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Senate Motion Against Cosmetics Animal Testing Welcomed

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:17 pm | Be Cruelty Free

CANBERRA (27 Nov 2014) – The Australian Senate has passed a motion in support of ending cruel animal testing for cosmetics. The cross-party motion is co-sponsored by Liberal Senator Anne Ruston, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Labor Senator Lisa Singh, ... More >>

More research into application of climate-smart agriculture

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:15 pm | FAO

More research and the application of climate-smart agricultural approaches critical to head off the turmoil of a food-insecure world – FAO More >>

Botswana: Calls for a renewed “nation-building”

Friday, 28 November 2014, 12:14 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Botswana – UN cultural rights expert calls for a renewed “nation-building” to celebrate rich diversity More >>

Swaziland: Heavily Armed Police Intimidate Striking Workers

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:45 am | ITUC

Brussels, 27 November 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has expressed serious concerns over intimidation of striking workers at the Maloma mine in Swaziland. Some 250 workers went on strike on 24 November, after the mine management refused to negotiate over ... More >>

Sweden: Human rights situation of people of African descent

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:43 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Sweden: Human rights situation of people of African descent to be assessed in UN expert group visit More >>

Impact must be addressed in vulture fund litigation

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:42 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (27 November 2014) – Litigation between Argentina and so-called vulture funds in the US courts highlights the need to take human rights into account when negotiating and ruling on debt restructuring, two UN independent human rights experts ... More >>

Iranian regime's meddling in the Camp Liberty dossier

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:41 am | British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

Allowing the Iranian regime to meddle in the Camp Liberty dossier will set the stage for another deadly attack on the 3000 defenceless Iranian refugees in the camp More >>

Open-source tool will support community resilience-building

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:39 am | UN News

27 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme ( FAO ) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts ... More >>

Syrian Regime Attacks Against Civilians in Raqqah

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:38 am | U.S. Department of State

We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime’s airstrikes yesterday in Raqqah, Syria, killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas. We have consistently condemned the regime’s violence directed against civilians and its ... More >>

US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:23 am | AFTINET

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a report that shows Australia can expect zero economic growth from the TPP, even if all tariffs and other barriers to imports are removed,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Co-ordinator of the Australian Fair ... More >>

Attack on OSCE Monitors in Eastern Ukraine

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:20 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States condemns the reported attack on an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) team traveling between Kirove and Shumy in eastern Ukraine on November 26. The SMM reported that a rocket-propelled grenade and multiple rounds of 23mm anti-aircraft ... More >>

Qatar Arrests 100 Striking Workers for Deportation

Friday, 28 November 2014, 11:19 am | ITUC

Brussels, 26 November 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned Qatar’s arrest and planned deportation of around 100 striking migrant workers today as a gross violation of the most fundamental workers’ rights. According to local news website Doha News, ... More >>

UNESCO chief denounces murder of Somali radio journalist

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:42 pm | UN News

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz More >>

Ebola: UN crisis response mission opens new office in Mali

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:31 pm | UN News

Workers build an enclosure at the Mayagba Ebola community care centre construction site in Bombali District, which is among the areas worst affected by the disease in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/John James More >>

Ebola: Target for response may not be met in some areas

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:28 pm | UN News

Ebola: December 1 target for response may not be met in some areas of West Africa, UN reports More >>

Tribespeople call on WWF to stop funding abuse

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:23 pm | Survival International

This Baka man from Ndongo village reported that he was severely beaten by anti-poaching squads on two occasions. His neighbors have appealed to WWF to stop funding such abuses. More >>

Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinians

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:08 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli settlers' ongoing and escalated attacks on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. The latest of these attacks has been against a house belonging to a Palestinian woman in Kherbet Abu ... More >>

Palestinian homes must cease to be a target

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:07 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (25 November 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the Occupied Palestinian Territory and on the right to adequate housing today called on the Government of Israel to end its punitive demolition of Palestinian homes in response to alleged ... More >>

Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:05 pm | UN News

Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. UN Photo/Violaine Martin More >>

