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UN expert demands urgent boost for online rights

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:09 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (12 June 2017) – Urgent action is needed to safeguard people’s online rights in the face of unprecedented and worsening State clampdowns, a United Nations human rights expert has warned in a new report . More >>

States must provide shelters for women victims of violence

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:05 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (12 June 2017) – States must provide shelters for women victims of violence under their human rights obligations, a United Nations independent expert has said today. More >>

SRI LANKA: Dengue Fever Epidemic Vs. State Responsibility

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:02 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The population of Sri Lanka is 20.97 million (2015) people. Some 1.84 million are migrant workers. The number of Dengue Fever affected individuals in 2015 was 29, 777. In 2016 it was 55, 154. Statistics for the first 5 months of 2017 show affected ... More >>

Syrian Refugees See Security, Restoration of Dignity

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 12:57 pm | ICTJ

New ICTJ Study: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon See Security, Restoration of Dignity as Key Conditions for Return More >>

Pacific trade deal weakened by Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu withdrawl

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 11:44 am | AFTINET

“ Vanuatu’s decision to join Fiji and Papua New Guinea to boycott the signing tomorrow of the PACER-Plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and now only 11 Pacific island countries shows there are serious weaknesses in the agreement because ... More >>

DRC: Zeid calls for international investigation

Saturday, 10 June 2017, 12:06 pm | UNHCHR

DRC: Zeid calls for international investigation into massive human rights violations in Kasais GENEVA (9 June 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an international ... More >>

Ocean Conference concludes

Saturday, 10 June 2017, 11:45 am | United Nations

Countries set to agree on decisive and urgent actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference concludes Universal agreement on need for measures to reverse ocean deterioration New York, 9 June —The 193 Member States of the United ... More >>

Pacific Spotlights Sea Bed Mining at UN Ocean Conference

Friday, 9 June 2017, 9:02 pm | PIANGO

Pacific Spotlights Sea Bed Mining at UN Ocean Conference (June 9, 2017, New York) – Activists and representatives from prominent Pacific Island organisations, led by the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), are ... More >>

NZDF Fine-Tunes Humanitarian Assistance Plans

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:03 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) sent a team to Niue recently to look at how it could support the Pacific Island country in the aftermath of a natural disaster. More >>

New Grants for Reporting on 'Alternative Nobel' Laureates

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:23 am | Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is launching a small grants scheme to promote reporting on ‘under-reported stories’ linked to the work of the Laureates of the Swedish award known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. More >>

CAR: UN Independent Expert launches mission

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 9:49 am | UNHCHR

CAR: UN Independent Expert launches mission to assess critical human rights situation in the country More >>

NZDF Delivering a Tonne of Books to Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is delivering about a tonne of textbooks and children’s books to the Solomon Islands this week to help restock the sole public library in the South Pacific country’s capital. More >>

Condolence book to open in Wellington and Auckland

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 11:15 am | British High Commission

A Book of Condolence for the victims of the London Bridge attacks will be opened at the Australian High Commission, 72–76 Hobson Street, Thorndon , Wellington on the following hours: More >>

It’s time to get serious about CO2

Monday, 5 June 2017, 7:12 pm | SPREP

It’s time to get serious about CO2, for the ocean’s sake and for ours More >>

World Environment Day

Monday, 5 June 2017, 12:25 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

World Environment Day 5 June 2017 Nouméa, New Caledonia – As part of World Environment Day, the Pacific Community (SPC) is issuing schools in the islands of Kiribati with a reader entitled ‘ The Adventures of Vili’ in order to raise children’s awareness ... More >>

UN Secretary-General on attacks in London

Monday, 5 June 2017, 12:18 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks in London The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in London last night. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured ... More >>

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action

Sunday, 4 June 2017, 11:56 am | United Nations

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open More than 600 commitments received; countries agree to Call for Action More >>

Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms commitment to Paris

Sunday, 4 June 2017, 11:38 am | Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms commitment the Paris Climate Agreement; Urges the world to do the same (June 4, 2017)- The Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and commends all countries that have recently ... More >>

Organization of American States Meets to Discuss Venezuela

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 4:11 pm | COHA Staff

On May 31, representatives from 33 of the 34 active members of the Organization of American States (OAS) met to discuss the current Venezuelan conflict at the 29th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Absent was the representative ... More >>

Zeid calls for investigation of protestor deaths in Bahrain

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:58 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (2 June 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday called on the Government of Bahrain to promptly launch an independent, effective investigation into the deaths of five protestors during a security operation ... More >>

Civilian casualties in wake of Philippines’ martial law

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:52 pm | AHRC

Civilian casualties in wake of Philippines’ martial law and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 173 This week Just Asia begins with civilian casualties in the aftermath of martial law imposed in Mindanao, Philippines. One ethnic Moro resident was killed ... More >>

