New images raise concern over arms shipments to Libya

New images raise concern over arms shipments to Libya

Both sides in Libya’s battle over Tripoli are getting military equipment from foreign countries, with widely shared social media images raising new questions over violations of a 2011 United Nations ban on sending weapons and equipment to Libya. Forces aligned with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) posted one set…

UN’s Guterres presses for climate funding in Africa

UN’s Guterres presses for climate funding in Africa

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says the African continent needs a “quantum leap” in climate change and development funding – especially so because we are not, Guterres said, winning the battle against climate change impacts. “The African continent practically does not contribute to climate change, but the African continent…

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

The European Union says that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will fail to “contribute to the ongoing efforts to encourage transparency in the international arms trade, to prevent illicit trafficking and to combat the diversion of conventional arms.” The statement from EU…

HRW: Cameroon civilians caught between soldiers, separatists

Since October 2016, when Cameroon’s English-speaking lawyers and teachers first launched peaceful protests to press government reforms for its Anglophone populations, there’s been no shortage of international concern over the deepening cycles of violence. Yet they continue, with a new report from Human Rights Watch detailing the deaths, abductions and…

SA’s Mlambo-Ngcuka puts African women in the spotlight

South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of United Nations Women, put innovation and the women of Africa in the spotlight for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme for the annual UN celebration, marked on Friday, is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” In her statement, Mlambo-Ngcuka described the…

UN court says UK must end governance in Chagos islands

The International Court of Justice, the principal court of the United Nations, announced Monday a decision that calls on the UK to end its control over the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth welcomed the decision as a “triumph for justice” and said he…

UN Security Council set to visit as Guinea-Bissau campaigns begin

Ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council are in West Africa, visiting in Côte d’Ivoire before paying a critical visit to Guinea-Bissau ahead of the nation’s delayed elections. They’re expected to meet with President José Mário Vaz, Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, political party leaders and the country’s electoral commission, among…

New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

A group of United Nations experts called on the Malawi government on Friday to act quickly to prevent people with albinism from attacks and killings linked to cultural superstitions, especially as the May elections approach. Malawi has seen 150 such cases since 2014, with an uptick in recent weeks that…

UN expert welcomes Angola’s decision on same-sex relations

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed Angola’s leadership in decriminalizing same-sex relations, and urged other countries to follow the example in establishing human rights. “All other countries that still criminalize homosexuality and other forms of sexual orientation and gender identity, without exception, must observe these processes of decriminalization…