UNICEF hails new law on rights for indigenous children in Republic of Congo

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today hailed a new law granting children in the Republic of Congo belonging to indigenous populations a legal basis to access health, education and protection.

Any attack on new Côte d’Ivoire leader will be repulsed, top UN envoy warns

The United Nations today warned Côte d’Ivoire’s outgoing president that it would “repulse and defeat” any attack by his partisans on the headquarters of his internationally recognized successor, and that he himself would be held personally accountable for human rights abuses.

Ban appoints Karin Landgren of Sweden as new UN envoy for Burundi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Karin Landgren of Sweden as his new envoy for Burundi, where she will head the scaled-down United Nations operation tasked with helping the Central African nation consolidate peace and development.

Sudan: UN envoy lauds courage of both sides ahead of independence vote in South

The top United Nations official in Sudan today praised the leaders of both North and South for their close cooperation ahead of the southern region’s referendum on independence, the culminating stage of the accord that ended 20 years of civil war between the two.

Darfur mediation team voices commitment to peace negotiations

Members of the Darfur mediation team, including the United Nations, the African Union and Qatar, today stated their continued commitment to negotiations aimed at achieving peace in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

Côte d’Ivoire: senior UN officials concerned over incitement to hatred, violence

Two United Nations civilian protection officials today expressed concern over the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where they said some leaders are instigating violence and hatred between communities and warned that those responsible will be held accountable under international law.

UN-African mission helps deliver aid to newly displaced in Darfur amid tension

Thousands of newly displaced people who fled their villages as a result of the recent fighting in Sudan’s troubled region of Darfur are continuing to receive humanitarian aid, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) reported today, adding that areas of the latest clashes remained tense.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN will robustly fulfil mandate to protect civilians – top official

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire will “robustly” fulfil its mandate, breaking through roadblocks if needed, to protect civilians and the “legitimate Government” after the outgoing president’s refusal to step down in the face of his rival’s internationally recognised electoral victory, a top UN official warned today.

UN reports ongoing expulsions of DR Congo citizens from Angola

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expelled from neighbouring Angola continued to arrive in their country of origin this month, with many reporting that they were subjected to mistreatment, including sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian office said today.

With restrictions lifted, UN and partners deliver assistance to displaced Darfuris

The United Nations and other aid agencies today began providing vital humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered outside the UN-African Union mission’s sites in Darfur now that restrictions have been lifted on all air and road movements to areas of recent fighting.