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Syria: UN urges an end to hostilities

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:10 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Senior United Nations officials in Syria warned on Tuesday of the dire humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country, calling on warring parties to immediately stop fighting so aid and basic services can reach those in ... More >>

Burundi risks becoming a ‘forgotten crisis'

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:03 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Warning that Burundi could become a “forgotten crisis,” with the number of people struggling for survival increasing by the day, United Nations agencies together with aid partners on Wednesday launched a funding appeal to keep ... More >>

'Race against time' to end female genital mutilation

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:51 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) ... More >>

UN expert urges El Salvador step up measures to halt murders

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:46 am | United Nations

UN expert urges El Salvador step up measures to halt murders, vicious cycle of impunity More >>

UN chief urges Maldives to uphold rule of law

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:39 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Following the declaration of a ‘state of emergency’ in the Maldives, after which soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday urged the Government to uphold the ... More >>

‘Protect children and their digital footprint,’ urges UNICEF

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:35 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Every half a second, every day, a child goes online for the first time – tapping into all the great opportunities the Internet has to offer, but facing grave risks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday, ... More >>

Hopefully PIF Secretary General will raise West Papua

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 6:33 pm | AWPA

Hopefully PIF Secretary General will raise West Papua with Julie Bishop. 6 February 2017 AWPA hopes the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor who is in Canberra this week will raise the human rights situation in West Papua ... More >>

Middle East two-state solution more important than ever

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 1:50 pm | United Nations

Amid ‘difficult reality’ in Middle East, two-state solution more important than ever – UN chief More >>

Female genital mutilation ‘not acceptable’

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 12:14 pm | United Nations

5 February 2018 – Speaking a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations youth envoy people underscored that the ghastly practice is an aversion to the human rights of millions and keeps them ... More >>

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:48 am | United Nations

Today is Safer Internet Day. A day celebrated globally each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. More >>

UN chief congratulates US, Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:41 am | United Nations

5 February 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General on Monday congratulated the United States and Russia on successfully reducing their strategic nuclear forces to the level required by a new bilateral treaty signed in 2010, calling on both sides ... More >>

Proof of chemical weapons use in Syria needs response: UN

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:39 am | United Nations

Proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with ‘meaningful response,’ UN disarmament chief More >>

World ‘failing to stop the war on children’

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:37 am | United Nations

World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says UNICEF Middle East, North Africa director More >>

Development indicators trending downward for world's poorest

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:34 am | United Nations

5 February 2018 – The least developed countries (LDCs) – nations categorized as requiring special attention from the international community – will fall short of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development unless urgent action ... More >>

Calls for better protection against abuse of Nepali workers

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10:22 am | UNHCHR

UN expert calls for better protection against abuse and exploitation for Nepali workers seeking foreign employment More >>

Rumblings in the Tory Palace

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 9:36 am | Binoy Kampmark

As the Sunday news vine began getting heavy, that sole topic of all-consuming, toxic interest – Brexit – threatened to claim the casualty of the British Prime Minister herself, Theresa May. Interest centred on a possible troika that had busied itself ... More >>

Russian Dissident, Twice Poisoned, Wins Courage Award

Monday, 5 February 2018, 9:45 pm | Geneva Summit

GENEVA, February 5, 2018 – A coalition of 25 non-governmental human rights groups announced today that leading Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, who nearly died after being poisoned twice in Moscow, has been chosen to receive the 2018 Courage ... More >>

Media urged to raise awareness about climate change

Monday, 5 February 2018, 6:28 pm | FAO

Asia-Pacific media urged to raise awareness about effects of climate change on the region’s agriculture and food systems More >>

Forum Secretary General arrives in Australia

Monday, 5 February 2018, 3:52 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor is in Canberra this week for regional policy consultations. Her discussions will focus on ensuring that people are at the centre of development across the Pacific region. More >>

Fiji’s President officially launches USP’s 50th Anniversary

Monday, 5 February 2018, 3:50 pm | University Of South Pacific

His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of the Republic of Fiji and USP Chancellor during his address. More >>

Account: Asylum Seekers in Indonesia

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 2:14 pm | Erfan Dana

It was 3am on the 1st of February 2018. As I wrote this report the sound of the cries from my cellmates rang in my ears. More >>

Concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 11:06 am | United Nations

3 February 2018 – The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political ... More >>

Bungling Crown Privilege: Aust’s Cabinet Security Breach

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 10:58 am | Binoy Kampmark

Journalists would have seen it as a scoop, and insisted that no laws had been broken. Politicians might have considered it a calamity. Whatever one terms Australia (parliamentary democracy; constitutional monarchy) secrecy remains the state’s watchword. When ... More >>

