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NGOCHR: Respect & Protection of Human Rights

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 6:13 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights is extremely concerned with recent reports of a political activist detained for several hours by the Police for commemorating International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which was on the 26th of June. More >>

RAMSI hailed a success for regional partnership

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 3:10 pm | RAMSI

RAMSI hailed a success for regional partnership as final Enhanced Consultative Meeting held in Solomon Islands More >>

NZDF Joining War-Fighting Exercise in Australia

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Defence Force

More than 700 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, two NH90 helicopters, a Combined Arms Task Group and HMNZS Canterbury are about to take to the sea, air and land as part of an international war-fighting exercise in Australia. Talisman ... More >>

Congress Must Step in and Stop Muslim Ban

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:31 am | Amnesty International

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban and allow the order to take effect in part in the meantime, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, released ... More >>

Skilled migration changes will hold Australia back

Monday, 26 June 2017, 7:26 pm | AMMA

Resources and energy employer group AMMA has voiced industry concern that impulsive changes to skilled migration occupation changes that come into effect 1 July 2017 will inevitably cost Australian jobs and drive up energy prices. In addition to the ... More >>

Travellers look for environmentally responsible experiences

Monday, 26 June 2017, 7:03 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

26 June 2017, Suva, FIJI – The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has commended the Asian Development Bank for drawing attention to the issue of sustainable eco- tourism at the ADB Pacific Update Conference held in Suva, Fiji last week. More >>

Death in Paradise

Monday, 26 June 2017, 8:57 am | Medicine Mondiale

For most New Zealanders Fiji is a tropical paradise, but the recent deaths of four babies from a bacterial outbreak at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva show a side of Fiji that the average tourist doesn’t see. More >>

Spokesman for the Secretary-General On China

Sunday, 25 June 2017, 7:36 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General On China The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the mudslides in Maoxin county, Sichuan province, in the People’s Republic of China. The Secretary-General ... More >>

Escalations in Syria

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To become enmeshed in a war of incalculable variables; to be at bloody bruised loggerheads – this is the Syrian nightmare, where there are more punters than odds. Savagely, Syria as a state is being ravaged and mauled to the point of non-recognition. It ... More >>

SRI LANKA/WORLD: Rapid collapse of the secular state

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:23 pm | AHRC

The events that unfolded this week shockingly foretells the story of the very rapid collapse of the secular state in Sri Lanka. Although, the events around which a new melodrama unfolded in Sri Lanka were some trivial events of several warrants issued ... More >>

INDIA: A country where torture is the norm

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:22 pm | AHRC

India is the only country in Asia that has during the past seven decades remained a parliamentary democracy, having elected its government through a transparent and accountable democratic process. Its judiciary is independent, and its administrative ... More >>

INDONESIA: Torture occurs repeatedly

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:21 pm | AHRC

INDONESIA: Torture occurs repeatedly as perpetrators enjoy impunity Torture remains a serious problem in Indonesia, even after 18 years of police and legal reform. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has noted some fundamental problems that prevent ... More >>

UNHRC - Yemen - Mosul mosque and minaret

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:14 pm | UNHCR

(1) Yemen The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict. Over the past month, we have been able to verify a total of 49 civilian deaths. More >>

States’ duties don’t end at the national borders

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:12 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – States should control corporations across national borders to protect communities from the negative impacts of their activities, UN human rights experts have said in an authoritative new guidance * on the Obligations of States ... More >>

Zeid welcomes international investigation into Kasais

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:11 pm | UNHCR

DRC: High Commissioner Zeid welcomes creation of international investigation into Kasais GENEVA (23 June 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday said the creation of an international investigation into allegations ... More >>

Ending torture needs fresh commitment from every UN Member

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:09 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – At a time when the absolute prohibition of torture is often challenged in the name of national security across the globe, a group of UN human rights experts* strongly reaffirms that the practice of torture is a severe violation ... More >>

EU needs greater focus on human rights impact of sanctions

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:08 pm | UNHCR

BRUSSELS / GENEVA (23 June 2017) - The European Union has made progress in ensuring its sanctions allow for legal challenges and don’t harm human rights, but more work remains to be done, a UN rights expert has concluded after his first official ... More >>

A CIA Evacuation from Vietnam: Suicides, Executions & Risk

Friday, 23 June 2017, 8:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the U.S.-Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, a Central Intelligence Agency officer's two best military sources committed suicide and an American diplomat endangered the lives of escaping staff and CIA personnel, according ... More >>

KFC Announced as Official Partner of Rugby League World Cup

Friday, 23 June 2017, 3:27 pm | Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) is pleased to announce KFC as the Official Quick Service Restaurant of this year’s tournament. More >>

