UN and Africa: focus on Eritrea, Darfur and illegal wildlife trade

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Eritrea "responsible for crimes against humanity"

Widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since it gained independence in 1991 for which the perpetrators should face international justice, leading UN human rights investigators have said. The recommendation is just one of 40 made by a UN probe into human rights in the Horn of Africa country in response to hundreds of testimonies from expatriate Eritreans indicating offences ranging from unending national service to arbitrary execution. The Eritrean government has denied the report's findings ahead of its presentation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, describing them as "sensational" and "patently false". Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

UNAMID Nigerian Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Peace in Darfur will be achieved "through negotiations"

Peace in the Darfur region of Sudan can only be achieved through negotiations, not through military operations. That's according to Kingsley Mamabolo, a representative from the UN mission in Darfur, UNAMID. Mr Mamabolo recently met with government officials, community leaders, and internally displaced peoples during a three-day visit to the area. He spoke with Adam Ahmed about UNAMID's mandate.


In recent years poaching levels have soared and three rhinos are killed every day. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

Time for action against illegal wildlife trade in Africa

The time for action against illegal wildlife trade in Africa is now, the Africa Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. Angola was the host of this year's World Environment Day celebrations observed annually on 5 June. The country has been seeking to restore its elephant herds and has launched a string of initiatives to enhance conservation and stiffen law enforcement. All while continuing to rebuild after more than a quarter century of civil war. Eleuterio Guevane asked UNEP's Julliete Koudenoukpo how she felt about having the event held on African soil.


Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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