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INDIA: At least 600 farmers’ suicides as Supreme Court waits

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:35 pm | AHRC

The Supreme Court of India is worried about the continuing havoc of farmer suicides in India. It termed it “a sensitive matter of larger public interest and human rights which covers the entire country” this January. The Court has also wondered ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Racial profiling of Pakhtuns to be condemned

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:16 pm | AHRC

Following a suicide attack on Lahore's Mall Road on February 13, which claimed the lives of at least six police officials, Punjab’s law enforcement agencies launched a province-wide crackdown on the ethnic Pakhtun (Pathans) minority. Administrative ... More >>

UN expert urges consistent policies for US

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:08 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert urges consistent policies for US on indigenous peoples’ rights for projects like Dakota Access Pipeline More >>

UN rights expert welcomes conviction of mastermind in murder

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:01 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (03 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the conviction in South Africa of a man who masterminded the murder and dismemberment of the body parts of a woman with albinism by a decision of 23 February 2017 of the ... More >>

Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:00 pm | UNHCHR

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration, focusing this year on so-called fake news, disinformation and propaganda. More >>

Cultural rights threatened by global avalanche of hate

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:57 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva: “We face a global avalanche of hate in the form of rising fundamentalism and extremism around the world. This ... More >>

UN rights experts denounce Israel’s growing constraints

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:56 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – Two United Nations Independent Experts are calling on the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. More >>

Sri Lanka: Slow progress on crucial justice

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:55 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) –The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, according to a ... More >>

Australia: indigenous women left behind

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:50 pm | UNHCHR

Australia places violence against women high on the agenda but indigenous women left behind, says UN expert More >>

Protecting Pacific Whales through art

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:30 pm | SPREP

Protecting Pacific Whales through art - exhibition opens in Noumea The "Des baleines et des hommes pour la protection des océans" art exhibition opened this week at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. The exhibition ... More >>

African Challenges to African Development

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:12 pm | APO

African Challenges to African Development By Ehiedu Iweriebor NEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2017/ -- The parlous story of African economic and social development since independence best expressed in the failure to achieve the autonomous capacity ... More >>

Disability groups slam Government decision

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:50 pm | Disabled People's Organisations Australia

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of national peak groups of people with disability, strongly condemned the decision by the Federal Government to rule out a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people ... More >>

Customs Confiscate Smuggle Goods

Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:17 pm | Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Island Customs & Excise Division (SICED) has successfully stopped an attempt to smuggle 228 sleeves of cigarettes (45,600 rolls) and four new Stihl chainsaws last Thursday 23 February afternoon. More >>

Nayarabale Crossing restoration continue

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:55 pm | Fultan Hogan

Access is being restored to Nayarabale Crossing in Labasa by a six-man crew from Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) following recent flash floods that had rendered the bridge impassable. More >>

This Is Not Your Grandparents' Resistance

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:58 pm | David Swanson

I want to disagree, in part, with a recent recommendation that John Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down be used as a guide to resisting the outrages of the Trump regime. I think you could present the basic plot to an average middle school student today, ... More >>

100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:54 pm | David Swanson

This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against the war on Vietnam (49 since he was killed on that speech’s first anniversary). Events are being planned to ... More >>

A Mood is Not a Movement: 5 Ideas for the Anti-Trump Forces

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:43 pm | War Is A Crime

Comrades and friends, I am not writing to advise you how to resist the Trump regime. There are as many action proposals in circulation as there are anti-Trump groups, with “resistance” the buzzword of the moment. More >>

Petition Supporting Nuclear-Free Zones

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:36 pm | World Beyond War

Message Delivered to Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean States assembled February 14, 2017 in Mexico City More >>

Putin could rescue the world – & win the Nobel Peace Prize

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:33 pm | World Beyond War

Donald Trump has promised to repair America´s infrastructure and to lower taxes. We all know this is undoable, and yet – it could be done. More >>

President Trump & Thailand's Military Coup Leaders

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:21 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Donald Trump may strengthen Washington's support for Bangkok's military government after sending the head of the U.S. Pacific Command to open a 10-day Cobra Gold military exercise on Valentine's Day, the highest-level ... More >>

‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ helps kids get ahead

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:38 am | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Adult children inheriting or gifted wealth from their parents are more likely to have completed university degrees, be self-employed and have higher bank account balances, finds a new study. More >>

China forecasts fourth year of stable or declining CO2

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 4:30 pm | Greenpeace International

