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Human Rights Committee to review 6 nations

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:45 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (11 October 2019) — The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will meet in Geneva from 14 October to 8 November 2019 to review the situation for human ... More >>

Azerbaijan’s farming sector needs support for smallholders

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:44 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / BAKU (11 October 2019) – Vigorous economic growth and social transformation over the past 20 years have turned Azerbaijan into an impressive upper middle-income country, but it should work towards economic diversification and provide help for ... More >>

Near Average Tropical Cyclone Season expected

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:49 am | MetService

A ‘near-average’ Tropical Cyclone Season is forecast this year, with 9 to 12 named cyclones expected to occur in the Southwest Pacific between November and April. About four of these may be severe, reaching category three or higher. New Zealand ... More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:15 am | NIWA

NIWA and MetService analyses indicate nine to 12 named tropical cyclones (TC) could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2019 and April 2020. More >>

Save the Children preparing to scale up its operations

Friday, 11 October 2019, 10:35 am | Save The Children

Save the Children warned today against an impending humanitarian disaster in North East Syria, where families and children have already started fleeing hostilities. The agency confirmed it was preparing to scale up its relief operations which have ... More >>

De-escalation of Turkish military operation in Syria needed

Friday, 11 October 2019, 10:29 am | UN News

A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is “absolutely essential,” the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days ... More >>

Ebola on the run in DR Congo

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:32 am | United Nations

Ebola on the run in DR Congo, ‘now we have to kill the virus’: UN health agency More >>

Agents for change: Girls take up the fight for better world

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:31 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (10 October 2019) – On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN human rights experts* have applauded the energy and sense of urgency, as well as courage and intellect, that girls and young women have brought to recognizing ... More >>

Meet the winners and finalist of this year's Peace Prize

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:28 am | KidsRights

KidsRights patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced the finalists and winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2019! These children are all remarkable changemakers with amazing actions and impact. More >>

NetDragon Builds Serbian Public Innovation Platform

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:19 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that, "The Fourth China-CEEC Conference on Innovation ... More >>

PatPat Picks Adyen To Power Payments Globally

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:17 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

PatPat's Global Expansion Targets Europe and the United States; Leverages Adyen Platform to Increase Authorization Rates, Comply with PSD2 and Build Loyalty SINGAPORE, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), the payments platform of choice for ... More >>

What Really Happened to American Socialism?

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 6:03 pm | Harvey Wasserman

Despite the corporate hype, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are deeply rooted in the mainstream of our nation’s history. More >>

Germany Synagogue Shooting

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 3:24 pm | International Muslim Association of New Zealand

We extend our condolences to our Jewish community, Germany and to its people on this difficult day More >>

Trade deals putting corporates before people and environment

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:21 pm | AFTINET

Community groups representing millions say trade deals with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru put corporate rights before people and environment and urge Labor and cross-bench to oppose them More >>

Energy Underpins the African Dream

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:08 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NJ Ayuk's latest book, "Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals" launches October 22, 2019 and is already an Amazon #1 Best-Seller in two categories: Oil and Energy, ... More >>


Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Jewish Council

The New Zealand Jewish Council is horrified to learn of the attempted white supremacist attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on the most sacred day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. Our condolences go to the loved ones of the two people murdered by the ... More >>

German synagogue shooting more tragic anti-semitism

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:45 am | UN News

The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism.” More >>

Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:42 am | Ramzy Baroud

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike ... More >>

Support 'winds of change' in DR Congo

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:35 am | UN News

Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday. More >>

‘at least 60 civilians’ killed after US military airstrikes

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:34 am | UN News

“Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on ... More >>

Major changes to suicide prevention needed

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:26 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (9 October 2019) – Suicide prevention should not be addressed by increased prescription of medication, says UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Dainius Pūras. “Emotional pain frequently comes from being a victim of violence, discrimination ... More >>

LankaClear Launch LankaPay/JCB Co-badged Cards in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Colombo / Tokyo, Oct 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - LankaClear (Private) Limited (LankaClear) - the operator of LankaPay, Sri Lanka's National Payment Network, together with JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., ... More >>

TCL Electronic Benefits from Asset Restructuring of Parent

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:22 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - On October 2nd, TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd. (TCL Holdings), T.C.L. Industries Holdings (H.K.) Limited, and TCL Electronics Holdings Limited ( 1070.HK ) released a joint announcement stating that parent TCL ... More >>

