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  • EU provides 50 million Euros humanitarian assistance to DR Congo
    27 march 2018 18:07:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Conflict Management, Christos Stylianides on Tuesday announced an emergency aid of 49.5 million Euros to Democratic Republic of Congo to counter the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • UN expert urges Niger to swiftly adopt strategy on internal displacement
    27 march 2018 17:16:26
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Niger to prioritise the adoption of a strategy to ensure the rights of internally displaced persons are respected following attacks by non-state armed groups in both the Diffa and Tillabery regions triggered a deterioration of the security situation and uprooted over 130,000 people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency
    27 march 2018 12:37:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists who were arrested in the house of a magazine owner, Temesghen Desalegn. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Israel's deportation of African asylum-seekers
    27 march 2018 05:16:59
    Tel Aviv, Israel (PANA) - Israel’s policy of deporting African asylum-seekers to two unnamed African countries is an abdication of its responsibility to refugees and an example of the vicious political measures feeding the “global refugee crisis”, Amnesty International has said as the Israeli Supreme Court considers new evidence on the legality of the policy. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for continued struggle to ensure dignity, justice for all
    27 march 2018 05:02:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the United Nations Secretary-General on Monday said that while the abhorrent practice was abolished in the 1800s, it continues to have profound social, cultural and political impacts today. Full text...

  • UN forum examines role partnerships play in tackling global migration challenge
    26 march 2018 22:32:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels are crucial to ensuring global migration is better managed, the United Nations migration agency chief said on Monday in New York. Full text...

  • Zuma receives summons to appear in South Africa's high court
    26 march 2018 19:01:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Pesident Jacob Zuma on Monday received a summons to appear in the Durban High Court on 6 April to face charges of corruption. Full text...

  • Mauritius addresses inequality through more equitable labour markets – WB report
    26 march 2018 17:46:27
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Though often cited as an African success story with substantial economic growth, Mauritius was in the given the last decade marked by limited shared prosperity and increased inequality, according to a newly released World Bank report. Full text...

  • Former Somali president denied US entry under Trump’s travel ban
    26 march 2018 09:24:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been denied entry to the United States under President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, local Garowe Online news service reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief honours those who suffered shameful Transatlantic slave trade
    26 march 2018 06:15:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Honouring those who suffered the brutalities of the Transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said the International Day set aside to remember this “epically shameful” chapter of human history is an opportunity raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. Full text...

  • Top South African football official charged with rape
    25 march 2018 10:14:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former politician Jennifer Ferguson, has laid a charge of rape against South Africa’s top football administrator, Danny Jordaan. Full text...

  • UNHCR, partners seek US$504 million for Congolese refugees
    24 march 2018 20:03:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, together with 30 humanitarian partners, has launched an appeal for US$504 million to assist the people forced to flee one of the world’s most complex, challenging and forgotten crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 'Lake Chad Basin areas reclaimed from Boko Haram must be stabilised'
    23 march 2018 06:29:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - It is critical to shore up areas of Lake Chad Basin freed from the grip of Boko Haram, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, as she also called for efforts to rebuild the lives of women and girls that have suffered at the hands of the terrorist group. Full text...

  • Buhari accents freedom of Christian schoolgirl held by Boko Haram for refusal to embrace Islam
    22 march 2018 18:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he is personally committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity as he was to the girls' freedom when all 110 were held by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Multinational joint maritime exercise begins in Nigeria
    22 march 2018 17:17:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy has deployed four warships and two helicopters as part of the platforms for the 7-day joint multinational maritime exercise code named “Obangame" which began on Tuesday in the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • AI denounces persecution of anti-slavery organisations in Mauritania
    22 march 2018 15:43:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI), in a report released on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, has revealed that the human rights activists fighting against discrimination and slavery in Mauritania, are being persecuted. Full text...

  • Six killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack
    22 march 2018 15:12:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least six people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive car bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday afternoon, according to local news service Garowe Online. Full text...

  • MSF slams European gov'ts for obstructing lifesaving rescues in Mediterranean
    22 march 2018 06:29:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has lashed out at Italian and other European governments for their actions that prevent lifesaving rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean and return people to unsafe Libya. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes release of Dapchi schoolgirls
    22 march 2018 06:14:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the release of more than 100 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 19 February 2018 from a school in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN report finds 47 protestors killed, freedom of assembly curtailed in DRC
    21 march 2018 22:50:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The security services and defence forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) killed at least 47 people during anti-government protests over a 13-month period through 31 January 2018, a United Nations human rights report has found. Full text...

  • Number of released Dapchi schoolgirls hits 101
    21 march 2018 15:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has reviewed upwards to 101 the number of schoolgirls, abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram terrorists but released earlier Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU vows to eliminate racial discrimination globally
    21 march 2018 13:18:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the values of unity and coexistence, and to the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion in all their forms, inside and beyond European borders. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Nigerian gov't says 76 Dapchi schoolgirls released so far
    21 march 2018 10:20:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Wednesday said that 76 of 110 students of Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 19 February, have so far been released. Full text...

  • Nigerian presidency confirms 'release' of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls
    21 march 2018 10:05:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Presidential Spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu on Wednesday confirmed that the abducted students of Government Girls’ Technical College at Dapchi, in the northeast of the country, have been found and transported home. Full text...

  • Somali army officer murdered by armed men
    21 march 2018 09:52:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Armed men murdered on Tuesday evening murdered Somali army Mohamed Hassan Issa, near his house, before running away, the local media have announced. Full text...

