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Martin Doyle Cartoon: Rocking the cradle

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:39 pm | Martin Doyle

Is the education system of the United States now just a plaything of the plutocracy? The new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has no experience or expertise in pedagogy. What other nation would ever take such a risk.... [Gulp. Us] More >>

Voyage to the bottom of the sea

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 2:48 pm | Joint Press Release

Sydney, Australia – 9 February 2017 – Southern Cross Cables and EGS will go to sea at the end of February to begin surveying the seafloor from Clovelly to Los Angeles for the US$350 million Southern Cross NEXT undersea cable project, which ... More >>

Approved Pakistani refugee family left in limbo

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:59 pm | British Pakistani Christian Association

Trump policy and Thai avarice leaves approved Pakistani refugee family in limbo! Wilson Chowdhry 4-Feb-2017 More >>

Aucklander Leads NZDF Force to Counter Piracy

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

An Aucklander who joined the Air Force to fulfil a childhood dream to fly and go places will be leading the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) operations in the Middle East to counter piracy and people and drug smuggling. More >>

Standing Rock denounces DAPL easement, vows court challenge

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:32 pm | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today said it is undaunted in its commitment to challenge an easement announcement by the U.S. Department of the Army for the Dakota Access Pipeline. More >>

Resumption of Dakota Access Pipeline Violates Rights

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:25 pm | Amnesty International

Following an announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed, Eric Ferrero of Amnesty International USA made the following statement. More >>

Syria: mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:17 pm | Amnesty International

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More >>

NZDF To Help Counter Piracy And Trafficking in Middle East

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending a 55-member contingent and an Air Force P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to join an international partnership against piracy and people and drug trafficking. More >>

The passing of the so-called settlements Regularisation bill

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 10:35 am | UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called "Regularisation bill" on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. More >>

The rise of unregulated livestock production

Monday, 6 February 2017, 7:50 pm | FAO

The rise of unregulated livestock production in East and Southeast Asia prompts health concerns – UNFAO 6 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that increasing demand for, and consumption ... More >>

SPC serves Pacific development for 70 years

Monday, 6 February 2017, 7:36 pm | SPC Communications

SPC serves Pacific development for 70 years Noumea, New Caledonia – The Pacific Community (SPC) today marks 70 years of serving Pacific development. Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said: “We are excited at the timely opportunity ... More >>

Juan Méndez to Colombian Selection Committee

Sunday, 5 February 2017, 12:13 pm | ICTJ

ICTJ Names Human Rights Leader Juan Méndez to Colombian Selection Committee NEW YORK, February 4, 2017 — The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has named Juan E. Méndez as its delegate to the Colombian Selection Committee created ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - (1) Myanmar (2) Ukraine

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:11 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February 2017) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern ... More >>

Devastating cruelty against Rohingya

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:08 pm | UNHCR

Devastating cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men detailed in UN human rights report GENEVA (3 February 2017) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human ... More >>

UN rights expert urges stop to illegal settlements

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:07 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has called on the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly to explore effective diplomatic and political measures to ensure Israeli compliance with Security ... More >>

Is Libya the right disembarking point for migrants?

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 8:05 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (3 February) – As European Union Heads of State or Government gather in Malta to discuss new measures targeting migration movements, including increased cooperation with Libya, a group of United Nations human rights experts* warn the ... More >>

NZDF Delivers Textbooks for Fiji’s Cyclone-Damaged Schools

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) delivered this week more than three tonnes of textbooks donated to high schools in Fiji that were damaged last year by Tropical Cyclone Winston. More >>

West Papua-the elephant in the room

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:15 pm | Australia West Papua Association

Attorney-General George Brandis, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Dan Tehan, will meet with Indonesia’s top security minister Wiranto and other Indonesian Ministers today in Jakarta for the third Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) on Law and Security. More >>

Philippines: The police’s murderous war on the poor

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 12:54 pm | Amnesty International

Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said ... More >>

Gay pardons for up to 100,000 men welcomed

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 10:27 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

London, UK - 31 January 2017 The government has today confirmed the granting of pardons to men convicted under historic anti-gay laws, pre-2003, for consenting adult same-sex behavior, where such behavior is no longer a crime today. More >>

Antarctic medical evacuation underway

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 11:19 am | Maritime New Zealand

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is co-ordinating the urgent medevac of a 66-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffered a suspected stroke on the cruise vessel, MV Ortelius, in Antarctic waters early on Monday morning. More >>

