Mohamed Ibn Chambas reiterates the support of the UN to a successful conclusion of the transition in Burkina Faso

 

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, conducted a three-day mission to Ouagadougou from 25 to 27 August 2015, to hold consultations in the context of the ongoing electoral process in Burkina Faso.

During his visit, Mr. Chambas met with the transitional authorities, national institutions of defense and security, leaders of political parties as well as representatives of Burkina Faso civil society organizations.

Following the announcement of the decision of the Constitutional Council regarding the ineligibility for some candidates to the polls of 11 October 2015, Mr. Chambas encourages all political actors to express their positions through legal and political channels and in peaceful manner, taking into account the overall interest of the people of Burkina Faso, and in compliance with their commitments towards the Agreement of good conduct adopted on 21 August 2015.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General reiterates the United Nations commitment to support the electoral process based on broad popular support, a pledge of the enhancement of participatory democracy in Burkina Faso.

Mr. Chambas therefore calls on everyone to continue working toward peace and social cohesion, to allow that Burkina Faso remains a pole of stability in the West African region.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Mohamed Ibn Chambas réitère le soutien de l’ONU à un aboutissement heureux de la transition au Burkina Faso

 

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’ouest (UNOWA), M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a effectué une mission à Ouagadougou, du 25 au 27 aout 2015, pour mener des consultations dans le cadre du processus électoral en cours au Burkina Faso.

 

Au cours de son séjour, M. Chambas a eu des entretiens avec les autorités de la transition, les institutions nationales de défense et de sécurité, les leaders des partis politiques, ainsi que des représentants des organisations de la société civile burkinabé.

 

Suite à l’annonce de la décision du Conseil Constitutionnel relative à l’inéligibilité de certains candidats aux compétitions électorales du 11 octobre 2015, M. Chambas encourage tous les acteurs politiques à exprimer leurs positions par des voies légales et politiques et de manière pacifique, tenant compte de l’intérêt général du peuple burkinabé, et en conformité avec les engagements qu’ils ont pris dans le cadre du Pacte de bonne conduite adopté le 21 aout 2015.

 

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU réitère l’engagement des Nations Unies à accompagner le processus électoral fondé sur une large adhésion populaire, gage de l’enracinement de la démocratie participative au Burkina Faso.

 

M. Chambas en appelle donc à tous pour continuer à œuvrer dans la voie de la paix et de la cohésion sociale, afin que le Burkina Faso demeure un pôle de stabilité dans la région ouest africaine.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Déclaration sur le Burundi attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général


 

Déclaration sur le Burundi attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général

 

NEW YORK, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aujourd’hui, le Burundi commémore le quinzième anniversaire de la signature, en Tanzanie, de l’Accord d’Arusha pour la paix et la réconciliation. Ce processus a vu naître la première génération de Burundais sans aucune expérience directe de la guerre depuis l’indépendance du pays.

 

Jamais l’esprit de l’Accord d’Arusha n’aura été autant remis en cause qu’au cours des cinq derniers mois.

 

Le Secrétaire général encourage le peuple burundais à renouer avec l’esprit de dialogue, de consensus, de démocratie et de résolution pacifique des différends incarné par l’Accord d’Arusha. Il appelle les dirigeants burundais à travers tout l’échiquier politique à faire preuve de courage et de clairvoyance en renouant le dialogue avec leurs adversaires politiques et en transcendant leurs différends. Aussi grands que ces différends politiques puissent sembler, ils sont bien plus modestes que le prix d’un retour à la violence.

 

Un mois après la signature de l’Accord d’Arusha, le Facilitateur du processus de paix burundais, l’ancien Président de l’Afrique du Sud, Nelson Mandela, a déclaré au Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies : “Le Burundi est sur le point d’aborder un chapitre tout à fait nouveau de son histoire. L’histoire jugera très durement ceux qui ont délibérément choisi de barrer la route de la paix et du progrès.”

 

Aujourd’hui, le Secrétaire général fait écho à ce message. Il espère sincèrement que tous les dirigeants politiques burundais, y compris ceux qui sont en exils, pourront trouver un terrain d’entente et faire preuve de leur engagement à consolider la paix et la stabilité que l’Accord d’Arusha a apporté au pays.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Burundi


 

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Burundi

 

NEW YORK, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Today, Burundi marks the fifteenth anniversary of the initial signing of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Tanzania. This process gave birth to the first generation of Burundians with no direct experience of war since independence.

 

Never has the spirit of Arusha been as sorely tested as in the past five months.

 

The Secretary-General encourages the people of Burundi to recapture the spirit of the Arusha Agreement, based on dialogue, consensus, and the peaceful settlement of disputes. He calls on all leaders from across the political spectrum to show the courage and vision to resume dialogue with their rivals and look beyond their political differences. No matter how great these difference may seem, they are smaller than the price of returning to violence.

 

A month after the signing of Arusha Agreement, the Facilitator of the Burundian Peace Process, the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, stated before the United Nations Security Council that “Burundi stands at the threshold of a completely new chapter in its history. That history will judge very harshly those that deliberately choose to obstruct the road to peace and progress.”

 

Today, the Secretary-General echoes that message. He expresses his sincere hope that all of Burundi’s political leaders, including those in exile, will find common cause and show their commitment to build on the peace and stability that the Arusha Agreement has brought to the country.

 

New York, 28 August 2015

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 

La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine fait ses adieux au Président sortant de la Banque africaine de dèveloppement , Donald Kaberuka

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, arrive à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, ce vendredi 28 août 2015, pour faire ses adieux au Président sortant de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), Donald Kaberuka.

 

La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine sera rejointe par le Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA), Dr. Carlos Lopes. Les deux dirigeants des principales institutions continentales africaines auront une réunion à huis clos avec Dr Kaberuka et prendront également la parole à une des fonctions d’adieu organisée pour le Président sortant de la BAD.

 

Depuis sa prise de fonction à la Commission de l’Union africaine au cours du dernier trimestre de 2012, Dr. Dlamini Zuma a œuvré en étroite collaboration avec Dr Donald Kaberuka sur un vaste éventail d’enjeux d’intérêt continental. La Commission de l’Union africaine, la CEA et la BAD ont collaboré sur divers programmes, projets et activités pour faire avancer le programme d’intégration de l’Afrique, y compris pour élaborer le plan directeur de développement pour l’Afrique, notamment Agenda 2063.

Cette collaboration au niveau de ces dirigeants est illustrée dans la lutte contre la maladie due au virus Ebola et dans les visites de solidarité qu’ils ont effectuées conjointement aux pays affectés.

 

Dr Donald Kaberuka quitte la BAD le 1er septembre 2015 après y avoir fourni 10 années des service remarquable et de leadership.

 

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, ancien Ministre de l’Agriculture du Nigéria, succède au Dr Donald Kaberuka. Dr Adesina a été élu en mai 2015 lors de la 50e réunion annuelle de la Banque africaine de développement.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

IOM, UNICEF Host Mozambique Emergency Response Workshop


 

IOM, UNICEF Host Mozambique Emergency Response Workshop

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM, UNICEF and Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) yesterday (27/08) convened a workshop, attended by 35 government officials and NGO representatives, to revise the current system of assessing humanitarian needs in emergencies.

 

As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change and environmental hazards, Mozambique faces major humanitarian crises almost every year in the form of extreme floods and cyclones.

