Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Tuesday, following a U.N. General Assembly on Monday that resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants. Obama’s proposal to increase to 110,000 the number of refugees welcomed to the U.S. next year, from countries across…

UN investigators sent to Burundi

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…

Guinea-Bissau: UN warns of political crisis

“The more that State institutions and the main political actors remain divided, the more the current political situation will become more complex, delaying the implementation of critical reforms,” Miguel Trovoada, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) told the United Nations Security…

UN “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan”

United Nations sanctions monitors recommended in an annual report that the United Nations Security Council “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan” reported Reuters in an exclusive. According to the news agency the confidential UN report produced by the panel stated that both President Salva Kiir and Reik Machar…

Burundi – what next?

Today AFP reported that a confidential United Nations memo sent to the Security Council last week was leaked. The document stated that peacekeeping forces in Burundi are not prepared to prevent potential disaster in the country. The memo was sent by Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief and recommended that…

UN presses Angola to release human rights activist

The United Nations has called for the release of the Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavung who has been detained by the government. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary detention (UNWGAD) has condemned the detention and conviction of Mavung saying it is arbitrary and violates international law. Mavung…

CAR: elections delayed by three days

Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days. The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30. Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for…

UN calls on Liberia to end harmful cultural practices

Senior United Nations officials have called upon Liberia to further prevent harmful cultural practices that can result in death. The UN News Centre reported that these “deadly human rights violations” masquerade as cultural practices. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “Liberia’s human rights obligations…

South Sudan: are civilians losing hope?

The latest news to come out of the world’s newest state is the the use of child soldiers in the civil war reported Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday. Two years of violence and multiple attempts at peace negotiations have brought the state nowhere except to a peace deal in writing…

How to promote dialogue in Burundi

At least seven people have been killed during separate attacks overnight in Burundi. A police officer was also killed during the assault on Wednesday witnesses, police and an official told Reuters. These attacks come at a time of mounting violence in the country as well growing concerns over the possibility…