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APEC-G20 Align Trade and Growth Priorities

Monday, 10 July 2017, 7:12 pm | APEC

APEC-G20 Align Trade and Growth Priorities Issued by the APEC Secretariat Hamburg, Germany, 10 July 2017— Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, representing APEC during the Group of 20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, delivered a strong message of ... More >>

Govt should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs

Monday, 10 July 2017, 4:02 pm | AFTINET

Government should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs says Fair Trade group “We welcome the international tribunal decision that Philip Morris tobacco company should pay the costs of its failed case against Australia’s 2011 plain ... More >>

Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 11:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.” Angela Merkel, BBC News, Jul 8, 2017 More >>

Up to 150 people reported arrested in Nabire, West Papua

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 11:17 am | AWPA

Hundreds of KNPB activists of the Nabire region were arrested and transported into truck Nabire Police in Bukit Meriam witnessed by a Papuan mama - (Jubi / ist) More >>

UNESCO Denies Biblical Christian & Jewish Heritage

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:10 pm | UN Watch

GENEVA, July 7, 2017 – UN Watch, an independent non-governmental organization based in Geneva, condemned the “cynical, divisive, and politicized hijacking of UNESCO’s mission to protect world cultural heritage” by Arab states, after the ... More >>

UN expert to visit Myanmar to assess rights

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:00 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (7 July 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will undertake her sixth information-gathering visit to the country from 10 to 21 July. More >>

Call on Israel to reconsider charges against Palestinian

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:59 pm | UNHCHR

UN human rights experts call on Israel to reconsider the charges against Palestinian activist Issa Amro More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - Turkey China Cambodia

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:57 pm | UNHCHR

We have received reports that eight Turkish human rights defenders and two international experts were detained on the Büyükada Island near Istanbul on Wednesday 5 July while taking part in a training workshop. More >>

APEC Enhances Disaster Resilient Trade

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:55 pm | APEC

APEC Enhances Disaster Resilient Trade Issued by the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group Nagoya, Japan, 7 July 2017 — A string of costly earthquakes and extreme weather, including the acceleration of the Pacific typhoon season, has prompted new ... More >>

Investigative journalist manhandled and threatened

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:51 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a Hong Kong based Nepali investigative journalist, Mr. JB Pun Magar, has been attacked and threatened for writing on issues relating to the Nepalese community residing in Hong Kong. Mr. ... More >>

UN Sec-Gen on adoption on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:11 pm | United Nations Secretary-General

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons More >>

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference

Friday, 7 July 2017, 7:02 pm | Joint Press Release

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference to convene in Vanuatu in October 2017. 7 July 2017, Suva, FIJI - The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) ... More >>

Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game

Friday, 7 July 2017, 6:56 pm | Access Now

Prime Minister Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game with Calls to Break Encryption July 7, 2017 — Ahead of this week’s G20 economic summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is once again raising the subject of encryption. According to Australian ... More >>

Information Making an Impact with Pacific

Friday, 7 July 2017, 4:38 pm | SPREP

Information Making an Impact with Pacific Meteorologists and Media Pacific media opportunities now made available with SPREP! Information making an impact is at the heart of a regional media opportunity now open for Pacific island journalists working ... More >>

The dark side of elephant rides

Friday, 7 July 2017, 11:07 am | World Animal Protection

07 July 2017: Three in four elephants in tourist entertainment venues across Asia are living in poor, unacceptable welfare conditions. More >>

Hong Kong announces massive ivory seizure...

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:22 am | TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network

Hong Kong, 6th July 2017—Customs officers in Hong Kong seized “about” 7.2 tonnes of ivory from a shipping container arriving from Malaysia at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on Tuesday, 4th July. More >>

Thailand: Provide Legal Status, Protections for Refugees

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6:41 pm | Fortify Rights

(Bangkok, July 6, 2017)–The Government of Thailand should stop detaining and forcibly returning refugees to situations of potential harm, Fortify Right today. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi will meet Thai Prime ... More >>

Funeral Expenses Insurance potential exists in Samoa

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6:34 pm | Joint Press Release

Apia, Samoa – Affordability and trust in the organisation providing the insurance are the two main priorities highlighted by Samoans as being important to them when deciding to purchase funeral expenses insurance. More >>

Access Now Urges EC to Push for US Surveillance Reform

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 5:28 pm | Access Now

Access Now Urges European Commission to Push for US Surveillance Reform through the “Privacy Shield” Review More >>

‘The World is (Not) Flat’

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 4:42 pm | Ramzy Baroud

‘The World is (Not) Flat’: ‘Trumpism’ is Symptom of Decades-Long Imperial Arrogance By Ramzy Baroud No matter how hard White House officials try, they cannot construct a coherent ‘Trump doctrine’ that would make sense amid the chaos that ... More >>

Director of Amnesty International Turkey must be released

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 2:20 pm | Amnesty International

