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NGOs hail 'historic' UN debate on North Korean abuses

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:31 am | UN Watch

NGOs hailed the convening today of the first-ever meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korean human rights abuses. “With today's historic debate, the UN finally sends the message that North Korean rulers who starve and enslave their own people ... More >>

Resumption of executions in Pakistan and Jordan

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:28 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary – anywhere – can be infallible. More >>

Maldives: Arbitrary removal of Supreme Court judges

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:27 am | OHCHR

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, expressed today serious concern about the recent removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Judge Muthasim Adnan. More >>

Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand - Newsletter 20/12/14

Monday, 22 December 2014, 10:19 am | Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand

Our lead story this week chooses itself: the agreement between Cuba and the US, brokered by Canada and the Pope, to move towards better relations, with the reuniting in Cuba of all of The Cuban Five and a US embassy to return to Havana. More >>

Palestinians continue the struggle against the Adei Ad

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 2:29 pm | International Solidarity Movement

Hundreds of Palestinian children, women, and men gathered at Turmusaya on Friday December 17th to complete the tree planting began by Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday December 10th. More >>

Kenya's Counterterrorism Efforts

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 4:35 pm | U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya's efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens. We are disappointed, however, by the very limited time allowed for debate and consultation on the 2014 Security Laws (Amendment) ... More >>

Ecuador’s dismissal of trade union leader is unconstitutiona

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:39 pm | ITF Press Officer

On leaving a meeting with LAN Ecuador’s manager and legal representative, Max Naranjo, at the transnational company’s offices, arranged to try and resolve the dispute caused by the dismissal of the trade union leader, Jimena López, the Minister of ... More >>

Nepal launches National Zero Hunger Challenge

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:31 pm | FAO

Kathmandu, Nepal, 19 December 2014 – The Government of Nepal, with the collaboration and support of the United Nations, today launched a national Zero Hunger Challenge, a major initiative to eradicate hunger in the Himalayan country by 2025. More >>

Rice exports surged in 2014 setting a new record – FAO

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:30 pm | FAO

Bangkok, 18 December 2014 – Bumper crops and a surge in demand for rice, particularly in the Far East, have resulted in 2014 recording the highest rice export figures ever, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. More >>

U.S: Bipartisan bill to confront rising risks of cyberattack

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:01 pm | Automation Federation

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (18 December 2014) – The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity ... More >>

Asia’s graduating scientists urged to solve food security

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:58 am | FAO

Bangkok, Thailand, 17 December 2014 – Nearly 300 of Asia’s brightest, newly graduated university students and doctoral candidates could one day find the answers to feeding an ever growing world, a senior official with the UN’s Food and Agriculture ... More >>

“Students must never be targets of violence”

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:56 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (17 December 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, deplores and condemns in the strongest terms the acts of terror that claimed an immense number of innocent children’s lives in Peshawar, ... More >>

Kosmos Energy platform has entered occupied waters

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:54 am | Western Sahara Resource Watch

The oil platform ‘Atwood Achiever' late last night entered the waters of occupied Western Sahara. “Kosmos Energy is to undertake the first drilling in Western Sahara ever. It is hard to imagine a more brutally unethical oil drilling, anywhere in the ... More >>

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:52 am | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Following disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, Israel unilaterally and illegally established a so-called “buffer zone”, an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip. The precise area designated by ... More >>

Condemning Cyber-Attack by North Korea

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:22 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theatres and moviegoers. These actions are a brazen attempt by an isolated regime to suppress free speech ... More >>

Terrorist Designations of Ajand Misr and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:21 am | U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists ... More >>

Iranian regime's appalling human rights

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:09 am | National Council of Resistance of Iran

Iranian regime's appalling human rights dossier must be referred to the UN Security Council following the resolution condemning systematic violation of human rights in that country More >>

Give Caring Families a Break at Christmas

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 10:21 am | Bupa

Health service claims of ‘granny dumping’ over the summer holidays are often made at this time of year, but the national charity which supports New Zealand’s 430,000+ family carers says the issue reflects the country’s fragmented respite ... More >>

