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  • South Africa's racist passenger loses her job
    25 june 2018 11:39:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A airline passenger who racially insulted her pilot and a passenger has been fired by her company after the incident sparked a national outcry. Full text...

  • European Council extends mandates of six EU Special Representatives
    25 june 2018 10:35:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday announced the extension of the mandates of six EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) including two in Africa. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns explosion at Zimbabwe ruling party rally
    24 june 2018 21:04:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has condemned an explosion which took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe on Saturday, not long after President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the stage after addressing the crowd. Full text...

  • Guterres expresses ‘grave concern’ at explosion at political rally in Ethiopian
    24 june 2018 04:30:31
    New York, US (PANA) - One person has reportedly died, and dozens were injured after an explosion ripped through a large crowd at a rally for the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Saturday, which the UN chief described as a matter of “grave concern”. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges protection of children in migration issues
    24 june 2018 04:25:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Ahead of the European Council’s upcoming meetings on asylum and migration on Sunday in Brussels, the UN Children's fund (UNICEF) is urging all leaders to prioritise the protection of children, regardless of their or their parents’ immigration status. Full text...

  • Sudanese gov't condemns rebel operations in Darfur's Jebel Mara
    23 june 2018 11:14:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has condemned what it called "criminal" attacks and "plundering" by rebel elements of the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdul Wahid Nor (SLM/AW) in Jebel Mara area in Central Darfur State. Full text...

  • UN Women highlights unique needs of widows
    23 june 2018 06:20:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows’ Day on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'shocked' by mass drownings off Libya, calls for urgent action
    22 june 2018 07:42:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, says it is shocked and saddened by reports that some 220 people drowned off Libya in recent days while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Full text...

  • UNHCR condemns violence that leaves four refugees dead in Uganda camp
    21 june 2018 07:46:09
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed deep regrets at the tragic loss of life that followed a scuffle between two male refugees in Rhino Camp in Uganda on 17 June. Full text...

  • Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’
    20 june 2018 20:33:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place “as soon as possible” to fill the vacant seat. Full text...

  • IDP gather at the vicinity of the newly established UNAMID base
    20 june 2018 19:38:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has complained that hundreds of civilians, mostly children and women, have fled fighting in Jebel Mara area, and gathered around its base in the area. Full text...

  • Botswana NGO calls for refugees’ protection
    20 june 2018 19:28:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Human rights activist group, Ditshwanelo, has challenged the nation to promote and protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers who are Botswana’s borders. Full text...

  • Mali defence minister spots mass graves involving army
    20 june 2018 19:14:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian minister of Defence and ex-combatants Tienan Coulibaly has recognised,according to an official statement issued in Bamako on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Passenger in hot water in South Africa over racist text message
    20 june 2018 10:17:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after firebrand politician Julius Malema sparked a national outcry by labelling Indian South Africans as racists, an Indian woman has landed in hot water by using a racial slur on a passenger flight. Full text...

  • Troika threatens sanctions if warring parties fail to end conflict in Darfur
    20 june 2018 09:59:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A coalition of western countries, known as the Troika, has threatened to impose sanctions on warring parties in Darfur region of Sudan, if they fail to stop fighting and end suffering of civilians there. Full text...

  • UN refugee chief calls for solidarity with refugees and communities that welcome them
    20 june 2018 07:38:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee chief has stressed that it is a time for solidarity with refugees – and with the communities that welcome them as the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief hails ‘very important role’ of Human Rights Council, as US withdraws
    20 june 2018 07:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - In response to the withdrawal of the United States on Tuesday from the United Nations body which is designed to promote and protect human rights around the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres has said that he would have “much preferred” the US remain. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, compassion and action’ on World Refugee Day
    20 june 2018 06:58:34
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution — roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand— the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them. Full text...

  • Report by UN expert urges governments, internet firms to ensure freedom of expression online
    19 june 2018 18:28:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A landmark report by a UN human rights expert on Tuesday warned that governments and companies risk undermining free speech on the internet, and urged both public officials and private authorities to address problems such as online hate speech and disinformation. Full text...

  • Nigeria orders tougher security measures amidst fears of ISIS terrorist attacks
    19 june 2018 18:00:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has ordered intensified, stricter passenger screening and other tougher security measures for all outgoing and incoming commercial flights, following threats of renewed attacks linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Full text...

  • IMF has large brain and tiny conscience, says UN poverty expert calling for urgent change
    19 june 2018 17:47:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a “tiny conscience” and must do more to protect low-income and vulnerable individuals from bearing the brunt of austerity policies, said a report by Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Full text...

  • Rwanda to host headquarters of African Arbitration Association
    19 june 2018 16:19:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has agreed to host the headquarters of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) to be officially launched on 29 June in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, an authoritative source confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Uganda, Turkey bear greatest burden in new refugee crisis
    19 june 2018 13:21:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year, as never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia suspends mining following killing of two men in sand winning dispute
    19 june 2018 10:31:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has announced the suspension of mining activities in the country following clashes between the police and some people in the village of Faraba Bantang on Monday, which claimed the lives of two men in a dispute over sand wining. Full text...

