UN-appointed investigators have issued fresh warnings about ongoing rights violations and impunity in Burundi, since the death of former President Pierre Nkurunziza, who ran for a third term in 2015, in a move deemed by opposition to be unconstitutional.
People of South Sudan have been “betrayed”, says UN Chief
The people of South Sudan have been “betrayed” by renewed fighting after ending decades of civil war, according to the UN Secretary-General. In an effort to give a boost to the peace process, Ban Ki-moon travelled to the capital, Juba, on Thursday, the last and final leg of his African tour. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.
The Security Council has heard conflicting views on the situation in Burundi, including fears by the radical opposition that a genocide is in the making.
Council members met on Friday to review their recent mission to the country which has been in chaos since last April, following the President’s decision to run for a contested third term.
The crisis has led to hundreds of deaths and reports of human rights violations. It has also forced more than 200,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries.
Tens of thousands of people suffered human rights violations including torture and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka during a almost a decade of civil conflict, according to a long-awaited UN report.
The report covers the period between 2002 and 2011 when government forces battled Tamil separatists.
Unveiled by the UN Human Rights commissioner in Geneva on Wednesday, it calls for a special court to try war crimes.
Daniel Dickinson reports.
The Sudanese government and armed opposition groups in the country are being urged by the UN to end widespread impunity of serious human rights violations in Darfur.
A new report by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, says killings and rape in the strife-torn region last year have largely been dismissed by local police and underreported by victims due to a lack of trust in the authorities.