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Inquest Into Death of Junior Fenika In Aust Prison

Sunday, 25 February 2018, 2:11 pm | National Justice Project

Starting Monday 26 February an Inquest will be held into the death of a young man who bled to death inside Goulburn Prison amid allegations that guards failed to act on his calls for help. More >>

Arming Educators: Trump, Gun Violence and Schools

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 6:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It had been in the works. Instead of engaging in the traditional revulsion associated with a mass shooting, or even digesting the grief of outraged students and grieving parents, US President Donald Trump’s solution to guns violence was elementary. ... More >>

US Supreme Court Case Could Strip Union Rights

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:41 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 23 February 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Working people across the United States will be joining a Day of Action on 24 February, on the eve of a crucial Supreme Court case that could strip union representation and collective bargaining rights from ... More >>

Trade Facilitation Agreement marks first anniversary

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:39 pm | World Trade Organisation

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) marked its first anniversary since its entry into force on 22 February 2017 with WTO members making significant strides towards its implementation. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said members continue to ... More >>

Saharawi Govt on Phosphate case

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:36 pm | Saharawi government

Statement of the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on the successful conclusion of a legal case in South Africa to recover phosphate rock illegally exported from occupied Western Sahara Bir Lehlu, Western Sahara (24 February 2018) . The government ... More >>

UK violates women’s rights in Northern Ireland

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:34 pm | United Nations

GENEVA (23 February 2018) – The UK violates the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a UN expert committee has found. More >>

Activists jailed for protesting toxic spill

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:33 pm | United Nations

GENEVA (23 February 2018) – UN human rights experts* have called for the release of individuals jailed for writing about and reacting to a discharge of toxic industrial chemicals into coastal waters of Viet Nam. More >>

Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:29 pm | UN ESCAP

Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum More >>

Morocco has no ownership over Saharawi phoshates

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:27 pm | Western Sahara Resource Watch

The High Court of South Africa today confirmed that the owner of the cargo of phosphate rock aboard the detained vessel, NM Cherry Blossom , is the Saharawi Government, and not Morocco's state-owned phosphate company which was not entitled to sell the ... More >>

God, Politics and Billy Graham

Friday, 23 February 2018, 9:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Evangelising is an ugly thing. It assumes indisputable truths, and limits the field of inquiry. Its very assertiveness lies in unquestioning rather than probing, a sheepish acceptance of the truth. The tele-pastor and media choked evangelists, of which the ... More >>

World makes great progress on energy access, but...

Friday, 23 February 2018, 9:18 pm | UN ESCAP

World makes great progress on energy access, but ambitious action needed to achieve sustainable energy goal by 2030, says UN Bangkok ( ESCAP News ) -- Remarkable progress has been made in broadening electricity access globally, however sustained political ... More >>

New Aid Agency established to help Tongans

Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:07 pm | Affirming Works

A new aid agency has been set up to help with the rebuild in Tonga after Cyclone Gita damaged homes and left thousands without power on February 13th. More >>

Applications for 2018 Momentum for Change Awards Now Open

Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:25 pm | UNFCCC

Applications for 2018 Momentum for Change Awards Now Open! Submit Your Climate Solution and be Celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (Bonn, Germany, 22 February 2018) – Starting today, organizations, cities, industries, ... More >>

Freedom of expression vital for peace in South Sudan

Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:24 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / JUBA (22 February 2018) – Genuine reconciliation and lasting peace will only be achieved in South Sudan if people are free and safe to express their opinions regardless of their ethnic or political affiliations, a UN report released today ... More >>

U.N. elects Syria to post fighting “subjugation of peoples"

Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:17 pm | UN Watch

U.N. elects Syria to top post fighting “subjugation of peoples” GENEVA, February 23, 2018 — A UN watchdog group is criticizing UN chief Antonio Guterres for his blessings delivered Thursday before an anachronistic UN committee charged with “decolonizing” ... More >>

Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe

Friday, 23 February 2018, 1:12 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. More >>

Western Union Enables Fee-Free Money Transfers to Tonga

Friday, 23 February 2018, 9:20 am | Western Union

UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – To support communities affected by Cyclone Gita, Western Union, a leader in cross border, cross currency money movement, has activated fee-free* money-transfers to Tonga from around the ... More >>

People power ignites new era of hope for human rights

Friday, 23 February 2018, 8:35 am | Amnesty International

In a year when governments around the world sought to stifle human rights, we can draw hope from the widespread movement of people standing up and campaigning for social justice, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual report ... More >>

Democrats Abroad New Zealand – Conversations on Gun Violence

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:14 am | DANZ

AUCKLAND - DANZ is an official country committee of Democrats Abroad, and we strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote. This year’s Annual General Meeting ... More >>

Migrants’ Rights under Threat with US Nomination to Head IOM

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:06 am | International Trade Union Confederation

Brussels, 21 February 2018 (ITUC OnLine): At the end of this year, member States of the United Nations will adopt a Global Compact on Migration (GCM), following a series of intergovernmental negotiations. A “zero draft” of the GCM was published ... More >>

