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  • ICC issues second warrant of arrest for Libyan military commander Al-Werfalli
    05 july 2018 10:09:17
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court has issued a second warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, a Libyan military commander, for his alleged responsibility for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in the North African country. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Ethiopian PM to investigate torture in 'Jail Ogaden'
    05 july 2018 06:29:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An international human rights watchdog is asking the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to urgently investigate torture in a regional prison known as Jail Ogaden and ensure that regional security forces and officials are held accountable. Full text...

  • ALSF hosts conference on arbitration in Africa, launches African Arbitration Association
    04 july 2018 14:50:52
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) is hosting a conference on Arbitration in Africa, and launch of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Nine perish in grissly road crash in Kenya
    04 july 2018 14:26:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Police late Wednesday recovered the bodies of ten passengers burnt death after their bus collided head on with a track along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • Rights group says France's flawed age assessment excludes many from care
    04 july 2018 12:24:12
    Paris, France (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday slammed the child protection authorities in Paris for using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant children, thus excluding many from care they need and are entitled to. Full text...

  • Racist passenger blames rant on apartheid-era education
    04 july 2018 10:17:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg woman who delayed a flight and sparked a national outcry after being caught sending a racist text message has apologised and addressed the matter. Full text...

  • Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June
    04 july 2018 06:41:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN human rights office is urging Egypt to free a prominent married couple that has been arbitrarily detained for more than a year. Full text...

  • Japanese billionaire commits to invest $100 billion in solar energy in Africa
    03 july 2018 17:23:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Japanese business magnate, Masayoshi Son and chief executive of Japanese holding company SoftBank, is keen to launch one of the biggest tech funds in the world to finance solar energy projects in Africa. Full text...

  • Rights group says restrictions on peaceful demonstrations should be lifted
    03 july 2018 09:29:36
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The new government of Sierra Leone must start fulfilling its promises to improve the human rights situation in the country by lifting restrictions on peaceful demonstrations and ending entrenched impunity for police killings of protesters, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Former South African President Zuma's son ordered to appear in court
    03 july 2018 08:37:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane has been ordered to appear in court on 12 July in connection with his role in a fatal car accident in 2014. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Uganda for social media tax
    02 july 2018 18:29:48
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - An international human rights watchdog on Monday slammed Uganda for introducing social media tax saying it is a means of curtailing freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UNHCR urges Austria EU Presidency to work for fair, functioning asylum system
    02 july 2018 18:21:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday urged the Austrian Presidency to lead and unite EU Member States to deliver coherent and common European asylum policies that ensure access to territory and uphold the right to asylum. Full text...

  • Swiss gov't repatriates over US$ 1 billion of looted funds to Nigeria
    02 july 2018 17:53:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Swiss government on Monday said it has repatriated over US$1 billion of Nigeria’s stolen funds stashed away in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria to ensure ratified ILO conventions are implemented promptly
    02 july 2018 16:28:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday said it is working assiduously to ensure that all ratified International Labour Organization’s Conventions are implemented promptly. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity raises red flags about displacement crisis in Ethiopia
    02 july 2018 06:40:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An upsurge of inter-communal violence in Ethiopia’s West Guji and Gedeo regions has forced an estimated 978,000 people to flee their homes since 13 April. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'appalled' by the loss of life at sea off the coast of Libya
    01 july 2018 06:42:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply saddened at the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. On 29 June, at least 100 people died after a boat carrying around 123 refugees and migrants sank off the coast of Tajoura in Libya. Full text...

  • Security Council renews mandates of UN force monitoring separation area in two areas
    01 july 2018 06:25:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Adopting separate resolutions, the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandates of the Organization’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attack against G5 Sahel force headquarters in Mali
    01 july 2018 06:20:04
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the attack against the G5 Sahel joint force Headquarters in Mali’s restive Mopti region. Full text...

