France to investigate UN allegations against it’s Forces

first_imgA U.N. report suggested that French, Chadian and Equatorial Guinea troops were implicated. French President Francois Hollande vowed on Thursday to take stern action against  French troops found guilty of child sex abuse in Central African Republic.A U.N. report suggested that French, Chadian and Equatorial Guinea troops were implicated.The allegations, which came to light this week due to an internal U.N. report summarizing interviews with victims, risks damaging the reputation of France’s peacekeeping operations in Africa.Reuters obtained the U.N. report on Thursday, though the Guardian newspaper was the first to report on the charges. The United Nations has defended its decision to hand the evidence over to French authorities from a 2014 investigation of allegations that French military personnel sexually abused children in the Central African Republic.The U.N. Deputy spokesman for the secretary general, Farhan Haq has said that the UN doesn’t try to interfere with countries’ investigative processes.” What we did is through our Human Rights offices in Bangui conduct a human rights investigation in the late spring of 2014. That was in response to a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by French military personnel. We tried to make sure that was followed up on and in fact it is being followed up on. In terms of when it’s being made public, I believe the French authorities have their own way of processing this and you really need to ask them the question of how they disclose this sort of information as they go about this.”Inspite of French President Francois Hollande’s declaration that there would be no mercy for any soldiers found to have abused children in the Central African Republic.There are concerns that this scandal could cost his troops goodwill in the region.There are already mixed reactions to the allegations among those affected by the conflict in the Central African Republic.Authorities in the Central African Republic however feel that it would have been better if the report had been made public.The French government has said it is carrying out two separate investigations into claims that 16 of it’s soldiers abused vulnerable children at a camp for internally displaced people.France sent an initial 1,600 troops to the country in December 2013 after violence flared following a coup.The country descended into ethnic and sectarian violence, with thousands of people fleeing their homes and the UN warning that there was a high risk of genocide.The UN took over and expanded the African peacekeeping mission in Septemberlast_img read more

South Sudan Conflict Peace Talks to Resume In Addis Ababa

first_imgGovernment of South Sudan and rebel representatives have gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to restart the much-delayed peace process. CCTV Africa has in the meantime learned that a new peace process will be launched on the side-lines of the ongoing African Union summit in Johannesburg. The talks are being hosted by the regional bloc IGAD, who has been mediating the crisis in South Sudan for months now. Several rounds of talks have been held over the crisis, but they have all ended with no binding agreement on forming a unity government. IGAD, the African Union, and the United Nations have all expressed their frustration at the lack of progress. The conflict between President Salva Kiir’s troops and forced loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar has been raging on and off for months.last_img read more

