News by region: Africa


Central African Republic: UN investigation into sexual abuse allegations continues

1 May – The United Nations is proceeding with its investigation of the events surrounding the release to a third party of an internal report on allegations of sexual misconduct by French military personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR), a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


Alarmed by Burundi media curbs, UN human rights office reiterates call for free and fair elections

1 May – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed its deep concern about measures taken this week by Burundian authorities to seriously curtail rights to freedom of expression and assembly, urging measures to ensure the space necessary for the conduct of free and fair elections in the country.


Security Council demands immediate end to hostilities in Mali, urges parties to abide by ceasefire

1 May – The United Nations Security Council today expressed its deep concern at the outbreak of violence that has occurred in Mali this past week, which “threatens to undermine the peace process, and demanded that the hostilities cease immediately.”


Amid spike in arrivals, number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia passes 200,000 – UN

1 May – The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark and more are expected amid fresh conflict across the border, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


UN relief wing says unrest continues in Burundi, requests funds for humanitarian contingency planning

30 April – Civil unrest continued for a fourth day in areas of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, after current President Pierre Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party as their candidate for upcoming presidential elections, the United Nations relief arm reported today.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Democratic Republic of the Congo

30 April – The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom called today for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 April.


New UN special envoy on Ebola response makes first visit to Sierra Leone

29 April – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said that surveillance and community engagement still require improvement in some areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone where new cases continued to surface, a day after the new Special Representative for UN Ebola Response, Peter Graff, was informed of a continued transmission epicentre on the border between those two countries.


Ban calls for immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali amid surge in violence

29 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement.


UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram

29 April – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Nigerian President-Elect.


Draft political deal for Libyan parties is ‘work in progress,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

29 April – Announcing today that he had outlined for the Security Council his draft proposal for a political agreement among Libya’s opposing factions, the United Nations envoy for the country warned that ongoing “chaos” there has sparked a series of dire events in the wider region – forcing thousands of desperate civilians to seek unsafe passage across the Mediterranean and a spate of recent bomb attacks against embassies in Tripoli.