  • UN agencies welcome EU migration deal
    30 june 2018 09:54:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN humanitarian agencies have broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening stance by some since 2015. Full text...

  • First Portuguese police officers join UNMISS
    29 june 2018 19:01:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Eight United Nations police officers from Portugal, four women and four men, have joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for a one-year deployment, the peacekeeping mission announced Friday, noting that the new arrivals are the first Portuguese police officers to serve in the country. Full text...

  • African Development Bank ranked 4th best company to work for in Africa
    29 june 2018 18:44:00
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The 2018 Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Survey has ranked the African Development Bank (AfDB) the fourth best company to work with in Africa. Full text...

  • Gambia maintains Tier 2 on U.S. State Department’s human trafficking report
    29 june 2018 18:01:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -As required by the U.S. Congress, the United States Department of State has released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report showing that the Gambia remains on the Department’s Tier 2 watch-list for the second consecutive year. Full text...

  • UN Migration Agency gets new head
    29 june 2018 15:53:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Member states of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as next Director General of the United Nations Migration Agency. Full text...

  • South Africa hard-hitting court ruling over Xhosa initiation film
    29 june 2018 10:27:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been widespread reaction to Thursday’s North Gauteng High Court ruling which found the Appeal Tribunal process for the controversial Xhosa movie "Inxeba: The Wound" was legally flawed and should be reviewed and set aside. Full text...

  • Rights group warns against downsizing UN mission in Darfur
    29 june 2018 06:18:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - International human rights group, Amnesty International, has warned against downsizing the United Nations mission in Darfur, Sudan, saying that is not an option amid ongoing attacks in the region. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for action to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers in Africa
    29 june 2018 05:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern about deadly clashes between herders and farmers in North and Central Africa and called for action to end the bloodshed. Full text...

  • Rights group says impunity fuels killings of people with albinism in Malawi
    28 june 2018 21:06:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A human rights group on Thursday asked the Malawian authorities to urgently overhaul the criminal justice system to protect people with albinism, who face the persistent threat of being killed for their body parts in a country where the vast majority of these horrific crimes remain unresolved and unpunished. Full text...

  • Kenyatta promises probe after Nairobi market fire disaster leaves 15 dead
    28 june 2018 15:30:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered an investigation into the cause of a fire disaster, which killed 15 people and injured 70 others at Gikomba market in downtown Nairobi on Thursday. Full text...

  • IOM, UNHCR appeal for region-wide action by EU over Mediterranean tragedies
    28 june 2018 06:37:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Concerned with the ongoing human tragedy in which almost 1,000 refugees and migrants have perished while being smuggled across the Mediterranean this year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on Wednesday appealed to European Union countries for concerted, region-wide action to greatly reduce needless loss of life at sea. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for greater attention to needs of refugee youth in Uganda
    28 june 2018 06:31:23
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The UN refugee agency representative in Uganda, Joel Boutroue, has called on partners to prioritise labour-intensive initiatives to create employment for youth in refugee settlements and adjacent host communities. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 2017 was a record year for procurement of emergency supplies for children
    28 june 2018 06:20:46
    News York, US (PANA) - As famine, droughts, conflict and malnutrition threatened the survival of millions in 2017, the UN children's agency, UNICEF, says it spent over half a billion dollars to deliver emergency, life-saving supplies to children in urgent need of assistance. This is the agency’s highest expenditure on supplies for humanitarian crises. Full text...

  • Rise in number of children killed, maimed and recruited in conflict: UN report
    27 june 2018 22:02:15
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed in conflict last year while more than 8,000 youngsters were recruited or used as combatants, the United Nations reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN encouraged by South Sudan agreement on ceasefire
    27 june 2018 19:30:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Wednesday welcomed the agreement reached by rival Sudanese parties saying it was encouraged by this development. Full text...

