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Security in Central African Republic improves, but situation remains fragile – UN envoy

Published August 5, 2015 by UN News Centre
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5 August 2015 – Political progress combined with the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in nearly 40 localities have contributed to the improvement of the overall security situation in Central African Republic (CAR), which nonetheless remains precarious, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council today.

Eleven soldiers killed in Mali in terrorist attack on camp, government says

Published August 4, 2015 by The Guardian
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Mali’s government has said eleven soldiers were killed on Monday in a terrorist attack on a camp in the northern Timbuktu region, reportedly claimed by Al-Qaida’s front group in the region.

U.N. peacekeeper killed in clashes in C. African Republic - spokesman

Published August 2, 2015 by Reuters
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BANGUI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - At least one soldier with the U.N. peackeeping mission in Central African Republic was killed on Sunday during clashes with armed assailants in a northern neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, a spokesman for the mission said.

Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations Meeting on Mali: Peacekeeping in a Counter-terrorism Environment

Published July 30, 2015 by What's In Blue
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Tomorrow afternoon (31 July), the Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, a subsidiary body of the Security Council currently chaired by Chad, is expected to meet to discuss the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the challenges of peacekeeping in a counter-terrorism environment.

Dok community leader calls for new UN bases in Leer and Panyijar

Published July 29, 2015 by Radio Tamazuj
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A Dok Nuer community leader has called on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to establish base camps in Leer County and Panyijar County to protect civilians who fled from atrocities committed by South Sudanese government forces.

UNAMID peacekeeper freed in Darfur after five days in captivity

Published July 27, 2015 by StarAfrica
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A peacekeeper of the United Nations, African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been released on Sunday after five days in captivity in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, UNAMID disclosed here Sunday.

Blog: Time for the AU and UN to renew their vows in Darfur

Published July 24, 2015 by Institute for Security Studies
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The relationship between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in Darfur has all the makings of a highly dysfunctional marriage, with one side throwing around its weight to show power and make decisions, while the other ends up being excluded from day-to-day affairs.

Sudan’s Abyei co-chair says security stable in disputed area

Published July 23, 2015 by Radio Tamazuj
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Sudan’s co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) Hassan Ali Nemir claimed that the security situation is stable in the contested area of Abyei.

Somali, AU troops capture key Shebab stronghold

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Wednesday captured the Shebab stronghold of Bardhere, one of the last key bases of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists, officials said.

Central African Republic: UN Official Accused of Neglecting Sex Abuse Resigns

Published July 22, 2015 by Al Jazeera
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The UN rights official who admitted to not following up for months on allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has resigned.

The UN confirmed on Wednesday that Flavia Pansieri has left the post of deputy high commissioner for human rights "for health reasons". No more details were given.

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