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Monsoon rains hit Rohingya refugee camps

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:03 am | UNICEF

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 15 June 2018 – Torrential rain and strong winds hit Rohingya refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the past week, causing the first fatalities of the monsoon season and threatening the health and safety of tens of ... More >>

Investigate brewer Kirin over payments to Myanmar military

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:45 am | Amnesty International

Japan: Investigate brewer Kirin over payments to Myanmar military amid ethnic cleansing of Rohingya • Japanese beer company admitted its subsidiary made three donations during recent violence in Rakhine State • Head of military filmed receiving donation ... More >>

Financial abuse of older persons is rampant

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:43 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (14 June 2018) – We must all be more vigilant and report suspected cases of abuse of older people, including financial wrongdoing, says a UN expert. The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, ... More >>

Korea: a significant summit but many valleys to cross

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:42 am | Rene Wadlow

The summit meeting in Singapore on 12 June of President Donald Trump of the United States and Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a highly significant meeting, facilitated ... More >>

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7:32 pm | UNHCHR

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations More >>

Defending the environmental defenders

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 3:49 pm | Citizen News Service

Violations of the environmental rights of communities and individuals are on the rise in Asia Pacific and worldwide. Statistics released by Global Witness reveals that in 2017, 197 people were killed (on an average 4 per week) for defending their ... More >>

Committee on Enforced Disappearances registers case 500

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:37 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (June 12, 2018) — They were having a family dinner at home when security forces entered the house, handcuffed him and took him away. When the family now asks the authorities where he is, they always get the same reply: “we do not know.” More >>

Is there substance behind Trump-Kim accord?

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 6:23 pm | Massey University

This week’s watershed summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a mixed success, top-heavy with imagery and ‘smile diplomacy’ but light on concrete initiatives and promises, says international relations ... More >>

UNESCO wants photographs illustrating journalists

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 2:27 pm | UNESCO

UNESCO: Call for proposals: Photographs illustrating journalists doing their job UNESCO is inviting professional photographers from all over the world to send a sample of their best photographs illustrating journalists while doing their job. More >>

How e-Commerce Can Thrive in Places with No Power

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:55 pm | APEC

How e-Commerce Can Thrive in Places with No Power or Internet Papua New Guinea’s central bank trials blockchain tech to boost financial inclusion More >>

Complaint against EC for failing to uphold rights in trade

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:40 pm | International Trade Union Confederation

Complaint lodged against the European Commission for failing to uphold fundamental human rights in trade policy More >>

UAE: UN experts call for immediate release of Ahmed Mansoor

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:03 pm | United Nations

GENEVA (12 June 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging the authorities in the United Arab Emirates to immediately free the prize-winning human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor and annul the 10-year prison sentence imposed on him. More >>

Angola: Salaries of Thousands of Public Workers Suspended

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:02 pm | International Trade Union Confederation

Brussels, 12 June 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called on the government of Angola to reverse its decision to suspend thousands of public sector workers’ salaries and has also called on the government to enter talks with trade unions. More >>

Secretary-General on the Summit DPRK and USA

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:00 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States of America More >>

Singapore Summit: Trump/Kim Joint Statement

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:49 am | The White House

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit More >>

Evolution through insights

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:44 am | icare

The NSW nominal insurer, icare NSW (Insurance and Care NSW), has revitalised workers compensation through an innovative overhaul of their approach to customer experience (CX). More >>

Persistent claims of torture and impunity in Ukraine

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 2:19 pm | United Nations

KYIV (11 June 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture has called on the Ukrainian Government and all de facto authorities controlling parts of the country’s territory to put into place an effective system of monitoring, safeguards and accountability ... More >>

Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh hit by biggest storm

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 2:12 pm | Save The Children

Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh hit by biggest storm of the year Dozens of Rohingya refugee shelters were inundated with floodwater or hit by landslides over the weekend, as the biggest storm of the year to date hit refugee camps in Bangladesh’s ... More >>

UN Sec-General on US-DPRK Summit

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 1:25 pm | United Nations

Full transcript of UN Secretary-General's remarks at press encounter on US-DPRK Summit More >>

Fairtrade calls for action child labour

Monday, 11 June 2018, 3:48 pm | Fairtrade

This World Day Against Child Labour (June 12) is a sharp reminder for New Zealanders to demand businesses eradicate child labour from their supply chains as part of a move towards a fairer world, says Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand CEO Molly Harriss ... More >>

On Idlib in the Syrian Arab Republic

Monday, 11 June 2018, 1:32 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Idlib in the Syrian Arab Republic More >>

