Daily Archives: April 20, 2017

UN and Africa: focus on DRC, Burundi and Somalia

New mass graves find in DRC � OHCHR’s Liz Throssell

Seventeen new mass graves have been found in an area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that’s seen months of clashes between government soldiers and local militia, the UN said this week. In a call for an independent investigation, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said that DRC troops were reportedly responsible, after clashes with Kamuina Nsapu members in central Kasai province in late March, which claimed at least 74 civilian lives. The development comes amid ongoing uncertainty linked to President Joseph Kabila, whose second term in office officially ended last December. Here’s OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell speaking to Daniel Johnson.

Rape chants lay bare Burundi terror campaign: UN human rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep alarm at a widespread pattern at rallies in Burundi where members of the ruling party’s youth wing, chant about impregnating and killing their opponents. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the organized nature of the rallies and rights violations, laid bare a “campaign of terror” being waged in the African country. Meanwhile, a video has been circulating on social media showing more than 100 members of the Imbonerakure youth militia repeating similar slogans. Communal strife erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a controversial third term in office in 2015. Matthew Wells asked Scott Campbell of the UN Human Rights Office OHCHR, to explain who the militia members are.

Disease, hunger forcing families to flee drought in Somalia

Disease, hunger and drought are forcing families in southern Somalia’s Bay region to leave their homes in search of help, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has said. Since March 2017, more than 100,000 drought-displaced people have arrived in the region’s capital, Baidoa, from neighbouring areas. Some 6.2 million people � half of the country’s population � need humanitarian aid to survive. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Source: United Nations Radio

Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson on hands over of 15 trolleys to the South African Waste Pickers Association

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, today, on 20 April 2017, handed over waste pickers’ trolleys to the South African Waste Pickers Association in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal. The event took place at the Bruntville Sports Gr…

President Zuma to launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone

President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday, 25 April 2017, launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone in Harrismith, in the Free State province.The Maluti-A-Phofung Economic Zone is 1038-hectares land envisaged to accelerate economic growth and develo…

Minister Muthambi commits to work with public service unions

Pretoria – Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi has undertaken to work closely with all public service unions to address outstanding matters on conditions of service and implementation of agreements.The commitment by the Minister f…