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Solomon Islands Honorary Consul in Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 5:15 pm | Solomon Islands Government

The Solomon Islands Government confirms that Mr. Kayhan Khadem was officially appointed as the Solomon Islands Honorary Consul in Auckland following a Cabinet approval and official exequatur signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in ... More >>

Focus on trade liberalization in Pacific region

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:01 am | International Beef Alliance

International Beef Alliance Statement: Ministers from TPP countries confirm focus on trade liberalization in Pacific region, IBA applauds progress More >>

Predators of Press Freedom Use Fake News

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:07 pm | Reporters Without Borders

Predators of Press Freedom Use Fake News as a Censorship Tool Predators of press freedom have seized on the notion of “fake news” to muzzle the media on the pretext of fighting false information. Nonetheless, many of them have taken recent statements ... More >>

UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:03 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 March 2017) – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has published its findings on Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal, which it reviewed during its latest session, held from 6 to 17 March in Geneva. The findings cover how the respective State is ... More >>

Right to health in Indonesia: UN expert

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCHR

JAKARTA / GENEVA (17 March 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras will visit Indonesia from 22 March to 3 April 2017 to assess the realisation of the right to health in the country. More >>

INDIA: Racism and attacks against people

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 8:59 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Racism and attacks against people from Northeast India must be investigated promptly On March 6, Higio Gungtey, a 22-year-old man from Arunachal Pradesh studying in Bengaluru was allegedly beaten up by his landlord and forced to lick the landlord’s ... More >>

Tamil community in New Zealand mourns death of Trevor Grant

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:16 am | National Council of NZ Tamils

The Tamil Community in New Zealand was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Trevor Grant on the 5 March, after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago. More >>

Harvard-Columbia researchers find yoga can reduce depression

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:54 am | Universal Society of Hinduism

Columbia and Harvard researchers find yoga and controlled breathing reduce depressive symptoms, according to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine which has published this study on March one. More >>

The Queen’s Baton at the High Commissioners’ Banquet

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:47 pm | Royal Commonwealth Society

14/03/2017 The Queen’s Baton continues on its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the High Commissioners’ Banquet More >>

Attack on FBC reporter outside court stirs media protests

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:09 pm | Pacific Media Watch

The safety of media personnel has come under the spotlight again after an attack on a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation television journalist on Monday. More >>

Children's suffering in Syria at its worst

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:31 pm | UNICEF

DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years. More >>

The Queen celebrates Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:55 am | Royal Commonwealth Society

Her Majesty The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, today attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The Queen was joined by TRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince ... More >>

Investigation of Australian Refugee Programmes

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:54 am | Auckland Resettled Community Coalition

Auckland Resettled Investigating Australian Refugee Programmes Auckland Resettled Community Coalition General Manager, Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor, has been awarded The New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust scholarship, investigating resettled ... More >>

Scottish First Minister speech on independence referendum

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:48 am | Scotland First Minister

Text of the First Minister’s speech setting out her plan for a referendum in face of hard Brexit More >>

Don’t revive the dead TPP at Chile trade meeting

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:40 am | AFTINET

Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile tomorrow not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements. The ministers from some of the 12 TPP countries plus China, Korea and Colombia are meeting on the ... More >>

Human rights in North Korea top priority

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCR

Human rights in North Korea top priority despite rising tensions, Special Rapporteur and UN experts More >>

UN expert commends Argentina’s “progressive laws"

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 9:00 pm | UNHCR

UN expert commends Argentina’s “progressive laws and policies” but urges action to stop attacks on LGBT people More >>

Chemical disaster fear in Eastern Ukraine

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:59 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (10 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert is warning against the threat of catastrophic chemical disaster due to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. More >>

Serious rights violations in southeast Turkey

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:58 pm | UNHCR

UN report details massive destruction and serious rights violations since July 2015 in southeast Turkey GENEVA (10 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office on Friday published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous ... More >>

