Africa

UN envoy condemns attacks on key sites in DR Congo capital

The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deplored the attacks carried out on Monday on the headquarters of the Congolese Armed Forces and of the National Radio and Television Company, as well as the international airport in the capital, Kinshasa.

Famine and malnutrition stalk strife-torn Central African Republic, UN agencies warn

United Nations agencies today warned of possible famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on donors to provide urgent funding to mitigate the crisis in the impoverished country where a year of conflict has already killed thousands of people and driven 750,000 others from their homes.

Evidence mounts of extra-judicial killings, rights abuses in South Sudan, UN reports

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today voiced grave concern over mounting evidence of gross human rights abuses in the strife-torn country, including extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers, massive displacements and arbitrary detentions, often on ethnic grounds.

As tribunal closes, UN chief hails achievements in ensuring accountability in Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years in ensuring accountability for crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.

Ban appoints Swiss national to senior humanitarian, development position in Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini as his Deputy Special Representative, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, in Somalia.

UN peacekeepers in DR Congo on alert after clashes between Government, armed men

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on alert today amid ongoing clashes between Government forces and unidentified armed men, according to a spokesperson.

Deadly attack against Darfur peacekeepers draws Security Council condemnation

The Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack on a United Nations-African Union convoy in Sudan’s Darfur region that resulted in the deaths of two peacekeepers, one from Jordan and the other from Senegal.

Central African Republic: UN warns children being mutilated amid ongoing turmoil

Attacks against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) have sunk to a “vicious new low,” the United Nations children’s agency warned today, saying that at least two children have been beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital since early December.

South Sudan: UN moves on political and peacekeeping fronts to staunch fighting

The United Nations moved on the diplomatic and military fronts today to douse the flames of conflict in South Sudan, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging the Government to free political prisoners to facilitate talks with rebels and the Security Council holding a crisis meeting on latest efforts to reinforce UN peacekeepers in the world’s newest country.

Darfur: Ban deplores latest attack on African Union-UN peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a “cowardly” attack on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that left two peacekeepers dead, and called on the Sudanese authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.