‘Technology bank’ for world’s poorest nations

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:59 am | UN News

26 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the formation of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed new “technology bank” and dedicated to helping the world’s least developed countries ... More >>

Kyrgyzstan: Experts urge removal of anti-gay bill

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:37 am | UN News

26 November 2014 – A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming “a positive attitude towards non-traditional ... More >>

Obesity-related cancers on the rise

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:33 am | UN News

26 November 2014 – Being overweight or obese have become major risk factors for developing cancer, particularly among women and in more developed countries, the specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization ( WHO ) ... More >>

Pressure to release report on CIA torture allegatiions

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:31 am | UN News

26 November 2014 – The United States must rise to meet the high human rights standards it has set for itself and others around the world, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged today, as they called on President Obama to support “the fullest ... More >>

Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:28 am | UN News

25 November 2014 – While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official ... More >>

Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:18 am | James Stafford

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom. More >>

ADC Statement on Non-indictment in Michael Brown Case

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:09 am | American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) supports peaceful protests in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, MO. Yesterday, a grand jury failed to bring an indictment against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed ... More >>

Response to Grand Jury’s Decision not to Indict Officer

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 9:46 am | US National Bar Association

The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown. National Bar Association President ... More >>

Urgent action needed to save Sarawak’s last intact forests

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:44 pm | Bruno Manser Fonds

(KUCHING, MALAYSIA) Last week, Adenan Satem, the new Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo, stunned the world by summoning six of the world's most powerful timber tycoons - the heads of Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, WTK, KTS ... More >>

Illegal Tobacco at Record Levels

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:43 pm | Imperial Tobacco

Illegal tobacco use in Australia is continuing to grow with a new report revealing around one in every seven cigarettes consumed is illegal. More >>

Trafficking in children on the increase, according to UNODC

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:41 pm | UNODC

More than 2 billion people are not protected from human trafficking by their national legislation, says report; raising concern about very low conviction rates More >>

Ferguson: Brown Family Statement on Grand Jury Decision

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:38 pm | Family of Michael Brown

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. More >>

Indian Ocean Tsunami, need for agricultural resilience

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:34 pm | FAO

Ten years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the need for increasing resilience of agricultural livelihoods against disasters is a major lesson learned – FAO More >>

ITF slams Panama Canal Authority’s attack on union

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:33 pm | ITF Press Officer

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today branded moves by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) an open attack on trade unions which is in clear breach of the country’s international commitments. More >>

Maryam Rajavi: Iran Nuclear Negotiations a Serious Threat

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:31 pm | National Council of Resistance of Iran

Failure of the year-long negotiations, seven months extension of endless negotiations, ignoring Security Council resolutions, leave the way open for mullahs to acquire nuclear bomb, entailing serious threat to world peace and security More >>

Apple Announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (RED)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:17 pm | Apple

CUPERTINO, California—24 November, 2014— To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple® and leading app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation. For the next two weeks, a special section of the App ... More >>

U.S Concerned by Arrests of LGBT Individuals

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:15 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Jeff Rathke Director, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC November 24, 2014 More >>

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns suicide bombing

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:14 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – A brutal terrorist attack which killed at least 50 civilians in Afghanistan over the weekend is an “atrocity” and may amount to a war crime, the top United Nations envoy to the country declared today as he condemned the indiscriminate ... More >>

New bird flu strain in Europe threatens poultry sector

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:11 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) today warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along ... More >>

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:04 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned Saturday’s attack in Mandera, Kenya for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility and which has caused the deaths of numerous innocent people. More >>

Madagascar: Warning of ‘rapid’ spread of plague in capital

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:02 pm | UN News

Ny Hantra Andriatsifasoa survived the bubonic plague after being infected in Madagascar in 2011. Photo: IRIN/Tiana Randriaharimalala More >>

Palestinian refugees from Syria face worsening situation

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:54 pm | UN News

Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah More >>

Peace process hangs from a thread in Palestine

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:52 pm | UN News

‘Peace process hangs from a thread,’ UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians More >>

