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23 Oct 2018 description
report Joint Peace Fund

Most people’s knowledge of Myanmar’s peace process – if they know anything at all - is limited to what they read about from the media coverage. And often this is limited to the more glamourous meetings of the top leadership. But a peace process is an important part of any country’s history – and detailed documentation of it is needed.

23 Oct 2018 description

Nepal heralded a welcome development with the first local and provincial elections held in 20 years, moving forward on its commitments to federalization envisioned in the 2015 Constitution. By the end of 2017, the parties were still discussing the timing of the indirect elections to the Upper House and government formation, once the Federal Parliament results would be finalized, by the beginning of 2018. The various rounds of elections and the enforcement of the Election Code of Conduct impacted the delivery of development and humanitarian assistance.

23 Oct 2018 description
report European Commission

The Afghan people have voted this weekend, showing that even threats to their security will not prevent them from choosing a peaceful, democratic future for their country.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the run-up to and during the polling days.

While organisational challenges and incidents were reported, good mobilisation of voters was noted, including among women.

23 Oct 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

The Myanmar Army and an ethnic armed group in eastern Myanmar’s Kayah state have blamed each other for breaching a bilateral cease-fire agreement during a weekend clash in Hpa Saung township that left no casualties.

The national army’s Light Infantry Brigade 428 clashed with soldiers from the Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) on Oct. 20.

23 Oct 2018 description
report BenarNews

By Mariyam Ahmad and Araya Pocha

Thailand’s new army chief struck an upbeat tone ahead of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s first official visit that begins Wednesday, saying the leader of the new government in Kuala Lumpur was on the same page as his Thai counterpart regarding southern peace talks.

22 Oct 2018 description

Operation errors and security risks undermined Afghans’ ability to vote. What does it mean for the 2019 presidential elections?

By: Scott Worden

22 Oct 2018 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
8377th Meeting (AM)

Khartoum’s Representative Joins Him in Urging Action against ‘Recalcitrant’ Armed Movements Rejecting Return to Negotiations

Ahead of the planned drawdown of the joint African Union and United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur, the head of that mission set out before the Security Council today a concept for continuing international support for the consolidation of stability in that troubled western region of Sudan.

22 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures.

Reports of irregularities in primaries in states around Nigeria include reports of party and election officials excluding women candidates from candidate lists, denying them access to essential information regarding the election, and cancelling and rescheduling primaries, allegedly with the sole purpose of excluding women candidates.

22 Oct 2018 description

MAZAR-E SHARIF - Women must play a meaningful role in any peace initiatives in Afghanistan, said panellists in a series of UN-backed radio programmes broadcast recently across the five northern provinces of Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Samangan and Saripul.

22 Oct 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government has renewed commitment to the unilateral ceasefire until the end of the year calling on holdout groups to join the national dialogue.

Last July, the Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir extended a unilateral cessation of hostilities for a six-month period until the end of the year.

Speaking to ruling National Congress Party (NCP) members in the capital of White Nile State, Rabak, the presidential assistant Faisal Hassan Ibrahim said the government is keen to achieve peace and stability in the country.

21 Oct 2018 description
report El Nuevo Siglo

Francia manifestó su apoyo al fortalecimiento de la participación efectiva de las víctimas del conflicto armado en la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP), el mecanismo de justicia transicional en Colombia surgido tras la firma del acuerdo de paz con la desmovilizada guerrilla de las Farc.

21 Oct 2018 description
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Baghdad, Iraq, 21 October 2018 – Following extensive discussions with Iraqi government and political party leaders, the Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, notes their intention to facilitate the formation of the next government within the constitutional timeline so it can promptly embark on responding to the needs and requirements of the people for services and their dignified life. Mr. Kubiš urges all the political parties to support Prime Minister-Designate Mr.