FAO to call for immediate action to tackle rising obesity

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:21 am | Food and Agriculture Organisation

Bangkok, Thailand – The regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Bangkok will convene a high-level meeting to call for immediate action to curb rising levels of obesity in Asia and the Pacific brought ... More >>

Report Finds Alleged Drug Facilities Were Not Lawful Targets

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:21 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

KABUL / GENEVA (9 October 2019) – A United Nations special report, which examines the impact on civilians of United States’ airstrikes on alleged drug-processing facilities on 5 May 2019 in Afghanistan, determines that the operation caused a large ... More >>

Cynical Enterprises: The Kurds Await Their Fate

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 4:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Big powers, as with the greatest of gangsters, have always had a certain, indulgent luxury; their prerogative is to make promises they can choose to abide by or ignore. A vision is assured, guarantees made. Then comes the betrayal. The small powers, ... More >>

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 3:53 pm | United Nations

More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. More >>

Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk'

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:43 am | UN News

The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, “our work and our reforms are at risk”, the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday. More >>

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ in Syria

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:38 am | United Nations

Peace and SecurityThe UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the ... More >>

One billion people have preventable eye conditions

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:33 am | United Nations

A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its ... More >>

Bachelet welcomes release of hundreds of political actors

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:26 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (8 October 2019) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday welcomed the release of hundreds of political actors in Cameroon, among them opposition leader Maurice Kamto. On 4 October, President Paul Biya announced ... More >>

New study highlights how the fragrance industry adds value

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:16 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Fragrance boosts the value of consumer goods such as perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products by up to ten times, according to a new report. More >>

Mr. Philip Heah to deliver Guest-of-Honor Address

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:12 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 7th edition of Cloud Expo Asia, Singapore will take place on 9th-10th October 2019 at Marina Bay Sands, and is expected to receive over 18,000 senior decision makers across the APAC region in attendance. More >>

Nationalism threatens efforts to tackle statelessness

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:30 am | UN News

Hate speech and misguided nationalism present a serious threat to efforts to tackle statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Monday. More >>

Turning waste into wealth

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:30 am | UN News

Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. ... More >>

The Netherlands: UN expert calls for greater equality

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:26 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (7 October 2019) – The UN expert on racism and human rights has questioned the perception that Dutch society is inherently inclusive and tolerant, saying this belief masks the reality of a national identity and national belonging that treats ... More >>

Widespread violence and mistreatment of women in childbirth

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:24 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (7 October 2019) – Mistreatment and violence against women during childbirth are widespread and systematic human rights violations that continue to blight the lives of women across the globe and must be stopped, says UN rights expert Dubravka ... More >>

Brazilian experts warn of uncontacted tribes “genocide”

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:13 am | Survival International

Top Brazilian experts have released a damning statement warning “genocide is underway” against uncontacted tribes. The warning follows the sacking of Bruno Pereira, the head of the government department charged with the protection of uncontacted tribes’ ... More >>

Radical transition needed for sustainable energy targets

Monday, 7 October 2019, 8:11 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development opened today with delegates underscoring the need for greater collaboration between government and the private sector, and for inter-regional dialogue if the global ... More >>

Colin Powell’s Trump Problem

Monday, 7 October 2019, 5:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the compromised speak of judgment, the voice of credibility vanishes. In its place, a certain niggling sense of hypocrisy and weakness prevails. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of those of those compromised voices. He presided over ... More >>

The Biggest Medical Marijuana Facility in Southeast Asia

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand has built what's described as the biggest industrial-scale medical marijuana facility in Southeast Asia with 12,000 plants, and will soon allow everyone to grow six cannabis plants "in their back gardens like any other herb." More >>

Hope in a Time like ours

Monday, 7 October 2019, 9:22 am | David Swanson

Hope in a Time Like Ours: remarks by Brian Terrell at #NoWar2019, Limerick, Ireland, October 5, 2019 More >>

Major APAC Veterinary Conference to be held in Singapore

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 6:24 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 4, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by CloserStill Media and in association with The Royal Veterinary College and the Singapore Veterinary Association, Singapore Vet - a major new veterinary conference and exhibition, will debut at Suntec Singapore ... More >>

