Category Archives: Government

UN Rights Office Condemns ‘Merciless’ Attack on Cameroon School

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office has joined a chorus of voices in strongly condemning what it calls the vile, merciless attack on a private school Saturday in southwestern Cameroon. The attack killed at least six children and injured

UN Urges End to Violence, Intimidation in Run-Up to Ivory Coast Elections

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office is urging the government of Ivory Coast to restrain its security forces and curb violent inter-communal clashes and political protests in the run-up to Saturday’s presidential elections. At least 20 people reportedly have

Peace, Development at Stake in Ivory Coast Election

ACCRA – The West African nation of Ivory Coast is seeing pockets of violence ahead of an October 31 election, with analysts worried about further clashes. Opposition parties announced a boycott of the election and urged civil disobedience among their

UN Says Poor Countries a Dumping Ground for Used Cars

GENEVA – A United Nations report finds millions of substandard cars that pose safety, health and environmental hazards are exported every year from developed countries to developing countries, largely in Africa. The U.N. Environment Program reports 14 million used cars,

Deal to Normalize Ties With Israel Stirs Opposition in Sudan

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Prominent political factions in Sudan have rejected a deal brokered with the help of the United States to take steps to normalize ties with Israel. The agreement was sealed Friday in a call between U.S. President Donald

US Condemns ‘Excessive Force’ Used Against Nigeria Protesters

The United States condemned police brutality in Lagos Thursday, two days after at least 12 protesters were shot dead by Nigerian Security Forces. “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.

Rights Groups Condemn Shooting of ‘End SARS’ Protesters in Lagos

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Protesters in Lagos, Nigeria, have accused the military of opening fire on them Tuesday as they defied a curfew to demand an end to police brutality. Nigeria’s military has denied that the uniformed men, seen in social

Conde Seeks Controversial Third Term in Guinea Elections

Voters in Guinea went to the polls Sunday to cast ballots for a president, as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a controversial third term. Conde, a member of the Rally of the Guinean People party, was the country’s first democratically elected

Protesters March on Nigerian Parliament After Army Threatens to Step In

LAGOS/ABUJA – Hundreds of protesters marched Thursday to the gates of Nigeria’s parliament, hours after the army said it was ready to step in and restore order after more than a week of demonstrations against police brutality. The protest defied

Sahel Very Close to Tipping Point, UN Humanitarian Chief Warns

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that daunting problems in Africa’s Sahel region are getting worse and the region “is very close to a tipping point — and so by extension are its African neighbors, Europe, and