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  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained Nigerian publisher
    11 march 2016 16:28:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should immediately release magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe on bail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN report highlights killings, rapes by South Sudanese forces
    11 march 2016 15:35:25
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report on the human rights situation in South Sudan, published on Friday, stated that a multitude of horrendous violations in "searing detail" in particular by government forces, including cases of civilians burned alive or cut to pieces and a teenage girl being raped by ten soldiers. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council receives report on special measures to curb sexual abuses
    11 march 2016 15:27:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented to the UN Security Council special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN rights experts condemn reproductive rights violations as 'torture'
    11 march 2016 08:48:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Child marriage, forced pregnancy testing in schools, abuse of women seeking maternal health services and restrictive abortion laws can amount to torture or ill-treatment and must be eradicated, according to a new report by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Rights chief urges EU to adopt more ‘humane’ migration measures
    11 march 2016 06:35:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief has reiterated his profound concern about the situation faced by refugees and migrants “in extreme vulnerability,” and urged the European Union to adopt a more humane set of measures on migration at a summit next week. Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses cooperation among judges in counter-terrorism efforts
    11 march 2016 06:17:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Formal cooperation among judges is essential in bringing individuals charged with terrorism-related crimes to justice and ensuring that the rule of law is upheld throughout the process. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'Government forces deliberately suffocated dozens' - Amnesty
    11 march 2016 06:06:21
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese government forces deliberately suffocated more than 60 men and boys who were detained in a shipping container before dumping their bodies in an open field in Leer town, Unity State, according to new evidence Amnesty International says it has gathered. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, UN chiefs condemn Wednesday's attack on UNAMID peacekeepers
    10 march 2016 18:41:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have condemned Wednesday's attack on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) by an unknown armed group in which one South African peacekeeper was killed and another wounded. Full text...

  • Kenya: Al Shabaab extremist to hang over Mombasa club bombing
    10 march 2016 17:07:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's High Court in Mombasa has sentenced to death, Thabit Jamaldin Yahya, an Al Shabaab extremist who led attacks at Bella Vista nightclub in the Indian Ocean port city in May 2012, where a female guard was killed by an explosive, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Experts to discuss energy crisis in Southern Africa
    10 march 2016 13:38:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Lusaka-based UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Sub-regional Office for Southern Africa has called for an Ad-hoc Expert Group meeting (AEGM) in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss the Energy Crisis in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Woman convicted in dramatic kidnapping case
    10 march 2016 13:06:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African High Court Judge John Hlophe on Thursday convicted a Cape Town woman of kidnapping a three-day-old girl from a city hospital nearly 20 years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chris Hani's assassin granted parole
    10 march 2016 09:32:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Polish immigrant who nearly plunged South Africa into a full-blown race-war 23 years ago, was granted parole on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights groups say ailing journalist arbitrarily detained should be freed
    10 march 2016 09:28:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia should free an ailing journalist who has been arbitrarily detained since July 2015 and drop all charges against him, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Committee to Protect Journalists have said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Freedoms of religion, expression ‘twin rights’ in fighting intolerance – Report
    10 march 2016 09:05:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The freedoms of religion and of expression are not contradictory but complementary, as both rights are the twin tools in combating incitement to hatred, an independent United Nations human rights expert said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN experts suggest ways to avoid human rights violations during public protests
    10 march 2016 08:58:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report presented on Wednesday to the United Nations Human Rights Council offers recommendations on proper preparations and precautions to protect the rights of the demonstrators, bystanders and police during public gatherings. Full text...

  • UN: LGBT detainees suffer higher rates of violence, states new UN report
    10 march 2016 08:51:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) detainees suffer more acts of violence than the general population in custody, according to a new United Nations human rights report that explored the link between gender and torture. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somalia’s Al Shabaab mourns mass casualties after US raids
    09 march 2016 19:18:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali militant group, Al Shabaab, was mourning Wednesday the killing of its fighters, including senior commanders and a regional governor, in air strikes launched from the U.S. which wiped off 150 militants and 11 fighters at a training camp in Somalia. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government rejects allegations of human rights abuse in Botswana
    09 march 2016 18:02:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed claims by international civil society group Survival International that the country intends to heighten human rights violation on Bushmen families. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council says terrorist attack will not deter Tunisia's democracy
    09 march 2016 15:38:42
    'New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the 7 March terrorist Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for investigation into abduction, torture of South Sudanese Journalist
    09 march 2016 13:25:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately launch an independent, thorough investigation into the abduction and torture of journalist Joseph Afandy and punish those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: AI urges Zimbabwe police to 'account' for pro-democracy activist
    09 march 2016 10:28:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The absolute failure of the police to account for the enforced disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government, highlights the culture of impunity for human rights violations in Zimbabwe, says Amnesty International (AI) on the anniversary of his abduction. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chadian President Deby arrives in Sudan
    08 march 2016 20:27:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Idriss Deby of Chad arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday for a visit to Sudan where he will hold talks with his host Omar Bashir, focusing on bilateral relations, the situation in Libya and South Sudan as well as security and economic cooperation between Khartoum and Ndjamena. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Burkina Faso's authorities to lift suspension against magazine
    08 march 2016 14:09:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday urged Burkina Faso's media regulatory body to lift the one-month suspension it slammed against an investigative magazine, L’Evènement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns Tunisia terrorist attacks
    08 march 2016 07:16:44
    New York, US (PANA) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on Monday on police and army posts in the town of Ben Guerdane in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Algeria: Ban calls for more female police in UN peace operations
    08 march 2016 07:01:32
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Member States to contribute more female police, especially French-speaking women, to serve in UN peace operations. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'deeply troubled’ by scale, nature of harm to children
    08 march 2016 06:50:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) have had a devastating impact on children, according to a new United Nations report that calls on all parties involved in the conflict in the country to immediately halt grave violations against children and abide by international humanitarian and human rights law. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ethiopian, Sudanese defence ministers agree on common border security
    07 march 2016 16:39:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese and Ethiopian Defence ministers have underlined bilateral commitment to military cooperation for safeguarding security and stability of the two countries' common border areas in addition to the development of those areas. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups calls for the arrest of ICC fugitive Omar al-Bashir
    07 march 2016 15:49:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) member states should arrest and Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali court sentences man to death for murdering 5 journalists
    07 march 2016 14:57:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has handed down the death sentence against Hassan Hanafi, a former journalist, having found him guilty of direct or indirect involvement in the killing five journalists on behalf of the armed militant group, Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian minister dies in car crash
    06 march 2016 16:54:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, is dead, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 3 kidnapped Lagos school girls rescued
    06 march 2016 13:10:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Three students of a school in Lagos, kidnapped last Monday night, have been rescued, according to the pro-government NATION newspaper. Full text...

