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Gemalto high speed passport readers for Cairo International Airport
February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
* Rapid scanning of passports will mean shorter border control queues for travelers at Africa’s second busiest airport 
 
* Homeland security strengthened by fast, accurate detection of fraudulent documents * Enhanced border crossing experience for millions of visitors
 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, February 12, 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying Cairo International, the second busiest airport in Africa, with automated document readers that will enable faster border crossings for millions of travellers, whilst ensuring rigorous security checking of passports and other identity credentials.

Cairo International Airport currently welcomes 15 million passengers every year. With global air travel continuing to grow, authorities are under intense pressure to reduce queues at border control and strengthen protection against threats such as illegal immigration.

 
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Addressing both of these challenges, the Gemalto document reader AT9000 MK2 rapidly authenticates ICAO-compliant passports as well as other official documents such ID cards, visas and driver’s licenses. A simple scanning of documents at virtually any orientation enables quick operation by staff. The reader automatically detects and checks document security features, including those visible under UV and IR light. Anti-glare technology minimizes the interference that can be caused by materials such as shiny laminates.

“Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s most important gateway for business visitors, tourists and citizens returning home,” Magdy Ishak, Chairman of Cairo Airport Co. “Investment in Gemalto’s highly efficient document readers demonstrates our commitment to both enhancing the traveler experience and protecting Egypt against ID fraud.”

 
Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto

Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto

 
“Border control is an important first impression that a country makes on its overseas visitors,” said Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto. “The automated document readers will put Cairo International airport at the leading edge of fast, accurate authentication of travel documents, helping authorities strike the right balance between a warm welcome for legitimate passengers and water-tight defence against security threats.”
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Gemalto.
 
About Gemalto
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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DHL Global Forwarding makes key appointments in Cameroon and Ivory Coast
February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
* Appoints Alassane Mare as Country Manager in Cameroon
* Theophile Boutamba assumes role of Country Manager in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, 12 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Alassane Mare and Theophile Boutamba as Country Manager in Cameroon and Ivory Coast respectively. Both of them will report to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
(left) Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding

(left) Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding

 

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “Africa and Middle East are important regions for our network and we are optimistic of its growth potential. Middle East for example is projected to grow by 3.7% this year and a similar upward trend is predicted for the African region. Therefore, putting in place the right leaders to capitalize on this growth trajectory is crucial, as they have full understanding of the markets to deliver best business results for our customers. We are excited to further collaborate with our customers to harness more positive business prospects and drive growth for the region.”

Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “I am positive that these key appointments will drive continued growth for the company in the region. Both Alassane and Theophile are DHL veterans who have been with us for more than a decade, and have proven their expertise in various roles within the organization. The wealth of experience they have gained throughout the years will enable them to steer the business and we value them very much.”

Alassane Mare appointed as Country Manager to oversee operations in Cameroon

Alassane has been with DHL for about 20 years, of which he spent almost 10 years with DHL International Sénégal in various functions including operations performance, quality and security, as well as project management for key initiatives – implementation of Global Standard Operating Procedure and Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) certifications. His deep experience within DHL Global Forwarding division in the last eight years puts him in good stead to fully understand the business and industry, from his earlier roles as Head of Sales, Air Freight Manager, and Head of Operations, Head of Ocean Freight Products.

Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “Over the years, I am honored to be given various opportunities and was able to deliver results, thanks to the excellent teams I work with. This new role is a continued positive momentum for me, and I am excited to raise the bar further, for the business in the region. This market still presents tremendous potential and I look forward to continue delivering the highest standards of excellence to our customers, with the support of a talented and committed team.”

Theophile Boutamba officially assumes role of Country Manager in Ivory Coast

In this role, Theophile is tasked to lead and manage the country’s operations and is responsible for driving its business growth.

A respected industry veteran who has been with DHL for more than a decade, Theophile first joined DHL in Gabon in 2005 to synergize operations and propel business development for Danzas – which was acquired by DHL in 2002. In 2008, he took on the role of operations manager for DHL Global Forwarding Gabon where he leveraged his expertise to drive growth for the market. In recognition of his strong capabilities, Theophile assumed the dual role of sales and marketing, as well as branch manager in Gabon between 2012 to July 2017. During this time, he led the opening of Port-Gentil Station to focus on the oil and gas business and also secured key customer contracts.

Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “This new role has been extremely rewarding. I have been hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of my highly-competent team here in Ivory Coast and we continue to stand ready to deliver the highest standard for our customers.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of DHL.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact:
DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA
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DHL Global Forwarding appoints veterans to lead operations in Kenya and Nigeria
February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

LAGOS, Nigeria, 6 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading provider of air, sea and road freight services has appointed Agnaldo Laice and Maureen Adibuah as Country Managers in Kenya and Nigeria respectively. Both of them are industry veterans who possess strong local market knowledge and have been with DHL for almost two decades – having risen through the ranks in different portfolios. They will report directly to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “Both Africa and Middle East are dynamic regions which are of strategic importance to our global network. Economic growth in Africa for example, is expected to rise to 3.2% in 2018 and 3.5% in 2019, due to an increase in commodity prices and favorable global financing condition. In view of the positive business and investment climate, we want to seize the opportunity to grow business prospects for our customers here, by leveraging our expertise and full understanding of these markets.”

Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “As one of the fastest growing and largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa respectively, Kenya and Nigeria are both poised for positive growth amid stable business climates. Therefore, it is crucial that we have veterans like Agnaldo and Maureen to lead the teams with their keen understanding of local business and cultural practices in these countries. Their strong credentials and track records in the logistics industry will serve our customers well and I have full confidence in their capabilities to bring our operations in Kenya and Nigeria to greater heights.”

(left) Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding

(left) Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding

Agnaldo Laice leads operations in Kenya

With more than 15 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Agnaldo has taken on various functions including sales and marketing, operations, business development and general management within DHL. With this appointment, Agnaldo will leverage his expertise to further strengthen the performance of DHL Global Forwarding in Kenya.

Agnaldo started his professional career with Deutsche Post DHL Group in January 2013, as Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding in Mozambique – his home country. During his time in Mozambique, Agnaldo guided the business to achieve consistent growth in revenue and profits, by implementing standardized and robust operational processes aligned to global standards, to deliver high quality services to customers. He was also instrumental in driving greater customer centricity in the organization and developing logistics solutions that best addressed their needs and challenges.

Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding said, “I am looking forward to hit the ground running, to seize new opportunities, and also to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standards of excellence to our customers. Of course, this is only achievable with the support of a talented and committed team which we have in Kenya, and a robust industry network.”

Before joining DHL, Agnaldo worked for the A.P Moller-Maersk Group from 2001 to 2012, where he held several senior positions, including the role of Cluster Sales Manager for Maersk Line (Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Damco Mozambique, a division of the Maersk Group.

Maureen Adibuah takes the lead for the business in Nigeria

Maureen first joined the DHL family in 2001, taking on various roles within the DHL Express business division. These included Credit Control, Sales, Customer Service, Customer Management and Operations roles. She also played an instrumental role in growing the oil and energy sector during her time with the division, including the introduction of cross-border trucking for key customers.

In September 2013, Maureen expanded her foray in the logistics industry by joining DHL Global Forwarding as Branch Manager for Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Under her leadership, she positively transformed the business to target the oil and energy sector more effectively, leading to positive growth results. From an Operations’ perspective, she streamlined and reorganized the station to achieve operation excellence, and year-on-year revenue growth of 300%. In recognition of her capabilities, she was a part of the Regional High Potentials and joined the Build Your Skills Program (BYS) in 2015. Her most recent role saw her taking on the helm as Operations Manager for the Middle East and Africa region from 2016 to 2017.

Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding said, “It is an honor to be appointed for this role as it marks another career milestone. I’m excited to work with my team of committed logistics experts, to drive business success for our customers. Most importantly, I will leverage my industry know-hows and experience to add value to the business.”

Maureen holds a Degree in Law, Higher National Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts from University of Calabar and Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, Nigeria. She is also enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of DHL.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact:
DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA
Corporate Communications and Responsibility
Belinda Tan
Tel: +65 6771 3332
Fax: +65 6771 3322
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com

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Mali human rights situation still a concern – UN report
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

More than 600 cases of human rights violations and abuses were committed between January 2016 and June 2017 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday.
It found that more than 600 cases of human rights violations and abuses were committed between January 2016 and June 2017: an interim period established under the peace deal aimed at laying the foundations for a democratic and unified country.

“This report provides useful insights on the challenges and progress in the human rights situation in northern and central Mali,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which issued the report together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“It also demonstrates that respect for human rights, far from being a generator of tension, may contribute, on the contrary, to creating an environment that is conducive to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.”

The Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali signed by the authorities, a rebel alliance from the north and a pro-government armed coalition, was finalized in June 2015.

