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School Project in East Timor Brings Veterans Together

Monday, 23 September 2019, 11:24 am | New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand, Australian and Timorese military veterans are working together to bring educational opportunities to East Timorese youth in the town of Same. More >>

At UN, youth activists press for bold action

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 1:20 pm | United Nations

At UN, youth activists press for bold action on climate emergency, vow to hold leaders accountable at the ballot box More >>

Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 1:18 pm | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change Media Alert: Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition Announced - Videos Show Inspiring Stories of Local Climate Action https://unfccc.int/news/winners-of-2019-global-youth-video-competition-announced New York, 21 September 2019 – Young people from Portugal, Brazil and the United ... More >>

Stripping Shamsie of German Prize

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 1:16 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Stripping Shamsie of German Prize Over Pro-Palestinian Positions Assault on Free Speech The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemns the decision of the Nelly Sachs Prize jury to withdraw author Kamila Shamsie’s award over her support for ... More >>

Inside out: Climate change induced migration

Sunday, 22 September 2019, 1:15 pm | Citizen News Service

Inside out: Climate change induced migration Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Climate change greatly impacts the lives of migrants in different parts of the world. According to the United Nations, by 2050, up to 1 billion people could be driven ... More >>

Yangon Airport welcomes IndiGo's inaugural flight

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 12:16 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Yangon International Airport welcomes IndiGo's inaugural flight from Kolkata YANGON, Myanmar, Sept 20, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited ("YACL"), operator of Yangon International Airport ("YIA"), today welcomes the inaugural ... More >>

Collective erosion of two-State solution, continues unabated

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 11:48 am | United Nations

The “steady deterioration” of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a “collective failure” of leadership across the region and the world. “There is no other viable ... More >>

Just Transition for climate ambition

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 11:28 am | ITUC

Trade unions, social movements and climate activists across the world are embarking on an historic week of mobilisations to demand climate action, starting on 20 September. Millions of people are set to stop work, engage in workplace actions and take to ... More >>

Democratic Republic of Congo concerns

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:44 pm | UNHCHR

We are alarmed by the increase in violence committed against civilians in Ituri and South Kivu, both located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), due to the activity of armed groups and the inability of the security forces to put an ... More >>

Extinction Rebellion: Leaving it to the Students

Friday, 20 September 2019, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The protestor of school age sported a placard featuring a distorted caricature of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison: “Scomo was liking it hot”. A glorious spring day, and a gathering was already fussing and buzzing outside the Victorian ... More >>

Major IPCC report: ‘The climate crisis is an oceans crisis’

Friday, 20 September 2019, 10:04 am | Greenpeace

A landmark UN report on the state of the world’s oceans will highlight the urgent need for a Global Ocean Treaty to create large scale marine protection across the planet. More >>

How the U.S. Institute of Peace Avoids Peace in Afghanistan

Friday, 20 September 2019, 9:04 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/how-the-u-s-institute-of-peace-avoids-peace-in-afghanistan/ More >>

Xtep x House of Holland Showcases "City Runner" Collection

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:59 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Leading PRC-based professional sportswear enterprise Xtep International Holdings Limited (the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") (Stock code: 1368.HK ), launched its ... More >>

G7 internet charter has foundations right, details dangerous

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:50 am | Access Now

September 19, 2019 — G7 member countries -with the exception of the United States- have signed the “ Charter For A Free, Open and Safe Internet ” (“the charter”), a voluntary pledge similar to the Christchurch Call that lists out actions that countries ... More >>

UN expert on right to development visits Switzerland

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:38 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (19 September 2019) – UN Special Rapporteur Saad Alfarargi will visit Switzerland from 23 September to 2 October 2019 to assess the country’s efforts to integrate the right to development into its policies. “I am looking forward to meeting Government ... More >>

Commonwealth helps developing countries bank millions

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:37 am | Commonwealth

A Commonwealth facility designed to assist smaller and more vulnerable countries tackle the damaging effects of climate change has helped them access USD 27 million of funding. The figure marks a milestone for the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access ... More >>

UN torture prevention body concludes visit to UK

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:24 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA/LONDON (19 September 2019) — The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has completed its first visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 8-19 of September. The aims of the visit were to advise ... More >>

Human rights: Reported reprisals on the rise, says UN

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7:39 pm | UNHCHR

NEW YORK/GENEVA (19 September 2019) – The UN Human Rights Office said Thursday that it is receiving more information on intimidation and reprisals against victims, members of civil society and activists involving more and more States, reflecting ... More >>

Tortoiseshell Group Targets IT Providers in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 1:46 pm | Symantec

A previously undocumented attack group is using both custom and off-the-shelf malware to target IT providers in Saudi Arabia in what appear to be supply chain attacks with the end goal of compromising the IT providers’ customers. More >>

