Impartial justice for all, the key to reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire – UN expert human rights expert

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Cote d’Ivoire, Doudou Diène, expressed concern over unresolved issues in the national reconciliation process of the West African country, ahead of presidential elections in 2015. The key, he stressed, lies in applying “impartial justice for all” in a country still recovering from months of unrest after a disputed poll in 2010.

“The 2015 presidential election has to be the ultimate test and proof that Cote d’Ivoire has recovered from this crisis,” Mr. Diène said during the presentation of his latest report* to the UN Human Rights Council. “However, there are key problems that have not been resolved, and which have to be resolved to make the election democratically credible and consensual.”

“The most important point, because all the problems are very closely interrelated, is that the reconciliation process is linked to the key issue of justice and, more precisely, the issue of impartiality and equity of justice, and to the problem of fully participating democratic process,” he said.

The Independent Expert warned that -for the time being- only people accused of crime and coming from the side of the former president Laurent Gbagbo are being tried or imprisoned. “The problem of equity of justice is that all that have committed violent crimes whatever their political, ethnic or tribal or religious background should be tried,” he underscored.

He particularly called for the expedition of the trial of the country’s former first lady, President Gbagbo’s wife. The former president is currently facing trial in the Hague’s International Criminal Court.

The Independent Expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advice on the human rights situation in Cote d’Ivoire, also called for the reform of the national electoral body ahead of the 2015 elections.

“For the election to be credible, the independent electoral commission has to be reformed,” Mr. Diène said. “Everybody agrees that it has to be reformed because it does not reflect the reality of the political landscape of Cote d’Ivoire.”

“Cote d’Ivoire is on the way of recovering from ten years of violent crisis, but it is just a process because the crisis has been very deep,” the human rights expert stated. “It will take time for Cote d’Ivoire to totally recover but I feel the grounds have been rebuilt and the basis is there for recovery.”

(*) Check the Independent Expert’s report to the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/25/73): http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session25/Pages/ListReports.aspx

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5th Eastern Africa Oil, Gas-LNG & Energy Conference – 28 – 30 April 2014, Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With a 35+year track record in and on Africa, Global Pacific & Partners (http://www.glopac-partners.com) hosts this landmark meeting on Eastern Africa. Now in its 5th year, Global Pacific & Partners invites you to this annual event held in Nairobi, Kenya, providing unrivalled new insights into the upstream opportunities, open acreage, bid rounds, new ventures, oil/gas investments, key upstream players, and corporate/government strategies in this vast region of fifteen countries covering onshore and offshore potential, from Eritrea to South Africa, including across the Mascerene islands.

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Over 350 senior executives attended the Conference in 2013, with 36 exhibitors.

Key Focus:

- Upstream opportunities

- Open acreage

- Bid rounds

- New ventures

- Oil/gas investments

- Key upstream players

- Corporate/government strategies

Senior-Level Presentations from:

- Africa Oil Corp

- Anadarko Petroleum

- BGP

- CGG

- Discover Exploration Limited

- Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, EP

- Geological Survey Department, Malawi

- Ministry of Energy, Kenya

- Ministere des Hydrocarbures, Kinshasa

- Ministere des Mines et des Hydrocarbures, Madagascar

- Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources, Rwanda

- Ophir Energy

- PetroSeychelles

- Petroleum Exploration & Production Department, Uganda

- Salama Fikira

- Shell Exploration

- SPETC Advisory

- Soma Oil & Gas

- Somali Petroleum Corporation

- South Atlantic Petroleum

- Taipan Resources

- T5 Oil & Gas Ltd

- Tullow Oil

- Vanoil Energy

The 5th Eastern Africa – Strategy Briefing presented by their Chairman, Dr Duncan Clarke, is held prior to the conference, on Monday 28th April, and will provide key insights on the corporate upstream oil and gas game, governments, state oil firms, and licensing strategies.

Key Focus:

- Eastern Africa’s corporate E&P players

- Acreage, assets, strategies and investments

- Minnows, Independents, Super Majors

- Onshore/Offshore: Sudan to South Africa

- Foreign State Oil Companies

Following the 5th Eastern Africa Oil, Gas/LNG & Energy we will celebrate the 62nd PetroAfricanus Dinner to be held on 29th April.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Global Pacific & Partners.

