremadi Mothapo said the committee was initially briefed by the Chief Whip of the DA on the request…