Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Central African Republic, Lesotho and The Gambia have had their United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting privileges suspended because of a failure to pay required member dues. The decision is in line with rules under the UN charter that withhold the voting privileges when a nation meets or exceeds the…

UN chief warns of global risks leading to genocide

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres honored on Monday the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, with remarks that urged early intervention at the first warning signs of the threat. “Across the world, we are seeing an alarming surge in xenophobia, racism,…

IOM: Climate change a clear driver of African migration

When it comes to migration on the African continent, it is climate change that is among the key drivers, according to the annual World Migration Report released Wednesday by the United Nations migration agency. Eastern and southern Africa are seeing more disasters and environmental changes, including both drought conditions and…

Mauritius condemns UK position on Chagos

The Government of Mauritius issued a statement Friday condemning the decision of the United Kingdom, which has refused to abide by international legal decisions that require the UK to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. Those decisions included a nonbinding ruling by the International Court of Justice, the principal court…

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

The United Nations addressed on Friday the global spread of unrest that has swept across nearly every continent, with both the UN Secretary General and the head of the UN human rights office in Geneva appealing for peaceful demonstrations and expressing concerns over violence. “Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading…

Amid protests, UN condemns Burkina Faso mosque attack

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released over the weekend. Guterres expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and the nation, and promised the UN will continue to support efforts to bring peace and…

African political conflict and the impact of education

By Dominic Rohner and Alessandro Saia According to the United Nations Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, 2018 year was the worst on record in terms of children trapped in armed conflict regions, with nearly 250,000 students impacted by the closure of several hundred schools in Mali alone. These…

Official: Bahamas storm damage more like a tsunami disaster

The death toll continues to rise in the Bahamas, where news crews report an increasingly dire situation as survivors of powerful Hurricane Dorian – some six days later – remain trapped on portions of the island nation where the damage has been described as apocalyptic. Thousands of people are still…

Burundi officials rubbish warnings in new UN report

High-level officials in Burundi say they strongly reject the conclusions of a United Nations report released Wednesday, one that expressed concern over risks associated with human rights concerns as the volatile nation moves toward 2020 elections. The report, completed by a team of UN experts including Doudou Diène of Senegal…

UN chief ends DR Congo trip with assurances on security front

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres completed a three-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo with expressions of confidence in the newly formed government and optimism that President Felix Tshisekedi and the country will meet their significant challenges. The Congolese will see “a government that wants to transform the country,…