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  • Tunisia: WFP welcomes Japan's contribution for emergency food aid in Libya
    02 march 2017 19:54:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday welcomed a contribution of US$700,000 from the Government of Japan that will provide vital food assistance to tens of thousands of Libyans affected by ongoing conflict since 2011. Full text...

  • UN: ICC president, Trust Fund for Victims conclude joint visit to Uganda
    02 march 2017 15:55:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, has concluded an official visit to Uganda, at the invitation of the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), Mr. Motoo Noguchi, an ICC statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan troops kill 57 Al-Shabaab militants
    02 march 2017 14:28:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Soldiers belonging to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have killed 57 Al-Shabaab militants during an operation in Subow Centre in Somalia. Full text...

  • Egypt: Amnesty International calls for protection of Coptic Christians in North Sinai
    01 march 2017 22:00:17
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the Egyptian authorities must offer urgent protection to Coptic Christians in North Sinai and provide essential services and accommodation to hundreds who were forced to flee their homes, after seven people from the community were killed in a series of attacks there over the past month. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Quash mutiny charges against Lesotho soldiers - Rights group demands
    01 march 2017 21:52:50
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Amnesty International is asking the Lesotho government to quash mutiny charges against all 23 Lesotho Defence Forces who were detained on mutiny charges in 2015. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief reiterates call to end death penalty
    01 march 2017 21:36:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in relation to the dignity and rights of all human beings, including the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Full text...

  • UN: DRC security forces committed rights violations against protesters - UN
    01 march 2017 17:44:37
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report has found that defence and security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) used excessive, disproportionate and at times lethal force to prevent and contain demonstrations in December 2016, in violation of international human rights law and standards. Full text...

  • UN: 3.2 million refugees found 'home' in poor countries -UN study
    28 february 2017 20:04:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Most of the 3.2 million people driven forcibly from their homes in early 2016 found shelter in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL head urges parties to respect humanitarian law in Qanfuda
    28 february 2017 19:14:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has been following with deep concern the continued reports of civilians in Benghazi trapped in the midst of a combat zone without access to food and water. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says migrating children, women, suffer sexual violence, abuses
    28 february 2017 17:50:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday described the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the Mediterranean to Europe, as one of the "world’s deadliest and most dangerous for children and women", noting that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for unhindered relief access in South Sudan
    28 february 2017 15:30:47
    New York, US (PANA) - With hundreds of thousands in need of assistance in famine-struck parts of South Sudan and rising insecurity hampering relief work, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Mr. Eugene Owusu, has called on all parties to ensure that humanitarians have immediate, safe and unhindered access across the nation. Full text...

  • Sudan: "Save the Children" condemns looting of its compound, warehouse in S. Sudan
    28 february 2017 14:15:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International charity organization, Save the Children, said its food and supply stores in a South Sudanese town have been looted and hundreds of children left without supply. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana president calls for thanksgiving for 'good rains'
    28 february 2017 08:42:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has called for a national thanksgiving on Sunday to thank God for good rains the country has received this year. Full text...

  • UN: UN tasks governments on human rights obligations
    28 february 2017 07:38:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said disregard for human rights is a “disease", and urged UN member states to uphold the rights of all people in the face of rising populism and extremism. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees, migrants still face risks to reach Europe - UN agency
    28 february 2017 07:32:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Increased border restrictions and lack of accessible legal ways to reach Europe have caused refugees and migrants to take more “diversified and dangerous journeys", such as relying on people-smugglers or using flimsy boats to cross rough seas, a new report by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revealed. Full text...

  • UN: 'Africans in Germany suffer racial discrimination, abuses'
    28 february 2017 07:19:29
    New York, US (PANA) - People of African descent in Germany suffer racial discrimination, Afrophobia and racial profiling in their daily lives, but their situation remains largely invisible to the wider society, a UN expert panel said on Monday at the end of its first official visit to the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: Drought threatens 1.5 million Somalis - says WHO
    27 february 2017 22:57:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Less than half of the people in Somalia have access to basic health services, the United Nations health agency on Monday said, announcing that it is scaling up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food crisis. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum displeased with presence of Darfur rebel leader in France
    27 february 2017 19:15:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has told France that Khartoum is not happy with the French government providing safe haven for rebel leaders from Darfur region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU PSC urges African intelligence agencies to be innovative
    27 february 2017 17:04:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - All national intelligence and security services of the African Union (AU) member States should be innovative and adapt to the contemporary security threats by using, among others, advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs), the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU has stated. Full text...

  • Sudan: More South Sudanese refugees arrive in Sudan
    27 february 2017 15:47:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN refugees agency on Monday said an increased number of South Sudanese are pouring into Sudan, shortly after their nation was declared a famine-hit area. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army arrests of 3 Chadian Boko Haram terrorists
    27 february 2017 07:08:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday night announced the arrest of three Chadian Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading South African judge dies after short illness
    26 february 2017 17:17:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Liberation hero and legal giant, Essa Moosa, died at his Cape Town home on Sunday, just hours after South African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement wishing the ailing judge well. He was 76. Full text...

  • Sudan: US Embassy supports Science Enrichment in Education in Sudan
    26 february 2017 12:17:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In yet another initiative aimed at normalizing relations between the US and Sudan, the American embassy in Khartoum hosted students and teachers from public and private schools, under a State Department sponsorship, to enable them acquire new methods on learning science and scientific subjects. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force jets bomb Boko Haram convoy
    25 february 2017 20:54:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday said that its fighter jets successfully intercepted a group of Boko Haram terrorists moving in a Hilux vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun in Nigeria's northeast region. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns violence in south-central DRC region
    25 february 2017 17:03:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the government to “immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation.” Full text...