  • Malnutrition among children in Burundi at 'alarming level', warns WFP
    27 june 2018 11:35:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) — An estimated one million children in Burundi are stunted, and require urgent care, warned the World Food Programme (WFP) in a statement made available on Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rich and mid-income countries urged to welcome more refugees for resettlement
    27 june 2018 05:42:24
    London, UK (PANA) - The lack of resettlement places globally feeds the smuggling industry and pushes desperate people to embark on dangerous journeys, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland. Full text...

  • Rights group demands legal reforms as teenager's death sentence overturned
    27 june 2018 05:34:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says Tuesday’s decision by a Sudanese court to quash a teenager's death sentence and replace it with a five-year prison term for killing her husband in self-defence during an attempted rape must be a catalyst for a legal review in Sudan. Full text...

  • UN experts warn of ‘crimes against humanity,’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo
    27 june 2018 05:24:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation. Full text...

  • Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit ‘absolute record highs’ - says UN study
    27 june 2018 05:17:28
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The scourge of opium-based drugs and cocaine are a bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before, according to the latest World Drug Report, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Full text...

  • Guterres condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan
    27 june 2018 05:10:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN chief on Tuesday condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Bangladesh, who was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for calm as clashes leave over 20 dead in Mali's Mopti region
    27 june 2018 05:05:55
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for calm and restraint in the Mopti region of central Mali, where over 20 people are reported to have been killed in intercommunal clashes over the weekend. Full text...

  • Bashir orders opening of border with South Sudan
    26 june 2018 17:48:51
    KHAROUM, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Tuesday declared open the border between his country and South Sudan for facilitation of free movement of people as well as the flow of the trade between the two countries. Full text...

  • Over 4,000 displaced Nigerians sleep in open as rains hit northeast town
    26 june 2018 12:08:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Over 4,000 displaced men, women, children in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Dikwa are sheltering in the open, while being screened by the Nigerian Army after fleeing military operations in the area, an international humanitarian organisation has warned. Full text...

  • South African TV company hit by fresh racism allegations
    26 june 2018 11:42:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Four more presenters of SuperSport accused Africa’s biggest sports broadcasting channel of racism in the workplace. Full text...

  • EU revises its action plan on maritime security
    26 june 2018 11:05:14
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Maintaining that 90% of the European Union’s external trade and 40% of its internal trade is transported by sea, the Council of the European Union on Tuesday adopted conclusions on the revision of the EU maritime security strategy (EUMSS) action plan, underlining that safe and secure seas and oceans are of fundamental importance for free trade, the EU economy and living standards. Full text...

  • ‘All atrocity crimes are preventable’ and can never be justified – UN chief
    26 june 2018 05:01:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Atrocity crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing – are not “inevitable”, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, stressing that the international community must do more to end violence against innocent people. Full text...

  • UN spotlights wellbeing of seafarers on International Day of the Seafarer
    26 june 2018 04:56:25
    LOndon, UK (PANA) - Highlighting the challenges – both physical and mental – faced by seafarers on their voyages, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called for greater attention to ensuring their wellbeing. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity helps Malian children to go to school
    25 june 2018 12:55:34
    Timbuktu, Mali (PANA) - International humanitarian group, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), has taken an important step to help Malian children go to school. Full text...

  • Gap between refugee resettlement needs and opportunities widens - UNHCR
    25 june 2018 12:38:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday warned of a widening gap between the number of refugees in need of resettlement and the places made available by governments around the world. Full text...

  • EU calls for elimination of all forms of torture as punishment
    25 june 2018 12:25:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the European Union has reaffirmed its strongest commitment to prevent, condemn and eradicate all forms of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Full text...

  • EU alarmed by effects of food crisis on Malian and Sahel population
    25 june 2018 11:48:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - It is essential to mainstream the nexus between climate change and security in policy dialogue, conflict prevention, development and disaster risk strategies, as well as to fully ensure the linkages to humanitarian action in Mali and the Sahel region, the European Union said on Monday. Full text...

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