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Sudan: UN human rights chief alarmed over killing of protesters by security forces

Sudan: UN human rights chief alarmed over killing of protesters by security forces

The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm over the killing of at least nine protesters by security forces in Sudan a day earlier, including a 15-year-old child. The High Commissioner said in a statement that the deaths had occurred, “even after the police had announced they would not use lethal force …

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Migrant deaths in Libyan desert ‘wake-up call’ for stronger protections  

Migrant deaths in Libyan desert ‘wake-up call’ for stronger protections  

The UN migration agency on Friday deplored the deaths of at least 20 migrants in the Libyan desert and renewed its call for stronger migrant protection along the Chad-Libya border.  “The death of twenty people in the Libyan desert yesterday is yet another wake-up call for the whole international community and a reminder that we …

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With mangrove conservation, Kenya’s coastal communities plant seeds of sustainable ‘blue growth’

With mangrove conservation, Kenya’s coastal communities plant seeds of sustainable ‘blue growth’

The southern ocean border of Kenya and Tanzania is dotted with thick hedges of mangroves – indispensable carbon sinks and spectacular ecosystems teeming with life – that appear to float dreamlike over creek beds and mudflats. These hardy trees and shrubs, and the communities that depend on them, are getting a major boost from UN-backed …

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Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears

Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears

The resurgence of the M23 armed group has “broad repercussions” for the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and for the wider region, the UN Special Representative there told the Security Council on Wednesday. Bintou Keita, who also heads the UN’s Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), said …

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Libya: UN highlights need to speed up progress towards national elections

Libya: UN highlights need to speed up progress towards national elections

Leaders in Libya must resolve outstanding issues so that long-awaited presidential and parliamentary elections can finally be held, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council on Monday.  “The United Nations’ priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional basis for elections. …

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Cabo Verde: ‘Unprecedented’ food insecurity triggers social and economic emergency

Cabo Verde: ‘Unprecedented’ food insecurity triggers social and economic emergency

The island nation of Cabo Verde is facing record levels of food insecurity due to drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, affecting some 181,000 people, or 32 per cent of the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.  Recent hard-won gains in food security and nutrition are at risk, the …

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Conflict, drought, and dwindling food support threaten 20 million Ethiopian lives

Conflict, drought, and dwindling food support threaten 20 million Ethiopian lives

unger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday. “The combination of conflict and drought have caused inflation to soar,” the World Food Programme (WFP) …

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‘De facto lethargy’ in Central African Republic, despite escalating attacks

‘De facto lethargy’ in Central African Republic, despite escalating attacks

  Efforts are underway to reinvigorate the Central African Republic’s political process, which has lapsed into a state of “de facto lethargy” even as horrific attacks against civilians have risen, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. “The fears legitimately nurtured by the civilian populations who are still suffering …

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Mali: Guterres ‘shocked and outraged’ by reports of civilian massacres

Mali: Guterres ‘shocked and outraged’ by reports of civilian massacres

The Secretary-General issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his shock and outrage over reports that well over a hundred civilians have been killed in the past week, during attacks by armed extremists in central Mali, and further north. At the weekend, at least 100 civilians reportedly died when rebel militia attacked several villages in the …

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Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA

Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA

UN humanitarians issued an alert on Tuesday over the deteriorating situation for millions of mainly women and children in northeast Nigeria who continue to be affected by protracted armed conflict, just as the country enters the lean season. Well over eight million people are in need of assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, …

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