  • UN: Donors pledge US$670 mln for humanitarian support to Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon
    25 february 2017 04:00:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-supported humanitarian conference in Oslo, Norway on Friday generated more than US$670 million in pledges that will help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four countries in Lake Chad Basin, where millions are in need of aid. Full text...

  • UN: IOM says 366 migrants died on Mediterranean in first two months of 2017
    24 february 2017 21:06:50
    New York, US (PANA) - An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission, church leaders in DRC condemn attacks against Catholic facilities
    24 february 2017 20:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO on Friday called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force jets bomb Boko Haram location
    24 february 2017 20:07:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets on Friday bombed a Boko Haram location at Tagoshe/Mandara Mountain area in Nigeria's northeast region. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia, UNICEF sign US$6 mln package for child survival, protection
    24 february 2017 17:00:22
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian government and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the implementation of UNICEF's 2017 child survival, development and protection mechanism. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body says toxic populist rhetoric fuelling xenophobia in South Africa
    24 february 2017 14:47:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants living in South Africa, Amnesty International said on Friday, stressing that this should happen now, amid the current protests in Pretoria and the escalating xenophobic tension and attacks. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Japan supports IOM humanitarian operations
    24 february 2017 13:27:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Government of Japan has allocated US$34.3 million to support operations of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in assisting vulnerable migrants including displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities around the world in 2017. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria tense as South Africans and foreigners clash with police
    24 february 2017 13:12:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The situation remains tense in Pretoria, South Africa's capital, where locals have clashed with foreigners and police as xenophobic violence continues to spread. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says 2017 family threat 'a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity'
    24 february 2017 12:54:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people, humanitarian agency Oxfam International said on Friday, calling on donors to take immediate action to help as many as 20 million people now at risk of starvation. Full text...

  • South Sudan: IOM provides health, shelter aid in volatile areas of South Sudan
    24 february 2017 12:21:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday it is providing emergency health care and shelter assistance to South Sudanese forced to flee their homes due to violence in volatile areas of the country, including Unity and Central Equatoria regions. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Amnesty International criticises human rights in Mauritania
    24 february 2017 12:04:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the human rights situation in Mauritanian has "deteriorated" with repressive laws against public order, opponents of the government and human rights activists, especially the anti-slavery activists. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group condemns eastern Libya travel restrictions
    24 february 2017 11:29:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights group, Human Rights Watch, on Friday asked Libyan officials in the east of the country to repeal an order that requires all men and women aged 18-45 years to seek clearance by relevant security agencies ahead of any international travel out of the area. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan pledges US$50m for humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria
    24 february 2017 07:32:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr Sadanabu Kusaoke, says his country has pledged US$50 million for humanitarian assistance in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Norway: Millions suffering in Lake Chad Basin need world’s support - UN aid chief
    24 february 2017 07:08:04
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - Ahead of a major donors conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, seeking to generate global action to tackle the complex crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, the top United Nations relief official has highlighted that investing in support for the region will in turn help strengthen broader security around the world for all to benefit. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No Nigerian life lost in South African xenophobic attacks' - Minister
    24 february 2017 06:53:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hajiya Khadija Abba-Ibrahim has said that no Nigerian life has been lost in the South African Xenophobic attacks against immigrants in that country. Full text...

  • CAR: Senior UN relief official urges access to civilians in north-eastern provinces
    24 february 2017 06:27:10
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The most senior United Nations relief official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for free and unhindered access to civilians impacted by the clashes between rival armed groups. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir opens borders for relief passage to famine-hit South Sudan
    23 february 2017 19:24:29
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Thursday ordered the opening of his country’s borders to facilitate passage of relief from the United Nations or any other agencies and donor countries to the famine-hit South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Hundreds protest at South African embassy over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
    23 february 2017 19:14:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Hundreds of Nigerian students on Thursday stormed the South African High Commission in Abuja and Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express their grievances over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Oslo humanitarian conference to raise US$1bn for humanitarian aid in L. Chad region
    23 february 2017 18:49:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Representatives of the international community have converged in Oslo, Norway, to raise funds and pledge support for humanitarian assistance to over 7 million people in urgent need of food relief in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria demands compensation for victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa
    23 february 2017 18:33:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday demanded compensation for Nigerians whose properties were destroyed in the xenophobic violence that took place last weekend in South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Failure to observe peace deal blamed for famine in South Sudan
    23 february 2017 18:11:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Failure to adhere to the 2015 peace agreement of South Sudan is the main cause of the famine currently ravaging the country and its population, according to a local top politician. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria under fire over attacks on Nigerians
    23 february 2017 17:19:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions remain high between Nigerians and South Africans in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populated province, while a wave of xenophobic attacks around the economic hubs of Pretoria and Johannesburg have seen Nigerians reacting angrily. Full text...

  • UN: ICC President visits Uganda with Trust Fund for Victims
    23 february 2017 17:05:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, this week began an official visit to Uganda, to see victim assistance projects supported by the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), an independent body associated with the ICC. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges strong, urgent action to avert catastrophe in Africa
    23 february 2017 05:47:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria, and Yemen, who are facing devastating levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday in New York called for "strong and urgent" action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe. Full text...

  • UN: Armed group attacks UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    23 february 2017 05:33:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) says its peacekeepers on patrol were attacked on Tuesday outside of Ippy in Ouaka prefecture in an ambush. Full text...

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