Africa 

Invest more in Africa’s Sahel, or risk decades of armed conflict and displacement

Moving from Reaction to Action: Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel, says that, left unchecked, the climate emergency will further imperil Sahelian communities as devastating floods, droughts and heatwaves decimate access to water, food and livelihoods, and amplify the risk of conflict. This will ultimately force more people to flee their homes.  “In the Sahel, the climate crisis is combining… Read More
Africa 

Sudan: Human rights must ‘be at the core’ of democratic transition, urges Türk   

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk told journalists at a press conference in Khartoum that the military takeover of October 2021, which put an end to civilian power-sharing following the ouster of former dictator Omar Al-Bashir, had left Sudan “at a decisive fork in the road”.   “As political negotiations continue towards a framework for a new transition, I… Read More
Africa 

Horn of Africa: UNFPA launches $113 million appeal for drought-impacted women and girls

The funding will be used to scale-up life-saving reproductive health and protection services, including establishment of mobile and static clinics in locations such as displacement sites.  Overall, more than 36 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya require humanitarian assistance because of the drought.  Safeguarding critical services  Conflict, locust infestations and the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are worsening… Read More
Africa 

Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears

UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote, which was postponed last December.  Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath of the overthrow and killing of former President, Muammar Gaddafi, over a decade ago.  Mr. Bathily last addressed the Council in October, shortly after arriving in the… Read More
Africa 

Somalia: Human rights chief decries steep rise in civilian casualties

According to latest UN figures, at least 613 civilians have been killed and 948 injured so far this year – the highest number since 2017 and nearly a third more than 2021. Most of the casualties, 315 killed and 686 injured, have been due to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), nearly all the work of Al-Shabaab extremists. Some casualties have been due… Read More
Africa 

Terrorism intensifying across Africa, exploiting instability and conflict 

“Terrorists and violent extremists including Da’esh, Al-Qaida and their affiliates have exploited instability and conflict to increase their activities and intensify attacks across the continent”, Amina Mohammed said on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres.   “Their senseless, terror-fuelled violence has killed and wounded thousands and many more continue to suffer from the broader impact of terrorism on their lives and livelihoods”.  … Read More
Africa 

Delivering justice for Libya not ‘Mission Impossible’, Security Council hears

“If we are willing to forge new partnerships…look at new ways of working together… coalesce around human values…we can do much better in delivering justice for the people of Libya and hopefully that will assist in a wider hope for sustainable peace”, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan told the ambassadors via video link. Recounting his experiences over the last few days,… Read More
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Egypt: Rights chief calls for immediate release of jailed blogger and activist

Alaa Abdel Fattah has been arrested many times over more than decade for his activism around violations perpetrated by the security forces and the use of military courts to try civilians.  “I urge the Government to immediately release Abdel Fattah from prison and provide him with the necessary medical treatment,” Mr. Türk said in a statement.  Multiple arrests  Mr. Abdel… Read More
Africa 

Mass displacements in eastern DR Congo threaten young lives

As young people continue to flee fighting between Congolese armed forces and the resurgent non-State armed group M23, new IDPs arrive daily, escalating the extent of the humanitarian crisis. “Internally Displaced camps are fraught with danger”, said UNICEF Emergency Manager Dounia Dekhili. “In addition to the cholera threat, children and young people are at risk of experiencing gender-based violence in… Read More
Africa 

Humanitarians call for greater support to prevent famine in Horn of Africa

Humanitarians must urgently prepare to continue their life-saving work in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, as the drought – the longest and most severe in recent history – is set to run well into the coming year.  Even though nearly 21 million people are highly food insecure – with some areas of Somalia still projected to face famine – response plans… Read More