UN’s Rwanda genocide tribunal convicts woman of genocide for first time

The first woman ever charged with genocide by an international court was today convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the mass killings in Rwanda in 1994.

Sudan: UN mission urges immediate release of all arrested staff members

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today welcomed the release of two of the six staff members arrested yesterday by the Sudanese Government as they were preparing to relocate from Southern Kordofan and urged that the others be released immediately.

ICC prosecutor seeks authorization to probe Côte d’Ivoire violence

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested authorization to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire following the presidential run-off held last November.

With new Prime Minister in place, UN urges Somalis to move forward on transition

The United Nations envoy dealing with Somalia today congratulated Abdiweli Mohamed Ali on his appointment as the country’s new Prime Minister and stressed the importance of all parties working together to carry out priority tasks such as finalizing the constitution.

UN to investigate reports of rape in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations is dispatching some of its peacekeepers to a town in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate reports of recent rapes, a spokesperson said today.

Security Council calls on Darfur combatants to make peace based on Doha declaration

The Security Council today called upon all parties to the long-running conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan to reach an agreement based on the Doha Document for Peace presented to the Council yesterday.

Treatment of civilians in Southern Kordofan ‘reprehensible,’ says UN official

The United Nations humanitarian chief says the way civilians are being treated in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan is “reprehensible” and called for unfettered access to the tens of thousands displaced by the recent fighting between northern and southern troops.

Support for agriculture will consolidate peace in Burundi, UN agency says

With a population expected to grow by more than half within a generation, Burundi needs to expand its agriculture’s economic potential, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for continued support from the international community.

Demobilized Chadian child soldiers will need help with re-integration – UN

The top United Nations official concerned with children in armed conflict said Chad would need assistance in re-integrating into society the child soldiers that are being demobilized under an agreement signed with the UN last week.

Secretary-General welcomes Morocco’s constitutional reform plan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the constitutional reform proposals which the Moroccan Government will put to the country’s people at a referendum in July.