Reengineer justice institutions to end infant malnutrition

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:46 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

An Oral Statement to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Environment and Right to Food ASIA: Reengineer justice institutions ... More >>

Understanding Chronic Urticaria

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:45 pm | World Allergy Organization

Understanding Chronic Urticaria Is the Focus of World Allergy Week 2017 World Allergy Organization says there is hope for the “Agony of Hives” More >>

Resettlement in contaminated areas steamrolls ahead

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:40 pm | Greenpeace

Tokyo, 11 March 2017 - Greenpeace today commemorates the more than 15,000 people who died six years ago in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the tens of thousands of survivors of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. More >>

Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching, second year

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:52 am | Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace releases images showing Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for the second year in a row Sydney, 10 March 2017 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific today releases shocking photos and footage documenting the Great Barrier Reef’s ... More >>

Surgeons want quad bikes banned for under 16s

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:35 am | BlackHawk Tracking Systems

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a young girl in New South Wales. More >>

Civil Society Groups Tell Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate TPP

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:15 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

Ahead of Chile Meeting, 200+ Civil Society Groups Tell Their Trade Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate the TPP More >>

International Children’s Peace Prize 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:09 am | KidsRights

Since January 19th 2017, the KidsRights Foundation has been inviting every organisation and/or individual to nominate a child for the Children’s Peace Prize 2017. This prize is awarded annually to a child, whose courageous or otherwise extraordinary ... More >>

Fiji Times staff facing possible sedition charges

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:03 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the latest move by Fiji’s Public Prosecutor with the charges against staff at the Fiji Times. The IFJ calls for all charges against the four staff members to be immediately dropped. More >>

IFJ calls to defend women’s voices online in Asia-Pacific

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:02 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Asia-Pacific affiliates today demanded meaningful action against the growth of online harassment of women journalists in the region. Using the occasion of International Women’s Day (March ... More >>

EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope”

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

New EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope” to solve European migration challenges – UN experts More >>

Economic Empowerment for Sustainable Development

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 4:56 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

To mark International Women's Day this year the United Nations has chosen the theme "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work". It is a theme that resonates for me. More >>

Website and factsheets in the lead up to UN Ocean Conference

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:51 pm | SPREP

“Knowledge is power” - SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website and factsheets in the lead up to the UN Ocean Conference More >>

Closing Gender Gaps in Asia and the Pacific Requires Change

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:29 pm | UN ESCAP

Addressing gender inequality and ensuring equal participation and opportunities for women and girls in Asia-Pacific is central to achieving progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More >>

Women’s Day 2017: Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 3:11 pm | SPREP

By Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of the Climate Change Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Dr Pelesikoti is the first Pacific Island Woman Lead Author for a chapter in the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental ... More >>

Women’s economic empowerment key to achieving SDGs

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:06 am | UN Women

“Women’s economic empowerment is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” is the message from UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March, around the world. More >>

Wikileaks: Vault 7 - CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 5:52 am | Wikileaks

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. More >>

ACLU Comment on Trump’s New Muslim Ban

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:14 pm | ACLU

March 6, 2017 NEW YORK — The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order. More >>

USA: Trump’s revised travel ban will stir hatred & division

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 11:52 am | Amnesty International

In response to President Trump’s new Order to reinstate the suspension of the USA’s refugee resettlement programme and establish a temporary travel ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary ... More >>

New research could minimize need for biopsies to detect cancer

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 10:37 am | Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Doctors may soon be able to detect and monitor a patient’s cancer with a simple blood test, reducing or eliminating the need for more invasive procedures, according to Purdue University research. More >>

Gender equality makes everyone healthier: WHO

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 10:06 am | World Health Organisation

MANILA, 6 March 2017 — On International Women's Day (8 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the powerful link between gender equality and health and well-being. More >>

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:41 pm | David Swanson

Global corporations and international government alliances are pushing war, environmental destruction, economic exploitation, defunding of schools and housing, hateful divisive ideologies, and reductions in rights and liberties as a package wrapped in shiny ... More >>

