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Jakarta’s Pacific neglect highlights NZ media problem

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 5:04 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

John Brennan’s Trump Problem

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

John Brennan’s Trump Problem It started out as a fermented, weekend rage. “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin ... More >>

Taiwan’s National Health Insurance advances WHO goal

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 3:22 pm | Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program is a global benchmark in universal coverage and offers valuable lessons in delivering high-quality, cost-effective medical care for all, according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung. In an interview ... More >>

Young woman dies at the hands of Christian pastors in Korea

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 12:32 pm | IWPG

On Saturday 10th March, 2018, a unique stall was erected at the Mangere Market, in Mangere Town Centre. The International Women's Peace and Human Rights Committee (under the International Women's Peace Group) hosted a Memorial Ceremony to pay homage ... More >>

Who Wants to Kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 10:23 am | Ramzy Baroud

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pounds bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah. Hamdallah was visiting Gaza, through the Israeli border checkpoint, Erez, to open a large sewage ... More >>

China's UN Rep Spies on Dissident and Interrupts Testimony

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:13 am | United Nations

GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed ... More >>

“Unashamed Bigotry”: Alarming Rise In Racism And Xenophobia

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:10 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 March 2018) – UN and regional human rights experts* have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist ... More >>

Desperate State of Right to Health in Occupied Palestine

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:08 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 March 2018) – Israel has failed to uphold its obligations under international law to ensure the health and welfare of the Palestinian population under its control, said an independent expert mandated by the United Nations to monitor human rights ... More >>

Extensive Human Rights Violations in Turkey

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:07 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 March 2018) – Routine extensions of the state of emergency in Turkey have led to profound human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people – from arbitrary deprivation of the right to work and to freedom of movement, to ... More >>

Threats Against Factory Workers & Activists in Vietnan

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:04 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 March 2018) – UN human rights experts* express their concern about reports that women workers at two Samsung Electronics factories in Viet Nam, as well as labour activists, have been subjected to intimidation and harassment after they ... More >>

Syria Briefing to the Security Council

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 9:47 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Briefing to the Security Council under Arria formula on the situation in Syria by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein 19 March 2018 Mr. Chairman, Since this crisis began seven years ago with the torture of children in Dara’a; ... More >>

Fictional Free Trade and Permanent Protectionism

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 7:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fictional Free Trade and Permanent Protectionism: Donald Trump’s Economic Orthodoxy Let’s put it out there with suitable portions of provocation: free trade has never actually taken place. There is an uncomfortable, skirmish-ridden middle ground, where ... More >>

Michel Temer - Water: the right of each of us

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 5:52 pm | Embassy of Brazil

Access to drinking water and basic sanitation is a right and one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. It is a condition for human life. However, up to two billion people on the planet do not have access to a safe source of water ... More >>

New Health Crisis Looms for Rohingya Refugees

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 2:26 pm | Save The Children

Save the Children is warning that conditions are ripe for a devastating new health crisis in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this coming monsoon season, which is expected to dump more than three metres of rain on the overcrowded and makeshift ... More >>

Syrians Faced Death Or Torture Following Return to Syria

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 8:59 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Syrians Whose Asylum Requests Were Turned Down Faced Death Or Torture Following Return to Syria - Euro-Med Monitor for Human Rights More >>

Earth Hour 2018 in Central and Eastern Europe

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 8:38 am | World Wildlife Fund

Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Kyiv - Earth Hour, WWF’s landmark movement, is once again set to unite millions of people around the world to show their commitment to the planet. Hundreds of iconic landmarks in Central and Eastern Europe will switch ... More >>

Use of Force Against Protestors in DR Congo

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 8:38 am | United Nations

GENEVA/KINSHASA (19 March 2018) – The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017 and the trend continues so far this year, according to a UN report ... More >>

Human Rights Defenders Beaten in Iran Jail

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 8:36 am | United Nations

GENEVA (19 March 2018) – UN human rights experts* expressed concern at the continued targeting of human rights defenders in Iran, including about reports that two well-known women human rights defenders have been subjected to beatings in detention. More >>

Racial Preferences: Dutton and White South African Farmers

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Racial Preferences: Peter Dutton and White South African Farmers It has been the great misfit Australian policy since the 1990s: a refugee and immigration policy that shows itself to be scrupulously fair, calculable and clean. Nothing shall be ... More >>

The 50-Year Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 2:46 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Duty to Warn The 50-Year Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre How Can Professed Christians Defend Wartime Atrocities? Gary G. Kohls, MD – March 16, 2018 More >>

ASCC Assists Students in Need After Cyclone

Sunday, 18 March 2018, 12:58 pm | ASCC

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marketing Committee, in collaboration with the Student Government Association (SGA) and student clubs on campus, last week concluded an a food drive to provide assistance to students at the College whose ... More >>

The Doomsday Machine - Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 6:47 pm | Jim Miles

The Doomsday Machine - Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Daniel Ellsberg. Bloomsbury, NY et al. 2017. More >>

