Africa

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.

In volatile region, support for Côte d’Ivoire’s stability more critical than ever – UN official

Despite “remarkable progress” in recovering from multiple crises, international support to consolidate stability in Côte d’Ivoire is ever more important given the volatile security situation in its region, the top United Nations official in the West African country said today.

UNESCO chief condemns arson attack against Tunisian mausoleum

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent desecration and arson attack against a mausoleum in Tunisia devoted to the Sufi saint Sidi Bou Said.

UN appeals for $30.5 million to support humanitarian response in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations and its partners are appealing for $30.5 million to assist some 59,000 people who have been affected by the recent fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eastern province of North Kivu.