NZDF Searches for NZ Yacht in Distress Off Fiji

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:46 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for a New Zealand-owned yacht with four people on board that activated its emergency beacon at dawn approximately 425 kilometres southeast of the Fijian capital of Suva. More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat Genocide

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:40 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system, despite the effort following World War II to abolish it through negotiation, and then adoption ... More >>


Thursday, 22 June 2017, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) transported 120 tonnes of supplies and about 500 military personnel supporting coalition operations in the Middle East in the past month. More >>

Paradise saved: some of world’s rarest birds rebound

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 4:10 pm | Birdlife International

Paradise saved: some of world’s rarest birds rebound on Pacific islands cleared of invasive predators Five remote Pacific islands are once again safe havens for four of our world’s rarest bird species following the success of one of the most ... More >>

Project Karma applauds new legislation

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 2:16 pm | Project Karma

Project Karma applauds new legislation banning 20,000 Australian registered child sex offenders from international travel Melbourne, Australia, June 21, 2017: ProjectKarma, a leading non-profit organisation which combats child sexual exploitation across ... More >>

Conference Creates Link between Research and Policy

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:50 pm | University Of The South Pacific

The Pacific Update Conference is a vital forum for discussing important issues of public policy in the region, said Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and National Archives of Fiji, during the opening of the Conference ... More >>

Puppet of History: Panama’s Manuel Noriega

Monday, 19 June 2017, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Bush appeared on television to praise the invading troops and to say his cowardly vision – all that a wimp with an inferiority complex could be capable of.” Manuel Noriega on George H. W. Bush More >>

Ocean management front and center for PNA Ministers

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 5:43 pm | PNA Tuna

Majuro, Marshall Islands 17 June 2017: Just days after the UN Oceans Conference in New York City called for action to protect the world’s oceans and to address over-fishing, leaders from the islands that control waters where 50 percent of the world’s skipjack ... More >>

World community must solve Yemen water crisis

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:54 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – Yemen and the international community must act urgently to provide safe drinking water to halt a spiralling cholera outbreak, UN human rights experts have warned. More >>

Impact of unilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:53 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jaizairy will carry out his first official visit to the European Union from 19 to 22 June, travelling to Brussels to gather first-hand information on the negative impact on human rights ... More >>

Bahrain must end worsening human rights clampdown

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:51 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 June 2017) - A group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the Government of Bahrain to halt its orchestrated crackdown on civil society. More >>

US student case reminder of prison conditions in Nth Korea

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:50 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – A United Nations Special Rapporteur has called for respect for the human rights of detainees in North Korea, after the release of US student Otto Warmbier earlier this week. More >>

Secretary-General on the death of Helmut Kohl

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 12:43 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of Helmut Kohl More >>

New fish species in New Caledonia

Friday, 16 June 2017, 1:38 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

The new fish, Polyipnus laruei, is named after yachters Pierre and William Larue who discovered it. After more than two years’ work, the description of the new fish species has been officially approved by Zootaxa scientific journal ( ... More >>

Innocenti report card 14

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:50 pm | UNICEF

(New York/Florence, 15 June 2017) 1 in 5 children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty and an average of 1 in 8 faces food insecurity, according to the latest Report Card issued by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti. More >>

Teasing Theresa: The EU, Brexit and the British Elections

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 2:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It took little time for political leaders in the European Union to start dangling the carrot in front of a wounded British Prime Minister. Theresa May’s defeated victory in the British general elections had barely sunk it, and the comments, even ... More >>

Court Finds Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated Law

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 2:07 pm | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law More >>

Myanmar Ethnic Minorities Face Range of Violations

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 10:42 am | Amnesty International

Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan states, Amnesty International said today in a new report ... More >>

Queen's Young Leaders Award Goes to Ashleigh Smith

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 9:23 am | Royal Commonwealth Society

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from New Zealand at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June. The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth ... More >>

Grenfell Tower Fire Response - Statement 6.15AM

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 5:31 pm | London Ambulance Service

"We can confirm that we havetaken 30 patients to five London hospitals following the incident at Lancaster West Estate, W11. More >>

Compensation deal must be turning point

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:20 pm | Amnesty International

In response to the news that the Australian Government and companies have come to a settlement agreement with the refugees and people seeking asylum forcibly sent to and detained on Manus Island, Kate Schuetze, Pacific Researcher at Amnesty International ... More >>

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:08 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed By Ramzy Baroud The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency - often based in some western capital - does not suffice any ... More >>

2017 Pacific Update Conference to be held at USP

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:01 pm | University Of South Pacific

