UN condemns killing of peacekeeper in Darfur
The UN has strongly condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Nigeria, who was on a routine patrol in the north Darfur region of Sudan.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that the attack constituted a violation of international law.
UNAMID has reported the blue helmet’s death to the Sudanese authorities and called on the government to “swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
The Mission also extended its deepest condolences to the family of the peacekeeper, his colleagues and the government of Nigeria.
The joint mission was formally established in 2007, following years of conflict in the region between Sudanese troops and militias, and armed rebel groups.
“Repressive” new law restricting NGOs in Egypt “deeply damaging”: Zeid
A new law in Egypt restricting the freedom of non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, to operate, is repressive and “deeply damaging” to civil liberties, said the UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday.
The law requires NGOs to seek permission to operate, to ensure they follow government guidelines, and civil society groups will be required to report all information on their funding and activities.
High Commissioner Zeid said the law would leave human rights defenders “even more vulnerable to sanctions and reprisals than they already are.”
He added that it ran counter to Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law.
The law states that if NGOs do not comply within 60 days of a request to report on their activities, then they face closure for a year, and non-compliance could lead to criminal prosecution.
Net is closing in on rogue fishing, says FAO chief
An international accord to end illegal fishing has received added impetus with the news that Japan and Montenegro are to put their names to it, the UN said on Thursday.
The Agreement on Port State Measures , or PSMA, covers more than two-thirds of the global fishing industry and has the support of nearly 50 Member States.
It is designed to prevent fishing boats from landing illegal catches, which are worth US $23 billion a year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The agency’s head, José Graziano da Silva, welcomed the agreement.
He said it promised to improve food security among coastal communities and reduce illegal activities often linked to rogue netting, such as trafficking, labour abuses and slavery.
Matthew Wells, United Nations.