Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS moves on sanctions, PAIGC re-elects Pereira

Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS moves on sanctions, PAIGC re-elects Pereira

With no clear end to the Guinea Bissau political crisis in sight, the West African governing body ECOWAS has announced sanctions on “all persons or organizations who impede the process” of its resolution. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said the sanctions – a long-discussed measure revisited in…

Amnesty satellite images show destruction of Somali IDP settlements

Amnesty satellite images show destruction of Somali IDP settlements

Amnesty International says new satellite images show the damage to settlements near Mogadishu that were destroyed last month, leaving some 24,000 internally displaced persons forcibly evicted without any notice. The human rights NGO released the images on Friday with an analysis of the before-and-after results. “These satellite images give a…

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Global migration leaders react with sadness to death of Sutherland

The world’s financial and diplomatic leaders have reacted with sadness to news of the death of Peter Sutherland, the 71-year-old Irish statesman and former European Union commissioner. Among the many tributes to his influence as a United Nations diplomat, or his leadership as a World Trade Organization negotiator, were those…

Thousands displaced after Somalia IDP camps are destroyed

The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia on Tuesday expressed concern over the dismantling of more than 23 settlements that served internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mogadishu. The camps, as well as some humanitarian resources, were destroyed late last week, leaving more than 4,000 IDP households without shelter – all…

Human Rights Day events planned amid global threats to progress

The world on Sunday marks Human Rights Day with observances and events spanning the globe, and the launch of a yearlong human rights campaign in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 2018. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

UN’s Guterres wraps up visit to Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres will wrap up his visit to Central African Republic on Friday after meetings this week with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, African Union ambassadors and other key stakeholders. In Bangui, the UN chief highlighted four linked components – security, state-building, national reconciliation and development – he…