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Greece: Children face ‘dire and dangerous’ situation

Saturday, 22 September 2018, 3:46 am | United Nations

Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) said on Friday, warning that “severe emotional distress” ... More >>

UN expert: Argentina should avoid dismantling family farming

Saturday, 22 September 2018, 3:17 am | OHCHR

GENEVA / BUENOS AIRES (21 September 2018) – The Government of Argentina should support the country’s family farming sector in order to protect food availability, says the UN expert on food and human rights. More >>

Georgia: UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons

Saturday, 22 September 2018, 3:12 am | UNHCHR

Georgia: UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons GENEVA (21 September 2018) – The UN Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will conduct ... More >>

“Botswana elephant massacre” story now proven false

Saturday, 22 September 2018, 3:11 am | Survival International

An investigation by Botswana authorities has established conclusively that the widely circulated report of a “poaching massacre” of 87 elephants is false. More >>

Nominations for International Children’s Peace Prize 2018

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:38 pm | Kids Rights

Today KidsRights proudly announces that 121 nominees are in contention for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018. The prestigious prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously to promote the rights of the child. More >>

SPECA at 20: Strengthening the UN Special Programme

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:33 pm | UN ESCAP

SPECA at 20: Strengthening the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia to deliver on the 2030 Agenda More >>

NZ: Aid workers’ open letter condemns 'Leaches' attack

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:29 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

About 160 Vessels Inspected During NZ-Fiji Patrols

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:49 am | New Zealand Defence Force

About 160 vessels in Fijian waters were inspected during combined maritime surveillance patrols by New Zealand and Fiji agencies since June. More >>

UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:45 am | United Nations

UN chief António Guterres on Thursday called for a “renewed commitment to a rules-based global order” and to the organization he leads, highlighting his key themes for discussion during the High-Level week of the General Assembly, beginning on Monday. More >>

Forging Closer Ties between Hong Kong and Vietnam

Friday, 21 September 2018, 8:39 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The "In StyleHong Kong Symposium" opens at GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, attracting officials and business leaders to explore business opportunities Hong Kong presents. More >>

Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:26 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide By Ramzy Baroud Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14 , recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located ... More >>

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights More >>

Children on Nauru are now suicidal, UN hears

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:55 pm | Human Rights Law Centre Australia

Overnight the UN Human Rights Council heard about the unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. More >>

DRC has forced nearly every child into hiding

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:41 pm | World Vision New Zealand

For more than a year, children have been living in fear of the violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More >>

Mangkhut disproportionally affects those with disabilities

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:39 pm | CBM

In pre-dawn darkness, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Saturday in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon, Philippines. What is often forgotten is that up to 15% of people in its path have disabilities and ... More >>

YEMEN: A further one million children at risk of famine

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:26 pm | Save The Children

Any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through Hodeidah port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, warns Save the Children More >>

NZDF helps restock Cook Islands Libraries

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A project by Cook Islands authorities to restock the public library in the capital and set up satellite libraries in outlying islands received a boost with the recent delivery of about a tonne of donated books by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). ... More >>

Senate TPP-11 Report identifies flaws but endorses TPP-11

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 10:06 am | AFTINET

September 18, 2018 Community groups disappointed that Senate TPP-11 Report identifies serious flaws but endorses TPP-11 “We are deeply disappointed that the Labor majority report of the Senate Standing Committee on the TPP-11 has strongly criticized many ... More >>

Agreement over buffer zone to spare civilians in Syria

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 10:00 am | UN News

The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the world body’s humanitarian chief, who called on all warring ... More >>

Eritrea: Peace deal could offer hope for reforms

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:58 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia raises hopes that human rights will be at the centre of Eritrea’s path towards a society respectful of all fundamental rights, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, ... More >>

Culture of violating women's rights in Kyrgyzstan, says UN

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:56 am | UN Human Rights Office

Women in Kyrgyzstan suffer grave and systematic violations of their human rights due to a culture of abduction, rape and forced marriage, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women found in an inquiry published today into ... More >>

Two cable landing stations in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 6:53 pm | Flexenclosure

Flexenclosure strengthens Asia-Pacific presence with order for two cable landing stations in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands 18th September 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden, and Port Vila, Vanuatu More >>

