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‘Eritrean Troops To Leave Tigray Soon’ – Ethiopian’s UN Envoy

‘Eritrean Troops To Leave Tigray Soon’ – Ethiopian’s UN Envoy

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ERITREA, Security, Somalia, UN, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WAR
U. N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo The Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are expected to “definitely leave soon,” according to Ethiopia’s U.N. envoy.  This was confirmed following the previous statement from a top U.N. official who told the Security Council on Tuesday that Eritrea’s soldiers were using starvation as a weapon of war. Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock told the 15-member council in a private briefing that “no one should be surprised to see a rerun of a devastating 1984 famine if violence in Tigray doe...
Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
The trial of the ousted leader is hearing its first testimony in a junta court. Suu Kyi faces a widening array of charges such as flouting coronavirus rules and "illegally" importing walkie-talkies. The trial of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi got underway on Monday in the capital Naypyidaw, more than four months after a military coup. Criminal convictions would bar Suu Kyi from running for office. Suu Kyi's prosecution prevented her National League for Democracy (NLD) party from serving a second five-year term following last year's landslide election victory. Army officials have also threatened to dissolve the NLD for alleged involvement in election fraud. hat charges does Suu Kyi face? The 75-year-old stands accused of violating cor...
54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, EUROPE, LIBYA, TUNISIA, UN, UNHCR
Waiting at Tunisia’s port of El Ketef in Ben Guerdane to be transferred to a detention centre, the 54 undocumented migrants of different African nationalities aged between 15 and 40 years old -- who were rescued Friday while attempting to cross into Europe from Libya on Thursday night, from a sinking boat off the coast of the town near Tunisian waters by the country’s navy. Migrants from neighbouring Libya who have been shipwrecked in the central Mediterranean -- one of the most precarious migration routes, are regularly rescued by Tunisian agents. Information communicated by the United Nations which has counted 1,400 deaths in the Mediterranean last year and over 700 between January 1 and May 21 so far this year. Departures from Libya have risen sharply, with 11,000 departures f...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WOMEN, WORLD
Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by the country's military junta, state media reported Thursday, adding to a raft of legal cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.The new charge follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several accusations leveled at Suu Kyi. It found her "guilty of committing corruption using her rank," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said. She was charged under the Anti-Corruption Law section 55, and if found guilty could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.Suu Kyi was overthrown from her position of state counselor and de facto leader of the country when the military seized power in a February 1 coup. She has been held in detention since then and charged with a series of ...
Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN says people fleeing military’s ‘brutal, indiscriminate attacks’ in eastern Kayah are in dire need of food and water. A United Nations rights expert has warned of “mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure” in eastern Myanmar after “brutal, indiscriminate attacks” by the military forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in Kayah State. In a statement on Wednesday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, called for urgent international action, saying attacks by the military – which took power after a February coup – were “threatening the lives of many thousands of men, women and children” in Kayah or Karenni state. “Let me blunt,” Andrews said. “Mass deaths from starvation, disease, and exposure, on a scale we have not yet seen since the Feb...
Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Myanmar's security forces have been accused by Amnesty International of "premeditated" attacks on peaceful protesters. In a safe house in Myanmar, resistance is growing. Quietly, in the gloomy light, a group of men raise their hands in a three-finger salute. Traditionally a sign of defiance and support for pro-democracy protesters, for these men it symbolises so much more. Once police or soldiers, they now plan to fight the forces they used to serve. Just talking to us is a huge risk; if caught the defectors could be killed. https://2fc4f8702eda46552746395c0d5f4dbe.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Advertisement So in hiding, faces and voices disguised for protection, they explain why they decided to defy the junta. Image: Sky Ne...
South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, Security, South Sudan, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS, The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew for a year, till May 31, 2022, an arms embargo against South Sudan as well as targeted sanctions of travel ban and asset freeze against individuals and entities. Resolution 2577, which was adopted with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions, extends until July 1, 2022, the mandate of the Panel of Experts, which assists the work of the South Sudan Sanctions Committee. It expresses the Security Council's readiness to review the arms embargo, through modification, suspension, or progressive lifting of these measures, in the light of progress achieved on five key benchmarks. It requests the UN secretary-general to conduct, no later than April 15, 2022, an assessment of progress achieved on the key benchma...
Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Security, Somalia, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Bank
https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2021_06_forecast.pdf Overview In June, Estonia will have the presidency. The Council may hold meetings in the Security Council chamber this month, although high-level meetings will most likely continue to be held by videoconference (VTC). Estonia has chosen to hold three open debates: children and armed conflict, cybersecurity and working methods. The children and armed conflict open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report will be at ministerial level and will be chaired by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Briefings are expected from a senior Secretariat official,UNICEF and a civil society representative. The cybersecurity open debate will also be at ministerial level, with the Prime Minister of Eston...
UN appeals for $95 million in Gaza aid for ‘immediate’ humanitarian needs

UN appeals for $95 million in Gaza aid for ‘immediate’ humanitarian needs

Asia, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Humanitarian coordinator in Strip says funds are needed to repair key facilities destroyed or damaged in 11 days of hostilities with Israel The United Nations launched an emergency appeal Thursday for $95 million for Gaza for the next three months to meet immediate humanitarian needs and repairs to key facilities. That includes hospitals, schools, water and sewage facilities and other infrastructure destroyed or damaged during the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s terrorist Hamas rulers. Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza, urged donors to contribute generously at a virtual news conference launching the appeal, which she said will target one million people for assistance. “I’m calling for humanitarian assistance right now to meet the immediate needs...
UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

