Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias

2019/01/24 – Senior UN human rights official, Andrew Gilmour, has welcomed the commitment of countries of the Sahel to protect the rights of civilians as they confront terrorism, and warned of the dangers posed by the growing number of ethnic-based private militias.

At the end of a nine-day visit to the region, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said he was encouraged by the willingness of Sahel countries to adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law standards in their ongoing fight against terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias »

France hits out at Putin over NEW plot – ‘Africa does NOT belong to Russia’ #Uranium

2018/06/11 – France on Monday expressed concern about the ongoing instability in its former colony the Central African Republic, warning in particular against an increased Russian military presence there that Paris says could undermine peace efforts. Continuer à lire … « France hits out at Putin over NEW plot – ‘Africa does NOT belong to Russia’ #Uranium »

Hybridizing Security: Armies, Militias and Constrained Sovereignty (Commentary – Yezid Sayigh)

2018/04/11- Defence sectors in several Arab countries have undergone significant transformation leading to the hybridization of security governance, leaving them with forms of sovereignty that are both constrained and constantly contested. Continuer à lire … « Hybridizing Security: Armies, Militias and Constrained Sovereignty (Commentary – Yezid Sayigh) »

Libya replaces interior minister in security reform drive

2018/07/10 – The head of Libya’s UN-backed government on Sunday reshuffled key cabinet posts, replacing the interior minister amid efforts to bolster security in the wake of fighting around Tripoli.

“Fathi Bashagha is (now) in charge of the interior ministry”, according to a decree signed by Fayez al-Sarraj, who leads the Government of National Accord (GNA). Continuer à lire … « Libya replaces interior minister in security reform drive »

Libya’s divisions

2018/09/15  – Libya is set to miss a mid-September deadline to fix a framework for elections in December, part of a U.N.-led effort to reunify and stabilize a country that splintered after the Nato-backed uprising which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The capital has been shaken by heavy clashes and a militant attack on the headquarters of state oil firm NOC, casting new doubt on the election plan. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s divisions »

Libya – Six Years After a US Ambassador Was Killed in Benghazi, Libya Remains Mired in Chaos

2018/09/11 – On the night of September 11, 2012, the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi was attacked and burned. The US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, who was visiting Libya’s eastern city, and three other US citizens lost their lives. At first, the attack was thought to have been carried out by a mob angry about a video made in the United States that mocked Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. It was later determined to be an act of terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Six Years After a US Ambassador Was Killed in Benghazi, Libya Remains Mired in Chaos »

Libya – Swiss arms circulating in Libya chaos

2018/09/10 – Swiss weapons have reportedly been circulating in Libya amid a recent upsurge of fighting between rival militia.

Traders from the Libyan capital Tripoli have been selling RUAG weapons and Swiss grenade launchers on the Internet, according to the « SonntagsBlick » newspaper. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Swiss arms circulating in Libya chaos »