China forecasts fourth year of stable or declining CO2 emissions, as world awaits Trump climate action - Greenpeace Beijing, 28 February 2017 – China is forecasting a significant drop in CO2 emissions of approximately 1%, according to Greenpeace ... More >>

Migrants need ongoing support in job hunting

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:37 am | AMES Australia

Newly arrived migrants and refugees struggle to break into Australia’s labour market but can succeed if given adequate early support in job hunting, a new study has found. More >>

Fair trade group says no to TPP-like proposals

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:05 am | AFTINET

The Australian Government should oppose attempts to replicate the TPP in the Asian-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as negotiations continue in Kobe, Japan this week, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. More >>

APEC Leads Breakthrough Trade Pact Implementation Push

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:40 pm | APEC

APEC Leads Breakthrough Trade Pact Implementation Push Issued by the APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures Nha Trang, Viet Nam, 26 February 2017 – APEC member economies are moving quickly to implement the newly ratified Trade Facilitation Agreement, ... More >>

Toxic air pollution: UN rights experts urge tighter rules

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:22 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States, including legislation and enforcement of corporate accountability, to try to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human ... More >>

Israel: Elor Azaria case

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:21 pm | UNHCR

"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly ... More >>

ADB Expands Presence in the Solomon Islands

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:17 pm | Asian Development Bank

ADB Expands Presence in the Solomon Islands HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS (24 February 2017) — The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavarejoined the Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Department Xianbin Yao today ... More >>

UN expert to assess violence and discrimination against LGBT

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:14 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / BUENOS AIRES (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn is to make the first visit of its kind to Argentina to assess progress made towards eliminating violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ... More >>

UN expert urges Kenya to protect 4 environmental defenders

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:02 pm | UNHCHR

UN rights expert urges Kenya to protect four environmental defenders whose lives are under threat More >>

NZ Aid workers launch joint appeal for South Sudan famine

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 2:40 pm | Joint Press Release

NZ Aid workers launch joint appeal for South Sudan famine New Zealand’s major aid agencies are uniting in an urgent plea for public donations to support their collective effort to prevent a humanitarian calamity in South Sudan and neighbouring ... More >>

Wairarapa police and community work together for results

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:48 pm | New Zealand Police

In response to rising burglary incidents over the last six months Wairarapa Police created a burglary task force to deal directly with local suspects and target known locations. More >>

Another year of global progress on LGBTI rights

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:44 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

Nauru and Belize decriminalised homosexuality and the Seychelles parliament passed a bill ending the ban on same-sex relations. In India, the Supreme Court said it will review its 2013 judgement that upheld the colonial-era law criminalising “carnal ... More >>

Pasifika Futures mourns loss of Queen Mother of Tonga

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Pasifika Futures Limited

It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the untimely passing of Her Majesty, Queen mother of Tonga, the late Halaevalu Mata'aho. More >>

Standing Rock Protest Campsite to be Cleared

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:49 am | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

I continue to ask that there be no forcible removal of remaining campers. Peace and Safety is the priority. More >>

The State of the World’s Human Rights 2016/17

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:40 pm | Amnesty International

Today Amnesty International releases its yearly report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, which delivers a comprehensive analysis of human rights across 159 countries, including New Zealand. The global picture highlights politicians wielding ... More >>

Report 2016/17: The State of the World’s Human Rights

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 1:24 pm | Amnesty International

Today Amnesty International releases its yearly report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, whichdelivers a comprehensive analysis of human rights across 159 countries, including New Zealand. The global picture highlights politicians wielding a toxic, ... More >>

Secretary-General on the death of Vitaly Ivanovic Churkin

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 4:14 pm | United Nations

I have just returned to New York and have learned with shock and sadness of the news of the sudden passing of Ambassador Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, who was an outstanding diplomat. More >>

Statement on the Rights of a Free and Unencumbered Press

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 12:58 pm | SAG-AFTRA

LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2017) -- SAG-AFTRA, the entertainment industry labor union representing more than 160,000 actors, broadcasters and recording artists, today released the following Statement on the Rights of a Free and Unencumbered Press: More >>

Development can only be led by the private sector

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:30 pm | Joint Press Release

Ban Ki-moon: “Social and economic development can only be led by the private sector” The 11th edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) concludes at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 17, 2017/ ... More >>

Small Island Developing States meet in Bahamas

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:27 pm | United Nations

Small Island Developing States meet in Bahamas to take stock of progress towards the 2030 development agenda More >>

