Ban congratulates Ghana on holding of peaceful presidential elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates the people of Ghana on the peaceful holding of their presidential and parliamentary elections, according to his spokesperson.

UN urges restraint by South Sudanese security forces after recent deadly incidents

The United Nations is calling on South Sudan’s security forces to exercise maximum restraint after nine civilians were killed and many more injured in incidents involving protestors and police last weekend in the city of Wau.

ICC indictees remain at large and Darfur crimes continue, Security Council told

Crimes are still being committed against civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, while noting a continued lack of progress towards arresting those already indicted for alleged atrocities.

Guinea-Bissau: Security Council seriously concerned over lack of progress on return to constitutional order

The United Nations Security Council has expressed “serious concern” over the lack of progress in the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau.

At conference, UN envoy highlights importance of reconciliation process in Libya

Noting the desire for a national reconciliation process among Libya’s authorities and civil society, the top United Nations political envoy in the North African country today highlighted the importance of the process being carried out satisfactorily.

International Criminal Court judges confirm jurisdiction in case against former Ivorian president

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today unanimously dismissed an argument on its jurisdiction presented by defence lawyers for former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently facing trial there on charges of crimes against humanity.

Security Council extends sanctions on Liberia for another year

The Security Council today extended the sanctions imposed on Liberia in connection with the country’s civil war as well as the panel of experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the measures.

Security Council extends terms of judges serving on UN Rwanda genocide tribunal

The Security Council today extended the term of office of five judges serving with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to facilitate the completion of the court’s work.

Central African Republic: UN envoy signs agreements on conflict-related sexual violence

A senior United Nations official today concluded a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) – her first mission abroad since her appointment – with the announcement of two agreements on conflict-related sexual violence with stakeholders in the country’s peace process.

UN concerned over reports of human rights violations in Sudan, South Sudan

The United Nations human rights office today expressed its concern over the recent killing of a prominent public commentator in South Sudan, warning that a series of attacks on human rights defenders in the country amounted to an “assault on freedom of expression.”