Central Africa envoy urges UNSC to stay focused on LRA rebel threat

The United Nations (UN) envoy for the Central Africa region warned the UN Security Council on Tuesday not to underestimate the continued threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), particularly as troop withdrawals create space for potential further instability. François Loucény Fall, the Special Representative and head of the UN…

Climate goals: Time to end the East v. West narrative over Africa

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, there was no shortage of responses from the international community or, for that matter, from American business leaders and local and state governments. The rest of the world expressed…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Africa’s C-10 leaders threaten boycott of UNGA over reforms

Heads of state serving on the African Union’s Committee of Ten have proposed a boycott of the United Nations General Assembly if their longstanding expectation of permanent representation on the UN Security Council is again disregarded. The summit, completed in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, brought together members of the African…

HRW: Habré case advances fight against impunity

The decision to uphold the 2016 life-sentence conviction of Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, for crimes against humanity committed during the 1980s was welcomed by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization on Thursday. The ruling by the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal “vindicates the persistence of the victims’ struggle…

DRC: International response to CENCO withdrawal, violence

Concerned about the apparent failure of the CENCO-mediated political agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States has urged both Congolese government officials and the Rassemblement opposition coalition to redouble their efforts to overcome their disagreements. “The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of…

African Union celebrates launch of ‘dotAfrica’ Internet domain

African businesses and communities will soon be able to choose a “dotAfrica” website, now that the domain names will be available for registration in the global Internet community. The .africa address went live last month after ICANN, the organization responsible for coordinating the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers, launched…