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Development can only be led by the private sector

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:30 pm | Joint Press Release

Ban Ki-moon: “Social and economic development can only be led by the private sector” The 11th edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) concludes at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 17, 2017/ ... More >>

Small Island Developing States meet in Bahamas

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:27 pm | United Nations

Small Island Developing States meet in Bahamas to take stock of progress towards the 2030 development agenda More >>

Cameroon to restore 12 million hectares of forest

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:25 pm | IUCN

Gland, Switzerland, 17 February, 2017 (IUCN) – Cameroon has committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative. The pledge is the biggest made so far in the species-rich Congo ... More >>

FSC disassociates from Schweighofer, following WWF complaint

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:23 pm | WWF

Vienna – WWF welcomes FSC’s decision today to disassociate from woodindustry company Holzindustrie Schweighofer (HS), and calls on the company to take action against illegal timber trade and address weaknesses in its management of timber. More >>

Call for international action on social justice

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:17 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 February 2017) – Two United Nations human rights experts* are calling on governments around the world to honour World Day of Social Justice on 20 February by taking action now for a fairer society. They sayensuring human dignity for everyone ... More >>

South Sudan: Senior UN human rights official condemns

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:05 pm | UNHCHR

South Sudan: Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation, calls for perpetrators to be held to account JUBA/GENEVA/NEW YORK (17 February 2017) – At the end of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the UN Assistant Secretary-General ... More >>

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:00 pm | UNHCHR

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate and whereabouts of two abducted South Sudanese – UN expert group More >>

The Impossible Diplomacy of Human Rights

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 12:57 pm | UNHCHR

Lecture by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the presentation of Georgetown University's Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy More >>

Church Synod victory for LGBTI love & equality

Friday, 17 February 2017, 4:40 pm | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

London, UK – 16 February 2017 "This vote to reject the Bishops' report is a triumph for love and equality. It is the biggest defeat for the Anglican leadership in many decades. Synod rightly refused to endorse the anti-LGBTI exclusion and discrimination ... More >>

UST journalism teams up with Asia Pacific Report coverage

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:44 pm | Pacific Media Watch

MANILA ( University of Santo Tomas/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): The oldest journalism school in the Philippines, at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, has joined the Pacific Media Centre’s Asia Pacific Report current affairs ... More >>

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest since 2011

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:47 pm | The Guardian

Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown. More >>

Outraged Christians call for freedom for Asia Bibi

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 2:47 pm | British Pakistani Christian Association

Dozens of protesters converged outside the Pakistani Consulate in Glasgow to call for Freedom of Asia Bibi, Pakistan's most famous blasphemy law victim. They believe the Christian mother of five who has been jailed in Multan for over seven years should ... More >>

If Progressives Were for 'No Rich and No Poor'...

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 1:55 pm | New Democracy World

The vast majority of Americans, contrary to what all of the print and electronic media propaganda try to make us think, want society to be one in which there are NO RICH AND NO POOR. More >>

Film to Shed Light on World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Monday, 13 February 2017, 2:40 pm | Life is My Movie

New Documentary Film to Shed Light on Human Stories Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp More >>

UN expert urges Cameroon to restore internet services

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:20 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 February 2017) – A United Nations expert has called on the Government of Cameroon to restore internet services to predominantly English-speaking parts of the country which have been cut off in “an appalling violation of their right ... More >>

Bangladesh: Dozens of Workers Jailed for Striking

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:19 pm | ITUC

NTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION Bangladesh: Dozens of Workers Jailed for Striking Brussels, 10 February 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned the imprisonment by the Bangladesh authorities of at least 26 garment workers, including several union ... More >>

NEPAL: Police must follow due process

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:17 pm | AHRC

Nepal’s police have arrested Dr. Chandra Kant Raut, popularly known as C.K. Raut, after harassing his wife and children from Janakpurdham-4, Macha Bazar, Dhanusha district. More than a dozen police personnel broke the lock of the gate and harassed ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Government outsources justice dispensation

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:00 pm | AHRC

PAKISTAN: Government outsources justice dispensation It is unimaginable for any democratic, law-abiding society to outsource its key function of justice. And yet, the Government of Pakistan first outsourced the dispensation of justice to the military, ... More >>

Yemen: Civilians trapped and targeted

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 8:51 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 February 2017) – Extremely worrying reports suggest that civilians and civilian objects have been targeted, in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, over the past two weeks, in the southwestern ... More >>

