The Islamic Republic of The Gambia recently launched the National Child Protection Strategy 2016-2020, developed with technical and financial support from UNICEF. The Strategy, along with its costed Plan of Action, is the result of a series of consultations and engagements led by the Department of Social Welfare, with critical input from the Child Protection Sub-Committee and a wide range of child protection actors, community members, care-givers and children.
On 03 December 2016, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, undertook a visit to Banjul, capital of the Gambia.
During his visit, he held discussions with President-elect Adama Barrow and representatives of the Gambia Opposition for Electoral Reform (GOFER), as well as those of the Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC), the CSO-Coalition on Election/Situation Room, and members of the Diplomatic Corps.*
Security Forces Should Respect Human Rights During Transition
Government Has Blocked Internet, Threatened Protest Ban
(Nairobi, December 2, 2016) – Gambian authorities should respect the rights of Gambians to peacefully express their views on the outcome of the December 1, 2016, presidential election, Human Rights Watch said today. Prior to the vote, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh warned that protests against the election would not be permitted and the government blocked internet communications and international calls.
Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016
Although challenges remain, ECOWAS has done well to implement the AU’s Peace and Security roadmap.
BY AMANDA LUCEY
Switzerland - IOM reports that 348,664 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 29 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy.
Some 171,731 people have arrived in Greece and 171,299 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which time some 883,393 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Favourable prospects for 2016 cereal harvests
Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed
Cereal crops benefitted from favourable growing conditions
Harvesting of the 2016 cereal crops is underway across the country. Growing conditions for cereal crops and pastures have been adequate in most parts of the country and overall, crop prospects are favourable.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Switzerland - IOM reports that 345,440 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 20 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 171,264 people have arrived in Greece and 168,542 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which time some 883,393 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
Situation des cultures et prévisions des rendements des prinicpales céréales pluviales en Afrique de l’Ouest
Lors de leur assemblée annuelle, les États parties ne doivent pas compromettre les principes de la justice face au risque de nouveaux retraits
At Annual Meeting, Don’t Trade Away Justice in Face of Withdrawals
Media Freedom Crucial Prior to December 1 Election
(Nairobi) – Gambian authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists just days before the November 16 start of the two-week presidential election campaign, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should appropriately charge or release the journalists and ensure that Gambian and international media can operate without fear of harassment or arbitrary arrest.
By Charles Waddimba (Published 4th November 2016)
Uganda is home to 695,386 refugees and asylum seekers (Office of the Prime Minister, September 2016) mostly originating from neighboring countries within the Great Lakes Region of Africa such as South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Gambia, Benin, Ethiopia, and Eritrea among others. This number is likely to rise still further given the political upheaval in Burundi and South Sudan.
Global Overview OCTOBER 2016
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect regrets the recent decisions of Burundi, South Africa and Gambia to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). These declarations of intent to withdraw from the ICC undermine progress made in establishing that any person, regardless of rank or high office, can be held accountable for perpetrating mass atrocity crimes committed anywhere in the world.
Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region during the past decade. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S.
Guatemala, 12 de Octubre 2016
Fuente: Diario de Centro America
Autoridades de Guatemala han interceptado en 2016 a 1 mil 602 migrantes supuestamente africanos, una cifra considerablemente superior a los 13 detectados en todo 2015, informó este martes una fuente oficial.
Fernando Lucero, portavoz de la Dirección General de Migración de Guatemala, dijo que desde enero se incrementó el paso de africanos que recorren el territorio centroamericano con la intención de llegar a Estados Unidos.
As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.