Source: Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Press Release Regarding the Kidnapping of the crew of a Turkish Commercial Vessel

Authorities of Nigeria and Ghana have been approached in order to secure the release of the Turkish crew

A Turkish Cargo ship on route from Douala to Abidjan was attacked by pirates off the Nigerian coast on the evening of July 13. Pirates have taken hostage some of the Turkish crew members. The ship currently is anchored at the port of Tema (Ghana). Authorities of Nigeria and Ghana…

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“International Approach to Refugees and Migrants in Libya Must Change”: IOM Director General António Vitorino and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

The international community should consider the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees a core element of its engagement in Libya

On 3 July, more than 50 migrants and refugees lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s capital Tripoli. This week we appealed to the European Union and African Union to prevent such a tragedy from being repeated. The international community should consider the…

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UNHCR and IOM joint statement: International approach to refugees and migrants in Libya must change

The international community should consider the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees a core element of its engagement in Libya

On 3 July, more than 50 refugees and migrants lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s Tripoli. This week, we appealed to the European Union and African Union to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. The international community should consider…

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IOM Assists Survivors of Shipwreck Tragedy Off Tunisia’s Coast

The survivors told IOM staff that the inflatable boat carrying 86 people including four women and two children left Zwara around 6:00am on 1 July

More than 80 migrants, among them women and children are believed to have drowned when a vessel capsized off Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast this week. On Thursday (04/07) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted four male survivors who said they sailed from Zwara, Libya, early Monday. One of the men,…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR saddened by large loss of life in Tunisia shipwreck, calls for end to detention in Libya

According to the two survivors, the incident occurred on Wednesday night (3 July)

More than 80 people are feared drowned following a boat disaster off Tunisia. According to the two survivors, the incident occurred on Wednesday night (3 July). Passing Tunisian fisherman came to their rescue and were able to bring four people to shore and to hospital. However, one later passed away.…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Presidential Election in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Statement by Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga

The Government of Japan congratulates that the presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania was peacefully held on June 22 and Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed El Ghazwani was elected as the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Japan is committed to further strengthening friendly and cooperative…

Murdoch University
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Africa’s Small-Scale Fisheries Critical to Food Security

Fish accounts for more than one-fifth of the protein intake of African south of the Sahara and provides a livelihood to millions of people

Africa’s small-scale fisheries play a critical role in global food security and must be supported with greater research and investment, say international and African experts. Industry, NGO, government and academic representatives attended Murdoch University’s second Blue Economy Symposium in Tunis last week as part of the Africa Blue Economy Forum…

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Urgency of climate action highlighted for U.N. Summit preparatory meeting

Drought has triggered food insecurity in the Greater Horn of Africa, whilst southeast Africa is still recovering from devastating tropical cyclones

Earth is set to experience its five warmest years on record from 2015-2019, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  Increasing greenhouse gas concentrations will fuel the global heat – and accompanying ice melt, glacier retreat, sea level rise, ocean heat and extreme weather for generations to come.   The…

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Tiny fish are a big deal in Africa’s lakes and rivers

New Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to bolster both food security and sustainable ecosystems

Small freshwater fish around Africa offer a large and underrecognized  opportunity to boost food and nutrition security, according to a new FAO working paper investigating an array of species and related livelihoods that too often are undervalued. Small pelagic fish, generally processed, sold and eaten whole, account for three quarters…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR calls on Europe to allow SeaWatch passengers ashore

UNHCR reiterates that no port in Libya can be considered safe at this time, and that no one rescued on the Mediterranean should be returned there

Eight days since they were rescued by the NGO vessel, Sea Watch 3, a group of some 43 people, including three children with no accompanying family, remain stranded at sea and in urgent need of a safe port. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is today, on World Refugee Day, urging…