violence

NGOs Hail Banda’s Stance on Violence

The civil society has welcomed Zambian President Rupiah Banda's pronouncement that he will firmly deal with any cadres perpetrating violence in the country ahead of 20 September 2011 elections.

The civil society organisations said in separate interviews in Lusaka that Zambians should remain peaceful during and after the elections so that development is not deterred.

Zim's National Healing Organ Has Failed – NGO

A report released by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum states that most Zimbabwean victims of political violence doubt that an organ set up by the coalition government to bridge divisions among citizens has the capacity nor willingness to effectively do so.

The report found that about 74 percent of the victims who participated in the study do not know the existence of the organ and the work it does, while the remainder is not confident that it can address their emotive issues.

Call for Tanzania to End Violence Against Children

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has encouraged Tanzania to urgently address the problem of violence against children.

UNICEF chief of child protection in Tanzania, Andrew Brooks, points out that, “Having had the courage to find out the scale and scope of violence against children in the country, the government now has the challenge of planning and delivering a proportionate response."

ICRC Might Need More Funds for Libyan War

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says the Libyan war could drag on through the end of the year and it will need another US$53 million if that happens.

The ICRC deputy head of operations for North and West Africa, Georgios Georgantas, states that the money would boost its current budget to US$87 million to ease problems due to the fighting since the Libyan uprising began February 15.

NGO Warns Over Hostility Towards the Media

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has demanded drastic disciplinary action against an African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape regional chairperson who called for burning down a local newspaper office.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that it is deeply shocked and concerned at the reported attempt by ANC’s Nceba Faku to incite the party supporters to attack and burn down the offices of the Herald newspaper in the city.

Quattara Supporters Urged to End Violence

Amnesty International (AI) says that perceived supporters of former Côte d'Ivoire President, Laurent Gbagbo, are at risk of violent reprisals, despite President, Alassane Quattara’s call for Ivorians to “abstain from all forms of reprisals and violence.”

The organisation’s deputy director for Africa, Véronique Aubert, points out that, “Dozens of young people are going into hiding in Abidjan out of fear for their lives. In the western part of the country people suspected of being pro-Gbagbo are also terrified.”

ICRC: Thousands of Migrants Stranded in Libya

The international Red Cross has expressed concern about several thousand foreign migrants stranded in the open in the besieged Libyan port of Misrata.

The group was found living under tarpaulins and shelters by an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team that entered the city by sea for a day to evaluate medical conditions and aid needs.

ICRC spokesperson, Nicole Engelbrecht, has been quoted as saying that, "Our main concern right now is the stranded foreign nationals living in the vicinity of the port." 

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