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Yemen: Human suffering at risk of further deterioration

Friday, 25 May 2018, 4:17 pm | United Nations

24 May 2018 Humanitarian Aid An escalation in fighting, increasing obstacles to aid delivery and lack of food and fuel, is compounding Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations top relief official warned on Thursday, calling on all ... More >>

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:41 pm | United Nations

The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction. More >>

ALRANZ Wishes Ireland a Successful Repeal of the 8th

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:00 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ wishes the Irish people all the best in their referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to Ireland’s constitution and allow Irish women to receive abortion care in the home country. More >>

“Milestone judgement” in Guatemala – UN Human Rights Chief

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:36 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today welcomed the ruling issued unanimously by the High Risk “C” Tribunal in Guatemala yesterday against four high-ranking former military officials for crimes ... More >>

Call on India to protect journalist Rana Ayyub

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:35 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* are calling on the authorities in India to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign. More >>

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ over cancellation of summit

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:01 am | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday that he was “deeply concerned” by the cancellation of the planned meeting between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly-known ... More >>

Message on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:52 am | United Nations

On May 29th, 1948, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first United Nations peacekeeping operation – the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East. More >>

An agenda for disarmament' launched last night

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:38 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

“The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy. But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been. Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports sustainable development. ... More >>

Japan: Benefit cuts threaten social protection of the poor

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 7:19 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging the Government of Japan to review a series of planned benefit cuts which threaten the minimum social protection for the poor, particularly those with disabilities, single parents and their children, ... More >>

High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the EU

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 5:43 pm | Joint Press Release

This is a joint press statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Fiji and the European Union following the third high level political dialogue between Fiji and the European Union held in Suva on 23 and 24 May, 2018. More >>

Peace and security challenges in Africa’s Sahel region

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:20 pm | United Nations

Peace and security challenges in Africa’s Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official More >>

NZ investigators expose slavery and human trafficking at sea

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:20 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, May 24: Investigators from New Zealand are behind a global operation that has exposed shocking incidents of human trafficking, slavery and abuse at sea aboard international fishing fleets. More >>

Transforming the world requires input from all society

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:19 pm | United Nations

International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. More >>

Urgent action needed to avoid war, suffering in Gaza

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:16 pm | United Nations

Urgent action needed to avoid war, alleviate suffering in Gaza – UN envoy tells Security Council Gaza is on the verge of collapse and its people becoming increasingly desperate, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday, urging ... More >>

Calls for human rights shift in South Korea

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:55 pm | UNHCHR

SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) – United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. More >>

Ukraine: Economic reforms should protect human rights

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:54 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA/KYIV (23 May 2018) – The United Nations Independent Expert on debt and human rights recognised that Ukraine has progressed in its fight against illicit financial flows but warned that economic reforms without clear safeguards for human rights ... More >>

Digital Platforms are Critical for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:51 pm | APEC

Digital Platforms are Critical for Entrepreneurs Issued by the APEC Secretariat Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 24 May 2018 APEC economies boast some of the fastest-growing and most technologically innovative markets in the world. But though rich in culture, ... More >>

Leading Chinese NZ political scientist presents research

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:45 am | World Civilization Forum

Leading Chinese political scientist, co-founder of New Zealand think tank, presents new research on China core ideology More >>

EU-Australia trade talks quietly dump investor rights

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 7:33 pm | AFTINET

“We welcome the fact that the EU mandate for the EU Australia FTA talks has dumped the controversial rights for foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals, known as ISDS, because European courts have found that ISDS cases have ... More >>

Fiji Judiciary Upholds Freedom of Expression

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 6:22 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights welcomes the decision of the Judiciary. Section 17 of the Constitution guarantees the citizens of Fiji with freedom of speech, expression and publication. More >>

Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 4:52 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s Premature Celebration: Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier By Ramzy Baroud 60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law. 50 more were killed since ... More >>

Advancing Climate Resilience in the Pacific

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 4:15 pm | UNDP

22 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand: The impact of climate change reaches all aspects of human life in the Pacific. Policymakers must select the priority adaptation actions from many options. UNDP and UN Environment are empowering effective climate change ... More >>