Manatua Cable Bound for the South Pacific

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 6:34 pm | Avaroa Cable

Cable manufacture and testing complete Freighter Thorco Liva contracted for 15,000km delivery Environmental Approval Secured More >>

New Multilateral Agreement to Accept Migrants

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 12:06 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor commends the new plan agreed upon by Germany, France, Italy and Malta to welcome more migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean. This is a significant step towards addressing the humanitarian ... More >>

Campaign launch of “Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia”

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:43 am | AVISO

New global campaign raising awareness around dangers of euthanasia laws Launch date on World Hospice and Palliative Care day VIENNA (4 October 2019) – What does it mean for us to affirm the inherent dignity of every person? On 12 ... More >>

Wave of street protests in Iraq and elsewhere

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:38 am | United Nations

The United Nations is urging authorities in Iraq to allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression after the security forces opened fire on mass anti-government protests which began earlier this week. More >>

UN highlights milestone of 1,000 Ebola survivors

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:35 am | United Nations

UN highlights milestone of 1,000 Ebola survivors in DR Congo amid complex environment of conflict and mistrust More >>

States must act to stop bullying of LGBT students

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:32 am | United Nations

GENEVA (4 October 2019) – UN human rights experts have expressed their grave concerns about bullying, harassment and exclusion of LGBT people at schools, universities and other educational institutions, and called on States to prohibit and prevent ... More >>

Belgium’s resolution of child visa case

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:31 am | United Nations

GENEVA (4 October 2019) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has welcomed Belgium’s implementation of changes to proceedings for visa applications for children taken in under kafalah , or guardianship under Islamic law. More >>

Murder attempt against Filipina human rights lawyer

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 11:28 am | ICHRP

The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) decries the ambush on Atty. Criselda Heredia while she was with her daughter and client last September 23, 2019. Fortunately, the three were physically uninjured as shots were ... More >>

Pacific Ocean Alliance Meeting

Friday, 4 October 2019, 6:33 pm | Pacific Ocean Alliance

PRESS RELEASE October 4, 2019 Suva, Fiji - The Pacific Ocean Alliance has met over the last week in Fiji to discuss ways in which they can collectively and actively engage on the region’s ocean policy towards ensuring a healthy, productive and ... More >>

Turning 70: XiJinping’s People’s Republic of China

Friday, 4 October 2019, 5:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

During the era of Sovietology, experts would pour over images of the gathered politburo in Red Square, gazing with grey monolithic interest upon the military hardware moving across the forum. An absent figure might suggest a potential coup; a new face, a ... More >>

Facebook Should Go Ahead with Its Plans to Encrypt

Friday, 4 October 2019, 10:30 am | Access Now

October 3, 2019 — News broke today that authorities in the U.K., U.S., and Australia are calling on Facebook to delay plans to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services. More >>

Montenegro’s Citizenship-by-Investment Program Opens

Friday, 4 October 2019, 8:42 am | Henley and Partners

________________________________________ The Montenegro Citizenship-by-Investment Program has opened for business, offering high-net-worth investors significant opportunities in a booming regional market, a powerful passport, and visa-free access to the whole ... More >>

UN Child Rights Committee publishes findings

Friday, 4 October 2019, 8:40 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (3 October 2019) — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 9 to 27 September: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Mozambique, Panama, Portugal, ... More >>

Iraqi government is responsible for killing protesters

Friday, 4 October 2019, 8:15 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is following with a great concern the Iraqi security forces' forcible dispersal of demonstrations in the center of Baghdad and a number of southern governorates that were organized to condemn corruption ... More >>

World's largest electronics, lighting marketplaces open

Friday, 4 October 2019, 8:15 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 3, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - As the peak sourcing season begins, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organising several large-scale trade fairs this month including the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), ... More >>

4 Gorillas to Save the Earth

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 3:02 pm | Harvey Wasserman

The Greta/AOC generation is marching for our place on this planet. We can all turn off lights, get off plastic, go vegan, ride bikes, sail the Atlantic, demand eco-straws, solarize our homes. But four gorillas block our way to survival. They demand a next ... More >>

NZ to join Australia and IFC to boost Fiji private sector

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 1:52 pm | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The New Zealand Government has announced it will join Australia and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in the Fiji Partnership, the first initiative of its kind in the country designed to help spur economic growth, jobs and private sector development ... More >>