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Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane

Sunday, 15 September 2019, 1:20 pm | United Nations

The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. ... More >>

Arresting peaceful activists in Algeria is a blow to freedom

Sunday, 15 September 2019, 9:49 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement that the Algerian authorities have arrested a number of peaceful activists in a blow to freedom of expression in Algeria. More >>

Tribute to the Late Tonga Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilis Pohiva

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 4:06 pm | Pacific Leadership Forum

Pacific People in Aotearoa Pays Tribute to the Late Tonga Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilis Pohiva “Ua malie toa, malo tau.’ May I firstly convey on behalf of the Pacific Leadership Forum, our deepest condolences to the immediate family of Hon Samiuela ... More >>

UN Committee on Rights of Migrant Workers publishes findings

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 10:05 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (13 September 2019) – The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 2 to 11 September 2019: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. They are among the ... More >>

Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 10:01 am | UN News

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families. More >>

Dusit International continues Philippine Expansion

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:40 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

BANGKOK, Sept 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC), one of the fastest-growing real estate development companies in the Philippines, ... More >>

Improper Purposes: Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament

Friday, 13 September 2019, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was something richly amusing in the move: three judges, sitting in Scotland’s highest court of appeal, had little time for the notion that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension, or proroguing, of parliament till October 14, had been lawful. ... More >>

On Amazon Fires: It’s the Ecology Stupid

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:44 am | Glen Barry

Earth Meanders, deep ecology essays by Dr. Glen Barry, EcoInternet, New York City | Twitter September 11, 2019 EcoSearch protects ecosystems, climate, and people for global ecological sustainability More >>

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:37 am | UN News

Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC ) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence ... More >>

Report Gives Mixed Reviews on UN Rights Chief’s First Year

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:31 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, September 12, 2019 — A new study on Michelle Bachelet’s performance in her first year as the UN’s top human rights official, presented today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, gives the former Chilean president mixed reviews ... More >>

Expert says planned Jordan Valley annexation is illegal

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:27 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) – A UN human rights expert has denounced comments by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu that he would order the annexation of the Jordan Valley if re-elected prime minister, saying such action would represent a flagrant challenge ... More >>

Fourth Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:25 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 12, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The fourth Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened Wednesday at the Hong ... More >>

UN housing rights expert visits Nigeria

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:22 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is visiting Nigeria from 13 to 23 September 2019. “I look forward to travelling to the most populous nation in Africa to explore the challenges ... More >>

UN experts urge China to respect protesters' rights

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:16 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (12 September 2019) - UN human rights experts* reacted with alarm to reports of attacks on demonstrators, arrests of activists and human rights defenders, and threats to communications, as protests in Hong Kong entered their third month. More >>

Euro-Med and IRDG call for condemning coalition violations

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:10 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and IRDG condemned in a statement on Tuesday 11 September 2019 at the Human Rights Council’s 42nd regular session the Saudi-UAE-led coalition’s cover of practices by the Security Belt Forces in ... More >>

Justice for Maxciel! Stop the killings of IPHRDs!

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 7:36 pm | IPMSDL

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and LIberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the murder of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender (IPHRD) Maxciel Pereira dos Santos last September 9 in the city of Tabatinga, in ... More >>

2019 Yuanhong International Food Fair (YIFF) Opens in Fuqing

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 4:40 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Fuqing, China, Sept 12, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 Yuanhong International Food Fair (YIFF) opened its doors on the 10th and 11th September at the Yuanhong Online Exhibition Experience Trading Center in Fuqing, China, creating a cross-border trading ... More >>

Top 20 catchers catch 600,000 tons of sharks and rays yearly

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:39 am | TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network

A TRAFFIC study released today has identified the world’s top 20 shark and ray catchers and traders, who collectively account for some 80% of global reported catch averaged by year between 2007–2017. More >>

UN experts urge States to stop looking the other way

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:34 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (11 September 2019) – States around the world must act urgently to prevent enforced disappearances rather than looking the other way, said a group of UN human rights experts. More >>

Mongolia: Mining should serve sustainable development

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 9:31 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / ULAANBAATAR (11 September 2019) – The mining sector in Mongolia should play a truly transformative role and serve as a catalyst to ensure the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, and spur human development, says a UN expert ... More >>

Malaysia In View projects positive outlook

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 6:07 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) welcomed over 150 delegates to its conference, Malaysia in View, on 3 September in Kuala Lumpur, for a full day of sessions with the best of both local and international ... More >>

Surge in use of Illicit Streaming Devices amongst Filipinos

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 4:35 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

