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OpenMedia calls on Canadian government to reject the TPP

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 9:55 am | OpenMedia

January 23, 2017 – This morning, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade deal that experts warn will overwrite domestic law, criminalize online activity, ... More >>

UN expert launches open consultation on sexual orientation

Monday, 23 January 2017, 9:05 pm | UNHCR

(GENEVA) – The new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, will convene a public consultation to engage with States, regional human rights mechanisms, ... More >>

Trump White House Assures Business as Usual

Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:13 am | NZ DPRK Society

Relax, Lockheed Martin, your $6 billion of annual profits from military hardware sales are safe. More >>

Gambia: The Cry of the Imburi

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 11:10 am | Rene Wadlow

Gambia: The Cry of the Imburi by Rene Wadlow 2017-01-21 11:29:42 The Imburi are spirits that are said to inhabit the forests of Gabon in Equatorial Africa and who cry out for those who can hear them at times of impending violence or danger. Today, the ... More >>

Nigeria acceptance of TFA

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:13 pm | APO

Africa: Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment handed over the instrument of acceptance of TFA to World Trade Organisation Director-General in Davos According to a 2015 study carried out by WTO economists, full implementation of the TFA would ... More >>

Côte d’Ivoire / Human Rights

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:09 pm | UNHCR

ABIDJAN / GENEVA (20 January 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on capacity building and technical cooperation for Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights, Mohammed Ayat, today examined the challenges for the new Ivorian political ... More >>

Completion of Domestic Procedures for the TPP Agreement

Friday, 20 January 2017, 4:52 pm | Embassy of Japan

1. On January 20, the Japanese Government notified New Zealand, which is designated as the Depositary of the Agreement, of the completion of Japan’s domestic procedures for the TPP, from H.E. Mr. Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand, ... More >>

Women’s March Participants Surpass One Million

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 10:43 am | Women's March on Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. January 18, 2017. The Women’s March , including its global network Women's March Global (WMG ) has officially surpassed one million registered march participants across the world. More >>

President Obama Has Now Granted Most Commutations

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 11:43 am | The White House

President Obama Has Now Granted More Commutations than Any President in this Nation’s History More >>

Myanmar: Kachin Christians Feared "Disappeared"

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 5:09 pm | Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Kachin Christians Feared "Disappeared" Urgently Report on Whereabouts, Well-Being; Allow UN Expert Access More >>

HSBC exposed as the banker behind Indonesia’s deforestation

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 1:51 pm | Greenpeace International

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 - Greenpeace International exposed in a new report today how HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, loaned hundreds of millions of US dollars to some of the most destructive palm oil companies in Indonesia. [1] More >>

Call for Senate to vote down TPP as Aus Govt backs dead deal

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:27 pm | AFTINET

Fair trade groups call for Senate to vote down TPP as government backs a dead agreement More >>

Just eight men own same wealth as half the world

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:20 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam News Release Monday 16 January 2017 Just eight men own same wealth as half the world More >>

Sea Shepherd Catches Japanese Poaching Fleet

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:41 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd has located the Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck, the first to be documented since the International ... More >>

Close battle ends with Capital result

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:36 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

The New Zealand Surf Life Saving Representative Challenge has seen Capital Coast [Wellington] emerge victorious in the open division, after a day of incredibly close racing at Waimarama Beach in Hawkes Bay. More >>

Why France must rethink Polynesia radio shutdown - PFF

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:35 pm | PFF

Why France must rethink Polynesia radio shutdown - PFF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14th January 2017 France must rethink its shutdown of AM radio broadcasting in Polynesia, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “People in the outer islands of French Polynesia ... More >>

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:25 pm | Zarefah Baroud

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity By Zarefah Baroud The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to ... More >>

U.S. Senate Inquiry into Russian Intelligence Activities

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:27 am | U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued a joint statement regarding the Committee’s ... More >>

US files WTO complaint against Chinese aluminium subsidies

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:53 pm | World Trade Organisation

On 12 January the United States notified the WTO Secretariat that it requested dispute consultations with China regarding alleged subsidies provided by China to its producers of primary aluminium. The United States alleges that loans and other financing to ... More >>

Regional leaders agree to expand preferential tariffs

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:50 pm | UN ESCAP

At UN forum regional leaders agree to expand preferential tariffs to expand trade in Asia and the Pacific More >>

