Category Archives: Governance

Peace Operations Chief Urges Central African Republic Actors to Focus on Political Agreement, Inclusive Elections, in Security Council Briefing

Battling the spread of COVID-19 and resurgent militia attacks, the Central African Republic stands at a crossroads, experts said during a 22 June videoconference meeting* of the Security Council, urging the country to stay focused on implementing its landmark Political Agreement and holding credible elections on schedule. Senior officials of the United Nations, the African

Thirty-nine organisations call on governments to ensure access to asylum seekers during COVID-19 pandemic

People seeking safety are trapped at borders across Eastern Africa due to COVID-19 measures A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The organisations are calling on governments to put in place measures

Somaliland Leader: Mogadishu Is Biggest Challenge to Our Recognition

Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi says authorities in Mogadishu pose the biggest challenge for the autonomous region’s fight for recognition as an independent state, 29 years after the region broke away from Somalia after the overthrow of military ruler Siad Barre. In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Somalia service that aired Saturday, Bihi called on

Africa Rises in Rage Over George Floyd Death in US

JOHANNESBURG – Officials in Africa have expressed concern over developments in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, the black American man killed in police custody in the city of Minneapolis last week. The head of the African Union described Floyd’s death as an act of “murder,” while South Africa’s ruling party is calling

China-Africa Blanket Debt Forgiveness Not in the Cards

WASHINGTON – As China tightens its belt economically in response to the coronavirus, African leaders are anxious about the future of infrastructure projects, trade and, in some cases, are requesting debt relief. China is Africa’s largest trading partner with over $200 billion in combined imports and exports annually. China has also financed billions of dollars

In Unusual Move, US Embassies in Africa Speak up on Floyd

JOHANNESBURG – As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat,

Agencies Step Up Aid to Camp Fire Victims in Eastern Nigeria’s Borno State

GENEVA – U.N. and private aid agencies are scaling up assistance to thousands of people who have lost everything in a fire that engulfed their camp in Maiduguri, the capital of eastern Nigeria’s Borno state a week ago. What was meant to be a festive occasion celebrating the end of Ramadan turned into a nightmare.

UN rights chief urges US to take “serious action” to stop police killings of African Americans

GENEVA, May 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killing by US police of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man whose death was captured on video and led to violent protests in the state of Minneapolis. “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by

Senior Aide to Congo’s President Denies Embezzling Millions at Opening of His Trial

The chief of staff to Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi denied embezzling more than $50 million in public funds at a brief opening of his trial Monday. The president of the court then postponed Vital Kamerhe’s trial for two weeks, until May 25, while the investigation into the case continues. Kamerhe, the most senior politician to go on trial for corruption in