Governance Clinic to Boost Citizen Engagement

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:34 am | United Nations Development Programme

Aimeliik State, Palau (18 September 2019) – A governance clinic planned for Aimeliik State, the administrative division of the island country of Palau, aims to increase the understanding of local residents on the roles and responsibilities of central ... More >>

Public health faces a critical climate deadline

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:31 am | Global Climate and Health Alliance

Global emissions are reaching record levels and the last four years were the four hottest on record, with winter temperatures in the Arctic rising by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, forests are burned and we are increasingly ... More >>

Uzbekistan: UN rights expert in first visit

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:27 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (18 September 2019) – UN Special Rapporteur Diego García-Sayán will carry out an official visit to Uzbekistan from 19 to 25 September 2019 to assess measures adopted by the Government to ensure the independence of judges and prosecutors and ... More >>

UN forum spotlights digital trade facilitation measures

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:26 am | UN ESCAP

New Delhi ( ESCAP news ) – The 9th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) closed in New Delhi, India today with a strong focus on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation measures and practices can bring prosperity for the region. Organized ... More >>

SDF kidnaps dozens of orphans and hundreds of youths

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:17 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor expressed deep concern over the Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) reported abduction of dozens of orphaned children and hundreds of youths from refugee camps in north-eastern Syria, isolating them ... More >>

Strike Down the Toothless Privacy Shield

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:36 pm | Access Now

September 18, 2019 —Access Now is calling upon the European Commission to strike down the EU-US “Privacy Shield” arrangement in light of the repeated failure by the US administration to take the necessary steps to protect European privacy ... More >>

Lotteries and Rights in the Sporting Life

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The pigeon flapped in desperation, moving across Melbourne’s lavish Capitol Theatre in fits and starts. It was more alarmed than anything else at the address being given by former Australian football (soccer to some) player Craig Foster. Foster has been ... More >>

Combating Hate and Extremism

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 12:14 pm | Facebook

Today, we’re sharing a series of updates and shifts that improve how we combat terrorists, violent extremist groups and hate organizations on Facebook and Instagram. These changes primarily impact our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy ... More >>

Major disruption in food and agriculture in next decade

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:53 am | RethinkX

New Report: Major disruption in food and agriculture in next decade Projects collapse of dairy & cattle industries by 2030 As animal meat is replaced by cheaper, higher quality food made from manufactured protein LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO — The fastest, ... More >>

Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:41 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan ... More >>

UN expert implores Myanmar’s Suu Kyi: “open your eyes"

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:38 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (17 September 2019) – A UN human rights expert has implored Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to ‘feel with her heart before it is too late’, saying that even if refugees wished to return they have little to go back to. Yanghee ... More >>

Afghans entitled to live ‘free from fear, intimidation’

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:37 am | UN News

All Afghans have the right to live “free from fear, intimidation and violence”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday strongly condemning two suicide attacks, which left dozens dead. More >>

UNHR Office, African Commission Sign Cooperation Agreement

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:35 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (17 September 2019) – The UN Human Rights Office and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) have signed a formal agreement to cooperate and collaborate in areas of common interest. It is the third such agreement between ... More >>

Santander launches JCB merchant acquiring operations

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:58 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Madrid / Tokyo, Sept 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Banco Santander (Santander), the major international financial group, has launched JCB merchant acquiring operations in Spain following a license agreement with JCB International (JCBI), the international ... More >>

Forcibly disappeared Palestinians in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 8:02 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

At UNHRC: Euro-Med raises the issue of forcibly disappeared Palestinians in Saudi Arabia Geneva- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and IRDG expressed in a statement on Monday, 16 September 2019, at the Human Rights Council's 42nd regular ... More >>

Ban of investor rights to sue govts in giant RCEP trade deal

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 1:50 pm | AFTINET

“Community groups welcome the reports of a statement by the Malaysian Trade Minister Datuk Darell Leiking that Malaysia and other governments have succeeded in excluding foreign investor rights to sue governments (Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ... More >>

Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:32 am | United Nations

Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said ... More >>

UN rebukes Hong Kong lawmaker after human rights appeal

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:32 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, Sept. 16, 2019 – The UN Human Rights Council, where China is a member and was host last week of a large exhibit extolling "human rights happiness" in China, chastised Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan after her testimony today on police ... More >>

UN experts concerned by crackdown at Rohingya refugee camps

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:29 am | United Nations

GENEVA (16 September 2019) - UN human rights experts* have expressed serious concerns about tight new restrictions and an increased military presence at Rohingya refugee camps following a massive “Genocide Day” protest last month. More >>

