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Regional Human Rights Forum in Abeche, Chad

Abeche, 28 October 2009 – The government of Chad, represented by its Minister for Human Rights, Mr. Abderamane Djasnabaille, organized a two-day regional forum on human rights, from 27 to 28 October, in Abeche.  MINURCAT provided support for the organization of the event.  The regional forum convenes various stakeholders from the eastern parts of the country for discussions on the current challenges as well as ways and means of improving the human rights situation.  The regional forums will lead up to a National Forum to be held from 23 to 25 November in the capital Ndjamena. <<read more in PDF>>

MINURCAT hosts Russian Special Representative

N'Djamena, 20 October 2009 – The President of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Sudan, Mr. Margelov, visited the installations and leadership of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).  Mr. Margelov was named in December 2008 to coordinate efforts by the Russian Federation to resolve the Darfur conflict.

 

Mr. Margelov met with the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Chad, Mr. Victor Angelo, and travelled to Abeche in eastern Chad where he visited the Russian military contingent of the MINURCAT Force. Russia contributes 117 peacekeepers and 4 helicopters to the UN mission in Chad.

MINURCAT and Chad agree on status of the UN presence

N’Djamena, 16 October 2009 – The Government of Chad, represented by the Minister of External Relations, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, signed an agreement on the status of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).  The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Chad, Mr. Victor Angelo, who signed on behalf of the organization, hailed the agreement as further evidence of the sound cooperation between the two entities.

 

The agreement provides a legal framework for the UN mission to effectively implement its Security Council mandate in accordance with prevailing international law.

Communities in Adre commit to living peacefully

Adre, 30 June 2009 – Two communities in Adre, eastern Chad, have agreed to reconcile and live peacefully together. As part of an Intercommunity Dialogue, launched last month, the Adre local authorities and MINURCAT, the UN mission in Chad and the Central African Republic, have brought the Zaghawa and Massalit communities together on 30 June to formalize the end to a long-standing feud between them. read more in PDF

SPIRALLING VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC’S NORTH EAST

 

New York/ Bangui 22 June 2009: Dawn attacks on the 21st of June on the town of Birao in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s remote north east have emptied the town of most of its population, left 3 civilians and at least 6 members of the armed forces wounded and over a hundred homes burnt to the ground. Humanitarian personnel were evacuated to the MINURCAT base in the second major attack on Birao this month, amidst heightened concern about humanitarian actions in this impoverished border region. read more in PDF

 

 

A DIS Officer Shot Dead during an Attack on the Goz Amer Station

N’Djamena, 14 May 2009 – The local DIS (Détachement intégré de sécurité) station in Goz Amer, a town near Goz Beida in eastern Chad, was attacked by six unidentified armed men in civilian clothes, on the night of 13 May.  A DIS officer was killed and another one suffered light injuries. read more in PDF

Ghanaian contigent joins MINURCAT

N’djamena, 14 May 2009 – A Ghanaian contingent of 131 soldiers has joined the UN peacekeeping mission in Chad and the Central African Republic known as MINURCAT. The newly arrived Ghanaian peacekeepers are currently in transit and will replace departing troops in the Farchana area of eastern Chad.  MINURCAT welcomes this important contribution from a neighbouring African nation. read more in PDF

MINURCAT mourns the victims of recent events in Abeche

N’Djamena, 8 April 2009 – MINURCAT witnessed with dismay, the recent tragic events of 7 April at the Abeche military camp in eastern Chad.  A French soldier of the EUFOR military operation killed two of his cohorts as well as a Togolese UN peacekeeper for reasons yet to be determined. The Togolese peacekeeper was on duty protecting the Camp where the UN peacekeeping force MINURCAT, is co-located with the remaining EUFOR elements until their complete withdrawal from the area of operations. read more in PDF format

Joint operation searches refugee camp in eastern Chad

N’Djamena, 30 January 2009 – In a bid to protect and maintain the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps, the Détachement Intégré de Sécurité (DIS) and the United Nations’ Police conducted a joint weapons search operation in the Am Nabak refugee camp in northeastern Chad.  The search operation seized forbidden equipment including fatigues, chargers and ammunition. This is the first such operation to be conducted by the DIS, a Chadian security force recently deployed in eastern Chad.  read more in PDF format

MINURCAT hosts Ghanaian and Togolese military teams

N’Djamena, 27 January 2009 – The United Nations Mission in Central African and Chad (MINURCAT) successively hosted military teams from Togo and Ghana. The two countries have expressed a willingness to contribute military personnel and equipment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission mandated by the Security Council to succeed to the European Force (EUFOR) as of 15 March 2009. more in PDF format

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