UN concerned over arrest of six journalists in South Sudan

The United Nations has expressed concerns over the situation of the six state-owned television (SSBC) journalists arrested over a viral video in which President Salva Kiir wetted himself at an event.The Secretary General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric on Monday said they did not intend to comment on the incident, describing it as “worrying”.“Not for us to comment on the actual incident, but it is very concerning that these journalists have been…

Protest escalation in October as Sudan coup marks first anniversary

The Coordination of Resistance Committees in Khartoum state announced six Marches of the Millions this month, October, to mark the one-year anniversary of the October 25 military coup d'état as part of their protest escalation schedule.In a joint statement, the coordination explained that there will be three centralised demonstrations (one big march in one location) and three non-centralised marches (in different cities on the same day) in the state. The…

UN: Thousands of Children Suffer Grave Abuses in War Zones

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Monday that thousands of children in war zones suffered grave abuses including rape, maiming and death last year, and that concerns are growing for children in new regions of conflict, including Ukraine.“The fact remains that hundreds, if not thousands, of children are victims of violence in armed conflict every day of every week of every month of every year in conflict-affected states and…

G20 Ministers Make Little Headway on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The war in Ukraine and its impact on energy and food supplies dominated G-20 talks Friday in Bali.The G-20 host country called on ministers to “find a way forward” in discussing the war and its impact on rising food and energy prices."It is our responsibility to end the war sooner rather than later and settle our differences at the negotiating table, not at the battlefield," Indonesian Foreign Minister…

Switching off the internet causes incalculable damage: UN report

A hospital unable to contact a doctor for emergency surgery. Voters deprived of information about candidates during an election. Students missing entry exams for academic programs. Atrocities in conflict zones covered up.These are just a few examples of the profound damage to the daily lives and human rights of millions of people caused by government-imposed internet shutdowns, a new report of the UN Human Rights Office warns.The report, Internet shutdowns:…

World Food Program Suspends Food Aid for 1.7 Million People in South Sudan

The World Food Program reports it has been forced to suspend food assistance for 1.7 million people in South Sudan because of a funding shortfall of $426 million.Conflict, three years of flooding, localized drought, and soaring food prices made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine have brought South Sudan to its knees.The World Food Program's acting country director in South Sudan, Adeyinka Badejo, says the country…
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