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OHCHR PRESS BRIEFING NOTES - South Sudan, Venezuela

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:43 pm | UNHCHR

Today we are releasing a report produced jointly with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). It contains the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around the town of Yei, some 150 kilometres ... More >>

Mexico: UN rights experts strongly condemn killing

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:41 pm | UNHCHR

Mexico: UN rights experts strongly condemn killing of human rights defender and call for effective measures to tackle impunity GENEVA (19 May) – A group of UN experts* strongly condemns the brutal murder of Miriam Rodríguez Martínez, a mother who ... More >>

“No end in sight” after five decades of Israeli occupation

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:40 pm | UNHCHR

“No end in sight,” says UN human rights expert after five decades of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory More >>

Human rights violations in and around Yei, South Sudan

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:39 pm | UNHCHR

UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei, South Sudan GENEVA/JUBA (19 May 2017) - A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and ... More >>

NZ Sailors at Sharp End of Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:42 am | New Zealand Defence Force

19 May 2017 New Zealand Sailors at Sharp End of Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust Two Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) sailors were at the sharp end of last week’s multi-million dollar heroin bust in the Indian Ocean, transporting the team that boarded the drug ... More >>

Appointment of Special Counsel in Russia Investigation

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:00 pm | United States Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian ... More >>

The time for the rapid and full renewable energy transition

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:15 pm | EUROSOLAR

2017 EUROSOLAR Delegates’ Assembly resolution The time for the rapid and full renewable energy transition is now Bonn - May 17, 2017 - On the first Saturday in May, the EUROSOLAR Delegates’ Assembly met in the EUROSOLAR head office in Bonn ... More >>

Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade trade

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:11 pm | Global Witness

Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade trade contributing to ethnic armed conflict, new film shows ahead of landmark peace talks More >>

One-third of adults in Vanuatu are financially excluded

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:06 pm | PFIP

One-third of adults in Vanuatu are financially excluded 17 May, 2017 Port Vila, Vanuatu – A consumer survey conducted last year on the demand for financial services in Vanuatu found that 32% of Ni-Vanuatu adults are completely excluded from financial ... More >>

Trump Interference: Oversight Committee Seeks Comey Memos

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:13 pm | US Rep Jason Caffez

Today, the New York Times reported former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey memorialized the content of phone calls and meetings with the President in a series of internal memoranda. At least one such memorandum reportedly describes ... More >>

Reports President Asked FBI Dir to End Flynn Investigation

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:44 pm | US Rep Elijah E Cummings

Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2017) – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to press reports that President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James ... More >>

APEC Builds Labor Safeguards for Automation Era

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:49 pm | APEC

Issued by the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age More >>

Technology for human rights

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:46 pm | UNHCHR

As communities around the world face continuing human rights challenges, the agreement demonstrates the potential to use technology to help tackle issues, and highlights the opportunity for greater private sector support for the work of the UN Human Rights ... More >>

Zeid alarmed by violence in Central African Republic

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:46 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA/BANGUI (16 May 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday expressed grave alarm over the expanding attacks by armed groups against the civilian population in several parts of the Central African Republic ... More >>

Action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:26 pm | FAO

Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests and meet the 2030 development agenda 15/05/2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka - The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, raising fears that one of the world’s key ... More >>

Dialogue on human rights in North Korea

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:23 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, welcomed a number of positive steps on disability issues taken by the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic ... More >>

Poll by World Union Body Shows Global Governance Failure

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:21 pm | ITUC

Ahead of G20 Labour Ministers Meeting, International Poll by World Union Body Shows Global Governance Failure on Jobs Brussels, 15 May 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The annual global poll commissioned by the 181 million-member International Trade Union Confederation ... More >>

DOJ Reversal on Drug Prosecutions

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:57 pm | NAACP

BALTIMORE, MD -- Baltimore--The NAACP released the following statement regarding the DOJ's decision to promote the use of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. The decision by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requiring federal prosecutors to ... More >>

NAACP Statement on the Mythology of Voter Fraud

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:56 pm | NAACP

BALTIMORE -- NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order creating a commission on voter fraud. More >>

Waimanu Road receives upgrade

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:51 pm | Joint Press Release

Waimanu Road receives upgrade Major road works are taking place on Waimanu Road and this work is carried out by Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH). FHH is contracted to implement the Fiji Roads Authority’s (FRA) maintenance programme to improve road access across ... More >>

