Military and political tracks must proceed together to resolve Mali crisis – UN officials

Success in tackling the ongoing crisis in Mali requires strong military action along with intense focus on the political challenges, while also addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the country, top United Nations officials stressed today.

UN-African Union mission in Darfur reaffirms support for resumed peace talks

The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today reaffirmed its readiness to assist all parties, following yesterday’s announcement by the Sudanese Government and one of the rebel groups of their resumed talks to end the conflict in the region.

UN official disappointed by new reports of child soldiers in Central African Republic

A top United Nations official today expressed disappointment after new reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) that had previously made commitments to stop this practice.

Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Algeria

Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned this week's terrorist attack at the gas facility in Amenas, Algeria, that resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.

Rape and torture among serious rights violations spawned by Mali crisis – UN report

The ongoing crisis in Mali has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and torture, says a United Nations report released today, which warns that increasing ethnic tensions could have alarming consequences on the North African nation.

Zimbabwe: UN condemns attacks on human rights defenders ahead of elections

Citing arbitrary arrests, intimidation and harassment, the United Nations human rights arm today condemned recent attacks against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe ahead of elections expected later this year.

UN team set to arrive in Mali to assist Government resolve ongoing crisis

A United Nations team is set to arrive in the Malian capital of Bamako tomorrow to support the national authorities in their quest to restore constitutional order and territorial integrity.

Latest murder of Somali journalist sparks condemnation from UN

The United Nations envoy to Somali and an independent human rights expert have urged authorities in the East African country to investigate the brutal murder of a local radio journalist, the latest incident of violence against media workers there.

Somalia: UN official urges African Union troops to minimize child casualties

A senior United Nations official today urged the African Union to strengthen its efforts to minimize child casualties in their operations after several children lost their lives earlier this week in Somalia.

Madagascar: Ban welcomes decision by Transition President not to run in upcoming elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the decision by the President of the Transition in Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, not to run in the forthcoming presidential elections planned for May this year, according to the spokesperson for the world body’s chief.