Daily Archives: January 9, 2018

L’ASECNA s’apprête à déployer un ADS-B basé dans l’espace en Afrique occidentale et centrale

Aireon et l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA) intégreront la surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel aux axes terrestre africains à forte circulation MCLEAN, Virginie, 9 janvier 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un accord de services de données avec l’Agence pour la sécurité de la […]

ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in […]

Nigeria Commission Sets Date for 2019 Presidential Election

ABUJA, NIGERIA �Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission says that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on Feb. 16, 2019.

The commission made the announcement Tuesday while outlining the 2019 general election timetable. It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.

The commission says elections for governor, state assembly and other local offices will take place March 2, 2019.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the March 2015 presidential election. It's not clear if Buhari, who has faced health issues, will run again.

The 2019 vote will be the ninth presidential election in Africa's most populous nation since its independence from Britain in 1960.

Nigeria's ongoing challenges include the deadly Boko Haram insurgency and a weak economy.

Source: Voice of America

Trump to Attend Davos World Economic Forum

The White House says President Donald Trump will attend this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, only the second time a U.S. president has attended the summit, and the first in 18 years.Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tol...

UN refugee agency urges Israel to halt forced relocation of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to the Israeli Government to not forcibly send Eritrean and Sudanese refugees or asylum seekers to sub-Saharan Africa.

This appeal came after some 80 cases were identified in which people relocated by Israel risked their lives by taking dangerous onward journeys to Europe.

Feeling they had no other choice, they travelled many hundreds of kilometres through conflict zones in South Sudan, Sudan and Libya after being relocated by Israel, the spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told reporters in Geneva.

He said that along the way, they suffered abuse, torture and extortion before risking their lives once again by crossing the Mediterranean to Italy.

UNHCR staff interviewed them in Rome between November 2015 and December 2017 in reception centres and informal settlements. All were adult males, some with family members still in Israel, who had entered via the Sinai.

In every case, he explained, they reported torture, mistreatment and extortion before reaching Israel, adding that some said that others travelling with them had died en route to Libya.

The majority maintained that they had been transferred from Israel to a country in Africa and provided with $3,500 dollars.

However, the situation on arrival was different to what most had expected � and with little further support provided beyond accommodation on the first night. They reported feeling unsafe, as they were known to have money, he said.

UNHCR is seriously concerned over Israel's plans announced on 1 January to forcibly relocate Eritreans and Sudanese to countries in Africa or have them face indefinite detention.

Official statements that the plans may eventually target families and those with pending asylum claims, or that asylum seekers might be taken to the airport in handcuffs, are particularly alarming.

At a time when UNHCR and partners in the international community are engaged in emergency evacuations from Libya, forced relocation to countries that do not offer effective protection and the onward movement of these people to Libya and Europe is particularly worrisome, Mr. Spindler underscored.

There are some 27,000 Eritreans and 7,700 Sudanese in Israel, however since 2009, when Israel took over refugee status determination from UNHCR, only 10 Eritreans and one Sudanese have been recognized as refugees.

While 200 Sudanese from Darfur were granted humanitarian status in Israel along with an announcement that 300 more will follow, Israel has not received any Eritreans or Sudanese since May 2016.

UNHCR stands ready to work with Israel to find alternative solutions for the protection needs of asylum seekers, in line with international standards, concluded Mr. Spindler.

Source: UN News Centre