  • Promote tolerance, respect diversity - UN chief
    21 march 2018 05:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - People worldwide are being encouraged by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to think about how they can better promote tolerance, inclusion and respect for diversity. Full text...

  • Cameroonians pour into Nigeria, stretching scant resources – UNHCR
    20 march 2018 21:18:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As more and more Anglophone Cameroonians flee a violent crackdown in the region and seek asylum in Nigeria, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that without more funding and assistance, their situation and that of the Nigerian communities hosting them, will become even more desperate. Full text...

  • Rise in racism, xenophobia is alarming, warn UN rights experts
    20 march 2018 19:41:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN and regional human rights experts have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on mainstream politics. Full text...

  • South African politician under fire for assaulting journalist
    20 march 2018 16:08:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A senior official with the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has apologized after being filmed assaulting a journalist outside Parliament on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN report finds unlawful, unjustified use of force against DRC protestors
    20 march 2018 10:41:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2017 and the trend has continued so far this year, according to a UN report issued on Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group says Nigeria security forces warned about latest abduction of schoolgirls
    20 march 2018 06:59:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards a town where they abducted 110 schoolgirls last month, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Senior UN official warns of escalation of violence in DRC
    20 march 2018 06:33:18
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The humanitarian crisis and the resulting suffering will only worsen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if persistent violence is not brought under control and there is no political transition, the top United Nations relief official warned on Monday. Full text...

  • South African families of mentally ill victims receive major payout (UPDATE)
    19 march 2018 18:22:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Retired deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, on Monday ordered that the government pay a massive compensation payout to the families of mentally ill patients who were transferred from a leading Gauteng psychiatric hospital to facilities that were unable to care for them. Full text...

  • UN report reproves disproportionate use of force against protestors in DRC
    19 march 2018 16:31:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2017 and the trend continues so far this year, according to a UN report issued here on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army kill 4 hersdmen militia
    18 march 2018 15:23:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops killed four armed erdsmen militia in Ningi, Bauchi State in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa's ex-president Zuma to stand trial in massive graft case
    16 march 2018 16:56:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams on Friday announced that former South African President Jacob Zuma must stand trial on the massive corruption case that has dogged him for more than a decade. He said the charges Zuma faces include fraud, corruption and racketeering. Full text...

  • MFWA implements project on African governance
    16 march 2018 16:21:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its partners are implementing a new project on governance in Africa, the sub-regional rights body revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Congolese flee horrific violence for Uganda - UNHCR
    16 march 2018 11:04:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support a growing number of people, most of them women and children, fleeing horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • 120 illegal immigrants rescued by Tunisian navy off Kerkennah coast
    15 march 2018 11:45:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Navy on Wednesday evening rescued 120 people, made up of 102 Tunisians and 18 others from sub-Saharan countries, after their boat developed a fault 30 km off Kerkennah, south-east Tunisia, a statement from the Tunisian Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN urges international support to tackle ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DRC
    14 march 2018 22:17:08
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - As fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes over the past year and left more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called on the international community to urgently address the crisis. Full text...

  • UN rights expert deplores arbitrary arrests, detentions in Eritrea
    14 march 2018 20:00:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea has deplored the arbitrary arrest and detention of hundreds of people who have challenged the Government’s restrictions at a school, and expressed concerns about continued human rights violations across the country. Full text...

  • EU, Niger strengthen cooperation against illegal migration
    14 march 2018 15:04:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In a debate at the European Parliament on Tuesday, the EU ambassador in Niger, Raul Mateus Paula, said while at least 70,000 illegal immigrants passed through Niger every month via Agades to travel to Libya in 2016, there were only 4,000 in the whole of 2017. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa addresses land expropriation issue
    14 march 2018 14:52:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nearly 25 years after the collapse of apartheid, white South Africans still own about 72% of farms, followed by mixed race “coloureds” who own 15%, Indians 5% and blacks just 4%. Full text...

  • Rights groups urge Tunisian gov't to end end impunity for security forces
    14 march 2018 06:56:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian government must end impunity for security forces accused of human rights violations, Amnesty International has said, in an open letter to the prime minister, which has been co-signed by 15 Tunisian and international human rights organizations. Full text...

  • Thousands of migrants repatriated from Libya under UN-supported programme
    13 march 2018 17:33:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) –The UN Migration Agency (IOM) announced on Tuesday it has assisted 10,171 migrants to return home safely from Libya with support from the European Union, African Union, and the Libyan Government since the scale up of Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) from the country started on 28 November last year. Full text...

  • EU tasks Nigerian govt to stop scores of killings by herdsmen
    13 march 2018 16:26:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Monday asked the Federal Government to fish out the killer herdsmen who have been killing scores of Nigerians in Northern Nigeria in order to allow justice take its course. Full text...

  • Police stop aggrieved Malians from invading Algerian embassy in Bamako
    13 march 2018 15:51:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian police on Monday dispersed dozens of Malians who attempted to invade the Algerian embassy in Bamako, to express their frustration against "the unhuman treatment" meted to them during their stay in Algeria, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia road crash claims 38 lives
    13 march 2018 10:48:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – At least 38 people were killed on Monday in a tragic road accident in Ethiopia’s Legambo wereda (district), South Wollo Zone in Amhara regional state, when a bus on which were travelling tumbled off a five-metre cliff, local media reports said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN disability rights experts issue findings on Sudan, Seychelles among others
    12 march 2018 20:04:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Monday published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its latest session from 14 February to 9 March in Geneva: Haiti, Nepal, Oman, Sudan, Slovenia, Seychelles and Russian Federation. Full text...

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