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  • UN launches 24-hour hotline for staff to report sexual harassment
    27 february 2018 07:19:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a 24-hour helpline to enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • Buhari assures all persons abducted by Boko Haram terrorists will be "rescued safely"
    26 february 2018 17:55:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reassured the nation that all persons abducted by insurgent groups, including the 110 missing schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, in northeast Nigeria would be rescued safely. Full text...

  • Working group on migration meets in Tripoli
    26 february 2018 16:51:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second meeting of the working group on migration and coordination with the international community to find lasting solutions to migration problems opened in Tripoli on Monday, according to the Libyan ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Monday. Full text...

  • Nearly two-thirds of South Sudan at risk of rising hunger - UN agencies warn
    26 february 2018 13:05:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - More than 7 million people in South Sudan - almost two-thirds of the population - could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Child rights agencies concerned over gov’t decision encouraging FGM in Somaliland
    26 february 2018 11:54:59
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) – Child rights organizations operating in Somaliland have expressed concern on a recent ruling by the Somaliland government that encourages female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Full text...

  • Amnesty lauds Barrow's commitment to reform repressive laws
    26 february 2018 10:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has lauded the new government in Gambia for its commitment to reform repressive laws passed under ousted President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Massive lawsuit filed over Mandela photograph
    26 february 2018 08:57:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African photographer has filed one of the biggest copyright lawsuits in history, seeking US$179 million for the unauthorized use of his image of world statesman Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force joins search for missing schoolgirls
    26 february 2018 08:52:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has instituted extra measures, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, in a renewed effort at locating the schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists at Dapchi in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Rights group reports fresh evidence of election-period abuses
    26 february 2018 06:29:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Police and armed gangs killed at least 37 people in Nairobi between September and November 2017, during the second phase of Kenya’s presidential election, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • Nigerian gov't says 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Dapchi still missing
    25 february 2018 18:40:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Seven days after Boko Haram terrorists attacked and abducted schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, the federal government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls are missing. Full text...

  • Ghana pledges full cooperation on sexual misconduct of its policemen on South Sudan mission
    25 february 2018 17:00:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Police Service says it will cooperate fully with UN investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against some members of a Ghanaian police unit working with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns Mogadishu attacks
    25 february 2018 06:51:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others. Full text...

  • Nigerian military rejects Amnesty International accusations on human rights violations
    24 february 2018 17:40:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Saturday rejected last Thursday’s report by Amnesty International (AI) accusing it of continuing human rights violations. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army kills 5 Boko Haram terrorists
    24 february 2018 17:23:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured their top commander in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest, in the northeast of the country and the Lake Chad basin, according to army spokesperson, Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu. Full text...

  • Rights violations in South Sudan may amount to crimes against humanity - UN panel
    23 february 2018 20:28:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations panel on human rights violations in South Sudan documents unspeakable cruelty against civilians, not just limited to widescale brutal massacres and sexual violence but extending to individuals trying to defend themselves or their families and had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or were castrated. Full text...

  • IOM reports rise in displacement in northern Mali
    23 february 2018 20:17:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A resurgence of communal violence and armed conflict in recent weeks has led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian rejects classification by Transparency International as more corrupt country
    23 february 2018 19:59:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Friday rejected the downgrading of Nigerian to 148th position, from 136th, on the corruption index by Transparency International (TI), asking the anti-corruption watchdog to focus more on facts instead of fiction which their conclusions comes to. Full text...

  • Buhari says abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls is "national disaster"
    23 february 2018 19:50:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday apologized to Nigerians on the abduction of school girls from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, assuring the families of the abducted girls that no effort will be spared to bring them back safely. Full text...

  • Three killed in car bombings, gun attack in Somali capital
    23 february 2018 18:37:53
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed in car bombings and gun attack near Somalia’s Presidential Palace in Mogadishu late Friday, according to media reports from city Full text...

  • Sahel Alliance undertakes over 500 projects worth Euros 6bn in next four years
    23 february 2018 16:53:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – As founding members of the Sahel Alliance, five European countries and four international development institutions on Friday officially launched the Alliance by announcing the implementation of over 500 projects between 2018 and 2022. Full text...

  • Government raises concern on signs of intolerance in Gambian media
    23 february 2018 14:54:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of President Adama Barrow has raised concern on signs of intolerance in the Gambian media, particularly those of a religious nature, despite expressing its continued commitment to a free media, according at statement made available to PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • ECOMIG gets new press officer in The Gambia
    23 february 2018 13:56:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS mission in The Gambia, EMOMIG, has appointed Commander Michael A. Larbi as the mission’s new public information officer. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'shocked' over reports of refugee deaths in Rwanda
    23 february 2018 12:28:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging authorities in Rwanda to ensure safety and protection for refugees after protests led to the tragic deaths of at least five refugees and the injury of many others – including the members of the police force – on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'concerned' over long-time stranded Tawergha people in Libya
    23 february 2018 12:16:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Friday expressed concerned at the plight of several hundred Libyan families prevented by armed groups from returning to their homes in the city of Tawergha and are now stranded in difficult conditions. Full text...

  • Juba allegedly offers to compensate Sudanese tribal group after attacks
    23 february 2018 11:39:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Government of South Sudan has allegedly offered to compensate a Sudanese tribe bordering South Sudan after recent attacks by armed men reportedly affiliated to Juba, media reports in Khartoum reported. Full text...