The UN study showed that more than 800 other incidents involving unidentified armed elements and which put the lives of civilians at risk also took place during the reporting period.

Overall, these acts of violence impacted more than 2,700 victims, the majority of whom were men and children.

They include 441 individuals who were killed.

Nearly 80 per cent of violations, abuses and other incidents that put civilians at risk involved armed movements that were signatories to the Peace Agreement, those which had not signed it, or unidentified armed elements.

Perpetrators also included elements affiliated with Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar Dine and other similar groups.

Meanwhile, the Malian defence and security forces, and other state actors, were involved in 20 per cent of the cases, while international forces, including MINUSMA, were involved in two per cent.

The report said primary factors which led to the violations include confrontations between signatory armed groups in the Kidal region, the expansion of activities of AQIM, Ansar Dine and other similar groups, and increasing armed robberies and other violent crime in the central regions of the country, as well as counter-terrorism operations conducted by the state.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations (UN).

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Rwanda: Signing Ceremony of the Project for the Improvement of Karate Equipment
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is the first grant assistance project in the framework of Japan’s Cultural Grant Assistance in Rwanda 

KIGALI, Rwanda, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On January 26, H.E. Mr. Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, and Mr. Theogene Uwayo, President of the Rwanda Karate Federation (FERWAKA), signed a Grant Contract amounting up to USD 67,372 for the provision of karate equipment including 400 tatami mats. This is the first grant assistance project in the framework of Japan’s Cultural Grant Assistance in Rwanda.

Ambassador Miyashita said in his remarks: “FERWAKA has more than 3,000 karate practitioners and I am delighted to learn that many Rwandan people like and practice karate. The Embassy of Japan holds the Karate Ambassador’s Cup in collaboration with the federation, which would use Taekwondo’s mats. I am pleased that this grant project now provides the federation with necessary equipment such as tatami mats.” Karate is stepping into the spotlight because it becomes an additional event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. “I hear that Rwanda hosts the African Karate Championship this year. I expect that the new tatamis will be utilized for the event,” he added.

Mr. John Ntigengwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC), noted that the Government of Rwanda makes use of sports for the country’s development. He expressed his appreciation for the support of the Government of Japan, stressing the significance of this grant project for the further mutual understanding between Japan and Rwanda.

Mr. Theogene Uwayo, President of FERWAKA, said that he is sure that the new equipment will enable them to train well qualified karate players, promising the appropriate maintenance and good use of the equipment which is to be provided through this project.

This signing ceremony was covered by several local media, including the New Times.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Rwanda.

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Zambia: Contract Signing Ceremony with Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) for the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects by the Government of Japan
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Promotion of Women’s Health throughout the Life Cycle at One-Stop Service Site in Zambia 

LUSAKA, Zambia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On 26th January, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Ms. Amane Funabashi, Program Manager of Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), signed a grant contract amounting to up to 685,167 United States Dollars, or approximately 6.8 million Zambian Kwacha, for the implementation of a project of the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects “Promotion of Women’s Health throughout the Life Cycle at One-Stop Service Site in Zambia (Phase One)”. The contract covers the first year of the three-year development cooperation project targeting 11 areas of Masaiti District, Mpongwe District and Lufwanyama District in Copperbelt Province.
During Phase One of the project, JOICFP will develop One Stop Service facilities at existing Rural Health Centres to include a maternity waiting house and a youth centre, among others, to provide comprehensive services. JOICEF will also undertake capacity improvement activities for the staff of health offices and those responsible for health services in the Districts concerned so that they may appropriately train members of Safety Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs) and Peer Educators (PEs).

Through the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO projects” scheme, the Government of Japan provides grant assistance to Japanese NGOs which implement economic and social development projects in developing countries.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Zambia.

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Morocco: Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal visited Fukushima
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

TOKYO, Japan, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Ambassador Bouhlal joined the study tour organized by Fukushima Prefecture on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

This is his second visit, and on the first day, he visted Centre for Environmental Creation, Kawamata Orimono Museum, etc. On the second day he visited the Port of Soma, and Naraha Remote Technology Development Center to see the status of recovery from the Great Earthquake.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Japan.

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Ethiopia: U.S.-funded Preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela Launched
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The project will invest a total of $500,000 dollars (about 13.7 million Birr) with an additional $119,500 dollars in matching funds from the World Monuments Fund 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, jointly launched a new project for the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela, on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
The preservation work is funded with a grant from the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The project will invest a total of $500,000 dollars (about 13.7 million Birr) with an additional $119,500 dollars in matching funds from the World Monuments Fund.

