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  • Sudan: UNICEF needs US$ 166m to fund emergency response in South Sudan
    12 december 2014 10:35:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says it needs approximately US$166 million to fund its South Sudan emergency response in 2015, where "the scale of the crisis in the world’s youngest country is staggering’’. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new tool to help to stop atrocity crimes
    12 december 2014 07:48:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has stressed the need to do more in order to prevent crises and protect populations at risk of genocide, and also prosecute perpetrators. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Government urged to apply anti-corruption laws
    11 december 2014 21:26:32
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – The Centre for Public Integrity of Sao Tome and Principe (CIPSTP) has called for the implementation of anti-corruption laws in a bid to punish offenders. Full text...

  • UN: ICC trial chamber rejects Cote d’Ivoire’s challenge on Simone Gbagbo's case
    11 december 2014 20:08:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s challenge to the admissibility of the case against Mrs. Simone Gbagbo before the Court and reminded Cote d’Ivoire of its obligation to surrender her to the Court without delay. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges Security Council to remain engaged in Sahel region
    11 december 2014 19:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for Africa's Sahel region, Ms. Guebre Sellassie, on Full text...

  • UN: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I commits former Ivorian youth leader to trial
    11 december 2014 19:29:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed four charges of crimes against humanity against former Ivorian youth leader, Charles Ble Goude and committed him to trial. Full text...

  • UN: ICC issues non-compliance notice on Libyan govt, refers matter to UN Security Council
    11 december 2014 19:15:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a notice of non-compliance by the Government of Libya with respect to the non-execution of two requests for cooperation transmitted by the ICC, and decided to refer the matter to the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN envoy warns warring parties, says international patience 'wearing thin' in S. Sudan
    11 december 2014 17:30:56
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Leaders on both sides of the conflict in South Sudan must inject “a new sense of urgency” into the peace process in order to reach a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative Ellen Margrethe Løj said Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. deports 248 illegal migrants to Sudan
    11 december 2014 12:23:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 248 migrants who were in a detention centre for illegal migrants in Kufra, southern Libya, have been deported to Sudan through the al-Talab common land border between the two countries, local officials said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Aga Khan Foundation, USAID bolster civil societies
    11 december 2014 11:58:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a partnership agreement in Nairobi to support a four-year civil society activity called the Yetu Initiative in Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN raises red flag on escalating sea deaths
    11 december 2014 11:27:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Wednesday expressed concern about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body wants CAR war crimes masters punished
    11 december 2014 08:28:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The failure of the Central African Republic (CAR) authorities and the United Nations to effectively investigate war crimes is perpetuating the cycle of violence and fear in the country, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches Int'l Decade of People of African Descent
    11 december 2014 06:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns actions of LRA in CAR, demands end to all attacks
    11 december 2014 05:55:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed concern at the grave security situation in parts of Central Africa, particularly the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) and its regional impact, the continuing threat of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and the expansion of Boko Haram terrorist activities into countries in the sub-region. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief tasks UN member states on eradicating torture
    11 december 2014 05:50:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has urged governments to ramp up their efforts in eradicating the practice of torture and compensate the victims of this "most vicious of crimes". Full text...

  • Nigeria: 6 die in Kano market blasts
    10 december 2014 22:48:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least six persons died while seven others were injured in Wednesday's suicide bombing of a popular textile market in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, according to the state government. Full text...

  • UN: UN report calls for urgent scaling up of violence prevention
    10 december 2014 21:18:22
    New York, US (PANA) - One in four children has been physically abused, one in five girls has Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in CAR captures rebel leader
    10 december 2014 21:10:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) announced Wednesday the arrest of Chadian rebel leader and former CAR official Mahamat Abdul Kadre. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says no country immune from risk of genocide
    10 december 2014 19:43:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Not a single country is immune to the risk of genocide, the UN Special Full text...

  • UN: UN declares "Every day is Human Rights Day"
    10 december 2014 19:34:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said the universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone, but extended to every day of the year, since "human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from, no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation." Full text...

  • Tanzania: Sweden funds UNESCO to continue work on freedom of expression
    10 december 2014 19:01:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has contributed nearly US$5 million to UNESCO’s Freedom of Expression Section, the Paris-based specialized agency of the UN announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO, UN Human Rights Joint Office pay tribute to rights activists
    10 december 2014 18:34:35
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – “Human rights activists are the guarantors of freedom and equality. Those heroes who work behind the scenes are a mark of vitality for democracy in a rapidly developing society such as the DR Congo," Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the country said Wednesday marking the International Human Rights Day. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN agencies call for international protection of migrants in distress at sea
    10 december 2014 16:51:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Five UN bodies Wednesday expressed deep concern about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees travelling by sea. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNFPA hails human rights defenders
    10 december 2014 15:37:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Wednesday applauded human rights defenders across the globe on the occasion of International Human Rights Day (December 10). Full text...

  • Cameroon: Govt. to recruit 4,700 police officers in 2015
    10 december 2014 10:45:39
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The Cameroonian police will recruit 4,700 youths in 2015, the general delegate for the national security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, announced here. Full text...