Responding to the news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul, ... More >>

ADB-USP Sign Cooperation Agreement

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 4:55 pm | Joint Press Release

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) have signed a cooperation agreement to boost knowledge collaboration between the two organisations. More >>

UN Sec-Gen on DPRK

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 4:17 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range conducted by the Democratic ... More >>

NEPAL: Government and police collude in rotten power play

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 8:18 pm | AHRC

NEPAL: Government and police collude in rotten power play For the past several years, the Asian Human Rights Commission has been reporting on the widespread practice of abuse of power by the Nepal Police. The extent of abuse of power and politicization ... More >>

Costly Representation: The Georgia Congressional Election

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Tom Price’s vacating of a Georgia congressional seat set the scene for exactly what is darkly wrong with US politics. In the sprawling kleptomanic entity known as USA Inc., with its distancing between the concept of representation and the money ... More >>

Fighting For Our Survival and Inspiring Political Action

Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:55 pm | PICAN

Fighting For Our Survival and Inspiring Political Action Early this morning, Monday July 3rd, climate activists gathered in Albert Park, to loudly and proudly hold rainbow flags covered with messages of climate justice, strength & ambition for the high-level ... More >>

Economist blasts Australia at climate talks

Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:31 pm | Australia Institute

An Australian economist, Roderick Campbell, has criticised the Australian government's claims to be helping the Pacific with climate aid while subsidising a key source of climate change - Australia's coal industry. More >>

Myanmar: Investigate Torture, Death of Ethnic Ta’ang

Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:55 pm | Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Investigate Torture, Death of Ethnic Ta’ang Civilians in Shan State Free Detained Journalists, Ensure Accountability (YANGON, July 3, 2017) – Myanmar Army soldiers arbitrarily detained and tortured dozens of civilians from a village in ... More >>

Correction to news reports appearing in Qatari media

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:41 pm | UNHCR

Correction to news reports appearing in Qatari media GENEVA (30 June 2017) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that it regrets the appearance of inaccurate accounts in Qatari media of a meeting held on Thursday between ... More >>

Africa Needs to Work Closer Together on Climate Action

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:40 pm | UNHCR

Africa Needs to Work Closer Together on Climate Action and Sustainable Development Key Conclusions of Africa Carbon Forum 2017 Growing Importance of Cities and Business in Implementation of Paris Agreement Press release available on-line in English: ... More >>

Sustainable development must put people not profits first

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:39 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / PARIS (30 June 2017) - Governments and business leaders must put people – not profits – first as the world moves towards action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UN human rights experts have today told a major world conference ... More >>

UNHCR - Iraq Al Jazeera Venezuela Guatemala

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:38 pm | UNHCHR

We are extremely concerned at the situation of civilians in Mosul where fighting is becoming ever more intense and concentrated as Iraqi Security Forces, supported by the international coalition, push to retake the whole of the city from ISIL. We ... More >>

UN experts condemn Viet Nam’s jailing of prominent blogger

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:35 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 June 2017) – Viet Nam must end what appears to be a pattern of targeting environmental defenders, UN human rights experts* have urged after the jailing of a popular blogger. More >>

Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:23 pm | IUCN

Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage, pushing the vaquita to the brink and depleting forests – IUCN More >>

WTO Records Moderate Rise in G20 Trade Restrictions

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:11 pm | World Trade Organisation

WTO Records Moderate Rise in G20 Trade Restrictions The WTO’s seventeenth monitoring report on Group of 20 (G20) trade measures, issued on 30 June, shows that trade restrictions in G20 economies have risen at a moderate rate similar to that of previous years, ... More >>

Pacific Dialogue towards climate change risk insurance

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:05 pm | UNDP

Pacific Dialogue in Samoa initiates further steps towards critical climate change risk insurance for the region June 26, 2017, Apia – This week in Apia, Samoa , government officials from across the Pacific joined global experts from the private ... More >>

Be alert to “dangerous wrecks” and much more!

Friday, 30 June 2017, 11:46 am | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ will take over responsibility for issuing maritime navigational warnings to countries and vessels in the wider south west Pacific from mid-day today (Friday June 30). More >>

HM The Queen honours young people who are changing the world

Friday, 30 June 2017, 11:26 am | The Queen's Young Leaders

Queen’s Young Leaders Award with guests including Sir John Major, Sir Mo Farah, Liam Payne, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Anita Rani More >>

MIDNIGHT OIL joins the struggle to defend the Amazon Reef

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 5:02 pm | Mushroom Promotions

The Australian band lead by Peter Garrett performed a pocket gig on board the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in May, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The campaign highlights the current exploration plans of oil companies, such as TOTAL and BP, that could put ... More >>

NGOCHR: Respect & Protection of Human Rights

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 6:13 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights is extremely concerned with recent reports of a political activist detained for several hours by the Police for commemorating International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which was on the 26th of June. More >>