This project will utilize innovative, non-intrusive, and proven techniques which were piloted during a previous AFCP project in 2016 at Lalibela. Local craftsmen will be trained in these techniques so that they can be shared and replicated for future projects.

In remarks during the launch ceremony, Ambassador Raynor hailed the living culture represented by Lalibela’s historic churches saying, “These churches are as vibrant and relevant today as they have ever been, and taking steps to preserve them now will help them remain vibrant and relevant in perpetuity. We’re working to restore structures that are not only integral to Ethiopia’s past, but that represent a religion and culture that are very much alive and active today.” He added, “Ethiopian culture is remarkable for many reasons, including its diversity – and its tolerance of diversity. But in seeking to preserve the symbols of Ethiopian culture, through projects like the one we’re celebrating today, we must also work to redouble our appreciation for the timeless values that underlie Ethiopian culture: values that include peaceful political expression and peaceful tolerance of such expression.”

Since 2003, the U.S Embassy has supported the renovation of nine historical heritages throughout Ethiopia, including most recently the restoration of Bete Gabriel Rafael in Lalibela.

Ethiopia’s Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) signed the commencement for the project in the presence of the Ambassador and the Minister.

This project is supported by the United States Embassy; the World Monuments Fund; the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage; the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church; the Administration of Lalibela Town; the Amhara Region Bureau of Culture and Tourism; and Addis Ababa University.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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South Africa: Police Committee Condemns Killing of Two Off-Duty Police Officers
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The proliferation of firearms and the use of illegal firearms in the attacks of police officers is an issue of high concern to the Committee

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, February 5, 2018/APO Group/ — The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police Mr. Francois Beukman condemns the killing of a Police sergeant in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and a sergeant attached to the Bainsvlei Police Station in the Free State Province over the weekend.
“The Committee is very concerned that the South African Police Services (SAPS) officers may have been targeted by criminals while they were off-duty. The SAPS should prioritize the investigations to determine the motive behind the two incidents” said Mr. Beukman.

“The Committee is concerned by the high murder rate, but even more so by the killing of police officers as this undermines the fight against the crime and the ability of the state to deal with crime effectively” stressed Mr Beukman.

He said: “We send our condolences to the families of both sergeants in this difficult time”.

“The proliferation of firearms and the use of illegal firearms in the attacks of police officers is an issue of high concern to the Committee. Thus, the Committee will continue to monitor the SAPS and the DPCI to crack down on the distribution and usage of illegal firearms” emphasised Mr Beukman.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims February 2018 as National African American History Month
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- This February, we celebrate National African American History Month to honor the significant contributions African Americans have made to our great Nation — contributions that stand as a testament to their resolve, resilience, and courage. Over the course of our Nation’s history, African Americans have endured egregious discrimination and bigotry. They have, nevertheless, always been determined to contribute their earnest efforts to America’s greatness.
This annual observance is an opportunity to remember the challenges of our past, but also to honor countless African-American heroes who inspire us to shape our country’s future. This year’s theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” calls our attention to the heroic contributions of African Americans during our Nation’s military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to present-day operations.

Throughout our history, members of the Armed Forces have fought to secure freedom and liberty for all, defending our country both on our shores and in foreign lands. African Americans have shouldered an enormous share of the burden of battle in every American military engagement, donning our Nation’s military uniforms to answer the call of duty. For far too long, African Americans bravely fought and died in the name of freedom, while at the same time struggling to attain equality, respect, and the full privileges of citizenship. Because of their love of country, these heroes insisted on serving and defending America despite racial prejudice, unequal treatment, diminished opportunities, and segregation. Their valorous acts in the face of grave injustice revealed the true meaning of American patriotism — service before self.

It was not until 1948 that President Harry S. Truman ordered desegregation of the military, providing “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the Armed Forces without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” It took another 5 years before the Secretary of Defense abolished the last segregated African-American military unit. These hard won victories for justice catalyzed other victories, as they cast a harsh light on aspects of our social and civic lives that remained segregated. Those who fought against and ended segregation in the military reminded the Nation of its obligation to the self-evident truth of equality written into the Declaration of Independence.

We remember soldiers like Sergeant Henry Johnson of the Harlem Hellfighters, the all-black National Guard unit that was among the first American forces to arrive in France during World War I. Johnson suffered 21 wounds during front-line combat and received France’s highest award for valor. To acknowledge his exceeding bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart. We remember pilot Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., who commanded the famed Tuskegee Airmen and became the first African American General in the United States Air Force. We remember soldiers like Major Charity Adams Earley, who was commander of the only all‑African American Women’s Army Corps unit that served overseas during World War II. She was a trailblazer in her efforts to recruit more women to military service in spite of rampant racism and segregation.

