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UN expert urges halt to rising hostility on Korean Peninsula

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:22 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (25 April 2017) – An urgent appeal to lower political and military tensions on the Korean Peninsula over continued missile tests by the authorities in Pyongyang is being made by a United Nations expert, who says the war of words is already having ... More >>

NEPAL: 2015 Earthquake: Two years on

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:18 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) remembers with deep sorrow the April 25, 2015 the two devastating earthquakes that stuck Nepal two years ago today. More than 9000 people were killed, and over half a million houses were destroyed in the aftermath ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - South Sudan, Maldives

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:17 pm | UNHCHR

We deplore the recent outbreaks of violence in several towns in various part of South Sudan, including Pajok in Eastern Equatoria and Wau in Western Bahr el-Ghazal, which have caused significant loss of civilian lives and displaced more than 22,000 people. ... More >>

SRI LANKA: Meethotamulla tragedy to be duplicated?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:01 pm | AHRC

Dealing with the Meethotamulla waste dump has now become a major national problem for Sri Lanka. At least 30 persons have lost their lives due to the collapse of the waste dump. Many others might have died or suffered serious diseases due to the existence ... More >>

Anzac as Apologia and Religion

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 1:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Soaked to the core, Melbournians gathered around the War Memorial in thousands, gazing at the flickering, all-resistant eternal flame in an annual tribute to Australia’s fallen. Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand ... More >>

Renewable Water Inventor Visits WAF

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:39 pm | Pacific Reach Limited

The inventor of the world’s first reverse osmosis solar desalination technology and Chief Executive Officer of Mascara, Mr Marc Vergnet, visited the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) last week (21/04). More >>

Pacific Heads of Health map priorities for the region

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:36 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Pacific Heads of Health map priorities for the region 25 April 2017 Suva, Fiji – Senior health officials from 22 Pacific Island countries and territories along with regional and international health professionals have gathered in Suva, Fiji this ... More >>

UNDP Releases VR Film 'Ground Beneath Her'

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:34 pm | UNDP

UN Development Programme Releases VR Film 'Ground Beneath Her' United Nations Development Programme PRESS RELEASE More >>

UN human rights expert condemns “defamatory” Iran report

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:30 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 April 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Asma Jahangir, has denounced a report published by the Iranian News Agency (IRNA) alleging that she was planning to undertake ... More >>

Torture of detainees in Afghanistan persists

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:29 pm | UNHCHR

Torture of detainees in Afghanistan persists – UN report GENEVA/KABUL (24 April 2017) Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan continue to face torture and ill-treatment, a UN report released today has found. The report also says that the Afghan Government ... More >>

Immunization can save a million and a half more lives

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:01 pm | UN World Health Organization

Immunization can save a million and a half more lives in WHO’s Western Pacific Region MANILA, 24 April 2017 — Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly ... More >>

Drought and Resilience in East Africa

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:41 pm | Slow Food International

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Exactly one year ago, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, potentially marking a historic turning point against anthropogenic climate change. More >>

Enhancing regional economic cooperation

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:30 pm | UN ESCAP

Enhancing regional economic cooperation and integration important to advance the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific More >>

Fyffes Union Leader in Honduras Escapes Murder Attempt

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:27 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 21 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has expressed deep concern over a vicious attack against Moises Sanchez, leader of the Honduran agriculture trade union STAS, currently fighting multinational fruit company Fyffes for better working conditions. More >>

ITUC Calls on Apparel Brands to Join Transparency Pledge

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:26 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 21 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called on garment companies to sign a new supply chain Transparency Pledge launched today by a coalition of trade union organisations and NGOs. Of 72 companies contacted by the coalition, 17 are ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Abolish blasphemy laws entirely

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:24 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The horrific mob lynching of Mashal Khan has raised many questions about the utility of an archaic and draconian law that has been misused with impunity. Pakistan’s blasphemy law is a mockery of rule of law, and in fact defies common sense. What ... More >>

Russia: UN rights expert launches first official visit

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:22 pm | UNHCR

Russia: UN rights expert launches first official visit to assess effect of international unilateral sanctions More >>

Regionalism and island nation economies

Friday, 21 April 2017, 7:36 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

When Pacific Islands Forum Leaders gathered in Apia, Samoa in 1978, the then Prime Minister Honourable Tupuola Efi said: “The basic question that faces us, is that of deciding how to re-define the rules to assure that the rights of small nations ... More >>

