News in brief 03 March 2015 (AM)

3 Mar 2015

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South Sudanese queue to be registered for ID cards, with which they will be able to access many rights. Photo: UNHCR

Sudan issues ID cards to tens of thousands of South Sudanese
The Sudanese government has begun to register South Sudanese living in the country and issuing them with ID cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
More than 54,000 South Sudanese have been registered and some 37,000 identity cards produced since the programme began at the start of February.
An estimated half-a-million South Sudanese are living in Sudan.
This includes the 120,000 who have fled there since South Sudan’s conflict erupted in December 2013.
Call for increased measures to combat sexual violence in Somalia
A joint call has been made by senior UN officials for increased measures to protect Somalia’s women and girls and to support efforts to combat sexual and gender based violence.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, Nicholas Kay, spoke at a panel discussion in Mogadishu on sexual violence in Somalia.
He said preventing and responding to sexual violence is vital and there should be no impunity for these crimes.
Libyan political dialogue to resume this week
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that the next round of political dialogue will take place later this week in Morocco, after all the invited parties agreed to participate.
The parties underscored the need to urgently resume the dialogue process as the only viable means of bringing a durable end to the military conflict that has brought much suffering to the Libyan people.
The UN Mission has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to create a conducive environment for the talks.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.
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