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Forensic Services Must Be Independent From Law Enforcement

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:52 pm | UN News

Mr. Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas More >>

Use of Drones in Law Enforcement May Violate Human Rights

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:50 pm | UN News

22 October 2014 – The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today. More >>

DR Congo: UN Mission Comes under Attack, Steps up Security

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:48 pm | UN News

Head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, comforting a Beni, North Kivu, resident who had several family members killed during recent attacks attributed to ADF rebels, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO More >>

Somalia Piracy Requires Effective State Governance

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:45 pm | UN News

22 October 2014 – While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief today said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions ... More >>

Despite Gains Against Tuberculosis, Better Research Funding

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:40 pm | UN News

Patients wait to take their daily tuberculosis treatment at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Bhutan. Photo: The Global Fund/John Rae More >>

South Sudan: ‘No Alternative to Silencing the Guns,’

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:38 pm | UN News

Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More >>

Cambodia: Report Reveals Scope of Violence Against Children

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:33 pm | UN News

22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude ... More >>

October 22: National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:31 pm | Stop Mass Incarceration

October 22: National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation Actions in More Than 50 Cities Nationwide More >>

Belgium’s Record on Women’s Rights to Face Scrutiny

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:28 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA ( 22 October 2014) – Belgium’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Tuesday 28 October 2014 in meetings that will be webcast live. More >>

Thousands Protest Acid Attacks Against Women in Iran

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:12 pm | National Council of Resistance of Iran

Iran: Angry demonstrations by people of Esfahan and Tehran against anti-human crime of splashing acid by regime’s elements on women More >>

Britain’s Real Promise to Israel; Symbolic Vote on Palestine

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:09 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the “promise” made by Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representative of the Jewish community in Britain, Lord Rothschild ... More >>

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy in the 21st Century

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:05 pm | U.S. Department of State

Remarks Rose Gottemoeller Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Dixie State University St. George, Utah October 21, 2014 More >>

Release of Civil Society Activists in Azerbaijan

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:02 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 22, 2014 More >>

Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:00 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers ... More >>

Support Needed for Olive Farmers in Palestinian Territory

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:57 pm | UN News

Olive trees in the Palestinian town of Ni'lin in 2008 were very close to expanding Israeli settlements. Photo: IRIN/Shabtai Gold More >>

UN Launches Initiative Targeting Threat of Desertification

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:55 pm | UN News

Recent successes show that problems related to desertification and land degradation are not insurmountable. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano More >>

69th UNGA First Committee Discussion on Conventional Weapons

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:50 pm | U.S. Department of State

Remarks Ambassador Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative, Delegation of the United States of America New York City October 22, 2014 More >>

On the Passing of Ben Bradlee

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:40 pm | U.S. Department of State

Ben Bradlee was America’s Editor-in-Chief. He was courageous and fearless, gutsy and gritty, and as much as we remember his big laugh and his love of politics and people, his legacy defines great journalism: he found the facts and he let the facts ... More >>

Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:37 pm | James Stafford

The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes . There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. ... More >>

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:30 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas and their consequences 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 ... More >>

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:27 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period (1 – 30 September 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing; 4 chasing incidents ... More >>

Urgent Appeal to Palestinian President and Government:

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:21 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

PCHR Warns of Consequences of Fuel Shortage at Gaza Hospitals and Expected Suspension of Health Services at UAE Red Crescent Hospital More >>

Hope for Release of Jailed Journalists as Appeal Date Set

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:19 pm | Al Jazeera

1st January 2015 has been set as the date when Al Jazeera’s jailed journalists in Egypt will have the appeals against their convictions considered. More >>

Winner of Climate Zone SMS Competition from Lamen Bay Epi

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 1:17 pm | UNDP

Wednesday 22 October 2014 (Vanuatu) – The national winner of the Climate Zone SMS Competition has been announced by Digicel Vanuatu, in partnership with the Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP). More >>

Shooting incidents in Ottawa today: ongoing investigation

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:19 am | Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill. More >>

Ebola: Are U.S. Bioweapons Labs the Solution or the Problem?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:18 pm | Institute for Public Accuracy

On Friday, the New York Times published the article "White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study," which states: "Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily ... More >>

DR Congo: Ban Deplores Expulsion of UN Rights Officer

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:44 pm | UN News

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Scott Campbell. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti More >>

Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahmah Found Guilty

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:41 pm | International Solidarity Movement

Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma was found guilty by an Israeli military court of “disturbing a soldier”. More >>

Trade Union Wins in Aqaba Dispute

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:38 pm | Sam Dawson

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pleased to announce that port workers at the Aqaba Container Terminals (ACT) facility in Jordan run by APM Terminals have gained a victory following international protests against a police ... More >>

Iran: 13 Executions in One Day

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:36 pm | National Council of Resistance of Iran

The henchmen of the clerical regime hanged 13 prisoners on Sunday October 19, 2014 in Ghezel-Hessar Karaj Prison, Tabriz Central Prison and Rasht Central Prison. More >>

Ebola: UN Prepares for Arrival of Trial Vaccines

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:23 pm | UN News

In early October 2014, with the help of the US Navy, a new mobile laboratory opened at Island Clinic, one of the WHO-supported Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: WHO/R. Sørenson More >>

