Africa

Somalia: UN envoy appeals for calm following clashes in northern region

“Deeply concerned” by the recent outbreak of violence in Somalia's northern Sool region, the top United Nations official in the country called today for calm and urged all parties to resolve political issues through dialogue and reconciliation.

South Sudan: UN urges death penalty moratorium following reported executions

The United Nations human rights office today called on authorities in South Sudan to stop the use of the death penalty, stressing that the country’s nascent judicial system may not have ensured fair trials for the more than 200 people on death row.

Mali: UN mission calls for restraint, return to negotiations after clash in Kidal

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali today strongly condemned the latest violence in Kidal, in the northern part of the country, and called for restraint.

Sudan: UN relief official deplores killing of health workers in West Darfur

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.

UN calls for immediate action after reported killings of children in DR Congo capital

The United Nations today called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate action in light of alarming reports of disappearance and assassination of children and youth that coincide with a Government operation to tackle delinquency in Kinshasa.

Amid ongoing Egyptian protests, UN chief urges rethinking anti-demonstrations law

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed serious concern about the detentions and violent dispersal of protesters in Egypt, including reports of sexual assault.

Kenya: Somali repatriation process must be voluntary, UN agency stresses

The agreement signed earlier this month between the United Nations refugee agency and the Governments of Somalia and Kenya supports the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees, a UNHCR spokesperson has stressed, reiterating that the parties are not forcing anyone to return to Somalia.

Back from DR Congo, senior UN official urges more focus on protection of children

Former child soldiers and girls used as sex slaves in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) desperately wish to be reunited with their communities – to return to school or get jobs ¬ a United Nations envoy said today, urging authorities to seize every opportunity to better protect children affected by conflict-related violence.

Joint African-UN envoy fosters effort to bring all Darfur groups into peace process

In an effort to bring all groups in Sudan’s conflict-wracked Darfur region into the peace process, the joint African Union-United Nations mediator has held talks with Chadian President Idriss Déby, seeking his support.

Credible elections vital for restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, says UN envoy

The holding of credible and peaceful elections next year is vital for the process of restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, urging continued international support to help the West African nation complete this process.