Fresh momentum needed to kickstart slow-down in peace process in South Sudan

Fresh momentum must be injected into South Sudan’s peace process to stop citizens from becoming disillusioned by delays and to hold elections on time, the UN’s top envoy to South Sudan told the Security Council on Wednesday. During the briefing to the Security Council, David Shearer, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, said that COVID-19 had slowed implementation of the peace agreement but is not entirely to blame for…

Court Ruling Shines Spotlight on Temporary Protected Status for Some Immigrants

A federal appeals court has given the Trump administration a green light to end humanitarian protections the United States has provided to about 300,000 immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. Monday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court affects individuals from the four nations who received Temporary Protective Status (TPS), extending their ability to remain in the United States. Many have lived a significant portion of their lives in America and have U.S.-born children. What is TPS immigration Status?  TPS is a form of humanitarian…

Compensation Disparity Riles Victims of 1998 US Embassy Bombings

Doreen Oport was on a tea break when she heard the blast. A 15-year employee of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, she said she wasn’t fazed by the sound at first. She thought it was a tire bursting on a busy street. Moments later she felt the unmistakable force of a detonation nearby. She would later learn that the first sound was a grenade, thrown at guards outside…

COVID-19 impacts driving up acute hunger in countries already in food crisis

New York - The Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) today held a high-level event to present a review of the most recent global data available on how the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are driving up acute hunger in vulnerable countries that were already wracked by food crises even before the novel coronavirus arrived on the scene. The meeting was also important for international resource partners and relevant…

Situation in Darfur Volatile as Attacks on Civilians Increase, Chair of 1591 Committee Tells Security Council

Sudan’s representative once again urged the Security Council, during a videoconference meeting on 15 September, to lift the sanctions that it imposed on Khartoum over the conflict in Darfur, as the 15-member organ took up the latest report of its Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005). The representative of Estonia, acting in his capacity as Chair of the Committee, briefed Council members on the 90-day report in the wake of a peace…

Rising Floodwaters Threaten Sudan’s Ancient Structures

Officials in Sudan warn that rising floodwaters could damage ancient structures including Sudan’s Royal City of Meroe if record-setting rains continue. Two weeks of heavy rain have caused record flooding of the Nile River, which has displaced tens of thousands of people and threatened archaeological sites. Floodwaters have already damaged the royal bathroom of the Meroe Kingdom, an ancient city on the east bank of the River Nile, about 200…

UN peacekeeping chief outlines reforms needed to keep operations fit-for-purpose

Over the next 10 years, the world could well be transformed by potentially lethal new technologies, climate disruptions and disruption caused by expanding cities, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday, outlining the adaptations required to keep the Organization’s flagship enterprise fit-for-purpose as it confronts daunting new security threats.   “We count on your support, as Council members, as well as that of other peacekeeping partners to…

TRIAL OF SUDAN’S BASHIR ADJOURNED TO SEPTEMBER 22

The trial of Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir over his role in the 1989 military coup that brought him to power was adjourned to September 22, the judge said Tuesday. The brief session, which was broadcast on Sudan TV, saw Bashir and other co-accused appear behind bars in the courtroom crowded with lawyers. The judge said Tuesday’s hearing was “procedural”, and that requests were being considered to change the courtroom…