African Union Peacekeeping

African Union urges U.N. rights monitoring role in Western Sahara

Published April 7, 2015 by Reuters Canada
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.

Kenya air strikes target Islamic militants after university deaths

Published April 6, 2015 by Irish Independent
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Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.Al Shabaab has now killed more than 400 people on Kenyan soil in the last two years, including 67 people at the Westgate shopping mall in a 2013 siege. The latest violence has piled pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop the militants' gun and grenade attacks.

South African continental peacekeeping deployments extended for another year

Published April 1, 2015 by defenceWeb
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President Jacob Zuma wearing his SA National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief hat has committed South Africa to more than R1,4 billion in expenditure over the next 12 months on three separate out-of-country military deployments.

Blog: Are African peacekeepers prone to mutiny?

Published March 25, 2015 by The Washington Post
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Last month’s farewell ceremony to Gambian troops participating in the Darfur peacekeeping mission ended up sounding like a warning rather than the intended pep talk. The chief of defense cautioned against misconduct, told soldiers not to undermine their leadership and warned that “culprits will be dealt with seriously.” This message hints at some of the less peaceful aspects of peacekeeping missions. Well-publicized cases include peacekeeper involvement in sexual exploitation, trading in conflict minerals and arms trafficking in some missions.

Darfur security, humanitarian situations ‘deteriorated significantly’ – UN peacekeeping chief

Published March 17, 2015 by UN News Centre
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17 March 2015 – The security and humanitarian situations in the Darfur region of Sudan “deteriorated significantly” over the past year, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today, adding that there had also been no tangible progress toward resolving the conflict.

Sudan reiterates resolve to terminate UNAMID mandate

Published December 10, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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December 10, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government said it is determined to put an end to the presence of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), but expects the latter to resist exiting from the country.

AMISOM Undertakes New Role in Somalia

Published December 3, 2014 by Voice of America
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The UN-sanctioned military mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is taking on a new role after freeing much of the country from al-Shabab control.

New operating guidelines will allow troops to re-open key supply routes once blockaded by militants in south central Somalia, where more freedom of movement is needed to help alleviate the impact of drought and food insecurity.

Unamid’s exit from Darfur supported by Russia, opposed by displaced, rebels

Published December 4, 2014 by Radio Dabanga
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Russia supports Sudan’s position on the departure of the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The Darfur displaced and the rebel movements voiced their strong rejection to Unamid’s eviction.

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