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  • US: Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks - UN-backed report
    22 june 2017 19:32:23
    New York, US (PANA) – Humanitarian aid workers want to help people in some of the biggest war zones, but extreme risks and threats are paralysing their operations, a United Nations-backed report on Thursday concluded. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former gov't breached constitution in accepting 2 Gitmo detainees - Supreme Court
    22 june 2017 18:45:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the acceptance by the previous government of President John Dramani Mahama of two ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners in January 2016 was unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR welcomes admission of Syrian refugees by Morocco
    22 june 2017 09:39:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday welcomes the decision by Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN experts urge Gambia to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence
    22 june 2017 09:32:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has said. Full text...

  • US:UN Security Council welcomes regional force to restore stability in the Sahel
    22 june 2017 09:15:40
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious challenges posed by transnational organized crime in Africa's restive Sahel region. Full text...

  • Uganda: Uganda, UN convene 'solidarity summit' amid fast-growing refugee emergency
    22 june 2017 05:41:26
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a 'Solidarity Summit' with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes. Full text...

  • US: UN raises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world
    21 june 2017 20:25:26
    New York, US (PANA) – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world reach record levels, United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid appeal to US$23.5 billion – up nearly 6 per cent from the original US$22.2 billion announced late last year. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler says swift return of Tawerghan IDPs crucial after six years of displacement in Libya
    21 june 2017 19:55:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has urged the Presidency Council to make concrete arrangements for the swift implementation of the Misrata-Tawergha agreement endorsed this week and to ensure that its implementation conforms to international human rights standards. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration meet in Paris
    21 june 2017 15:33:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration began on Wednesday at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • France: 'World poverty could be halved if all adults complete secondary education' - UNESCO
    21 june 2017 15:21:47
    Paris, France (PAN) - "A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come." Full text...

  • Sudan: Military helicopter crash kills crewmen
    21 june 2017 13:39:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese Military helicopter crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US charge d'affaires in Khartoum visits North Darfur State
    21 june 2017 11:26:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Charge d'Affaires of the United States of America in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, has concluded a four-day visit to North Darfur State where he had a series of meetings with government officials and peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marks World Refugee Day with refugee girls
    21 june 2017 10:52:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 on Tuesday visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi, the UN refugee agency has reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Norwegian refugee body calls for scaling up of aid to DRC crisis victims
    21 june 2017 10:20:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council says it is disturbed by the international community's slow and inadequate response to the crisis in DR Congo. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's treason trial lawyer dies in London
    21 june 2017 09:33:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in from around the world for leading South African lawyer Lord Joel Joffe who has died in London at the age of 85. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee chief warns against return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon
    21 june 2017 08:25:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Wednesday said he is "extremely worried" that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria, into a situation "dangerously unprepared" to receive them. Full text...

  • Italy: 'South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads'
    21 june 2017 08:05:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says people with disabilities at high risk in CAR's conflict
    21 june 2017 07:52:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – People with disabilities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have faced violent attacks, forced displacement, and ongoing neglect in the humanitarian response, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights group says gov't troops 'purge' civilians from Upper Nile
    21 june 2017 06:13:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced as government forces burnt, shelled and systematically looted their homes between January and May 2017, Amnesty International said in a new briefing on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: With armed groups spreading in CAR, UN expert urges action
    20 june 2017 21:12:18
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is “unsustainable,” an independent United Nations expert on Tuesday warned, urging the Government to stop the spread of armed groups and increasing human rights violations. Full text...

  • Mali: UN condemns terrorist attack at Bamako hotel
    20 june 2017 21:06:59
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out at a hotel on the outskirts of Bamako on 18 June and offered his full support to the Government of Mali to bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • US: UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action; heads to Uganda
    20 june 2017 20:56:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights. Full text...

  • US: 'Addressing economic inequalities key to countering terrorism without fueling racism'
    20 june 2017 20:47:50
    New York, US (PANA) – A spate of recent terrorist attacks has driven an increase in security measures and exacerbated hate speech, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Tuesday, calling for States to do more to meet the challenge of countering terrorism without fuelling racism and xenophobia. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DRC's Kasai provinces
    20 june 2017 20:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eight Sudanese children repatriated from fighting zones in Libya
    20 june 2017 19:16:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities on Tuesday repatriated eight Sudanese children aged between three months and nine years, after losing their parents in the war in Libya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan condemns London attack targeting Muslim worshipers
    20 june 2017 16:38:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday condemned the vehicle attack that killed and injured dozens of people in London on Sunday describing it as a criminal and terrorist attack. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU strengthens support to security in Mali and Sahel region
    20 june 2017 16:26:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday adopted a decision to support the regionalisation of EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions in the Sahel region, namely EUCAP Sahel Mali, EUCAP Sahel Niger and EUTM Mali. Full text...