 

The workshop, which was facilitated by emergency assessment specialists, Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), responds to calls from the government to improve the way humanitarian needs are monitored and assessed, drawing on the lessons learnt from Zambezia’s flooding emergency in January this year.

 

Yesterday’s participants included members from the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and directors from INGC, humanitarian organizations, and from various ministries including Education and Public Affairs.

 

“Under the current system, critical information on the ground must pass through a series of levels of government before it reaches the National Emergency Operations Centre (CENOE), by which point it can be outdated,” says IOM Project Officer Joczabet Guerrero.

 

“In addition, the current form used by local leaders to collect population data during the first 72 hours of the emergencies is very lengthy and technical, often leading them to misinterpret questions or leave sections blank, creating issues with data consistency.”

 

IOM has developed a revised rapid assessment form as a proposal to replace the current one, which will be piloted by INGC in a nation-wide emergency simulation in October this year. Government members yesterday agreed that other measures must be taken to streamline the system, such as investing in mobile phone and other messaging technologies to allow information to flow more quickly.

 

The workshop was part of IOM’s ongoing programme to facilitate the Mozambican government’s decentralization of its emergency response, as well as to improve disaster response capacity. The programme was launched shortly after the passing of new disaster legislation in April 2014, which sought to increase the autonomy and capacity of local government to implement preventative or rescue measures in their localities.

 

“The participation of IOM is very important for us,” said CENOE Information Analyst Igor Honwana. “And the fact that IOM has already developed a tool that will be tested in the simulation is a significant step for us,” he added.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

IOM Resumes Evacuation of South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia


 

IOM Resumes Evacuation of South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM Ethiopia this week resumed its emergency evacuation of South Sudanese refugees from the border, which had been halted since late July 2015 as all receiving camps had reached their maximum capacity.

 

Following the establishment of Pugnido 2 camp by the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), this week alone, IOM evacuated 3,618 refugees to the newly constructed camp. With the addition of this camp, the country’s refugee accommodation capacity has increased by 50,000.

 

As Ethiopia keeps its door open to refugees, UNHCR has announced that the country continues to accommodate the largest number of refugees in Africa, with over 700,000 refugees.

 

Despite the recently signed South Sudanese peace deal announced this week, refugees are still crossing into Ethiopia, with previously arrived refugees seeking evacuation to safe camps inside the country.

 

Building on a longstanding partnership and successful cooperation in providing ongoing assistance to asylum seekers from South Sudan, ARRA, UNHCR and IOM are providing transportation, shelter and other vital assistance to the refugees.

 

By October 2015, ARRA, IOM and UNHCR are planning to relocate over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees now living in different border camps, in the expectation of new arrivals.

 

Since the conflict broke out on December 2013, 221,376 refugees have crossed to Ethiopia seeking asylum. Including 46,473 refugees who have been relocated from camp to camp, IOM Ethiopia has moved a total of 253,085 refugees to safe areas in in Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz Regional State during the period.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


Frost & Sullivan récompense DERMALOG pour ses prestations dans le secteur de la biométrie en Afrique

DERMALOG rencontre en particulier un grand succès au Nigéria où l’entreprise a installé avec succès un système biométrique destiné aux banques

LAGOS, Nigeria, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La société de conseil aux entreprises Frost & Sullivan a décerné le « 2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award » au plus important fabricant de produits biométriques d’Allemagne, DERMALOG Identification Systems (http://www.dermalog.com), pour ses solutions sur mesure et ses produits utilisés en Afrique. DERMALOG rencontre en particulier un grand succès au Nigéria où l’entreprise a installé avec succès un système biométrique destiné aux banques.

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(L’installation biométrique de DERMALOG a déjà permis au Nigéria d’enregistrer avec succès plus de 18 millions de clients)

Le fabricant allemand de produits biométriques DERMALOG Identification Systems s’est vu décerner dans la métropole économique sud-africaine le prix « 2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award ». Ce prix est venu récompenser l’entreprise hambourgeoise pour sa grande réussite dans pas moins de vingt pays africains. Ce succès a permis à DERMALOG de devenir l’entreprise leader en Afrique dans le domaine de la biométrie.

L’une des raisons principales qui ont contribué à l’obtention par DERMALOG de cette récompense réside dans sa gamme innovante de scanners d’empreintes et d’appareils biométriques. Dans des pays tels que l’Angola, le Ghana, la Tanzanie et la Zambie, l’entreprise contribue largement et durablement à proposer des solutions aux défis rencontrés localement, parmi lesquels on peut citer l’usurpation d’identité, la corruption, la démographie et la migration. L’entreprise contribue ainsi de manière importante au développement économique de ces pays.

Actuellement, au Nigéria, DERMALOG coopère avec la banque centrale et 23 autres banques à un grand projet qui prévoit l’enregistrement de tous les clients des banques du pays grâce à DERMALOG Biometrie. Les clients reçoivent ainsi un numéro de vérification bancaire avec lequel ils peuvent effectuer toutes leurs transactions en toute sécurité et avec une grande fiabilité grâce à leurs empreintes digitales. En 2013, DERMALOG avait remporté un appel d’offres international lancé par la banque centrale nigériane pour un projet doté de 50 millions de dollars.

Entretemps, l’installation biométrique de DERMALOG au Nigéria est déjà parvenue à enregistrer avec succès plus de 18 millions de clients. Ce système est si efficace, qu’il a jusqu’à présent permis d’empêcher quotidiennement environ 10.000 usurpations d’identités, ainsi que des enregistrements multiples. Il a donc permis de prévenir des tentatives d’escroquerie et de blanchiment d’argent dans le secteur financier. Au total, ce ne sont pas moins d’un million de personnes qui ont pu être découvertes par le DERMALOG ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) alors qu’elles tentaient d’usurper une ou plusieurs identités. Toutes les banques participant à ce projet sont désormais en mesure, grâce aux scanners d’empreintes et au logiciel DERMALOG, de garantir en toute fiabilité l’identité de leurs clients lors de transactions, puisque ceux-ci doivent être personnellement présents pour l’enregistrement.

L’entreprise hambourgeoise novatrice, leader dans le secteur de la biométrie poursuit actuellement son développement dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ainsi, les clients des banques enregistrés pourront bientôt retirer de l’argent à un distributeur automatique et payer aux caisses en utilisant leurs empreintes digitales.

DERMALOG Identification Systems, dont le siège se situe à Hambourg, représente le plus grand fabricant allemand dans le secteur de la biométrie et au niveau international, l’entreprise se classe également parmi les leaders de l’identification biométrique. Des scientifiques et des informaticiens travaillent en permanence de concert pour mettre au point de nouveaux produits innovants. La gamme de produits de DERMALOG s’étend des technologies de contrôle biométrique aux frontières en passant par les cartes d’identité biométriques et les nouveaux lecteurs d’empreintes digitales pour se connecter ou pour payer ses achats. Les marchés les plus importants pour DERMALOG sont, en-dehors de l’Allemagne et de l’Europe, en particulier l’Afrique, l’Asie, l’Amérique latine et le Moyen-Orient.

