Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Press Statement of the 762nd PSC meeting on “Effective Take-off of the AU Humanitarian Agency (AUHA): Addressing the Impact of Terrorism and Armed conflicts on Africa’s Social Fabric”

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 762nd meeting held on 9 April 2018, received a briefing on “Effective Take-off of the AU Humanitarian Agency (AUHA): Addressing the Impact of Terrorism and Armed conflicts on Africa’s Social Fabric”. Council took note of the presentations…

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) |

Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia

A black vehicle was seen by at least one witness dropping the journalist's body outside his home at 3 a.m. in the eastern Paynesville suburb of Monrovia on April 16

Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A black vehicle was seen by at least one witness dropping the journalist's…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Justice and Correctional Services Committee concerned about ‘Human Factor’ aiding escapees

The National Prosecuting Authority and the Public Protector have already requested assistance from the department after it experienced budget shortfalls

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has noted with grave concern comments by the executive today that the “human factor” aided the recent spate of escapes from correctional facilities. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services today briefed the committee on its 2018/19 annual performance plan. The committee…

Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) |

Attacks by Sudanese government forces on civilians in Jebel Marra in South Darfur

In the areas of Jawa, Seena, Feina, Dawa Sawani and Rakoona at least 23 civilians were killed and tens seriously injured, 12 villages were set on fire and burnt to the ground

From 9 March – 2 April 2018, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) has documented a number of attacks perpetrated against civilian targets in East Jebel Marra in South Darfur state by the Sudanese Armed Forces, Rapid Support Forces and other government sponsored militias. The attacks took…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: Minister Mokonyane to meet Sentech and National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) on debt owed to Sentech by community radio stations

The Minister of Communications, Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane, will on Friday, 20 April 2018, meet with Sentech, the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), as an attempt to resolve the current impasse which relates to monies owed by community broadcasters to Sentech. Currently, community…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan - UNICEF

More than 500 children released since start of 2018

More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months. The first release of children took…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: Statement by the Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, on the Occassion of the release of the 2018 Preliminary Easter Road Safety Report

It is very concerning that some unwarranted behaviours continued unabated and this has been ably demonstrated by the successful arrests 6435 drivers who were caught speeding, 3208 drivers driving unlicensed vehicles, 300 drivers without drivers licenses, 2344 drivers without fastening seat belts and 1698 drivers driving vehicles with worn tires

Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga; Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Mr Pat Ngomane; Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works, Mr Donald Grant; North West MEC for Public Works and Roads, Ms Johanna Maluleke; RTMC Board Chairman, Mr Zola Majavu; Members of the RTMC Board and…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: Transfer of the Director-General: State Security Agency to Correctional Services

Mr Loyiso Jafta has been appointed to act as the Director-General of the State Security Agency until the appointment process for the post is finalised

A decision has been taken to transfer the Director-General of the State Security Agency, Mr Arthur Fraser to the Department of Correctional Services. The transfer follows consultation between President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Minister of State Security, Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Mr Fraser on the suitable location of the Director-General. The…

Source: International Criminal Court (ICC) |

International Criminal Court (ICC) President concludes official visit to Nigeria

President Eboe-Osuji underlined that the active support of States is crucial in re-energising the mission of the International Criminal Court (ICC), of which Nigeria is a founding and important member

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes. During his stay in Abuja…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Burundi: Repression Linked to Presidential-Term Vote

Opponents Killed, Imprisoned, and Threatened

Burundi government forces and ruling party members have killed, beaten, and intimidated perceived opponents of a constitutional referendum set for a May 17, 2018 vote that would enable the president to extend his term in office, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse reflects the widespread impunity for local authorities, the…