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Some 40 countries, INCLUDING permanent five members the United States, France and the United Kingdom, will boycott the negotiations at the United Nations to create a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons leading towards their total elimination. South Africa immediately labeled the move morally inexplicable after a majority of UN member states in the General Assembly voted last December to establish the negotiations and encouraged all countries to participate. The protesting countries believe negotiations starting today will not lead to effective progress on global nuclear disarmament. Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports.
The outgoing United Nations Peacekeeping Chief has acknowledged failures during his tenure, but believes their core mandate of protecting civilians is an incredibly difficult issue to manage. Herve Ladsous was speaking to the media after over five years as the under Secretary General for Peacekeeping. His tenure has seen deployments that have taken place in increasingly complicated theatres, often where there was a fragile peace to keep or none at all. And with rising concerns about funding for peacekeeping operations, he revealed that three missions would be shut down within the next year. Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports.
Governments around the world are being urged to take action to stop the fear and misinformation about minorities and migrants that is inciting racial hatred and profiling. The call was made by UN human rights experts on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed annually on 21 March. A debate was held on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly on how governments can help counter the global rise in racism and intolerance. Jocelyne Sambira has more.
Tremendous progress" has been made in stabilizing the Central African Republic (CAR) since the election of a new government early last year, but the situation "remains volatile. That's according to the head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission there (MINUSCA), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who's been at UN Headquarters calling on Member States to honour a 2.2 billion US Dollar aid commitment to CAR, made at a special funding conference last November. MINUSCA had to intervene last month in fighting around Bambari, in which four peacekeepers were wounded. Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. Special Representative Onanga-Anyanga spoke to Isabelle Dupuis.
Torture, rape, unlawful killings, arrests and detentions "have become the norm" in South Sudan, as the human rights situation continues to deteriorate. That's the stark conclusion of a report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The world's youngest country has been mired in conflict since 2013 between rival factions, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. The commission was appointed last June to report on the human rights situation and make recommendations for improvements. Team leader Yasmin Sooka, told Nelson Lwak, that ethnic cleansing was "definitely underway" in parts of the country.
Accessing health care is a challenge for most people in Syria, where six years of conflict have left more than half of all public hospitals and primary health centres closed or only partially functioning. That information comes from the World Health Organization - WHO, adding that nearly two-thirds of health workers have fled the country. In marking the "sad anniversary" of the start of the war in Syria, WHO is calling for unhindered access so that it can deliver life-saving medicines, supplies and equipment to people in need. WHO representative in Syria Elizabeth Hoff explains why the UN agency considers health care a "casualty" of the conflict...
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the West African country on Friday after a near-two month medical leave, but sounded a note of caution that he may need further treatment in the near future. The 74-year-old leader left Nigeria on the 19th of January for what was originally planned as a short vacation, including medical checks. But Buhari extended his stay in the UK due to medical advice, prompting speculation in Nigeria that he was critically ill or even dead, rumors which were consistently denied by officials. Collins Atohengbe, reports from Lagos.......
United States President Donald Trump has signed a revised Executive Order barring the entry of citizens from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. The new order has been narrowed to exclude citizens of Iraq, an important ally fighting alongside U.S. forces as it relates to defeating ISIS in the Middle East. The order also exempts citizens of the six blacklisted countries who are already in possession of legal travel and resident documents for entry and stay in the United States. As Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports, the new order is likely to again end up in the Courts.
The South African parliament has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing and adoption of the Constitution by the late former President Nelson Mandela. Former cabinet ministers, former MPs, and some members of the judiciary who played a pivotal role in ushering in a new Constitution. They all hail the constitution as a livng document which has helped restore people's dignity and upheld their rights. Abongwe Kobokana reports.
Lesotho is once again teetering on the brink of a political crisis after lawmakers in the Mountain Kingdom voted to remove Prime Minister Phakaditha Mosisidi from power. The vote against Pakaditha Mosisidi, head of a coalition government, came two years after his Democratic Congress ousted former prime minister Thomas Thabane by uniting with smaller parties. Following the vote against him in parliament, Mosisidi has the option of stepping down or advise the country's monarch King Letsie III, to dissolve parliament and call for elections. Channel Africa spoke Professor Roger Southall, Emeritus Professor in Sociology at WITS University about the vote against Prime Minister Mosisidi and what it means for Lesotho's body politics..
South Africa's ruling ANC caucus within the North West Provincial Legislature has urged Premier Supra Mahumapelo to go ahead with his government's plan to erect President Jacob Zuma's statue in Groot Marico outside Zeerust. The provincial government is planning to put up a six metre tall statue of President Zuma. The Provincial Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs Department has already advertised the tender to sculpt and erect the statue. Patrick Dintwa reports ...