Highest Possible Ambition in Emissions Cuts Required

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:26 am | United Nations

GENEVA/NEW YORK (16 September 2019) - Five UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies issued a joint statement on Monday warning that States must act on climate as failure to do so may constitute a breach of their obligations under human rights international ... More >>

Victory Offices Launches its First Flexible Workspace

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 9:47 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 16, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Victory Offices Limited ("Victory Offices") (ASX: VOL) is a flexible workspace provider listed on the Australian Stock Exchange that offers premium serviced offices, co-working and lounge spaces, virtual offices ... More >>

Indonesia must protect rights of Veronica Koman and others

Monday, 16 September 2019, 8:05 pm | UNHCHR

Indonesia must protect rights of Veronica Koman and others reporting on Papua and West Papua protests - UN experts GENEVA (16 September 2019) – Indonesia must protect the rights of all people to peaceful protest, ensure access to the internet and protect ... More >>

Oiling for War: The Houthi Attack on Abqaiq

Monday, 16 September 2019, 3:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia southwest of Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran had a few predictable responses. Given that the facility has a daily output of some 5.7 million barrels, damaging ... More >>

Sam Rainsy Taunts Cambodia With Promise to Return

Monday, 16 September 2019, 3:06 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cambodia's fugitive opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he will return from France on November 9 to his Southeast Asian homeland, where he faces at least 15 years imprisonment. More >>

UK International Trade Secretary visits New Zealand

Monday, 16 September 2019, 2:17 pm | UK Government

The UK’s International Trade Secretary is visiting New Zealand, Australia and Japan this week (16-20 September) to prepare for trade negotiations after Brexit on 31 October. More >>

Justice for people with disability at last

Monday, 16 September 2019, 8:13 am | People with Disability Australia - PWDA

People with disability around Australia are hoping today’s opening of the Disability Royal Commission will be the start of bringing us justice for violence against us. More >>

Hong Kong lawmaker to address UNHRC tomorrow

Monday, 16 September 2019, 8:00 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, September 15, 2019 — Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan will tomorrow address the United Nations Human Rights Council, regarding the crackdown on the island's pro-democracy protests, announced the Geneva-based human rights organization UN Watch. More >>

Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane

Sunday, 15 September 2019, 1:20 pm | United Nations

The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. ... More >>

Arresting peaceful activists in Algeria is a blow to freedom

Sunday, 15 September 2019, 9:49 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement that the Algerian authorities have arrested a number of peaceful activists in a blow to freedom of expression in Algeria. More >>

Tribute to the Late Tonga Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilis Pohiva

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 4:06 pm | Pacific Leadership Forum

Pacific People in Aotearoa Pays Tribute to the Late Tonga Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilis Pohiva “Ua malie toa, malo tau.’ May I firstly convey on behalf of the Pacific Leadership Forum, our deepest condolences to the immediate family of Hon Samiuela ... More >>

UN Committee on Rights of Migrant Workers publishes findings

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 10:05 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (13 September 2019) – The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 2 to 11 September 2019: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. They are among the ... More >>

Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 10:01 am | UN News

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families. More >>

Dusit International continues Philippine Expansion

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:40 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

BANGKOK, Sept 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC), one of the fastest-growing real estate development companies in the Philippines, ... More >>

Improper Purposes: Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament

Friday, 13 September 2019, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was something richly amusing in the move: three judges, sitting in Scotland’s highest court of appeal, had little time for the notion that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension, or proroguing, of parliament till October 14, had been lawful. ... More >>

On Amazon Fires: It’s the Ecology Stupid

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:44 am | Glen Barry

Earth Meanders, deep ecology essays by Dr. Glen Barry, EcoInternet, New York City | Twitter September 11, 2019 EcoSearch protects ecosystems, climate, and people for global ecological sustainability More >>

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:37 am | UN News

Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC ) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence ... More >>

Report Gives Mixed Reviews on UN Rights Chief’s First Year

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:31 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, September 12, 2019 — A new study on Michelle Bachelet’s performance in her first year as the UN’s top human rights official, presented today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, gives the former Chilean president mixed reviews ... More >>

Expert says planned Jordan Valley annexation is illegal

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:27 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) – A UN human rights expert has denounced comments by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu that he would order the annexation of the Jordan Valley if re-elected prime minister, saying such action would represent a flagrant challenge ... More >>

Fourth Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:25 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 12, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The fourth Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened Wednesday at the Hong ... More >>

UN housing rights expert visits Nigeria

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:22 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is visiting Nigeria from 13 to 23 September 2019. “I look forward to travelling to the most populous nation in Africa to explore the challenges ... More >>

UN experts urge China to respect protesters' rights

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:16 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) - UN human rights experts* reacted with alarm to reports of attacks on demonstrators, arrests of activists and human rights defenders, and threats to communications, as protests in Hong Kong entered their third month. More >>