UN opens Gaza – Israeli war crimes probe following conflicts

Arab League, Asia, BREAKING NEWS, GAZA, Israel, PALESTINE, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Following Operation Guardian of the Walls against Gaza terrorist groups, for the first time ever the UNHRC has created a permanent fact-finding mission regarding a UN member state. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state. An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure. Those countries which opposed the resolution were: Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshall Islands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Those countries that abstained were: Bahamas, Brazil, Denmark, Fij...
UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli attacks resulted in extensive civilian deaths and major destruction in besieged enclave, home to two million people. The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said Israel’s recent attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that killed more than 200 Palestinians may constitute “war crimes” if they are shown to be disproportionate. Bachelet’s comments on Thursday came as she opened a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, called at the request of Pakistan – on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – and Palestine. The UN official said she had seen no evidence that civilian buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli fighter jets were being used for military purposes. “If found disproportionate, such attacks m...
ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, REFUGEE, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Health Organization
A power struggle between Ethiopia’s federal government and the northern Tigray Region’s political leaders has spawned a military conflict and humanitarian crisis that threaten to destabilize the Horn of Africa. On November 4, 2020, Ethiopia’s federal government launched what it called a “law enforcement operation” against “rogue” leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s ruling party, after TPLF fighters attacked a federal military base. TPLF leaders called the federal government’s response a war against the people of Tigray. But tensions between the central government and TPLF have been smoldering since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s appointment in April 2018 following a monthslong popular revolt.  He initiated a peace agreement with neighboring ...
Protecting Children In Mali

Protecting Children In Mali

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, UN, UNHCR, West Africa
Imagine a child pointing a gun at a British soldier, or a child approaching your military convoy with what looks look an explosive belt -- what would you do in that split second? How would you treat the child? These are precisely the difficult questions the British army is grappling with in Mali. Mali's population is one of the youngest in the world, with a median age of just 16. It is also one of the hardest places in the world to be a child according to the 2021 End of Childhood Index. Extreme poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition, gender-based violence and early marriage are hallmarks of many children's lives. Children here are also on the frontline of the climate crisis, with the Sahel region warming at a rate one and half times faster than the global average, causing devastat...
‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations

‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations

AFRICA, African Union, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, USA
NEW YORK, United States of America Moving from Sudan’s current fragile transition period towards stable civilian rule, requires a continued “spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration”, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. “One of the key messages remains that we expect all parts of Sudan to work together for all of Sudan”, Special Representative Volker Perthes said after consulting on the country’s future with a wide and diverse group of participants.   Paris Conference  Having just returned from the Paris Conference, designed to encourage the economic revitalization of the country, he told ambassadors that Member States had announced bilateral debt forgiveness to help Sudan clear its arrears with internati...
Mideast ceasefire is ‘impending’ amid growing global pressure – Hamas Predicts

Mideast ceasefire is ‘impending’ amid growing global pressure – Hamas Predicts

Arab League, Asia, EUROPEAN UNION, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNHCR, UNICEF, USA
Middle East A ceasefire in the bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be "impending, possibly within 24 hours," Hamas officials predicted as world leaders dialed up pressure on both sides to end the fighting. Israel, however, has not commented on the possibility of a ceasefire deal. Concerns have been rising over the agrevating humanitarian situation, as the conflict raged for a 10th day Wednesday, pushing the Palestinian death toll to more than 220 people, including more than 60 children and 12 people in Israel, including two children. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Tuesday that 11 children in Gaza between the ages of 5 and 15 had been participating in its trauma treatment program before Israeli airstrikes killed them in their homes. From left: Rula Mohammad al-Kawlak,...
Covid-19 Status in Uganda as of 18th May 2021

Covid-19 Status in Uganda as of 18th May 2021

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, International Medical Group, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, UN, UN Women, UNHCR, UPDF, World Health Organization
Uganda is reporting 60 new infections on average each day, 8% of the peak having had the highest daily average reported on December 11, 2021. There have been 42,779 infections and 347 Covid-19 related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began. Vaccination Uganda has administered at least 430,301 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Suppose every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 0.5% of the country’s population. During the last week reported, Uganda averaged about 6,501 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 1,362 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population. As COVID-19 infections began to be reported around the world, many countries responded by shutting down places like schools, work...
UNHCR, aid partners call for renewed and strong support for the Rohingya refugees

UNHCR, aid partners call for renewed and strong support for the Rohingya refugees

AFRICA, UNHCR
Ahead of next Tuesday’s (18 May) donor conference and launch of the 2021 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is calling for renewed international commitment, support and solidarity for Rohingya refugees. The 2021 JRP brings together the efforts of the Government of Bangladesh, and 134 UN agencies and NGO partners to target almost 1.4 million people this year. The US$943 million plan seeks to meet the needs of more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees and 472,000 Bangladeshis in the surrounding host communities in Cox’s Bazar District. Most Rohingya refugees, some 740,000, fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017. With the refugee crisis in its fourth year, Bangladesh needs robust and sustained international support to ensure...
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