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Viet Nam: UN experts call for change

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:35 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (12 April 2018) – A group of UN experts* has urged Viet Nam not to crackdown on civil society or stifle dissent after the jailing of seven human rights defenders for "conducting activities to overthrow the people's government". More >>

Call for Myanmar to drop prosecution of Reuters reporters

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:35 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (12 April 2018) - A Myanmar court’s decision to continue pursuing a case against two Reuters reporters gives rise to grave concern for investigative journalism and the public’s right to information in the country, UN experts* have said. More >>

WHO demands ‘unhindered access’ to suspected chemical site

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:55 pm | United Nations

WHO demands ‘unhindered access’ to site of suspected chemical attack in Syria The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have ... More >>

Desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:53 pm | United Nations

Despite drop in numbers, desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils, UN refugee agency reports While the number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe declined last year, the dangers they faced along the journey in many cases increased, according ... More >>

Death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a ‘beacon of hope’

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:48 pm | Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 April 2018 Death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a ‘beacon of hope’ as global executions and death sentences slide • Positive steps seen across sub-Saharan Africa, with Guinea becoming 20th abolitionist state, ... More >>

Admiring Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg goes before Congress

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This is a dance of confused ends and mistrustful glances, mixed with occasional moments of misplaced adoration. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame has never been an empathetic sort and his testifying before the US Congress has done nothing to dispel that assessment. ... More >>

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu and Australia

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More >>

Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:39 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

While conflict theories and resolution processes advanced dramatically during the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the important work of several key scholars such as Professor Johan Galtung – see ‘Conflict Transformation by ... More >>

Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on Syria

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:48 pm | United Nations

Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria Days after alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt two competing resolutions that would have ... More >>

Syria: chemical weapons use, destruction of children

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:15 am | Rene Wadlow

Syria: chemical weapons use, destruction of children, the ethical vacuum. April 08, 2018 By Rene Wadlow At the heart of this growing phenomenon of mass violence and social disintegration is a crisis of values. Perhaps the most fundamental loss a ... More >>

Guterres renews call for Security Council unity over Syria

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

Guterres renews call for Security Council unity over Syria; UN agencies warn ‘desperate’ situation becoming worse for civilians Reports of new alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta over the weekend have been condemned by United Nations ... More >>

Disease outbreaks threaten Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations

In earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea, United Nations agencies on the ground are warning of a new looming threat: water-borne disease outbreaks, such as that of diarrhoea and measles. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health ... More >>

UN report details scale and horror of detention in Libya

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9:51 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 April 2018) – Armed groups in Libya, including those affiliated with the State, hold thousands of people in prolonged arbitrary and unlawful detention, and submit them to torture and other human rights violations and abuses, according ... More >>

Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for Fiji

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:06 pm | Pacific Media Watch

REGION: Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for Fiji challenge http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/region-bearing-witness-climate-storytellers-gear-fiji-challenge-10129 More >>

Statement of the Secretary-General on Syria

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 7:37 pm | United Nations

I am outraged by the continued reports of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population. Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the ... More >>

Singapore Tops Asia Pacific in Global Talent Competitiveness

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:28 pm | INSEAD

Singapore Tops Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2018 • Singapore ranked first in the region and second globally for five consecutive years • With its eye on innovation, Asia needs to tap more into its talent diversity ... More >>

INDIA: Inclusion and the right to dignity

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:13 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

On the morning of April 3, the front pages of newspapers told us of violent protests by Dalits in northern India the day before. They had opposed the dilution by the Supreme Court, in its order of March 20, 2018, of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled ... More >>

Trump’s Corporate Cursing: The Case of Amazon and Jeff Bezos

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 2:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the President of the United States forgets that he is no longer running the set of The Apprentice, with its faux callousness and elevated brutality, he can prove devastating to certain stocks. Even in the land of the plutocrat and the capitalist, ... More >>

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:50 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine By Ramzy Baroud Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30 and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? ... More >>

The Great March of Return - GAZA

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:07 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Great March of Return - GAZA Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa - New Zealand 10th April 2018 More >>

No one in Myanmar should be left behind

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:58 am | United Nations

No one in Myanmar should be left behind on the path to a better future, stresses UN official More >>

UN launches global network of judges

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:56 am | United Nations

UN launches global network of judges to strengthen integrity in courts The United Nations on Monday launched an initiative to connect judges around the world so that they can learn from each other about ways to strengthen integrity in courts, such ... More >>

Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical weapons

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:53 am | UN Watch

Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical weapons; watchdog urges US-EU walk-out More >>

