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

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…

Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea says that Foreign Minister Osman Saleh’s visit to China has yielded a promise to again plead its case on Western sanctions, the government said Thursday. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi “reaffirmed that his country will raise the issue of sanctions imposed on Eritrea” in the United Nations, the Eritrean…

UNSC appeals to DR Congo for calm, urges CENCO dialogue results

The United Nations Security Council said it is closely monitoring political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and remains concerned about escalating violence and instability ahead of the December 19 election deadline. “The Security Council reiterates its call upon all political parties, their supporters and other political actors to…

Rights groups renew call to halt AU plans on ICC withdrawal

At least two dozen African human rights groups and international NGOs working alongside them called Thursday for the African Union to end consideration of AU withdrawal – and a mass exodus of African nations – from International Criminal Court authority. The new appeal comes ahead of a Friday AU meeting…