Australia’s China Syndrome

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle ... More >>

UN pays tribute to the Organization’s founding mothers

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 10:13 am | United Nations

The Women and the Origins of the United Nations – a Southern Legacy event at New York headquarters honours the women from developing countries who played a pivotal role in the United Nations since its inception.UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi More >>

UN calls on Algeria to stop expelling migrants

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:48 am | United Nations

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has called on the Algerian Government to stop collectively expelling thousands of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, saying it violates international human rights law. More >>

New project safeguards Rohingya refugees

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:35 am | United Nations

A major canal dredging project underway in Southern Bangladesh to protect Rohingya refugees from monsoon floods, will have the added benefit of boosting local agriculture, the United Nations migration agency said Tuesday. More >>

Poverty compounding health challenges for Palestine refugees

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:26 am | United Nations

Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and smoking-related ailments, account for the majority of the chronic health problems confronting Palestine refugees across the Middle East, a new report by the United Nations agency which ... More >>

Human rights no longer treated as a priority

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:24 am | United Nations

Vienna (22 May 2018) – In a speech delivered Tuesday at an international conference marking the 25th anniversary of a landmark human rights declaration, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued a stark warning that the world in ... More >>

Divest From BlackRock! May 23 In New York City

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:15 am | Marc Eliot Stein

On Wednesday morning, May 23 2018 in New York City, the annual shareholder’s meeting of BlackRock, the shadowy but gigantic “too big to fail” financial conglomerate that profited from the Wall Street crash of 2007/2008 and has been profiting for ... More >>

ICC Prosecutor on the referral submitted by Palestine

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 6:08 am | International Criminal Court

Today, 22 May 2018, I received a referral from the Government of the State of Palestine ("Palestine"), a State Party to the Rome Statute, regarding the situation in Palestine since 13 June 2014 with no end date. More >>

PLO on Palestine’s referral of Israel to the ICC

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 8:43 pm | PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Palestine’s referral of Israel to the ICC: “Time to end Israel’s impunity” "Today, as a State party to the Rome Statute, the State of Palestine will submit a referral regarding Israel's ... More >>

Another Refugee Dies on Manus

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 5:13 pm | Refugee Action Coalition

Initial reports indicate that the refugee was killed when he was hit by a bus around 11am very near to West Haus refugee compound, althoughsome repiorts are saying he jumped from the bus. More >>

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 4:28 pm | United Nations

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day More >>

Australia's voting at the UNHRC

Monday, 21 May 2018, 5:19 pm | The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia

Australia’s voting at the 28th Special Session of the UNHRC against a resolution to establish an independent commission of inquiry is immoral, provocative and contrary to international law. More >>

Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

Monday, 21 May 2018, 4:33 pm | Kia Ora Gaza

Mike Treen is a prominent, life-long human rights campaigner and trade union leader in New Zealand. More >>

Shaping Change in a Time of Disruption

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:43 pm | World Bank

Before 1800, nearly everyone on the planet was poor. Royalty and large landowners were a small minority, and wealth was tied to land – those who controlled land, controlled much of the world's wealth. Nearly everyone else lived in poverty. This ... More >>

Educational workshops for canoe fishermen being held in Niue

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:10 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Traditional canoe fishermen in Niue will be provided with tips and tools for survival at sea this month, through workshops delivered by New Zealand’s Pacific Maritime Safety Programme (PMSP). The PMSP delivers maritime safety initiatives throughout ... More >>

Statement on recent situation on the Israel-Gaza border

Monday, 21 May 2018, 12:30 pm | Zionist Federation

Media Statement on recent situation on the Israel-Gaza border by the Zionist Federation of New Zealand More >>

Saudi Arabia: Chilling smears after women’s rights arrests

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:27 am | Amnesty International

In a chilling development, the Saudi Arabian authorities and government-aligned media launched a public smear campaign last night to try to discredit six prominent detained women’s rights defenders as “traitors” following their arrest this week, Amnesty ... More >>

British Officer to Address UN Urgent Session

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:03 pm | UN Watch

Col. Richard Kemp now at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva GENEVA, May 18, 2018 -- The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, coming from a field visit and report at the Gaza front line, is about to testify before the emergency UN session ... More >>

