Violence in Africa -
  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on ‘dramatic’ rise in CAR violence
    15 august 2017 17:47:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uneasy calm restored in Kenya after restive post-election period
    14 august 2017 18:40:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Calm has been restored and a semblance of normalcy resumed in Kenya nearly a week after the country went to the polls to elect national leaders, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Kenyan security forces to exercise restraint in post-election violence
    12 august 2017 18:12:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests in response to election results, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan post-election violence claims 24 lives
    12 august 2017 18:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 24 people were killed in an overnight security crackdown and 93 others have been treated for injuries related to protests in Kenya since the declaration of the Presidential election results, a human rights body and a relief agency said Saturday.Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Investigate police killings of pro-opposition protesters' - Amnesty
    12 august 2017 17:49:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Saturday urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators protesting against the outcome of the presidential election on Friday night, as protesters gathered again in opposition strongholds. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office unearths DRC gov't complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai
    04 august 2017 11:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has warned that violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension. Full text...

  • US: Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence
    03 august 2017 05:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council deplores ongoing violence, attacks on civilians in CAR
    14 july 2017 05:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted. Full text...

  • Kenya: DRC recommits to fighting sexual violence
    12 july 2017 11:53:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflict with the launch of a book on the crime. Full text...

  • US: Security Council warned DRC’s violence on rise amid little political progress
    12 july 2017 06:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) – The security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to be a major source of concern, with violence in the Kasai provinces, in the western part of the vast country, reaching “disturbing” levels, the United Nations Security Council was told on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief calls for end to dehumanizing treatment of women
    01 july 2017 11:19:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for an end to the mistreatment of women caught up in conflict in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin through the acceleration of the continental efforts to silence the guns by 2020.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR 'extremely worried' about renewed violence in Central African Republic
    30 june 2017 13:44:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has voiced concern over a new flow of people fleeing renewed violence in some parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that has already seen a half million people internally displaced and another half a million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DRC's Kasai provinces
    20 june 2017 20:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there. Full text...

  • US: 'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief
    19 june 2017 19:23:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge”. Full text...

  • US: Top UN peacekeeper expresses solidarity with people of DRC's troubled Kasai region
    17 june 2017 04:08:22
    New York, US (PANA) – As part of his five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the top United Nations peacekeeping official visited the vast country's troubled Kasai region and expressed "deep concern" about the ongoing violence there. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR 'determined to fulfil mandate despite attacks on peacekeepers'
    13 june 2017 05:42:04
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday warned against increasing attacks on civilians and peacekeeping personnel while stressing the need to reenergise the political process to achieve sustainable peace in the conflict-torn country. Full text...

  • Angola: UNICEF says it has reached children fleeing to Angola from DRC violence
    02 june 2017 06:16:00
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – More than 9,000 children who have arrived at two temporary reception centres in Dundo, northern Angola, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need urgent support, UNICEF has said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Rights groups, NGOs urge UN to investigate violence in DR Congo's Kasai region
    01 june 2017 06:56:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has been urged to urgently establish a commission of inquiry into the situation in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • CAR: 'Warning signs are flashing’ in CAR, warns senior UN official
    01 june 2017 05:26:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Despite “vast improvement” in security in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), there are still deep tensions and some fear of a sudden relapse, a top United Nations human rights official said while visiting the strife-torn country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agencies rally support for people fleeing escalating CAR violence
    30 may 2017 15:40:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations agencies are seeking to rally support for the people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), while the Organization's human rights office has called for the establishment of a strong justice system in the country.Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy calls on rival groups to immediately halt violence in Tripoli
    26 may 2017 18:30:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Condemning the surging violence in Tripoli, the top United Nations official in Libya on Friday called for an immediate end to fighting in and around the Libyan capital and for rival groups to “put Libyan national interests” ahead of their own. Full text...

  • CAR: UN official calls for more aid as fresh violence empties CAR city
    26 may 2017 15:35:39
    Bria, Central African Republic (PANA) - A senior UN official has called for additional humanitarian aid in the Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly the entire population of the city of Bria was forcibly displaced last week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) costs Mauritius US$58m annually'
    24 may 2017 13:47:14
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Gender Equality Minister, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, on Wednesday said that the aggregated economic cost associated with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is estimated at MRs 2 billion (about US$ 58 million) per year, approximating 0.6% of the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Full text...

