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Africa ‘humiliated’ as UN SC refuses to defer Kenya cases

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will become the first ever East and Central African leader to appear before a court as a defendant.

An African bid to postpone the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya’s president and his deputy failed at the United Nations on Friday, which Kenya called a humiliation for Africa. The African Union had requested that the U.N. Security Council defer the cases against Uhuru Kenyatta and his number two, William Ruto, for one year to allow them to deal with the aftermath of an attack by al Qaeda-linked Somali militants. But the 15-member Security Council was split – seven members, including Russia and China, voted in favour, and eight abstained, including France, the United States and Britain. Resolutions need nine votes and no vetoes to pass. Britain, France, the … Continue reading

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DRC residents ‘have high hopes’ for Intervention Brigade – UN

Residents in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) see better prospects for peace in the region now that preparations are underway for stationing a U.N. “intervention brigade” in the region, according to a U.N. official. Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission to the DRC (MONUSCO), said hopes in the region are rising after completion of a barracks complex where the U.N. troops will be housed. “They hope that with this new intervention brigade, we will see the end of the armed groups, and with the end of the armed groups, peace will return and with peace, we can see stabilization, reconstruction and development … Continue reading

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Five Indian UN troops killed in South Sudan

Five Indian peacekeepers escorting a UN convoy in South Sudan have been killed in an ambush by rebels, the office for the UN secretary-general has said. The peacekeepers were serving with the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (Unmiss). Two Unmiss national staff and five civilian staff contractors were also killed in the attack. Nine others were injured, some seriously. The violence happened in Jonglei state, a haven for armed groups. Unmiss has been in South Sudan since the country’s creation in 2011, with a remit to preserve peace and security. In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” by the attack in Gumuruk, and … Continue reading

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AI urges UN not to lift Somalia arms embargo

The human rights group Amnesty International warned the U.N. Security Council on Monday not to lift the 21-year-old arms embargo in place for Somalia as called for by a draft resolution, describing the idea as premature. The 15-nation council is considering lifting the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia’s government for one year so it can beef up its army to combat Islamist fighters, according to a draft resolution obtained by Reuters. “Without adequate safeguards, arms transfers may expose Somali civilians to even greater risk and worsen the humanitarian situation,” said Gemma Davies, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher. “For several years, the arms embargo on Somalia has been continuously violated with arms … Continue reading

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UN chief goes ahead with special force to combat DRC rebels

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will urge the Security Council to approve a force to fight rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a draft report seen on Monday, which also applauded suspension of aid to Rwanda over claims it backs the insurgents. In the draft of a special report to the 15-member council, Ban said a brigade of several thousand soldiers should be created within the existing U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, known as MONUSCO, and be deployed initially for one year. “The intervention brigade would carry out targeted offensive operations, either on its own or jointly with the FARDC (the Joseph Kabila army), in a robust, … Continue reading

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United States urges UN to lift arms embargo on Somalia

The United States is urging fellow members of the U.N. Security Council to agree to demands by the government in Mogadishu to lift the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in place for the past 21 years, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday. The U.S. push comes after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that the 15-nation council should consider lifting the arms embargo to help rebuild Somalia’s security forces and consolidate military gains against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. The Security Council imposed the embargo in 1992 to cut the flow of arms to feuding warlords, who a year earlier ousted dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and plunged Somalia … Continue reading

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