A UN judge on
Wednesday ruled that Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga, who has been in
a French jail since May, should be sent to a detention unit in The Hague ahead
of his trial.
“I hereby amend the arrest warrant and order
of transfer,” Judge Iain Bonomy said from Arusha, Tanzania. “I consider that
there are exceptional circumstances and that it would be in the interests of
justice [to send Kabuga to The Hague].”
The decision means that Kabuga, 84, is likely spend at least several
months in The Hague and
be brought before an international judge there
for an initial appearance in his war crimes case, rather than in Tanzania as
UN prosecutors accuse the former tea and coffee
tycoon of bankrolling and importing huge num...
NATIONS: Even before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), World Food
Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley was warning the world would face its worst
humanitarian crisis in 2020 since the Second World War.
That was due to wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms
in Africa, frequent natural disasters, and economic crises including in
Lebanon, Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia. Then came COVID-19 which quickly became a
pandemic, escalating the need for food — and UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres says it is still not under control.
Beasley, who caught COVID-19 in April, has spent the months since
he recovered reaching out to world leaders and visiting stricken countries with
a new warning: Millions of people are closer to starvation because of the
deadly combination of c...
3,074 cases of COVID-19 among Ugandan nationals during the reporting period;
the majority of cases were in males (86 per cent). Uganda’s cumulative COVID-19
caseload included 1,699 recoveries, 32 deaths (with a case fatality rate of 1.0
per cent), and 86 cases in children (representing 2.8 per cent of the country’s
total caseload).A cumulative total
of 4,790,000 children and women continued to receive essential health care
services—including immunizations, prenatal, postnatal, and HIV services, and
care for gender-based violence—in UNICEF-supported health facilities during the
COVID-19 period from March to August 2020.The Government of
Uganda, with support from UNICEF, provided Vitamin A supplementation to nearly
408,000 children, psychosocial support servic...
By Our Reporter
World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to investigate allegations of
sexual abuse by people identified as health and aid officials in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the global body is trying to stop the spread
of the Ebola virus.
WHO said it is “outraged” and promised the charges will be “rigorously
investigated” in a statement released on Tuesday.
“The betrayal of people in the communities we
serve is reprehensible. We do not tolerate such behaviour in any of our staff, contractors
or partners,” read the statement in part. “Anyone identified as being involved
will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate
dismissal,” it added.
statement came after the news website The New Humanitarian re...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed 5,000 metric tonnes of rice and us$3,000,000 in cash from the republic of Korea to provide much needed relief assistance to 781,000 people including refugees and Ugandans threatened by locusts. “WFP is extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the republic of Korea since 2018 and its appreciation of the immense humanitarian needs in Uganda, which were suddenly made even more complicated but COVID-19,” said WFP Officer in Charge Ryan Aderson.
“This contributed of 5,000 metric tons
of rice found us at a cross road when we were considering whether to make
deeper ratio cuts for refuges because of a shortage of funding, even as we have
evidence that they already face high food insecurity,” he ad...
Allied Democratic Forces have
targeted 580 civilians in North-Kivu since Nov 2019.
At least 10 civilians have been
killed by a Ugandan rebel group in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic
of Congo, a conflict monitor group announced Monday. The incident occurred on
Sunday night in the town of Mbau, territory of Beni, North-Kivu province,
according to the Kivu security
A soldier of the FARDC, the Democratic Republic of Congo governmental troops, holds a furet used as a talisman prior to a fight against rebels of ADF-Nalu, a Ugandan Islamist group which has been based on the Congolese side of the border since its creation in 1995, near Kokola, 50km from Beni in the east of the country.The ADF-Nalu rebels have been led since 2007 by Jamil Mukulu, a former Christian who conv...
include trading food for sex from vulnerable women.
The United Nations has launched an investigation
into allegations of sexual abuse and the exploitation of vulnerable women by
members of its staff in Uganda’s drought-stricken northeastern Karamoja region.
The inquiry by the UN’s Office of
Internal Oversight Services, which began early this month, follows allegations
by a whistleblower of sexual abuse and exploitation by a United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA) staffer against a “female victim” – and a more general pattern of
serious sexual misconduct by other UN staff working in what is Uganda’s poorest
The allegations centre on the World
Food Programme compound in the town of Moroto, and involve UN staff demanding
sex from local women in exchange fo...
collapses in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu province following heavy rains
in the eastern region.
At least 50 people are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in the
eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local authorities have said.
The accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday about 3pm local
time (13:00 GMT) following heavy rains in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu
Provincial governor Theo Ngwabije Kasi
deplored "the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young".
Kamituga Mayor Alexandre Bundya blamed
"soil subsidence caused by torrential rain" for the accident and said
"the exact number of victims" was not yet known. He declared a
two-day mourning period and urged local residents to help extract the bodies fr...
Lawyers for “Hotel
Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina on Monday said their client
is at risk of torture after his arrest on terrorism charges.
In a complaint with
the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Rusesabagina’s attorneys said
he has not been able to speak to his legal team or family since his arrest last
week. They called for a probe into whether he “is still alive,” The Associated Press reported.
It also claims the
lawyer claiming to represent Rusesabagina was appointed without his consent.
“[T]here is no way Mr. Rusesabagina would interview and voluntarily hire a
lawyer without consulting with his own family first,” the
complaint states, according to the AP.
Kagame has suggested Rusesabagina was tricked into returning to Rwanda, where