En Allemagne, DERMALOG a déjà livré au total plus de 20.000 scanners d’empreintes aux administrations telles que l’état civil et les autorités chargées de l’immigration. Ces scanners permettent d’intégrer les empreintes digitales des personnes dans les nouveaux passeports, cartes d’identité et titres de séjour. Au niveau international, DERMALOG a déjà livré quelques 150.000 scanners d’empreintes supplémentaires dans plus de 70 pays. D’importantes installations ABIS (ABIS = Automated Biometric Identification System) de DERMALOG sont utilisées par plus de 130 clients gouvernementaux répartis dans le monde entier.

DERMALOG propose également des solutions aux banques et aux fabricants de distributeurs automatiques, tels que Wincor Nixdorf qui a, dans le monde entier, équipé plus de 1.000 distributeurs automatiques de scanners d’empreintes de DERMALOG afin de remplacer les codes PIN bien moins fiables.

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur le site www.dermalog.com.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH.

Contact presse :

DERMALOG Identification Systems

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Jon Augestad

Mittelweg 120

20148 Hambourg

Allemagne

Tel. : +49 (40) 413227-0

Fax : +49 (40) 413227-89

E-mail : Jon.Augestad@dermalog.com

www.dermalog.com

SOURCE

DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH


Frost & Sullivan honors DERMALOG with biometrics prize for achievements in Africa

DERMALOG is particularly successful with a large bank installation in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The consulting company Frost & Sullivan has awarded Germany’s largest biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG (http://www.dermalog.com) and its customized solutions and products for Africa with the “2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award”. DERMALOG is particularly successful with a large bank installation in Nigeria.

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(The biometric installation from DERMALOG has successfully registered over 18 million bank customers in Nigeria)

In South Africa’s economic hub, the German biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG was honored with the “2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award”. The prize was awarded to the Hamburg-based company for its outstanding achievements in twenty African countries. DERMALOG has thus become the leading biometrics company in Africa.

A key reason for the award is also the innovative portfolio of fingerprint scanners and biometric systems from DERMALOG. In countries such as Angola, Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, it contributes sustainably and decisively to solving local challenges such as identity theft, corruption, demography, and migration as well as the economic development of these countries.

In Nigeria, DERMALOG currently cooperates with the Central Bank and 23 other banks in a major project in which all bank customers in the country are registered via DERMALOG biometrics. Customers receive a bank verification number with which all of their transactions can be completed securely and reliably via fingerprint. In 2013, DERMALOG won an international tender from the Nigerian Central Bank for the 50-million-dollar project.

Meanwhile, the biometric installation from DERMALOG has successfully registered over 18 million customers in Nigeria. So far, approximately 10,000 double identities and multiple registrations have been averted every day, thereby preventing fraud and money laundering in the financial sector thanks to the reliability of the installation. The DERMALOG ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) has detected over one million individuals attempting to obtain double or multiple identities. Using DERMALOG fingerprint scanners and software, all participating banks can ensure that for all transactions, the identity reliably matches the customer because the customer must always be physically present for the registration.

The Hamburg-based biometrics innovation leader is continuing to build on its success in the West African country. In the near future, registered bank customers will also be able to withdraw cash from ATMs and pay at cash machines using their fingerprints.

DERMALOG Identification Systems, which is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, is the largest German biometrics manufacturer and one of the world’s leading companies for biometric identification. Engineers and computer scientists are continually developing new and innovative products. The product portfolio ranges from biometric border control to biometric ID cards to new “FingerLogin” and “FingerPayment” solutions. In addition to Germany and Europe, the major markets of DERMALOG include Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In Germany, DERMALOG has supplied over 20,000 fingerprint scanners to registration offices and immigration authorities. Fingerprints are thus stored in new passports, ID cards, and residence permits. DERMALOG has meanwhile delivered an additional 150,000 fingerprint scanners to over 70 countries. Large ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) installations from DERMALOG have been delivered to more than 130 governmental customers worldwide.

DERMALOG also provides solutions to banks and ATM manufacturers such as Wincor Nixdorf, which has provided worldwide more than 1,000 ATMs with fingerprint technology from DERMALOG, thereby replacing the less secure PIN.

For more information, please visit www.dermalog.com.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH.

Press contact

DERMALOG Identification Systems

Media Relations

Jon Augestad

Mittelweg 120

20148 Hamburg

Germany

Tel.: +49 (40) 413227-0

Fax: +49 (40) 413227-89

E-mail: Jon.Augestad@dermalog.com

www.dermalog.com

SOURCE

DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Déplacement d’Annick GIRARDIN au Gabon


 

Déplacement d’Annick GIRARDIN au Gabon

 

PARIS, France, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mme Annick GIRARDIN, secrétaire d’État chargée du Développement et de la Francophonie, se rend en visite en République du Gabon, les 28 et 29 août 2015

 

Aux côtés de Mme Ségolène Royal, ministre de l’Ecologie, du développement durable et de l’Energie, Mme Girardin participera au sommet économique panafricain « New York Forum Africa », particulièrement consacré cette année aux initiatives des pays du sud pour le climat. À quelques semaines de la Conférence Paris Climat, Annick Girardin y évoquera la place centrale des pays africains dans la construction de l’accord de Paris et saluera leur mobilisation dans la lutte contre le dérèglement climatique. Alors que l’Afrique est le continent le plus touché par le bouleversement du climat, la secrétaire d’État rappellera l’exigence de solidarité envers les pays et les citoyens les plus vulnérables.

Au cours de son déplacement, Ségolène Royal et Annick Girardin s’entretiendront avec le Président du Gabon, M. Ali Bongo.

Le Gabon est le premier pays africain à avoir publié sa contribution à l’accord de Paris. A l’occasion d’une visite au Parc de Pongara, Annick Girardin échangera avec les autorités gabonaises sur la question centrale de la préservation des forêts, qui est au cœur des engagements des pays d’Afrique centrale pour la COP21. La secrétaire d’Etat inaugurera également le centre d’imagerie satellitaire et d’analyse des données AGEOS, qui concourt à la gestion durable des ressources naturelles et de l’environnement en Afrique centrale.

Au cours de son déplacement, Annick Girardin signera avec le gouvernement gabonais et l’Agence Française de Développement un projet de 17,8 millions consacré à la lutte contre le braconnage des éléphants et le trafic d’ivoire au Gabon.

Il s’agit du troisième déplacement de la secrétaire d’Etat en Afrique autour de la question du climat.

 

Programme :

 

Vendredi 28 août

16h30 Participation au New York Forum Africa, Libreville

20h30 Dîner officiel au New York Forum Africa

 

Samedi 29 août

09h30-11h00 Visite du Parc forestier de Pongara

12h00 Intervention de Mme Girardin au New York Forum Africa

12h15 Signature de la convention de financement AFD pour la lutte contre le braconnage des éléphants

 

13h45 Inauguration du centre d’imagerie et d’analyse AGEOS, Nkok

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Young woman risks 20 lashes for ‘indecent dressing’ – UN experts urge Sudan to overturn “outrageous conviction”

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A group of United Nations human rights experts* expressed alarm after a female Sudanese student, Ferdous Al Toum, was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of ‘indecent dressing’. Another student, Rehab Omer, received a hefty fine for the same charges. “Public flogging of women is a continuing practice in the country, and the offence of modesty and the penalty of flogging are disproportionately used to punish women,” they noted.

