United Nations

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:45
As in other parts of the world, most prison systems in sub-Saharan Africa are abusive. Routine and bureaucratized abuses are widespread throughout the region. This article looks at the challenges facing the continent’s prison systems, using case studies from several countries to better understand the possible paths to reform.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:10
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday is expected to adopt a resolution that would authorize more than 1,000 additional military and police personnel for the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 06:59
Robert Piper, the United Nations' regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, said the U.N. is scrambling to raise money to respond to the "protection crisis" triggered by the militant group Boko Haram, without diverting funds from other humanitarian needs.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 06:37
Implementing measures such as asset freezes and travel bans, however, calls for joint effort and active involvement from South Sudan’s neighbours, since most of the country’s elite have personal interests – including homes – in the region. The interests of the respective neighbouring countries might therefore shape or undermine the enforcement process.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 06:49
Under pressure from al-Bashir, the U.N. opened talks this month with Sudan on a plan for a large peacekeeping mission to leave Darfur. The Security Council on Tuesday will discuss the troubled mission and how its eventual departure will affect a civil war that once drew the world's outrage.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 06:48
The United States supports the creation of a West African force of up to 10,000 troops to fight Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda J. Dory said on a visit to Cameroon that Washington, one of five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council, would back a U.N. resolution.
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 07:03
U.N. sanctions monitors said on Friday they are concerned that if a United Nations Security Council committee approves a request by Libya's government for weapons, tanks and jets, some of the equipment could be diverted to militias supporting them.
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 06:59
"Hundreds" of boys kidnapped by militants in South Sudan as they prepared for school exams have been forced into becoming child soldiers. Unicef originally said 89 pupils had been seized two weeks ago alongside several men by an armed militia but now fears the number is far higher.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 07:25
Military and diplomatic efforts in Syria are converging in Aleppo, once the country’s largest city and commercial center. Last week, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura reported to the Security Council that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to suspend for six weeks all aerial and artillery bombardment of the besieged city
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 06:14
A United Nations panel Friday said Mexico faced a widespread problem of disappearances of civilians at the hands of police and military, worsened by the government's failure to investigate.