  • US: UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people
    20 june 2017 15:50:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to provide support and solidarity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • US: Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF
    20 june 2017 14:13:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, particularly the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected. Full text...

  • Kenya: Mediterranean Sea migrant arrivals hit 81,000
    20 june 2017 13:57:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 81,292 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 18 June, with 85 per cent arriving in Italy. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR reports three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea
    20 june 2017 12:00:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday that it has received information on Monday night of three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean with at least 130 people feared to be dead or missing. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR chief urges communities to welcome refugees
    20 june 2017 11:45:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged communities and countries to welcome refugees and counter narratives that would seek to exclude and marginalise them and other uprooted people. Full text...

  • Switzerland: World Refugee Day gets under way amid record displacement - UNHCR
    20 june 2017 07:08:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Chefs, muralists, cyclists and even a pop-up orchestra led millions of people around the world in celebratory events to mark World Refugee Day, at a time when the number of men, women and children uprooted by wars and persecution has broken records, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UK: Rights group to organise global musical concerts in solidarity with refugees
    20 june 2017 06:34:04
    London, UK (PANA) - Gregory Porter, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest, The Naked and Famous, The National, Oh Wonder, POLIÇA and Zero 7 will be among a thousand musicians performing in people’s homes in more than 200 cities globally for a first-of-its-kind day of concerts to unite people in welcoming refugees, Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds announced Tuesday, marking World Refugee Day. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Libyan gov't urged to ensure return of displaced population of Tawergha
    20 june 2017 06:20:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has ratified an agreement to allows for the return of the displaced population of the city of Tawergha and should implement it swiftly, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN Peacebuilding Commission Chair says body ready to help sustain peace
    20 june 2017 05:14:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council on Monday, the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries – highlighted that partnerships, coherence, transparency and a focus on the gender dimensions of its work will be its key priorities for the upcoming session. Full text...

  • US: Disarming, reintegrating fighters into society key to sustaining peace – UN officials
    20 june 2017 05:07:02
    New York, US (PANA) – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the development of United Nations standards for having former combatants lay down weapons and reintegrate into society, senior UN officials on Monday highlighted how crucial the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) processes are to sustaining peace. Full text...

  • Libya: Rights group says Italy should direct safe rescue operations in Mediterranean
    19 june 2017 20:00:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Italy and other European Union countries should not cede control over rescue operations in international waters to Libyan forces because they have engaged in reckless conduct during recent rescue operations that endangered people in international waters in the Mediterranean, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says donors failing almost a million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
    19 june 2017 19:34:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rich countries are failing in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing death, rape and other human rights violations in South Sudan, said Amnesty International in a damning report launched ahead of a high-level donor summit in the Ugandan capital Kampala on 22-23 June. Full text...

  • US: 'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief
    19 june 2017 19:23:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge”. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition party decries closure of Gambian daily
    19 june 2017 18:05:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Closure of Gambia's Daily Observer by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has a bearing on some ulterior motive to stifle the newspaper, besides being an affront to press freedom in the country, the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) charged on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN experts urge Gambia to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence
    19 june 2017 17:37:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has urged Gambia's new government to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence. Full text...

  • Gambia: GPU calls for immediate resumption of Daily Observer
    19 june 2017 14:43:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) says it is deeply concerned about the closure of the Daily Observer Company by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), and called for its immediate resumption of operations. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gov't concerned over closure of Daily Observer newspaper
    19 june 2017 14:09:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has expressed concern over the “temporary” closure of the premises of the Daily Observer Newspaper, saying the move had nothing to do with the paper's editorial policy. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uganda receives most new refugees worldwide
    19 june 2017 14:03:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uganda received the largest number of new refugees last year, more than half a million, according to new displacement figures launched by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC adopts conclusions on EU external action on counter-terrorism
    19 june 2017 13:56:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Reiterating its strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the European Council on Monday said the European Union (EU) will reinforce its capacity to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation, including in EU delegations through counter-terrorism and security experts. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns Sunday's terrorist attack in Malian capital
    19 june 2017 11:16:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack of a tourist resort popular with Westerners in Bamako, the capital of Mali, that left two people dead. Full text...

  • Switzerland: War, violence, persecution push displacement to unprecedented high
    19 june 2017 10:18:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published on Monday by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Full text...

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