Africa

UN sends peacekeepers to protect Sudanese refugees in Central African Republic

United Nations peacekeepers were sent today to protect a camp of refugees from Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region in the north-east of the Central African Republic (CAR) and humanitarian staff working there after an attack, apparently by bandits, left three people dead on a nearby road.

DR Congo: UN has suspended cooperation with army units accused of rights abuses

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have suspended logistical or other support for units of the National Armed Forces (FARDC) when there are sufficient grounds to believe their operations would violate human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief thankful for the release of kidnapped civilian staff in Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep gratitude today on hearing of the release of two civilian staff members of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) after more than 100 days in captivity in the war-torn western flank of Sudan.

Liberia: UN Envoy hails contributions of peacekeeping mission personnel

The top United Nations envoy to Liberia today praised the tireless efforts by uniformed personnel serving the world body's peacekeeping operation in the West African country at an award ceremony in the capital Monrovia.

Ban voices concern over health of Saharawi activist on hunger strike

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held talks with the Foreign Minister of Morocco to voice his “grave” concern over an independence activist from Western Sahara who has been on hunger strike since last month.

UN pays tribute to fallen staff members on second anniversary of Algiers attack

United Nations staff members gathered today to pay tribute to the 17 colleagues killed two years ago in a terrorist attack at the world body’s offices in the Algerian capital.

Local judges in eastern Chad receive UN training to combat impunity

The United Nations has started a programme to train local judges in eastern Chad in a bid to end impunity in a strife-torn region where conflicts have erupted between refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.

Ban intervenes with Spain and Morocco over Saharawi activist on hunger strike

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking “urgent” action from Spain and Morocco over a Saharawi activist whose condition is rapidly deteriorating after she went on hunger strike last month when Morocco denied her entry into her native Western Sahara, subject of a long-running dispute.

Facing funding shortfall, Burundi’s election needs international support – UN

The Security Council today called on the international community to support the preparation of elections in Burundi next year after the top United Nations official in the small Central African country warned that a lack of funding was challenging the “significant advances” already made after decades of ethnic and factional war.

UN envoy reviews progress, challenges in controlling malaria in Nigeria, Kenya

The United Nations official leading efforts to tackle malaria is visiting Nigeria and Kenya this week, the two nations which together account for one third of the estimated 1 million deaths worldwide from the deadly disease.