The Devil's Dynamo, by John Scales Avery

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 6:45 pm | John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Devil's Dynamo”. It is a collection of articles and book chapters that I have written about the way in which military-industrial complexes throughout the world drive and perpetuate ... More >>

Trump’s Intelligence Circus: Tillerson, Pompeo and Haspel

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Trump’s Intelligence Circus: Tillerson, Pompeo and Haspel It takes much to make a figure like Rex Tillerson seem not merely sane but competent. The Trump administration, with its almost paranormal sense of revisionism and fantasy, has managed to make ... More >>

PMC projects lure documentary makers

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 2:51 pm | Pacific Media Watch

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): Pacific Media Centre project students and interns announced for the year... More >>

Japan will see hojicha boom

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 1:26 pm | Global Data

Japan is witnessing a new tea boom with the growing popularity of roasted green tea–hojicha. As a result, major food and beverage firms are rushing to introduce a number of hojicha-flavored food and drink products to capitalize on the opportunity, says leading data and analytics ... More >>

Commonwealth Summit: Unions Call for Action on Jobs

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 1:22 pm | ITUC

Commonwealth Summit: Unions Call for Action on Jobs, Democracy, Development and Climate Brussels, 16 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions from the Commonwealth countries are calling on leaders at the 52-member Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting ... More >>

Situation in Afrin, Syria

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:29 pm | UNHCHR

We have been receiving deeply alarming reports from Afrin in northwestern Syria about civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and ground-based strikes, as well as reports that civilians are being prevented from leaving Afrin city by Kurdish ... More >>

Tonga’s businesses struck but not crushed by Cyclone

Friday, 16 March 2018, 8:51 pm | Pacific Trade Invest

Four Tongan organisations are attending Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand’s Pasifika Business Market at Auckland’s Pasifika Festival following Cyclone Gita. More >>

PMC Lures Documentary Makers, Politics Writer, & Fiji Journo

Friday, 16 March 2018, 11:14 am | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Acquittal is a shocking travesty of justice

Friday, 16 March 2018, 10:06 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

On March 13 2018, the Third Judicial Magistrate at the First Class Court in Mangalore acquitted Pramod Muthalik , and 25 other members of the Sri Rama Sene of the 2009 assault of several women in a Amnesia, a Mangalore pub. The Sri Ram Sene is a right-wing ... More >>

UN experts urge Saudi Arabia to halt executions

Friday, 16 March 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

GENEVA (15 March 2018) – UN experts* have expressed concern over the imminent execution in Saudi Arabia of a man convicted of spying for Iran, financing terrorism and spreading the Shia faith, and called on the Government to annul the death sentence. More >>

As Syrian War Crimes Tribunals Are Readied ...

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:43 am | Franklin Lamb

As Syrian War Crimes Tribunals Are Readied, Qassim Soleimani Instructs Assad And Iran’s Militia: “No terrorist bodies; no evidence; no evidence; no crime; no crime; no Tribunals. Disappear terrorist bodies!” More >>

India: Tribes Threatened by Conservation Plan Protest

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:30 am | Survival International

Hundreds of Baiga people from the area that inspired Kipling’s The Jungle Book are rallying to oppose the authorities’ attempts to evict them from the forests that they have lived in and managed since time immemorial. More >>

Mexican Investigation Marred by Torture & Cover-Ups

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:26 am | United Nations

GENEVA (15 March 2018) – There are strong grounds to believe that some of the people detained in Mexico during the early stages of the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in 2014 were arbitrarily detained and tortured, and ... More >>

Expert formulates 23 principles of international order

Friday, 16 March 2018, 9:00 am | United Nations

GENEVA (15 March 2018) – The UN’s first Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, today shared his seventh and final thematic report to the Human Rights Council at an event on the ... More >>

PNG Highlands Earthquake Situation Report No. 2, 14 March

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 8:54 pm | United Nations

Please find enclosed the link to Situation Report no. 2 on the highlands earthquake in Papua New Guinea . This report covers the period from 10 to 14 March 2018. More >>

Seven Out of 10 Top School Systems Are in East Asia Pacific

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 3:50 pm | World Bank

Seven Out of 10 Top School Systems Are in East Asia Pacific But More Needs to be Done, World Bank Says More >>

Cambodia at a crossroads

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:38 am | United Nations

PHNOM PENH (14 March 2018) – The UN expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia has expressed serious concerns about restrictions on the media, freedom of expression and political participation ahead of a national election in July, calling on the ... More >>

Eritrea: elderly school chief dies in custody

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:36 am | United Nations

GENEVA (14 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation human of rights in Eritrea has deplored the arbitrary arrest and detention of hundreds people who have challenged the Government’s restrictions at a school, and expressed concerns ... More >>

New Zealand High Commissioner visits USP

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 6:38 pm | University Of South Pacific

New Zealand High Commissioner visits USP Mr Jonathan Curr, New Zealand’s High Commissioner and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP following the visit and discussions at the Laucala Campus. More >>