Brendon McCullum’s ‘Key to the Capital’ to be awarded

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 10:14 am | Wellington City Council

Brendon McCullum’s ‘Key to the Capital’ to be awarded at next Basin Reserve test match More >>

Ban on Palestinians claiming compensation against military

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:45 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli Supreme Court approves regulations that ban Palestinians from Gaza from entering Israel for their compensation cases against the Israeli military More >>

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:22 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee ... More >>

Peshawar attack: UN Child Rights Committee condemns massacre

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:20 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (17 December 2014) – Statement by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the terrorist attack yesterday on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan: “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the cold-blooded murder of more than 140 ... More >>

Israeli soldier kills PA minister at non-violent protest

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:19 pm | International Solidarity Movement

Yesterday, an Israeli soldier killed Palestinian Authority (PA) Settlment minister, Ziad Abu Ein, at a non-violent demonstration in the village of Turmusaya. More >>

Pakistan school killings

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:04 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (16 December 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack on defenceless children” at a co-educational school ... More >>

Sobering data on American's apathy about CIA torture

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:00 pm | Alternet

Despite a scathing report on torture, a majority of survey respondents approve of the CIA's grisly methods. More >>

Sea Shepherd Intercepts Toothfish Poachers

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:48 pm | Sea Shepherd Australia

Yesterday, at approximately 2152 AEDT, the Sea Shepherd conservation ship, Bob Barker, intercepted the illegal fishing vessel Thunder, at 62 15’ South, 81 24’ East, inside the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) ... More >>

Cuban Five Are Now All Free

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:31 pm | Julie Webb-Pullman

Cubans - and many others around the world - are jubilantly celebrating the return to Cuba on Wednesday of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero, the final three members of the Cuban Five to be released from US prisons, in a prisoner ... More >>

The U.S. and Cuba

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:29 pm | The White House

Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change America's relationship with the people of Cuba. More >>

Briefing on Changes in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:27 pm | U.S. Department of State

Special Briefing Roberta S. Jacobson Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Press Briefing Room Washington, DC December 18, 2014 More >>

Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:25 pm | U.S. Department of State

I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an "imprisoned island.” More >>

The United States Condemns the Attack in Yemen

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:24 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of this terrorist attack. ... More >>

Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:23 pm | U.S. Department of State

Presidential Task Force Issues Recommendations to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud More >>

Elections in Haiti

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:21 pm | U.S. Department of State

As Haiti’s political leaders work to resolve the issue of delayed elections, the United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future. Elections are essential for Haiti’s democratic development and for ... More >>

Arson Attack on Human Rights Group in Chechnya

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:18 pm | U.S. Department of State

We are extremely concerned by reports of arson at the Grozny offices of the Joint Mobile Group and the threats directed against human rights defenders, including Igor Kalyapin, head of the Russian NGO Committee Against Torture. More >>

On Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:14 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2014 More >>

CIA report warned assassination programme might backfire

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:46 am | Wikileaks

WikiLeaks today, Thursday 18 December, publishes a review by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of its "High Value Target" (HVT) assassination programme. The report weighs the pros and cons of killing "insurgent" leaders in assassination ... More >>

Hamas vs European Council (Case T-400/10) Judgment 17/12/14

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 6:59 pm | European Court

In Case T-400/10, Hamas, based in Doha (Qatar), represented by E L. Glock, lawyer, applicant, against Council of the European Union, represented initially by Messrs. B. Driessen and R. Szostak, and subsequently by. Driessen and G. Étienne, acting ... More >>

Cuba and US decided to establish diplomatic relations

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:48 pm | Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

Fellow countrymen: since my election as president of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated on many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal ... More >>

TISA text: US threat to privacy, civil rights, data security

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:40 pm | AFTINET

‘ Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data’ Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment ... More >>

What is left in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:10 pm | Save The Children

Miranda Cahn, Save the Children New Zealand’s Director of International Programmes talks about what is left in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines. More >>

FACT SHEET: Charting a New Course on Cuba

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:44 am | The White House

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two ... More >>

Pakistan: Taliban school attack shows civilian vulnerability

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:52 pm | Amnesty International

The Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International said. More >>

Sydney CBD open for business

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:50 am | NSW Police

NSW Police are urging members of the public to conduct business as usual tomorrow, with the exclusion zones expected to be reduced, and all roads open by 10am (Wednesday 17 December 2014). More >>

Remembering the victims of the Lindt Café siege

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:55 pm | New South Wales Government

NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced flags on all NSW Government buildings will fly at half-mast today to honour those who tragically lost their lives in the siege at the Lindt café in Sydney's CBD. More >>

Martin Place siege - victim update

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:41 pm | NSW Police

Police have released the details of the injured victims from the Martin Place siege. For welfare reasons and the conduct of the Critical Incident Investigation names, residential and hospital details will not be released at this time. Those hostages ... More >>

Flags at half-mast today

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:55 am | Prime Minister of Australia

Early this morning, the Martin Place siege ended with the death of the lone gunman and tragically, the loss of two hostages – innocent Australians caught up in the horror of yesterday’s events in Sydney. More >>

Martin Place Siege

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:36 am | Prime Minister of Australia

Australians awoke to the news this morning that the siege in Martin Place has ended. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages. More >>

3 dead following Martin Place siege

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:17 am | NSW Police

A critical incident investigation has been launched after three people died and four others were injured during a police operation in Sydney’s CBD this morning. More >>

Incident in Martin Place, Sydney

Monday, 15 December 2014, 2:39 pm | Prime Minister of Australia

New South Wales Police and the Australian Federal Police are currently responding to a reported hostage-taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney. More >>

Climate Change Performance Index 2015: More Action Needed

Monday, 15 December 2014, 11:13 am | Germanwatch

Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates, giving some reason to hope for limiting climate change | Canada and Australia worst performers of all industrialised countries More >>

Oil Price Tumbles After OPEC Releases 2015 Forecast

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 12:29 pm | Oilprice.com

The demand for oil in 2015 will drop to its lowest level since 2002 because of an oversupply of crude and stagnant economies in China and Europe, according to OPEC's latest forecast. And that's just one of several sour estimates. More >>

West Papua: Call for full investigation into Paniai killings

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 11:36 am | The Jakarta Post

JAYAPURA ( The Jakarta Post/Pacific Scoop/Pacific Media Watch ): Human rights activists have demanded that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo form an independent team to probe a shooting in Paniai, Papua, this week that claimed the lives of at least five ... More >>

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 11:31 am | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) More >>

Serious head on crash - SH1 Dome Valley

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 10:15 am | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on State Highway one at Dome Valley, between Warkworth and Wellsford. Three cars have been involved in a head crash and one is on fire. All occupants are out of the cars. More >>

UN condemns Botswana’s treatment of Bushmen

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 12:50 pm | Survival International

The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has voiced concerns over Botswana's evictions of the Bushmen in the name of wildlife conservation. The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has condemned Botswana’s treatment of Africa’s ... More >>

Israel must curb protestor fatalities in Palestine

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 11:56 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Zeid says Israel must take action to curb rise in protest fatalities in Occupied Palestinian Territory More >>

Full investigation needed into Papua protest deaths

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 11:55 am | PFF

Indonesia must investigate the shooting deaths of five peaceful protestors in West Papua, says the Pacific Freedom Forum. More >>

Stop water privatisation and strengthen public water supply

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 11:53 am | CNS

Stop water privatisation and strengthen public water supply A new report by Corporate Accountability International uncovers how the World Bank uses ponzi-style marketing tactics to sell privatization projects around the globe that it is also positioned ... More >>

Paris draft deal puts workers’ future at risk

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 11:50 am | ITUC

Brussels/Lima - 12 December 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC expressed its deep concern that the current lack of ambition, in particular before 2020, as well as the absence of any reference to the need for a Just Transition and Decent Work for workers when ... More >>

UK government to address human rights abuses in Iran

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 11:44 am | British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

British MPs call for firm actions by the UK government to address human rights abuses in Iran More >>

 

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