NBA Playoffs: First-round matchups and schedule

first_img“It’s not going to be as easy as people think it is,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said.That’s the beauty of the playoffs. It’s not supposed to be easy.First-round games in all eight series will be played starting Saturday and Sunday. The second round cannot begin until April 27 at the earliest, the conference finals couldn’t start before May 12 and the NBA Finals will start on May 30.WESTERN CONFERENCEPortland rallied from 28 points down on Wednesday against Sacramento — which blew a lead that large for the second time this season. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers The Bucks, the NBA’s top overall seed, play the Pistons. No. 2 Toronto draws No. 7 Orlando, with the Magic in the postseason for the first time since 2012. And No. 3 Philadelphia — a team wrapped in intrigue right now — will face No. 6 Brooklyn.Joel Embiid played in only 10 of the 76ers’ 24 games since the All-Star break, and general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday that “it is possible” the team’s best scorer and rebounder won’t be ready to start the playoffs.Embiid isn’t the only injury situation that made headlines Wednesday: The Celtics announced that Marcus Smart will miss four to six weeks with an injury to his left oblique — a massive blow to Boston. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons.Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not being clinched until the final night was in the books — the last three of them, out West, going down to literally the final moments.The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors will start their quest for a fourth title in five years against the Los Angeles Clippers.center_img Denver finished on a 15-0 run to beat Minnesota.And with that, the West bracket was shaken up one last time before it was finally set.Top-seeded Golden State will face the eighth-seeded Clippers, a matchup that was known after early results Wednesday. The rest went right down to the wire, with No. 2 Denver facing No. 7 San Antonio, No. 3 Portland getting No. 6 Oklahoma City and No. 4 Houston facing No. 5 Utah. It was a worst-case for Houston, which entered the season’s final night in place to finish second, third or fourth in the West.The way the results fell means the Rockets, if they get past the Jazz, would likely see the Warriors in the second round — and not in the Western Conference finals. So there will be no rematch of last year’s title series out West, a tussle where the Rockets had a 3-2 series lead before Chris Paul’s hamstring balked and the Warriors went on to advance and reach the NBA Finals.The Nuggets clinched the No. 2 seed with their big rally to top the Timberwolves. The Blazers got to the No. 3 spot with their wild comeback to beat the Kings. The combination of those results dropped Houston to the No. 4 seed.EASTERN CONFERENCEThe only matchup in the NBA that was set before Wednesday night was No. 4 Boston against No. 5 Indiana.Everything else, just like all the West matchups, fell into place during Game 82s on Wednesday.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS & FULL SCHEDULE Eastern Conference(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit PistonsGame 1: Sun, April 14 Detroit at Milwaukee, 4 PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Detroit at Milwaukee, 5 PT, NBA TVGame 3: Sat, April 20 Milwaukee at Detroit, 5 PT, ESPNGame 4: Mon, April 22 Milwaukee at Detroit, 5 PT, TNT*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Milwaukee at Detroit, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando MagicGame 1: Sat, April 13 Orlando at Toronto. 2 PT, ESPNGame 2: Tue, April 16 Orlando at Toronto, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Toronto at Orlando, 4 PT, ESPNGame 4: Sun, April 21 Toronto at Orlando, 4 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Toronto at Orlando, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TNT(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Brooklyn NetsGame 1: Sat, April 13 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m. PT, ESPNGame 2: Mon, April 15 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Thu, April 18 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 5 PT, TNTGame 4: Sat, April 20 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, Noon PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Brooklyn at Philadelphia TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Philadelphia at Brooklyn TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, TBD, TNT(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana PacersGame 1: Sun, April 14 Indiana at Boston, 10 a.m. PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Indiana at Boston, 4 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Boston at Indiana, 5:30 PT, ABCGame 4: Sun, April 21 Boston at Indiana, 10 a.m. PT, ABC*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Boston at Indiana, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBDWestern Conference(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) LA ClippersGame 1: Sat, April 13 LA at Golden State, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Thu, April 18 Golden State at LA, 7:30 PT, TNTGame 4: Sun, April 21 Golden State at LA, 7:30 PT, ABCGame 5*: Wed, April 24 LA at Golden State, 12:30 PT, TBDGame 6*: Fri, April 26 Golden State at LA, TBD, TBDGame 7*: Sun, April 28 LA at Golden State, TBD, TBD(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio SpursGame 1: Sat, April 13 San Antonio at Denver, 7:30 PT, ESPNGame 2: Tue, April 16 San Antonio at Denver, 6 PT, NBA TVGame 3: Thu, April 18 Denver at San Antonio, 6 PT, NBA TVGame 4: Sat, April 20 Denver at San Antonio, 2:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Denver at San Antonio, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City ThunderGame 1: Sun, April 14 Oklahoma City at Portland, 12:30 p.m. PT, ABCGame 2: Tue, April 16 Oklahoma City at Portland, 7:30 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Portland at Oklahoma City, 6:30 PT, ESPNGame 4: Sun, April 21 Portland at Oklahoma City, 6:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Portland at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TBD(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah JazzGame 1: Sun, April 14 Utah at Houston, 6:30 pm PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Utah at Houston, 6:30 PT, TNTGame 3: Sat, April 20 Houston at Utah, 7:30 PT, ESPNGame 4: Mon, April 22 Houston at Utah 7:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Houston at Utah, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD* – If NecessaryTBD – To Be Determined Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more