I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:35 pm | David Swanson

So, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings and was of course in on the conspiracy. ... More >>

Drone Protesters Arrested on Tuesday - David Swanson

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:27 pm | David Swanson

Anti-drone activists blocked traffic at the Main Gate into Beale AFB for over 30 minutes today during early morning commute hour. They stood across the gate entrance holding life-sized cardboard replicas of the 15 drone victims killed during a Sept. ... More >>

Raheel: Muslim Reaction: Trump's Speech to Congress

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:23 pm | Maria Sliwa

Fiery commentary/reaction to come from the female Muslim human rights activist who called for an immigration ban – 1 year before Mr. Trump! More >>

Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically

Monday, 6 March 2017, 1:09 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective ... More >>

Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Sydney to Celebrate

Sunday, 5 March 2017, 8:41 pm | Mardi Gras

Last night, an estimated 250,000 spectators took to the streets to watch more than 12,000 participants take part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community, the 39th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Born from a ... More >>

Opium cultivation in Shan State Myanmar

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 9:05 pm | United Nations

Opium cultivation in Shan State Myanmar is concentrated in areas with poor security, says UNODC More >>

Growing ‘Visa War’ between EU and US will have major impact

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:48 pm | Henley and Partners

The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently ... More >>

INDIA: At least 600 farmers’ suicides as Supreme Court waits

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:35 pm | AHRC

The Supreme Court of India is worried about the continuing havoc of farmer suicides in India. It termed it “a sensitive matter of larger public interest and human rights which covers the entire country” this January. The Court has also wondered ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Racial profiling of Pakhtuns to be condemned

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:16 pm | AHRC

Following a suicide attack on Lahore's Mall Road on February 13, which claimed the lives of at least six police officials, Punjab’s law enforcement agencies launched a province-wide crackdown on the ethnic Pakhtun (Pathans) minority. Administrative ... More >>

UN expert urges consistent policies for US

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:08 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert urges consistent policies for US on indigenous peoples’ rights for projects like Dakota Access Pipeline More >>

UN rights expert welcomes conviction of mastermind in murder

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:01 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (03 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the conviction in South Africa of a man who masterminded the murder and dismemberment of the body parts of a woman with albinism by a decision of 23 February 2017 of the ... More >>

Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:00 pm | UNHCHR

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration, focusing this year on so-called fake news, disinformation and propaganda. More >>

Cultural rights threatened by global avalanche of hate

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:57 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva: “We face a global avalanche of hate in the form of rising fundamentalism and extremism around the world. This ... More >>

UN rights experts denounce Israel’s growing constraints

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:56 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – Two United Nations Independent Experts are calling on the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. More >>

Sri Lanka: Slow progress on crucial justice

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:55 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) –The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, according to a ... More >>

Australia: indigenous women left behind

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:50 pm | UNHCHR

Australia places violence against women high on the agenda but indigenous women left behind, says UN expert More >>

Protecting Pacific Whales through art

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:30 pm | SPREP

Protecting Pacific Whales through art - exhibition opens in Noumea The "Des baleines et des hommes pour la protection des océans" art exhibition opened this week at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. The exhibition ... More >>

African Challenges to African Development

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:12 pm | APO

African Challenges to African Development By Ehiedu Iweriebor NEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2017/ -- The parlous story of African economic and social development since independence best expressed in the failure to achieve the autonomous capacity ... More >>

Disability groups slam Government decision

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:50 pm | Disabled People's Organisations Australia

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of national peak groups of people with disability, strongly condemned the decision by the Federal Government to rule out a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people ... More >>

Customs Confiscate Smuggle Goods

Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:17 pm | Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Island Customs & Excise Division (SICED) has successfully stopped an attempt to smuggle 228 sleeves of cigarettes (45,600 rolls) and four new Stihl chainsaws last Thursday 23 February afternoon. More >>


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