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Only Cowards And Sadists Support The Persecution Of Assange

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 9:33 am | Caitlin Johnstone

Former British ambassador Craig Murray has published a very disturbing account of Julian Assange's court appearance yesterday which I recommend reading in full. There have been many reports published about Assange's case management hearing, but the ... More >>

UN expert raises alarm at minority statelessness

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8:11 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (22 October 2019) –The world is facing a significant and immediate increase in the number of stateless minorities around the world, a UN expert warned today, raising concerns about a potential security and humanitarian crisis in India. “Statelessness ... More >>

Iran: Ethnic, religious minorities face discrimination

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8:03 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (22 October 2019) – Ethnic and religious minorities in Iran face significant challenges to the realisation of their rights, particularly against the backdrop of a worsening economic situation, Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation ... More >>

Abortion Decriminalised in Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8:01 am | ALRANZ

“Northern Ireland had some of the most punitive and restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Now, they finally have the same laws as the rest of the United Kingdom,” said Terry Bellamak, ALRANZ National president. More >>

UN Committee publishes findings on 6 nations

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 7:47 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (22 October 2019) – The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the rights records of countries it examined during its latest session from 30 September to 18 October 2019: Denmark, Ecuador, Israel, ... More >>

Equine Hypocrisies: Race Horses for the Knackery

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was always a probable fact: the dark consequences of having what is termed in Australia a “racing” industry, where breeds do battle on the track, sponsored and watered by the money of an industry that sees no sign of contracting. Curiously, ... More >>

UN and Human Rights violations in Kashmir

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:51 pm | Tahir Nawaz

Every year the 27th of October is observed as Kashmir Black Day all around the world. More >>

Companies ‘failing’ to address harm incited by online hate

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 10:04 am | United Nations

States and companies are “failing” when it comes to combating online hate, the UN independent rights expert, or Special Rapporteur, on freedom of speech and expression said on Monday, ahead of the launch of a landmark report to reinforce legal standards ... More >>

2019 World Conference on VR Industry held in Nanchang, China

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 10:02 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Nanchang, China, Oct 22, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 World Conference on VR Industry (WCVRI 2019), co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Jiangxi Provincial People's Government, is being held in Nanchang, Jiangxi ... More >>

UN calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 9:31 am | UN News

In a visit to South Sudan this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council urged leaders to expedite implementation of a 2018 peace agreement aimed at ending six years of ongoing conflict. More >>

Australia needs a Media Freedom Act - How it could work

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 9:18 am | The Conversation

Australians picked up their morning papers yesterday to find heavily blacked-out text instead of front-page headlines. This bold statement was instigated by the “Your Right to Know” campaign, an unlikely coalition of Australian media organisations ... More >>

Brexit: Speaker’s refusal won’t hit pound, more uncertainty

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 8:15 am | deVere

The pound will experience a short-term relief rally, but John Bercow’s refusal to allow a Meaningful Vote on the new Brexit deal will further weigh on the UK economy. More >>

Bachelet urges immediate dialogue to resolve crisis in Chile

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 8:13 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (21 October 2019) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged all political and civil society actors in Chile to engage in immediate dialogue and to avoid further polarizing the situation with words or deeds, following ... More >>

Governments and ISPs fail to meet challenges of online hate

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 8:10 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (21 October 2019) – In a landmark report that reinforces legal standards to combat online hate, the UN’s monitor for freedom of expression calls on governments and companies to move away from standardless policies and inconsistent enforcement, ... More >>

Human rights groups press for evaluation of digital ID

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 7:55 am | Access Now

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2019) — Today a group of more than 60 civil society organizations, technologists, and experts from around the world released Why ID: Protecting Our Identity in the Digital Age . The open letter calls on international ... More >>

2019 World Conference on VR Industry held in Nanchang, China

Monday, 21 October 2019, 9:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Nanchang, China, Oct 21, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 World Conference on VR Industry (WCVRI 2019), co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Jiangxi Provincial People's Government, is being held in Nanchang, Jiangxi ... More >>

Brexit vote: UK economy delivered a fresh blow

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 10:11 am | deVere

The UK economy has been delivered another fresh blow following the drama that has taken place in the British parliament on Saturday. More >>

Study reveals justice needs and satisfaction in Fiji

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 5:11 pm | UNDP

(Suva, Fiji) - Every year approximately 100,000 Fijians encounter a legal problem and need access to mechanisms that lead to fair resolutions. This was revealed by the Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Fiji Report launched today by the Fiji Access ... More >>

Lebanese security services should respect demonstrators

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:14 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor urged the Lebanese security services not to resort to repression and lethal force and respect the demonstrators’ right to peaceful assembly and allow them to express their views, which are guaranteed ... More >>