Stop the “monstrous annihilation” of Eastern Ghouta – Zeid

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:40 am | United Nations

GENEVA (21 February 2018) – Since the Syrian Government and their allies escalated their offensive against opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on 4 February, there have been more than 1,200 civilian casualties, including at least 346 killed and 878 injured, ... More >>

Experts denounce criminalization of cultural rights advocacy

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:39 am | United Nations

GENEVA (21 February 2018) – UN human rights experts* expressed serious concern over the ruling by a Chinese court to uphold charges of “incitement to separatism” brought against a human rights activist who appeared in a documentary calling for ... More >>

Experts call for EU-wide ban on child immigration detention

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:36 am | United Nations

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (21 February 2018) -- Ahead of a key meeting of EU institutions and Member States today on issues relating to migration and asylum, the primary UN body monitoring child rights on Wednesday urged European countries to end the detention ... More >>

Peace process and human rights are indivisible

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:34 am | United Nations

BANGUI/GENEVA (21 February 2018) – From 6 to 16 February, the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, concluded an official visit to assess the impact of the African Union’s ... More >>

Protect victims of trafficking on the Indo-Bangladesh border

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:32 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

In November of 2017, a series of arrests were made by the Swarupnagar Police Station officials in 24 Parganas(North) West Bengal, India. The first of its kind was that of Ms. Reena Akhtar, later followed by three other women (Ms.Taslima Begum, Ms.Beuti ... More >>

EU supports the victims of cyclone Gita in Tonga

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:14 pm | Delegation of the European Union to the Pacific

Suva, 21 February 2018 – The European Commission has mobilised its emergency assistance tools following significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in the South Pacific, in particular the islands of Tonga. More >>

Pacific led climate change research is vital to development

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:31 pm | Paul Bayly

WANGANUI, 21 February 2018 – Speaking on the second anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, and having just faced the brunt of Cyclone Gita in New Zealand, Paul Bayly former Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Fiji, ... More >>

Record Insurance Payout for Tonga Following Cyclone Gita

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 3:01 pm | PCRIC

COOK ISLANDS, February 20, 2018 – In the wake of Cyclone Gita, the government of Tonga received a US$3.5 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) based on its insurance cover against tropical cyclones. Funds were ... More >>

More awareness needed on Samoa’s ava regulations

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 1:51 pm | PHAMA

There is a need for more awareness among ava (popularly known as kava) growers and the general public on the Samoa Ava Regulations and Ava Standard. More >>

Venezuela, Iran, Russia, Scrutinized at Geneva Summit

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:47 pm | UN Watch

Dissidents spotlight abuses in Russia, Iran, Cuba, Turkey, Zimbabwe China, Pakistan, Congo, North Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam GENEVA, Feb. 20, 2018 - Venezuela, Russia, and Iran came under special scrutiny today in Geneva, seat of the U.N human rights ... More >>

Libyans ‘dying in desert’ in attempt to return home

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 9:59 am | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (20 February 2018) – Libya must ensure the safety of hundreds of former residents of the northern town of Tawergha, who are stranded and even dying in the desert despite an agreement allowing their safe return, a UN human rights expert ... More >>

Israeli Supreme Court's "license to torture” ruling

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:48 am | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (20 February 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, expressed his utmost concern after a December 2017 ruling by Israel's Supreme Court exempting security agents from criminal investigation despite their undisputed use of coercive ... More >>

Constitutional changes in Cambodia impinge on democracy

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:40 am | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (20 February 2018) – Two UN human rights experts expressed their grave concern about proposed changes to Cambodia’s Constitution which would impose far-reaching limits on democracy ahead of a national election this year, and beyond. More >>

USP Contributes Pacific-led Research at Climate Change Conf

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7:28 pm | University Of The South Pacific

SUVA, 20 February 2018 – Climate Scientists and staff from The University of the South Pacific (USP) will speak at the Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington this week. Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) ... More >>

Update on the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:04 pm | Pacific Humanitarian Team

Update on the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita by United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani (Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 19 February 2018) Tropical Cyclone Gita, a category 4 cyclone, struck Tonga on 12 and 13 February 2018, causing widespread destruction ... More >>

Indonesia must regain authority over “rogue” security forces

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 10:00 am | Pacific Freedom Forum

Jakarta must regain authority over Papua, demands PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum, after the latest action by "rogue" security forces. More >>

World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:30 am | UNICEF NZ

SUVA, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore have a ... More >>

Filipino shootout at PNG supermarket

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:57 am | Pacific Media Watch

Police have charged a man with murder after the death of his security officer colleague in a shootout. Both men were Filipinos and investigators are working closely with the Philippines Embassy in Port Moresby. More >>

IFJ condemns assault by officials on Post-Courier journalist

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:53 am | Pacific Media Watch

PORT MORESBY ( International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch ): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Papua New Guinea Media Workers’ Association (PNGMWA) in strongly condemning the recent attack on a journalist by ... More >>

