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Free West Papua Now

Sunday, 25 August 2019, 11:48 am | IPMSDL

With highest salute and strongest solidarity, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) stands with the struggle of the peoples of West Papua! In their growing call to defeat all forms of racism ... More >>

Fifth APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security

Sunday, 25 August 2019, 11:45 am | APEC

Fifth APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security: Puerto Varas, Chile, 23 August 2019 Towards Integrated Smart and Sustainable Food Systems Preamble 1. We, the APEC Ministers Responsible for Food Security, met in Puerto Varas, Chile, from 23 to 24 August 2019 ... More >>

APEC Ministers Pledge to Strengthen Food Security

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 6:08 pm | APEC

Puerto Varas, Chile, 23 August 2019 APEC Ministers urge the region’s economies to step up efforts to promote food security through fostering sustainable food systems, embracing technology, leveraging collaboration and trade, and strengthening rural ... More >>

U.S. To "Drown The World" In Oil

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 11:40 am |

The U.S. could "drown the world in oil" over the next decade, which, according to Global Witness, would "spell disaster" for the world’s attempts to address climate change. More >>

Indonesian journalists 'bought, broken and soul searching'

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 11:38 am | Pacific Media Watch

By Michael Andrew AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Indonesian media is contributing to resentment and racism toward Papuans, according to a human rights researcher and former journalist. More >>

West Papua: RSF calls for immediate end to internet blackout

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 11:37 am | Pacific Media Watch

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for an immediate end to a two-day-old internet blackout in West Papua, where Indonesian security forces have been clashing with Papuan pro-independence ... More >>

Malaysia vastly undercounting poverty, says UN rights expert

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 11:21 am | United Nations

Malaysia vastly undercounting poverty, says UN rights expert GENEVA / KUALA LUMPUR (23 August 2019) – Malaysia lays claim to the world’s lowest national poverty rate by using an unduly low poverty line that does not reflect the cost of living ... More >>

Leyou Technologies Announces 2019 Interim Results

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 10:54 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Leyou Technologies Announces 2019 Interim Results Revenue and Operating Data of "Warframe" Hit New Highs Co-develops "The Lord of the Rings" Game with Amazon Game Studios HONG KONG, Aug 23, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The global market leader in free-to-play ... More >>

Hong Kong in Fashion sets the scene

Saturday, 24 August 2019, 10:42 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Hong Kong in Fashion sets the scene for CENTRESTAGE Citywide events put fashion in focus for the public The "Creations Dyeing Experience" took place at PMQ on 17 August. The CENTRESTAGE Fashion Bombshell Cake and Tea Set will be available ... More >>

China Re-launches 'China Earthquake Catastrophe Model v2.0'

Friday, 23 August 2019, 3:02 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 23, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - China Reinsurance Group (China Re) launched the 'China Earthquake Catastrophe Model v2.0', the country's first proprietary commercial earthquake catastrophe model certified by the Seismological Society of China, at ... More >>

Parris Goebel to put New Zealand centre stage at Expo 2020

Friday, 23 August 2019, 1:04 pm | Expo 2020

Creative Director Parris Goebel will shape a unique, dynamic New Zealand performance experience for millions of visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai, as the curator of the entertainment and cultural programme for New Zealand at Expo 2020. More >>

UN rights experts urge India to end communications shutdown

Friday, 23 August 2019, 9:39 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (22 August 2019) – UN human rights experts* today called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian-Administered Kashmir this month. The experts ... More >>

Growing disaster risks exceeding Asia-Pacific’s capacity

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:20 pm | UN ESCAP

New UN report warns of a new climate reality where economic losses are set to quadruple More >>

Forest Fires in the Brazilian Amazon

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 5:06 pm | Amazon Watch

Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch's Program Director, made the following statement about the fires raging across the Brazilian Amazon: More >>

FWRM condemns domestic violence. Enough is Enough!

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 3:47 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

FWRM strongly condemns the horrific and brutal killing of Fijian women in intimate partner violence and stand with women across Fiji to call for action. Yet again, we add another death to the gruesome statistics we have for fatalities through domestic ... More >>

Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price?