Zeid calls on business leaders to stand up for human rights

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:48 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (13 January 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos next week to use their considerable influence to stand up ... More >>

Asia-Pacific’s transition to sustainable energy

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:43 pm | UN ESCAP

Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific’s transition to sustainable energy By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar More >>

Illegal whaling in Australia’s waters

Friday, 13 January 2017, 8:29 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Illegal whaling in Australia’s waters needs to be major issue in talks between Malcolm Turnbull and Shinzo Abe More >>

Cancelling new coal plants would save 50,000 lives a year

Friday, 13 January 2017, 2:21 pm | Greenpeace

Hong Kong, 13 January 2017 - Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to a groundbreaking peer reviewed study from researchers at ... More >>

Newsletter: EU leaders meet Prime Minister Bill English

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 5:01 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

On 10 January New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English arrived in Brussels for meetings with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The leaders reviewed the bilateral relations and ... More >>

Paris peace conference: Renewing hope for two-state solution

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 4:46 pm | General Delegation of Palestine

On January 15, 2017, 70 foreign ministers and United Nations organisations will gather in Paris for an international peace conference aimed at resuscitating the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the two-state solution. More >>

Ethics Office Director on Trump asset plans

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 1:03 pm | US Office of Government Ethics

I need to talk about ethics today because the plan the President-elect has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every President in the past four decades has met. More >>

Panel backs US schools over ban on “offensive” slavery book

Friday, 6 January 2017, 3:38 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 January 2017) – A United Nations team of human rights experts has backed a United States school district which removed an “offensive” textbook on slavery from classrooms. More >>

App Store Shatters Records on New Year’s Day

Friday, 6 January 2017, 3:21 pm | Apple

US$240 Million in Customer Purchases Makes Jan. 1, 2017 the App Store’s Busiest Day Ever More >>

OECD opens investigation into WWF in world first

Friday, 6 January 2017, 3:17 pm | Survival International

In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon , beginning a process ... More >>

Sgt Elor Azaria convicted of the crime of occupation

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 7:06 pm | General Delegation of Palestine

The case of Sgt Elor Azaria’s cold-blooded execution of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif is not an isolated incident; it is the result of a system of occupation that encourages grave injustices against Palestinians, with extrajudicial killing being just one ... More >>

The soldier Azaria is a minor accomplice

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 2:13 pm | Gush Shalom

The politicians who perpetuate military rule over the Palestinians should have been in the dock alongside the young soldier they had sent to do their dirty work in Hebron More >>

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:07 pm | Andrew Greene and Adam Har

"Offensive" material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia's defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt. More >>

The future of coral reefs under climate change

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 11:23 am | United Nations Environment Programme

5 January 2017 – New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems. More >>

Ghana ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:57 am | World Trade Organisation

Ghana has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 104th WTO member to do so. Only six more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force. More >>

Nominations for Director-General closed; Azevêdo confirmed

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:52 am | World Trade Organisation

General Council Chairperson, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway, informed WTO members on 4 January that no further nominations for the position of Director-General had been received by the deadline of 31 December 2016 and that the incumbent Director-General, ... More >>

MH370 Debris Contradiction: CSIRO Report Raises Questions

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:49 am | MH370 China Families

The recent report by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Australia) on ocean drift analysis prepared for the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) raises more questions than it answers. More >>

China Families Reveal Evidence of Coverup

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:20 am | MH370 China Families

China families claim to have strong evidence of a coverup by Malaysian officials and have chosen to release some of it, in support of their media release 16 Feb 16 (below). More >>

Reaction to Malaysian DCA director-general’s Statement

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:19 am | MH370 China Families

We, families of China of the missing of MH370, react with extreme displeasure and annoyance to the Malaysian DCA director-general’s* statement that we should wait until June-July and then decide what to do next. More >>

World leaders speak out on biased UNSC resolution; NZ waits

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:13 am | Shalom.Kiwi

While the passing of the controversial UNSC Resolution 2334 on the eve of Christmas and Hanukkah went under the radar of many, a number of world leaders have spoken out. Even members of Obama’s own party are appalled at the stance taken by the ... More >>

MH370: First Principles Review Ignores First Principles

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 10:01 am | MH370 China Families

Key stakeholders in the search for missing flight MH370 met in Canberra 2-4 November. More >>

