IOM Helps Malians Fleeing CAR Conflict to Return Home

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — This weekend IOM organized four evacuation flights from Cameroon at the request of the Malian government for 672 Malians stranded by the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR.)

Malian Ambassador to Gabon, Dagnoko Diadié, and a Malian Embassy representative went to Kenzou, Cameroon on the CAR border, where over 12,000 migrants are stranded, to identify Malian citizens and to support the IOM effort.

In Kenzou, 261 Malians were stranded with minimal humanitarian support, most living out in the open without shelter or adequate supplies.

Their journey to Kenzou had begun om Bangui and other locations in CAR – a dangerous road trip due to numerous armed groups and checkpoints en route.

IOM rented nine buses and one truck for the Malians to travel the 816 kilometers from Kenzou to Cameroon’s Douala airport. The Cameroonian government provided a military escort. Another 411 Malians were already in Douala, sheltering at the Military Airport Transit Site.

Early Sunday morning (2/3), the IOM charter flights began to transport the Malian migrants from Douala to the Malian capital Bamako.

Many Malians fleeing CAR are traders and the evacuees left with only what they could carry. Everything else was left behind, including work tools and their stock.

On arrival in Bamako, they were exhausted and face an uncertain future. Many have lived in CAR for decades. Their resettlement will require finding housing and new livelihoods.

The approximately 12,000 remaining migrants and Central Africans stranded in Kenzou are receiving little to no humanitarian assistance and continue to live out in the open without tents or mosquito nets.

This stranded population includes 8,000 Chadians. IOM is planning a convoy next week to repatriate Chadians who are in Garua Boulai, Cameroon, just across the CAR border. Another convoy is planned to travel from Kenzou to Moundou, in southern Chad, a distance of 1,000 km.

The cost of the four Malian evacuation flights was covered by IOM’s revolving Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM.)

Source: APO

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UN Human Rights Committee to review: Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Latvia, USA, Chad, Nepal

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by states, is meeting in Geneva from 10 to 28 March. The Committee will review these countries on the following dates:

Kyrgyzstan (10-11 Mar); Sierra Leone (11-12 Mar); Latvia (12-13 Mar);

USA (13-14 Mar); Chad (17-18 Mar); Nepal (18-19 Mar)

The above are among the 167 States Parties to the ICCPR, which is one of the main international human rights treaties. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

Time: 10:00 -13:00 and 15:00 -18:00

Venue: Palais Wilson, Geneva, except 13 March from 15:00 and all day on 14 March when the Committee will be meeting in Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Live webcasts of the public sessions can be viewed on

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday 27 March at 13.30 at Palais des Nations, when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations.

The country reports and full list of issues can be found here, as well as the concluding observations on 27 March:

Source: APO

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Singapore /MFA Press Statement: Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 27 February 2014

SINGAPORE, Singapore, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following foreign Head-of-Mission presented its credentials to President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam in a ceremony at the Istana :

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia

His Excellency BG (Retd) Patrick Rumedyo Tembo




19 January 1950




Married to Mrs Monty Chanda Tembo

Has three children


Pilot, Indian Air Force Base, 1972



Presidential Pilot


Station Commander, Zambia Air Force Lusaka Base


Chief Instructor – Air at Defence Staff College, Zambia


Air Officer-in-charge, Zambia Air Force Training Command and Staff College


Chief of Supply/Procurement, Zambia Air Force


Air Officer in Charge of Air Transport for Zambia Air Force


Chief of Audit and Inspectorate, Zambia Air Force

Apr 2012

Minister Counsellor, Zambia Embassy in Ethiopia

17 Jul 2013 to date

High Commissioner to India

27 Feb 2014

High Commissioner to Singapore

Source: APO

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“Protect the Goal” campaign ‘From Soweto to Bahia’ World Tour Kicks-off in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 5 March 2014, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), in cooperation with the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation (TMZF), a co-sponsor of the “Protect the Goal” campaign, and the South African Football Association Development Agency (SDA), will kick-off the World Tour of the “Protect the Goal” campaign ‘From Soweto to Bahia’ in Johannesburg. The kick-off event provides a unique opportunity to introduce Kweku Mandela and Ndaba Mandela as global spokespersons of the “Protect the Goal” campaign. The “Soweto to Bahia” launch is scheduled to take place at the Soccer City Stadium, the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94 736 on the occasion of the South Africa-Brazil international friendly game. The World Tour will continue its journey through the five African countries — Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria — whose teams have qualified –– for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The global launch of the “Protect the Goal” campaign is scheduled for 9 June in Salvador de Bahia.

Several countries in Africa achieved notable reductions in HIV prevalence among young people aged 15-24. HIV prevalence among young people in Africa fell by 39% from 2001 to 2012. Despite this progress, young people aged 15-24 accounted for 41% of new HIV infections in people aged 15 and older in Africa in 2012. Among all the young people living with HIV in the world, nearly 74% (3.3 million) live in sub-Saharan Africa. Young women aged 15-24, have one and half times higher HIV infection than young men and account for 81% of all new HIV infections in Africa.

First launched at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the “Protect the Goal” campaign aims to raise awareness of HIV and mobilize young people to commit to HIV prevention and related tailored interventions for the youth and to actively participate in national and global AIDS response. While young people remain disproportionately affected by HIV, they are critical in ending the AIDS epidemic.

What: World Tour kick-off press conference

When: 5 March 2014 from 8:00 to 9:30am

Where: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa


1. Dr Djibril Diallo, Special Adviser to the Executive Director, UNAIDS

2. Madame Tobeka Madiba Zuma, First Lady of South Africa (TBC)

3. Dr Robin Petersen , CEO of the South African Football Association

4. Sello Hatang,CEO of Nelso Mandela Foundation

5. Kweku and Ndaba Mandela, Global spokespersons of the “Protect the Goal” campaign

Source: APO

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Minister Fast Signs Investment Agreement with Cameroon / Agreement will protect Canadian businesses and provide new opportunities for them to invest and grow

OTTAWA, Canada, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Cameroon’s Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, today signed the Canada-Cameroon Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). The signing took place at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange in Toronto.

A FIPA is a treaty designed to protect Canadian investment abroad and promote foreign investment in Canada through reciprocal, legally binding provisions. By ensuring greater protection against discriminatory and arbitrary practices and by enhancing the predictability of a market’s policy framework, a FIPA gives businesses greater confidence in investing.

Canadian companies have already been active in Cameroon. In 2012, Canadian mining assets in Cameroon were valued at $61.3 million. In its recently launched Global Markets Action Plan, Canada identified Cameroon as an emerging market with specific opportunities for Canadian business in sectors such as infrastructure and education, as well as mining, and oil and gas.

Source: APO

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