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  • UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants, other rural workers
    19 december 2018 03:39:55
    New York, US (PANA) - As the most basic rights of rural people continue to be trampled on in many parts of the world, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has welcomed the adoption on Monday by the UN General Assembly of a new declaration to help safeguard them. Full text...

  • South Sudanese refugees need $2.7 billion, as safe return remains elusive
    18 december 2018 20:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a US$2.7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees on Tuesday, to address Africa’s largest displacement crisis, where millions have been uprooted by years of brutal civil war. Full text...

  • Top CSOs condemn "incessant" attacks, criticisms of humanitarian bodies by Nigerian govt
    18 december 2018 19:28:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s top civil society organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the incessant attacks and criticisms of human rights and humanitarian organisations by Nigerian military and security services. Full text...

  • League of Arab States chief calls for respect of migrants' human rights
    18 december 2018 18:45:46
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - League of Arab States (LAS) Secretary General Ahmed Abou el-Gheit on Tuesday said there is need for the international community to respect the human rights of migrants and to deal with all forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia. Full text...

  • Rwandan court to deliver verdict on journalist facing terrorism charge
    18 december 2018 14:35:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's intermediate court at Nyarugenge in the capital, Kigali, has set Friday to deliver its verdict in the case involving a freelance Rwandan journalists working for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Focas Ndayizeye who is accused of being found in possession of a package of explosives. Full text...

  • Benin minister calls for social dialogue that promotes development
    18 december 2018 13:16:02
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Beninese minister of Labour and Civil Service, Mrs Adidjatou Mathys, on Tuesday called for a social dialogue that promotes development. Full text...

  • Unidentified assailants in deadly Rwanda ambush 'fled to Burundi' - Rwandan Army
    18 december 2018 12:46:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Army says a group of unidentified gunmen who last weekend ambushed three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda in which two persons were killed, escaped to Burundi during a military operation in which three of the assailants were killed. Full text...

  • Niger vows to continue fight against terrorism, organised crime
    18 december 2018 12:06:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The president of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, on Monday renewed the country's commitment to the fight against terrorism and organised crime on all fronts. Full text...

  • Zambia protests US claims on China's intention to repossess some state-owned enterprises
    18 december 2018 09:30:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia has sent an official diplomatic letter of protest to the United States government requesting a retraction of a portion of a statement made by National Security Adviser John Bolton, claiming that China intends to repossess some of the country's State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) because of Government’s failure to settle outstanding loans. Full text...

  • South African opposition wants Zuma to provide financial security
    18 december 2018 05:07:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has moved to ensure that former President Jacob Zuma will have to provide financial security if he continues to appeal court rulings against him. Full text...

  • Buhari appeals to Amnesty International to 'scrutinise' its advocacy in Nigeria
    18 december 2018 05:03:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As relations between Nigeria and Amnesty International appears to sour by the day, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening urged the global human rights body to “scrutinise its advocacy in Nigeria, especially as it relates to the war against terrorism”. Full text...

  • Guterres says migrants are ‘a powerful driver’ of economic growth, ‘dynamism and understanding’
    18 december 2018 04:23:45
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world celebrates International Migrants Day on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding.” Full text...

  • Zambian President begins three-day official visit to Japan
    17 december 2018 19:02:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu arrived in Japan Monday to begin a three-day official visit during which he will meet with Emperor Akihito. Full text...

  • Burkinabe President, French Minister of Armed Forces hold working session
    17 december 2018 17:57:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré had a working session on Monday in Paris with the French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Burkinabe presidency reported. Full text...

  • EUBAM Libya becomes fully-fledged civilian CSDP mission
    17 december 2018 15:37:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Monday adopted a decision mandating the European Union integrated border management assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) to actively support the Libyan authorities in contributing to efforts to disrupt organised criminal networks involved in smuggling migrants, human trafficking and terrorism. Full text...

  • Rwandan army pursues unidentified gunmen after deadly road ambush
    17 december 2018 15:16:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Army is on the hunt for gunmen who on Saturday ambushed three passenger vehicles, killed two persons and injured eight others on the main road crossing Cyitabi village on the fringes of Nyungwe forest in the south of the country, according to an official statement issued in Kigali on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia celebrates 8th anniversary of 2011 popular uprising
    17 december 2018 14:29:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian authorities will always accept the will of the people and follow the path they chose and fought for, said Noureddine Tabboubi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on Monday when the nation marked the eighth anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising. Full text...

  • Libyan soldiers based in the east arrested for incitement
    17 december 2018 14:04:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan authorities have arrested soldiers who appeared in a video of the army threatening the city of Misrata. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister urges African countries to establish social dialogue institutions
    17 december 2018 13:26:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The president of the francophone social dialogue international (IFDS), Senegalese Mrs Innocence Ntap Ndiaye, on Monday called on countries to establish social dialogue institutions, at the opening of the organisation’s second general assembly in Cotonou. Full text...

  • DR Congo arrests spokesperson of Rwandan rebel group
    17 december 2018 13:12:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have arrested Ignace Nkaka, aka La Forge Fils Bazeye, spokesperson of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed rebel group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the local media reported on Monday in Kigali, quoting sources in neighbouring DR Congo. Full text...

  • General Assembly of Francophone International Social Dialogue opens
    17 december 2018 13:01:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The second General Assembly of the Francophone International Social Dialogue (IFDS) opened on Monday in Cotonou, Benin, under the theme "Social Dialogue, Public Policies, Informal Economy and Labour Migrations". Full text...

