Sudan bans female genital mutilation ,with a three-year jail sentence for offenders

Last Updated on May 5, 2020 at 1:22 pmThe United Nations Childen’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders “This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. Sometimes called female circumcision, the traditional practice involves the … Read More

Comoros and Tajikistan reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 5:50 amTwo new Member States(Comoros and Tajikistan) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Here is total reported news cases and death worldwide Total (new cases in last 24 hours)Globally 3 175 207 cases (84 771) 224 172 deaths (6403)Africa 26 663 cases(1950) 973 deaths(35)Americas 1 291 917 cases(45 727) 69 087 deaths(3859)Eastern Mediterranean 188 585 cases(6168) 7598 deaths (151)Europe 1 461 404 cases(26764) 138 200 … Read More

COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 6:11 amIn northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN’s migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have ‘devastating consequences’ for those who have been displaced. Displaced people there already face outbreaks of several deadly diseases, including cholera, malaria and measles, and fighting has severely weakened the … Read More

Sudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering’, Bachelet urges sanctions relief

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 6:04 amIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday. One year after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was removed from power, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that the promise of development, democracy, justice and peace, is now … Read More

Thousand of migrating to Europe from Libiya

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 5:38 amAccording to UNHCR, so far this year, 3,277 persons have arrived in Italy by sea, and 1,135 in Malta, significantly lower figures than those arriving in Spain (4,934) and Greece (7,569). The fate of migrants and asylum-seekers attempting to reach European shores from Libya has become even more uncertain due to COVID-19 and the recent decisions by the Italian and Maltese authorities to declare their own ports … Read More

MEPs ask to Stop cooperation with and funding to the Libyan coastguard

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 5:38 amAccording to UNHCR, the human rights situation inside Libya is extremely complicated, in the context of intensifying combat, the coronavirus crisis and the high number of economic migrants, refugees and internally displaced people needing material and humanitarian assistance. Around 1,500 people remain in detention centers in appalling conditions, arbitrary detentions continue to take place and resettlement schemes of the most vulnerable people to neighbouring countries have been … Read More

World Bank Group and IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 5:59 amThis pandemic has already had a devastating impact on Africa and its effects will deepen as the rate of infection rises. It is a setback for the progress we have made to eradicate poverty, inequality and underdevelopment,” African Union Chairperson and President of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa said. “While recent announcements from international partners are very welcome, large financing gaps remain and greater support is needed to ensure that … Read More

Niger to Receive $13.95 Million for COVID-19 Response : World Bank

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 at 5:57 amThe World Bank approved today a $13.95 million to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Niger. The Niger COVID-19 Emergency Response Project will support the government’s plan by supporting rapid procurement of critical medication and equipment needed for treatment of coronavirus infections. In addition, the project will support the government’s campaign to mitigate the … Read More