Another 200 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Another 200 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Another 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan this week, bringing the total of such releases to 806 this year. They came primarily from the SPLA-IO opposition group, with eight of them associated with the National Salvation Front (NSF). “Every a time a child is released and…

EU sees spike on Turkey migration route as NGOs slam return policies

EU sees spike on Turkey migration route as NGOs slam return policies

Global human rights organization Amnesty International is again pressuring European Union nations to change its policies on migration from Libya, where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped in shocking conditions. That message comes as EU officials said Wednesday that the central Mediterranean transit numbers remain much lower, but the…

UN human rights chief warns of spiraling CAR violence

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is appealing to the international community to take serious measures to curb the spiraling ethnic and communal violence in Central African Republic. “Last week’s violence in Bangui demonstrates just how volatile the situation is, and how easily crowds…

UN Security Council hears from African peacekeeping unit leaders

The commanders from three United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday on the evolving security challenges they face in their respective roles. Jean‑Paul Deconinck, commander for United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), was joined by Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, the commander of United…

Tensions in Djibouti over U.S. claim of China’s laser use

Authorities in the United States have filed a formal complaint with China over the reported use of lasers directed at U.S. pilots in Djibouti, where both countries have military bases near each other. Four laser incidents occurred over the last several weeks at Djibouti, U.S. military officials said. Three involved…

Emergency GNA meeting follows Libya election HQ attack

Libya’s Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA),  called an emergency meeting with security leaders Wednesday following a terrorist attack on the national election headquarters in Tripoli. The head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement…

SADR welcomes UN Security Council decision on MINURSO

A Sahrawi spokesman said Monday that Western Sahara leaders welcomed the United Nations Security Council decision to extend the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another six months. Mohammed Khadad said the decision reflects a turning point in the UN approach to the Sahrawi issue, in comments reported by…

SADC extends SAPMIL’s peacekeeping role in Lesotho

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has extended the mandate of the Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) peacekeeping troops from May until November 2018, the 16-nation body said in a communiqué released Tuesday. The SADC decision came during a summit in the Angolan capital of Luanda attended by Prime Minister Tom…