Covid-19: South Africa moves to address congestions at border posts

PRETORIA, South Africa will deploy additional immigration and health officials, and inspectors at the country’s border posts to ease congestion starting on Jan 2, said Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi made the remarks at a press briefing about immigration matters and border law enforcement under the adjusted COVID-19 level-three lockdown. He said that they expect a massive movement of people into the country and they want to ensure their smooth travel. “Home Affairs will deploy an additional 160 officials at six busiest land ports of entry to process returning…

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Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (S/2020/1293)

I. Introduction 1. The present report covers the period from 23 June to 14 December 2020 and provides an overview of developments and trends in West Africa and the Sahel. It captures the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and highlights progress made in the implementation of the United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel. In addition, it provides an update on the situation in the Lake Chad basin, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2349 (2017). II. Developments and trends in West Africa…

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By 151 Votes in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Fifth Committee Approves $3.21 Billion Budget for 2021, Concluding Main Part of Seventy-Fifth Session

GENERAL ASSEMBLYFIFTH COMMITTEE SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION, 8TH MEETING (NIGHT) GA/AB/4362 30 DECEMBER 2020 United States Speaker Says Funds Would Support Event Perpetuating Anti-Semitism, Delegates also Argue Over Outlays for Mechanism Investigating Serious Crimes in Syria The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) wrapped up the main part of its seventy-fifth session on Wednesday by approving resources of $3.21 billion for the 2021 regular budget, the Organization’s second annual budget in nearly 50 years. After the United States’ representative’s request for a recorded vote, the budget was approved with 151 delegates voting in…

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Report: Ethiopian Forces Killed Scores in June-July Unrest

NAIROBI – Ethiopian security forces killed more than 75 people and injured nearly 200 during deadly ethnic unrest in June and July following the killing of a popular singer, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Friday. The commission’s report said 123 people in all were killed and at least 500 injured amid one of the country’s worst outbreaks of ethnic violence in years, a “widespread and systematic attack” against civilians that points to crimes against humanity. Some victims were beheaded, tortured or dragged in the streets by attackers. Ethnic violence…

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