Jun 112014
 
UNHCR concerned over recent attacks aimed at foreigners including refugees in Mamelodi, located north of Pretoria, in Guateng province

PRETORIA, South-Africa, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNHCR is extremely concerned over the recent spate of violence in Mamelodi, affecting foreigners, including refugees and asylum-seekers. Since Saturday, 7 June, foreign-owned shops in this area were attacked and looted. It is believed that the unrest began with complaints from nationals about service delivery, then [...]

Jun 112014
 
Countries crack down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing / FAO's Committee on Fisheries greenlights Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance

ROME, Italy, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Countries took a major step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing today as they endorsed a set of international guidelines that will hold states more accountable for the activities of fishing vessels flying their flags. The FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag [...]

Jun 112014
 
COMMEMORATION OF THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD (DAC)  2014 on the theme " A CHILD FRIENDLY, QUALITY, FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN AFRICA"

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — INVITATION TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHEN: 16 June 2014 WHERE: African Union Headquarters – Addis Ababa Ethiopia WHO: ACERWC and UN, Plan International, Save the Children, ACPF WHY: The DAC presents an opportunity for all Stake-holders on children’s rights, including government, non-governmental and international entities, to [...]

Jun 112014
 
Readout of the President's Call with Egyptian President al-Sisi

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — President Obama called Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi today to congratulate him on his inauguration and to convey his commitment to working together to advance the shared interests of both countries. The President reiterated the United States’ continuing support for the political, economic, and social aspirations of the [...]

Jun 112014
 
Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan

LONDON, United-Kingdom, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Joint Statement by the United States, Norway and the United Kingdom on National Dialogue in Sudan. The Members of the Troika welcome the National Congress Party’s stated intent to undertake a process of national dialogue in Sudan. We have long shared the view of many Sudanese [...]

Jun 112014
 
President Sisi reaffirms commitment to democracy to IPU

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Egypt’s new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reaffirmed his commitment to democracy today (10/6) during talks with IPU President Abdelwahad Radi in Cairo and called for greater support for his country and the region. During the hour-long meeting, President Sisi underlined his support for human rights [...]

Jun 112014
 
Counselor Shannon and Special Envoy Booth To Attend IGAD Summit on South Sudan

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 9, 2014 Counselor of the Department Thomas A. Shannon Jr. and Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald E. Booth will attend the Heads of State Summit for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday, June [...]

Jun 112014
 
IOM Somalia Distributes Hygiene Kits to Flood Victims in Kismayo

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Somalia and the NGO Agency for Peace and Development (APD) have distributed emergency hygiene kits to 1,000 households affected by the floods in Kismayo, Somalia. Each hygiene kit contained aqua tabs, jerry cans and soap. According to ICRC, approximately 1,539 people from 11 internally displaced [...]

Jun 112014
 
Chad Human Trafficking Challenge: IOM Report

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Chad has launched a major qualitative study on human trafficking in Chad, as part of a two-year US State Department-funded project: “Strengthening Chad’s Capacity to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Persons”. The report concludes that trafficking in persons in Chad takes many forms, mostly affecting [...]

Jun 112014
 
Crisis Will Affect One in Two South Sudanese Before Year End, Warns IOM

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With 1.4 million people displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan since December (one million inside the country and almost 400,000 refugees in the region), IOM has warned that the humanitarian situation will worsen in the coming months and will affect one in two South [...]

Jun 112014
 
Displaced in Bangui Lack Financial Means to Return Home: IOM Return Intention Survey

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM’s fifth IDP Return Intention Survey carried out in Bangui, Central African Republic and released yesterday quantifies the increasing hardship experienced by the displaced population. Interviews were carried out from 19-23 May at 34 displacement sites in Bangui with 575 displaced persons. In comparison to the [...]

Jun 112014
 
Migrant Boat Arrivals in Italy Top 50,000: IOM Calls for Action

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM Director General William Lacy Swing today called for urgent international action and intensified cooperation following the arrival of over 5,470 migrants by boat in Sicily over the weekend. Over 50,000 migrants and asylum seekers have now reached Italy from North Africa in 2014. The most [...]