Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • Nigeria: 20 killed, 10,000 displaced in herdsmen, farmers violence in northeast Nigeria
    21 december 2016 18:16:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 20 persons have lost their lives and about 10,000 others were displaced in the recent communal clash between herdsmen and farmers in Dan-Anacha village of Gassol local government area, Taraba State in northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over DRC conflict
    21 december 2016 09:07:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy 'concerned' about wave of arrests, detentions in DR Congo
    21 december 2016 06:49:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed grave concern over the wave of arrests and arbitrary detention “of those who seek to express their political views” in the country over the past three days, and reiterated the necessity for all Congolese authorities to respect the rules of the country and ensure protection of free speech. Full text...

  • US: US condemns DR Congo violence; urges all sides to exercise restraint
    21 december 2016 06:35:43
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence that has occurred in the capital of DR Congo, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country since Monday and appealed to all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from statements or actions that could incite further violence. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern of potential violence in DRC
    17 december 2016 07:14:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is deeply concerned about the potential for unrest and violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on or around 19 December, when President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term in office is to end with the inauguration of a democratically elected successor. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes temporary cessation of hostilities for civilian evacuation in Ganfouda
    11 december 2016 06:17:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya has welcomed the announcement of a temporary cessation of hostilities by the Libyan National Army in the Ganfouda area, Benghazi, to allow evacuation of civilians, and called on the parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians are protected. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD Summit condemns systematic killings in South Sudan
    10 december 2016 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the systematic killings and violence in South Sudan and called on the African Union (AU) to act urgently to stop large-scale violence in the world’s youngest state. Full text...

  • US: Recent violence in CAR spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told
    08 december 2016 05:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches new video campaign against child violence
    05 december 2016 18:58:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a new video illustrating the "all too common" forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern on violence in South Sudan's Equatoria region
    05 december 2016 18:42:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday said it was alarmed by the violence in the Equatoria region of South Sudan and concerned it could quickly spiral out of control. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people.Full text...

  • US: US government condemns violence against women, girls
    25 november 2016 16:08:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday reaffirmed its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, and women and girls have the right to live free from violence, noting that countries are stronger when homes, neighbourhoods, and communities are safe for everyone. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam kick-starts global campaign to end violence against women, girls
    24 november 2016 12:44:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam on Thursday, as the agency launched a new global campaign called 'Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls' to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in S. Sudan
    19 november 2016 19:19:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council has called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine dead in clash between Muslim Shiite group, security agencies in northwestern Nigeria
    14 november 2016 20:00:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday confirmed the death of eight members of the Muslim Shiite sect and a policeman during a violent clash in an operation carried out jointly by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) the northwestern city of Kano. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government sets up panel to stop violence in Niger Delta
    11 november 2016 13:53:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up a committee, the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme, to come up with solutions to the bombing of pipelines and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta region.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN concerned by ceasefire in Somalia's Gaalkacyo state
    07 november 2016 17:52:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations office in Somalia said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and the continuing failure of the Puntland and Galmudug administrations to implement agreements, including the one signed on 2 December 2015 and again on 1 November 2016. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali
    04 november 2016 06:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue.Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic
    27 october 2016 05:29:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR
    26 october 2016 13:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others. Full text...

  • UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia
    24 october 2016 18:45:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitors situation in DRC
    17 october 2016 15:38:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Monday said her office was closely monitoring the recent violence in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about violence in Tripoli
    17 october 2016 06:42:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about reports of violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the use of force to take over the headquarters of the State Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill suicide bomber in north east Nigeria
    15 october 2016 19:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers in the North Eastern State of Adamawa on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber near a military base, according to the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman. Full text...

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