Category: UN – United Nations

UN experts urge states to boost protection for rights defenders

June 4, 2018 (GENEVA) – United Nations human rights experts have called on states to ramp up measures to safeguard and support human rights defenders at a time when they are coming under increasing pressure globally, adding that civil society’s role in the international human rights system is vital.
In a statement issued at the end of a meeting initiated by the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the (…)


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UN official calls to focus on South Sudan civilians protection from sexual violence

April 20, 2019 (JUBA) – At the end of her four-day visit to South Sudan, UN chief aide for peacekeeping operations, Bintou Keita Thursday called to focus on protection of civilians particularly women and children who are victims of sexual violence.
Keita’s visit came after the renewal of UNMISS mandate for another year until March 2019. The resolution 2406 (2018) pointed to the need to prevent sexual and gender-based violence against civilians and encouraged the mission to explore what (…)


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UN peacekeeping review urges support for S. Sudan political process

February 28, 2018 (JUBA) – A review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in war-torn South Sudan requires reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official has said.
“A sustainable political resolution of the conflict is also the only avenue to chalk out a viable exit strategy” for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told the UN Security (…)


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UN launches $1.5bn appeal for South Sudan refugees

February 1, 2018 (NAIROBI) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock have launched a funding appeal for $1.5 billion to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and for $1.7 billion for its people in need during 2018.
The appeal was jointly launched on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nearly 2.5 million South Sudanese, the UN said, have fled the country into Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, (…)


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Uganda, Kenya fuelling S. Sudan conflict, says UN official

January 30, 2018 (JUBA) – A senior United Nations official has accused Uganda and Kenya of allegedly helping prolong the civil war in South Sudan by aiding arms transfers in to war-torn nation.
“The responsibility to prevent atrocities is regional and international,” Adama Dieng, the UN special advisor for prevention of genocide, told the Washington-based Voice of America (VOA) on Monday.
“It is true that large quantities of weapons and ammunition are flowing into South Sudan through Kenya (…)


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Rights body urges UN takeover of war-torn S. Sudan

January 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) – A South Sudanese human rights body has urged the United Nations to place the war-torn nation under its protectorate status if the peace revitalization fails to achieve peace.
Tito Anthony, the Center for Peace and Justice (CPJ) coordinator, said the coalition government should avoid the repeat the renewed that broke out in July 2016, which led to the death of hundreds of people and displacement of thousands.
He insisted the world body should take over the (…)


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UN agencies, donors visit N. Bahr el Ghazal state program

December 9, 2017 (JUBA) – A team from United Nations agencies and the donor community were in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal to visit a joint UN recovery and stabilisation programme, which aims at addressing the multi-dimensional needs of people in the region.
Funded by Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United States aid arm (USAID) and aid from the United Kingdom, the integrated joint programming is reportedly in line with the ‘New Way of Working’ in South Sudan.
The (…)


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UN official urges ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual abuse in S. Sudan

December 7, 2017 (JUBA) – A senior United Nations official has urged peacekeepers and staffs to closely work with the vulnerable people in South Sudan if they were to gain the mutual trust and confidence.
Jane Connors, the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, said cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down a relationship, but also destroys the trust communities have in the world body.
“It is conduct which is absolutely abhorrent and a conduct which is extraordinarily (…)


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South Sudan not using food as weapon of war, says official

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday dismissed a United Nations report, which claimed is government was deliberately using food as a weapon of war to starve thousands of its population.
A confidential report from UN monitors presented to the Security Council blamed South Sudan government for allegedly blocking life-saving aid in some areas, causing sufferings to the displaced people.
The UN report faults President Salva Kiir’s government for food insecurity situation in a nation (…)


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Former S. Sudanese army chief calls for external mediation

November 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong has called for external mediation after community leaders failed to break standoff after his refusal to put down arms and release guards in compliance with a presidential directive.
In a 7 November letter addressed to David Shearer, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Malong, called for intervention of the world body and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to (…)


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UN celebrates 72nd anniversary across war-torn S. Sudan

October 24, 2017 (JUBA) – United Nations personnel across South Sudan on Tuesday came together with local leaders and communities to celebrate UN Day and the work the organization is doing to protect civilians, build durable peace, and create stability and development within the young nation.
Speaking at a UN Day event in Juba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer paid tribute to the professionalism, commitment and courage of the thousands of staff working for (…)


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UN decries widespread violations on children in S. Sudan, Somalia

October 6, 2017 (JUBA) – More than 15,500 children became victims of widespread violations – including shocking levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use, and denial of humanitarian access – a new United Nations report has revealed.
According to the Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict, which was presented to the Security Council on Thursday, children from countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and (…)


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South Sudan’s Kiir, UN envoy differ over regional forces

September 27, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the head of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) have each differed over the deployment of regional protection forces.
President Kiir on Wednesday directed all the country’s security organs to extend full cooperation to regional protection force, saying initial differences over the airport had finally been resolved.
“There is no dispute. What happened when they [regional force] came has resolved. They wanted to (…)


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