MANILA, Sept 11, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - A new study of the content viewing behavior of Filipino consumers, revealed that 34% of consumers use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content. These TV boxes, also known as Illicit ... More >>

Onesecure Asia Partners with Accedian

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:16 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The collaboration brings together an end-to-end cybersecurity and performance solution securing the physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure of businesses and improving IT infrastructure performance. More >>

CloserStill Media's Newly Launched Event

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:47 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Sept 11, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - CloserStill Media has announced the arrival of the industry-leading Technology for Marketing brand into Asia, with the debut event launching at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands on October 9 - 10, 2019. More >>

Trintech Announces Newly Appointed CFO, CRO and CSO

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 10:03 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Trintech Continues to Invest in Top Talent to Serve Its Customers and Drive Strategic Growth More >>

More funds needed to counter Ethiopian issues

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:17 am | UN News

Ethiopia is beset by “persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems”, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, calling for more international funding as well as support for the Government-led response to the country’s displacement ... More >>

Pan-Commonwealth Forum opens in Edinburgh

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:13 am | Commonwealth of Learning

10 September 2019, Burnaby, BC, Canada - More than 500 delegates from around the world arrived at the historic BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland for opening day of the ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF9) on 9 September 2019. Organised by ... More >>

Nicaragua ‘crisis’ still cause for concern

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:08 am | UN News

Nicaragua’s on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations. More >>

European Markets Trade Lower After French Data

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:07 am | ThinkMarkets

European markets are trading lower due to the weakness in French industrial production and French final private payroll data. Both of them missed the expectations. The French industrial production came in at 0.3 percent against a forecast of 0.5 percent ... More >>

Highlighting Palestine and Yemen: Euro-Med takes part

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:05 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva – The United Nations Human Rights Council opened on Monday, 9 September 2019 its 42nd regular session, which will end on 27 September, 2019 in Geneva. More >>

Financial institutions complicit in impact

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 7:58 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (10 September 2019) – Austerity measures imposed by international financial institutions such as the IMF, regularly cause violations of human rights, says UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky in a ... More >>

More than 24 million children need mental health support

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 3:18 pm | Save The Children

Millions of children living in high-intensity conflict zones or forced to flee as refugees will require support to address mental health concerns, according to a new briefing, ‘ Road to recovery: responding to children’s mental health in conflict,’ ... More >>

Hope for dolphins with new strategy to cut deaths

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 3:01 pm | Humane Society International

Marine conservationists hope a revised Commonwealth Government fisheries agency strategy released today will result in fewer dolphins being killed in one of its largest fisheries. More >>

Nuclear testing has ‘disastrous consequences’ for planet

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:36 am | UN News

Events commemorating the recent International Day against Nuclear Tests serve as an “important and stark reminder…of the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing on human health and the environment”, a top UN official told the General Assembly ... More >>

Zombie Zombie Zombie

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:05 am | David Swanson

CNN is outraged that Trump was too friendly with Russians, supposedly endangering an honorable spy snooping into the Russian government. More >>

Political solutions ‘prerequisite to sustainable peace’

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:04 am | UN News

While peacekeeping is an “essential tool” for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, “political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace”, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday. More >>

207m workers urge governments to accelerate SDG action

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:02 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) jointly call on Governments to intensify their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More >>

Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest winners revealed

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:01 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Asia's leading fashion event CENTRESTAGE, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded on 7 September with the 2019 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC). This year's YDC saw ... More >>

New report: 477 Israeli violations in August

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 8:57 am | Euro Med Monitor

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor confirmed in a report that the Israeli occupation forces escalated their attacks in the occupied city of Jerusalem, as party of a policy adopted by the highest Israeli political level, amid clear indications ... More >>

We are ‘burning up our future’

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 8:55 am | United Nations

The Human Rights Council opened in Geneva on Monday with a warning from the UN’s top rights official that, with forest fires raging in the Amazon, “we are burning up our future, literally”. More >>

Scourge of slavery increases amid new range of global issues

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 8:51 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 September 2019) – In a world where over 40 million people are enslaved and one in four victims is a child, the scourge of modern day slavery is only likely to increase as a result of environmental degradation, migration and demographic shifts, ... More >>

Ending workers’ exposure to toxic and hazardous substances

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 8:48 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 September 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, has presented a report containing 15 principles to end the exploitation of workers through their exposure to hazardous substances. More >>

