More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

In South Sudan, 311 child soldiers have been released by armed groups, the United Nations mission in the country said Wednesday. The group including 87 girls marks the first phase of a program at Yambio, in the southwest part of the country, to secure the release of more than 700…

UNHCR expresses concern over forcible returns to Cameroon

The UN Refugee Agency on Thursday expressed “great concern” over the forced return to Cameroon of 47 people who sought refuge in Nigeria, most of whom had submitted asylum claims. “Their forcible return is in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes the cornerstone of international refugee law,” the…

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi is considered “a well- choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya,” according to a statement released Wednesday. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said full investigations into Odinga and his Nasa “co-conspirators and facilitators” are…

IGAD warns South Sudan over ceasefire violations

The violations of South Sudan’s ceasefire agreement, as well as new reports on sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers, drew a strongly worded warning Thursday from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial council. The ceasefire agreement in the four-year civil war went into effect December 24…

UNSMIL raises alarm over executions following Libya mosque attack

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern Wednesday after images appeared to show summary executions at the site of an earlier bombing attack in Benghazi that has claimed 35 lives. “UNSMIL is alarmed by reports of brutal and outrageous summary executions in Benghazi today,” the mission, led…

MONUSCO: Six dead in Congolese protests against Kabila government

Six people were killed Sunday in Kinshasa, as security forces shut down protest marches against President Joseph Kabila’s government organized by lay leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Roman Catholic churches. Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations mission there, told MONUSCO-affiliated Radio Okapi that there also were…

Canadian, American solar energy investors abducted in Nigeria

Two Canadians and two Americans were abducted Tuesday in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, following a gun battle with their attackers that killed two police officers who were escorting their group. Details are still incomplete, but Nigerian authorities confirmed that the four North Americans – initially reported as two and then corrected…