Jan 152014
 
WITH REFERENDUM UNDER WAY IN EGYPT, SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES RESPECT FOR FREE EXPRESSION, COMMITMENT TO NON-VIOLENCE

NEW YORK, January 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General is following closely the referendum process in Egypt. He stresses the importance of respect for freedom of assembly and expression, as well as commitment to non-violence. The Secretary-General encourages all [...]

Jan 152014
 
Gambian journalists charged with giving false information

NEW YORK, January 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gambian authorities should drop the charges against two journalists who have been held since Monday on accusations of giving false information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security agents arrested Musa Sheriff, a Liberian citizen and editor of the thrice-weekly independent newspaper The Voice, [...]

Jan 142014
 
FCO Press Release: Minister for Africa expresses condolences over South Sudanese ferry disaster

LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mark Simmonds offers condolences to those affected by the sinking of a ferry carrying hundreds of people fleeing violence in South Sudan. Commenting on the ferry disaster, the Minister for Africa, currently visiting Khartoum, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic ferry sinking [...]

Jan 142014
 
FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary marks third anniversary of Tunisian Jasmine Revolution

LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — William Hague welcomes significant progress in Tunisia’s National Dialogue Roadmap and offers support for next phase of the transition. Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I warmly congratulate Prime Minister Designate Mehdi Jomaa on being asked to form a new government, and the people of Tunisia on [...]

Jan 142014
 
FCO Press Release: FCO Minister concerned by violence in Libya

LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Office Minister condemns murder of Libyan Deputy Minister and highlights concern at violence in Sabha. The FCO Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Hugh Robertson, said: “I am very concerned about the fighting in Sabha and reports of the deaths of more than [...]

Jan 142014
 
UNAIDS and Global Fund Fear New Law in Nigeria Could Hinder AIDS Response

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria express deep concern that access to HIV services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will be severely affected by a new law in Nigeria––further criminalizing LGBT people, organizations and activities, as well as [...]

Jan 142014
 
Opening Remarks by Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security during the 7th Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Defense, Safety and Security

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 7TH MEETING OF THE SPECIALIZED TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENSE, SAFETY AND SECURITY ADDIS ABABA, 14 JANUARY 2014 Honourable Ministers and other Heads of Delegation, Chiefs of Defense Staff and Heads of Safety and Security Services, Ladies and Gentlemen, As the new African Union Commissioner for [...]

Jan 142014
 
Libya prepares to modernize its ICT sector / Libyan delegation at ITU seeks support to attain world standards in ICTs

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Libya approached ITU seeking to establish world-class ICT facilities in the country. Heading the Libyan delegation, Deputy Minister for Communications and Informatics Mr Mohamad Benrasali asked for ITU’s support in preparing a master plan to modernize ICT infrastructure in Libya to “not only world class level, [...]

Jan 142014
 
The Build Africa Forum announces the participation of President Vicente Fox, Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, & Professor Xavier Sala-I-Martin at the Global Forum On Infrastructure in Africa

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The BUILD Africa Forum (http://www.buildafricaforum.com) is pleased to announce the participation of global leaders during the two day forum on infrastructure in Africa, to be held under the High Patronage of Denis Sassou N’Guesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, on February [...]

Jan 142014
 
UN team documents grave human rights violations in CAR

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The human rights situation remains extremely volatile in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Human Rights Office said Tuesday as it released its findings on an earlier wave of human rights violations in December. Although the number of clashes appears to have slightly diminished in [...]