Africa

Ethiopia: Government approves ‘first step’ towards Tigray emergency assistance 

UN agencies have received approval from the Ethiopian Government for 25 international staff to provide humanitarian assistance inside the country’s conflict-torn Tigray region, the UN Spokesperson said on Monday. 

Rapid scale up crucial to meet humanitarian needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray: Joint UN-Government mission

A joint United Nations-Government of Ethiopia mission to Mekelle in the country’s Tigray region, on Saturday, underscored the need for strong partnership to rapidly scale up a Government-led collective response to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the region. 

Libya: ‘Historic moment’ as UN-led forum selects new interim leadership

The 74-members of the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) have selected an interim Prime Minister and President of its new executive council, marking what the UN Special Representative called another “historic moment” on the road to unification of the war-torn country and national elections in December.

Paraguay: UN rights chief calls for ‘prompt, independent’ probe into girl deaths and disappearance 

Following the disappearance in Paraguay of a teenage girl and killing of two 11-year-olds, the UN human rights chief has expressed her deep concern, also noting on Friday other disturbing elements of abuse against women and girls, surrounding the cases. 

Dispatch of millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa expected to start in February: WHO

The joint UN-led COVAX initiative aims to start shipping about 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa in February, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The immunization roll out will be the continent’s largest ever mass vaccination campaign.

FROM THE FIELD: Ugandan forced to commit ‘horrendous acts’ as 9-year-old child soldier

A young man in northern Uganda has been talking about how he was abducted as a nine-year old and forced to commit horrendous acts as a child soldier for the self-styled rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. 

Warlord found guilty of crimes against humanity in northern Uganda, a 'significant milestone' - Guterres

A former Ugandan warlord whose forces attacked camps for the internally displaced across the country, has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, judges ruled on Thursday, a judgement described by the UN chief as a "significant milestone".

Urgent steps needed to alleviate suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region: Guterres

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Tuesday, voiced grave concerns over the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and underscored the need for urgent efforts to protect populations at risk. 

Human rights: Widespread attacks in DR Congo may amount to crimes against humanity

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has warned against potential crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a spike in attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group, in two provinces in the east of the country. 

UN independent experts call for ‘justice, accountability and reparation to victims’ in Sudan 

Recent intercommunal violence and deadly attacks in Darfur have prompted two independent UN human rights experts on Monday to urge the Government of Sudan to urgently implement strong measures to ensure the safety of civilians, including the internally displaced.