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In Masterpiece, the Bakery Wins the Battle but Loses the War

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:58 am | ACLU

In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a bakery that had refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. It did so on grounds that are specific to this particular case and will have little to no applicability ... More >>

Contempt for the poor in US drives cruel policies

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:52 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (4 June 2018) – The United States’ principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty is to criminalise and stigmatise those in need of assistance, a report by a UN independent expert has found. More >>

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman on Afghanistan

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:30 am | United Nations

The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack in Kabul today that targeted religious scholars, who had gathered from across the country to promote peace in Afghanistan. A number of civilian causalities are reported. More >>

United Nations: Looking toward 2020

Monday, 4 June 2018, 11:19 am | Rene Wadlow

There are two major issues today that the League of Nations did not have to face. Thus when the League was reincarnated in 1945 as the United Nations, no one considered how to structure appropriate responses. The major political issue today is the disintegration ... More >>

We pray the “Mother” of our Revolution is Scylla

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 5:35 pm | Franklin Lamb

Were one to credit the notion that Bashar Assad, Ali Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, some Gulf countries, Israel, the USA and several countries in the West, among others, are Stepmothers of ISIS and coddled them to varying degrees since the March 2011 ... More >>

The American veto is a sign of moral bankruptcy

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:43 am | PLO

In response to questions regarding the recent UN Security Council vote, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi issued the following statement: More >>

UN experts urge States to boost protection

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:37 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (1 June 2018) - UN human rights experts have called on States to ramp up measures to safeguard and support human rights defenders at a time when they are coming under increasing pressure globally, saying civil society’s role in the international ... More >>

UNHCHR: Nicaragua, Ukraine

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:36 am | UNHCHR

01 June 2018 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell Location: Geneva Subject: (1) Nicaragua (2) Ukraine (1) Nicaragua We are appalled at the ongoing violence in Nicaragua, where this week at least 16 people are reported ... More >>

The human right to a healthy environment

Friday, 1 June 2018, 6:41 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (1 June 2018) – Speaking ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, the head of UN Environment* and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment** issued a statement urging the United Nations to recognise the human right to a healthy ... More >>

PIANGO‘s Investment in Next Generation Leadership

Friday, 1 June 2018, 6:26 pm | PIANGO

PIANGO‘s Investment in Next Generation Leadership Commended at Women’s Conference 1st June 2018 (For Immediate Release) More >>

UN experts decry Israel plan to demolish Bedouin homes

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:39 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 May 2018) - UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about an Israeli court’s decision on 24 May to uphold a plan by the Government of Israel to demolish the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Ab al Helu ... More >>

Deadly police response to protest against copper smelting

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:38 am | UNHCHR

UN experts condemn deadly police response to protest against copper smelting plant in India, call for probe More >>

After democratic elections, Iraqi needs truly national govt

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 2:29 pm | United Nations

The low voter turnout for Iraq’s recent national elections was a “strong signal” to the country’s ruling political elites that they must work harder to ease sectarian divides and promote democratic accountability over nepotism and patronage, the United ... More >>

Sea Shepherd condemns slaughter of 122 mother whales

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:30 pm | Sea Shepherd Australia

New figures released at the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting show that 122 whale mothers were slaughtered as part of the Japanese Government's illegal Antarctic whale hunt. "Its outrageous that the killing ... More >>

Zeid urges Mexico to act to end wave of disappearances

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:16 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on the Mexican authorities to take urgent steps to end a wave of enforced disappearances in and around the city of Nuevo Laredo, amid strong indications that ... More >>

FIFA commitment to stand up for human rights defenders

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:16 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) – UN human rights experts have welcomed the move by world football’s governing body FIFA to take steps to safeguard human rights defenders and journalists who raise human rights concerns linked to FIFA events. More >>

UN experts urge Kenya to protect environmental defenders

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 7:53 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) - The Kenyan Government must urgently take measures to protect defenders who have faced harassment and intimidation after they testified against a local lead smelter accused of environmental pollution, UN human rights experts* ... More >>

INDONESIA: Summary executions recurring with impunity

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:14 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More >>

BANGLADESH: Government escalates extrajudicial executions

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:13 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More >>

New skills in sensory analysis for fishing industry

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:48 pm | PHAMA

Staff of SolTuna Limited and National Fisheries Developments (NFD) Limited can now use sensory techniques to assess the quality of fish products. This follows their completion of a Seafood Sensory Analysis training that has enabled them to make assessments ... More >>

