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Farmers' Concerns Heard At Top Level

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:30 am | Fiji Crop and Livestock Council

FARMERS in the non-sugar sector will have their voices heard on policy and legislative issues that affect them through a cabinet-endorsed Facilitation Committee for Agriculture. The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC or Council) is represented on the Committee ... More >>

South Africa works for world peace

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:56 am | HWPL

Durban, South Africa – February 4, HWPL Scripture Dialogue was held at WARP (World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) Office in Durban. WARP Office is operated by HWPL (Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light, Chairman Man Hee Lee), an International ... More >>

Dr. Ashrawi conducts separate meetings with representatives

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:50 am | PLO Executive Committee

Today PLO Executive Committee Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with a delegation of International Monetary Fund representatives at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. Dr. Ashrawi bid farewell to outgoing mission chief Christoph Duenwald and welcomed incoming mission ... More >>

Aid urgently needed for drought-stricken Ethiopia

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:37 pm | ChildFund

As the severity of ongoing drought in Ethiopia is exacerbated by the arid effects of ‘super El Nino’, ChildFund New Zealand is appealing to more New Zealanders to contribute to their growing aid response. More >>

UK disputes UN working group opinion on Julian Assange

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:41 am | UK Government

The UK will formally contest the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention. More >>

Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK: UN Panel

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:39 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (5 February 2016) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London on 7 December 2010, as a result of the legal action against him by both Governments, the United ... More >>

Security Council Press Statement on DPRK long-range launch

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:32 am | United Nations Security Council

The members of the Security Council held urgent consultations to address the serious situation arising from the launch using ballistic missile technology conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on February 7, 2016. More >>

A Manifesto For Democratising Europe (Short Version)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4:43 am | DiEM25

For all their concerns with global competitiveness, migration and terrorism, only one prospect truly terrifies the Powers of Europe: Democracy! They speak in democracy’s name but only to deny, exorcise and suppress it in practice. More >>

A Manifesto For Democratising Europe (Long Version)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4:31 am | DiEM25

For all their concerns with global competitiveness, migration and terrorism, only one prospect truly terrifies the Powers of Europe: Democracy! They speak in democracy’s name but only to deny, exorcise and suppress it in practice. More >>

NZDF Firefighters in Tasmania

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The five New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) firefighters deployed to help fight the wildfires in Tasmania pose for a group photo with their Australian colleagues after a hard day’s work on the fireline at Wuthering Heights in the state’s northwest. More >>

Beef Producers welcome TPP signing

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 3:26 pm | International Beef Alliance

The signing of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) in Auckland today, represents a step closer to realizing new beef trade opportunities in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region. More >>

Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 11:30 am | AFTINET

Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public ... More >>

Best interests of the child must come first

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:35 am | United Nations

GENEVA (3 February 2016) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has reminded the Australian authorities that, under the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a party, the best interests of the child should ... More >>

The world’s cruellest animal attractions exposed

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:26 am | World Animal Protection

A ground breaking study has found that three out of four wildlife tourist attractions involve some form of animal abuse or conservation concerns as revealed by World Animal Protection in a report launching today (04/02/16). More >>

Possible transfer of 267 people from Australia to Nauru

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:21 am | United Nations

GENEVA (3 February 2016) - We are very concerned about the situation of the 267 people, including up to 80 children, at risk of being transferred from Australia to Nauru following the High Court’s decision delivered this morning in Canberra. More >>

Best interests of the child must come first

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:02 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (3 February 2016) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has reminded the Australian authorities that, under the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a party, the best interests of the child should ... More >>

Change in minimum age for Australian visa biometric

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 9:47 am | TT services

Australia’s Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics) Act 2015 will come into effect on 16 February 2016. This will result in a number of reforms, including the broadening of the Australian Government’s offshore biometric collection policy ... More >>

High Court decision prolongs agony faced by asylum seekers

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:02 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is disappointed that the Australian High Court has ruled that offshore detention is lawful. This decision will result in around 260 vulnerable people, including over 80 children, being forcibly sent back to Nauru. More >>

UN expert urges not to sign TPP without commiting to rights

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 4:53 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

United Nations human rights expert Alfred de Zayas called on Governments not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without reaffirming their human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More >>

ALP, Greens and independents co-host TPP forum

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 1:19 pm | AFTINET

Fifty-nine community organisations representing more than two million Australians from all walks of life have endorsed a letter to parliamentarians asking for an independent review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on Australians before Parliament ... More >>

