News in Brief 25 May 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Profound concern over political tensions in DR Congo

The UN Secretary-General has said he is profoundly concerned by reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.

Ban Ki-moon has called for the "strict respect of the fundamental freedoms and rights" enshrined in the African country's constitution.

An opposition group there was reportedly angered by a court decision to let President Joseph Kabila remain in office beyond his term.

Media reports say the group plans to demonstrate despite a ban against protesting.

The UN chief urged all parties to exercise restraint and express their views peacefully, including in the context of those demonstrations scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Killing of nun in South Sudan condemned

The shooting of a Slovakian nun and medical doctor who died last week in the South Sudanese town of Yei has been condemned by the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Eugene Owusu.

Sister Veronika Racková was driving an ambulance on a humanitarian mission when she was attacked.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson  Farhan Haq.

"Her death brings the number of aid workers killed in South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013, to 54. The Humanitarian Coordinator said that he urged the Transitional Government of National Unity to strengthen the safety and security environment for aid workers."

Condemnation follows ambush and killing of MSF worker in CAR

And in the Central African Republic, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator, Kouassi Lazare Etien, has condemned the killing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff member who was shot dead on 18 April.

The staff member died in an armed ambush in the area of Kouki, in northern Ouham Province.

UN Deputy Spokesperson  Farhan Haq again.

"An increase in the number of violent attacks against humanitarian organizations in May has led to the suspension of some activities and even the relocation of staff to Bangui from some field locations."

The UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said that humanitarian access in the Central African Republic continues to be "impeded by persisting insecurity and violent attacks."

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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