Philippines: More than a million children missing out

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 1:40 pm | Save The Children

Philippines: More than a million children missing out on education as thousands of schools remain shut following “super” Typhoon Mangkhut More >>

Needles found in Australian strawberries - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

Two of New Zealand's major supermarket chains have halted the distribution of strawberries from Australia after sewing needles were found in Queensland-grown crops. More >>

Keeping order: The saga of Thor's gavel

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:38 am | UN News

If you’re a keen observer of the United Nations General Assembly , you may have noticed the body’s President wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it. More >>

In a complex world, ‘we need to take the right road’

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:35 am | UN News

The outgoing UN General Assembly President, Miroslav Lajčák, called on the global community on Monday to remain steadfast in support of multilateralism, reiterating that it is the only way to address the complex and growing challenges facing the ... More >>

Signs that North Korea is ‘maintaining nuclear program'

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:31 am | UN News

There are signs that North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK), is “still maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes”, Rosemary di Carlo, United Nations political affairs ... More >>

UN experts call for response to 'appalling' protest verdict

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:25 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN independent experts* call on the Human Rights Council to urgently respond to verdicts condemning 75 protesters to death and 47 to life sentences in Egypt. More >>

Persons with albinism: Kenya on the way to becoming champs

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:19 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Kenya has recorded significant success in responding to attacks against persons with albinism and discrimination in the health sector but must do much more in other areas like access to justice, says a UN expert. Presenting a statement at the end of a ... More >>

APEC Builds Disruption-Ready Small Business Trade

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:13 am | APEC

Officials from the APEC member economies are breaking new ground in their support for small business development in the Asia-Pacific, seeking to ensure balanced trade growth and job creation as disruptions across the regional landscape intensify. More >>

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supporting Philippines

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:45 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supporting Philippines in Typhoon Aftermath Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards a Rapid Response Appeal to support Caritas Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong). The ... More >>

KaiNiue Food Festival in Paradise

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:44 pm | Niue Tourism

KaiNiue Food Festival in Paradise Foodies with a passion for Pacific flavours and island paradise holidays need look no further than the KaiNiue Food Festival, a food and wine extravaganza to be held on the relaxing island of Niue in November. Festival ... More >>

Oxfam, CDRC prioritise safe water and shelter materials

Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:28 am | Oxfam

Oxfam staff on the ground in Cagayan have reported complete devastation of crops and destruction of significant damage to critical infrastructure like roads and bridges in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. More >>

Oxfam and partners witness Mangkhut's “destructive force"

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 6:27 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam and local partners witness Mangkhut's “destructive force”– disaster preparedness committees activated Tuguegerao City, 6:49AM – The joint assessment teams of Oxfam and its partner, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), witnessed ... More >>

Philippines: Millions of children at risk

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 5:59 pm | Save The Children

Philippines: Millions of children at risk as country braces for potential devastation from Super Typhoon Mangkhut Save the Children deploying emergency response team to affected area More >>

A Traditional Right: Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Sweden’s elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative ... More >>

Global Climate Action Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 12:42 pm | UNFCCC

Global Climate Action Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments and Calls for Increased Government Action More >>

Revamped UN Climate Action Portal

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 11:23 am | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change News, San Francisco, 14 September 2018 – As leaders gather in California this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS2018), UN Climate Change is presenting a revamped version of its Climate Action Portal, featuring the ... More >>

Living in harmony with wolves, bears and lynx in Europe

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 11:20 am | World Wildlife Fund

Living in harmony with wolves, bears and lynx in Europe WWF and partners organize a high-profile conference on wildlife conflicts Goslar, Germany, 15 September 2018 – Pathways, an outstanding international conference, will focus on wildlife conflicts ... More >>

Argentina: General Strike Planned

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 11:03 am | ITUC

Brussels, 14 September 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC’s affiliates in Argentina, CGT, CTA-A and CTA-T have announced a general strike for 24-25 September in opposition to expected sweeping austerity measures being developed by the government and the ... More >>

CA regulates environmental impact of ridesharing companies

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 11:02 am | Clean Power Campaign

Local governments, environmental groups hail signing of SB 1014 as cities grapple with growing impacts of Uber and Lyft More >>

