15 Jan 2015
• The “vicious” attacks against civilians in the Nigerian town of Baga by Boko Haram insurgents have been “deeply deplored” by the UN rights office. Since the beginning of January, there have been reports of renewed mass killings and forced displacement in north-eastern Nigeria. The terrorist group reportedly used a child to carry out a suicide bomb attack against a crowded market in Borno State last week, killing at least 19 people.
Hundreds of civilians slaughtered in South Sudan
• More than 350 civilians were slaughtered by opposition forces in the South Sudanese towns of Bentiu and Bor in April last year, according to a UN report released on 9 January. Human rights investigators from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been probing the two incidents committed during the conflict in the new African nation. South Sudan has been embroiled in a conflict between government and rebel forces since December 2013.
UN special envoy “optimistic” about Cote d’Ivoire future
• Cote d’Ivoire has made important progress towards peace, stability and economic recovery, according to the head of the UN Operation in the country (UNOCI). The country was plagued by post-election violence in 2011 which was sparked when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing to Alassane Ouattara. The head of UNOCI briefed the Security Council on Wednesday.
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