San Francisco and Oakland to host AIDS 2020

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:59 am | International Aids Society

San Francisco and Oakland to host AIDS 2020 The world’s largest HIV conference returns 30 years later to where the AIDS epidemic first emerged in the US More >>

UN experts condemn decision to seek death sentence

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:56 am | United Nations

GENEVA (13 March 2018) – UN human rights experts strongly condemn a decision by the Egyptian prosecutor to seek the death sentence against acclaimed photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as “Shawkan”, who was arrested while covering anti-government ... More >>

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 9:48 am | United Nations

(Dhaka, 13 March 2018) From 7 to 13 March I visited Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingya population who have crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since the most recent incidents of violence in northern Rakhine state in October ... More >>

Family Planning launches inaugural Kiribati Discovery Tour

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 9:17 am | GOOD Travel

If you’re looking for an adventure without the crowds but with a purpose, Family Planning’s inaugural Kiribati Discovery Tour could be just the ticket. More >>

"Licensed to krill" - Greenpeace exposes Antarctic fishing

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:19 am | Greenpeace

A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. More >>

Art and Exploitation: Ai Weiwei and the Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 4:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Art and Exploitation: Ai Weiwei, Dissidence and the Refugee Crisis The status of dissident offers a certain moral latitude in behaviour, and, in various cases, misbehaviour. The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one such figure. He is a feted figure of dissent ... More >>

USP implements Mangrove Reforestation Project in Fiji

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 4:29 pm | University Of South Pacific

PRESS RELEASE USP implements Mangrove Reforestation Project in Fiji Community participation during mangrove reforestation at Nasau Village, Navitilevu, Ra. The University of the South Pacific ’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) team continued the ... More >>

EU steps up humanitarian assistance to Tonga

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:03 am | Delegation of the European Union to the Pacific

Suva, 13 March 2018 – The European Commission is allocating a further €300 000 (TOP 790 860) in humanitarian funding to Tonga in order to enable the delivery of emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which wreaked ... More >>

Gas Deal with Egypt: Israel Deepens Anchor in the East Med

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 9:48 am | INSS Insight

Presumably the government of Israel played an important role in securing the $15 billion natural gas deal signed recently between the owners of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan fields and the Egyptian Dolphinus Holding. For his part, Egypt’s President ... More >>

UN: Honduras election protests met with excessive force

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 9:44 am | UN Human Rights Office

Honduras election protests met with excessive and lethal force – UN report GENEVA (12 March 2018) – Members of the Honduran security forces, in particular the military police, used excessive – including lethal – force to control and disperse protests ... More >>

The situation in East Ghouta requires a decisive resolution

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 9:42 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Ahead of today’s Security Council meeting, SN4HR and Euro-Med: The situation in East Ghouta requires a decisive resolution from the Security Council Geneva- The massacres committed against unarmed civilians in the towns and villages of eastern ... More >>

Myanmar: UN expert calls for accountability over violence

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 9:11 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the Human Rights Council on Monday she was increasingly of the opinion that the events in Rakhine State bear the hallmarks of genocide and ... More >>

UN disability rights experts issue findings

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 9:07 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 February 2018) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its latest session from 14 February to 9 March in Geneva: Haiti, Nepal, Oman, Sudan, ... More >>

Kim - Trump Talks

Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:16 pm | NZ DPRK Society

The NZ-DPRK Society welcomes the news that President Donald Trump has accepted the proposal from Chairman Kim Jong-un for direct personal talks. More >>

Kava drinking research highlighted in global report

Monday, 12 March 2018, 4:25 pm | AUT

AUT PhD student, Edmond Fehoko, continues to garner international attention with his master’s thesis on the experiences and perceptions of New Zealand-born Tongan males participating in the faikava or kava drinking circle. More >>

Viral Apologies and Jeremy Corbyn

Monday, 12 March 2018, 1:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was public, expressive and demanded. The apology by Ben Bradley, a social media hazard but also Tory member of the UK House of Commons, is something that will put detractors of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn on notice. While accusations have been made ... More >>

Myanmar: Military land grab as security forces build bases

Monday, 12 March 2018, 1:31 pm | Amnesty International

Dramatic increase of security infrastructure since January Military bases, helipads and roads built on burned villages Rohingya people forcibly driven off their lands to make room for construction Myanmar’s Rakhine State is being militarized at an ... More >>

Violence against Muslims in Europe requires action

Monday, 12 March 2018, 9:25 am | Euro-Med

Geneva- The widespread practices of organized violence against Muslims in Europe are deeply distressful and alarming, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, especially that random attacks against Muslims have turned into organized crime, ... More >>

MacDonald Makes It Back to Back Championship Titles

Sunday, 11 March 2018, 6:48 pm | Liam MacDonald

Invercargill racing driver Liam MacDonald has made it back to back titles in Class 2 of the BNT V8’s Championship after the final round at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in North Waikato this weekend. More >>