App Provides SMEs with a Global Trading Identity

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:50 pm | APEC

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 2 June 2017 – Because the internet provides new opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access global value chains and grow, apps can help empower SMEs and contribute to inclusive growth, by providing services ... More >>

ITUC Response to US Announcement on Paris Agreement

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:44 pm | ITUC

ITUC Response to US Announcement on Paris Agreement Brussels, 2 June 2017 (ITUC OnLine): Following the announcement by the President Trump that the US would withdraw from fulfilling its international obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, the international ... More >>

Secretary-General’s remarks on climate change

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 2:10 pm | United Nations

Secretary-General’s remarks on climate change at a press encounter in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation 2 June 2017 More >>

German Retail Sales Missed Forecast

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 7:11 pm | ThinkMarkets

German Retail Sales Missed Forecast On the final day of the month, one practice which is very common among portfolio managers is rebalancing of their portfolios. This usually brings some sort of volatility in the market. Given the record high we have ... More >>

Celebration of World No Tobacco Day

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:24 pm | AFPPD

“Among the key lessons learned, I would like to first stress the need for a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to address tobacco use. We have to send the message that tobacco control is beneficial for good health as well as for a healthy economy." More >>

Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Sydney and Wellington

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12:51 pm | US State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in Sydney, Australia, June 5–6, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis to participate in the 2017 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations hosted by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense ... More >>

Major Climate Speech by UN Secretary General

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:17 am | United Nations Secretary-General

(New York, Monday 29 May 2017): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will issue a call to action on Tuesday to meet the climate challenge. More >>

European Futures Lower | Draghi Drags Euro Lower

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 7:36 pm | ThinkMarkets

The European futures are trading lower today as investors mainly remain in risk-off mode and they are unsure about the direction of the trade. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has taken some wind of the euro-dollar rally by saying ... More >>

New Zealand support for West Papua grows

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 11:32 am | Pacific Media Watch

Political support in New Zealand for an independent West Papua is growing after a “historic declaration” was signed during free West Papua advocate Benny Wenda’s visit to the country this month. More >>

Gaylene Preston and Helen Clark at Sydney Film Festival

Monday, 29 May 2017, 4:42 pm | Sydney Film Festival

The 64TH Sydney Film Festival announces Korean-American actor and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will join director and 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or contender Bong Joon-ho, and Australian actor Daniel Henshall ( Snowtown ) at the Sydney Film Festival in ... More >>

Pacific Search and Rescue Strategic Plan endorsed

Monday, 29 May 2017, 10:54 am | Joint Press Release

Auckland, New Zealand – The Pacific Search and Rescue Steering Committee (PACSAR) is committed to working with other Pacific Island countries or territories within or neighbouring their areas of responsibility to build search and rescue response ... More >>

A Bus Bay for Vuci Methodist Primary

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:35 pm | Joint Press Release

A Bus Bay for Vuci Methodist Primary Approximately 900 students attending Vuci Methodist Primary School will soon begin and end their school day with improved safety, once the bus bay outside the school has been completed. More >>

A wave of Pacific partnerships in action for Ocean health

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:33 pm | SPREP

As caretakers of the world's largest ocean basin, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with Members and global partners have committed to four different partnerships for Ocean health. More >>

Under Syrian Pressure, WHO Hid Positive Report on Israel

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:24 pm | UN Watch

Exclusive: Under Syrian Pressure, U.N.'s WHO Hid Positive Report on Israel, Adopts Censure 14 EU states condemn WHO failure to publish report "in strongest terms" More >>

PLO condemns the terrorist attack in Egypt

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:04 pm | PLO Executive Committee

RAMALLAH, PALESTINE (May 26, 2017) -- “On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine, we strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in which more than twenty Coptic Christians, many of them children, were killed, and dozens ... More >>

UN rights expert urges support for Somalia

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:03 pm | UNHCHR

MOGADISHU / GENEVA (26 May 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, has called on the international community to support the country through its current humanitarian ... More >>

OHCHR - (1) Syria, (2) Indonesia / LGBT, (3) Gaza

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:02 pm | UNHCHR

(1) Syria Civilians in Syria are increasingly paying the price as counter-ISIL airstrikes escalate while ISIL cracks down on those in and around areas remaining under its control, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Friday. More >>

Airstrikes, ISIL causing civilian casualties in Syria — Zeid

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2:00 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 May 2017) – Civilians in Syria are increasingly paying the price as counter-ISIL airstrikes escalate while ISIL cracks down on those in and around areas remaining under its control, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad ... More >>