Urgent need to tackle overweight and obesity

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:11 pm | FAO

18/10/2019, Bangkok, Thailand – Poor dietary choices and sedentary lifestyles are leading the countries of Asia and the Pacific into a future of lower productivity and ballooning public health care costs, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization ... More >>

WTO Speech: Forgetting the lessons from Bretton Woods

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:08 pm | World Trade Organisation

At an event in Washington on 17 October to mark the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said the world risks forgetting the key lessons learned from that seminal meeting — the importance of a rules-based ... More >>

Fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 12:00 pm | United Nations

Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military. Hailed as a ceasefire ... More >>

Israel must uphold obligation to prevent torture

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:56 am | United Nations

Israel must uphold obligation to prevent torture and investigate claims over Samer Al-A’rbeed, say UN rights experts GENEVA (18 October 2019) – Israel must immediately investigate allegations that a Palestinian man, Samer Al-A’rbeed, was tortured ... More >>

BRIEFING NOTES - (1) Ecuador, (2) Egypt

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:55 am | United Nations

A team of three from the UN Human Rights Office is due to visit Ecuador from 20 October to 8 November to look into allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed in the country in the context of the recent protests. More >>

Belarus: Lack of reforms and contempt for freedoms

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:54 am | United Nations

Belarus: Lack of reforms and contempt for fundamental freedoms raise concerns ahead of elections, says UN expert NEW YORK (17 October 2019) – The overall environment in Belarus remains hostile to dissident opinions and unduly restricts civil and political ... More >>

Antisemitism is toxic to democracy

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:53 am | United Nations

Antisemitism is toxic to democracy and must be addressed, says expert NEW YORK (17 October 2019) – Antisemitism is toxic to democracy and poses a threat to all societies if left unaddressed, warned the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, ... More >>

Ingredients for World's First Healthy Bubble Tea

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 11:50 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Holista CollTech Ltd (Holista) and SunFresh Fruit Hub Sdn Bhd (Fruit Hub) have announced a research and development collaboration to produce three key healthy ingredients for the global Bubble Tea ... More >>

Speed is not enough, accelerating progress is key to end TB

Friday, 18 October 2019, 3:15 pm | Bobby Ramakant

Global fight against tuberculosis (TB) is making modest gains, although largely not yet on track to end TB. 2019 Global TB Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) launched on 17 October 2019 gives hope, not despair, because sustained efforts ... More >>

Euro-Med welcomes Moroccan King’s pardon of journalist

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:51 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor welcomed the decision of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to pardon Hajar Raissouni, her fiancé and three others who were arrested on August 31st over having abortion in a private clinic in Rabat. The ... More >>

Corporations that abuse human rights are a threat

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:11 am | Bobby Ramakant

One of the major processes at the United Nations (UN) that gives hope for a better tomorrow where "no one is left behind" is the UN binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. History ... More >>

Venezuela, Poland amongst new Human Rights Council members

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:59 am | UN News

14 new members were elected to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York. More >>

Iraqi Journalists and bloggers are targeted and harassed

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:41 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor expressed its deep concern over the increasing violations and threats against Iraqi journalists and bloggers over their coverage of protests that have swept Baghdad and the southern provinces of ... More >>

Eco Expo Asia opens 30 October to feature latest green tech

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:33 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the 14th edition of Eco Expo Asia will run from 30 October to 2 November at AsiaWorld-Expo. Attracting some 300 exhibitors ... More >>

Holista Collaborates to Develop Healthy Bubbletea

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:31 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

PERTH / KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Holista CollTech Ltd (ASX:HCT, "Holista") and SunFresh Fruit Hub Sdn Bhd ("Fruit Hub") announced today a research and development collaboration to produce three key healthy ingredients ... More >>

World stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:18 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (17 October 2019) – A UN human rights expert has expressed concerns about the emergence of the “digital welfare state”, saying that all too often the real motives behind such programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government ... More >>

Celebrating the 8th Anniversary of West Papua Independence

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:51 am | Federal Republic of West Papua

The State of the Federal Republic of West Papua was formed in accordance with the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, December 26,1933, UN Charter, January 1, 1942,Rules and Procedure of the UN General Assembly and first paragraph ... More >>

States must end impunity to break cycle of violence

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:55 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (15 October 2019) - The overwhelming majority of human rights violations committed against human rights defenders around the world remain unpunished, a UN human rights expert said, calling on States to fulfil their legal obligation to combat ... More >>

Why have nuclear war when we are all the same?