  • Eighteen Illegal African migrants arrested on Tunisia-Libya border
    17 december 2018 12:27:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The gendarmerie of the Tunisian city of Benguerdane on Saturday arrested 18 illegal African migrants who were attempting to cross the Tunisian border from Libya, a Tunisian security source announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army calls for closure of Amnesty International's offices in Nigeria
    17 december 2018 12:14:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Three days after the Nigerian Army accused the UN Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) of aiding Boko Haram terrorism in the violence-ravaged northeast zone of the country, the Army on Monday called for the closure of the Amnesty International offices in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Germany supports WFP's humanitarian assistance for refugees in Tanzania
    17 december 2018 12:04:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday welcomed a €3.25 million contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany to support its work in favour of refugees and asylum seekers in Tanzania in 2018-19. Full text...

  • South African South African beauty queen runner-up at Miss Universe
    17 december 2018 09:12:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green was crowned runner-up in the Miss Universe competition in Thailand on Sunday night. Full text...

  • Daughter of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate dead at 79
    17 december 2018 07:33:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The youngest daughter of the Chief Albert Luthuli – Africa’s first Nobel Laureate – has died at a Durban hospital., family sources confirmed on Sunday. Full text...

  • Amnesty says Nigerian gov't 'failures' fuel escalating farmers, herders conflict
    17 december 2018 05:12:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country. Full text...

  • Barrow launches road, bridge projects in rural Gambia
    15 december 2018 13:09:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow on Saturday laid the foundation stone for a 50km road and four bridges to be built in the Upper River Region (URR) of rural Gambia. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lifts suspension of UNICEF's activities in Boko Haram stronghold
    15 december 2018 06:00:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revered a controversial decision to suspend the activities of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast saying it changed its mind after the intervention of “concerned Nigerians”. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops killed in deadly DR Congo attacks
    15 december 2018 05:13:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history. Full text...

  • Amnesty International condemns Nigeria's suspension of UNICEF in Boko Haram stronghold
    14 december 2018 22:11:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has "strongly" condemned the Nigerian army’s suspension of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) from operations in northeast Nigeria over allegations of spying and collaborating with Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan
    14 december 2018 21:13:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • President Kaboré urges support for regional water engineering institute
    14 december 2018 18:40:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday called on African countries to pay their contributions to enable the International Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (2iE) to operate normally. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends UNICEF operations in terror-ravaged northeast zone
    14 december 2018 18:19:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Military on Friday announced the suspension of activities of the UN Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the northeast zone of the country that has been ravaged by Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • Armed men kill 40 civilians in northern Mali
    14 december 2018 14:37:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 40 civilians have been killed in the last two days in the localities of Tinabaw, Tabangout and Tissalatene, in the Ménaka region of northern Mali, PANA learned on Friday from sources in the capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Congolese Parliament deploys 0.5% of its budget to fight against hunger
    14 december 2018 14:18:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese parliament (National assembly and Senate) will grant 0.5% of its budget to the Congolese parliamentary Alliance for food and nutritional security (APCSAN), to enable the new platform to effectively fight against hunger in the country, PANA gathered from parliamentary sources on Friday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Mali to host national forum on sustainable management of water resources
    14 december 2018 13:45:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A national forum on the sustainable management of water resources in Mali opens on Monday in Bamako, under the chairmanship of the Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali launches programme to return 250,000 children to school
    14 december 2018 12:41:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday launched a programme dubbed Inclusive Education Support Programme to help some 250,000 out-of-school children return to school, the Malian authorities said in a press release. Full text...

  • Libya launches training programme for police officers
    14 december 2018 12:18:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government of national accord and the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday announced the launch of a training programme for 1,500 police officers and 330 judicial police officers. Full text...

  • Zuma joins social media platforms
    14 december 2018 11:46:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that he has decided to join major social media channels. Full text...

  • ICRC hails reforms in Ethiopia
    14 december 2018 11:24:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In the wave of historic reforms that have swept Ethiopia this year, the needs of the country’s displaced people must not be forgotten, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said on a visit to the country. Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • Human rights groups want CAR government to take legal action against ex-Seleka rebels
    13 december 2018 19:45:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The international Federation of Human rights (IFHR) and its partner organisation in Central African Republic, the CAR league of human rights (OCDH), on Thursday called on the CAR authorities to take legal proceedings against the leaders of the ex-Seleka, after the arrests of Alfred Rombhot Yekatom and Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, two senior CAR anti-Balaka ex-war leaders. Full text...

  • Burkina demonstration demands justice for slain journalist Zongo
    13 december 2018 18:30:18
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Several people protested Thursday in Ouagadougou to demand justice on the 20th commemoration of the death of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist who was murdered on 13 December 1998. Full text...

  • France nabs Anti-Balaka senior official for trial at ICC over war crimes in CAR
    13 december 2018 16:58:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – A senior leader of the Anti-Balaka, a predominantly Christian counter-movement in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was arrested on Wednesday by the authorities in France pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court. Full text...

  • Citing security concerns, Nairobi County demolishes hotel in diplomatic district
    13 december 2018 15:18:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nairobi County Government Authorities on Thursday, demolished a hotel built within the vicinity of the United Offices and the US Embassy, citing security concerns and breach of building regulations. Full text...

  • Let peace prevail, NRC urges South Sudan leaders
    13 december 2018 15:12:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council has called for a full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan, noting that since 2013, the country has been plagued by armed conflicts marked by widespread sexual violence. Full text...

  • Rights body decries'repressive' cybersecurity law, deadly protests in Togo
    13 december 2018 15:02:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday called for an end to the deadly protests and violence which hit Togo, ahead of a planned parliamentary elections on 20 December. Full text...

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