Letter to Trump: End U.S. War in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 10:45 am | The Action Network

Prominent Americans, peace activists, and organizations have created an open letter to President Donald Trump asking him to end U.S. war in Afghanistan. It reads: More >>

Torture is torture, and waterboarding is not an exception

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 10:31 am | United Nations

GENEVA (30 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has appealed to US President Donald Trump not to reconsider the acceptability of waterboarding and other methods of torture used as interrogation techniques. More >>

Muslim Ban & Terrorist Attack in Canada

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:55 am | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The Islamic Women’s Council sends its sincere condolences to the families of victims of the terror attack in Quebec, Canada. We know this senseless act is the culmination of a series of hate-fuelled incidents targeted at that particular mosque. “The ... More >>

NZ hunts may fund pro-trophy hunt lobbying in U.S

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:44 am | Humane Society International

(31st January 2017)—According to the auction website of a trophy hunt convention hosted this week by Safari Club International (SCI) in Las Vegas, the lives of nearly 1,000 mammals will be auctioned off in global hunts valued at over US$5.3 million ... More >>

NGOs evolving to meet new challenges

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 9:33 am | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s non-government-organisations (NGOs) and charities working internationally are active in over sixty countries, and generate about $182 million for development and humanitarian assistance each year. More >>

New Zealand Muslim devastated by Quebec Mosque Shooting

Monday, 30 January 2017, 4:44 pm | TeRata Rangi Hikairo

As Muslims we are utterly devastated by a shooting a Quebec Canada today. This is an act of terrorism. This is a hate-crime against Islaam and Muslims. We pray and we mourn for those lost. We pray for their souls. More >>

Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Bird Flu H5Nx

Monday, 30 January 2017, 2:09 pm | Independent Science News

Multiple outbreaks of deadly H5 bird flu are decimating poultry across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. More >>

Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents into US

Monday, 30 January 2017, 12:53 pm | US Department of Homeland Security

Statement By Secretary John Kelly On The Entry Of Lawful Permanent Residents Into The United States More >>

Court Decision a Victory in Fight Against Slavery

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:07 pm | ITUC

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION Brazil: Inter-American Court Decision a Victory in Fight Against Slavery Brussels, 27 January 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has welcomed a call from the ILO’s Brazil office for land redistribution to combat forced labour ... More >>

UN expert announces follow-up mission to Tunisia

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:03 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (27 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, will carry out an official visit to Tunisia from 30 January to 3 February to assess progress achieved by the country in the promotion ... More >>

Sir Nigel Rodley

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:02 pm | UNHCHR

We have some extremely sad news, which I know some of you are aware of already. Sir Nigel Rodley, who was known to many of you in his capacity as member and former chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, passed away on Wednesday (25 January). Sir Nigel, ... More >>

German resolution reaffirms IUCN’s position

Saturday, 28 January 2017, 11:00 pm | IUCN

German resolution reaffirms IUCN’s position on the international stage Gland, Switzerland, 27 January, 2017 (IUCN) – The German government has officially recognised IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as an intergovernmental ... More >>

No homework on Diwali for New York’s Mineola School District

Friday, 27 January 2017, 11:24 am | Universal Society of Hinduism

Mineola Union Free School District (MUFSD) in New York state has announced that no home work or examinations will be given on the day of Hindu festival of Diwali, the most popular of their festivals. More >>

ADL Condemns Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 2:24 pm | Anti-Defamation League

New York, NY January 25, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today unambiguously condemned President Trump’s planned Executive Order on immigration and refugee entry into the United States. The draft order, if signed as written, would direct ... More >>

Statue of Liberty Weeps: President Targets Mexicans, Muslims

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 1:20 pm | Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation's history. More >>

U.S. Ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 1:09 pm | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On January 12, with less than ten days left in his presidency, President Barack Obama announced the ending of the Clinton Administration’s ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ policy, effectively removing this unique Cuban exemption from Washington’s standard immigration ... More >>

Trump Executive Memorandum on DAPL violates law and treaties

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 12:42 pm | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding ... More >>

OpenMedia calls on Canadian government to reject the TPP

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 9:55 am | OpenMedia

January 23, 2017 – This morning, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade deal that experts warn will overwrite domestic law, criminalize online activity, ... More >>