  • Libya: 11 killed, 51 wounded in renewed clashes in Benghazi
    10 december 2014 10:38:43
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Eleven people, including 10 soldiers, have been killed and 51 others wounded in renewed armed clashes between the units of the Libyan army and Islamist militias in the city of Benghazi, eastern Libya, hospital sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: State granted leave to appeal conviction of Oscar Pistorius
    10 december 2014 10:13:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The State's bid for leave to appeal the “inappropriate” ruling in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial was granted by Judge Thokozile Masipa on Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency appeals for US$6.23 billion for 2015
    10 december 2014 05:49:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with multiple large-scale emergencies in Africa and the Middle East, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned donors at the agency’s annual pledging conference that the world’s humanitarian financing system was "close to bankruptcy". Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Central African Republic in 'critical phase' of political transition
    09 december 2014 22:44:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, says the Central African Republic (CAR) is entering "a critical phase" in its transition to stability and democracy. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges stronger global fight against corruption
    09 december 2014 21:30:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The fight against corruption is a global concern requiring the broadest possible response to "dismantle its high walls", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday in a message marking International Anti-Corruption Day. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host international forum on peace and security in Africa
    09 december 2014 20:27:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Crisis management, the fight against terrorism and maritime safety and security will be high on the agenda at a two-day international forum on peace and security in Africa which opens next Monday in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in South Sudan destroys weapons seized from IDPs camps
    09 december 2014 19:35:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has destroyed a deadly assortment of weapons confiscated from internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at its civilian protection sites, in order to defuse tensions in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says two Somali journalists killed, three injured in bombings
    09 december 2014 17:07:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Two Somali journalists have been killed and three wounded in a twin bombing that targeted a restaurant frequented by journalists and officials in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: SAF repulses 2 SPLM-N attacks in S. Kordufan
    09 december 2014 14:40:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) said that its forces have repulsed two simultaneous attacks on two positions in South Kordufan, about 700 kms west of the capital, Khartoum, carried out by the Sudan People Liberation movement-North (SPLM-N). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist charged for interviewing musician in Guinea
    09 december 2014 14:10:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday said a Guinean journalist, Saidou Barry, is facing charges for interviewing a musician. Full text...

  • South Africa: Honeymoon murder accused leaves South Africa
    09 december 2014 14:06:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just 24 hours after being acquitted of murdering his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, UK resident Shrien Dewani has left South Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF declares 2014 "devastating year" for millions of children
    08 december 2014 18:43:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to unspeakable brutality as in 2014, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, describing it as "devastating" for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in DRC condemns massacre, urges action against terrorists
    08 december 2014 18:30:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Martin Kobler, on Monday condemned Sunday night’s massacres committed in DRC's North-Kivu region and called for immediate actions to eliminate terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian authorities release intercepted Russian aircraft
    08 december 2014 18:26:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Monday announced the release of a Russian Antonov 124 aircraft seized in Kano on Saturday for allegedly being laden with weapons, saying the French helicopter on board the aircraft was not conveying any equipment that violated any agreed international standard. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches US$16 billion appeal for aid funding
    08 december 2014 18:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday launched a multi-billion dollar appeal for critical funding as its humanitarian arm and relief agencies prepare to tackle an unprecedented level of crisis around the world in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns deadly terrorist attacks, calls for political unity
    08 december 2014 17:46:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has condemned Friday's terrorist attacks in Baidoa, which killed at least fifteen people with many more wounded, and called for political unity following the country's parliamentary vote of no confidence in its Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Libya: Three killed in air raid on camp near Libya-Tunisia border
    08 december 2014 17:01:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three people believed to be supporters of "Fajr Libya", a coalition of armed groups controlling Tripoli and other cities in western Libya, were killed and several others injured in air strikes launched Monday by the Libyan Air Force. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ's new report says legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions
    08 december 2014 15:26:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday released a new report saying legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions and self-censorship. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 70 Ethiopian migrants die in tragic Yemeni shipwreck
    08 december 2014 14:14:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia is mourning 70 migrants, who drowned after the boat in which they were traveling sank off the coast of Yemen, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: British honeymoon murder accused acquitted
    08 december 2014 11:53:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani was on Monday acquitted of murdering his wife Anni while on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 200 prisoners escape in Nigeria jail attack
    08 december 2014 11:11:03
    Lagos, Nigeria - (PANA) - Some 270 inmates were set free on Saturday evening when gunmen dressed in police uniform stormed a prison in the Tunga area of Minna, capital of Nigeria's central Niger State, the local media reported Monday, quoting the police and eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Togo: Road accidents kill 524 people in Togo
    07 december 2014 08:47:58
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo registered a total of 4,943 road accidents that killed 524 people and wounded 1,338 others from January to end November this year, according to official sources in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes African Court’s ruling on criminal defamation
    06 december 2014 19:43:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights experts express 'deep concerns' over US race cases
    05 december 2014 22:43:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Five senior UN human rights experts have expressed dissatisfaction with the US legal system after the decision not to bring to trial the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both African-Americans killed recently by US law enforcement officers. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency concerned at sudden closure of IDP camp in DRC
    05 december 2014 22:32:44
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday voiced concern over the sudden closure of a camp for internally displaced people, or IDPs, located in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), exposing some 2,000 to potential lawlessness, banditry and sexual violence against women perpetrated by militia groups still operating in the area. Full text...

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