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Morobo County residents call on armed forces to unite to protect civilians

At the two meetings, participants identified challenges related to the protection of civilians and listed possible actions to resolve them

People in Morobo County, south of South Sudan’s capital Juba, have voiced concern over armed forces creating problems among local communities rather than protecting them, with women in particular having been subject to unwanted attention. In Morobo town the situation is okay, but in the villages incidents of harassment, looting…

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International Criminal Court marks 20th anniversary

Several other events are being held around the world throughout 2022 to mark this important milestone

On 1 July 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-cpi.int) marks its 20th anniversary. On this day in 2002, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court entered into force upon ratification by 60 States, officially creating the ICC. Marking the day, the President of the Court, Judge Piotr Hofmański…

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Ethiopia still in grip of spreading violence, hate speech and aid crisis

The Ethiopian government declared a humanitarian truce, an agreement that opened the door to much-needed access to aid for citizens in the region

UN-appointed rights investigators announced on Thursday that they’ve launched a probe into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.  Kaari Betty MurungiOpens in new window, chair of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, was speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights CouncilOpens…

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UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2023

The SPT will also meet with and assist the country’s independent torture prevention watchdog, formally named the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM)

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Türkiye in the second half of this year, and announced its plans to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023. “Visiting States parties is fundamental…

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Rule of Law Gets a Boost with Joint Special Mobile Court Resuming Operations in Gette

Since 2020, UNMISS has supported an exclusive judicial system - the Joint Special Mobile Court (JSMC)

“Rule of law forms the foundation of any democracy,” explains Anees Ahmed, a senior official from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). A lawyer by training, Mr. Ahmed, in his role within the UN Peacekeeping mission’s Rule of Law Section, uses its mandate to elaborate. “We are tasked…

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UN committee urges prompt investigation into deaths of migrants at Moroccan-Spanish border

The tragedy could have been avoided if a comprehensive rights-based approach had been incorporated in border policies

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) on Tuesday deplored the incidents that led to the deaths of at least 23 migrants as they tried to cross the border from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla last Friday. It is yet to be determined whether the victims died falling from the fence,…

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Uganda: Mpuuga Cautions Trinidad and Tobago Members of the Parliament over Campaign Money

Mpuuga advised the MPs to draft a law that establishes an independent entity to handle political party financing

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, has advised Members of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago to exercise caution when writing laws on campaign financing. Addressing Members of a joint select committee of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago  that is scrutinising The Representation of the…

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Human Rights Workshop in Renk Leads to Spirited Discussions

The workshop’s focus: Sensitizing 30 prisons service officers in Renk county on human rights standards

“Human rights are at the heart of upholding the rule of law in South Sudan,” said Major General Aggrey Mojok. Major General Mojok is the Director of the South Sudan National Police Services (SSNPS) in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, and was speaking at a training organized by the United…

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The Chairperson of the AUC expresses shock at violent treatment of African migrants at Morocco-Spain border leading to deaths and injuries, calls for an immediate investigation

The Chairperson calls for an immediate investigation into the matter

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat expresses his deep shock and concern at the violent and degrading treatment of African migrants attempting to cross an international border from Morocco into Spain, with the ensuing violence leading to the deaths of at least 23 people and…

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Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Deadly Extremist Group Attacks in Mali

The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 100 civilians have been killed in attacks reportedly perpetrated by extremist groups

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres: The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 100 civilians have been killed in attacks reportedly perpetrated by extremist groups against several villages in the Bandiagara region, Central Mali, on 18 and 19 June.  He is…