  • UN: 'We must not allow protectors to become predators’ – UN field support chief
    05 march 2016 06:48:39
    New York, US (PANA) - With 99 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse uncovered by the United Nations in 2015 – 69 of these in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed – the Organization on Friday presented its latest report on special measures to protect people from these crimes. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'It's important to advance situation Western Sahara' - UN chief
    04 march 2016 18:27:01
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seeking to resolve the longstanding dispute over Western Sahara said Friday that his first visit to Mauritania aims at encouraging talks so that Sahrawi refugees could return home in their country in dignity. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups petition African Commission on Human Rights over detained Gambian journalist
    04 march 2016 15:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 36 other freedom of expression organisations have petitioned the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to prevail on the Gambian President, Yahyah Jammeh, to release a journalist who has been in detention for seven months. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana to host conference on Media, governance
    04 march 2016 13:00:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ghana will play host to a sub-regional conference on Media and Participatory governance which will run between 15-17 March at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in Accra, the capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC, UN chiefs express concern about upsurge in Darfur fighting
    03 march 2016 19:37:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on the Government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and facilitate its freedom of movement in view of the increased in fighting in the restive western region of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert tasks governments on eliminating homelessness
    03 march 2016 17:56:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Homelessness is found in every country in the world and Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama assigns former VP to project monitoring task force
    03 march 2016 16:31:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has appointed a Presidential Inspectorate Task Team (PITT) to reinforce the country’s project monitoring task force. Full text...

  • UN: Ban names long-serving UN tribunal jurist to head courts' residual mechanism
    03 march 2016 07:41:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Judge Theodor Meron of the United States as President of the international body that will carry out the residual functions of the UN war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, for a new term that began on 1 March 2016. Full text...

  • UN: Tunisian leader, ICC officials hold bilateral talks
    02 march 2016 19:46:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Tunisia's Head of Government, Mr. Habib Essid, on Wednesday held bilateral talks with the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernández, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel, as well as other ICC senior officials at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says 16 million girls in Africa, Asia may not go to school
    02 march 2016 15:33:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about eight million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS). Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief links sustainable peace with progress on development
    02 march 2016 14:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday stressed the need for sustainable peace at both national and international levels in order to ensure progress on developmental issues. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Military prosecutor seeks 22-year jail term for former presidential guard commander
    02 march 2016 13:12:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Military prosecutor on Wednesday requested 22 years in prison with heavy fines totalling US$ 10,700 against the former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba, and one of his main co-accused, retired Brig.-Gen. Frank Rusagara, who are both facing charges of committing state security offences, a judicial source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • Italy: UN hails launch of 'Day of School Feeding' as vital to Africa's devt efforts
    02 march 2016 07:31:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations joined the African Union on Tuesday hailing the inaugural 'Africa Day of School Feeding,' as part of a key strategy to address the continent's development challenges through home-grown school meal programmes. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN dev't agenda seeks to reach 'those farthest behind' - Ban
    01 march 2016 06:43:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At the opening of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, senior UN officials emphasized the powerful link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the right to development, highlighting that people on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need are hoping the Organization can help ease their suffering. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan security agents uncover airport suicide bomb plot
    29 february 2016 16:25:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security agents have uncovered a plot by the Al Shabaab terror group to use teams of 11 suicide bombers, masquerading as passengers, to bomb aircraft during landing or take-off at major airports in the East African nation, according to a leaked security report seen by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Amnesty slams Congo for denying expert entry
    28 february 2016 08:15:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed Republic of Congo for refusing entry to one of its international experts and sending him back to Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN deputy humanitarian chief calls for end to civilian suffering
    27 february 2016 12:16:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges Member States to make 'responsibility to protect' a reality
    27 february 2016 09:04:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The principle of “responsibility to protect”, a call for putting into action legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, has seen mixed results since its inception in 2005, the United Nations deputy chief said Friday, urging the international community to make the protection of populations from such heinous acts “a living reality”. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands investigation of alleged threat against Nigerian journalist
    26 february 2016 16:53:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should investigate claims that a businessman threatened freelance journalist Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna over her investigation into his company, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

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