Crimes of Conscience in Turkey

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:52 pm | Sibel Ozbudun

Academic, anthropologist, writer Sibel Özbudun; Turkey is charged, in two separate cases for items she shared in her facebook page. More >>

IBP Clarifies relation with HWPL

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:31 am | The Integrated Bar of the Philippines

In the news under the tile, “HWPL Peace Delegations peace tour in the Philippines,” posted at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/w01302/s00003/hwpl-peace-delegations-peace-tour-in-philippines.htm , the statement appears that “Meanwhile, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines ... More >>

Lebanon: Refugee women from Syria face heightened risks

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 2:17 pm | Amnesty International

Shortfalls in international assistance and discriminatory policies imposed by the Lebanese authorities are creating conditions that facilitate the exploitation and abuse of women refugees in Lebanon, said Amnesty International in a new report published ... More >>

NZDF Firefighters Help Fight Tasmanian Bush Fires

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 11:50 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Five highly experienced New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) firefighters have been deployed to remote bush in northwest Tasmania to help battle the state’s raging bush fires over the next three weeks. More >>

Zika: Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 11:24 am | World Health Organisation

WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations More >>

Pacific Community strengthens ties with NZ volunteer agency

Monday, 1 February 2016, 1:50 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Wellington, New Zealand – The Pacific Community (SPC) and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding that signals a greater commitment to work together to assist Pacific Island countries and territories with achieving ... More >>

HWPL Peace Delegation’s peace tour in Philippines

Monday, 1 February 2016, 1:24 pm | HWPL

HWPL Peace Delegation’s peace tour in Philippines has been proceeding for eight full days, reaching its curtain call today on January 29. HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee and the peace delegation had peace talks with Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos ... More >>

U.S. trophy hunting group to auction off killing of animals

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:53 am | Humane Society International

U.S. trophy hunting group to auction off killing of 28 New Zealand animals; others in Spain, Italy, Portugal, U.S.A, South Africa More >>

FOMA Sees TPP Signing the Start of Wider Public Consultation

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:24 am | FOMA

“FOMA has always sought to provide its members with relevant information on trade agreements that Maori will be affected by and the TPP is no different. The signing of the agreement next week signals the beginning of a 12month public consultation ... More >>

UN expert group urges the US to address legacies of the past

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:31 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN expert group urges the US to address legacies of the past, police impunity and racial injustice crisis More >>

South Korea’s democracy project threatened by regression

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:28 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

South Korea’s democracy project threatened by regression on assembly and association rights – UN expert More >>

Bringing the Paris Agreement into Force

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:16 pm | UNFCCC

Bringing the Paris Agreement into Force - Next Steps and National Climate Plans On 12 December 2015, countries under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement. The legal nature of this new, international ... More >>

Disinformation campaign against the ITUC

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:10 pm | ITUC

Disinformation campaign against the ITUC Brussels, 29 January 2016 (ITUC Online): The ITUC has for some time been facing a disinformation campaign by unidentified persons, in connection with our campaign to defend the rights of migrant workers ... More >>

Hans Blix tells 'UpFront' he’s “doubtful” ISIL would exist

Saturday, 30 January 2016, 3:00 pm | Al Jazeera

Hans Blix tells 'UpFront' he’s “doubtful” ISIL would exist without the US-led Iraqi invasion More >>

Taiping Island is an island, not a rock

Friday, 29 January 2016, 4:57 pm | Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand

Press Release January 28, 2016 Data Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) More >>

Oregon Standoff developments

Friday, 29 January 2016, 2:20 pm | Southern Poverty Law Center

"We are relieved that the ringleaders of the Malheur occupation are now in custody. The tragic loss of life is not surprising given that the armed insurrection has reached this point. It is critical that the federal government prosecute those involved in ... More >>

International Day in Memory of the Victims of Holocaust

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 2:07 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

The Holocaust will forever remain a terrible scar on the human conscience. Its hideous reality of planned and deliberate mass murder must lead us to deep reflection on the roots and spread of such violence. More >>

Syria: US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 1:40 pm | UNICEF

UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. More >>

No Zika virus on Niue

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 5:30 pm | Niue Island Tourism

While the mosquito-borne Zika virus is spreading across the Americas and there have been outbreaks in the Pacific Islands, there is absolutely no sign of it on Niue and it is perfectly safe to travel there. More >>

Oregon: Bundy, several others arrested, one dead

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 4:49 pm | Federal Bureau of Investigation