World must react to chemical attacks – Zeid

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:49 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 April 2018) – Reports suggesting yet another deadly chemical attack may have been carried out in Syria on Saturday in the town of Douma highlight the impotence of the international response to earlier attacks alleged to have been carried out ... More >>

Euro-Med on targeting of Palestinian journalists

Monday, 9 April 2018, 7:10 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med sends urgent letter to UN Rapporteur on targeting of Palestinian journalists Geneva - An urgent letter was sent by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor on Sunday to Mr. David Kay, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection ... More >>

Ocean and Tides workshop an immediate help to Niue

Monday, 9 April 2018, 4:13 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Alofi, Niue- Niuean communities and businesses that rely on the ocean are putting to use tools and knowledge acquired in March during the Australian-funded Ocean and Tides Workshop, hosted by Niue Meteorological Service. Participants from communities, ... More >>

Improvements to food safety and mitigating the effects of cl

Monday, 9 April 2018, 2:03 pm | Food and Agriculture Organisation

Countries of Asia-Pacific warned improvements to food safety and mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture are critical to future food security, rural livelihoods and trade More >>

Threats From the Junta & Civilians in Thailand

Monday, 9 April 2018, 1:26 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Threats From the Junta & Civilians in Thailand By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's military government insists the army will not turn against the ruling junta and is warning pro-election civilians to stop trying to split the ... More >>

SETF Calls for Military Response to Chemical Weapon Attack

Monday, 9 April 2018, 11:33 am | Syrian Emergency Task Force

Washington, DC - The Syrian Emergency Task Force calls for immediate military action against the Assad regime in response to the latest report of a chemical weapons attack in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region in Damascus. More >>

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman on Syria

Monday, 9 April 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Douma, Syria More >>

Soaring food prices drive up inflation in Honiara

Sunday, 8 April 2018, 7:55 pm | Solomon Islands Government

SHARPLY rising food prices in Honiara have pushed up Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation higher to 2.1 per cent in February 2018. More >>

PLO on attacks against unarmed Palestinian protestors

Sunday, 8 April 2018, 10:37 am | PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Israel’s deliberate and violent attacks against unarmed Palestinian protestors in Gaza More >>

Indulgent Violence: The Legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was nothing of the Siddhartha about her. Modest and sombre middle ways are not the stuff of revolutionary ardour. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s mark on history was always going to render the violent normal, the blood stain a perceived, even ... More >>

ICAO reiterates commitment to Pacific States

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 11:22 am | ICAO

ICAO Secretary General reiterates commitment to Pacific States following bilateral with Vanuatu Prime Minister For immediate release Montréal, 5 April 2018 – Following her bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Mr. Charlot Salwai, ICAO ... More >>

UN expert urges Spain not to pursue charges of rebellion

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 11:20 am | United Nations

UN expert urges Spain not to pursue criminal charges of rebellion against political figures in Catalonia More >>

UN condemns attack that kills two ‘blue helmets’ in Mali

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 11:18 am | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned an attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali and underscored that such attacks may amount to war crimes under international law. In a statement attribute ... More >>

Brazil: Decision to Jail Lula is a Travesty of Justice

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 11:14 am | ITUC

Brussels, 6 April 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The 5 April decision to allow the imprisonment of former Brazilian President Lula is the latest in a series of abuses of his legal rights. More >>

El Niño affects up to two-thirds of the world’s harvests

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 11:04 am | Aalto University

Weather phenomena such as El Niño affect up to two-thirds of the world’s harvests More >>

UN Human Rights on Gaza and Guatemala

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 10:56 am | UNHCHR

Given the deplorable killing of 16 people and the injuring of reportedly more than 1,000 others during protests in Gaza, mostly on 30 March, we are gravely concerned that further violence could occur during demonstrations today and in the coming weeks. More >>

UN rights experts condemn Israel’s response

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 10:55 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 April 2018) - UN human rights experts have condemned the killings by Israeli security forces of at least 16 Palestinian protesters near the Gaza fence, and urged the international community to ensure accountability through an independent and impartial ... More >>

WHO calls for action to achieve health for all

Friday, 6 April 2018, 4:26 pm | World Health Organisation

Care out of reach for too many; WHO calls for action to achieve health for all 6 April 2018 | MANILA — Up to half the population in some countries in Asia and the Pacific are missing out on essential health services. This is a key finding of a ... More >>

Burundi: Security Council urges dialogue

Friday, 6 April 2018, 1:10 pm | United Nations

Burundi: Security Council urges dialogue amid deteriorating political and humanitarian situation Expressing deep concern over the slow pace of the inter-Burundian dialogue and the lack of engagement by the Government, the United Nations Security Council ... More >>