Win a Trip to the UN Climate Conference 2017 in Bonn

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:32 pm | UNFCCC

Win a Trip to the UN Climate Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany (Bonn, 10 May 2017) - As part of a journalism competition launched today, ten journalists from the Pacific island region will get the unique chance to travel to and report from this year’s ... More >>

UN Committee against Torture publishes findings

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:55 pm | UNHCHR

UN Committee against Torture publishes findings on Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Lebanon, Pakistan and Republic of Korea More >>

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:54 pm | UNHCHR

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination publishes findings on Finland, Moldova, Armenia, Kenya, Cyprus and Bulgaria More >>

Zambia’s peasants at risk of becoming squatters

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:51 pm | UNHCHR

Zambia’s peasants at risk of becoming squatters on their own land – UN expert warns More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - El Salvador

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:48 pm | UNHCHR

The vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in El Salvador is of deep concern. Since the beginning of 2017, at least seven transgender people have been murdered in El Salvador. Most recently, at the end of April, a prominent ... More >>

NZDF Helps Seize $400m of Heroin in Indian Ocean

Friday, 12 May 2017, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has played a key role in another successful drug bust in the Indian Ocean, bringing the total amount of illegal drugs it has helped seize to about $400 million in two weeks. More >>

Fair Traders welcome Shorten’s rejection of dead TPP

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:01 pm | AFTINET

‘The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network welcomes Bill Shorten’s confirmation last night in his budget reply speech that labour won’t back Coalition Government efforts to revive the TPP without the United States, “AFTINET Convener Patricia ... More >>

“Not Another Year” campaign launched

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:52 am | New Zealand Baha'i Community

The long-running imprisonment of seven innocent Iranian men and women is once again drawing international attention. Now in their ninth year of incarceration, the group, known as the Yaran, were the ad hoc appointed leaders of the Iranian Baha'i community, ... More >>

Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Flynn in Russia Probe

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 10:49 am | Senator Richard Burr

Notification: Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Former National Security Advisor Flynn for Documents Regarding Russia Probe More >>

FBI Director James Comey removed from office

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 12:17 pm | The White House

Statement from the Press Secretary Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod ... More >>

UN rights expert visits Sudan

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:06 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (9 May 2017) – United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will carry out his fourth mission to the country from 11 to 21 May to continue his engagement with the Sudanese authorities and discuss ... More >>

UN experts call on Nigeria to ensure release

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 9:55 pm | UNHCR

UN experts call on Nigeria to ensure release of all those still under Boko Haram captivity More >>

Maldives must investigate murder of journalist

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 9:54 pm | UNHCR

The Maldives must investigate murder of journalist Yameen Rasheed and hold those responsible to account – UN experts More >>

Reducing infrastructure gaps

Monday, 8 May 2017, 7:09 pm | UN ESCAP

Reducing infrastructure gaps can boost sustainable development in countries with special needs, says UN report More >>

Cyclone Donna: Flooding and evacuations as Port Vila is hit

Monday, 8 May 2017, 7:02 pm | World Vision

Strong winds and heavy rain is battering Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, as Cyclone Donna intensifies, having been upgraded to a Category 5 cyclone today. World Vision reports that peri-urban communities have been flooded, resulting in evacuations. ... More >>

Even with Macron victory in France, risks for human rights

Monday, 8 May 2017, 5:09 pm | Access Now

On Sunday France elected a new president, Emmanuel Macron, who will be leading the country for the next five years. In the context of the global trend toward authoritarian populism and its negative impact on the fundamental rights to privacy and free expression, ... More >>

Detention of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for NZ

Monday, 8 May 2017, 12:30 pm | Communique

Sydney, Australia (8 May 2017) . On Monday May 1, the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (the SADR) and the Saharawi national liberation movement, the Polisario Front, took action to detain pursuant to a court order a cargo of phosphate ... More >>

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 9:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a scrappy affair, and it resulted in a predictable result: the re-election of veteran administrator John Coates as president of the Australian Olympic Committee by 58 votes to 35. Such a process was all in all dull but for the notable lid it ... More >>

Nations Meet to Fully Implementing Paris Agreement

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:38 pm | UNFCCC

Nations Meet in Bonn to Take Forward Guidelines for Fully Implementing Paris Agreement * Meeting Is Key Preparatory Event for COP23 In Bonn Later This Year * Bonn, 5 May 2017-- In a next round of UN climate change negotiations, nations are meeting from ... More >>

Special Rapporteur rejects misinformation: Philippines visit

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:10 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 May 2017) – The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has released the following statement clarifying reports in the Filipino media and rejecting misinformation about her current visit to Philippines ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - China