Air Pollution and Assam Floods

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:43 am | Farhana Ahmed

The North-eastern Indian state of Assam is naturally the most flood-prone state of the country as the monsoon winds blowing from Bay of Bengal hits the sub-Himalayan hills of Arunachal Pradesh to its north lashing the plains with heavy precipitation ... More >>

Boris Trips: Duvets, Toothbrushes and the House of Lords

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:39 am | Binoy Kampmark

In 2017, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory creature trapped in cold storage, suggested that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union was tantamount to fighting the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and Trafalgar, a true statement of British strength. ... More >>

UN chief welcomes Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:33 am | UN News

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Sunday, yesterday’s exchange of prisoners and detainees between Russia and Ukraine. More >>

CENTRESTAGE 2019 concludes, attracting 7,000 buyers

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:15 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Sept 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 edition of Asia's premier fashion event, CENTRESTAGE, drew to a successful close yesterday. The four-day event (4-7 September), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), brought ... More >>

Saudi Arabia forcibly hides dozens of Palestinians

Sunday, 8 September 2019, 11:50 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva- The Euro-Mediterranean for Human Rights Monitor urged the Saudi authorities to immediately reveal the fate of dozens of Palestinians who have been subjected to enforced disappearance and release them unless convicted of any violation. More >>

Mitigating climate in Asia-Pacific could boost economy

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:37 am | UN News

The urgent need to move towards a low carbon economy and build resilience, would not only mitigate the worst impacts of climate change in the Asia-Pacific, but also lift the region economically, according to the body overseeing the UN Framework Convention ... More >>

US Traders Take Cautious Approach After German Data

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:36 am | ThinkMarkets

US futures and European markets are trading higher but with caution. This is mainly due to two main reasons: firstly, we had feeble economic numbers out of Germany- the German industrial production number fell to -0.6%, well below the forecast of ... More >>

Jordanian suppression of hundreds of teachers

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:36 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described the Jordanian security’s suppression of hundreds of teachers and its attempt to prevent them from reaching the locations where peaceful protests were supposed to be held as a flagrant violation ... More >>

Colombia: threats against teachers

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:34 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Colombia, with the emergence of new threats against the lives of teachers and their representatives from trade union FECODE. The paramilitary group “Black Eagles” issued death threats ... More >>

The United States: A Nation on Suicide Watch

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:33 am | John Stanton

“The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required major shifts in national resources from civilian to military purposes and contributed to the growth of the budget deficit and public debt. Through FY 2018, the direct costs of the wars will have totaled ... More >>

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to rise

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:27 am | UN News

As the UN and other aid partners respond to huge humanitarian needs in the hurricane-struck northern Bahamas, latest reports indicate that the death toll is likely to increase substantially, the head of an emergency medical relief team said on Friday. More >>

Outrage at Chile’s brutal breech of freedom of association

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:26 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has joined its voice to the international condemnation of the Chilean government’s repressive crackdown of a demonstration in Santiago yesterday. Trade unionists were among those targeted by police aggression and arrests in the aftermath of Thursday’s ... More >>

UN Child Rights Committee to review 8 nations

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:25 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (6 September 2019) — The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 9 to 27 September to review children’s rights in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mozambique, Portugal, and the Republic of Korea. The Committee will also review Georgia ... More >>

Mugabe fell well short of moral stature of Nelson Mandela

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:19 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

“Robert Mugabe was a liberation hero turned tyrant. He killed more black Africans than the evil apartheid regime in South Africa. His massacre of up to 20,000 people in Matabeleland in the 1980s was the equivalent of a Sharpeville massacre every day ... More >>

UN torture prevention body to visit the United Kingdom

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:18 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (6 September 2019) — The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is set to carry out its first visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the 8th to the 19th of September 2019. The SPT will examine ... More >>

NGOCHR Condemns Violence against Women

Friday, 6 September 2019, 3:44 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights (NGOCHR) strongly condemns the recent killings of women by their intimate partners in Fiji. More >>

WHO welcomes Facebook commitment on vaccine misinformation

Friday, 6 September 2019, 9:26 am | UN News

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed Facebook’s pledge to ensure users can separate fact from fiction when it comes to vaccines, across its platforms from Facebook Search, to Groups, Pages and forums. More >>

UN censors 100 rights groups on Chinese abuses

Friday, 6 September 2019, 9:22 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, September 5, 2019 — The UN in Geneva confirmed it is censoring a human rights complaint on China's mass incarceration of Uighurs that was filed by a cross-regional coalition of more than 100 UN-accredited non-governmental organizations from numerous ... More >>