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  • Terrorists potentially target millions in makeshift biological weapons ‘laboratories’, UN forum hears
    18 august 2018 05:57:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Rapid advances in gene editing and so-called “DIY biological laboratories”which could be used by extremists, threaten to derail efforts to prevent biological weapons from being used against civilians, the world’s only international forum on the issue has heard. Full text...

  • Critical humanitarian situation unfolding among IPDs in Nigerian town - MSF
    18 august 2018 05:40:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started emergency nutritional and paediatric activities in Bama, Borno state, in response to a critical humanitarian situation among newly arrived internally displaced people (IDPs). Full text...

  • UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’
    18 august 2018 05:31:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Victims of terror attacks have an important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace”, the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Full text...

  • Bahir visits bereaved families of boat incident
    17 august 2018 20:23:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Friday flew to northern Sudan’s Nile State to condole families who lost 22 pupils in a boat accident while on their way to school during inundation of River Nile. Full text...

  • Tanzania censures rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundians
    17 august 2018 10:56:07
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has called on the international community to ignore rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundian refugees, and instead support the ongoing voluntary repatriation exercise. Full text...

  • Terror attacks strike people ‘from all walks of life, the UN included’
    17 august 2018 07:25:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 that claimed the lives of 22 people should serve as a reminder that the organization’s locally recruited staff often face the greatest dangers in the world’s most hostile places, amid increasing attacks on humanitarians, the head of the United Nations in Geneva said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator
    17 august 2018 06:52:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Remembering all the humanitarians killed in the line of duty just ahead of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations relief chief on Friday renewed the call for civilians and aid workers everywhere to be better protected. Full text...

  • UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice for refugee returns
    17 august 2018 06:46:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. Full text...

  • New AI boss eyes 'bigger, bolder, more inclusive' rights movement
    16 august 2018 15:55:03
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The human rights movement needs to be bigger, bolder and more inclusive if it is to tackle the challenges that people face today, said seasoned activist Kumi Naidoo as he officially started his role as Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). Full text...

  • Rights group decries arrests of journalists, opposition members
    16 august 2018 07:15:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Mauritania to immediately put an end to the wave of arrests of journalists, opposition figures and anti-slavery activists in an apparent pre-election crackdown on dissent. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Aquarius resolution, calls for more predictable approach to disembarkation
    15 august 2018 10:39:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has applauded Tuesday's decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius. Full text...

  • AI urges Uganda gov't to investigate killing of opposition politician's driver
    15 august 2018 06:34:35
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged the Ugandan government to carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the murder of the driver of an opposition politician on Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group blasts Mozambique for exorbitant accreditation fees for journalists
    14 august 2018 19:43:34
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday blasted the Mozambican authorities for approving exorbitant media accreditation fees describing it as an assault on freedom of the press and a blatant attempt to clamp down on journalists. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for reform of Nigeria's anti-robbery squad
    14 august 2018 19:40:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday called on the Nigerian government to initiate an immediate and far-reaching overhaul of the police anti-robbery squad following public outcry of its brutality. Full text...

  • Stop playing with refugee and migrants’ lives by closing ports - Amnesty International
    14 august 2018 19:37:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday asked European countries to stop playing with human lives as the authorities in Italy and Malta have closed their ports to a humanitarian ship carrying migrants rescues in the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Libya
    14 august 2018 18:24:04
    Paris, France (PANA) – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on Tuesday condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Musa Abdul Kareem on 31 July in Sabha, southwestern Libya where he worked for a local newspaper. Full text...

  • Kenyan police arrest seven conmen using Deputy President's name
    14 august 2018 14:11:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police are holding seven suspects who have been using Deputy President William Ruto’s name to con members of the public Full text...

  • Mediterranean migrant arrivals to Europe hit this year 61,000 - IOM
    14 august 2018 12:50:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, reports that 61,517 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 12 August. Full text...

  • Rights group laments no Justice for Egypt's Rab’a victims 5 years on
    14 august 2018 10:47:09
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian authorities have failed to investigate or prosecute a single member of the security forces five years after their systematic and widespread killing of largely peaceful protesters in Rab’a Square in Cairo, Human Rights Watch said. Full text...

  • British actress Mbatha-Raw meets refugees in Rwanda
    14 august 2018 10:23:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - British Hollywood actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has met with refugees in Rwanda’s Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps, on her first trip with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Full text...

  • Militias evict and disperse 1,900 displaced people in Libya
    14 august 2018 10:06:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday expressed concern about the forced eviction by militias of 1,900 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Triq Al Matar settlement in Tripoli, Libya. Full text...

  • South Sudan declared most violent for aid workers for third straight year
    14 august 2018 06:17:04
    London, UK (PANA) - South Sudan again topped the list of most violent countries in the world in which to deliver aid in 2017, in a report launched by the Aid Worker Security Database on Monday. Full text...

  • South African court declares appointment of top advocate as unconstitutional
    13 august 2018 09:40:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that the appointment of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams was unconstitutional and invalid. Full text...

  • European gov'ts urged to assign place of safety after rescues on Mediterranean
    13 august 2018 09:29:04
    Paris, France (PANA) - Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity. Full text...

  • Young Somali making inroads in digital space to transform the youth (Feature by UNSOM)
    12 august 2018 10:01:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - By his own account, Salad Yusuf Adow had an epiphany in 2015 that convinced him to launch his digital startup company, Danleey. Full text...

