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: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick's Visit To Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia

Glick also participated in discussions with East African entrepreneurs who have grown their businesses with assistance from USAID's East Africa Trade Hub

In Kenya, the Deputy Administrator met with Henry K. Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, to discuss strengthening the partnership between our countries, with a particular focus on increasing trade.  Deputy Administrator Glick also participated in discussions with East African entrepreneurs who have grown their businesses with assistance from…

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: Niron Metals |

Joint Press Release from the Republic of Liberia and Niron Metals: Republic of Liberia Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Niron Metals for Export of Iron Ore from the Zogota Project

The (MOU) Memorandum of Understanding relates to the use of existing rail and port infrastructure in Liberia

The Government of the Republic of Liberia and Niron Metals Plc (“Niron” or “the Company”) (www.NironMetals.com) are pleased to jointly announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“the MOU”), regarding the passage through Liberia of iron ore from the Zogota iron ore deposit in the Republic of Guinea (“Zogota”…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN emergency fund releases $2 million for life-saving assistance as needs escalate in Libya

On 16 April, over 4,500 people were forced to flee their homes, according to the International Organisation for Migration, bringing the total number of internally displaced people to 25,000

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today allocated US$2 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to civilians caught up in the escalating fighting in Libya, including vulnerable migrants and refugees. "I am deeply concerned by the escalation of…

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: Council of the European Union |

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on Sudan

In the current situation, we expect that all parties in Sudan exercise utmost restraint, prevent further violence and ensure the respect of fundamental freedoms

The people of Sudan have shown extraordinary courage and determination in their quest for peaceful change. The Transitional Military Council has exhibited its willingness to engage in negotiation with all political forces. The real architects of this change are the Sudanese people and they expect their legitimate demands to be…

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: Amnesty International |

Sudan: Former president Omar Al-Bashir must be tried by International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes

An ICC trial is not only vital for the victims of the atrocious crimes that led to his indictment but must constitute a first step in ensuring justice and accountability in the country

Responding to news that former Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir is being detained in Kober prison in Khartoum, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Omar Al-Bashir stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and must be immediately handed over…

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…