If Syria’s Key Players Remain ‘More Invested in Conflict Management Than Conflict Resolution’, Fighting Could Last Generations, Envoy Tells Security Council

The tragic irony of Syria is that humanitarian suffering is increasing, despite the relative calm, compared with earlier years of the conflict, the Security Council heard today from high-level officials of the Organization who made a strong appeal for continued aid to the country. In his briefing to the Council, Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, noted the many […]

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Human Rights Council to Hold a Special Session to Address the “Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” on Thursday, 27 May

The Human Rights Councilwill hold a special session to address “the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” on Thursday, 27 May. The special session is being convened following an official request submitted late Wednesday jointly by Pakistan, as Coordinator of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the State of Palestine. It is supported by […]

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Tunisia-IMF: Gov’t pledges to strengthen regulatory framework to combat corruption

The Tunisian government has included «structural reforms» in the reform project it is currently negotiating with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, United States. These reforms provide for combating corruption, anti-competitive practices and boosting investment. Among these measures, the government pledged to strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework to combat corruption, according to a document on the reforms, a […]

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Cooperation relations between Tunisia and Spain, focus of Jerandi’s meetings in Madrid

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi who is on a working visit in Madrid, was received on Thursday by King Felipe VI of Spain. Tunisia and Spain held on Thursday the first political consultation session between the two countries’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs, according to a Foreign Ministry press release Friday. During this meeting, King Felipe […]

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Tunisia: Rights groups call on authorities to safeguard the right to independent public media

A number of IFEX members join rights groups in welcoming the Tunisian government’s decision to rescind a controversial appointment to the country’s national news agency, Tunis Africa Press (TAP), and call on those who ordered a police attack on the agency’s journalists during a peaceful sit-in to be held accountable. The undersigned NGOs welcome the Tunisian government’s decision to withdraw […]

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Warming Sudan-South Sudan Ties Yet to Deliver ‘Change on the Ground’, Peacekeeping Chief Tells Security Council, in Briefing on Disputed Abyei Region

Khartoum, Juba Focused on Political Transition, Regional Dynamics, Says Special Envoy, as Delegates Highlight Rapprochement The new rapprochement between Sudan and South Sudan has yet to translate into significant improvements on the ground in relation to their dispute over the Abyei region, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council during a videoconference briefing today. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General […]

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