Jan 172014
 
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO PREVENT A GENOCIDE

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Director of Operations, Mr. John Ging, has returned from a four-day mission to the Central African Republic, where the violent clashes that broke out on 5 December 2013, have claimed the lives of over two thousand people, displaced [...]

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Jan 162014
 
Canada Marks Conclusion of Constitutional Referendum in Egypt

OTTAWA, Canada, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “The conclusion of voting in Egypt’s constitutional referendum marks an important step in that country’s road map forward. “Canada supports the continued implementation of the transition road map, which includes upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. “It [...]

Jan 162014
 
Africa: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: Expanding Labor Rights in Burma, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan Africa

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — January 16, 2014 Department of State Public Notice Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: Expanding Labor Rights in Burma, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan Africa. SUMMARY The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting [...]

Jan 162014
 
Ireland / Zambia / New Ambassador presents Credentials

DUBLIN, Ireland, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia presented its Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Mr. Paul William Lumbi, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia, was accompanied by his wife, Hilda, and by Mr. Amos Chanda, First Secretary [...]

Jan 162014
 
Rwanda: first official visit by UN expert on freedoms of peaceful assembly and association

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai will visit Rwanda from 20 to 27 January 2014 to assess in depth to what extent the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are enjoyed in the country. Mr. Kiai’s visit will be the first information-gathering mission [...]

Jan 162014
 
IFC, EU and MicroEnsure Advance Weather Index Insurance for Small-scale Farmers in Rwanda, Zambia

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed two grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd, valued at about $650,000 combined, to increase the supply of index-based weather insurance to small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and to [...]

Jan 162014
 
REPEATING ‘NEVER AGAIN' AFTER ATROCITY ‘A SIGN OF CONTINUED FAILURE', DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS AT EVENT ON RWANDA GENOCIDE

NEW YORK, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks at the event on the Rwandan Genocide, in New York today: I am deeply honoured to have been invited to speak at this event at the United Nations and in this year that so sadly marks the twentieth [...]

Jan 162014
 
SECRETARY-GENERAL, FEARING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN MAY FUEL PREJUDICE, VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA, ‘STRONGLY HOPES' FOR REVIEW OF NEW LAW'S CONSTITUTIONALITY

NEW YORK, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General shares the deep concern expressed yesterday by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, following the recent signing into law of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria. The [...]

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Jan 162014
 
South Sudan's Broken Promise?

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Testimony Linda Thomas-Greenfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Washington, DC January 15, 2014 Introduction Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. As you know, Special Envoy Booth is unavailable to testify today as he [...]

Jan 162014
 
Kurz: Austria responds to dramatic humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic / Foreign Minister Kurz announces humanitarian relief funds donation of 500,000 euros for Central African Republi

VIENNA, Austria, January 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Austria is making a solidary contribution for alleviating the dramatic humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. “We are providing € 500,000 emergency relief funds from the Austrian Foreign Disaster Relief Fund in response to the aggravating humanitarian crisis for helping the 2.2 million people in [...]

Jan 152014
 
MSF treats more than 100 wounded following heavy fighting in Malakal, South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, January 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Heavy fighting in South Sudan’s Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states has left thousands of people newly displaced and hundreds wounded, says the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). During the recent fighting, MSF teams treated 116 people with gunshot wounds in [...]

Jan 152014
 
FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary expresses disappointment with anti-LGBT legislation in Nigeria

LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Foreign Secretary expressed disappointment that the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Bill has received Presidential assent. Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary said: “The UK is a close friend of Nigeria, but we are disappointed that President Jonathan has given his assent to a Bill which will [...]