Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan summons UN envoy for supporting anti-military protests

– Advertisement – Sudan summoned the UN envoy to Sudan, Volker Perthes, over remarks he made regarding the Thursday’s anti-military protests. Mr Perthes has been at loggerheads with the military authorities since the coup against the civilian-led transitional government last October. In an interview on Wednesday with Saudi-funded Al-Hadath TV the envoy cautioned the government and security agencies to maintain… Read More
Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo buries Patrice Lumumba’s tooth

More than 60 years since he was killed and his body dissolved in acid, the only part of Patrice Lumumba’s body that remained – tooth, has now been buried. The gold-crowned tooth of Democratic Republic of Congo independence was kept by the Belgian policeman who oversaw the disposal of his body. The police officer took the tooth as a trophy… Read More

Belarus ‘engulfed in fear’, Human Rights Council hears

Presenting her annual report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Anaïs Marin, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, pointed to Government policies that have systematically tightened legislation and restricted civil and political rights. She said it was a trend that has continued in the two years since the UN rights office, OHCHR, condemned violent crackdowns against… Read More

Myanmar: Shocking toll on children must be spur to action, says UN rights expert 

Three months since his last update to the UN rights forum in Geneva, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, said that he’d met youngsters who’d fled the country after suffering “irreparable harm”.  Empty seat  Myanmar – whose seat was empty in the Council – “passed several grim milestones since March”, he continued: “more than… Read More
Africa East Africa Featured World 

Somalia surpasses 10% COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone

– Advertisement – Somalia has now reached the 10 percent (two doses) COVID-19 vaccination milestone, which means that the country is no longer in band of countries with least vaccination rates. The milestone is a result of continued and resilient efforts by the government and stakeholders to sustain commitment to COVID-19 vaccination amidst prevailing social economic turbulence. Somalia started COVID-19… Read More

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ 

“The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption must stop”, underscored Rosemary DiCarlo.  Depravity of war  Amidst a new wave in recent days of missile and airstrikes in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and other cities far from the frontlines, the senior UN official drew attention to the missile strike in Kremenchuk on a shopping mall, reportedly by Russia, that… Read More
Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Chaos as police fire tear gas at protesters

– Advertisement – Police in Ghana’s capital Accra have clashed with demonstrators who went unto the streets over alleged corruption and economic hardship. The police fired tear gas and used water canons to disperse the protesters during the scuffle on Tuesday. The chaos follows a stand off between the organizers of the demonstration tagged “Arise Ghana” and the police over… Read More

Ukraine: Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack

At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what Ukrainian authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre, and attack which the UN condemned on Monday as “utterly deplorable”. The mall in the eastern city of Kremenchuk – a city which has largely escaped being targeted – was hit in the late afternoon, with… Read More

Countries urged to ‘dig deep’ and support Afghanistan in aftermath of deadly earthquake

“Yesterday’s visit reaffirmed to me both the extreme suffering of people in Afghanistan and their tremendous resolve in the face of great adversity,” said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. The UN and partners have developed a three-month emergency appeal, included within their humanitarian plan for Afghanistan this year, to respond to… Read More