Comments of the UN Secretary-General to the 44th G7 Summit

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 7:07 pm | United Nations

Some 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. Unless we change course, it could outweigh all the fish in the oceans by 2050. More >>

Putin Gives Israel the Green Light, Iran the Red Light

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 2:18 pm | Franklin Lamb

Putin Gives Israel the Green Light, Iran the Red Light and Assad/Trump the Yellow Light in Syria by FRANKLIN LAMB More >>

Five new non-permanent Members elected to Security Council

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 2:13 pm | United Nations

Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Belgium, elected to Security Council In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve ... More >>

Libya – escalating risks

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 1:03 pm | UNHCHR

We are deeply alarmed at the escalating risks to the population in the eastern city of Derna in Libya, where fighting has intensified in recent days with the Libyan National Army group – the LNA - reported to have taken over densely populated districts. More >>

Our Pacific Ocean Media Award launched

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:41 pm | SPREP

8 June 2018, WORLD OCEANS DAY - “Our Pacific Ocean Media Award” has been launched in commemoration of World Ocean Day on 8 June, 2018 to both recognise and encourage Pacific island journalists to highlight our Pacific ocean, the largest resource of ... More >>

New online look for SPREP

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:40 pm | SPREP

New online look for SPREP, your Pacific regional environment agency! A new online look for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was launched on World Ocean’s Day in celebration of its 25 years of service throughout ... More >>

PhD scholarships announced for Pacific island nationals

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:38 pm | SPREP

PhD scholarships announced for Pacific island nationals to advance environmental research in the SPREP region 8 June 2018, WORLD OCEANS DAY - With a shared vision to support the resilience and sustainability of some of the world’s most at-risk ... More >>

No to Corporal punishment

Friday, 8 June 2018, 5:40 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Save the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) stands together in solidarity to reiterate that there should be zero tolerance for corporal punishment in schools. More >>

Pacific marine climate change

Friday, 8 June 2018, 4:34 pm | SPREP

Pacific marine climate change - partnership with regional and UK experts reveals full regional impacts The first ever Pacific Marine Climate Change Report Card has been launched today as part of World Oceans Day, at events in Fiji and Samoa. The ... More >>

World Oceans Day - What it means for the Pacific

Friday, 8 June 2018, 4:11 pm | SPREP

Celebrating World Oceans Day: Message from the Acting Director General of SPREP, Mr Stuart Chape More >>

SPC staff support victims of natural disasters

Friday, 8 June 2018, 3:08 pm | Pacific Community - SPC

Noumea, New Caledonia – On Friday morning, Colin Tukuitonga, Director-general of the Pacific Community (SPC), handed 705,840 Pacific Francs, collected from all SPC staff in New Caledonia and Fiji, over to the French Red Cross. More >>

Fijian Children Ask to Be Listened to About Disaster Risk

Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:51 pm | Save The Children

What do you get when you bring eight child advocates into a room with 18 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) club members from disadvantaged communities and let them mix for three days? Lots of positive energy, inspiring discussions, giggles and pertinent ... More >>

UN Secretary-General: Message on World Oceans Day - 8 June

Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:35 pm | United Nations

The oceans make our blue planet unique in our solar system -- and not just visually. They help regulate the global climate and are the ultimate source of the water that sustains all life on Earth, from coral reefs to snow-covered mountains, from tropical ... More >>

Pageup Data Breach Calls For Zero Trust Security

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:30 am | Centrify

Cybersecurity specialist Centrify warns that this week’s revelation of a major data breach by Human Resource services company PageUp highlights the need for companies to deploy Zero Trust Security. More >>

Emirates to Launch Third Daily Service to Moscow

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:21 am | Emirates Airlines

Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on October 25. More >>

Fighting Must End in South Sudan Says UN Aid Chief

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

Fighting Must End in South Sudan Or Worsening Humanitarian Crisis Cannot Be Tackled, Says UN Aid Chief More >>

UN Experts on Enforced Disappearances to Visit Ukraine

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:30 am | United Nations

GENEVA (7 June 2018) – The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will visit Ukraine from 11 to 20 June 2018. The experts will study measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related ... More >>

UN Urges Mauritania to Repeal Anti-Blasphemy Law

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:28 am | United Nations

A group of UN human rights experts* have urged Mauritanian authorities to reconsider the adoption of an amendment to the Penal Code which would mandate the death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy, a provision which would gravely violate international ... More >>

Hunger Surges Amid Deadly Conflicts in Many Countries

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:27 am | United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization ’s ( FAO ) new Crop Prospects and Food Situation reveals that since its last report in March, the number of countries requiring external food assistance has jumped by two, namely Cabo Verde and Senegal, to 39. More >>