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:08 pm | UNHCHR

We are deeply troubled that on Wednesday 3 May, defence lawyer Chen Jiangang and his family were reportedly taken by police while they were travelling in Yunnan province in the southwest of China. This latest event takes place in the context of an ongoing ... More >>

Saudi Arabia must reform counter-terror law

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:07 pm | UNHCHR

Saudi Arabia must reform counter-terror law and free peaceful critics, says UN rights expert More >>

Moves to impeach Nepal Chief Justice

Friday, 5 May 2017, 8:15 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 May 2017) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has condemned moves to impeach the Chief Justice of Nepal, warning that such actions suggest a concerted attempt by the Government to undermine the independence of the ... More >>

Slow down to save lives

Friday, 5 May 2017, 7:40 pm | World Health Organisation

Slow down to save lives MANILA, 5 May 2017 — One of the simplest ways to avoid road traffic crashes and the millions of deaths and injuries they cause is to slow down. This warning is the World Health Organization (WHO) theme for the upcoming ... More >>

Cyclone Donna: First reports of damage

Friday, 5 May 2017, 2:13 pm | World Vision New Zealand

World Vision has received first reports of damage by Cyclone Donna which has made landfall in the north of Vanuatu. More >>

An announcement regarding The Duke of Edinburgh

Friday, 5 May 2017, 11:45 am | Royal Family

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen. More >>

South Sudan: Weary, frightened displaced civilians

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 8:40 pm | UNHCHR

South Sudan: Weary, frightened displaced civilians in Upper Nile at imminent risk of further violence More >>

Seizure of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for NZ

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:20 pm | Polisario

Seizure of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for New Zealand from occupied Western Sahara More >>

Journalism grant scheme Launched

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 9:59 am | Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is today launching a small grant scheme to promote reporting on ‘under-reported stories’ linked to the work of the 166 Laureates of the Swedish award known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. More >>

Fairfax editorial staff vote to strike for seven days

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 5:13 pm | Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

In stop-work meetings today, Fairfax editorial staff voted to take industrial action for seven days. More >>

UN expert urges governments to protect journalists

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 4:29 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (2 May 2017) – Speaking ahead of World Press Freedom Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor ... More >>

Press Freedom Day: Fairfax cuts 25% of its journalists

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 4:20 pm | Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

MEAA is appalled at the decision of Fairfax Media management to cut 125 full-time equivalent positions, or 25 per cent of its journalists, from its metropolitan newspapers. More >>

Apple's Commitment to a No-Mining Future

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 10:51 am | Deep Sea Mining Campaign

Scientists and civil society organisations from around the world welcome Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report announcing the communication technology giant’s goal to “stop mining the earth altogether”[1]. They call on other companies to ... More >>

Tax policy and public expenditure management

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 9:06 pm | UN ESCAP

Tax policy and public expenditure management are key to financing sustainable development in Asia-Pacific More >>

Petition Urges Boycott of Another Whitewashed Netflix Show

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:19 pm | Care2

New Petition Urges Boycott of Yet Another Whitewashed Netflix Show “Journey to the West” *** https://www.thepetitionsite.com/262/198/317/*** The petition is one of many Care2 efforts to push back on whitewashing in entertainment A Care2 petition ... More >>

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai launches FOAA Online

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:16 pm | Free Assembly

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai launches FOAA Online! – a web-based collection of legal arguments related to assembly and association rights NAIROBI – Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai today announced the launch of FOAA Online!, a web-based legal ... More >>

Inequality and insecurity at work can kill, warns ITUC

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:13 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 28 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): Divisive employment practices and increasing insecurity at work are fuelling a worldwide epidemic of work-related 'diseases of distress', the ITUC has warned today, the International Commemoration Day for Dead ... More >>

U.S. Chamber Welcomes USTR Special 301 Report

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:12 pm | US Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber Welcomes USTR Special 301 Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President of the Global Intellectual Property Center Mark Elliot issued the following statement in response to release of the 2017 Special 301 Report by ... More >>

Housing inequality defines Chilean landscape – UN

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:42 pm | UNHCHR

SANTIAGO / GENEVA (28 April 2017) – “Inequality is one of the hallmarks of Chilean society, and this is starkly apparent in the housing situation in the country” underlined the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, ... More >>

Venezuela must allow peaceful protests

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:41 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (28 April 2017) – The Government of Venezuela must facilitate peaceful protests and properly investigate the deaths of at least 25 people in recent demonstrations, say a group of United Nations human rights experts.* More >>