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  • AI says indigenous Kenyan peoples targeted as forced evictions continue despite gov't promises
    10 august 2018 05:39:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Government of Kenya must not break its promise to respect the rights of Indigenous forest peoples who are still being forcibly evicted from their homes, having their property destroyed and seeing their traditional way of life trampled upon, Amnesty International said on International Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rights group says there should be no amnesty for South Sudan war crimes
    10 august 2018 05:27:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog said on Friday that South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Guterres nominates former Chile president Bachelet as UN human rights chief
    09 august 2018 13:49:49
    New York, US (PANA) - She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • UN urges protection of indigenous peoples’ rights during migration
    09 august 2018 06:09:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate “within their countries and across international borders” despite their “profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources”. Full text...

  • ‘States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration,’ rights experts say
    08 august 2018 19:49:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts said Wednesday in a joint statement marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms support for rights of indigenous peoples
    08 august 2018 16:24:56
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Respecting the customary land tenure and resource rights of indigenous peoples are essential for sustainable development and peace, European Union (EU) High Representative Federica Mogherini reaffirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya ranked 7th most dangerous country in the world
    08 august 2018 15:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Global Peace Index 2108, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, has ranked Libya the 7th most dangerous country in the world. Full text...

  • Chad, Libya, Niger and Sudan border security committee to meet in Khartoum
    08 august 2018 13:24:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The 3rd ministerial meeting aimed at strengthening the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger will be preceded on Wednesday by a meeting of their experts in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • Pretoria refuses to budge on Apartheid-era killer's parole application
    08 august 2018 07:34:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man who nearly sparked a full-blown race war ahead of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, continues to languish in a Pretoria prison despite being granted parole two years ago. Full text...

  • Rights groups criticise Ivorian president amnesty for ' war crimes'
    08 august 2018 07:30:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Human rights groups have criticised Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara for granting an amnesty to some 800 people allegedly involved in the West African country's bloody civil war in 2010-11. Full text...

  • IOM appeals for US$45 million for migrants moving between Yemen and Horn of Africa
    08 august 2018 07:04:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As conflicts and natural disasters have sharply deteriorated living conditions in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, more and more people have been crossing the Gulf of Aden in both directions, leading the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to appeal for US$45 million to provide critical aid to 81,000 people over three years. Full text...

  • More children released from South Sudanese armed groups - UNICEF
    08 august 2018 06:49:02
    Yambio, South Sudan (PANA) – More than 100 children were released by two armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number released this year to over 900, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced. Full text...

  • HRW criticises Congolese court for lenient sentences handed down to peacekeepers for murders
    07 august 2018 11:43:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group has criticised the three-year prison sentences handed down to three Congolese peacekeepers convicted for the 2014 murder of 11 civilians in the Central African Republic saying they do not reflect the gravity of the crime. Full text...

  • '9,438 Nigerians so far repatriated from Libya'
    06 august 2018 15:51:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Some 9,438 Nigerian migrants have so far been repatriated by the Federal Government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed in Abuja on Monday. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era politicians accused of paedophilia
    06 august 2018 09:11:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three former Apartheid-era Cabinet Ministers, including the feared head of the military, have been named as perpetrators in a paedophilia ring that operated in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. Full text...

  • Some 17 million people live in areas affected by conflict areas in Lake Chad region - MSF
    05 august 2018 03:29:10
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Around 17 million people live in areas affected by the violent conflict between non-state armed groups and military forces in the Lake Chad region, which has spread across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. More than 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes and remain displaced today. Full text...

  • Over 1 million forcibly displaced by violence in south-west Ethiopia get humanitarian aid
    05 august 2018 03:24:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - To address the urgent needs of more than a million displaced by inter-communal violence in southwestern Ethiopia over the past four months, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners are ramping up their efforts, providing among other things shelter, household items, water and sanitation, and food to the most vulnerable. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark
    04 august 2018 09:52:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said more than 1,500 refugees and migrants lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. Full text...

  • Top Caliph calls for nuclear disarmament 'as third world war' looms
    03 august 2018 14:11:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has urged world leaders to take on board the principles of Islam in an effort to prevent an impending third world war. Full text...

  • 643 Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya in 5 weeks – NEMA
    03 august 2018 13:52:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said no fewer than 643 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in the last five weeks. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army chief gives new operational guidelines on Boko Haram war
    03 august 2018 11:16:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has released new operational guidelines in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, warning Nigerian Army commanders of grave consequences should they abandon their positions in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • ICRC gives 18,000 families seeds, food assistance in Sudan's Central Darfur state
    03 august 2018 05:52:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Some 18,000 families in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur, about 14,000 in Rokero and 4,000 in Golo, are receiving seeds and food assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • UN-backed meeting of African States targets terrorism, violent extremism
    03 august 2018 00:10:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Regional security topped the agenda of a United Nations-backed joint summit on Central and West Africa searching, among other things, for a practical approach to fighting terrorism. Full text...

  • Generator fumes kill 8 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria
    02 august 2018 18:01:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fumes from a power generator are blamed for deaths of eight Cameroonian refugees in Ikom, Cross River State bordering Bakassi Peninsula, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria said on Thursday Full text...