RAMSI hailed a success for regional partnership

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 3:10 pm | RAMSI

RAMSI hailed a success for regional partnership as final Enhanced Consultative Meeting held in Solomon Islands More >>

NZDF Joining War-Fighting Exercise in Australia

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Defence Force

More than 700 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, two NH90 helicopters, a Combined Arms Task Group and HMNZS Canterbury are about to take to the sea, air and land as part of an international war-fighting exercise in Australia. Talisman ... More >>

Congress Must Step in and Stop Muslim Ban

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:31 am | Amnesty International

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban and allow the order to take effect in part in the meantime, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, released ... More >>

Skilled migration changes will hold Australia back

Monday, 26 June 2017, 7:26 pm | AMMA

Resources and energy employer group AMMA has voiced industry concern that impulsive changes to skilled migration occupation changes that come into effect 1 July 2017 will inevitably cost Australian jobs and drive up energy prices. In addition to the ... More >>

Travellers look for environmentally responsible experiences

Monday, 26 June 2017, 7:03 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

26 June 2017, Suva, FIJI – The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has commended the Asian Development Bank for drawing attention to the issue of sustainable eco- tourism at the ADB Pacific Update Conference held in Suva, Fiji last week. More >>

Death in Paradise

Monday, 26 June 2017, 8:57 am | Medicine Mondiale

For most New Zealanders Fiji is a tropical paradise, but the recent deaths of four babies from a bacterial outbreak at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva show a side of Fiji that the average tourist doesn’t see. More >>

Spokesman for the Secretary-General On China

Sunday, 25 June 2017, 7:36 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General On China The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the mudslides in Maoxin county, Sichuan province, in the People’s Republic of China. The Secretary-General ... More >>

Escalations in Syria

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To become enmeshed in a war of incalculable variables; to be at bloody bruised loggerheads – this is the Syrian nightmare, where there are more punters than odds. Savagely, Syria as a state is being ravaged and mauled to the point of non-recognition. It ... More >>

SRI LANKA/WORLD: Rapid collapse of the secular state

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:23 pm | AHRC

The events that unfolded this week shockingly foretells the story of the very rapid collapse of the secular state in Sri Lanka. Although, the events around which a new melodrama unfolded in Sri Lanka were some trivial events of several warrants issued ... More >>

INDIA: A country where torture is the norm

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:22 pm | AHRC

India is the only country in Asia that has during the past seven decades remained a parliamentary democracy, having elected its government through a transparent and accountable democratic process. Its judiciary is independent, and its administrative ... More >>

INDONESIA: Torture occurs repeatedly

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:21 pm | AHRC

INDONESIA: Torture occurs repeatedly as perpetrators enjoy impunity Torture remains a serious problem in Indonesia, even after 18 years of police and legal reform. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has noted some fundamental problems that prevent ... More >>

UNHRC - Yemen - Mosul mosque and minaret

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:14 pm | UNHCR

(1) Yemen The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict. Over the past month, we have been able to verify a total of 49 civilian deaths. More >>

States’ duties don’t end at the national borders

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:12 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – States should control corporations across national borders to protect communities from the negative impacts of their activities, UN human rights experts have said in an authoritative new guidance * on the Obligations of States ... More >>

Zeid welcomes international investigation into Kasais

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:11 pm | UNHCR

DRC: High Commissioner Zeid welcomes creation of international investigation into Kasais GENEVA (23 June 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday said the creation of an international investigation into allegations ... More >>

Ending torture needs fresh commitment from every UN Member

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:09 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – At a time when the absolute prohibition of torture is often challenged in the name of national security across the globe, a group of UN human rights experts* strongly reaffirms that the practice of torture is a severe violation ... More >>

EU needs greater focus on human rights impact of sanctions

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:08 pm | UNHCR

BRUSSELS / GENEVA (23 June 2017) - The European Union has made progress in ensuring its sanctions allow for legal challenges and don’t harm human rights, but more work remains to be done, a UN rights expert has concluded after his first official ... More >>

A CIA Evacuation from Vietnam: Suicides, Executions & Risk

Friday, 23 June 2017, 8:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When the U.S.-Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, a Central Intelligence Agency officer's two best military sources committed suicide and an American diplomat endangered the lives of escaping staff and CIA personnel, according ... More >>

KFC Announced as Official Partner of Rugby League World Cup

Friday, 23 June 2017, 3:27 pm | Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) is pleased to announce KFC as the Official Quick Service Restaurant of this year’s tournament. More >>

NZDF Searches for NZ Yacht in Distress Off Fiji

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:46 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for a New Zealand-owned yacht with four people on board that activated its emergency beacon at dawn approximately 425 kilometres southeast of the Fijian capital of Suva. More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat Genocide

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:40 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system, despite the effort following World War II to abolish it through negotiation, and then adoption ... More >>

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