JUBA, South SudanThe United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called upon all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country. When I asked them what they needed most, the word I heard most frequently from them was: ‘peace’ During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock met with Government officials, members of SPLA-in Opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. He also visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Yei Town and Mundu. The latter is an SPLA-iO controlled area. “The conflict in South Sudan is now in its fifth year. Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so fa
NAIROBI,Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a Sh 7 billion State-of the Art Hot-Fill juice plant at the Nairobi Coca-Cola Plant, Embakasi. The President said the investment, under the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), compliments the nation’s Big Four Agenda. He added that the Big Four Agenda provides solutions to the many problems that Kenyans have longed for answers over the years. “The Big Four Agenda is our answer to these questions. Kenyans want a country that works for all of us: we want reasonably priced medical care; we want skilled jobs for our sons and daughters; we want to be entirely food secure; and we want dignified jobs for ourselves,” said the President who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto. He added: “The Big Four serves each
MENLO PARK, United States of America Facebook has launched an exciting Youth Portal, a central place for teens that includes Education, Peer voices, ways to control work experience, and advise/some guidelines for how to get the most out of the internet. Facebook management claims that the Education portal with include Information on how to get the most out of products like Pages, Groups, Events, and Profile, while staying safe. Plus, information on the types of data Facebook collects and how they will use it. The Peer Voice portal will include the First person accounts from teens around the world, about how they are using technology in new and creative ways. While the portal on controlling experience and advise will include Tips on things like security, reporting c...
NEW YORK, United States of America The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cyber crimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom. On April 26, 2018, the National Assembly approved the Computer and Cyber crimes Bill, 2017. The bill, among other provisions, criminalizes the publication of false news and stipulates hefty fines and lengthy prison terms for those found guilty of the offense, according to the Hansard, a verbatim published report of debates and proceedings in Kenya's Parliament. "Kenyan legislators have passed a wide-ranging bill that will criminalize free speech, with journalists and bloggers likely to be among the first victims if it is signed in
GENEVA, SwitzerlandInternational medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is highly concerned about the fate of around 800 migrants and refugees held in a dangerously overcrowded detention center in the port city of Zuwara, rougly 100 kilometres west of Tripoli. Some of the men, women and children inside have been detained in inhumane conditions for more than five months without adequate food or water. Since the start of the MSF emergency team’s intervention on 18 April, there have been more than 500 people newly detained in a facility that was already overcrowded. At present the Zuwara detention center is four times over capacity with floor space so limited that it is barely possible for people to lie down. With
MOGADISHU, Somalia Somali Media Association (SOMA) and the Ministry of information, culture and tourism in partnership with International Media Support (IMS) and Fojo institute organized a high-level event to commemorate “The World Press Freedom Day”. The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is entitled “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”. High-level officials from the Ministry of information, culture and tourism, media house owners, directors, civil society organizations and journalists attended the event. Mr. Ahmed Isse Gutale, speaking on behalf of the chairman of SOMA took the opening remarks and welcomed all the guests. He thanked all the attendees as well as congratulated them for commemorating this important day. He addressed the proce
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for holistic solutions to challenges facing girls and women in the country. The First Lady expressed the need for leaders to champion the entrenchment of the rights and dignity of the adolescent girls by ensuring they access basic services including sanitary products. While speaking during the launch of the Menstrual Health Management Programme in Nairobi, Mrs. Margaret said ignoring menstrual hygiene needs is a violation of girls’ rights. “We must remain committed to preserving the rights and dignity of our adolescent girls because ignoring their menstrual hygiene needs is a violation of their rights,” she said The Menstrual Management programme is an initiative spearheaded by the County First Ladies Assoc
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of AmericaThe United States is concerned with the May 17, referendum aimed at amending the constitution of Burundi through a non-transparent process. "We are especially concerned that the amendments to the constitution will be interpreted as resetting presidential term limits and run counter to the Arusha Agreement. Such efforts by incumbents to enact constitutional changes to remain in power beyond term limits weaken democratic institutions." said the US The US denounces the numerous instances of violence, intimidation, and harassment committed against perceived opponents of the referendum. "We call on the government to respect Burundi’s international legal obligations regarding the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and asso