UNHCR starts evacuation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Guinea's southeast

Twenty-five trucks from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) left the Guinean town of Kissidougou early today to begin the evacuation of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees from the isolated Parrot's Beak region in the southeast of the country.

At UN tribunal for Rwanda, former bishop pleads 'not guilty' to genocide charges

A former Anglican bishop today pleaded not guilty to four counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, according to United Nations tribunal that issued the indictment.

Annan submits report on Liberia's compliance with Security Council demands

In his first report to the Security Council on Liberia's compliance with Council demands for an immediate end to Monrovia's ties with a Sierra Leone rebel group, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has "strongly" suggested that the international community remain engaged with Liberia and its people, whatever course of action the Council chooses to follow.

UN, West African States meet in Abuja to review Sierra Leone ceasefire accord

The head of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Oluyemi Adeniji, was in Abuja, Nigeria, today to take part in a review of the progress in implementing a ceasefire accord for Sierra Leone.

Namibia: UN food agency seeks funding for refugee camp

The lead United Nations food agency has made an urgent appeal to international donors to help stave off a fourth successive month of cuts in food rations for the Osire refugee camp in Namibia.

Uganda pullout of Lusaka accords "not necessarily a setback": Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said Uganda's announcement that it had withdrawn from the Lusaka peace accords was "not necessarily a setback" if the authorities respect the spirit of the agreement.

UN mission to open new human rights office in eastern Sierra Leone

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is set to open a new human rights office in the eastern part of the country to promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and to help instil a culture of human rights.

Benin, UNICEF confirm child trafficking aboard ship in West Africa

The Government of Benin and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today confirmed that the suspected slaveship that docked in Cotonou on 17 April was in fact used for child trafficking.

Annan, Security Council deplore murders of relief staff in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations Security Council today expressed distress at the killings of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged parties to the conflict to ensure safe access by humanitarian agencies.

Security Council extends UN's Western Sahara mission for two months

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend for two months, until June 30, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was set up in 1991 to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence and integration into Morocco.