Should California Secede? An Interview with David Swanson

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:05 pm | Ann Garrison

On November 21st, California secessionists calling themselves “Yes California” filed papers with the California Secretary of State proposing a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters whether California should secede from the ... More >>

RNZAF Orion Leaves for Middle East

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) sent a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft this morning to the Middle East to join an international partnership against piracy and people and drug trafficking. More >>

Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court: His Bioethical Perspective

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:27 pm | Global Bioethics Initiative

Just two weeks ago, women across the world marched for their rights to be heard, including the right to abortion. As Neil Gorsuch fills the vacant seat in the SCOTUS, we should look into his stance on this topical issue. Although he has not explicitly ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Rocking the cradle

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:39 pm | Martin Doyle

Is the education system of the United States now just a plaything of the plutocracy? The new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has no experience or expertise in pedagogy. What other nation would ever take such a risk.... [Gulp. Us] More >>

Voyage to the bottom of the sea

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 2:48 pm | Joint Press Release

Sydney, Australia – 9 February 2017 – Southern Cross Cables and EGS will go to sea at the end of February to begin surveying the seafloor from Clovelly to Los Angeles for the US$350 million Southern Cross NEXT undersea cable project, which ... More >>

Approved Pakistani refugee family left in limbo

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:59 pm | British Pakistani Christian Association

Trump policy and Thai avarice leaves approved Pakistani refugee family in limbo! Wilson Chowdhry 4-Feb-2017 More >>

Aucklander Leads NZDF Force to Counter Piracy

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

An Aucklander who joined the Air Force to fulfil a childhood dream to fly and go places will be leading the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) operations in the Middle East to counter piracy and people and drug smuggling. More >>

Standing Rock denounces DAPL easement, vows court challenge

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:32 pm | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today said it is undaunted in its commitment to challenge an easement announcement by the U.S. Department of the Army for the Dakota Access Pipeline. More >>

Resumption of Dakota Access Pipeline Violates Rights

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:25 pm | Amnesty International

Following an announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed, Eric Ferrero of Amnesty International USA made the following statement. More >>

Syria: mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:17 pm | Amnesty International

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More >>

NZDF To Help Counter Piracy And Trafficking in Middle East

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending a 55-member contingent and an Air Force P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to join an international partnership against piracy and people and drug trafficking. More >>

The passing of the so-called settlements Regularisation bill

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 10:35 am | UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called "Regularisation bill" on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. More >>

The rise of unregulated livestock production

Monday, 6 February 2017, 7:50 pm | FAO

The rise of unregulated livestock production in East and Southeast Asia prompts health concerns – UNFAO 6 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that increasing demand for, and consumption ... More >>

SPC serves Pacific development for 70 years

Monday, 6 February 2017, 7:36 pm | SPC Communications

SPC serves Pacific development for 70 years Noumea, New Caledonia – The Pacific Community (SPC) today marks 70 years of serving Pacific development. Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said: “We are excited at the timely opportunity ... More >>

Juan Méndez to Colombian Selection Committee

Sunday, 5 February 2017, 12:13 pm | ICTJ

ICTJ Names Human Rights Leader Juan Méndez to Colombian Selection Committee NEW YORK, February 4, 2017 — The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has named Juan E. Méndez as its delegate to the Colombian Selection Committee created ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - (1) Myanmar (2) Ukraine

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:11 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February 2017) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern ... More >>

Devastating cruelty against Rohingya

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:08 pm | UNHCR

Devastating cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men detailed in UN human rights report GENEVA (3 February 2017) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human ... More >>

UN rights expert urges stop to illegal settlements

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:07 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security ... More >>

Is Libya the right disembarking point for migrants?

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:05 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February) – As European Union Heads of State or Government gather in Malta to discuss new measures targeting migration movements, including increased cooperation with Libya, a group of United Nations human rights experts* warn the ... More >>

NZDF Delivers Textbooks for Fiji’s Cyclone-Damaged Schools

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) delivered this week more than three tonnes of textbooks donated to high schools in Fiji that were damaged last year by Tropical Cyclone Winston. More >>

West Papua-the elephant in the room

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:15 pm | Australia West Papua Association

Attorney-General George Brandis, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Dan Tehan, will meet with Indonesia’s top security minister Wiranto and other Indonesian Ministers today in Jakarta for the third Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) on Law and Security. More >>

Philippines: The police’s murderous war on the poor

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 12:54 pm | Amnesty International

Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said ... More >>

Gay pardons for up to 100,000 men welcomed

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 10:27 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

London, UK - 31 January 2017 The government has today confirmed the granting of pardons to men convicted under historic anti-gay laws, pre-2003, for consenting adult same-sex behavior, where such behavior is no longer a crime today. More >>

Antarctic medical evacuation underway

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 11:19 am | Maritime New Zealand

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the urgent medevac of a 66-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffered a suspected stroke on the cruise vessel, MV Ortelius, in Antarctic waters early on Monday morning. More >>

Letter to Trump: End U.S. War in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 10:45 am | The Action Network

Prominent Americans, peace activists, and organizations have created an open letter to President Donald Trump asking him to end U.S. war in Afghanistan. It reads: More >>

Torture is torture, and waterboarding is not an exception

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 10:31 am | United Nations

GENEVA (30 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has appealed to US President Donald Trump not to reconsider the acceptability of waterboarding and other methods of torture used as interrogation techniques. More >>

Muslim Ban & Terrorist Attack in Canada

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:55 am | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The Islamic Women’s Council sends its sincere condolences to the families of victims of the terror attack in Quebec, Canada. We know this senseless act is the culmination of a series of hate-fuelled incidents targeted at that particular mosque. “The ... More >>

NZ hunts may fund pro-trophy hunt lobbying in U.S

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:44 am | Humane Society International

(31st January 2017)—According to the auction website of a trophy hunt convention hosted this week by Safari Club International (SCI) in Las Vegas, the lives of nearly 1,000 mammals will be auctioned off in global hunts valued at over US$5.3 million ... More >>

NGOs evolving to meet new challenges

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:33 am | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s non-government-organisations (NGOs) and charities working internationally are active in over sixty countries, and generate about $182 million for development and humanitarian assistance each year. More >>

New Zealand Muslim devastated by Quebec Mosque Shooting

Monday, 30 January 2017, 4:44 pm | TeRata Rangi Hikairo

As Muslims we are utterly devastated by a shooting a Quebec Canada today. This is an act of terrorism. This is a hate-crime against Islaam and Muslims. We pray and we mourn for those lost. We pray for their souls. More >>

Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Bird Flu H5Nx

Monday, 30 January 2017, 2:09 pm | Independent Science News

Multiple outbreaks of deadly H5 bird flu are decimating poultry across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. More >>

Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents into US

Monday, 30 January 2017, 12:53 pm | US Department of Homeland Security

Statement By Secretary John Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents Into The United States More >>

Court Decision a Victory in Fight Against Slavery

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:07 pm | ITUC

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION Brazil: Inter-American Court Decision a Victory in Fight Against Slavery Brussels, 27 January 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has welcomed a call from the ILO’s Brazil office for land redistribution to combat forced labour ... More >>

UN expert announces follow-up mission to Tunisia

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:03 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (27 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, will carry out an official visit to Tunisia from 30 January to 3 February to assess progress achieved by the country in the promotion ... More >>

Sir Nigel Rodley

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:02 pm | UNHCHR

We have some extremely sad news, which I know some of you are aware of already. Sir Nigel Rodley, who was known to many of you in his capacity as member and former chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, passed away on Wednesday (25 January). Sir Nigel, ... More >>

German resolution reaffirms IUCN’s position

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:00 pm | IUCN

German resolution reaffirms IUCN’s position on the international stage Gland, Switzerland, 27 January, 2017 (IUCN) – The German government has officially recognised IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as an intergovernmental ... More >>

No homework on Diwali for New York’s Mineola School District

Friday, 27 January 2017, 11:24 am | Universal Society of Hinduism

Mineola Union Free School District (MUFSD) in New York state has announced that no home work or examinations will be given on the day of Hindu festival of Diwali, the most popular of their festivals. More >>

ADL Condemns Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 2:24 pm | Anti-Defamation League

New York, NY January 25, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today unambiguously condemned President Trump’s planned Executive Order on immigration and refugee entry into the United States. The draft order, if signed as written, would direct ... More >>

Statue of Liberty Weeps: President Targets Mexicans, Muslims

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 1:20 pm | Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation's history. More >>

U.S. Ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 1:09 pm | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On January 12, with less than ten days left in his presidency, President Barack Obama announced the ending of the Clinton Administration’s ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ policy, effectively removing this unique Cuban exemption from Washington’s standard immigration ... More >>

Trump Executive Memorandum on DAPL violates law and treaties

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 12:42 pm | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding ... More >>


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