Africa

UN rights chief urges South Sudan authorities to address inter-communal violence

Authorities in South Sudan must address intercommunal violence if the nation is to achieve lasting peace, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday, in response to a recent escalation in fighting in the east and central parts of the country.  

UN, an ‘ally’ in Kenya in fight against COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

The United Nations is working closely with the Kenyan Government to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19. By Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

UN official applauds move by Central African Republic to prevent child recruitment

A senior United Nations official has welcomed the move by lawmakers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to criminalize child recruitment.   

Women plough the way to peace in South Sudan resettlement project

Women who had been displaced by fighting in South Sudan are sowing seeds of peace, with support from the UN mission in the country, UNMISS

Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed; Mission deplores ‘heinous act’

A United Nations peacekeeper from Burundi was killed on Sunday while attempting to stop an armed militant attack in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a statement released by the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA.

South Sudan: UN chief commends ‘spirit of compromise and collaboration’ as new cabinet is unveiled 

Following the unveiling of a new unity cabinet in South Sudan on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General has commended the “spirit of compromise and collaboration” shown by President Salva Kiir and rival-turned-top deputy, Riek Machar, on what has been a rocky road towards forging lasting peace. 

Many Mozambicans still struggling to get back on their feet, one year after cyclone

Many of the people who lost everything when Cyclone Idai swept through central Mozambique a year ago, continue to face devastating hardship, the UN food relief agency said on Friday.

More support key for counter-terrorism in Africa, where ‘misogyny is at the heart of so many’ groups

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for greater international support to African countries in their continued fight against terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in parts of the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin region and the Horn of Africa. 

Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation

Two months ahead of Burundi’s planned local and presidential elections, senior UN-appointed independent rights investigators have urged the Government to reopen the “democratic, civil and political space” there.

Sudan Prime Minister survives attempted assassination

Sudan’s Prime Minister survived a reported assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum on Monday, tweeting after the incident that he was “safe and in good shape”.