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  • US: UN Security Council says conflict is 'major cause of famine' in affected countries
    09 august 2017 18:03:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Expressing grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine Full text...

  • US: Protecting rights, dignity of indigenous peoples 'is protecting everyone's rights' – UN
    09 august 2017 15:47:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten years after the adoption of the the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, progress in several countries has been made in formally recognizing indigenous peoples, but overwhelmingly they continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates Kagame over election
    09 august 2017 10:58:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Rwandan President Paul Kagame following his resounding victory in last week’s presidential election. Full text...

  • Niger: Search and rescue missions in Sahara Desert help 1,000 migrants - IOM
    09 august 2017 06:12:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Search and rescue operations conducted by the United Nations migration agency have saved a total of 1,000 migrants in northern Niger since April, the agency has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Deployment of UN-mandated regional protection force begins in S. Sudan
    08 august 2017 16:52:12
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Phased deployment of the United Nations-authorized regional protection force in South Sudan began Tuesday, freeing existing peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond the capital, Juba. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN, AUC chiefs name new Force Commander for UNAMID
    08 august 2017 16:24:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya as Force Commander for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Belgium: EU supports human rights of indigenous peoples
    08 august 2017 16:04:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will continue to stand by indigenous peoples in combating discrimination and inequality, the Union’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, said in a statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan coastguards rescue 155 migrants off Tripoli shores
    08 august 2017 14:30:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan coastguards on Monday rescued 155 people, including 18 women and 10 children, near the capital city of Tripoli, according to the online Libyan Express newspaper. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA organises Media Excellence Conference Awards in October
    07 august 2017 17:46:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The maiden edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) will be held in Accra, Ghana, in October. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian police chief visits Rwanda
    07 august 2017 17:30:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzania's Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Nyakoro Sirro, arrived in Rwanda on Monday for a meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, Emmanuel Gasana, to strengthen partnership between the two countries, especially in fighting trans-border crimes. Full text...

  • Egypt: Court upholds death sentence against 12 suspects in 2013 police station attack
    07 august 2017 16:06:24
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - An Egyptian court on Monday upheld the death sentences against 12 suspects in the 2013 police station attack in Minya Governorate in northern Egypt. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'Don't turn a blind eye' to dire situation of children in DR Congo's Kasai region – UNICEF
    07 august 2017 15:36:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The world must not turn a blind eye to the dire situation of children and families in the Grand Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, stressing that nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two soldiers, 13 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Nigeria
    07 august 2017 11:25:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday confirmed that two of its soldiers serving in the northeast of the country were killed when their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Full text...

  • South Africa: SADC urged to recommit to human rights protection
    07 august 2017 10:43:18
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana ordered to free detained refugees
    07 august 2017 07:31:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Court of Appeal President, Justice Ian Kirby, has lashed out at the Government for detaining hundreds of asylum seekers at Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty welcomes judicial commission on rights compliance by Nigeria's military
    07 august 2017 06:35:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International says it welcomes the decision of Nigeria’s acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo to set up a judicial commission to review compliance of armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers kill 2 Boko Haram suicide bombers
    06 august 2017 15:49:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that its troops in Mainok in the northeast of the country have killed two suspected Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush along Alagarno forest axis, Borno State. Full text...

  • Libya: UNHCR documents 240,000 Libyan IDPs
    05 august 2017 19:07:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A report in the Libyan online newspaper, Libyan Express, says the UNHCR has documented the return of 250,000 Libyan IDPs to their cities since the start of 2017. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief wants better data sharing mechanism for migration management
    05 august 2017 11:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the trans-national holistic approach aimed at dealing with the problems associated with migration, irregular migration and border management issues, the ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza, has drawn attention to the necessity of setting up a regional data sharing mechanism. Full text...

  • Sudan: Southern refugees commit rape, arson, subversion in camp
    05 august 2017 10:57:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Local authorities in While Nile state, south of Khartoum, have arrested dozens of Southern refugees involved in rape and destruction of properties in a refugee camp, near the border with South Sudan. Full text...

  • Liberia: New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018
    05 august 2017 10:14:36
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. Full text...

  • Belgium: UNESCO, partners organize World Humanities Conference in Belgium
    05 august 2017 09:35:26
    Liège, Belgium (PANA) - The “World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition” will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office unearths DRC gov't complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai
    04 august 2017 11:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has warned that violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief pledges support to displaced civilians in Malakal
    04 august 2017 11:21:20
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Having witnessed first-hand various security challenges and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping chief has wrapped up his three-day mission to the country, which included a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, where he expressed the Organization's resolve to support the return to stability. Full text...

  • US: 'UN Standing Police Capacity fills critical need in peace operations'
    04 august 2017 06:20:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Over the past 10 years, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (SPC) has filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise, according to the outgoing head of the unit. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office voices concern about unrest in Mauritania
    03 august 2017 16:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA paralympian Pistorius admitted to hospital
    03 august 2017 16:23:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius was taken to Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday after suffering severe chest pains, Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed, saying the convicted murderer is being closely monitored. Full text...

