Africa

South Sudan: harassment of staff draws concern of UN mission

Amid growing humanitarian aid needs and despite recent assurances from the Government, the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to report increasingly difficult working conditions due to movement restrictions and other harassments against its personnel and partners.

As delayed Guinea-Bissau vote nears, UN panel stresses need for free, fair polls

The United Nations panel dealing with peacebuilding efforts in Guinea-Bissau today welcomed the successful preparations for the country’s upcoming legislative and presidential elections and called on all stakeholders to cooperate in ensuring that the polls are free and fair.

UN health agency working to contain Ebola outbreak in Guinea

The number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola (EVD) in Guinea has jumped from 103 to 122 in just three days, with 80 confirmed deaths, said the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which will now focus on preventing further transmissions of the often fatal disease.

Stepped-up attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for more peacekeepers

With the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui having relapsed into wider violence, the United Nations human rights office today urged States to support the world body’s appeal for thousands more peacekeepers and police.

Head of UN agency defending press freedom denounces murder of Egyptian journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today denounced the recent murder of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.