NZ aid worker recipient of 2017 UNESCO Peace prize

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:04 pm | Doctors Without Borders

Sydney – Catania - 20/04/2017 - As asylum seekers and refugees embark on fragile boats for a perilous journey on the Mediterranean Sea, New Zealand humanitarian aid worker Shaun Cornelius is committed to lifesaving operations on the Aquarius with ... More >>

Unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:09 pm | Commission On Security And Coperation In Europe

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say More >>

Hundreds of Palestinians to go on hunger strike

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:01 am | General Delegation of Palestine

Hundreds of Palestinians who are currently being held in Israeli prisons will go on an open-ended hunger strike, beginning Monday 17 April, to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day. More >>

PAKISTAN: The AHRC condemns the lynching of a student

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 2:08 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of a 23-year old student by lynching on the accusation of Blasphemy by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KPK province. More >>

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, 14 April 2017, 8:29 pm | UNHCHR

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina More >>

End abuse and detention of gay men in Chechnya - UN

Friday, 14 April 2017, 8:27 pm | UNHCHR

End abuse and detention of gay men in Chechnya, UN human rights experts tell Russia More >>

Lift blockade of Yemen to stop “catastrophe”

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10:33 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 April 2017) – The blockade of war-ravaged Yemen must be lifted immediately to allow the entry of relief supplies to tackle a humanitarian catastrophe in which millions of people are facing famine, says a UN rights expert. More >>

Chibok girls kidnapping – Third anniversary

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10:31 am | United Nations

UN experts mark third anniversary of Nigeria kidnapping with new plea for “forgotten” Chibok girls More >>

UA Fiasco a Symptom Of a Much Bigger Problem In America

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 1:06 pm | San Diego Biz Law

Los Angeles, CA. The United Fiasco could have happened to (most) any airline and it was a matter of time. The problem is not just with the airlines, but with the decline American customer service levels and the Stanford Experiment effect. Steven ... More >>

Death penalty in decline worldwide

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:33 pm | Amnesty International

Death penalty in decline worldwide, but a small number of countries still execute on a large scale More >>

‘Pay-As-You-Go’ Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:54 am | Joint Press Release

Origin Energy, IFC Launch ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, April 9, 2017 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the launch of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) project with ... More >>

69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:49 am | PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi marks the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre More >>

High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:45 am | Oxfam

Saturday 8 April 2017 High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring Oxfam is closely monitoring after a cyclone warning was issued for Vanuatu, as numerous provinces brace for damaging gale force winds and flooding. Oxfam Vanuatu Country ... More >>

PAKISTAN: State infringes upon the people’s right to freedom

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:51 pm | AHRC

PAKISTAN: State infringes upon the people’s right to freedom of speech By Javeria Younes Intellectual freedom has always been viewed as a threat to hegemonic and tyrannical government, for whom dissent in any form is unacceptable, as it shakes the very foundation ... More >>

Kazakhstan: Union Leader Sentenced to Prison

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:49 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 7 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has denounced the sentencing of Nurbek Kushakbayev, Deputy Chairperson of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan, to two-and-a-half years in prison in connection with calls for a strike ... More >>

Tuna resource owners meet in Majuro

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:48 pm | PNA Tuna

Majuro, Marshall Islands 7 April 2017: Nine islands that control the majority of tuna in the western and central Pacific are meeting in Majuro this week and next, focusing on important tuna management issues for the region. The annual officials ... More >>

Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria!

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:26 pm | UNAC

Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria! U.S. Out of Syria and the Middle East Now! (See list of actions at the bottom of this statement. Join an action or organize your own and let us know about your action by emailing: UNACpeace@gmail.com ) On Thursday, ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - (1) Syria, (2) Gaza

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:42 am | OHCHR

The absolutely abhorrent attack on Khan Shaykun has once again focused international attention on Syria – and rightly so. If confirmed, the use of chemical weapons by any party to the conflict would amount to a war crime. More >>

Gold Silver Oil Spike After U.S. Bombs Syria

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:25 am | GoldCore

Gold Silver Oil Spike After U.S. Bombs Syria - Gold silver oil spike after U.S. bombs Syria - Gold and silver spike 1% as oil rises 1.4% - Gold breaks 200 day moving average, 4th week of gains - Stocks fall after U.S. strikes in Syria rattle markets ... More >>

USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:22 am | USCIS

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, ... More >>

CDS Thanks President Trump for Strikes Against Assad Regime

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:19 am | Coalition for a Democratic Syria

CDS Thanks President Trump for Strikes Against Assad Regime in Response to Chemical Weapons Attack on Civilians Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) -- a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian coalition of six Syrian American advocacy ... More >>

UN Secretary-General on Syria

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:08 am | United Nations

I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely and with grave concern. I was abhorred by the chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, and the death and injury of many innocent civilians. I have long stated that there needs to be accountability ... More >>

Statement from Pentagon Spokesman on U.S. strike in Syria

Friday, 7 April 2017, 2:49 pm | US Department of Defence

At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria). The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and were ... More >>

11 SPREP Members sign on to Pacific Whale Declaration

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 5:18 pm | SPREP

6 April, 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga - The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration. More >>

The Bregenz Declaration – A Call to our Collective Conscious

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:19 pm | World Future Council

Hamburg, 5 April 2017 – After the World Future Forum 2017 in Bregenz, Austria, the World Future Council now publishes its “Bregenz Declaration” . The Councillors from governments, parliaments, civil society, indigenous peoples, academia, the arts ... More >>

Urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships & oil

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 4:28 pm | IUCN

Monaco, 4 April 2017 (IUCN) – The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report launched ... More >>

North Korean Missile Launch

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:57 pm | US State Department

North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment. More >>

Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:56 pm | US State Department

The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. While we continue to monitor the ... More >>

Spanish corporate giant profits from torture of refugees

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 11:38 am | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

A major corporation with ties to New Zealand is making millions running the Australian Government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru, Amnesty International said today. The system amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum. More >>

Australia:Special Rapporteur on rights of indigenous peoples

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 4:57 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

End of Mission Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to Australia More >>

Free trade and freedom of movement post-Brexit

Monday, 3 April 2017, 1:27 pm | CANZUK International

Following the United Kingdom’s notification to withdraw from the European Union, CANZUK International will be submitting proposals to the UK government which will see free trade and free movement for citizens implemented between Canada, Australia, ... More >>

27 million people lack safe water

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:46 pm | UNICEF

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF ... More >>

UNICEF and partners assist in South Sudan

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:43 pm | UNICEF

GENEVA/JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2017 – One month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 people, including 33,000 ... More >>

Preserve separation of powers, Zeid urges Venezuela

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:02 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 March 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has expressed grave concern at the ruling by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to take over the legislative powers of the National Assembly. “I strongly urge ... More >>

Hungary’s use of detention in the spotlight

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCHR

Hungary’s use of detention in the spotlight as UN torture prevention body concludes visit More >>

Wastewater an untapped resource: Asia-Pacific

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:59 pm | UNESCO

Photo: From left: Honhjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, H.E. Mr. Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Senior Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Government of Sri Lanka, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations ... More >>

UN forum adopts new regional road map

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:57 pm | UN ESCAP

UN forum adopts new regional road map to accelerate Sustainable Development Goals in Asia-Pacific More >>

Developments in the United States: UNFCCC

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:55 pm | UNFCCC

Developments in the United States By UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Bonn, 31 March 2017 The new US administration announced this week that it will be reviewing America’s Clean Power Plan, domestic legislation brought in by the previous ... More >>

Malaviya Seven update

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:41 pm | ITF

Malaviya Seven update The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) yesterday arrested the ship Malaviya Seven on behalf of its crew. The move is the latest by the ITF in support of the crew of the vessel, which has been effectively abandoned ... More >>

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards goals

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:38 pm | UN ESCAP

With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have already started to emerge among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they push ahead with the implementation of the 17 Sustainable ... More >>

NZ Government Follows Public’s Lead on Africa’s Famine

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 3:32 pm | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s major aid agencies are welcoming the Government announcement of $3 million in desperately needed funding for the unfolding famine in the Greater Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. “New Zealand aid workers and agencies are working ... More >>

Westinghouse bankruptcy underscores meltdown of nuclear

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 5:16 pm | Greenpeace International

Westinghouse bankruptcy underscores meltdown of the global nuclear industry - Greenpeace Tokyo, 29 March 2017 – The board of Westinghouse’s parent company, Toshiba, today approved the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its drowning U.S. company – a ... More >>

 

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