These and countless other African Americans triumphed over ignorance, oppression, and injustice to make indelible contributions, not only to our military history, but even more importantly to our American history. They are an integral part of our Nation’s story. We are indebted to the individual and collective perseverance and patriotism of these outstanding men and women, as we are to all African Americans who have served, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces of this great Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2018 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The White House.

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Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone
February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, February 1, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone: 

The United Nations in Sierra Leone expresses its sincere concerns over the recent violence in Freetown and elsewhere, which has caused loss of life, injury and damage to property. The United Nations deeply condemns all forms of violence and extends its sincere condolences to the victims and their families.

As Sierra Leone moves towards the elections in March, prevention of all forms of violence, respect for human rights, and ensuring a level playing field for all political actors, should be priorities for all institutions and individuals concerned in enabling peaceful and credible elections, and in sustaining democracy and development.

The United Nations, therefore, calls on all parts of society – including national and local institutions, political leaders, traditional leaders, and citizens in general – to work together and commit to a spirit of tolerance before, during and after the polling day.

The United Nations in Sierra Leone underlines its confidence in the democratic system of Sierra Leone and its capability to organize peaceful and credible elections. The 2018 elections in Sierra Leone, significantly, will follow a series of successful elections in West Africa, and we call upon all political leaders and other stakeholders to exert all efforts to maintain this positive trend in the region.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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President of Human Rights Council Appoints New Chairperson of Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Commissioners, who serve in their personal capacities, are mandated to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 1, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc (Slovenia), announced today the appointment of Mr. Doudou Diène (Senegal) to serve as a member and new chairperson of the Council-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

Mr. Diène, who has a distinguished career in human rights having previously served as Special Rapporteur on racism and racial discrimination and Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, will replace Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria) who announced in late November that he would not be in a position to serve on the Commission beyond 31 January 2018 for “personal reasons”. Ambassador Šuc extends his gratitude to Mr. Ouguergouz for his dedicated service in carrying out the tasks mandated by the Council.

As Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry, Mr. Diène will work with Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) and Reine Alapini Gansu (Benin), who have been serving as members of the Commission since shortly after it was established in September 2016. Ms. Gansu also announced that she would be stepping down as a member of the Commission in early March this year following her recent election as judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Commissioners, who serve in their personal capacities, are mandated to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015 with a view to contributing to the fight against impunity and identifying alleged perpetrators of such acts with a view to ensuring full accountability.

On 29 September 2017, the Council decided to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry for a period of one year, asking it to present oral briefings at its 37th and 38th sessions in March and June 2018, respectively, and a final report at its 39th session in September this year.

Biographies of the Members of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Doudou Diène (Senegal) was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance from 2002 to 2008 and the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire from 2011 to 2014. He is also a former member of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict. He is a former Director of the Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Division of UNESCO. He is currently a Member of the Board of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Mr. Diène holds a doctorate in public law from the University of Paris and a diploma in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Reine Alapini Gansu (Benin) is lawyer to the Bar of Benin since 1986 and has been Law Teacher at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) since 2000. Currently she is the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights (since 2012) of the African Union. She has also been a member of the Commission of Human and People’s Rights since 2005 and a member of the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration since July 2011. She was the laureate of the Prize of Human Rights for the fiftieth year of African Countries independence in 2010. She also served as a member of the Human Rights Council-mandated International Commission of Inquiry on post-electoral violence in Cote d’Ivoire (May-June 2011). She holds two High Level University degrees, in Common Law at University of Lyon in 2007 (DU), and in Environmental Law and Politic at University of Lomé, Maastricht and Bhutan in 1999. She is author and co-author of research papers in human rights and in Law.

Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) is Professor of International Law of Armed Conflicts and Human Rights at Essex University. She served as an independent expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 1998-2007. She has litigated numerous cases before the European Court of Human Rights particularly concerning Turkey. She has taught, researched and published widely in the fields of the law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law and on the European Convention on Human Rights. For her work representing Turkish Kurds she was awarded the title of Human Rights Lawyer of the year in 1998. She is currently working on autonomous weapons, investigations into alleged violations in situations of armed conflict and on the use of an individual petition system to address what are widespread or systematic human rights violations.

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