UN and Africa: focus on human rights in Burundi, hunger in DRC and human trafficking in Libya

UN human rights experts concerned about situation in Burundi

International human rights experts monitoring Burundi have seen no sign of positive change in the country in recent months. That’s according to a report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Councilinto allegations of ongoing grave abuses in the Great Lakes state. In June, UN investigators highlighted the climate of fear and violence in Burundi linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office. Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Fatsah Ouguergouz, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

7.7 million people in DRC face “acute hunger” UN warns

Around 7.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face acute hunger; a 30 per cent increase over the last year. The warning comes in a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Hunger is on the rise due to escalating and prolonged conflict and displacement in central and eastern DRC, mainly in the KasaA and Tanganyika regions, where there has been widespread violence. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Migration, human trafficking major challenges in Libya: UN official

It is important to view migration in Libya not just as an internal problem, but as a regional issue. That’s according to Maria do Valle Ribeiro, deputy head of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently reported that the North African country is the preferred jumping-off point for refugees and migrants hoping to reach Europe, even though the journey is dangerous. Ms Ribeiro spoke to Eleuterio Guevane about conditions in the region that favour human trafficking, and what the UN is doing to combat this challenge.

Source: United Nations Radio