Food insecurity: Call to declare Gaza a disaster area

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 2:25 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Two thirds of households are food insecure: Euro-Med calls for declaring Gaza a disaster area More >>

Europe and Asia - together for a more secure world

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:53 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

Europe and Asia have never been so close. Our economies are interconnected; our cultures are interconnected; and our security is connected: we face the same challenges, we confront similar threats, and we share an interest in preserving peace in our regions ... More >>

UN chief in Mali to mark sacrifice of peacekeepers

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 3:28 pm | United Nations

On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers this Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers. More >>

Dates of Asia Pacific Climate Week Announced

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 1:33 pm | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change, Bonn, 28 May 2018 – Today, it has been confirmed that Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW2018) will be convened in Singapore from 11–13 July 2018. The event – which lands two months ahead of both the Global Climate Action Summit in ... More >>

Central African Republic crisis ‘breaks my heart’ - official

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 1:17 pm | United Nations

The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. More >>

World tuna trade conference: ensuring sustainable fisheries

Monday, 28 May 2018, 5:18 pm | Food and Agriculture Organisation

28/05/2018, Bangkok – A gathering of the global tuna industry and other stakeholders has heard that a coordinated effort is required to ensure a sustainable fishery that can help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More >>

War Crimes Convict Completes Sentence

Monday, 28 May 2018, 4:49 pm | Special Court for Sierra Leone

The Residual Special Court has reached a significant milestone, with the discharge later today of the first person convicted of war crimes to complete his full sentence. More >>

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is the season for exposures and exposes, and the Catholic Church has been making regular ripples of the wrong and undeniably crude sort. Globally, the church is finding itself being picked bare in terms of institutional malfeasance, not merely on the ... More >>

Secure access to land critical to achieve an end to hunger

Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:21 pm | FAO

UN FAO and partners warn that secure access to land is critical to achieve an end to hunger and poverty in Asia and the Pacific by 2030 More >>

Southern ocean ‘big swell’ waves studied in real time

Monday, 28 May 2018, 1:10 pm | Pacific Community - SPC

Apia, Samoa - A training and consultation workshop focusing on ocean data applications has helped build ocean science capacity and has kick-started discussions to improve national oceanographic services. More >>

Israel’s Supreme Court greenlights state to commit war crime

Monday, 28 May 2018, 12:05 pm | B'Tselem

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, three Israeli Supreme Court justices – Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner – ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the community of Khan al-Ahmar , transfer the residents from their homes and relocate ... More >>

Letter to Ambassadors re Fourth Korea Summit

Monday, 28 May 2018, 10:19 am | NZ DPRK Society

Given the confusion and conflicting messages coming forth from the President Donald Trump administration, the NZ DPRK Society applauds the commitment of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Moon Jae-in to the Panmunjom Declaration which “affirmed ... More >>

Israel's proposed bill banning photos of IDF soldiers

Monday, 28 May 2018, 9:52 am | PLO

Dr. Ashrawi on Israel's proposed "Prohibition against photographing and documenting IDF soldiers" bill Today the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss a bill that would prohibit the recording, photographing or documentation ... More >>

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was the sort of party you would be reluctant to turn up to, and its cancellation would have caused a sigh of relief. But when the US president replicates the feigned hurt of a guest who has been impugned, the puzzlement deepens. A mix of crankiness ... More >>

Ireland's Repeal the 8th Vote

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 11:10 am | National Abortion Federation

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Referendum Vote: The repeal of the Eighth Amendment is long overdue and very good news for women in Ireland. Women should have access ... More >>

APEC Trade Ministers Issue Statement

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 5:20 pm | APEC

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 26 May 2018 – Trade Ministers from the APEC member economies issued a statement following their meeting in Port Moresby on Saturday. More >>

Rooftop Protest on Christmas Island

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 1:35 pm | Refugee Action Coalition

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE Rooftop Protest on Christmas Island Two Iranian asylum seekers have begun a rooftop protest in the Green 1 compound on Christmas Island. The two asylum seekers got onto the roof around 2.30pm Christmas Island time, ... More >>

DG Azevêdo calls on APEC members to help trade

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:55 am | World Trade Organisation