Gaza under siege – but Palestinians ‘will never give up’

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:00 pm | Pacific Media Watch

GLOBAL: Gaza under siege – but Palestinians ‘will never give up’ More >>

The longest day – George Speight and the march of madness

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 1:58 pm | Pacific Media Watch

FIJI: The longest day – George Speight and the march of madness More >>

Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global ‘health emergency’

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:54 pm | United Nations

DR Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global ‘health emergency’, but strong response to disease vital – UN health experts More >>

France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:52 pm | IUCN

Marseille, France, 18 May 2018 (IUCN) – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, ... More >>

Experts urge Spain to halt extraditions to China

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:47 pm | UNHCHR

UN human rights experts urge Spain to halt extraditions to China fearing risk of torture or death penalty More >>

Magazine features PMC's 'conflict' photojournalism book

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:46 pm | Pacific Media Centre

REGION: Spasifik magazine features PMC's 'conflict' photojournalism book More >>

UN experts urge Israel not to deport Omar Shakir

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:40 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (18 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* have called on the Government of Israel to rescind its decision of 7 May to cancel the work permit of Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch, who is based in Jerusalem. More >>

Zeid on Gaza

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 12:39 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem ... More >>

560 Palestinian Israeli gunshot victims contact ICC

Saturday, 19 May 2018, 8:48 am | Gaza SCOOP

Israeli crimes committed in Gaza 560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots are contacting the International Criminal Court More >>

Human rights advocates in Asia under attack

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1:48 pm | UNDP

In February, hundreds of Filipino participants in the peace process, environmental activists and human rights defenders were labeled “terrorists” by their own government. The security of the individuals on this list is at stake, and some have fled the ... More >>

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1:39 pm | United Nations

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease ... More >>

Saudi authorities must reveal the fate of Saudi poet

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1:23 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Joint Statement: Saudi authorities must reveal the fate of Saudi poet Nawaf al-Rasheed Geneva - Four organizations (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, International Coalition for Human Rights and Development, AFD International, and Skyline International) ... More >>

Thailand: UN experts condemn use of defamation laws

Friday, 18 May 2018, 1:19 pm | UNHCHR

Thailand: UN experts condemn use of defamation laws to silence human rights defender Andy Hall More >>

Every Turtle Counts!

Friday, 18 May 2018, 11:50 am | Sea Life Trust

NEW ZEALAND, Friday 18th May 2018 - This week, a group of staff from Sea Life Trust ANZ are heading on an exciting turtle conservation project to East Timor to help re-build turtle populations. In partnership with Conservation International, the ... More >>

Port Vila National Eye Centre project

Friday, 18 May 2018, 11:30 am | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ is excited to announce the $2.1 million upgrade and expansion of the Port Vila National Eye Centre in Vanuatu. More >>

Coercive measures exacerbate humanitarian crisis in Syria

Friday, 18 May 2018, 11:26 am | United Nations

DAMASCUS/GENEVA (17 May 2018) – An independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council says an unintended consequence of unilateral sanctions on the Syrian Arab Republic is that the Syrian people are being denied urgent humanitarian needs. More >>

Consumers under HOMES-CARE should not be Discriminated

Friday, 18 May 2018, 11:16 am | Consumer Council of Fiji

The Consumer Council of Fiji is alarmed that some vendors under the HOMES-CARE assistance scheme continue to hike their prices to take advantage of the victims of National Disaster. More >>

Syria: Civilians bear brunt of unilateral sanctions

Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:47 am | United Nations

Syrian civilians are frequently being denied live-saving humanitarian support – an unintended consequence of unilateral sanctions, that are exacerbating an already dire situation, according to a United Nations rights expert. More >>

The Decency of Violence: Massacre in Gaza

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 12:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the makings of another Intifada: appalling timing in terms of commemoration (the founding of the state of Israel; the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in all-Trumpistan affair); popular protest with all its untidy trimmings; then a ... More >>

Call for an investigation into Gaza’s recent events

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 9:24 am | Euro Med Monitor

Geneva- Mr. Michael Lynk’s call for an international investigation into Israel's killing of Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip is a first step to achieve justice for the dead, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, stressing ... More >>