Africa

UN peacekeepers provide protection for thousands fleeing violence in South Sudanese town

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is providing shelter to thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, who have sought protection in a base in the country’s northwest today.

Security Council urges implementation of UN strategy against Lord’s Resistance Army

The Security Council today strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the armed group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and urged that the United Nations regional strategy designed to tackle the threat be carried out as soon as possible.

Security Council concerned over situation in Central African Republic

Expressing their strong concern over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), the members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned the attacks conducted by armed groups over the last few days in the country’s north-east, as well as related human rights abuses.

International Criminal Court acquits former Congolese rebel leader of war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today acquitted former Congolese rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to a deadly 2003 assault on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), saying it could not convict him “beyond reasonable doubt” based on the evidence presented.

Somalia: UN experts on use of mercenaries urge greater oversight for private security contractors

The Government of Somalia must do more to ensure the security of its citizens while increasing regulations on private military and security companies, a United Nations expert panel urged today at the conclusion of its seven-day visit to the Horn of Africa country.

DR Congo: initial findings by UN confirm human rights violations amid recent violence

Preliminary findings by United Nations investigators have documented at least 126 rapes and the killing of two civilians – one a minor – during a probe into human rights violations in a part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a new eruption of violent clashes and civilian displacements, a UN spokesperson said today.

UN and African Union to seek increased funding for strategy against the Lord’s Resistance Army

The United Nations and African Union (AU) will seek increased funding early next year for a strategy against the armed group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its impact on communities in Central Africa, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Situation in Kivu provinces of eastern DR Congo remains ‘tense and fragile’ – UN spokesperson

The situation on the ground in the Kivus – two provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which have experienced violent clashes and civilian displacement involving armed groups over recent months – remains “tense and fragile,” a United Nations spokesperson said today.

At UN-backed meeting, Cameroon and Nigeria agree to expedite boundary demarcation process

Representatives from Cameroon and Nigeria ended today a meeting over the demarcation of the boundary between the two countries with a reaffirmation of their willingness to expedite the process in relation to the land-based areas which remain to be identified, according to the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

UN senior official welcomes arrival of female police contingent in Cote d’Ivoire

The United Nations top police official today welcomed the arrival of a contingent of female police officers to the world body’s peacekeeping missing in Côte d’Ivoire.