PAKISTAN: VBMP’s annual report on Enforced Disappearances

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:56 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

In 2016, the series of enforced disappearance, dumping of mutilated bodies and violation of human rights by security agencies continued without abating in Balochistan. It could not suspend due to apathy of national and international human rights organizations, ... More >>

New Zealand Muslims Condemn New Year Terror Attacks

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:34 am | Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at NZ Inc

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the shooting that has taken place at a night club in Turkey, and the bombings in Iraq, in which dozens of innocent people have been mercilessly killed. More >>

West Papua Report 2016

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 2:26 pm | AWPA

This report details incidents of human rights abuses and events that occurred in West Papua during 2016. It is by no means exhaustive. In the report AWPA uses the name “West Papua” to refer to the whole of the western half of the Island of ... More >>

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 12:30 pm | David Swanson

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/5399 To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn't rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama's bombing of eight nations ... More >>

Secretary-General on Security Council resolution on Syria

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:38 pm | UN News

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Security Council resolution 2336 on Syria The Secretary-General welcomes the Security Council's unanimous adoption today of resolution 2336 (2016) and efforts by Russia and Turkey to reduce ... More >>

IFAW applauds China closing domestic ivory market

Saturday, 31 December 2016, 1:25 pm | IFAW

IFAW applauds China’s decision to close domestic ivory markets in 2017 (Beijing, China – 30 December, 2016) After decades of advocating by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for shutting down domestic ivory markets, today the Chinese ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the UN resolution on Palestine

Friday, 30 December 2016, 4:51 pm | Gordon Campbell

Our foreign policy is trade, as Robert Muldoon observed back in 1980 – give or take the accidents of history that may have created a few allegiances for us along the way. For any small trading nation, trading opportunities need to be at the forefront ... More >>

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of NZ on UN Res. 2234

Friday, 30 December 2016, 3:13 pm | Justice for Palestine Matters

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand on UN Res. 2234’s flaw: the two-state solution More >>

UN expert to visit Saudi Arabia

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:41 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 December 2016) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will undertake an official visit to Saudi Arabia from 8 to 19 January 2017 to consider the Saudi Government’s efforts to eradicate ... More >>

End of “discriminatory” US counter-terrorism measure welcome

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:34 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 December 2016) – Racial or religious profiling has so far proved to be ineffective in fighting terrorism, say two United Nations human rights experts, who have welcomed the end of a “discriminatory and ineffective” counter-terrorism ... More >>

Ceasefire between Gov't of Syria & armed opposition groups

Friday, 30 December 2016, 11:35 am | United Nations

The Special Envoy welcomes the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire between the Government of Syria and armed opposition groups in Syria, to come into effect at 00:00 hours on Friday, 30 December 2016. More >>

Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Friday, 30 December 2016, 10:24 am | The White House

Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence ... More >>

How President Obama has protected our sacred land

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 11:54 am | The White House

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those ... More >>

US places atheists on equal footing with faith groups

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 10:35 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (28 December 2016) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, has welcomed amendments to the International Religious Freedom Act signed on Friday by US President Barack Obama, which recognizes ... More >>

UNSC Resolution 2334

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:16 pm | Palestine Human Rights Campaign NZ

Although the US refrained from using its veto regarding UNSC Resolution 2334 and merely abstained from voting,Samantha Power's comment that “continued settlement building undermines Israel's security” might have prompted some people to wonder ... More >>

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Urged to Return to Negotiations

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 12:04 pm | United Nations

Welcoming Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), Secretary-General Urges Return of Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meaningful Negotiations More >>

Accountability for killings of protesters vital

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:07 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (23 December 2016) – Reports that dozens of people have been killed by police and soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past few days are deeply troubling and point to growing instability in the country, UN High Commissioner for ... More >>

Rare Baby Iguana Discovered, Bringing Population to 31

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:05 pm | San Diego Zoo

Conservationists working on behalf of Ahura Resorts and San Diego Zoo Global were excited to find a baby Fijian Crested Iguana during a recent population survey of a remnant dry forest area on the island of Malolo Levu. The baby brings the total ... More >>

Tearfund helping civilians in Aleppo and Mosul

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:52 pm | Tearfund

Following the recapture of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tearfund has launched an appeal to support the thousands of people who have been caught between fighting in both Syria and Iraq. More >>

 

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