 

“This outrageous conviction must be overturned and the girls must be immediately released,” the UN experts urged. “We also call upon the Government of Sudan to repeal all legislation that discriminates on the grounds of gender and to comply with international standards.”

 

The human rights experts have officially expressed concern to the Sudanese authorities about current legislation that allows corporal punishment of women, and the devastating consequences that such violence has on their physical and psychological integrity and well-being.

 

“There is a pressing need to address the pattern of discrimination, abuse and torture as well as the oppression and denigration of women in the country,” they said. “We urge the Government of Sudan to put an end to these grave violations of women’s human rights.”

 

The cases:

 

On 25 June 2015, the Public Order Police arrested twelve female students between 17 and 23 years old, originally from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan State. They were taken by Police in front of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Khartoum North, where they had attended a ceremony, and were brought to a local police station in Khartoum North. At the time of their arrest, some were wearing trousers and others skirts. It was reported that the Police subjected the students to degrading treatment and humiliating verbal abuse during their detention.

 

Two of the students were released about four hours after their arrest. The ten others were released on bail on 27 June 2015 but charged with “indecent dressing” under Article 152 of Sudan’s 1991 Criminal Act which gives the Police extensive powers to arrest any person under that ground. The punishment, if they were to be found guilty, would be 40 lashes, or a fine, or both. In practice the law has been reported to be used exclusively against women.

 

These 10 women were taken to court on 28 June 2015 where the charges against them were confirmed and court dates set. One student, Fardos Al Toum, 19, appeared in court on 6 July 2015, wearing another dress deemed indecent by the judge who, disregarding any due process, immediately sentenced her to a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds ($83) or a month in prison. Her fine was paid by human rights defenders and she will appear in court again in relation to the original charge.

 

While cases against eight of the ten female Christian students charged with ‘indecent dressing’ under Article 152 of the 1991 Penal Code of Sudan have concluded with either a not guilty verdict or a fine being imposed, other two girls have been sentenced to flogging and/or heavy fines.

 

On 16 August, Ferdous Al Toum was sentenced to be flogged 20 lashes and a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds (SDG). On 14 July Rehab Omer Kakoum was sentenced to a fine of 500 SDG. Both girls have filed appeals, but no date has yet been given for the appeal trials.

 

Three other girls were convicted on 12 August and sentenced to pay a fine of 50 Sudanese pounds (SDG) each. The other five were declared innocent and set free on 12 and 16 August.

 

The experts expressed serious concerns at the physical and psychological integrity of Ferdous Al Toum and Rehab Omer, with regard to the alleged sentence of flogging and heavy fines.

 

(*) The experts: Ms. Eleonora Zielinska, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice; Ms. Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Mr. Aristide Nononsi, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan; and Mr. Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


ECAir, the national airline of the Republic of Congo, signs a partnership agreement with the WHO

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Director General of ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (www.flyecair.com), the national airline of the Republic of Congo, and also President of the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA), hosted a press conference this Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at ECAir House, the headquarters of ECAir, with Dr Fatoumata Binta Diallo, representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Congo.

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ECAir and the WHO have signed a partnership agreement within the framework of strengthening a public-private partnership. The signing of this agreement reflects the efforts that ECAir continues to deploy in order to defend and enhance the image of the Republic of Congo, and the African continent in general around the world, by supporting businesses as well as national and international organisations.

“At ECAir we are very sensitive to issues related to health and well-being. The ECAir Foundation has launched a campaign to fight against malaria. This is a project close to our heart,” noted Fatima Beyina-Moussa. “You know, our company is the official carrier for the fiftieth anniversary of the African Games, which are to be held in Brazzaville from 4 to 19 September. Within this context, we’ll be transporting thousands of athletes and officials. Additionally, our teams will be available to support WHO activities and to assist with conveying the message on the prevention of cancer, alcohol abuse and HIV/AIDS, and raising awareness of the Ebola virus.”

For Dr Fatoumata Binta Tidiane Diallo, the WHO representative in Congo, “collaborating with ECAir is an honour for the WHO, because the Congolese national airline is also involved in social issues and regularly demonstrates an ongoing awareness of health-related challenges. For us, ECAir is a key partner.”

ECAir connects Brazzaville to 12 destinations (Pointe-Noire, Ollombo, Libreville, Douala, Cotonou, Bamako, Dakar, Paris, Dubai and Beirut as well as Kinshasa and Brussels via multi-modal transport).  The company will expand its regional network in the last quarter of 2015 with the opening of the following destinations: Ouesso (Republic of Congo), Bangui (Central African Republic), N’Djamena (Chad), Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

With a fleet of seven aircraft (one Boeing 767, two Boeing 757s and four Boeing 737), ECAir has already carried nearly one million passengers. The company will host the 47th General Assembly of the AFRAA from 8 to 10 November 2015 in Brazzaville. This event will be under the patronage of His Excellency, Mr Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines).

ECAir Communications & Public Relations:

Nicolas Négoce

Tel.: +242 06 510 30 23

E-mail: Nicolas.negoce@flyecair.com

About ECAir:

The national airline of the Republic of the Congo, ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines) (http://www.flyecair.com), was created in 2011 and employs over 500 people. In 2014, the airline transported close to 400,000 passengers. ECAir operates up to 136 weekly flights from Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) to Paris CDG, Dubai, Beirut, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar, Pointe-Noire and Ollombo. Equatorial Congo Airlines, which has a fleet of 7 aircraft, has also created a river shuttle for passengers travelling from or to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and another shuttle between Paris CDG and Brussels. ECAir is the first Congolese airline to connect the continent directly to the Middle East, with flights to Dubai and Europe and flights to Paris. Visit Flyecair.com or telephone +(33) 01 78 77 78 77 or +(242) 06 509 05 09. Our head office is located opposite Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

For more information:

*Information and reservations: http://www.flyecair.com

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*Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ECAir-Equatorial-Congo-Airlines

*Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ECongoAirlines

*Instagram: econgoairlines

SOURCE

ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines)


 

AU Commission Chairperson meets Outgoing ACALAN Executive Secretary in farewell meeting

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has met with the Outgoing Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages ACALAN Prof. Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe, who was at the AU Commission to bid farewell before retirement.

 

ACALAN is a specialized institution of the African Union mandated to develop and promote the use of African languages in all the domains of the society.

 

In their discussion, Professor Matsinhe presented the Chairperson with a book co-produced by ACALAN entitled Language Rich Africa: Policy Dialogue”. He also informed the Chairperson of an on-going project by African language experts to produce a KiSwahili language course, as part of the effort to promote the use of African languages.

 

“I believe that Africa can move quickly if it has a common language that we all can communicate in, notwithstanding the use of the other languages”, the AUC Chairperson responded, while endorsing the usefulness of the new production.

 

In a protocol on the amendments to the Constitutive Act of the African Union adopted by the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in Maputo, Mozambique on 11 July 2003, KiSwahili is one of the official languages of the Union.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


WorldVentures Foundation Plants Seeds of Hope in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ As the world mourned Cecil the Lion and debated the humanity of hunting big game in Zimbabwe, a baby found abandoned in a pit latrine was being loved back to life nearby. How she got there, no one knows, but her plight fuelled purpose for those who joined WorldVentures Foundation™ (WVF) (http://www.worldventuresfoundation.org) in August for Volunteer Days at the Rose of Charity Orphanage and its Community Center in Victoria Falls.