UN celebrates voice and visibility of women with autism

Friday, 6 April 2018, 1:08 pm | United Nations

UN celebrates voice and visibility of women and girls with autism Activists, ambassadors and actors gathered at the United Nations on Thursday to underline their commitment to empowering women and girls with autism, a lifelong neurological condition that ... More >>

UN chief applauds Sierra Leoneans for peaceful elections

Friday, 6 April 2018, 1:06 pm | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took note of the announcement by the National Electoral Commission on 4 April of the final results of the presidential run-off election in Sierra Leone, the UN Spokesman said Thursday. “He congratulates ... More >>

UN celebrates voice of women and girls with autism

Friday, 6 April 2018, 12:24 pm | United Nations

Activists, ambassadors and actors gathered at the United Nations on Thursday to underline their commitment to empowering women and girls with autism, a lifelong neurological condition that begins in childhood and is characterized by some degree of impaired ... More >>

Global food price index rises for second consecutive month

Friday, 6 April 2018, 10:27 am | United Nations

Global food prices rose for the second consecutive month with the index for these commodities averaging 172.8 points in March, 1.1 per cent higher than in February, the United Nations food security agency announced Thursday. According to the UN Food ... More >>

UN envoy calls for restraint ahead of new Gaza protests

Friday, 6 April 2018, 10:13 am | United Nations

Ahead of tomorrow’s planned protests at the Gaza-Israel border, the United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process has called on Israeli forces to exercise maximum restraint and on the Palestinians to avoid friction at the Gaza fence, which was ... More >>

China files WTO complaint over the United States

Friday, 6 April 2018, 10:10 am | World Trade Organisation

China has requested consultations with the United States under the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism regarding the United States’ tariff measures on certain Chinese goods which would allegedly be implemented through Section 301-310 of the US Trade ... More >>

Manila brands volunteer teachers as ‘terrorists’

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 7:02 pm | Pacific Media Centre

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/philippines-manila-brands-volunteer-teachers-terrorists-say-lumad-advocates-10127 More >>

Justified Slaughters: The Kangaroo Industry Debate

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 1:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Mass killings, massacres and general culling; butchering made normal, sanctified by State practice, and the scientific establishment. This is the killing of Australia’s national symbol, reviled and idealised in various measures, but generally considered, ... More >>

Business leaders at UN forum challenged to invest

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:43 am | United Nations

Business leaders at UN forum challenged to invest in a more sustainable future for all More >>

UN chief honours enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:39 am | United Nations

Recalling the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world to build on the civil rights leader’s work for equality and social justice. More >>

Mine action is ‘concrete step towards peace’

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:28 am | United Nations

Mine action is ‘concrete step towards peace,’ says UN chief on International Mine Awareness Day On the day set aside to raise awareness about the threat of landmines, unexploded grenades and other munitions that impede the return to normal life after ... More >>

UN experts urge Thailand to show leadership

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:20 am | UNHCHR

UN experts urge Thailand to show leadership on business and human rights BANGKOK (4 April 2018) – A team of UN experts today presented their preliminary observations on steps that should be taken by the Royal Thai Government and businesses to improve ... More >>

Asylum-seekers left mentally scarred by years of detention

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 9:45 am | United Nations

A senior United Nations refugee agency official warned on Wednesday about the “shocking” effects of long-term detention on Australia-bound asylum-seekers who are being held on remote Pacific islands. More >>

Mass evacuations from Syria’s war-ravaged cities

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 9:41 am | United Nations

In Syria, the mass evacuation of civilians is threatening to leave aid workers “overrun” and “acutely underfunded,” as details emerge of the unparalleled destruction in urban areas like the former ISIL-held city of Raqqa, UN senior adviser Jan Egeland ... More >>

50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 9:31 am | United Nations

The Secretary-General joins the United States and the world in celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was so tragically cut short 50 years ago. More >>

From Apia to the Kermadec Islands

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:48 pm | SPREP

From Apia to the Kermadec Islands Young Samoan, 17 year old Jorim-Paul Philips, took part in the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadec Islands last month, the very first time a Pacific islander has been invited to take part. The Young Blake Expeditions ... More >>

Bad politics put people at risk of TB

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:41 pm | CNS

Bad politics put people at risk of TB, but is TB on the political agenda? Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant, CNS (Citizen News Service) The most hard-hitting message around World Tuberculosis Day 2018 for us was on twitter by Shirin Aliabadi , who ... More >>

Donors pledge $2 billion to scale up aid delivery in Yemen

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:34 am | United Nations

Donors pledge $2 billion to scale up aid delivery in Yemen; UN chief urges unrestricted access to make sure it reaches people in need More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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