  • US: Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace, security – UN deputy chief
    15 may 2017 20:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) – Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU joins international pact combating violence against women
    11 may 2017 09:51:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Thursday confirmed its commitment to combating violence against women within its territory and globally. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Displaced civilians in S. Sudan's Upper Nile at risk of more violence, UN rights chief warns
    04 may 2017 17:40:49
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc in the Upper Nile region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls on South Sudan warring parties to desist from escalating violence
    30 april 2017 14:32:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing deep concern over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately desist from fighting. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN urges all opposing sides to cease hostilities in South Sudan
    30 april 2017 08:11:16
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Reacting to the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the recent government offensive, the United Nations has urged the government and other warring parties to cease hostilities, uphold their responsibility to protect civilians. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO deplores hostilities, escalating violence in Kasai region
    05 april 2017 11:18:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo has expressed alarm at ongoing reports from the Kasai region of escalating violence. Full text...

  • UN: 'Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in CAR'
    30 march 2017 16:54:02
    New York, US (PANA) - With a new outbreak of violence erupting in Central African Republic (CAR), acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, on Thursday urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movement of relief aid workers.Full text...

  • Kenya: FM confirms death of four Kenyan aid workers in South Sudan
    28 march 2017 19:07:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four Kenyans were among the six aid workers shot dead by gunmen in an ambush on 25 March in Pibor, eastern South Sudan, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday,Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body decries arbitrary detention in South Sudan
    28 march 2017 10:30:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities must release all people detained without charge by the security agencies, including 28 men currently held at the headquarters of the national intelligence agency in the capital, Juba, Amnesty International demanded on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Libya: 'Escalating violence, hateful rhetoric threaten widespread conflict in Libya' - SRSG
    20 march 2017 18:37:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has warned of dangerous escalation across Libya emanating from the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli and events in Misrata and Benghazi.Full text...

  • UN: 'Employers must address all aspects of gender-based violence in workplace'
    16 march 2017 21:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Tolerating violence against women in the workplace will have a huge cost to employers, including lost productivity, legal expenses, high turnover, sick leaves and harm to corporate reputation, panellists on Thursday said at a UN-hosted discussion in New York. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs urge President Lungu to discipline senior advisor Kaizar Zulu
    16 march 2017 15:27:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has joined hands with those demanding that Zambian President Edgar Lungu takes action against his Political Advisor, Kaizar Zulu, who reportedly attacked a female police officer after a scuffle with Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials during the CAF Under-20 AFCON final match at the Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns violence in south-central DRC region
    25 february 2017 17:03:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the government to “immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation.” Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief calls on DRC government to halt violence by security forces
    21 february 2017 08:03:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief has called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country's armed forces. Full text...

  • US: Situation in CAR warrants continued international attention, Security Council told
    16 february 2017 05:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday, underlining the need for continued international attention. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office says 100 people killed by soldiers in DRC
    14 february 2017 15:31:44
    New York, US (PANA) - At least 101 people are reported to have been killed by soldiers in clashes between military forces and members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last five days, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO condemns persistent violence in Kasai provinces
    11 february 2017 16:29:43
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) on Saturday said it was concerned about the persistent conflict in the Kasai provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Sudan: More Southerners flee continuing fighting
    08 february 2017 13:07:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A new wave of tens of thousands of South Sudanese poured into neighbouring Sudan as fighting continues there with Juba saying a peace negotiation conference will be held in march.Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges Libya to protect migrants from sexual violence
    07 february 2017 18:44:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, on Tuesday urged Libyan authorities to protect migrants from rape and other human rights violations. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, local media say civilians largely affected by ongoing fighting in South Sudan
    04 february 2017 12:57:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN and Sudanese media reports on Saturday provided a bleak picture of the situation in South Sudan where civilians, according to them, are either on the run or under heavy bombardment, hails of bullets and showers of mortar shells in upper Nile region.Full text...

  • CAR: 'Fresh violence in Central African Republic displaces thousands'
    04 february 2017 09:52:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Condemning attacks on civilians and non-governmental organizations in a town in Central African Republic (CAR)’s Ouham-Pendé province, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for the protection of civilians as well as for unhindered relief access to the affected areas. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Violence in Libya killed 16, injured 12 civilians in January, 2017'
    02 february 2017 13:07:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Violence across Libya claimed the lives of 16 persons and left 12 others injured in January, according to the monthly report of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which was issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges calm in Central African Republic town
    25 january 2017 19:02:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Michel Yao, has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 3 police officers, two declared missing
    08 january 2017 18:02:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday confirmed the killing of three police officers and the disappearance of two others in an attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa, North East Nigeria.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military warns militants on violence, vows to protect the country
    08 january 2017 10:27:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has responded to threats issued by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the region, vowing to protect the country and all its vital and key installations. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia expresses concern over violence in Gaalkacyo
    25 december 2016 18:17:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has expressed concern over renewed violence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo, and called on all parties to honour the ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges political leaders to put country ahead of partisan considerations
    22 december 2016 06:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on DR Congo political leaders to place the interests of the country and its people above partisan considerations. Full text...

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