Africa

Independent UN probe reveals 'cruel and brutal nature' of human rights violations in Burundi

A United Nations-appointed panel of experts investigating human rights violations in Burundi today released the latest findings of their probe, noting that their initial fears concerning the scope and gravity of these abuses since April 2015 have been confirmed.

UN expert urges 'bold action' to address raft of human rights abuses in Eritrea

Actions against severe human rights abuses meted out to Eritrean citizens must not be delayed, a United Nations rights expert has warned in a new report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

UN cooperation with African Union must be institutionalized, less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told

The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council today.

Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur

The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council.

'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group.

Angola: Funds urgently needed as Congolese refugee influx overwhelms services, warns UN agency

As refugees fleeing violence and communal tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to arrive in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for more resources to cope with the influx and to provide those coming with the support they urgently need.

Central African Republic: UN mission determined to fulfil mandate despite attacks on peacekeepers

The United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic today warned against increasing attacks on civilians and peacekeeping personnel while stressing the need to reenergize the political process to achieve sustainable peace in the conflict-torn country.

International community must ensure 'endemic' impunity in DR Congo brought to an end – UN rights chief

Voicing concern over lack of progress on the part of Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to undertake credible investigations into widespread allegations of rights violations and abuses in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces, the top United Nations human rights official today called for setting up of an international investigation mechanism to look into the situation.

UN migration agency launches $60 million appeal for drought-hit East, Horn of Africa

The United Nations migration agency today appealed for some $60 million to aid an estimated 16 million people suffering from the worst drought in decades in East and Horn of Africa.

Syria: UNICEF warns 40,000 children in the line of fire in Raqqa

An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian city, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning that “many are caught in the crossfire.”