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:42 am | Anthony Ravlich

At present the nuclear and nuclear umbrella States have refused to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty of the United Nations however they could engage in discussions on ethical human rights which recognize that all people are the same whereas ideology ... More >>

Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:39 am | UN News

Eating food high in starch, sugar, fats and salt; combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for soaring global obesity rates, even in countries where many still suffer from hunger. On World Food Day , which falls on Wednesday, the UN’s food ... More >>

European Mayors Support a Just Transition from Coal

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:29 am | WWF

16 October 2019 (Brussels, Belgium) - A group of 41 mayors from 10 coal regions in 9 European countries are launching a statement supporting a just transition to the post-coal era. Two of the mayors - from the Czech Republic and Germany - presented ... More >>

HK Electronics Fair and electronicAsia attract 67000+ buyers

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:24 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 16, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 39th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 23rd electronicAsia, jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, concluded ... More >>

SOCASH and JCB set sights on Cardless Currency Exchange

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE / TOKYO, Oct 16, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - SOCASH, a Singapore-based fintech startup, today announced its' foray into the foreign exchange market with plans of a global partnership with JCB Co., Ltd., the international payment brand and dominant ... More >>

Situation in northeast Syrian Arab Republic

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 3:27 pm | United Nations

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to More >>

12th International Wine & Spirits Fair opens in November

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8:28 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, organised by the HKTDC, will be held from 7 to 9 November (Thursday to Saturday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Entering its 12th ... More >>

Welcoming the Brave New World of High-speed Data

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 8:25 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Is there any hotter buzzword in technology right now than "5G"? The fifth generation of high-speed mobile data is set to disrupt industries across the board - a technological revolution that will ... More >>

Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:51 pm | UNICEF

Wellington, 15 October 2019 – An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition. More >>

Inaugural 2019 All-Asia Most Honored Companies

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 3:48 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Twenty-four ASEAN-registered companies were honoured for their best-in-class investor engagement at the inaugural 2019 All-Asia Most Honored Companies Awards co-hosted by Institutional Investor ("II") and Investor ... More >>

UN torture prevention committee ends visit to Cabo Verde

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:12 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA/PRAIA (14 October 2019) — The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) concluded on Thursday 10 October its first visit to Cabo Verde, which began on 29 September. The objectives of the visit were to support the recently ... More >>

RRMine Global CEO attends World Digital Mining Summit 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:01 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HAINAN, CHINA, Oct 14, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - On October 10, RRMine attended WDMS 2019 (World Digital Mining Summit) hosted by BITMAIN, in Frankfurt, Germany. RRMine is a global cloud computing power asset management and trading platform that provides ... More >>

A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange

Monday, 14 October 2019, 5:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian politicians, and the consular staff of the country, are rarely that engaged on the subject of protecting their citizens. In a couple of notorious cases, Australian authorities demonstrated, not only an indifference, but a consciously venal approach ... More >>

World's Largest Electronics Marketplace Opens Today

Monday, 14 October 2019, 10:19 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 39th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 23rd electronicAsia, jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, opened ... More >>

Bali Terror Plot

Monday, 14 October 2019, 8:13 am | Indonesia Institute

A father and son with links to Islamic State have been arrested in Bali, accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the holiday island. More >>

Save the Children is Preparing for Cyclone Season

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:39 pm | Save The Children

Sunday, 13 October 2019: On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Save the Children is warning that climate change must be addressed to reduce the threat to lives and livelihoods in the Pacific. More >>

Philippe Mazuel Proposed As Frances European Commissioner

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 5:38 am | Alastair Thompson

Philippe Mazuel, founding president of the pro-European party PACE, submitted his candidacy at the Élysée on Friday 11 October for a position as a European Commissioner for France. More >>

Philippe Mazuel Proposed As Replacement French European Commissioner

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 5:32 am | Alastair Thompson

Philippe Mazuel, founding president of the pro-European party PACE, submitted his candidacy at the Élysée on Friday 11 October for a position as a European Commissioner for France. More >>

Faster, cleaner energy transition in Asia-Pacific

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:36 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP News) - The Second Session of the Committee on Energy closed today at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with stronger commitments to power the region with sustainable energy. More >>

Passive Microwave Temperature Soundings of Typhoon Hagibis

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

BOULDER, CO and SINGAPORE, Oct 11, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - via NEWMEDIAWIRE - Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and analysis-ready earth data intelligence, has released images of Typhoon Hagibis ... More >>

Judiciary legitimizes seizure of Palestinian property

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:58 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med's Jerusalem monthly report: Israeli judiciary legitimizes seizure of Palestinian property Jerusalem- The Israeli authorities continued its violations of the rights of the Palestinian population in Jerusalem in September, in line with the Israeli ... More >>

Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:53 am | UN News

Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another “humanitarian catastrophe” in the war-torn country. More >>

Day of the Girl Child spotlights 25 years of progress

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:53 am | UN News

The world’s one billion young girls, are being celebrated on Friday as an “unscripted and unstoppable” force for change, with 11 October designated each year the International Day of the Girl Child. More >>