Note for the Press:

For further information, please contact Global Pacific & Partners:

Babette van Gessel

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Sonika Greyvenstein

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Gemalto launches integrated Border and Visa Management solution for fast, reliable and secure immigration control

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com), the world leader in digital security, has introduced the Coesys Border and Visa Management solution to meet the combined needs of securing borders and simplifying travel procedures. The end-to-end solution integrates high-availability service platforms, secure software and on-site services to significantly reduce waiting times through the use of automated document verification and border control at land, sea and airport check points. Gemalto’s visa and border management technology enables government authorities to implement an electronically connected system for easy deployment of immigration policies.

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This new, entirely computerized system enhances security and provides a more efficient set of tools to monitor border entries and exits. It also delivers higher rates of detection and prevention through official international databases to check if the travel document has been lost or stolen. Coesys Border and Visa Management can easily incorporate automated e-gates at border immigration check points. These highly secure, two-stage traveler verification systems first verify that the e-passport is authentic and then performs facial or fingerprint recognition to match the holder to the electronic data securely stored on the e-passport.

In addition to a dedicated platform for border control, Gemalto’s portfolio includes consultancy, solution design, system integration and full support for the transition from legacy systems to integrated border management infrastructures. Coesys Border & Visa Management leverages Gemalto’s unique global footprint and long-standing trusted relationships with government and authorities worldwide, acquired through more than 80 successful deployments in the public sector.

“This new solution capitalizes on Gemalto’s security expertise and the hundreds of millions of electronic travel documents with the associated services that we have deployed so far,” said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President, Government Programs at Gemalto. “With air passengers traffic expected to double by 2030 (1) and 53% of all passports issued forecast to embed the electronic feature in 2017 (2), Coesys Border and Visa Management comes about just when governments need to fast track travelers through major international airports, with no compromise on security.”

1 source Airports Council International (ACI)

2 source ICAO

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Gemalto.

Gemalto Media Contacts:

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Middle East & Africa

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About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com) is the world leader in digital security (http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html) with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.

Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals. Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit http://www.gemalto.com, http://www.justaskgemalto.com, http://blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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SECURITY COUNCIL 751 AND 1907 COMMITTEE ON SOMALIA AND ERITREA REVISES ITS GUIDELINES

NEW YORK, March 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 25 March 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea adopted revised Guidelines for the Conduct of its Work. These latest Guidelines reflect Security Council resolution 2142 (2014).

The Committee has adopted the revised Guidelines to facilitate the conduct of its own work and provide useful guidance to Member States in their efforts to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions. The English language version of the revised Guidelines is available on the Committee’s website* and versions of the Guidelines in all six official languages will be made available on the website in due course.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT TO HOST ‘CONVERSATION’ WITH SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS, 2 APRIL

NEW YORK, March 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Refugee All Stars, formed by a group of refugees from Sierra Leone, will be at United Nations Headquarters on 2 April to take part in the United Nations Academic Impact’s conversation series, “Music for Peace”.

The event, simply titled “A Conversation with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars”, will be held in Conference Room 4 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. It will focus on the role of music in promoting peace and the eight-member band will answer questions from the audience and perform songs.

Throughout the 1990s, the West African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a horrifying war that forced millions to flee their homes. The musicians that would eventually form Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are all originally from Freetown, and they were forced to leave the capital city at various times after violent rebel attacks. Most of those that left the country made their way into neighbouring Guinea, some ending up in refugee camps.

The event is open to all, but seats are limited. Those interested in attending are requested to pre-register by sending an e-mail to academicimpact@un.org (subject: Music for peace). It will be webcast and made available at http://webtv.un.org. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions and comments to the same address.

The “conversation”, organized by United Nations Academic Impact in association with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, World Music Institute, Modiba and Apollo Theater, is second in its “Music for Peace” conversation series. Earlier, on 24 March, it hosted, in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, a special event featuring Indian sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan. Academic Impact believes that every discipline of learning and practice can prove relevant to the ideals of the United Nations. Music is one that it’s two key principles — that of peace and that of “unlearning intolerance”.

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