Joint mission to Mali in support of Ebola response

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:50 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – The Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS ( UNAIDS ), Michel Sidibé and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support ... More >>

CAR: UN team investigates outbreak of sectarian violence

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:49 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – A United Nations humanitarian mission has visited a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid an outburst of violence that left at least 14 people injured and three killed, the Organization’s humanitarian relief office ... More >>

#OrangeUrHood campaign to end violence against women

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:47 pm | UN News

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd left), is joined by his wife Yoo Soon-taek (right) and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (2nd right), as actress Teri Hatcher (left) flips the switch to illuminate the Empire State Building for ... More >>

Ban applauds Tunisian presidential vote

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:22 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their first presidential election since revolution swept the country and ushered in an era of democratic change. More >>

Trafficking in children on the rise, says new UN report

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:21 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into “modern slavery,” according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released today by ... More >>

Greece risks prolonged social crisis

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:19 pm | UN News

Greece’s severe financial crisis has bred social unrest and intolerance of the nearly one million irregular migrants living in the country (October 2012). Photo: IRIN/Kristy Siegfried More >>

DR Congo: UN special envoy condemns ‘trend of massacres’

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:17 pm | UN News

24 November 2014 – The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing ... More >>

West papua: 11 activists arrested, 1 shot

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:11 pm | Indoleft

Jayapura -- On Wednesday November 19 West Papua National Committee (KNPB) member Ansalmus Pigay suffered a gunshot wound to his right leg after security forces broke up a KNPB demonstration calling for the separation of Papua from the Unitary State ... More >>

Gulf Countries: Increase Migrant Worker Protection

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:10 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 23 November 2014 (ITUC OnLine) – Labor ministers from Gulf and Asian countries meeting on November 26 and 27, 2014, should improve labor law protection, reform abusive immigration policies, and increase dialogue with trade unions and ... More >>

ADB to Help Cook Islands Generate Solar Power

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:07 pm | Asian Development Bank

The Cook Islands’ dependence on fossil fuels will be reduced under a project to build solar-powered plants on six of its islands, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Union (EU), and the Government of Cook Islands. More >>

Tunisia's Presidential Election

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:04 pm | U.S. Department of State

I congratulate the Tunisian people on today’s presidential election. This historic moment has come about due to the strong commitment by Tunisians from across the political spectrum to democracy and the rule of law. With a continued emphasis on political ... More >>

West Africa: countries at risk of Ebola remain on high alert

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:03 pm | UNICEF

With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks. More >>

Solomon Islands Reform Efforts Get $5 Million Grant

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:54 pm | World Bank Group

HONIARA November 21, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$5 million for the Economic Reform and Recovery Development Policy Operation which will support continued economic and financial reform and provide rapid financing ... More >>

Solomon Islands’ Effort to Combat Rural Poverty $9 Mil Boost

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:52 pm | World Bank Group

Solomon Islands’ Efforts to Combat Rural Poverty Get US$9 Million Boost from World Bank More >>

Emirates Airlines blamed for death of obese passenger

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:48 pm | Global Travel Industry News

Emirates Airlines in Tanzania did not really stand up for its slogan to be the connector of people. It had neglected an overweight man who died this weekend. Emirates has been blamed by many for this tragic and unfortunate death. More >>

Disappearances Reach Record Number This Year

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:45 pm | Amimal Politico

The National Registry of Missing Persons acknowledges that from 2007 to date, there are 23,605 cases of disappeared persons; 40% have been reported during the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. More >>

Mexico Supreme Court frees 3 convicted for 1997 massacre

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:42 pm | La Prensa

Family, friends and neighbors gather to remember 45 people gunned down in 1997 inside a church in the southern Mexican town of Acteal. EFE/File More >>

President Obama Takes Action on Immigration Reform

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 5:18 pm | ADC

Washington, D.C.| | November 20, 2014 – Just a few moments ago President Barack Obama announced the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, a historic step aimed at fixing the country's broken immigration system. However, this is only ... More >>


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