UN calls on Maldives to respect Supreme Court decision

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 10:52 am | United Nations

UN calls on Maldives to respect Supreme Court decision, says 'ready' to help ease political impasse More >>

Partnership key to ensuring all children access education

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 1:33 pm | United Nations

2 February 2018 – Stressing the importance of quality education for the future of young people and children, senior United Nations officials, including the head of its education agency and the UN youth envoy, called for cooperation to strengthen ... More >>

Cereal prices remain stable, dairy and sugar values dip – UN

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 1:31 pm | United Nations

A farmer harvests his wheat crop in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano 2 February 2018 – Global food prices have remained largely unchanged since December 2017, with January prices stable for cereals and vegetable oils; weaker for dairy ... More >>

UN supports Bangladesh’s efforts to protect Rohingya camps

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 1:10 pm | United Nations

UN supports Bangladesh’s efforts to protect Rohingya camps from flooding ahead of monsoon season More >>

Children and families in need after Kiribati ferry disaster

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:55 pm | Joint Press Release

Children and families in need of support after tragic ferry disaster in Kiribati Tarawa, Kiribati: 2 February, 2018 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati ... More >>

UN Watch Condemns Venezuela Arrest of 85-year-old Activist

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:53 pm | UN Watch

GENEVA, February 2, 2018 – UN Watch, a Geneva-based monitoring group, condemned Venezuela for arresting an 85-year-old activist in the middle of last night, taken from his home in Caracas at 3:00 a.m. by security forces. More >>

Can The Shale Boom Avoid These Bottlenecks?

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:45 pm | Oilprice.com

Shale companies continue to drill at a frenzied pace, adding rigs and breaking U.S. oil production levels with each passing week. Yet, the oil production is becoming increasingly geographically concentrated. Not only is the Permian basin accounting ... More >>

Iran must ensure rights of Christian minority – UN experts

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:09 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Iran must ensure rights of Christian minority and fair trial for the accused – UN experts More >>

Libya: calls for roadmap to tackle plight of thousands

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:08 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Libya: UN expert calls for roadmap to tackle plight of thousands who have fled homes GENEVA/TUNIS (2 February 2018) – Libya must intensify its efforts to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes, a United ... More >>

CAR: mission to assess critical human rights situation

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:07 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

CAR: UN Independent Expert launches mission to assess critical human rights situation in the country GENEVA / BANGUI (2 February 2018) - The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic, Marie-Thérèse Keita ... More >>

BRIEFING NOTES - Maldives, Kenya, Myanmar

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:05 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

We urge the Government of the Maldives to fully respect yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction and order a retrial of former President Mohamed Nasheed and to release eight other political prisoners who have been detained ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Indonesia, PNG and Fiji

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 12:01 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Indonesia (5-7 Feb), Papua New Guinea (8 Feb) and Fiji (9-12 Feb) GENEVA (2 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday begins official visits to Indonesia, Papua New ... More >>

Increasing threat of animal-to-human diseases

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:35 pm | FAO

Increasing threat of animal-to-human diseases – and antibiotic resistance in both – ring alarm bells at international conference 02/02/2018, Bangkok, Thailand – Zoonotic diseases and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans resulting in antimicrobial ... More >>

Aust: Bill worst in free world for criminalising journalism

Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:35 pm | Pacific Media Centre

AUSTRALIA: New bill worst in free world for criminalising journalism http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/australia-new-bill-worst-free-world-criminalising-journalism-10 More >>

Micronesia starts climate change/disaster risk assessment

Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:10 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Federated States of Micronesia commence climate change and disaster risk finance assessment 2 February 2018 Pohnpei, FSM – With a view to advancing their national climate change and disaster risk management priorities, 40 representatives from government ... More >>

Humanitarian diplomacy ‘getting nowhere’ in Syria

Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:07 pm | United Nations

1 February 2018 – Civilians in Syria’s besieged areas have not seen a single convoy of humanitarian aid arrive for a full two months, a senior United Nations adviser said on Thursday, lamenting that diplomatic efforts appear “totally impotent,” ... More >>

IFJ urges drastic media safety change after bad 2017

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:36 pm | Pacific Media Watch

BRUSSELS ( International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch ): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today launched its full annual report on journalists and media staff killed in 2017, which details the killings of 82 journalists and ... More >>