UN expert launches open consultation on sexual orientation

Monday, 23 January 2017, 9:05 pm | UNHCR

(GENEVA) – The new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, will convene a public consultation to engage with States, regional human rights mechanisms, ... More >>

Trump White House Assures Business as Usual

Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:13 am | NZ DPRK Society

Relax, Lockheed Martin, your $6 billion of annual profits from military hardware sales are safe. More >>

Gambia: The Cry of the Imburi

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 11:10 am | Rene Wadlow

Gambia: The Cry of the Imburi by Rene Wadlow 2017-01-21 11:29:42 The Imburi are spirits that are said to inhabit the forests of Gabon in Equatorial Africa and who cry out for those who can hear them at times of impending violence or danger. Today, the ... More >>

Nigeria acceptance of TFA

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:13 pm | APO

Africa: Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment handed over the instrument of acceptance of TFA to World Trade Organisation Director-General in Davos According to a 2015 study carried out by WTO economists, full implementation of the TFA would ... More >>

Côte d’Ivoire / Human Rights

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:09 pm | UNHCR

ABIDJAN / GENEVA (20 January 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on capacity building and technical cooperation for Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights, Mohammed Ayat, today examined the challenges for the new Ivorian political ... More >>

Completion of Domestic Procedures for the TPP Agreement

Friday, 20 January 2017, 4:52 pm | Embassy of Japan

1. On January 20, the Japanese Government notified New Zealand, which is designated as the Depositary of the Agreement, of the completion of Japan’s domestic procedures for the TPP, from H.E. Mr. Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand, ... More >>

Women’s March Participants Surpass One Million

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 10:43 am | Women's March on Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. January 18, 2017. The Women’s March , including its global network Women's March Global (WMG ) has officially surpassed one million registered march participants across the world. More >>

President Obama Has Now Granted Most Commutations

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 11:43 am | The White House

President Obama Has Now Granted More Commutations than Any President in this Nation’s History More >>

Myanmar: Kachin Christians Feared "Disappeared"

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 5:09 pm | Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Kachin Christians Feared "Disappeared" Urgently Report on Whereabouts, Well-Being; Allow UN Expert Access More >>

HSBC exposed as the banker behind Indonesia’s deforestation

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 1:51 pm | Greenpeace International

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 - Greenpeace International exposed in a new report today how HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, loaned hundreds of millions of US dollars to some of the most destructive palm oil companies in Indonesia. [1] More >>

Call for Senate to vote down TPP as Aus Govt backs dead deal

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:27 pm | AFTINET

Fair trade groups call for Senate to vote down TPP as government backs a dead agreement More >>

Just eight men own same wealth as half the world

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:20 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam News Release Monday 16 January 2017 Just eight men own same wealth as half the world More >>

Sea Shepherd Catches Japanese Poaching Fleet

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:41 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd has located the Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck, the first to be documented since the International ... More >>

Close battle ends with Capital result

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:36 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

The New Zealand Surf Life Saving Representative Challenge has seen Capital Coast [Wellington] emerge victorious in the open division, after a day of incredibly close racing at Waimarama Beach in Hawkes Bay. More >>

Why France must rethink Polynesia radio shutdown - PFF

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 7:35 pm | PFF

Why France must rethink Polynesia radio shutdown - PFF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14th January 2017 France must rethink its shutdown of AM radio broadcasting in Polynesia, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “People in the outer islands of French Polynesia ... More >>

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:25 pm | Zarefah Baroud

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity By Zarefah Baroud The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to ... More >>

U.S. Senate Inquiry into Russian Intelligence Activities

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:27 am | U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued a joint statement regarding the Committee’s ... More >>

US files WTO complaint against Chinese aluminium subsidies

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:53 pm | World Trade Organisation

On 12 January the United States notified the WTO Secretariat that it requested dispute consultations with China regarding alleged subsidies provided by China to its producers of primary aluminium. The United States alleges that loans and other financing to ... More >>

Regional leaders agree to expand preferential tariffs

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:50 pm | UN ESCAP

At UN forum regional leaders agree to expand preferential tariffs to expand trade in Asia and the Pacific More >>

Zeid calls on business leaders to stand up for human rights

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:48 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (13 January 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos next week to use their considerable influence to stand up ... More >>

Asia-Pacific’s transition to sustainable energy

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 10:43 pm | UN ESCAP

Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific’s transition to sustainable energy By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar More >>


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