The Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES), made the following statement:
“On 30 November Ethiopian security forces detained the chairman of the Ethiopian opposition party ‘Oromo Federalist Congress’ (OFC), Professor Merera Gudina, shortly after his arrival in Addis Ababa.
Prof. Merera was returning from Brussels where – together with other Ethiopian activists and the Olympian athlete Feyisa Lellisa – he had had a meeting with MEPs on 9 November 2016.
I urge the Ethiopian Government to make public any charges it has brought against Prof. Merera and I will continue to follow his case very closely.
The European Parliament adopted an urgency resolution on the violent crackdown on protesters in January 2016, which requested that the Ethiopian authorities stop using anti-terrorism legislation to repress political opponents, dissidents, human rights defenders, other civil society actors and independent journalists.
Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has not improved at all. Human Rights Watch reports that security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of 2016. Moreover the state of emergency has led to further significant restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and assembly. I therefore reiterate Parliament’s demands as set out in its resolution.
The European Parliament is aware of the difficult situation in Ethiopia and stresses the need to continue to support the Ethiopian people“.
Distributed by APO on behalf of European Parliament.
UNAMID held a day-long seminar aimed at enabling Sudanese business owners to understand the United Nations’ policies and procedures related to business partnerships as well as participate in tenders issued by the Mission. The event, organized under the theme, “How to do business with the UN,” took place today at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum.
The seminar is part of continued efforts by the UN to build the capacity of business owners in host countries to encourage longstanding and effective partnerships across the globe. It follows the launch of the UMOJA business application, a new digital portal uniting the functions of different administrative and procurement systems previously used by the UN into a single, efficient and transparent utility, thereby ensuring a level playing field for all external business partners.
In his opening remarks at the seminar, UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative, Martin Uhomoibhi, commended the business acumen of Sudanese companies and said that such events were crucial in providing procedural awareness to external partners. “The UN, in general, and UNAMID, in particular, can benefit greatly through increased collaboration with business partners from the host countries that we serve in. Our work is not done in isolation; therefore, creating opportunities to build the knowledge and capacity of our Sudanese business colleagues is a priority for us,” stated JSR Uhomoibhi.
Some 300 Sudanese companies attended the event along with high-ranking officials from the Government of Sudan.
Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.
During the new 60-second UNICEF film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham’s body. While Beckham’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse. The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities.
From today, the South African television channel, SuperSport, a partner of UNICEF South Africa, will be broadcasting the short film for a two-month period to 10 million families throughout Africa.
Beckham said: “When I launched my 7 Fund with UNICEF, I made a commitment to do everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children’s lives. One of those issues is violence. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever. Last year I visited Cambodia with UNICEF where I met and listened to children tell me about terrible violence they have experienced. I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this. Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence. I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it.”
Using U-report, a messaging tool that allows young people to report on issues affecting their lives, David Beckham invited youth to answer questions on violence against children.
More than 190,000 “U-Reporters” from 22 countries responded. Two-thirds of them said that they have personally experienced physical or verbal abuse or know somebody else who has. When asked who they think commits violence most often, one-third said police or law enforcement, 29 per cent said their peers, 28 per cent said a parent or caregiver and 9 per cent said teachers.
Approximately 80,000 U-Reporters provided suggestions on what can be done to address violence in their communities. A 24-year old U-Reporter from the Philippines said, “I will let my voice be heard and warn all people around me on what is happening, and ask for someone’s help to end it if I cannot do it alone.”
The tragic consequences of violence affect all aspects of a child’s life and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Violence against children carries serious costs to all societies in every region of the world.
“Violence and abuse take a terrible toll on children’s lives and futures — harming their bodies, undermining their emotional wellbeing, even interfering with the healthy development of their brains,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “When we protect children from violence, we prevent individual tragedies — and promote stronger, more stable societies. Thanks to powerful advocates like David Beckham, and fueled by the voices of children and young people themselves, we are building momentum for ending violence against children everywhere.”
Violence is not inevitable. UNICEF points to seven proven strategies that can help end violence against children. These include strengthening attitudes that support non-violence; enforcing laws; creating safe environments for children; supporting parents and caregivers; increasing family incomes to reduce poverty; strengthening social services and equipping children with life-skills.
David Beckham and UNICEF are urging people to share the new film on social media platforms.
After 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in February 2015, making a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Later that year, Beckham visited Cambodia where he met children who had suffered violence and abuse. Moved by the stories he heard, Beckham subsequently attended the United Nations and called on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Distributed by APO on behalf of UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC).
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulates Nigeria’s women’s soccer team, the Super Falcons, for winning the 2015 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals on Saturday, 3 December 2016, in Yaounde, Cameroon.
This is the eighth time that Nigeria has claimed this victory. Nigeria’s Super Falcons claimed a 1-0 victory over hosts Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses at the final match in Yaounde. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also commended runners-up for putting up a splendid performance.
The AU Commission Chairperson equally congratulated the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Government and people of the Republic of Cameroon, as well as all teams for the magnificent organisation and participation in the 2016 Edition of the African Women Cup of Nations.
Sports events continue to unite the continent and embody aspirations 2 and 5 of Agenda 2063 which speak to an integrated Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics.
The AU Commission Chairperson was in Yaounde, Cameroon, on 24 November 2016, to throw her support in the AWCON 2016 Finals, organised in Yaounde and Limber, in Cameroon.
Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).
On December 2, 2016 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dmitry Kuptel, met with the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission, Elham Ibrahim.
During the meeting, the sides discussed current state and prospects for cooperation between Belarus and the Commission of the African Union, including the development of the legal framework.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will tomorrow announce the winners of the 4th Annual South African Premier Business Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The annual South African Premier Business Awards are a key feature on the Department of Trade and Industry’s calendar and celebrate national corporate excellence and success.
Minister Davies, reflecting on the significance of these Awards, said that “Strong South African corporates contribute to the profile of the country as a competitive business destination. South Africa is also able to provide goods and services to the global marketplace in efficiently and competitively. We must acknowledge and celebrate the role of business in contributing to national socio-economic objectives and this is what the annual South African Premier Business Awards achieve.
The Awards will be jointly hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are sponsors to the Awards.
One hundred and eighty (180) entries were received in the following categories: Black Industrialists Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Exporter Award, Investor of the Year Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Award, SMME Award, Women-Owned Business Award and Young Entrepreneur Award.
Media are invited to RSVP to attend the Awards which will be taking place as follows:
Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg
Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.