SOUTH KOREA: Ghosts from the dictatorial past

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 1:58 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

Dr. Kang Yong-ju is a medical doctor from Gwangju, South Korea. Dr. Kang is a victim of the notorious National Security Law and the Security Surveillance Act of South Korea. More >>

PAKISTAN: Interior ministry crackdown on social media

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 1:57 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The common perception in Pakistan, that ordinary citizens are not free to express their thoughts, has been validated with state inaction against hate mongers and clamping down on social media activists. More >>

INDONESIA: Anti-terror unit should be evaluated

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 1:56 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the suicide bombing and explosion in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, Indonesia, which killed five persons and injured 10. Three police officers and two alleged perpetrators died in the blast. More >>

Jeff Sessions on Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:55 pm | US Department of Justice

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision: More >>

The Muslim Ban was Discriminatory, Rules 4th Circuit

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:49 pm | ACLU

We should all feel proud today. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the Muslim ban to go into effect. Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start : The president promised to ban Muslims from the ... More >>

Way forward for developing e-government in the Pacific

Friday, 26 May 2017, 1:39 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Pacific people sharing their experiences is one of the keys to developing sustainable e-government systems in the region’s developing nations, according to two Victoria University of Wellington researchers. More >>

US Coast Guard saves lives en-route to Honolulu

Friday, 26 May 2017, 10:08 am | Maritime New Zealand

Just a day after taking part in a multi-national rescue drill over Auckland Harbour, the crew of a US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules has helped save six Tongan fishermen while en-route home to Honolulu. More >>

Sugarcane farmers to benefit from additional road upgrading

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 12:49 pm | Joint Press Release

Sugarcane farmers to benefit from additional road upgrading works 25 May, 2017 Nadi, Fiji – Over 200 sugarcane farmers and their families in the Drasa sector of Fiji’s sugarcane belt region will benefit from road rehabilitation works that have commenced ... More >>

Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Manchester attack

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 5:35 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday, 22 May. More >>

Manchester investigation - threat level raised to "critical"

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:54 am | Metropolitan Police Authority -- UK

The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large scale, fast moving and making good progress. There has been an arrest and there are currently multiple searches and other activity taking place as I speak. More >>

Optimism towards Meeting of Pope And Trump

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 10:32 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

Bishop Steve Lowe of the Hamilton Diocese, in a statement yesterday, echoed the general consensus among Catholic commentators in saying “that while agreement on issues discussed between the two leaders may not be on the cards, it will be an interesting ... More >>

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Manchester Terror Attack

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 9:33 am | Ahmadiyya Muslim Community NZ

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand condemns the barbaric and senseless terror attack and the loss of innocent lives at the Ariana Grande Manchester concert. More >>

UN to advance Belt and Road Initiative in Asia-Pacific

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 4:06 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) this week re-affirmed its commitment to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative through its multi-sectoral work in regional economic cooperation ... More >>

Manchester: Incident at Manchester Arena

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:29 pm | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

There has been an incident at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Local authorities have confirmed that there have been a number of fatalities and injuries. More >>

Explosion at Manchester Ariana Grande concert

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:24 pm | Greater Manchester Police

Just before 10:35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. More >>

Berlin and Beijing united on climate in the age of Trump

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:56 pm | Greenpeace

Berlin, 22 May 2017 - German Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and Chinese Special Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua jointly held a press conference at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, where the two ministers stressed the importance ... More >>

Big Technological Step for Tracing Tuna Catches

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:43 am | WWF-New Zealand

In a world-first for tuna fisheries, real-time verification and validation of fish deliveries from sea to port is being actioned through an innovative electronic reporting platform. More >>

TPP revival not in Australia’s interest, says AFTINET

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:54 am | AFTINET

The revival of the TPP without the US proposed by trade ministers meeting in Hanoi would not be in Australia’s national interest, AFTINET Convener Patricia Ranald said today. More >>

Prime Minister Phuc to Trade Ministers: Step Up Cooperation

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:50 pm | APEC

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 20 May 2017– Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called upon Trade Ministers from the 21 APEC member economies to step up efforts to expand the advantages of market integration and trade, underscoring the facilitating role ... More >>

Secretary's Remarks: on the Reelection of Iranian President

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:19 pm | US Secretary of State

Secretary's Remarks: From a Press Availability in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the Reelection of Iranian President Rouhani 05/20/2017 02:57 PM EDT More >>

The detention of a vessel carrying a cargo of phosphate

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:54 pm | AWSA

The detention of a vessel carrying a cargo of phosphate rock destined for Canada from occupied Western Sahara. Bir Lehlu, Western Sahara (18 May 2017). The government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (the SADR) and the Saharawi national liberation ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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