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:39 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israeli Jewish settlers are on a rampage in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. While settler violence is part of everyday routine in Palestine, the violence of recent weeks is directly linked to the general elections in Israel, scheduled to ... More >>

Scars of terrorism ‘run deep’, UN chief says

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:21 am | UN News

The scars of terrorism “run deep”, and while they may fade with time, “they never disappear”, the United Nations chief said on Wednesday, in his message for the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. More >>

States must do more to stop hate crimes

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:15 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (21 August 2019) – States have an important role to play in promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity by promoting and protecting human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, say a group of UN independent experts*. The experts ... More >>

New analysis highlights persistent Tiger trafficking

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:15 am | TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network

Geneva, Switzerland, 21st August 2019 —There has been no respite for the heavily hunted Tiger with an estimated average of over 120 individuals seized each year over the past 19 years, a new TRAFFIC analysis revealed today. More >>

20 libraries to open in Tongan villages

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:32 pm | University of Auckland

Twenty new libraries brimming with books donated by the University of Auckland community will soon open in Tonga. More >>

There’s a roadie for every season in South Australia

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:00 am | South Australian Tourism Commission

A road trip through South Australia is a chance to explore everything from a subterranean town in the remote reaches of the Outback to short daily hops around the state’s premier wine regions. More >>

Deadly airstrikes displace thousands of civilians in Libya

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:51 am | United Nations

Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday. More >>

States must recommit to ensuring rights of terrorism victims

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:47 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 August 2019) – In a statement to mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, 21 August, the UN Special Rapporteuron the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering ... More >>

The Great Pacific’s Vortex of Trash is at its worst

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:39 pm | Algalita

The Great Pacific’s Vortex of Trash is the worst it has ever been A New Zealand ocean activist’s recent trip to the ever-growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch has come with a stark warning: Act now, or we will be forced to adapt to a plastic-filled ... More >>

Bell turns its back on rural Canada, rescinding promises

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:35 am | OpenMedia

AUGUST 19, 2019 — Today Bell Canada announced that it will be reducing its investment in rural broadband Internet by 20%, leaving up to 200,000 households behind. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s CRTC decision that found telecom ... More >>

Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:32 am | UN News

Afghanistan is at a “crucial moment” in its history as it marks 100 years of independence, the head of the UN Mission there said on Monday, following a series of terror attacks in recent days. More >>

UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:31 am | UN News

While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater ... More >>

Four HKTDC August fairs and ICMCM draw to a close

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:29 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 30th HKTDC Food Expo, the 11th HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the fourth HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, the sixth HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference of the Modernization ... More >>

Mali reconciliation efforts must be supported, says UN

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:24 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (19 August 2019) The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, has welcomed reconciliation initiatives launched in central Mali by traditional and religious leaders, civil society members and the local authorities. More >>

Euro-Med calls on Moroccan authorities to respect protests

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:18 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is following with concern the protests of medical students at faculties of medicine in the Kingdom of Morocco and the unjustified arbitrary measures taken by the authorities against them, the Geneva-based ... More >>

JCB partners with EVO Payments to enable JCB card acceptance

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:07 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

London, Aug 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International, Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., today announces a partnership with EVO Payments to enable JCB payment acceptance across the UK and Ireland. More >>

Thailand Proudly Produces Its First Medical Marijuana

Monday, 19 August 2019, 3:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate wafers and traditional potions after ... More >>

Yellowhammer, Brexit and no-deal chaos

Monday, 19 August 2019, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances. Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when Britain ... More >>

Strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarns

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:45 pm | United Nations

The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day. More >>

Sei whale compliance issue at CITES Standing Committee

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:43 am | Humane Society International

Since 2002, Japan has killed more than 1,500 sei whales—the third largest species on the planet and an endangered species—on the high seas of the North Pacific. Their meat and blubber, amounting to more than 18,000 metric tons, is sold on Japan's ... More >>

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:24 am | United Nations

The Security Council met to consider the volatile situation surrounding Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue directly within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the ... More >>

Displaced by DR Congo violence

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:22 am | United Nations

UNICEF/Madjiangar Interethnic violence has ravaged the Ituri Province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December last year, generating significant population movements within the Province, and toward neighbouring Uganda. More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Zimbabwe

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:15 am | UNHCHR

We understand that today’s planned protests in Harare have just been called off by the organisers, following a High Court decision to uphold a Government ban. The crowds that had already gathered were dispersed by police, with reports emerging ... More >>

Iran: Release women jailed for protesting

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:13 am | UNHCHR

Iran: Release women jailed for protesting against compulsory wearing of veil, say UN rights experts More >>

UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:12 am | UNHCHR

UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement, stepping up commitment to protect the human right to a healthy environment • UN Environment Programme and UN Human Rights chiefs formalise new partnership to protect environmental and human rights ... More >>

Int’l coalition urges China: ‘Stop Golden Rice!’

