Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the announcement of election results in Nigeria

NEW YORK, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General takes note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He has spoken to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari.

The Secretary-General congratulates President-elect Buhari. He commends President Jonathan for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process. He also applauds the INEC for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances. He calls on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections. He also appeals to them to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels.

The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy. He hopes that the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the announcement of election results in Nigeria

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The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF)” 2015 will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis

TUNIS, Tunisia, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF 2015)”: “Invest in TUNISIA, Join the Growing Success” (http://www.tunisiainvestmentforum.tn), will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis – El Mouradi Hotel – Gammarth.

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TIF 2015 will highlight the new characteristics of the Tunisian business environment, measures implemented to sustain inward investment and bring together industry leaders, key decision makers, senior Government officials and foreign companies from both emerging and developed countries. This will provide a platform for a positive interactive discussion which is essential to the sustainable development of Tunisia as well as international business circles.

It will mainly focus on the qualified HR, modern technologies and Tunisia’s major factors of competitiveness that have contributed to moving up in the global value chains and the prospects for development in Offshoring and Nearshoring, Renewable Energies and Biotechnology: promising sectors that will foster the process of structural transformation and become a dynamic source of growth and job creation, especially for university graduates.

TIF 2015 is also an opportunity of a paramount importance for pre-arranged B2B meetings based on an online catalogue containing detailed profiles of companies and specifying the desired type of business partnerships.

Last but not least, during this year’s Forum, FIPA-Tunisia will celebrate its 20th anniversary and will mark this event by organizing a cocktail reception on the evening of Thursday 11th June 2015.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisia).

Media contact:

Mr Beligh Ben Soltane

International Marketing Director

Tel: +216 71 75 11 24

Mob: +216 25 086 415

beligh.bensoltane@fipa.tn

Source:: The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF)” 2015 will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis

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Widows’ eviction highlights need to abolish or amend Tanzania’s discriminatory laws, UN experts say

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tanzania should take steps to revise or repeal laws, customs and practices that discriminate against women, a UN Committee has said after considering the case of two widows who were prevented from inheriting their late husbands’ property and were left homeless.

The Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) issued its call after considering a complaint by the women, who under local customary laws could not inherit upon their respective husband’s death and were subsequently evicted from their homes by their in-laws.

In 2005, the women, referred to as E.S and S.C, began legal proceedings, arguing that inheritance provisions be struck down because they contravened Tanzania’s Constitution and the country’s international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which it ratified in 1985. They also argued that millions of other women in Tanzania experience the same violations they have faced as a result of discriminatory customary laws.

In 2006, the High Court agreed that the provisions were discriminatory but said it would not overturn them as doing so would “be opening a Pandora’s box, with all the seemingly discriminative customs from our 120 tribes plus following the same path”.

Customary law is in force in 30 districts, making it the most commonly applied form of law in Tanzania. Regarding widows, it states that she “has no share of the inheritance if the deceased left relatives of his clan; her share is to be cared for by her children, just as she cared for them.”

In its findings, the 23-member Committee said that Tanzania should grant the two women adequate reparation and compensation, noting that they had been left “economically vulnerable, with no property, no home to live in with their children and no form of financial support.”

CEDAW called on Tanzania to ensure that rights guaranteed under the Convention have precedence over inconsistent and discriminatory provisions. The Committee noted that States parties have an obligation to adopt measures to amend or abolish “not only existing laws and regulations, but also customs and practices that constitute discrimination against women.” This includes countries such as Tanzania that have “multiple legal systems in which different personal status laws apply to individuals on the basis of identity factors such as ethnicity and religion”.

Courts should also refrain from resorting to unreasonable and undue delays, CEDAW said, noting that shortcomings in the Tanzanian judiciary had denied the women justice, with their appeal pending before the Court of Appeal for more than six years.

Among several other recommendations, CEDAW called on Tanzania to encourage dialogue on the removal of discriminatory law provisions and provide mandatory training for judges, prosecutors and other judicial personnel on the Convention and the Committee’s jurisprudence.

CEDAW said Tanzania should submit a written response within six months, including information on any action taken in light of its recommendations.

Source:: Widows’ eviction highlights need to abolish or amend Tanzania’s discriminatory laws, UN experts say

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — President Obama spoke today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The President emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC’s constitution and protect the rights of all DRC citizens. The President noted that President Kabila’s legacy as a leader who brought the DRC out of war and set it on a path of continued democratic progress would be consolidated by free and fair elections in 2016. President Obama assured President Kabila that the United States would remain engaged in the DRC throughout the electoral process, including through the appointment of a new U.S. Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes Region and the DRC. The two leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to ending the threat of armed groups, particularly the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The President encouraged cooperation between the Armed Forces of the DRC and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC in operations against the FDLR. President Obama also discussed with President Kabila the pending adoptions in the DRC by American families and urged a timely resolution to this situation.

Source:: Readout of the President’s Call with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Readout of the President’s Call with President al-Sisi of Egypt

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — President Obama spoke with Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi today regarding the U.S.-Egyptian military assistance relationship and regional developments, including in Libya and Yemen. President Obama informed President al-Sisi that he will lift executive holds that have been in place since October 2013 on the delivery of F-16 aircraft, Harpoon missiles, and M1A1 tank kits. The President also advised President al-Sisi that he will continue to request an annual $1.3 billion in military assistance for Egypt. Beginning in fiscal year 2018, the President noted that we will channel U.S. security assistance for Egypt to four categories – counterterrorism, border security, Sinai security, and maritime security – and for sustainment of weapons systems already in Egypt’s arsenal.

The President explained that these and other steps will help refine our military assistance relationship so that it is better positioned to address the shared challenges to U.S. and Egyptian interests in an unstable region, consistent with the longstanding strategic partnership between our two countries. President Obama also reiterated U.S. concerns about Egypt’s continued imprisonment of non-violent activists and mass trials. He encouraged increased respect for freedom of speech and assembly and emphasized that these issues remain a focus for the United States. The two leaders agreed to stay in touch in the weeks and months ahead.

Source:: Readout of the President’s Call with President al-Sisi of Egypt

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Statement from Minister Paradis on the Attack on an International Red Cross Truck in Mali

OTTAWA, Canada, March 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The attack perpetrated yesterday on an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) truck in Northern Mali, killing its driver, needs to be strongly condemned in unequivocal terms as a violation of the universal rules of international humanitarian law. This is a coward and disgraceful act.

The Government of Canada joins the ICRC in strongly condemning the attack and in calling on all parties to the conflict in Mali to respect and protect humanitarian workers. The Red Cross emblem must be respected.

Acts like the one perpetrated today only remind us of the bravery and courage of the men and women of the international humanitarian organizations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected.

Canada will continue to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Source:: Statement from Minister Paradis on the Attack on an International Red Cross Truck in Mali

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