  • ICRC report finds non-international armed conflicts more than doubled this century
    19 june 2018 09:58:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The number of non-international armed conflicts have more than doubled from the beginning of the century, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • UN’s planned cuts to Darfur Mission risk rights protection - Human Rights Watch
    19 june 2018 07:23:58
    New York, US (PANA) – A human rights group has urged the United Nations Security Council to ensure that its peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region continues to conduct human rights monitoring and public reporting in all of Darfur. Full text...

  • Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief
    19 june 2018 07:01:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”. Full text...

  • Hundreds of thousands of lives still lost each year to small arms, UN conference hears
    19 june 2018 06:50:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria
    18 june 2018 19:27:24
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Full text...

  • UN human rights chief urges collective voice for global peace
    18 june 2018 17:05:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday appealed to members of the Human Rights Council to do more, to speak louder and work harder for the common purpose and for universal human rights law, to better chances for a global peace. Full text...

  • UNHCR warns against repeat of Aquarius disembarkation standoff
    18 june 2018 07:13:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has applauded Spain for its actions in bringing to an end on Sunday a sea-rescue crisis on the Mediterranean after a ship, the Aquarius, was refused permission to land and disembark elsewhere more than 600 rescued people. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for effective policy response to migration
    18 june 2018 07:06:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. EU heads of state will meet in Brussels on June 28-29, 2018, to discuss migration and asylum policy. Full text...

  • 20 killed in Boko Haram terrorist attack in Northeast Nigeria
    17 june 2018 21:51:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday confirmed the death of 20 people in an explosion by Boko Haram terrorists that rocked Abachari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNICEF 'relieved' migrant ship docks in Valencia
    17 june 2018 20:11:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNICEF, the UN children's fund, has expressed relief that migrants who had been rescued from the Mediterranean, have arrived in Spain's port of Valencia. Full text...

  • Gambians have collective responsibility to fulfil hopes of the people - Barrow
    15 june 2018 10:34:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow said on Friday that Gambians have a collective responsibility to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people and, as believers in God, the Muslim and Christian communities alike cannot afford to fail to discharge this responsibility. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi writer
    15 june 2018 09:41:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Friday condemned the murder of book and magazine publisher Shahjahan Bachchu in Munshiganj district in central Bangladesh on 11 June. Full text...

  • Top South African school rocked by abuse scandal
    15 june 2018 09:33:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in South Africa has launched an investigation into allegations that male teachers at the historic Adams College, south of Durban, have had sexual relationships with female students. Full text...

  • Electricity, water shortage affects Gambia’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebration
    15 june 2018 09:14:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians are experiencing an acute electricity and water shortage as the West African nation joins the rest of the world on Friday to observe Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of Holy Month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Financial abuse of elderly ‘rampant, but invisible’, says UN expert
    15 june 2018 08:02:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan in Tanzania
    14 june 2018 19:03:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Muslims in Tanzania will celebrate Eid ul Fitr festival on Friday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, known by its Kiswahili acronym as BAKWATA, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • EU sanctions six human traffickers and smugglers in line with UN decision
    14 june 2018 16:25:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Thursday transposed into European Union (EU) law sanctions adopted by the United Nations on 7 June, imposing a travel ban and an asset freeze on six human traffickers and smugglers operating in Libya, four of them Libyans and two of Eritrean nationality. Full text...

  • What’s behind the spike in terrorist-type violence in northern Mozambique?
    14 june 2018 16:18:39
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A sudden upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheading of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement like Boko Haram or al-Shabaab could be evolving in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Two Killed in latest South Africa mosque attack
    14 june 2018 09:59:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two worshippers have been killed and several others wounded in a pre-dawn attack on a mosque near Cape Town on Thursday. Full text...

  • Terrorism, violent extremism affecting Central Africa - UN envoy
    14 june 2018 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ‘True’ peace, requires standing up for human rights, says Guterres
    14 june 2018 06:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Achieving peace involves more than “laying down weapons”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, calling for intensified efforts to address the root causes of conflict. Full text...

  • ‘Much more’ can be done to raise awareness about the plight of albinos: UN chief
    14 june 2018 05:59:12
    New York, US (PANA) - On the international day to raise awareness on albinism – a rare genetic condition that results in the lack of melanin in the body – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater solidarity with people living with albinism, so they can live more empowered lives. Full text...

  • 'At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016' - UN report says
    14 june 2018 05:53:03
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - According to the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges all countries to provide ‘Super Dads’ with paid leave
    14 june 2018 05:42:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under the age of one live in countries where fathers are not legally entitled to any paid paternity leave, according to a new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • ICC launches fund to assist victims of atrocities by Bemba's militia in CAR
    13 june 2018 19:20:44
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims of former vice president of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, following his acquittal by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • South African Central bank releases new "Mandela" banknotes
    13 june 2018 15:27:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Wednesday released the designs of its commemorative banknotes and coins to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s in July. Full text...

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