ITUC Denounces Arrests of Medical Association Members

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:18 pm | ITUC

Turkey: ITUC Denounces Arrests of Medical Association Members Brussels, 1 February 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has denounced the arrest by the Turkish authorities of several members of the country’s Medical Association on the grounds that they ... More >>

Open Letter to The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:13 pm | Project Human Beings First

I wish to draw your judicial eye towards the open conspiracy of dunces – 'hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil' – captured by the image of the 'three wise monkeys' displaying the behavior trait of co-opted human beings displaying 'wisdom' ... More >>

Time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:06 pm | United Nations Security Council

23 January 2018 – Against the backdrop of worsening security in Mali’s central regions and with presidential elections just six months away, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said it is time to reexamine the configuration of the UN peacekeeping ... More >>

‘Established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups

Friday, 2 February 2018, 11:37 am | United Nations

1 February 2018 – What Myanmar’s Government has claimed are military and security operations are “actually an established pattern” of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation ... More >>

British Trains, Cambridge and Nostalgia

Friday, 2 February 2018, 10:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

This is a different Cambridge. The gowns are gone, banished to a museum of what Britain was. The traffic and pollution have moved in, angry, irritable, uncompromising. Hopping off the train from Kings Cross, London doesn’t prepare you for the scene, one facing ... More >>

Kiribati ferry: Aerial search suspended

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:52 am | Maritime New Zealand

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) Acting Manager Kevin Banaghan said the four search aircraft from New Zealand, Australia and the United States will return to their countries. More >>

Human cost of conflict in South Sudanof ‘epic proportions'

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:39 am | United Nations

1 February 2018 – The human cost of South Sudan’s long-running conflict has reached “epic proportions” with the number of refugees set to rise beyond three million by the end of this year, potentially making it Africa’s largest refugee crisis ... More >>

Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:28 am | United Nations

1 February 2018 – This year’s UN Response Plan for Yemen, describes the war-torn country as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis” in the world, with more than 22 million people – around three-quarters of the total population – in need of ... More >>

UN expert laments “tragic sense of déjà vu” in Myanmar

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:23 am | United Nations

SEOUL/GENEVA (1 February 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, ... More >>

25 NGOs Announce Women's Rights Award to Congo Advocate

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:19 am | Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

GENEVA, February 1, 2018 -- A cross-regional alliance of 25 human rights organizations announced today that Julienne Lusenge, a grassroots activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo who leads a coalition of 40 women’s organizations fighting rape, has been ... More >>

World Wetlands Day warning

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:03 am | WWF

Planned hydropower projects in the Danube River basin could harm wildlife and local communities Vienna – On the eve of World Wetlands Day – 2 February – WWF warns that hydropower projects threaten to harm the habitats of rare and endangered river ... More >>

New Zealand and UNDP Strengthen Partnership

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:38 am | UNDP

Suva, Fiji – Vanuatu has become the fifth country in the Pacific to receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the New Zealand Government’s Aid Programme. More >>

Pacific knowledge, smart media used to tackle health issues

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:49 pm | Pacific Media Centre

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/region-pacific-knowledge-smart-media-used-tackle-health-issues-10073 More >>

FBI Statement on HPSCI Memo

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:20 pm | Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure ... More >>

Manus Island: Australia abandons refugees - Amnesty

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:55 pm | Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE Manus Island: Australia abandons refugees to a life of uncertainty and peril • New facilities unsafe and do not meet basic needs • Refugees say they live with constant fear of violence • Australia must end ... More >>

Sustainable solutions needed for millions displaced: Darfur

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:53 pm | United Nations

31 January 2018 – Despite improvements in the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued challenges remain, the United Nations Security Council has said, underlining the need for sustainable solutions for the region’s 2.7 million internally ... More >>

I feel guilty I survived youngest Schindler’s list survivor

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:33 pm | United Nations

‘I feel guilty I survived;’ youngest Schindler’s list Holocaust survivor tells United Nations her story More >>

Little hope of quick return to stability in Lake Chad Basin

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:29 pm | United Nations

With ‘little hope’ of a quick return to stability in Lake Chad Basin, UN and partners launch aid appeal More >>

Mauritania: UN rights experts urge immediate reform

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:26 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 January 2018) – A new law adopted in Mauritania represents a positive attempt to tackle discrimination, but raises major concerns for human rights and must be reformed, a group of UN human rights experts have said. More >>

The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ protest over hijab laws

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 12:05 pm | Pacific Media Centre

The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ protest over Iran’s compulsory hijab laws By PMC Editor - February 1, 2018 More >>