Global UN energy conference in Bangkok

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:07 pm | UN ESCAP

Ministers, senior UN officials and civil society representatives from around the world will convene in Bangkok this week for the Global SDG7 Conference, where they will identify trends and gaps towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7(SDG7) ... More >>

Update on the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita

Monday, 19 February 2018, 7:40 pm | Pacific Humanitarian Team

Update on the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita by United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani More >>

Foundation Provides Relief Support to ‘Eua, Tonga

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:18 am | Heilala Vanilla

In response to the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita, New Zealand based vanilla brand Heilala Vanilla has announced it will provide aid to badly affected farming communities on the island of ‘Eua. More >>

Jailed Kamran Yousuf not ‘real journalist’, say India

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 4:01 pm | Pacific Media Watch

REGION: Jailed photographer Kamran Yousuf not ‘real journalist’, says India More >>

PNG: Media Council blames 'primitive thinking' for bullying

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 3:59 pm | Pacific Media Watch

PNG: Media Council blames 'primitive thinking' for bullying of journalists More >>

Making Mugs of Voters: Mueller’s Russia Indictments

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Tagged to the Trump presidency like an insistent limpet, the investigation into Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 provides constant fodder for the unimaginative political animals in the United States. But any diet that remains unvaried is bound ... More >>

Thirty-Five Refugees Leave Nauru for The US

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 3:41 pm | Refugee Action Coalition

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE Thirty-Five Refugees Leave Nauru for The US Another thirty-five refugees, will fly from Nauru to be resettled in the United States this afternoon (Sunday 18 Februray), around 2pm, Nauru time. More >>

The Last Earth - A Palestinian Story

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:16 am | Ramzy Baroud

An evocative of modern Palestine, told through the stories of the people who have survived the conflict. More >>

General strike in French Polynesia

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:13 am | Tom Peters

17 February 2018, Thousands of workers in Tahiti and other parts of French Polynesia joined what was originally called an “indefinite” general strike on February 15 against the government’s plan to raise the pension entitlement age from 60 to ... More >>

Turkey: Life sentences for journalists

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:29 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Turkey: Life sentences for journalists are “unprecedented assault on free speech”, say UN and OSCE experts GENEVA (16 February 2018) – Life sentences imposed on six journalists today by a court in Turkey are an unparalleled attack on freedom of expression ... More >>

US execution of seriously ill Doyle Hamm torture

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:27 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Planned US execution of seriously ill Doyle Hamm may amount to torture, UN experts warn More >>

Turkey: Drop terror charges against Amnesty chair

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:26 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Turkey: Drop terror charges against Amnesty chair Taner Kiliç, UN human rights experts urge GENEVA (16 February 2018) – A group of United Nations experts* has issued a fresh call to the Turkish authorities to release the chair of Amnesty International ... More >>

Zeid urges Iran to stop violating international law

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:25 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Zeid urges Iran to stop violating international law by executing juvenile offenders GENEVA (16 February 2018) – Noting a surge in the number of juvenile offenders being executed in Iran, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al ... More >>

CSO meet UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:21 am | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

Twenty diverse civil society organisations from Fiji and the region together with the NGO Coalition on Human Rights (NGOCHR), met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights- Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Saturday 10th February. The CSO ... More >>

Solomons maritime industry calls for energy efficiency

Friday, 16 February 2018, 7:53 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Solomon Islands, Honiara – The Solomon Islands Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) together with national ship operators, have called for greater investment in energy efficient operations to reduce greenhouse ... More >>

Vanuatu Daily Post plea for action on Pacific media freedom

Friday, 16 February 2018, 1:51 pm | Pacific Media Watch

REGION: Vanuatu Daily Post plea for action over Pacific media freedom More >>

International Children’s Peace Prize Nomination Form 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018, 12:54 pm | KidsRights

Selection of the child • An individual boy or girl; (Groups of children will not be considered) • Above 12 years and under 18 years of age; (the child should not be older than 17 years by the time of the nomination deadline) • From all over ... More >>

EPA Settles with Amazon for Distributing Illegal Pesticides

Friday, 16 February 2018, 12:32 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

Seattle – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Amazon Services LLC to protect the public from the hazards posed by unregistered and misbranded pesticide products. The agreement settles allegations that Amazon ... More >>

Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017 – UN report

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 8:36 pm | UN Human Rights Office

Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017 – UN report Suicide attacks and IEDs caused high number of deaths and injuries GENEVA / KABUL (15 February 2018) – More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, ... More >>

Taiwan calls for support for its participation in WHO

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4:17 pm | Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Taiwan: An important partner in global health security calls for support for its participation in the World Health Organization and the 2018 World Health Assembly More >>

Book review: The Impossible Revolution

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 12:17 pm | Fightback

As sectarianism and the far-right rear their heads internationally, it’s easy to forget the optimism of 2011. Those seeking to understand this trajectory must read Syrian revolutionary Yassin al-Haj Saleh’s essay collection The Impossible Revolution: ... More >>