Cameroon to restore 12 million hectares of forest

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:25 pm | IUCN

Gland, Switzerland, 17 February, 2017 (IUCN) – Cameroon has committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative. The pledge is the biggest made so far in the species-rich Congo ... More >>

FSC disassociates from Schweighofer, following WWF complaint

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:23 pm | WWF

Vienna – WWF welcomes FSC’s decision today to disassociate from woodindustry company Holzindustrie Schweighofer (HS), and calls on the company to take action against illegal timber trade and address weaknesses in its management of timber. More >>

Call for international action on social justice

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:17 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 February 2017) – Two United Nations human rights experts* are calling on governments around the world to honour World Day of Social Justice on 20 February by taking action now for a fairer society. They sayensuring human dignity for everyone ... More >>

South Sudan: Senior UN human rights official condemns

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:05 pm | UNHCHR

South Sudan: Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation, calls for perpetrators to be held to account JUBA/GENEVA/NEW YORK (17 February 2017) – At the end of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the UN Assistant Secretary-General ... More >>

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:00 pm | UNHCHR

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate and whereabouts of two abducted South Sudanese – UN expert group More >>

The Impossible Diplomacy of Human Rights

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 12:57 pm | UNHCHR

Lecture by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the presentation of Georgetown University's Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy More >>

Church Synod victory for LGBTI love & equality

Friday, 17 February 2017, 4:40 pm | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

London, UK – 16 February 2017 "This vote to reject the Bishops' report is a triumph for love and equality. It is the biggest defeat for the Anglican leadership in many decades. Synod rightly refused to endorse the anti-LGBTI exclusion and discrimination ... More >>

UST journalism teams up with Asia Pacific Report coverage

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:44 pm | Pacific Media Watch

MANILA ( University of Santo Tomas/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): The oldest journalism school in the Philippines, at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, has joined the Pacific Media Centre’s Asia Pacific Report current affairs ... More >>

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest since 2011

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:47 pm | The Guardian

Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown. More >>

Outraged Christians call for freedom for Asia Bibi

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 2:47 pm | British Pakistani Christian Association

Dozens of protesters converged outside the Pakistani Consulate in Glasgow to call for Freedom of Asia Bibi, Pakistan's most famous blasphemy law victim. They believe the Christian mother of five who has been jailed in Multan for over seven years should ... More >>

If Progressives Were for 'No Rich and No Poor'...

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 1:55 pm | New Democracy World

The vast majority of Americans, contrary to what all of the print and electronic media propaganda try to make us think, want society to be one in which there are NO RICH AND NO POOR. More >>

Film to Shed Light on World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Monday, 13 February 2017, 2:40 pm | Life is My Movie

New Documentary Film to Shed Light on Human Stories Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp More >>

UN expert urges Cameroon to restore internet services

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:20 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 February 2017) – A United Nations expert has called on the Government of Cameroon to restore internet services to predominantly English-speaking parts of the country which have been cut off in “an appalling violation of their right ... More >>

Bangladesh: Dozens of Workers Jailed for Striking

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:19 pm | ITUC

NTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION Bangladesh: Dozens of Workers Jailed for Striking Brussels, 10 February 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned the imprisonment by the Bangladesh authorities of at least 26 garment workers, including several union ... More >>

NEPAL: Police must follow due process

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:17 pm | AHRC

Nepal’s police have arrested Dr. Chandra Kant Raut, popularly known as C.K. Raut, after harassing his wife and children from Janakpurdham-4, Macha Bazar, Dhanusha district. More than a dozen police personnel broke the lock of the gate and harassed ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Government outsources justice dispensation

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:00 pm | AHRC

PAKISTAN: Government outsources justice dispensation It is unimaginable for any democratic, law-abiding society to outsource its key function of justice. And yet, the Government of Pakistan first outsourced the dispensation of justice to the military, ... More >>

Yemen: Civilians trapped and targeted

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 8:51 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 February 2017) – Extremely worrying reports suggest that civilians and civilian objects have been targeted, in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, over the past two weeks, in the southwestern ... More >>

Should California Secede? An Interview with David Swanson

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:05 pm | Ann Garrison

On November 21st, California secessionists calling themselves “Yes California” filed papers with the California Secretary of State proposing a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters whether California should secede from the ... More >>

RNZAF Orion Leaves for Middle East

Friday, 10 February 2017, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) sent a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft this morning to the Middle East to join an international partnership against piracy and people and drug trafficking. More >>


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