  • World marks Youth Day as young people make a difference in communities
    12 august 2018 09:22:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Young people are the greatest resource for societies to thrive, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday as different nations celebrated International Youth Day. Full text...

  • Safe spaces offer security and dignity for youth - Guterres
    11 august 2018 07:59:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The world’s young people need safe spaces – both physical and digital - where they can “freely express their views” and “pursue their dreams” was the core message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to mark this year’s International Youth Day. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson underlines civil registration, vital statistics improvement
    10 august 2018 16:32:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As Africa commemorates the first African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) on Friday, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on all Governments to recognize the importance of CRVS. Full text...

  • South Africa's Constitutional Court to rule on fate of top prosecutor
    10 august 2018 13:36:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Constitutional Court on Friday confirmed that it is ready to hand down its decision on whether Shaun Abrahams' appointment as head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Refugee youth seldom consulted - Report
    10 august 2018 10:26:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugee youth are seldom consulted, frequently overlooked, and often unable to fully participate in decision making and their talents, energy, and potential remain largely untapped, according to a report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). Full text...

  • UN underscores need to celebrate indigenous peoples, not confine them
    10 august 2018 05:48:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Celebrating some 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries, marches, ceremonies and a host of other initiatives took place across the world, as the United Nations marked on Thursday the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Full text...

  • AI says indigenous Kenyan peoples targeted as forced evictions continue despite gov't promises
    10 august 2018 05:39:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Government of Kenya must not break its promise to respect the rights of Indigenous forest peoples who are still being forcibly evicted from their homes, having their property destroyed and seeing their traditional way of life trampled upon, Amnesty International said on International Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rights group says there should be no amnesty for South Sudan war crimes
    10 august 2018 05:27:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog said on Friday that South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Guterres nominates former Chile president Bachelet as UN human rights chief
    09 august 2018 13:49:49
    New York, US (PANA) - She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • UN urges protection of indigenous peoples’ rights during migration
    09 august 2018 06:09:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate “within their countries and across international borders” despite their “profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources”. Full text...

  • ‘States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration,’ rights experts say
    08 august 2018 19:49:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts said Wednesday in a joint statement marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms support for rights of indigenous peoples
    08 august 2018 16:24:56
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Respecting the customary land tenure and resource rights of indigenous peoples are essential for sustainable development and peace, European Union (EU) High Representative Federica Mogherini reaffirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya ranked 7th most dangerous country in the world
    08 august 2018 15:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Global Peace Index 2108, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, has ranked Libya the 7th most dangerous country in the world. Full text...

  • Chad, Libya, Niger and Sudan border security committee to meet in Khartoum
    08 august 2018 13:24:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The 3rd ministerial meeting aimed at strengthening the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger will be preceded on Wednesday by a meeting of their experts in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • Pretoria refuses to budge on Apartheid-era killer's parole application
    08 august 2018 07:34:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man who nearly sparked a full-blown race war ahead of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, continues to languish in a Pretoria prison despite being granted parole two years ago. Full text...

  • Rights groups criticise Ivorian president amnesty for ' war crimes'
    08 august 2018 07:30:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Human rights groups have criticised Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara for granting an amnesty to some 800 people allegedly involved in the West African country's bloody civil war in 2010-11. Full text...

  • IOM appeals for US$45 million for migrants moving between Yemen and Horn of Africa
    08 august 2018 07:04:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As conflicts and natural disasters have sharply deteriorated living conditions in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, more and more people have been crossing the Gulf of Aden in both directions, leading the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to appeal for US$45 million to provide critical aid to 81,000 people over three years. Full text...

  • More children released from South Sudanese armed groups - UNICEF
    08 august 2018 06:49:02
    Yambio, South Sudan (PANA) – More than 100 children were released by two armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number released this year to over 900, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced. Full text...

  • HRW criticises Congolese court for lenient sentences handed down to peacekeepers for murders
    07 august 2018 11:43:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group has criticised the three-year prison sentences handed down to three Congolese peacekeepers convicted for the 2014 murder of 11 civilians in the Central African Republic saying they do not reflect the gravity of the crime. Full text...

  • '9,438 Nigerians so far repatriated from Libya'
    06 august 2018 15:51:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Some 9,438 Nigerian migrants have so far been repatriated by the Federal Government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed in Abuja on Monday. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era politicians accused of paedophilia
    06 august 2018 09:11:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three former Apartheid-era Cabinet Ministers, including the feared head of the military, have been named as perpetrators in a paedophilia ring that operated in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. Full text...

  • Some 17 million people live in areas affected by conflict areas in Lake Chad region - MSF
    05 august 2018 03:29:10
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Around 17 million people live in areas affected by the violent conflict between non-state armed groups and military forces in the Lake Chad region, which has spread across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. More than 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes and remain displaced today. Full text...

  • Over 1 million forcibly displaced by violence in south-west Ethiopia get humanitarian aid
    05 august 2018 03:24:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - To address the urgent needs of more than a million displaced by inter-communal violence in southwestern Ethiopia over the past four months, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners are ramping up their efforts, providing among other things shelter, household items, water and sanitation, and food to the most vulnerable. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark
    04 august 2018 09:52:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said more than 1,500 refugees and migrants lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. Full text...

  • Top Caliph calls for nuclear disarmament 'as third world war' looms
    03 august 2018 14:11:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has urged world leaders to take on board the principles of Islam in an effort to prevent an impending third world war. Full text...

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