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“My heart breaks when I think of that sweet baby, left to drown in human waste,” said WVF Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd, as she fought back tears. “The inhumanity is unspeakable but, as horrible as it is, stories like hers are all-too common. It’s why we are called to serve.”

Lloyd and her team led two groups of WorldVentures Representatives and Members to Zimbabwe August 9-16 and August 13-16 to clean, paint, furnish and construct a sustainable food garden at the Victoria Falls orphanage. The beautiful humanitarian Simangele Moyo founded the home in 2007 as a haven for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Today, services have expanded to include personal empowerment workshops, education assistance, therapeutic counselling and more. WorldVentures Foundation raises funds and provides volunteer support for outreach organizations like Rose of Charity to fulfil its mission to positively impact children worldwide.

Lloyd said education and clear paths to self-sufficiency will help end the cycle of teen pregnancy and baby abandonment that leads to institutionalization in Zimbabwe. To that end, WVF volunteers are helping to collaborate on funding a school dropout prevention program at the orphanage that includes vocational training for careers in tourism and hospitality. Lloyd also invited the management at nearby Elephant Hills Hotel about partnering with the home on training and job placement.

“Without the selfless contributions of our volunteers, none of this would be possible,” Lloyd shared. “They’ve built more than a garden here; they’ve planted seeds of hope.”

WorldVentures Rep Misty Anderson of Chattanooga, Tenn., was among the volunteers who came to lend support. With a heart for giving that stems from her own disadvantaged youth, she expressed her passion for the Volunteer Days program.

“I’m passionate because I was kinda raised like this,” she said tearfully, while watching the orphans play. “I want to give because I didn’t really have anybody to give back for me. Being able to overcome some of the things I’ve come from, I want to help others overcome. I would advise anybody to do this because of what you get out of it.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of WorldVentures.

Media Contact:

Laura Wards

Corporate Affairs

WorldVentures Holdings

(972) 805-5154

press@worldventures.com

About WorldVentures

WorldVentures (http://www.worldventures.com) is the leading international direct seller of vacation club memberships and helps people achieve more fun, freedom and fulfilment by offering DreamTrips™ memberships, which include premium vacations at reduced prices. WorldVentures is a privately held company based in Plano, Texas, with active Representatives and members in 28 countries. For more information, please visit www.worldventures.com.

SOURCE

WorldVentures Holdings

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Singapore / Kenya / Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 27 August 2015


 

Singapore / Kenya / Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 27 August 2015

 

SINGAPORE, Singapore, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The following foreign Head of Mission presented its credentials to President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam in ceremony at the Istana today:

 

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya

Her Excellency Florence Imisa Weche

 

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

27 AUGUST 2015

 

 

HE FLORENCE IMISA WECHE

 

HIGH COMMISSIONER TO

 

THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

 

THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA

 

BORN:

1 March 1958

 

AGE:

56

 

MARITAL STATUS:

Married

Has four children

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, University of Nairobi, 1980

 

Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Nairobi, 1986

 

CAREER:

1980 – 1983

Assistant Secretary, Kenya International Conference Centre, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife

 

1983 – 1989

Assistant Secretary, Africa and African Union Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

1989 – 1997

First Secretary, Kenya High Commission, Tanzania

 

Deputy Head of Mission, Kenya High Commission, Tanzania

 

Jul 1997

– Mar 1998

Principal Finance and Establishment Officer, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Mar – Dec 1998

Deputy Head, Africa and African Union Division, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Jan 1999

– Dec 2003

Deputy Head of Mission, Kenya Embassy, China

 

Jan 2004

– Jan 2005

Deputy Head, Africa and African Union Division, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Feb 2005

– Sep 2006

Head, Great Lakes Office, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region

 

Sep 2006

– Sep 2009

Deputy High Commissioner, Kenya High Commission, South Africa

 

Sep 2009

– Oct 2010

Deputy Head of Mission, Kenya High Commission, Zimbabwe

 

Oct 2010

– May 2011

Acting Director, Americas Directorate, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

May 2011

– Feb 2013

Director, Americas Directorate, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

17 Jul 2013 to date

High Commissioner to India

 

27 August 2015

High Commissioner to Singapore

 

SOURCE 

Singapore – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Kenya will host the First Forum of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Kenya will host the First Forum of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in

Africa (MESA)

 

What

 

The African Union Commission in collaboration with the Government of Republic of Kenya and with the support of the European Union, has organised the First Forum of the Monitoring for Environ- ment and Security in Africa (MESA) under the theme “Streamlining MESA products and services towards the decision making cycle in support of sustainable environmental management”.

 

During the Forum, Earth Observation issues will be discussed; best practices will be shared; MESA Products and Services will be exhibited and a visit to a MESA project site is also planned. The forum is one of the tools for sharing information and gathering feedback from African stakeholders for the realisation of the project objectives.

 

Where When Who

 

Why

 

Mezzanine Floor, Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya

 

31 August – 04 September 2015.

 

Opening

• Welcome Remarks by H.E. Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, Inter – Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

• Remarks by H. E. Jean-Claude de l Estrac, Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission

(IOC), Current Chairperson of the MESA Programme Steering Committee

• Remarks by Mrs. Anna BURYLO, Counsellor, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation

to the African Union

• Statement by H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agricul-

ture, African Union Commission (AUC)

• GUEST OF HONOR- Statement by Hon. Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kenya

 

Press Conference Speakers

• H.E. Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

• H. E. Jean-Claude de l Estrac, Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission, Current Chair-

person of the MESA Programme Steering Committee

• Mrs. Anna BURYLO, Counsellor, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to the African

Union

• H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African

Union Commission

• Hon. Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kenya

• Dr. Joseph Mukabana, WMO – RA1 Director and AMCOMET (African Ministerial Conference

on Meteorology) Secretariat

• Representatives of AMCEN and Representative of AMCOW

The forum will draw participants from all the 48 participating countries and other stakeholders from

within and outside Africa. 250 decision and policy makers, planners, users and experts are expected

to attend the Forum to discuss and analyse how Earth Observation accessed through the

MESA Project, supports policy, planning and decision making at national, regional and continental

Institutions mandated for agriculture, environment, climate, fisheries, food security etc.

 

Why

 

By making accessible Earth Observation Data to support African decision-makers and planers in designing and implementing national, regional and continental policies and development plans to- wards sustainable development, thereby advancing the socio-economic progress and well-being of African population. Also, to share best practices of the use of Earth Observation services and products among users.

 

 

About MESA

 

The MESA Project is a European Union funded Programme (37 Million €, 2012-2017), implemented with the overall coordination of the African Union Commission and steering by the African Regional Economic Communities and Inter- Governmental Organizations (CEMAC, ECOWAS, IGAD, IOC and SADC) and the ACP Secretariat, in close cooperation with the European Union Delegation to the African Union and partners such as EUMETSAT and the EC Joint Research Centre.

 

The objective of the MESA project is to support African decision-makers and planers in designing and implementing national, regional and continental policies and development plans towards sustainable development, thereby advancing the socio-economic progress and well-being of African populations.

 

The Project is implemented by the African Regions through their specialized technical institutions including the Botswana Department of Meteorological Services and SADC Climate Services Centre for the Southern Africa Develop- ment Community (SADC) region, the International Commission.