  • New UN report cites rights violations in South Sudan
    23 february 2018 06:51:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Undue restrictions on freedom of expression are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent” in war-torn South Sudan, a new United Nations human rights report has revealed. Full text...

  • Lack of funding for aid operations means ‘people will die’ in CAR – UN official
    23 february 2018 06:42:05
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance. Full text...

  • UN receives 40 allegations of sexual exploitation, abuse in last quarter of 2017
    23 february 2018 06:34:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has received 40 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across its entities and implementing partners for the last three months of 2017, including 15 reported from peacekeeping operations, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    22 february 2018 11:40:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses Nigerian security of continuing 'gross' human rights violations
    22 february 2018 11:26:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday accused Nigeria’s security forces of continuing to engage in “gross” human rights violations in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and in other cases. Full text...

  • Bilateral donors, World Bank visit Uganda refugee settlement
    22 february 2018 10:54:17
    Kyaka, Uganda (PANA) – UNHCR Representative in Uganda, Bornwell Kantande, officials from Uganda’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat, and the WFP Country Director in Uganda, Elkhidir Daloum, on Thursday concluded a two-day visit to Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, some 200 km from the capital Kampala, accompanying a delegation of development actors. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for calm, restraint after Rwanda refugee camp protests
    22 february 2018 10:41:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for calm and restraint after worrying reports of a refugee protest turning violent in Rwanda’s Kiziba refugee camp. Full text...

  • 'Sudan prisoner release left many activists behind' - HRW
    22 february 2018 07:30:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Dozens of prominent activists remain in detention in Sudan, despite the release of more than 50 people on 18 and 19 February, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rights group says state-sponsored hate spurs new era of social activism
    22 february 2018 07:12:06
    Washington, D.C., (PANA) - The world is reaping the terrifying consequences of hate-filled rhetoric that threatens to normalise massive discrimination against marginalised groups, Amnesty International warned on Thursday as it launched its annual assessment of human rights. Full text...

  • Sudan at risk of falling off international donors' radar - UN official warns
    22 february 2018 06:51:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Despite the fact that more than five million people need aid in Sudan, the country is at risk of falling off international donors’ radar, a senior United Nations official has said. Full text...

  • ‘Our values, beliefs and identity’ are embedded within language - UNESCO
    21 february 2018 21:39:31
    Paris, France (PANA) - Every two weeks, one of the world’s languages disappears, along with the human history and cultural heritage that accompanies it, the chief of the United Nations cultural agency warned on Wednesday, calling for greater efforts to preserve and promote mother languages and indigenous languages, to bolster inclusion, diversity and ultimately, sustainable development. Full text...

  • Germany welcomes Gambia’s suspension of death penalty
    21 february 2018 19:51:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Germany has welcomed the decision by Gambian President Adama Barrow to place a moratorium on death penalty as a first step “towards abolition”. Full text...

  • Buhari orders military, security agencies to rescue 94 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram
    21 february 2018 18:57:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After two days of silence over the reported invasion of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists and kidnap of over 94 school girls, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered Nigerian military and other security agencies to take charge of the situation and rescue the missing girls. Full text...

  • UN determined to end gender violence in conflict zones
    21 february 2018 18:43:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Pamela Payne, has affirmed the UN keenness to end sexual violence in conflict zones in Sudan. Full text...

  • Ghana brings new faces to join ECOMIG mission in Gambia
    21 february 2018 18:17:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Eighteen Ghanaian troops have arrived in Banjul to join the West African regional force in The Gambia, the ECOMIG force commander, Col. Magatte Ndiaye said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says detained children face abuse in Somalia
    21 february 2018 17:44:18
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu in Rwanda on state visit
    21 february 2018 13:23:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left for Rwanda on Wednesday for a two-day state visit at the invitation of President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • EAC leaders hold summit on infrastructure, health financing and development
    21 february 2018 13:17:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli arrived in Kampala on Wednesday to attend the 19th Summit of the East African Community (EAC) leaders holding in the Ugandan capital on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa pays tribute to World War I victims
    21 february 2018 08:27:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the victims of the SS Mendi, which sank in the English Channel exactly 100 years ago. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme
    21 february 2018 05:56:05
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise. Full text...

  • Senior UN official says famine threat in northeastern Horn of Africa must be overcome
    20 february 2018 18:44:15
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - The head of United Nations humanitarian efforts in Somalia on Tuesday underlined the importance of improving communities’ resilience to better withstand the effects of recurring droughts, such as famines. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists' trade unions set to fight corruption in media
    20 february 2018 18:13:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Journalists' Trade Union (SNJT) and the general news trade union (SGI) have reaffirmed their strong determination to fight corruption in the media sector and guarantee transparency in the financing of broadcasting houses. Full text...

  • Libyans ‘dying in desert’ in attempt to return home, says UN human rights expert
    20 february 2018 15:35:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Libya must ensure the safety of hundreds of former residents of the northern town of Tawergha, who are stranded and even dying in the desert despite an agreement allowing their safe return, a UN human rights expert said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's President Ramaphosa proves he's fit for office
    20 february 2018 11:10:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after taking office, President Cyril Ramapohosa on Tuesday demonstrated his common touch by inviting the public to join him on a sunrise walk through Cape Town’s townships. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'alarmed' at reported atrocities in DR Congo’s Tanganyika province
    20 february 2018 10:31:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned on Tuesday that a humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions is about to hit the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the province of Tanganyika plunges further into violence, triggering spiraling displacement and human rights abuses. Full text...

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