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Nebraska as latest US state to abolish death penalty

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:54 pm | UN News

29 May 2015 – Welcoming Nebraska as the nineteenth state in the United States to abolish the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) today urged the Federal Government to engage with those states retaining ... More >>

Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign fighers

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:49 pm | UN News

29 May 2015 – The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world's conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community's bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations ... More >>

UN envoy warns Boko Haram aims to destroy family structures

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:46 pm | UN News

Condemning use of sexual violence, UN envoy warns Boko Haram aims to destroy family structures More >>

Que Pasa, New York?

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:43 pm | David Swanson

The Nation magazine recently republished an old column by Jean Paul Sartre in which he described the myths he had been told about Americans by American culture, and compared those with what he observed. He was supposed to see eternal happiness, but ... More >>

Security Council condemns violence against journalists

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:41 pm | UN News

27 May 2015 – Deeply concerned by the frequency of acts of violence in many parts of the world against media professionals in armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning all violations and abuses committed ... More >>

Some 8.6 million people in urgent need of medical help

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:25 pm | UN News

Some 8.6 million people in urgent need of medical help in Yemen, says UN agency More >>

Proposals to address plight of refugees and migrants at sea

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 12:24 pm | UN News

UN agency welcomes Southeast Asia region’s proposals to address plight of refugees and migrants at sea More >>

Ukraine: Humanitarian situation dire amid sporadic fighting

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:50 am | UN News

26 May 2015 – The tenuous situation in eastern Ukraine continues to be marked by sporadic fighting and a crippling humanitarian crisis forcing many civilians to seek refuge in underground shelters or in neighbouring countries, the United Nations relief ... More >>

UN launches mass polio vaccination campaign

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:48 am | UN News

UN launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children More >>

Some 500,000 homes and temples across Nepal damaged by quake

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:47 am | UN News

26 May 2015 – As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, a senior United Nations development official today drew attention to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction ... More >>

Syria: UN rights expert calls for urgent response to IDP

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:45 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Syria: UN rights expert calls for urgent and coordinated response to world’s largest IDP crisis More >>

30 Activists arrested in West Papua

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:33 am | Australia West Papua Association

Today, the 28 May the KNPB had called for peaceful rallies in all regions of West Papua. More >>

The United States Commends China for Ivory Commitments

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:30 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States commends the Government of the People’s Republic of China for destroying over 600 kilograms of ivory in Beijing today and for its commitment to eventually halt the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products. More >>

Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:28 am | U.S. Department of State

In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and provide a report to him within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism. ... More >>

Nigeria: UN warns of ‘alarming’ spike in suicide attacks

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:25 am | UN News

26 May 2015 – Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned today, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being ... More >>

INDONESIA: Journalism education crucial for Papuans

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:05 am | Pacific Media Centre

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/indonesia-journalism-education-crucial-papuans-9288 More >>

INDONESIA: Waves of activists arrested during Papua rallies

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:03 am | Pacific Media Centre

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/indonesia-waves-activists-arrested-during-papua-rallies-claim-groups-9289 More >>

OHCHR PRESS BRIEFING NOTE - USA / Death penalty

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 11:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Subject: USA / Death penalty More >>

Regional study advance sustainable energy agenda

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 10:57 am | ESCAP-SCAS

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched an innovative new online portal today that will provide unprecedented access to information on the energy policies of countries in ... More >>

Goldman Sachs Warns "Too Much Debt" Threatens World Economy

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 10:50 am | GoldCore

- Debt load of many countries is an economic risk - Ageing populations in developed world to put pressure on economies - Goldman proposes "creative" social policy to deal with looming crisis - Entire debt-based monetary system needs reform More >>

Wike doesn’t have the mandate to be governor

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 10:34 am | Nwaorgu Faustinus

Chief Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is billed to be sworn in today as Governor of Rivers State, does not have the mandate of the people to serve in that capacity, the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ... More >>