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network Press Release

Friday, 14 September 2018, 3:25 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the Labour-led coalition government to condemn recent unilateral actions of the United State of America administration towards Palestinians which contravene accepted international humanitarian law, UN resolutions ... More >>

UN warns against harsh effects of sanctions on civilians

Friday, 14 September 2018, 2:57 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Sanctions must not degenerate into blockades which expose innocent people to the ravages of economic war in peacetime without the protection of the Geneva Conventions aimed at safeguarding civilians in war time, says Idriss Jazairy, the UN Special ... More >>

Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations

Friday, 14 September 2018, 2:55 pm | UN News

By unanimous agreement on Thursday, the Security Council extended the mandates of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Organization’s Verification Mission in Colombia. More >>

Update: Oxfam closely monitoring Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Friday, 14 September 2018, 2:00 pm | Oxfam NZ

Oxfam and its local partners are on high alert and ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed. The Philippine Government considers the huge typhoon to be “highly threatening” and that a request for international ... More >>

Oxfam closely monitoring Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Friday, 14 September 2018, 12:07 pm | Oxfam NZ

Oxfam and partner staff in the Philippines are preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it barrels towards the north of the country. More >>

Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’

Friday, 14 September 2018, 9:44 am | United Nations

Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’ today: UN human rights chief Genocide remains a “threat and a reality” in the 21st century, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday, in an appeal to States to do more to act ... More >>

Gun Violence in the United States a Human Rights Crisis

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 5:30 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International Report Declares Gun Violence in the United States to be a Human Rights Crisis More >>

Alarming scope and effect of reprisals on victims, activists

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:10 pm | United Nations

UN report warns of alarming scope and effect of reprisals on victims, activists and human rights defenders More >>

Call to Action to Protect Health from Climate Change

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 12:03 pm | NZ Climate and Health group

Leading Health Organizations Rally Around Call to Action to Protect People’s Health from Climate Change More >>

Hungary: measures against migrants, civil society decried

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 1:25 pm | United Nations

GENEVA (11 September 2018) – UN human rights experts* have expressed serious concerns about tough new measures in Hungary to stop migrants and refugees from entering the country, as well as the increased number of threats cast against civil society actors. More >>

Myanmar: UN report details silencing by law of journalist

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 1:24 pm | United Nations

GENEVA (11 September 2018) – A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the ... More >>

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling Myanmar journalism

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 11:29 am | UN News

Describing the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists last week as a “particularly outrageous” example of judicial harassment against the media there, “vague and over-broad” laws have made it impossible for the press to do its job in the country, ... More >>

Asia's Premier Fashion Event CENTRESTAGE 2018 Concludes

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 11:02 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The 2018 edition of Asia's premier fashion event, CENTRESTAGE, drew to a successful close. The four-day event (5-8 Sept), organised by the HKTDC, brought to Hong Kong 230 fashion brands from 22 countries and regions, attracting 8,700 buyers from 80 ... More >>

Over 21,000 Buyers Visit HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 11:00 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The 37th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the sixth Salon de TE concluded their five-day run (4-8 September) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ... More >>

Asian Downstream Summit 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 10:21 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Sept 12, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Asia's largest trade show for refining & petrochemical technologies, Asian Downstream Summit 2018 will be held from 31st Oct. to 1st Nov. at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. ADS is the anchor oil and gas ... More >>

State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:38 pm | Governor of Maryland

Executive Order Issued Ahead of Storm Making Projected Landfall on the U.S. East Coast More >>

Mandatory Evacuations for South Carolina Coastal Counties

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 3:29 pm | Governor of South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Coastal Counties Effective Tomorrow, September 11 at Noon  [Latest emergency info: South Carolina Emergency Management Division ] More >>

UN experts appalled by Israeli court decision

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 10:50 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

An Israeli High Court ruling giving the Government of Israel the green light to demolish the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Ab al Helu, has been described as “appalling” by two UN human rights experts*. “It is gravely disappointing ... More >>

Nigeria must step up efforts to prevent trafficking

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 10:36 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Nigeria must step up efforts to eradicate human trafficking and ensure that existing legal and institutional measures to protect individuals from human trafficking are adequately implemented, says a UN human rights expert. “Public institutions must ... More >>

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