 

The Media is invited to cover the opening ceremony and Press Conference on Monday, 31 August 2015, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 August 2015

Clashes in Central African Republic town of Bambari displaces thousands


 

Clashes in Central African Republic town of Bambari displaces thousands

 

BANGUI, Central African Republic, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic town of Bambari. The situation began to ease on Thursday but UNHCR staff say Bambari remains very tense and they fear the situation could deteriorate again.

“We are extremely concerned by the mounting violence in Bambari and its impact on the civilian population. Our staff have reported the displacement of people who are extremely frightened,” Kouassi Lazare Etien, UNHCR representative in CAR, said earlier Thursday. He added that UNHCR was also worried about hundreds of Sudanese refugees “trapped in a refugee camp [near Bambari] and at high risk of attacks.”

Before this latest flare-up in violence, more than 8,000 people (2,000 families) had returned to their homes in Bambari since last May as a result of mediation and reconciliation initiatives between communities and an improvement in the security situation in the town in south-central CAR. They had fled to escape violence in early 2014. However, fresh fighting between rival militia forces erupted on August 20 and triggered new waves of displacement.

The Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire site was hosting some 4,250 internally displaced people (IDP), but by Tuesday it was almost empty. UNHCR staff said they had seen people fleeing to three other sites – Sangaris, Aviation and Site Aternatif.

They added that a spontaneous IDP site had sprung up inside the Bambari compound of the UN peace-keeping force (MINUSCA). UNHCR’s partner, the National Refugee Commission, had registered about 3,000 IDPs in the MINUSCA compound as of Tuesday. But conditions are dire at the site, a former cotton factory with no sanitation facilities and limited access to water and shelter.

UNHCR is now able to move around Bambari and is trying to assess the total number of newly displaced. The tension remains with armed groups in control of the streets.

UNHCR is also worried about the safety of almost 1,859 Sudanese in Pladama Ouaka refugee camp, which is located 12 kilometres from Bambari. The road leading to the camp had been inaccessible since the weekend, but a UNHCR team escorted by MINUSCA reached the camp on Wednesday.

The refugees told UNHCR staff that they had not been directly affected by the clashes in Bambari, but they called for tightened security as the camp is located in an exposed area. They said they had seen many families from the town fleeing with their belongings.

UNHCR partner, the International Medical Corps, has trained refugees in the camp in basic health care interventions. In the absence of IMC medical staff, the refugee attendants have access to medicines and medical supplies in the camp’s health post so basic health services are available.

The trouble in Bambari erupted after a 19-year-old Muslim was killed in the city and beheaded by alleged anti-Balaka fighters. This triggered violent reprisal attacks between the two communities in Bambari, which have left at least 10 people dead and many injured, including ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) staff.

UN security officials have reported a build-up of armed militia forces in the city. They say the population and aid workers were isolated and inaccessible, but a humanitarian corridor has been opened to the airport since Tuesday following negotiations between MINUSCA and the rival militia groups.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 August 2015

11th AFRICAN GAMES – BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 04-19 September, 2015


 

11th AFRICAN GAMES – BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 04-19 September, 2015

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The 11th Edition of the African Games is scheduled to take place on 4th to 19th September, 2015, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. This edition will mark the 50th Anniversary of the African Games, since the 1st edition in 1965 that was also hosted by the Republic of Congo. Approximately 7000 athletes from 50 African countries will converge back to the birth place of the African Games in Brazzaville to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the African Union in the spirit of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.

 

This edition is also a milestone for the AU as it is the first one under the auspices of the African Union as the owner of the Games, following the dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) as well as the integration of the functions of the SCSA into the AU. The integrated functions of the SCSA include the ownership, coordination and organization of the African Games.

 

The opening ceremony will take place on 4th September, 2015, and will be presided over by H.E. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, and attended by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, H.E. Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs and H.E. Martial de Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology. The African Games will be preceded by the Bureau Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committees on Youth, Culture and Sport and a Sub-Committee of the STC Ministers of Sport on 3th September, 2015.

 

During the games, the AU will rally the continent around the spirit of Pan-Africanism through its key message i.e. “I am African, I am the African Union” and through its 50 year Agenda 2063 development framework. Agenda 2063″ is an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years. The agenda will assist the continent achieve its vision, i.e. an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.

 

“Because of the power of sport, we see this event as an important milestone on the road to achieving the objectives of our continental vision and action plan, which Africa has christened Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want”, said AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Journalists further targeted in South Sudan – UN rights experts warn violence against the media is on the rise

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ “The frequency of attacks and violence committed against journalists and media workers in South Sudan is increasing, and has reached a critical level,” two United Nations human rights experts warned today.

 

The UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, condemned the latest killing of a South Sudanese journalist, the seventh so far this year.

 

On 19 August 2015, Peter Moi, who worked for various newspapers and media outlets in South Sudan, was shot dead in Juba by two unidentified assailants as he made his way home from work. Earlier in May, James Raeth, a radio journalist based in Aboko, was also killed in an attack by unknown perpetrators.

 

Three days prior to Mr. Moi’s killing, President Kiir had reportedly threatened journalists and media workers at a news conference and declared that freedom of press does not mean that they may work against their country.

 

“Like others, I was outraged by the remarks attributed to President Kiir”, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression said. “However, I take note of the recent statement by the South Sudanese Information Minister denying any intention on the part of the authorities to target journalists.”

 

“I unequivocally condemn the recent killings of journalists in South Sudan. Any threats or attacks are completely unacceptable and only embolden perpetrators to commit further violence against journalists, with impunity,” Mr. Kaye added. “I urge the country’s authorities to promote a safe and enabling environment for them to perform their work independently and without interference.”

 

The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions further added: “I am deeply disturbed by the allegations of attacks against journalists in South Sudan. The brutal killing of Mr. Moi and Mr. Raeth need to be urgently and thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators must be held accountable.”

 

“Political leaders have a duty to refrain from making provocative statements against journalists,” Mr. Heyns noted. “The Government must take measures to prevent such killings and to conduct thorough, prompt and impartial investigations of all cases of summary executions of journalists in the country since the beginning of the year.”

 

The human rights experts warned that targeting media independence produces a ‘chilling effect’ that could deter the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and opinion and the right to seek, impart and receive information. They urged the Government of South Sudan to take immediate steps to allow space for open debate and freedom of expression.

 

The experts are in contact with the South Sudanese authorities to clarify the issues in question.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


 

1st Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (STC-CCICT)

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

 

What: Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (STC-CCICT)

 

Who: The meeting is organized by the Directorate of Information and Communication and the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission

 

When: 31st August – 4th September 2015 divided as follows:

Highlights for media include the official opening of the experts meeting on 31 August 2015 at 09:00; the ministerial meeting on 3 September at 09:00, the Round table discussion on 3 September at 11:00 and the closing ceremony followed by a press conference at 15:30 on 4 September.