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:05 am | Peoples Coalition on Food Sovereignty

An international movement of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates challenged the Chinese government to reconsider its thrust to invest in agricultural biotechnology and take a more pro-active role in regulating GMO projects ... More >>

U.S., China & Russia: Rivals For Weaponry & Investment

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent appearance at a Southeast Asian foreign ministers' conference occurred alongside his rival Chinese and Russian counterparts, with all three trying to woo Thailand's authoritarian government ... More >>

Coup Leader Wins Election & Pentagon Hopes to Train

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha ended his five-year-long junta and took over the defense ministry when his new government was recently sworn in, nearly four months after an election to reaffirm him as prime minister. More >>

Manufacturing Normality

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:40 am | Caitlin Johnstone

If people could see the world with fresh eyes, as though they were viewing it for the very first time, they would suddenly find themselves smashed between two equally strong yet wildly different experiences. More >>

Justin Trudeau and the Ethics of Interference

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

Ethics can be a slippery matter and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken, rather decidedly, the option of adding more grease. His understanding over the ethics, for instance, of interfering in the decision-making process involving ... More >>

Comment on UN's Review of Palestinian Racism Record

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:31 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, August 15, 2019 — On the conclusion of the first examination of the Palestinian record on racism by the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), UN Watch commended the 18-member expert body for asking the representatives ... More >>

Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:23 am | UN News

The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy. More >>

Honduras: UN experts visit to assess

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:17 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

GENEVA (15 August 2019) – The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights will undertake its first official country visit to Honduras from 19 to 28 August to assess efforts to identify, prevent and address adverse human rights impacts ... More >>

HKTDC Food Expo opens featuring new Coffee Avenue zone

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:16 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HKTDC Food Expo, HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference ... More >>

Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest 2019 finalists

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:14 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) will see 16 up-and-coming fashion talents shortlisted to compete for five grand prizes as well as prestigious internships, study trips and mentorships ... More >>

Infinito partners with Cocos BCX

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:10 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Infinito, the company behind Infinito Wallet, has partnered with Cocos-BCX (Cocos BlockChain Expedition), the leader in the next generation digital game economy, to bring Cocos-BCX's decentralized applications ... More >>

Blockpass to list PASS on GlenBit from 16 August

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:21 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Blockpass has announced that it will list its native utility token, PASS on Scotland-based cryptocurrency exchange GlenBit beginning on 16 August 2019. The announcement comes off the back of the earlier news ... More >>

India: Keep Internet Open And Secure in Jammu and Kashmir

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 2:11 pm | Access Now

Global Coalition Calls for India to Keep the Internet Open And Secure in the Territory of Jammu And Kashmir More >>

Pacific Pawa Shift Builds Momentum to Climate Action Summit

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:47 pm |

Nadi, Fiji – 63 Pacific Climate Warriors (PCWs) from 17 teams across the Pacific gathered in Nadi, to develop strategies to further strengthen the work of climate activists less than a week after the Pacific Island States declared a climate crisis ... More >>

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:31 am | Ramzy Baroud

Writing under the title of “If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim”, Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. “If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim,” Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump “would ... More >>

The Blockpass Quiz Campaign Registration Will Close Tomorrow

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 14, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - There's only one day left to register to participate in the newly revamped Blockpass Quiz campaign for the chance to win $1000USD in PASS tokens. Following numerous successful campaigns over Telegram, Blockpass ... More >>

UN rights expert in first visit to Honduras

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:12 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / TEGUCIGALPA (14 August 2019) – UN Special Rapporteur Diego García-Sayán will carry out an official visit to Honduras from 16-22 August 2019 to assess the status of the independence of judges and prosecutors, and of the free exercise of ... More >>

Paraguay responsible for human rights violations

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:10 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (14 August 2019). Paraguay must undertake an effective and thorough investigation into fumigations with agrochemicals and the subsequent poisoning of peoples, including children, and contamination of water, soil and food, according to an expert UN body. ... More >>

Survivors: The terrorists killed many people in front of us

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:06 am | UN News

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, ... More >>

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for Venezuelans

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:02 am | UN News

The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. More >>