Addressing a meeting of APEC trade ministers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 25 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called on ministers to address rising trade tensions and to step up efforts to advance the WTO’s work in a number of areas. ... More >>

APEC Trade Ministers Address Uncertainties

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:52 am | APEC

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 26 May 2018 Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato opened the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting by urging greater leadership in APEC to tackle uncertainty and enable more inclusive ... More >>

U.S. calls on Syria to 'stand down' from UN forum

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:47 am | UN Watch

U.S. calls on Syria to 'stand down' from presidency of UN disarmament forum, asks Russia for help More >>

France: new terrorism laws may undermine fundamental rights

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:44 am | UNHCHR

PARIS/GENEVA (25 May 2018) – A UN human rights expert has commended efforts by France to combat terrorism but has raised concerns about the effect anti-terrorism laws have on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights including liberty, privacy, ... More >>

500 years is long enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 11:40 am | Robert J. Burrowes

I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among those we often regard as ‘responsible’. I am going to use the Democratic Republic of the Congo as my example. More >>

Yemen: Human suffering at risk of further deterioration

Friday, 25 May 2018, 4:17 pm | United Nations

24 May 2018 Humanitarian Aid An escalation in fighting, increasing obstacles to aid delivery and lack of food and fuel, is compounding Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations top relief official warned on Thursday, calling on all ... More >>

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:41 pm | United Nations

The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction. More >>

ALRANZ Wishes Ireland a Successful Repeal of the 8th

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:00 pm | ALRANZ

ALRANZ wishes the Irish people all the best in their referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to Ireland’s constitution and allow Irish women to receive abortion care in the home country. More >>

“Milestone judgement” in Guatemala – UN Human Rights Chief

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:36 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today welcomed the ruling issued unanimously by the High Risk “C” Tribunal in Guatemala yesterday against four high-ranking former military officials for crimes ... More >>

Call on India to protect journalist Rana Ayyub

Friday, 25 May 2018, 1:35 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* are calling on the authorities in India to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign. More >>

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ over cancellation of summit

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:01 am | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday that he was “deeply concerned” by the cancellation of the planned meeting between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly-known ... More >>

Message on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:52 am | United Nations

On May 29th, 1948, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first United Nations peacekeeping operation – the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East. More >>

An agenda for disarmament' launched last night

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:38 am | Peace Movement Aotearoa

“The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy. But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been. Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports sustainable development. ... More >>

Japan: Benefit cuts threaten social protection of the poor

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 7:19 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging the Government of Japan to review a series of planned benefit cuts which threaten the minimum social protection for the poor, particularly those with disabilities, single parents and their children, ... More >>

High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the EU

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 5:43 pm | Joint Press Release

This is a joint press statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Fiji and the European Union following the third high level political dialogue between Fiji and the European Union held in Suva on 23 and 24 May, 2018. More >>

Peace and security challenges in Africa’s Sahel region

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:20 pm | United Nations

Peace and security challenges in Africa’s Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official More >>

NZ investigators expose slavery and human trafficking at sea

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:20 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, May 24: Investigators from New Zealand are behind a global operation that has exposed shocking incidents of human trafficking, slavery and abuse at sea aboard international fishing fleets. More >>

Transforming the world requires input from all society

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:19 pm | United Nations

International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. More >>

Urgent action needed to avoid war, suffering in Gaza

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:16 pm | United Nations

Urgent action needed to avoid war, alleviate suffering in Gaza – UN envoy tells Security Council Gaza is on the verge of collapse and its people becoming increasingly desperate, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday, urging ... More >>

Calls for human rights shift in South Korea

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:55 pm | UNHCHR

SEOUL/GENEVA (23 May 2018) – United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. More >>

Ukraine: Economic reforms should protect human rights

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:54 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA/KYIV (23 May 2018) – The United Nations Independent Expert on debt and human rights recognised that Ukraine has progressed in its fight against illicit financial flows but warned that economic reforms without clear safeguards for human rights ... More >>

Digital Platforms are Critical for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1:51 pm | APEC

Digital Platforms are Critical for Entrepreneurs Issued by the APEC Secretariat Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 24 May 2018 APEC economies boast some of the fastest-growing and most technologically innovative markets in the world. But though rich in culture, ... More >>

Leading Chinese NZ political scientist presents research

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:45 am | World Civilization Forum

Leading Chinese political scientist, co-founder of New Zealand think tank, presents new research on China core ideology More >>