U.S Announces $18 Million in Aid to Ukraine

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:55 pm | U.S. Department of State

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw announced May 23 in Kyiv that the United States is providing $18 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help those affected by Russian aggression ... More >>

Ethiopia's May 24 Parliamentary and Regional Elections

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:54 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24. We acknowledge the National Electoral Board’s organizational efforts and the African Union’s ... More >>

US Concerned About Security Sector Reform in Lesotho

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:53 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States is concerned that no one has been held accountable for the August 2014 political unrest and violence between the military and police, yet the Government of Lesotho has reinstated one of the most polarizing figures from that difficult ... More >>

Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:51 pm | UN News

Pause in Syria fighting critical for farmers to harvest crops, get it to those in need – UN More >>

Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:49 pm | UN News

26 May 2015 – As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership ... More >>

FAO and AFoCo sign Memorandum of Understanding

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:43 pm | FAO

29/5/2015, Bangkok, Thailand – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today formalized its collaboration with the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) during the singing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), at FAO’s Regional ... More >>

Tanzania cholera epidemic improving

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:30 pm | UN News

26 May 2015 – United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization's refugee agency ( UNHCR ) announced today amid a tapering ... More >>

UN rights expert urges Nauru to withdraw norms...

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:29 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (22 May 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called on the Government of Nauru to withdraw recent amendments to the Criminal Code which unduly restrict freedom of expression. Mr. ... More >>

Experts sound alarm as Maui's dolphin numbers drop below 50

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:26 pm | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

San Diego – Numbers of the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin have hit an all time low of 43-47 individuals, including just 10-12 adult females. The future New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui's dolphin will form part of the discussions ... More >>

Nepal: Monsoon season nearing

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:25 pm | UN News

25 May 2015 – Marking one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing thousands and devastating large swathes of the country's Kathmandu valley, the United Nations relief arm is continuing to intensify its humanitarian operations as it supports ... More >>

U.S Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Crisis in Burundi

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:23 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States strongly condemns the May 23 killing of the leader of the opposition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard. We also strongly condemn the May 22 grenade attack in a market that killed several people ... More >>

Somalia: UN official condemns killing of parliamentarian

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:22 pm | UN News

24 May 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned a deadly attack against two Somali Members of Parliament (MP) and reiterated the Organization's support for the country's democratic process. More >>

Burundi: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:06 pm | UN News

24 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis. More >>

Russia's "Undesirables" Law

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:05 pm | U.S. Department of State

We are deeply troubled by a new law in Russia that allows the government to ban the activities of “undesirable foreign or international organizations” in Russia and criminalizes any “cooperation” with groups with that designation. We are ... More >>

Omar Khadr tells Al Jazeera his Guantanamo story

Friday, 29 May 2015, 8:46 pm | Al Jazeera

Omar Khadr, the former Guantanamo detainee in his first full-length interview since being released from a Canadian prison says “I don’t wish people to love me. I don’t wish people to hate me. I just wish for people to just give me a chance.” More >>

Kidnapped Girls, Mass Graves & U.S. Surveillance Flights

Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:51 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Armed kidnappers in Myanmar seized young girls and other ethnic Rohingyas, brutalizing and imprisoning them on overloaded boats to sell them to traffickers and corrupt officials in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, survivors said according ... More >>

Beyond the Middle East: The Rohingya Genocide

Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:49 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Beyond the Middle East: The Rohingya Genocide By Ramzy Baroud “Nope, nope, nope,” was Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s answer to the question whether his country will take in any of the nearly 8,000 Rohingya refugees stranded at sea. ... More >>

Sponsors Could Lose Up to $100 billion in FIFA Scandals

Friday, 29 May 2015, 9:36 am | Brand Finance

VISA, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Budweiser and Adidas are among the major companies that have set out to build their brands through association with international football, the World Cup and the now embattled organisation that oversees it, FIFA. More >>

