EU calls for Tripoli ceasefire as death toll reaches 454

The European Union has called for a ceasefire in Libya, and reaffirmed its support for the United Nations process and the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé. “The EU is deeply concerned at the loss of human life, the growing number of internally displaced persons and the impact on migration flows,” it said in a statement following Monday’s EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. The EU also said that the Libyan National Army (LNA) attack on Tripoli, ordered by LNA leader Khalifa Haftar on April 4, adds…

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Cameroon: UN Warns Crisis in Anglophone Cameroon Worsening

Photo: HCR/ Simi Vijay William Ajili, 70 ans, partage la nourriture que lui et sa famille ont avec la famille de réfugiés camerounais qu’il héberge dans sa maison au Nigeria. La famille a fui les répressions et les violences en cours au Cameroun anglophone. By Margaret Besheer The U.N. warned Monday that Cameroon has become one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa, and that the security and humanitarian situations are deteriorating and risk spiraling out of control. “Last year, 160,000 people were estimated to need humanitarian assistance in the…

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Amnesty calls on Tshisekedi to establish a government free of human rights violators

Amnesty International is calling on President Felix Tshisekedi to ensure that as he establishes his government in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there will be no place in leadership for anyone suspected of human rights violations. The appeal comes as Tshisekedi has been marking his “first 100 days in office.” He was inaugurated following long-delayed and bitterly contested elections in December, and has not yet appointed a new cabinet and government ministers while navigating the shifting Congolese political alliances. On Monday, the new president addressed the country’s governors and warned…

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Nearly $62 million is headed to Africa to support women in business

Nearly USD$62 million for women in business is headed to the African continent, after the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced on Monday its funding allocation for the African Development Bank and its own women-focused programs. The funding through AfDB’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) will be used to support 40,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in 21 African nations, most of them low-income. “This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women entrepreneurs…

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