  • Buhari meets defence chiefs over worsening security challenges
    02 august 2018 16:38:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst worsening security challenges in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday summoned a National Security Council meeting in Abuja, before his departure to London on a 10-day vacation. Full text...

  • Humanitarian rescue ship Aquarius returns to Mediterranean
    02 august 2018 05:23:32
    Marseille, France (PANA) - The rescue ship Aquarius, run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity, set sail on Wednesday from Marseille, France, after an extended port call. Full text...

  • Buhari off to London on 10-day 'medical' vacation
    01 august 2018 18:45:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst the gale of defections rocking his All Progressive Congressional (APC) political party, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is to proceed on a 10-day vacation in London on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian federal executive council ratifies prisoners swap deal with China
    01 august 2018 18:33:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ratified a prisoners’ swap deal for the repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in China to serve out their jail terms back home. Full text...

  • AfDB, South African Embassy to celebrate Nelson Mandela Anniversary in Cote d’Ivoire
    01 august 2018 15:02:51
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the South African embassy in Cote d’Ivoire have finalized preparations for a joint lecture to honour Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. Full text...

  • Tunisian President, Essebsi, condemns attack against Algerian army
    01 august 2018 13:31:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian president, Beji Caïd Essebsi, has strongly condemned the ‘criminal terrorist’ attack perpetrated by armed groups against the Algerian armed forces, leaving several dead and many others injured. Full text...

  • ADEA, partners launch 2017-18 Africa Education Reserach Award
    01 august 2018 13:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The competition for the 3rd and 4th editions of the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA) is now open, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO sounds alarm on overlooked humanitarian emergencies
    01 august 2018 11:58:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is sounding the alarm on some of the world's most severely underfunded crises, which in the wake of new shocks require an urgent humanitarian response and emergency agricultural assistance. Full text...

  • AI says herdsmen, banditry violence killed 371 in Northwest Nigeria since January
    31 july 2018 19:22:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – International human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), on Tuesday said that 371 people were killed in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, since January this year. Full text...

  • Muslims gather in UK to discuss extremism and Islam
    31 july 2018 15:41:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around 35,000 Muslims gather in the United Kingdom in August, to discuss, among others, the links between extremism and Islam. Full text...

  • South African opposition, NGO call for extradition of Grace Mugabe for assault case
    31 july 2018 09:52:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisation Afriforum and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are calling for the prosecution and extradition of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe after the South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations of her diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • EU military training mission in CAR extended
    31 july 2018 06:39:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate of its military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years until 19 September 2020, the EU Council has announced. Full text...

  • Guterres urges gov'ts to step up protection for most vulnerable from human trafficking
    31 july 2018 05:58:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations has shed light on the plight of millions of children, women and men – especially migrants – who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world. Full text...

  • UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in 3 months
    31 july 2018 05:49:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations received 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across all its entities and implementing partners, between the beginning of April and the end of June this year, UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, announced on Monday, with 18 cases involving peacekeeping operations, and 25 from “agencies, funds and programmes”. Full text...

  • South African court overturns ruling in Grace Mugabe assault case
    30 july 2018 11:53:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations to grant former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • Children account for nearly one-third of identified trafficking victims globally - UNICEF
    30 july 2018 06:23:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Approximately 28 per cent of identified victims of trafficking globally are children, UNICEF and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking (ICAT) have said as World Day against Trafficking in Persons is marked on Monday. Full text...

  • UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’
    30 july 2018 06:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasised that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge. Full text...

  • Gambian Accountant Trafficked, “Enslaved” in Egypt, recounts ordeal
    29 july 2018 14:01:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Sukai Jobe, an Accountant and one of the rescued eight Gambian ladies who were trafficked into Egypt and reduced into modern-day slavery conditions, on Sunday narrates her ordeal to PANA in an exclusive interview in Banjul. Full text...

  • UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’
    28 july 2018 07:46:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the UN human rights expert on the issue emphasised on Friday that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers repel Boko Haram attack
    27 july 2018 10:12:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers on Thursday evening repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Jakana, a town located about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Egypt to release jailed poet who penned hit protest song
    27 july 2018 06:16:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately. Full text...

  • Buhari calls for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling insecurity
    26 july 2018 15:00:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday called for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling the problem of insecurity in the continent. Full text...

  • Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief Zeid
    26 july 2018 06:30:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Top South African model barred from entering Palestine
    26 july 2018 06:24:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African model Shashi Naidoo was denied entry to Palestine on Wednesday and has been forced to return home. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star, Koffi Olomide, to appear in court in Zambia Friday
    25 july 2018 18:39:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Congolese Rhumba maestro, Koffi Olomide, who is currently in Zambia, has been ordered to appear in the Lusaka Magistrate Court on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambian woman arrested with heroin pellets in Mauritius
    25 july 2018 16:09:46
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - The Customs Anti-Narcotics Section of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old Zambian woman with 55 heroin pellets upon her arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, in the south of the island. Full text...

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