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation ... More >>

Coal dropped from Vietnam’s future energy plans

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 4:00 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Bangkok, 27 January 2016 - Vietnam will effectively shelve the equivalent of 70 large coal power plants following an announcement from the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that the country would drop all further coal-fired power plant projects and move ... More >>

The world’s leading food companies are lagging behind

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 9:38 am | BBFAW

The world’s leading food companies are lagging behind consumers on farm animal welfare issues More >>

Iran’s hypocrisy exposed as juvenile offenders codemned

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 1:57 pm | Amnesty International

Young people in Iran are languishing on death row for crimes committed under the age of 18, said Amnesty International in a damning new report published today. More >>

Canada is making a costly mistake by signing on to TPP

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:43 am | OpenMedia

Canada is making a costly mistake by signing on to TPP without any room for negotiation More >>

China: Keep calm and carry on……the future’s still bright

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:32 am | Westland Milk Products

In recent weeks there has been a lot of negative media about economic conditions in China. In particular the slowing growth, a volatile share market and a decrease in dairy imports. The potential impact of much of this has been exaggerated. Given ... More >>

The reintegration of women and children essential

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:34 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“The reintegration of women and children essential to the path towards lasting peace” – UN experts More >>

The Economist Events’ Nigeria Summit to take place

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:30 pm | The Economist

The Economist Events’ Nigeria Summit to take place on March 7th and 8th 2016 Global leaders in business, government, academia and civil society to speak at The Economist Events’ Nigeria Summit 2016 More >>

Year's first East Asia action week begins Monday

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:25 pm | ITF

ITF inspectors, along with dockers’ and seafarers’ union members, will check pay and working conditions on board vessels as part of the first East Asian maritime action week of 2016. The action week will be held from 25 to 29 January across ports ... More >>

Workers Killed and Arbitrary Detained by Turkish Security

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:18 pm | ITUC

Turkey: Workers Killed and Arbitrary Detained by Turkish Security Forces Brussels, 22th January 2016 (ITUC Online): The ITUC has strongly condemned the killing of workers and citizens by Turkish security forces. Security forces surrounded several towns ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - Malawi

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:11 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

We are concerned by recent developments in Malawi, where the spokesperson of one of the country’s main political parties recently described gay and lesbian people as “worse than dogs” and called for them to be killed. More >>

UN experts urge Pakistan to halt forced evictions

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:05 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN experts urge Pakistan to halt forced evictions and demolitions for new metro line in Lahore More >>

It is now imperative to pursue criminal accountability

Saturday, 23 January 2016, 8:00 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“It is now imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPRK leadership” – UN Special Rapporteur More >>

Human rights abuses during South Sudan peace process

Friday, 22 January 2016, 9:50 am | United Nations

JUBA/GENEVA (21 January 2016) – Widespread human rights violations and abuses have been committed in South Sudan by all parties to the conflict since December 2013, including hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual ... More >>

Pacific nations urged to consider tuna conservation

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 11:02 am | Greenpeace

Sydney, 21 January 2016 - The United States withdrawal from a key decades-old tuna fishing treaty with Pacific nations could benefit tuna conservation efforts, but its fishing rights must be carefully allocated, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said ... More >>

Satellite images back up evidence of mass destruction

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 3:20 pm | Amnesty International

Northern Iraq: Satellite images back up evidence of deliberate mass destruction in Peshmerga-controlled Arab villages More >>

Unions put Thailand on trial over failure to protect workers

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 9:18 am | International Transport Workers' Federation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has joined its Thai member unions the Thai Airways International Union (TG Union) and the State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation (SERC) to put the Thai government’s behaviour on trial ... More >>

Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull

Monday, 18 January 2016, 4:16 pm | AFTINET

“Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Victor sidestepping Cook Islands

Monday, 18 January 2016, 11:04 am | Cook Islands Tourism New Zealand

Tropical Cyclone Victor appears to be sidestepping Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, meaning it is business as usual for the tourism industry. Graeme West, General Manager of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation in New Zealand, said that ... More >>

UN Secretary General on Terrorist Attacks in Ouagadougou

Sunday, 17 January 2016, 2:06 pm | United Nations

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Terrorist Attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso The Secretary-General condemns the heinous terrorist attacks carried out on 15 January in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which resulted in ... More >>

UN Statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Sunday, 17 January 2016, 2:04 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action The Secretary-General welcomes the achievement of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ... More >>

 

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