Wikileaks releases US diplomatic cables from 1978

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 9:32 am | Wikileaks

Today WikiLeaks has released more than half a million US State Department cables from 1978. The cables cover US interactions with, and observations of, every country. More >>

One Year After Thailand's Bloodless Coup

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- One year after destroying a popular elected government in a bloodless coup, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha rules with absolute power over a country suffering from newly discovered "death camps" for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, ... More >>

Libya: UN condemns string of suicide attacks

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:50 pm | UN News

23 May 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya ( UNSMIL ) has condemned a spate of suicide bombings committed by Islamist terrorists in what it says is a blatant effort to undermine the country's ongoing political dialogue. More >>

Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclear...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:35 pm | UN News

23 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of Member States to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament, according to a United ... More >>

Australia’s response to the Rohingya Asylum Seekers

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:28 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I’m sorry. If you want to start a new life, you come through the front door, not through the back door.” Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, May 21, 2015 More >>

The Return of History: The Morsi Death Sentence

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:53 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The crackdown against the opposition is only intensifying and the judiciary is very much at the forefront of this crackdown.” Shadi Hamid, Brookings Centre for Middle East Policy, YNet, May 23, 2015 More >>

How will people hold governments to account?

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:41 pm | Citizen News Service

Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service - CNS One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a 'power of one vote' are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How ... More >>

Through the people's lens: Modi's development model

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:18 pm | Citizen News Service

Dr Rahul Pandey, Bobby Ramakant and Dr Sandeep Pandey, Citizen News Service - CNS Story of Modi’s development model so far: Cutting health and education expenditure, forcing land acquisition, buying expensive jets and unsafe nuclear power, benefitting ... More >>

Nepal Earthquakes: One month on from first quake

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:29 am | UNICEF

Nepal Earthquakes: One month on from first quake, malnutrition a growing threat for children - UNICEF More >>

Newborns at Risk as Monsoon Season Approaches

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:56 am | Save The Children

Thousands of newborn babies are at serious risk of illness or death in Nepal, Save the Children warns, one month on from the earthquake that claimed more than 9,000 lives. More >>

TPP Ministerial Meeting cancelled

Monday, 25 May 2015, 9:02 am | AFTINET

“Both Japan and Chile have said they will not finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until Fast Track legislation has passed both houses of the U.S. Congress,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network ... More >>

TPP Ministerial Meeting cancelled

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 1:58 pm | AFTINET

“Both Japan and Chile have said they will not finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until Fast Track legislation has passed both houses of the U.S. Congress,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network ... More >>

UN agency to halt housing allowance for Palestine refugees

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:48 pm | UN News

Lack of funds forces UNRWA to suspend cash assistance for housing for Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA/Shafiq Fahed More >>

UN condemns deadly terrorist attack on Shia mosque

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:46 pm | UN News

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack earlier today that killed more than 20 people in a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of Saudi ... More >>

Thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:44 pm | UN News

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan More >>

Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:40 pm | UN News

22 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United ... More >>

Al Jazeera scoops major PR award

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:37 pm | Al Jazeera

The campaign to secure the release of Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Abdullah Elshamy has won a major PR Award. The SABRE Awards EMEA, organized by leading PR publication The Holmes Report, gave the #FreeAJStaff campaign a Gold Award ... More >>

Guatemala detention: Improve monitoring

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:36 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (21 May 2015) – The UN’s torture prevention body has urged Guatemala to improve the independent monitoring of detention conditions in the country as part of efforts to protect people deprived of their liberty against torture and cruel, ... More >>

ITF and ITUC give guarded welcome to Iran releases

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:35 pm | ITF Press Officer

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) have given a guarded welcome to the news that Iranian trade unionists Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi have been released on bail. The men had ... More >>

Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:33 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (21 May 2015) - Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without the medical and family support he depended on, a ... More >>

Nepal: UN underscores need to act now before monsoon rains

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 12:32 pm | UN News

21 May 2015 – As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, United Nations humanitarian workers and their partners are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains before the ... More >>

 

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