Africa 

UN Special Adviser welcomes start of trial against top Rwanda genocide suspect

Opening statements in the case against Félicien Kabuga are set for Thursday and Friday at the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), located in The Hague.  According to his indictment, Mr. Kabuga was a founder of the radio station Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, whose broadcasts furthered hatred and violence against the Tutsi ethnic group and others. … Read More
Africa 

Central African Republic: Said trial opens at International Criminal Court

“The victims all hope that the trial which opens today before you constitutes a guarantee that never again such crimes will be committed.” – Sarah Pellet, Legal Representative of Victims, at the opening of the trial in the #Said case pic.twitter.com/RbXTgu4vUS — Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) September 26, 2022 Mahamat Said Abdel Kani – a top-ranking leader of the mostly-Muslim… Read More
Africa 

South Sudan violence proliferating, warn independent rights experts

Women and girls continue to be gang-raped and survivors have been described as “zombies, physically and emotionally dead”, according to the UN Commission on Human Rights in the world’s youngest nation. Police the peace In an alert, Commission chairperson, Yasmin Sooka, said that it was critical for the international community to monitor the country’s peace agreement, along with other reforms… Read More
Africa 

High-level independent panel on security and development in crisis-torn Sahel region launched at UN

The independent panel was formally announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate during a High-Level Event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel). The Sahel… Read More
Africa 

Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for improved climate commitments at COP27

In his speech to the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of increased polarization, at which serious action, and a commitment to multilateralism, are needed. The fault lies, he said, not in the UN system, but in the failure of Member States to respect the… Read More
Africa 

Mali reports progress in political transition process, fighting terrorism

The process to restore civilian rule in the wake of the August 2020 military coup in the West African country will conclude in March 2024, when power will be transferred to elected authorities.  “I’m pleased to underline that some significant progress has already been made,” he said, referring to the passing of the electoral law, the establishment of an election… Read More
Africa 

Half of Sudan’s most vulnerable children could die without aid

“As we speak today, 650,000 kids are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. If not treated, half of them will die,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Sudan, Mandeep O Brien, underscoring what veteran aid workers have called an unprecedented crisis. Spiralling recent problems in Sudan have their roots in a military coup in October 2021 that prompted a freeze in international… Read More
Africa 

Sahel security crisis ‘poses a global threat’, Guterres warns

“If nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, in his remarks issued by his Spokesperson’s Office. “A coordinated international breakthrough is urgently needed. We must rethink our collective approach and show creativity, going beyond existing efforts.” The insecurity is making a “catastrophic humanitarian situation… Read More
Africa 

Sudan committed to achieve national reconciliation, General Assembly hears

On the recent political developments in Sudan, he reiterated his commitment to peaceful transition to establish real democracy that includes fair, free and transparent elections at the end of the transition period, in order to establish a civilian regime that represents all Sudanese people. The Sudanese President went on to share that starting in July, his country’s military was asked… Read More
Africa 

South Sudan: Vice-President highlights commitments and challenges to peace

The Revitalized Peace Agreement, signed by the Government and opposition groups four years ago, ended years of conflict in the world’s youngest nation, independent since July 2011.  “Owing to relative peace, the internally displaced and the refugees have been voluntarily returning home, although more formal reintegration remains a challenge due to limited resources,” said Mr. Abdelbagi.  Roadmap and challenges  Furthermore,… Read More