DPRK Should Release Political Prisoners Ahead of Summit

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:25 am | United Nations

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK , made his comments after welcoming Pyongyang’s release of three US nationals last month. More >>

UN Welcomes Temporary Ceasefire by Afghan Government

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:23 am | United Nations

UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto commended the authorities for the preparedness they expressed “to initiate, in good faith, any steps to toward a formal peace process.” More >>

Sky Tower to beat red for Heart Kids Appeal

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:35 pm | SKYCITY

The Sky Tower will light up red like a beating heart for Heart Kids NZ Annual Appeal, the only New Zealand charity that supports Kiwi children and families affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). More >>

Go! Niue App Officially Launches

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:32 pm | Niue Chamber of Commerce

Go! Niue App Officially Launches The Niue Chamber of Commerce is officially launching the Go! Niue App to the public on Thursday 7 June to provide a Niue directory of information for visitors and locals. The Go! Niue App is free to download and free ... More >>

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 4:21 pm | ITUC

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on the rise Restrictions of free speech and the right to protest unleash a wave of mass arrests and arbitrary detention of defenders of workers’ rights Brussels, ... More >>

2017 records 65,004 more tourists to the Pacific

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:04 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

7 June 2018, Suva, FIJI – The Research and Statistics Division of SPTO published its Annual Review of Visitor Arrivals in Pacific Island Countries for the year ending 2017. More >>

UN Court Assumes Functions for Rwanda & Former Yugoslavia

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:19 am | United Nations

UN Court Fully Assumes Remaining Functions of Tribunals for Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia, Officials Tell Security Council More >>

Climate Justice is Integral to Development Justice

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:59 am | Bobby Ramakant

By Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Climate justice is integral to development justice, as it is essential for building a brave feminist future sans power and wealth inequalities. This is the dream of feminists in the Asia Pacific region, including ... More >>

Important Legal Victory for ITUWA Union in Russia

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:55 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has welcomed a decision of the Russian Supreme Court, overturning a 10 January ruling from the Saint Petersburg City Court which would have dissolved the Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA), a member organisation of ... More >>

UN Experts Condemn 5-Year Jail Term for Tibetan Activist

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:23 am | United Nations

UN human rights experts have condemned a five-year jail sentence handed to Mr. Tashi Wangchuk by a Chinese court for his work promoting cultural and linguistic rights of the Tibetan minority of China. More >>

Killings of Suspected Drug Offenders in Bangladesh Must Stop

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:21 am | United Nations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh and urged the authorities to ensure that these serious human rights violations are immediately ... More >>

UN Child Rights Committee Issues Findings

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:19 am | United Nations

UN Child Rights Committee Issues Findings on Argentina, Angola, Algeria, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Lesotho, and Norway More >>

Universal Access to Modern Energy is Catalyst of Inclusivity

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:17 am | United Nations

No single entity is large enough or has all the necessary skillsets to deliver the 2030 Agenda on its own, the United Nations deputy chief told a high-level meeting on the issue of transforming energy access in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). More >>

Economy to Expand by 3.1% in 2018, slower growth ahead

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 5:11 pm | World Bank Group

WASHINGTON D.C., June 5, 2018 —Despite recent softening, global economic growth will remain robust at 3.1 percent in 2018 before slowing gradually over the next two years, as advanced-economy growth decelerates and the recovery in major commodity-exporting ... More >>

Samoa Kava Standard, to improve kava quality and export

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:06 am | PHAMA

The launch of the Samoa kava Standard and kava Regulation marks a new beginning in the country’s efforts to improve the quality of kava. Launched on Friday, 25 May 2018, the standard and regulation have been welcomed by stakeholders of the kava ... More >>

Weeding corruption out of sport an investment in development

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations

Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organized crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday More >>

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can end violence against women

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:00 am | United Nations

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can make violence against women ‘a thing of the past’, says UN deputy chief More >>

Trade has important role in protecting the planet

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:57 am | World Trade Organisation

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the important role of trade in fostering a sustainable world economy. An open and transparent trading system aligned with sound environmental ... More >>

Syria: Raqqa in ruins and civilians devastated

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:02 pm | Amnesty International

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of “liberating” them from the armed group calling itself “Islamic State” (IS), Amnesty International said ... More >>

Twats and Tweets: Roseanne Barr and the Issue of Proportion

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Can anything be said that doesn’t warrant an empaneled jury of twitting twats to determine the fate of an individual? It is evident that branding, marketing and selling can only be done in a context of controlled hypocrisy. Companies long happy to use ... More >>