The 2017 Pacific Update Conference co-organised by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian National University’s (ANU) Development Policy Centre will be held at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose ... More >>

Children severely traumatised in Marawi - Armyworm invasion

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 3:40 pm | World Vision International

Children severely traumatised in Marawi conflict. Armyworm invasion destroys 70% of crops in drought-stricken Kenya. MARAWI CLASHES, PHILIPPINES: World Vision supports traumatised children, warning thousands are shell-shocked As fighting enters its ... More >>

Gender Responsive Budgeting

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:59 pm | Joint Press Release

National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting Wednesday 14 June 2017 (Pacific) – Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding. More >>

Pacific Tourism industry called to protect and manage oceans

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:58 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

14 June 2017, Suva, FIJI – To mark the occasion of the first ever United Nations Oceans Conference that discussed the significance of the oceans to sustainable development, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation has called on the Pacific tourism industry ... More >>

Dr. Ashrawi conducts separate diplomatic meetings in Ramalla

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:56 pm | PLO

RAMALLAH, PALESTINE (June 13, 2017) -- PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with the Russian Head of Mission to Palestine Dr. Aydar R. Aganin at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. More >>

Implement the Paris Agreement, with or without the US

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:54 pm | Joint Press Release

Scientists, business leaders and civil society to G20: implement the Paris Agreement, with or without the United States Berlin/Hamburg: Today, an alliance of over 30 foundations representing a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars) has joined ... More >>

UN expert urges public action to halt abuse of elderly

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:51 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (13 June 2017) – Many older people are at risk of being abused by their own relatives, a United Nations human rights expert has warned. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the human rights of older people, is urging greater vigilance ... More >>

ROC terminates diplomatic ties with Panama

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:48 pm | Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Republic of China

The Republic of China has terminated diplomatic relations with the Republic of Panama with immediate effect June 13, in order to uphold the sovereignty and dignity of the nation. The ROC will close its embassy in Panama, recall its technical mission, ... More >>

Thailand: lèse majesté

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:45 pm | UNHCHR

We are very concerned by the rise in the number of lèse majesté prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing, including a 35-year jail term handed down last Friday against one individual. A Thai military court found ... More >>

UN expert backs moves to restart Korea family reunions

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:44 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (13 June 2017) – A United Nation human rights expert on North Korea has backed proposals to resume family reunions for people separated since the 1950-1953 war, stressing that time is running out for many elderly relatives. More >>

Conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:43 pm | UNHCHR

KYIV/GENEVA (13 June 2017) – Parties to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have repeatedly failed to implement ceasefire agreements, allowing hostilities to escalate and claim more lives as the conflict moved into its fourth year, a UN report published ... More >>

Vanuatu launches Pacific’s first drone trial

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:27 pm | UNICEF

Vanuatu launches Pacific’s first drone trial Delivering lifesaving vaccines and health supplies to remote communities Port Vila, 14 June 2017: The Vanuatu Government will make history today by launching what may be the first ever trial in the Pacific ... More >>

Israel and New Zealand end diplomatic crisis

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 1:46 pm | Israel Government

Following discreet high-level bilateral discussions held over a period of several months by the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yuval Rotem, and MFA Deputy Director-General, Head of the Division for Asia and the Pacific, Mark ... More >>

Civil Society Calls for Delay to PACER-Plus Signing

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:21 am | Pacific Network on Globalisation

Over 30 groups and 449 individuals from the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand have called for a halt to the signing of the regional trade deal, known as PACER-Plus, until there has been proper time to assess its impacts and time to properly consult ... More >>

Global transition to sustainable energy

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 4:56 pm | UN ESCAP

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN (ESCAP News) – Ministers and high-level officials from 85 countries sent a strong signal in a statement adopted at the Ministerial Conference, during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, which opened ... More >>

Sharing of big data to enable investment in education

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 4:20 pm | Opportunity International

Starting in Uganda, sharing of big data to enable investment in education (369 words) LONDON, 13 June 17 – Millions more children could end up getting an education, when Opportunity International (OI) shares its experience and data on education microfinance, ... More >>

Violence and repression of workers on the rise

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 4:17 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 13 June 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 per cent in just one year, according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Attacks on union members have been documented ... More >>

FAO promotes advancements of innovative agro-aquaculture

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 3:36 pm | FAO

UN’s FAO promotes advancements of innovative agro-aquaculture systems to enhance blue growth in Asia-Pacific More >>

UN expert demands urgent boost for online rights

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:09 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (12 June 2017) – Urgent action is needed to safeguard people’s online rights in the face of unprecedented and worsening State clampdowns, a United Nations human rights expert has warned in a new report . More >>