Sudan: UN expert raises concerns about violence against women, calls for legal reform

The UN Independent Expert on Sudan expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country.

“These abuses are made worse in the wider context of gender inequality in Sudanese society and the legal framework that institutionalizes it,” Aristide Nononsi said at the end of a 10-day visit to the country.

He added that so-called public morality offences, such as those used against women deemed to be “indecently” dressed, along with the humiliation of corporal punishment, violated international human rights norms.

Nononsi reiterated his call for the Government to take effective measures, including reforming the country’s current legal framework, to address the serious institutional gaps in its security and justice system in order to promote respect for the rule of law and protection of human rights. He welcomed the appointment of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the Sudan National Human Rights Commission, which will enable it to function effectively.

During his visit, the Independent Expert drew the attention of the authorities to the situation of detainees in the Shallah Federal Prison in North Darfur, making specific reference to the cases of 117 men and women currently held under emergency laws.

He also raised concerns about the situation of 56 detainees sentenced to death, including the case of a woman whose appeal for a presidential pardon was recently rejected.

“These individuals are at risk of being executed at any time. They need protection and international attention must be directed to addressing this issue as a matter of urgency. I would encourage the Government to halt all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,” said the Independent Expert.

He also deplored reports of human rights defenders, political activists and journalists being arrested and detained over protests in January and February 2018 in protest against austerity measures.

“I welcome the decision to release some of those who were arrested and I encourage the authorities to ensure everyone still arbitrarily detained is released, and also to undertake that no such detentions should happen in the future,” he added.

The Independent Expert will present his full findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2018.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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New Global Digital Library to Provide Free Reading Resources for Ethiopian Children

The Global Book Alliance, which is comprised of donor agencies from the United States, Norway, the UK, and other countries, is launching a new Global Digital Library in Ethiopia to increase the availability of high quality reading resources for children and youth across the country. Ethiopia was selected as the first country to launch the Global Digital Library, which is a worldwide effort to provide children with the books and learning materials they need to learn to read.

The Global Digital Library is collecting existing, high-quality, open educational reading resources, and making them available on digital platforms (web, mobile) and for print. It will also eventually facilitate translation and localization of these resources to more than 300 languages worldwide. In Ethiopia, the Global Digital Library will be hosting openly licensed high quality reading resources in seven Ethiopian languages (Amharic, Tigrigna, Afaan Oromo, Af-Somaali, Sidama Afoo, Wolayttatto, and Hadiyyisa), as well as library resources for leisure reading in three Ethiopian languages from African Storybook.

Founding members of the Global Book Alliance include: the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UKaid, UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, the World Bank, World Vision, ADEA, Australian Aid, and the Global Partnership for Education.

The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa invites you to attend this event

Date: April 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

Venue: United Nations ECA Conference Center, Large Briefing Room, UN Compound, Addis Ababa

Please RSVP to Ms. Elisabeth Gebremariam (
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Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy Inaugurates High-Tech Satchmo Center

The U.S. Embassy will officially inaugurate a new engagement-focused facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology called the Satchmo Center, located inside the Embassy’s premises on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

The Satchmo Center, whose primary purpose is to support engagement with Ethiopians on issues related to American culture, society and policies, is equipped with some of the latest technologies, such as a new interactive wall screen, a 3D printer, video conferencing facilities, a view sonic display kiosk, and media lab video production equipment, including a green screen and sound system. The Center is open to public.

U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor will inaugurate the Center in the presence of distinguished guests, members and the media.

The Center was named after the influential African-American trumpeter, composer and singer- Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed the Satchmo.

You are cordially invited to cover the inauguration of the Satchmo Center at:

Venue: American Embassy, Entoto

Time: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Please RSVP to Ali Suleiman (0911 509 510) or to Yohannes Gezahegn (0911 512 227)

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Ghana: On 20 April the United Kingdom concluded delivery of the Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context Course at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

On 20 Apr the United Kingdom concluded delivery of the Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context Course at KAIPTC.

The MDWSC course had commenced on 9 Apr with participants from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and of course Ghana. This multinational array of participants were brought together for a programme that aims to enable representatives from across the defence and security sector to contribute to the development, implementation and review of national security and defence policies.

Covering many areas of policy, strategy, management and leadership, the participants enjoyed a varied programme that sought to aid them in managing defence and security matters in their relevant countries.

The course was opened by the Deputy Defence Minister, the Hon Major Derek Oduro MP (Retired), along with the British High Commissioner to Ghana, HE Mr Iain Walker, with participants honoured to be joined at an evening reception by the Hon Minister for Defence, the Hon Deputy Minister for Defence, the Hon Adam Afriyie MP (the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana), both the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Defence and Interior Committee, the Inspector General of Police, and a wide range of other senior officers and officials.

A flagship programme amongst UK defence courses, this was the 7th consecutive year that the UK and Ghana have collaborated to deliver this regional programme. In his opening address, HE Mr Iain Walker called on participants to ‘use this opportunity for serious strategic thinking about how Defence and the Security sectors function and how they can function better’, noting that ‘it is through collective dialogue and the collaborative management of issues that we are strengthened.’

Lt Col Simon Westlake, the UK’s Defence Adviser to Ghana for the last 2 years, stated:

“I am very pleased this programme has returned to Ghana and to once again see the combined strengths of the UK Defence Academy, Cranfield University and KAIPTC brought together to the benefit of a wide range of countries and participants.”

He noted how impressed he had been by the expertise and experience that existed amongst the participants and the manner in which they all engaged to share that experience to the benefit of all. He closed by saying ‘the combination of UK expertise and experience with that which exists in West Africa, within the excellent facilities of KAIPTC, makes this MDWSC Course a world-class, and highly sought-after, programme’.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of British High Commission Accra.

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