 

Time: 09:00 A.M

 

Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Objectives: The main activities and aims of the CCICT in its areas of concern are:

•    Prepare projects and programmes of the Union and submit them to the Executive Council;

•    Ensure the supervision, follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of adopted programmes decisions taken by the organs of the Union;

•    Ensure the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmes of the Union;

•    Submit to the Executive Council either on its own initiative or at the request of the Executive council reports and recommendations on the implementation of the AU programmes;

•    Carry out any other functions assigned to it for the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the provisions of the African Union Constitutive Act;

•    Establish African Common e-strategies;

•    Establish Pan-African TV and Radio Channels;

•    Discuss resources mobilization and capacity building for the implementation

•    Oversee the promotion, co-ordination and the strengthening of CIT programmes for the accelerated economic growth of Africa;

•    Develop mechanisms through which CIT contributes to the establishment of the African information Society;

•    Promote public investments on CIT infrastructure services and applications;

•    Develop frameworks for the harmonization policies and regulations in the Continent.

 

Outcome: Ministerial declaration with recommendations drawn from the reports, strategies and action plans for projects and programs implementation

 

Background: The Specialized Technical Committees (STCs), which constitute an important technical organ of the African Union (AU), were established under Article 25 of the African Economic Community Treaty (the Abuja Treaty). The STCs are expected to work in close collaboration with the various departments of the AU Commission (AUC) so as to provide well-informed inputs in their areas of specialization to the work of the Executive Council. They should also, be involved in monitoring programme development and implementation by the AUC and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on behalf of the Executive Council.

Therefore, the early operationalization of the STCs becomes imperative, given the overall objective of accelerating continental integration and the importance attached to the effective implementation of programmes and projects of the Union. To this end, the Assembly of the Union adopted The Decision; Assembly/AU/Dec.227 (XII) reconfiguring the existing STCs and created one on Communication and Information Technologies called Committee on Communication and ICT (CCICT);

 

 

Media representatives are invited to cover the official opening of the experts meeting on 31 August 2015 at 09:00; the ministerial meeting on 3 September at 09:00, the Round table discussion on 3 September at 11:00 and the closing ceremony followed by a press conference at 15:30 on 4 September.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


Le PNUD lance un concours de reportages afin d’amplifier la couverture de l’actualité climatique à l’approche du sommet de Paris

Une occasion pour les journalistes africains de reconfigurer les relations état-société et de contribuer au développement du continent

GENEVE, Suisse, 27 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le PNUD (http://www.undp.org) a lancé aujourd’hui un concours de reportages, Voices2Paris (http://www.apo.af/fcz6IA), visant à sensibiliser le public sur les conséquences négatives du changement climatique ainsi que sur les solutions mises en œuvre par des particuliers et des gouvernements dans les pays en développement.

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“Nous souhaitons fournir à de jeunes journalistes issus de pays en développement l’occasion unique de contribuer au débat mondial sur le changement climatique à l’approche de la COP21, tout en renforçant leurs capacités et en assurant la reconnaissance de l’excellence », a déclaré Neil Buhne, Directeur du PNUD Genève .

Le PNUD cible des journalistes de 35 ans ou moins, issus de pays en développement, qui sont déjà engagés dans l’écriture publique et qui souhaitent contribuer à une meilleure sensibilisation du public au sujet du changement climatique.

Les meilleurs reportages seront publiés chaque jour à l’approche immédiate de la COP21, en portant des messages de lutte et d’espoir émis par les acteurs de terrain en matière de changement climatique dans le monde. Les auteurs des deux reportages gagnants seront invités à assister et à couvrir l’actualité du sommet sur le climat des Nations Unies COP21, qui se tiendra à Paris en décembre.

Les jeunes journalistes issus de pays en développement peuvent soumettre leur reportage en anglais et en arabe, chinois, français et espagnol (avec une traduction anglaise), jusqu’au 11 octobre 2015. Les directives de participation sont disponibles sur le site web du PNUD Genève (http://www.apo.af/bXq9up).

Une équipe de journalistes seniors travaillant dans le domaine du changement climatique au sein des meilleurs médias internationaux, des associations de médias régionaux et des représentants des principales organisations internationales feront la sélection des articles et aideront les participants dans l’amélioration de leur production.

“Le concours est une excellente initiative pour promouvoir les enquêtes novatrices effectuées par la jeune génération de journalistes. Il s’agit également d’une occasion pour les journalistes africains de reconfigurer les relations état-société et de contribuer au développement du continent », a jouté Sidi El Moctar Cheiguer, Président du Réseau africain des journalistes de l’environnement.

Les reportages, une fois sélectionnés et notés, seront publiés sur le site web du PNUD et diffusés par les partenaires du projet afin d’assurer une portée maximale aux articles et de soutenir l’adoption d’un programme ambitieux pendant la COP21.

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com)  et Oxfam Hong Kong (http://www.oxfam.org.hk) sont les partenaires privilégiés du concours.

Organisations participantes: African Network of Environmental Journalists (http://www.apo.af/rVdAqT), Care International (http://www.care-international.org), China Dialogue (https://www.chinadialogue.net), Global Call for Climate Action (http://tcktcktck.org), International Center for Journalists (http://www.icfj.org), Global Village of Beijing (http://www.gvbchina.org.cn), Innovative Green Development Program (http://www.igdp.cn), InterNews (https://www.internews.org), Pacific Islands News Association (http://www.pina.com.fj), RNTC (https://www.rntc.nl), RTCC/Climate Home (http://www.rtcc.org), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (http://www.sprep.org) et University of the South Pacific (https://www.usp.ac.fj).

Nous remercions aussi le réseau global des pays les plus vulnérables actifs au travers du Climate Vulnerable Forum (http://www.thecvf.org) présidé par les Philippines.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:

Sarah Bel – Spécialiste communication PNUD

media4climate@undp.org

+41 22 917 8544

Médias sociaux:

Hashtag #Voices2Paris

Pour des mises à jour fréquentes, suivez également sur Twitter : @UNDPGeneva et @TheCVF

Le PNUD (http://www.undp.org) collabore avec des personnes issues de tous les niveaux de la société afin de construire des nations capables de faire face aux crises, et de mener et de maintenir une croissance qui améliore la qualité de vie de tous. Sur le terrain dans plus de 170 pays et territoires, nous proposons une vision mondiale et un aperçu local afin de contribuer à autonomiser des vies et à développer des nations résilientes.

SOURCE

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 August 2015

Validation Workshop for the Report on Air Transport Services in Ethiopia


 

Validation Workshop for the Report on Air Transport Services in Ethiopia

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ MEDIA ADVISORY

 

What: Validation Workshop for the Report on Air Transport Services in Ethiopia.

 

Who: African Union Commission, Department of Trade and Industry.

 

When: 7 September 2015.

 

Where: African Union Commission Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

Why: The African Union Commission, Department of Trade and Industry in Conjunction with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) is organizing a Validation workshop for the report of Air Transport Services in Ethiopia.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together various stakeholders in the air transport industry to review the findings of the draft report and contribute to the finalization of the report. The participants will also validate information, data and evidence and reach consensus on the findings of the report.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summit

An opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations and contribute to the development of the continent

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ UNDP (http://www.undp.org) has launched today a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris (http://www.apo.af/fcz6IA), to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/undp-1.png

“We want to provide young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity and providing recognition for excellence” noted Neil Buhne, UNDP Geneva Director.

UNDP targets journalists 35 years of age and under from developing countries who are already engaged in public writing and want to contribute ¬– locally and internationally – towards greater public awareness on climate change.

The best stories will be published every day in the immediate run-up to COP21, carrying messages of struggle, opportunity and hope from the climate change frontlines worldwide. The authors of the top two prize-winning stories will be invited to attend and cover the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris this December.