Gaza: Pledges for Aid, Reconstruction Must Be Honoured

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:18 pm | UN News

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Security Council President for the month of October, María Cristina Perceval of Argentina, is at ... More >>

General Assembly Elect 15 Members to UN Human Rights Council

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:09 pm | UN News

A delegate casts his country's ballot in the election of members for the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Evan Schneider More >>

Syria: UN Convoy Crosses Lines to Reach Children

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:04 pm | UN News

A UN truck with humanitarian supplies at the Turkish side of the border awaiting green light to cross to the Syrian side, in March 2014. Photo: OCHA More >>

U.S.-Australia Political-Military Talks

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:58 pm | U.S. Department of State

On October 21, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Todd C. Chapman met with senior civilian and military officials in Canberra, Australia for the U.S.-Australia Political-Military Talks. More >>

U.S. Department of State Virtual Exchange Program

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:54 pm | U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Builds Bridge Between the Past and Present Through Virtual Exchange Program More >>

Release of Jeffrey Fowle

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:51 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 21, 2014 More >>

Terrorist Designations of Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:48 pm | U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of these ... More >>

UNGA First Committee Thematic Discussion on Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:46 pm | U.S. Department of State

Remarks Ambassador Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative, Delegation of the United States of America New York City October 20, 2014 More >>

2015: Jonathan Will Lose If He Runs —Rivers APC

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:43 pm | Rivers APC

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been advised not to bow to the pressure being mounted on him by selfish groups and individuals to contest the 2015 presidential election. Giving the advice in a statement in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Chapter ... More >>

Confronting the Legacy of Political Violence in Lebanon

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:31 pm | ICTJ

Lebanon should take firm steps to provide redress to victims of past conflicts and help prevent future violence, the International Center for Transitional Justice and Lebanese rights groups said today at a roundtable discussion in Beirut. Lebanese ... More >>

U.S Holocaust Museum Opens Exhibit on War Crimes in Syria

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:22 pm | Syrian Emergency Task Force

United States Holocaust Museum Opens Exhibit on Regime War Crimes in Syria Based on Caesar Photographs More >>

WHO Appeals for US$ 8.7 Million to Rejuvenate Gaza’s Health

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:38 pm | WHO

Almost half of the hospitals in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during the conflict, including Al Wafa Hospital More >>

Ebola: Treatments And Vaccines Could Help Control Outbreak

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:30 pm | MSF

Dr Bertrand Draguez is MSF’s Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, ... More >>

WHO Declares End of Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:27 pm | WHO

The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of ... More >>

Ebola Crisis Update - 16th October 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:12 pm | MSF

16 October 2014 Cases Deaths Guinea 1,472 843 Liberia 4,249 2,458 Nigeria 20 8 Sierra Leone 3,252 1,183 Senegal 1 0 Total 8,994 4,492 WHO Figures - Data are based on official information reported by Ministries of Health. These numbers are subject to change ... More >>

New Bitcoin Exchange Launched

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:57 pm | The Continuum Partners

21 October 2014 (Sydney): Independent Reserve , the Bitcoin market, today announced the opening of its new exchange based in Sydney, Australia. More >>

Ghana’s Record on Women’s Rights to Face Scrutiny

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:54 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (20 October 2014) – Ghana’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 24 October 2014 in meetings that will be webcast live. More >>

French Journalists Detained in Papua Appear in Court

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:53 pm | Banjir Ambarita

By Banjir Ambarita on 04:24 pm Oct 20, 2014 Category Featured, News Tags: OPM Free Papua Organization, West Papua More >>

Somalia: UN Envoy Condemns Attack on African Union Troops

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:44 pm | UN News

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price More >>

South Sudan Seeks to Combat Sexual Violence

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:42 pm | UN News

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura briefs journalists on her recent visit to South Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More >>

Community, Religious Leaders Must Condemn ISIL ‘Atrocities’

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:39 pm | UN News

20 October 2014 – Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and “dramatic” human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Šimonović, ... More >>

Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:35 pm | UN News

20 October 2014 – Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering ... More >>

Increased Taxes Regulation Key to Fighting Tobacco ‘Epidemic

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:33 pm | UN News

20 October 2014 – The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” ... More >>

City-Backed Water Shut-Offs Contrary to Human Rights

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:19 pm | UN News

20 October 2014 – The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those ... More >>

Detroit’s water shut-offs target the poor, vulnerable

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:17 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

DETROIT / NEW YORK (20 October 2014) – The unprecedented scale of water shut-offs taking place in Detroit is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and poorest, most of whom are African American, two United Nations human rights experts have warned ... More >>

Venezuela: UN Calls for Release of Opposition Leader

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:15 pm | UN News

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré More >>

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:24 pm | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02- 15 October 2014) More >>

UN Agency Ramps up for Gaza Reconstruction Push

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:23 pm | UN News

UNRWA estimates around 17,000 destroyed or damaged homes, rendering 100,000 people homeless in Gaza. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan More >>

Alarming Rise in Use of Death Penalty in Iraq

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:21 pm | UN News

19 October 2014 – Top United Nations officials are today calling on Government of Iraq to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty after a new UN report found an alarming rise in executions carried out by the country since capital punishment ... More >>


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