  • Libya: Military strongman orders bombing of Italian warships in Libyan waters
    03 august 2017 15:40:36
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A report by the Libyan Express newspaper on Thursday quoted the Libyan eastern commander of Operation Dignity, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, as ordering his air force and navy to destroy any ships, not on commercial mission, within the Libyan waters. Full text...

  • Italy: Amnesty slams Italian vote to deploy warships in Libyan waters to intercept refugees
    03 august 2017 06:59:37
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human Rights group Amnesty International has slammed the Italian Parliament for voting in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over DR Congo arbitrary arrests
    03 august 2017 06:16:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official calls for regional engagement in South Sudan peace process
    03 august 2017 06:09:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday that the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing”. Full text...

  • US: Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence
    03 august 2017 05:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists' access to weapons
    03 august 2017 05:48:43
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life”. Full text...

  • US: Solidarity across generations vital for sustainable development, says Guterres
    01 august 2017 19:57:23
    New York, US (PANA) – The wisdom, experience, energy and ideals of the old and the young are vital to realising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, stressing that they together can help break the cycles of poverty that have lasted for generations. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN migration chief visits Nigeria's crisis-hit northeast zone
    01 august 2017 16:43:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, through a visit by its top migration official and the allocation of US $10.5 million from a new fund. Full text...

  • Morocco: Nearly 70 migrants hurt crossing Spanish border
    01 august 2017 14:30:13
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - About 70 sub-Saharan African migrants were injured on Tuesday when they tried to cross through the razor-wire-topped fence separating northern Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Tuesday, the Red Cross said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups demand investigation into murder of Kenya election official
    01 august 2017 06:34:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights groups are calling for investigation into the gruesome murder of Chris Msando, head of information technology at Kenya’s independent election monitoring body. Full text...

  • US: UN rights experts say fight against racism must be 'unremitting to be successful'
    01 august 2017 06:11:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The fight against racism must be unremitting to be successful, according to the oldest of the United Nations treaty-monitoring bodies, which opened its latest session in Geneva on Monday. Full text...

  • CAR: UN peacekeeping chief underscores political solution to end CAR violence
    01 august 2017 06:03:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The top United Nations peacekeeping official is in the Central African Republic where he on Monday discussed the security situation and the political process, while paying homage to three UN 'blue helmets' killed in the line of duty in recent days. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condoles families of slain Ugandan AMISOM soldiers
    31 july 2017 18:48:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Michael Keating on Monday expressed his deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of the Ugandan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were killed in an ambush in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region on Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former cop testifies about South African activist's death in custody
    31 july 2017 16:46:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An apartheid-era policeman who witnessed the death of Ahmed Timol in 1972 on Monday told a Johannesburg inquest that the activist was not thrown out of a 10th floor window at police headquarters in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian academic urges new government to kick out bad laws
    31 july 2017 16:40:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A renowned Gambian historian and professor at La Salle University of Philadelphia in the United States has urged President Adama Barrow to eradicate draconian laws in the Constitution of The Gambia to bring back best practice of democracy. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC calls for strengthened action against human trafficking
    31 july 2017 14:48:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, has implored member states to proactively act towards ending human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African population increases - Stats SA
    31 july 2017 14:32:36
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's population grew by over 900,000 people from 2016 to the middle of 2017, and now stands at 56.52 million people, according to the annual mid-year population estimates by Statistics South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan slams US court verdict on attacks on US embassies
    31 july 2017 14:23:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, has condemned a United States court verdict which fined the Sudan US$ 7.3 billion in compensations to families of the victims of an attack against two US embassies in Africa in 1998. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Deploying warships to police Libyan waters will expose refugees to horrific abuse'
    31 july 2017 14:15:34
    Rome. Italy (PANA) - Proposals to send warships to police Libyan territorial waters are a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea and to offer protection to those who need it, said human rights body, Amnesty International (AI), ahead of a vote in the Italian parliament on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana again condemns North Korea for ICBM test
    31 july 2017 10:52:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has again condemned North Korea for its latest inter-continental ballistic missile test. Full text...

  • Libya: Irish Navy rescues 109 migrants off Libyan coast
    31 july 2017 09:59:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Irish naval vessel, LÉ William Butler Yeats, on Sunday rescued 109 migrants off the coast of Tripoli, Libya, in its first search and rescue mission since deploying to the Mediterranean in mid July. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to host conference to tackle human trafficking
    31 july 2017 09:18:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCHT) on Sunday said that arrangements are underway to hold a national conference to develop plans that will address human trafficking problems. Full text...

  • DRC: UNICEF says 1.4 million people displaced in DRC's Kasaï region
    31 july 2017 05:17:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – About 1.4 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) – making the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF has said. Full text...

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