Stories can be submitted by young journalists from developing countries in English, and in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish with an English translation, on a rolling basis until October 11th, 2015. Guidelines to participate are available on UNDP Geneva website (http://www.apo.af/bXq9up).

A team of senior journalists reporting on climate change from top-tier international media outlets, regional media associations, and representatives from major international organizations, will review the entries and mentor the participants.

“The contest is an excellent initiative to promote investigative and innovative coverage from the young generation of journalists. It is also an opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations and contribute to the development of the continent” added Sidi El Moctar Cheiguer, President of the African Network of Environmental Journalists.

Stories, once screened and scored will be published on UNDP’s website and disseminated through partners’ channels to ensure maximum outreach and support the call for an ambitious agenda to be endorsed during the COP21.

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) and Oxfam Hong Kong (http://www.oxfam.org.hk) are special partners of the contest.

Participating organizations: African Network of Environmental Journalists (http://www.apo.af/rVdAqT), Care International (http://www.care-international.org), China Dialogue (https://www.chinadialogue.net), Global Call for Climate Action (http://tcktcktck.org), International Center for Journalists (http://www.icfj.org), Global Village of Beijing (http://www.gvbchina.org.cn), Innovative Green Development Program (http://www.igdp.cn), InterNews (https://www.internews.org), Pacific Islands News Association (http://www.pina.com.fj), RNTC (https://www.rntc.nl), RTCC/Climate Home (http://www.rtcc.org), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (http://www.sprep.org) and University of the South Pacific (https://www.usp.ac.fj).

We also thank the global network of climate vulnerable countries active in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (http://www.thecvf.org) currently chaired by Philippines for its support.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Bel – UNDP Communication Specialist

media4climate@undp.org

+41 22 917 8544

Social media:

Hashtag #Voices2Paris

For frequent updates follow also Twitter @UNDPGeneva and @TheCVF

UNDP (http://www.undp.org) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


 

Communiqué de presse de la 537ème réunion du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’UA sur l’évolution du processus de paix au Soudan du Sud

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 27 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 537ème réunion tenue le 24 août 2015, a procédé à un échange de vues sur l’évolution du processus de paix au Soudan du Sud.

 

Le Conseil a réaffirmé ses communiqués et communiqués de presse antérieurs sur la situation au Soudan du Sud, y compris les communiqués PSC/AHG/COMM.1 (DXV) et PSC/MIN/COMM.(DXXVI), adoptés lors de ses 515ème et 526ème réunions tenues respectivement le 13 juin et le 24 juillet 2015.

 

Le Conseil a réitéré le plein appui de l’UA aux efforts de médiation de l’Autorité intergouvernementale pour le développement (IGAD). À cet égard, le Conseil s’est félicité de la tenue à Addis Abéba, le 17 août 2015, d’un Sommet du Mécanisme IGAD Plus consacré à la situation au Soudan du Sud. Le Conseil a exprimé la gratitude de l’UA au Président en exercice de l’IGAD, le Premier ministre Hailemariam Desalegn de l’Éthiopie, et aux autres dirigeants de la région, notamment les Présidents Isma?l Omar Guelleh de Djibouti, Uhuru Kenyatta du Kenya, Yoweri Museveni de l’Ouganda et Omar Hassan al-Bashir du Soudan, pour leur engagement continu et leurs efforts inlassables visant à mettre fin au conflit au Soudan du Sud.

 

Le Conseil a félicité la Présidente de la Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, pour son engagement continu et les efforts qu’elle déploie en appui à l’IGAD. Le Conseil a exprimé ses remerciements aux membres du Comité ad hoc de haut niveau de l’UA sur le Soudan du Sud (Afrique du Sud, Algérie, Nigéria, Rwanda et Tchad), ainsi qu’au Haut Représentant de l’UA pour le Soudan du Sud, l’ancien Président Alpha Oumar Konaré, pour leur contribution à la recherche de la paix au Soudan du Sud. Le Conseil a également exprimé son appréciation aux partenaires internationaux, en particulier à ceux d’entre eux qui sont membres du Mécanisme IGAD Plus, à savoir les Nations unies, la Tro?ka (États-Unis d’Amérique, Norvège et Royaume-Uni) et la Chine, l’Union européenne et l’Italie, au nom du Forum des Partenaires de l’IGAD, pour leur appui soutenu aux efforts de médiation de l’IGAD. Le Conseil a exhortés lesdits partenaires, y compris le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies, à continuer d’appuyer les efforts du continent.

 

Le Conseil s’est félicité de la soumission, par l’IGAD aux parties sud-soudanaises, avec l’appui de l’ensemble de la communauté internationale, de l’Accord de compromis sur le règlement du conflit en République du Soudan du Sud. Le Conseil a exprimé son plein appui à l’Accord, qui est l’aboutissement de consultations intensives et longues, et a souligné que sa mise en œuvre effective par toutes les parties leur permettrait de trouver une solution durable au conflit actuel.

 

Le Conseil s’est félicité de la signature de l’Accord par Dr. Riek Machar, chef du Mouvement de Libération du Peuple du Soudan dans l’Opposition (SPLM/IO), ainsi que par M. Pagan Amum, au nom des Anciens détenus politiques, et par d’autres parties prenantes sud-soudanaises, au cours du Sommet du Mécanisme IGAD Plus, qui s’est tenu à Addis Abéba, le 17 août 2015. Le Conseil a noté le paraphe de l’Accord par le Gouvernement de la République du Soudan du Sud et souligné l’urgence que revêt le parachèvement du processus de signature. À cet égard, le Conseil s’est félicité de l’engagement du Président Salva Kiir Mayardit à signer l’Accord, après des consultations au Soudan du Sud, et attend avec intérêt la matérialisation de cet engagement à Juba, le 26 août 2015, comme annoncé par l’IGAD, le 24 août 2015.

 

Le Conseil a appelé toutes les parties prenantes sud-soudanaises à faire preuve du sens des responsabilités requis et à s’engager en faveur d’une véritable réconciliation, à placer l’intérêt du Soudan du Sud et de son peuple au-dessus de considérations égoïstes et à appuyer pleinement l’Accord et sa mise en œuvre. Le Conseil a souligné l’impératif pour toutes les parties de respecter strictement l’Accord de cessation des hostilités, d’assurer un accès humanitaire sûr et sans entrave aux populations dans le besoin et de faciliter le retour des populations déplacées.

 

Le Conseil, rappelant ses prises de position antérieures, a mis en garde tous ceux qui compromettent le règlement durable du conflit, y compris la mise en œuvre de l’Accord, qu’ils seront tenus responsables de leurs actions.

 

Le Conseil a réitéré l’engagement de l’UA à continuer d’aider les parties prenantes sud-soudanaises à réaliser une paix durable dans leur pays, y compris à travers le Haut Représentant de l’UA pour le Soudan du Sud et le Comité ad hoc de haut niveau de l’UA. À cet égard, le Conseil a demandé à la Commission, en étroite collaboration avec l’IGAD et les Nations unies, de lui présenter, dans les meilleurs délais possibles, des propositions concrètes sur les modalités d’une contribution effective de l’UA au processus de mise en œuvre de l’Accord, conformément aux dispositions pertinentes dudit Accord, une fois le processus de signature parachevé.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

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