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Serious rights violations in southeast Turkey

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:58 pm | UNHCR

UN report details massive destruction and serious rights violations since July 2015 in southeast Turkey GENEVA (10 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office on Friday published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous ... More >>

Reengineer justice institutions to end infant malnutrition

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:46 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

An Oral Statement to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Environment and Right to Food ASIA: Reengineer justice institutions ... More >>

Understanding Chronic Urticaria

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:45 pm | World Allergy Organization

Understanding Chronic Urticaria Is the Focus of World Allergy Week 2017 World Allergy Organization says there is hope for the “Agony of Hives” More >>

Resettlement in contaminated areas steamrolls ahead

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:40 pm | Greenpeace

Tokyo, 11 March 2017 - Greenpeace today commemorates the more than 15,000 people who died six years ago in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the tens of thousands of survivors of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. More >>

Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching, second year

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:52 am | Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace releases images showing Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for the second year in a row Sydney, 10 March 2017 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific today releases shocking photos and footage documenting the Great Barrier Reef’s ... More >>

Surgeons want quad bikes banned for under 16s

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:35 am | BlackHawk Tracking Systems

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a young girl in New South Wales. More >>

Civil Society Groups Tell Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate TPP

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:15 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

Ahead of Chile Meeting, 200+ Civil Society Groups Tell Their Trade Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate the TPP More >>

International Children’s Peace Prize 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:09 am | KidsRights

Since January 19th 2017, the KidsRights Foundation has been inviting every organisation and/or individual to nominate a child for the Children’s Peace Prize 2017. This prize is awarded annually to a child, whose courageous or otherwise extraordinary ... More >>

Fiji Times staff facing possible sedition charges

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:03 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the latest move by Fiji’s Public Prosecutor with the charges against staff at the Fiji Times. The IFJ calls for all charges against the four staff members to be immediately dropped. More >>

IFJ calls to defend women’s voices online in Asia-Pacific

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:02 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Asia-Pacific affiliates today demanded meaningful action against the growth of online harassment of women journalists in the region. Using the occasion of International Women’s Day (March ... More >>

EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope”

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

New EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope” to solve European migration challenges – UN experts More >>

Economic Empowerment for Sustainable Development

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 4:56 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

To mark International Women's Day this year the United Nations has chosen the theme "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work". It is a theme that resonates for me. More >>

Website and factsheets in the lead up to UN Ocean Conference

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:51 pm | SPREP

“Knowledge is power” - SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website and factsheets in the lead up to the UN Ocean Conference More >>

Closing Gender Gaps in Asia and the Pacific Requires Change

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:29 pm | UN ESCAP

Addressing gender inequality and ensuring equal participation and opportunities for women and girls in Asia-Pacific is central to achieving progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More >>

Women’s Day 2017: Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 3:11 pm | SPREP

By Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of the Climate Change Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Dr Pelesikoti is the first Pacific Island Woman Lead Author for a chapter in the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental ... More >>

Women’s economic empowerment key to achieving SDGs

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:06 am | UN Women

“Women’s economic empowerment is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” is the message from UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March, around the world. More >>

Wikileaks: Vault 7 - CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 5:52 am | Wikileaks

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. More >>

ACLU Comment on Trump’s New Muslim Ban

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:14 pm | ACLU

March 6, 2017 NEW YORK — The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order. More >>

USA: Trump’s revised travel ban will stir hatred & division

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 11:52 am | Amnesty International

In response to President Trump’s new Order to reinstate the suspension of the USA’s refugee resettlement programme and establish a temporary travel ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary ... More >>

New research could minimize need for biopsies to detect cancer

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 10:37 am | Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Doctors may soon be able to detect and monitor a patient’s cancer with a simple blood test, reducing or eliminating the need for more invasive procedures, according to Purdue University research. More >>

Gender equality makes everyone healthier: WHO

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 10:06 am | World Health Organisation

MANILA, 6 March 2017 — On International Women's Day (8 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the powerful link between gender equality and health and well-being. More >>

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:41 pm | David Swanson

Global corporations and international government alliances are pushing war, environmental destruction, economic exploitation, defunding of schools and housing, hateful divisive ideologies, and reductions in rights and liberties as a package wrapped in shiny ... More >>

I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:35 pm | David Swanson

So, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings and was of course in on the conspiracy. ... More >>

Drone Protesters Arrested on Tuesday - David Swanson

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:27 pm | David Swanson

Anti-drone activists blocked traffic at the Main Gate into Beale AFB for over 30 minutes today during early morning commute hour. They stood across the gate entrance holding life-sized cardboard replicas of the 15 drone victims killed during a Sept. ... More >>

Raheel: Muslim Reaction: Trump's Speech to Congress

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:23 pm | Maria Sliwa

Fiery commentary/reaction to come from the female Muslim human rights activist who called for an immigration ban – 1 year before Mr. Trump! More >>

Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically

Monday, 6 March 2017, 1:09 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective ... More >>

Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Sydney to Celebrate

Sunday, 5 March 2017, 8:41 pm | Mardi Gras

Last night, an estimated 250,000 spectators took to the streets to watch more than 12,000 participants take part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community, the 39th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Born from a ... More >>

Opium cultivation in Shan State Myanmar

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 9:05 pm | United Nations

Opium cultivation in Shan State Myanmar is concentrated in areas with poor security, says UNODC More >>

Growing ‘Visa War’ between EU and US will have major impact

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:48 pm | Henley and Partners

The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently ... More >>

INDIA: At least 600 farmers’ suicides as Supreme Court waits

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:35 pm | AHRC

The Supreme Court of India is worried about the continuing havoc of farmer suicides in India. It termed it “a sensitive matter of larger public interest and human rights which covers the entire country” this January. The Court has also wondered ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Racial profiling of Pakhtuns to be condemned

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:16 pm | AHRC

Following a suicide attack on Lahore's Mall Road on February 13, which claimed the lives of at least six police officials, Punjab’s law enforcement agencies launched a province-wide crackdown on the ethnic Pakhtun (Pathans) minority. Administrative ... More >>

UN expert urges consistent policies for US

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:08 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert urges consistent policies for US on indigenous peoples’ rights for projects like Dakota Access Pipeline More >>

UN rights expert welcomes conviction of mastermind in murder

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:01 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (03 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the conviction in South Africa of a man who masterminded the murder and dismemberment of the body parts of a woman with albinism by a decision of 23 February 2017 of the ... More >>

Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 8:00 pm | UNHCHR

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration, focusing this year on so-called fake news, disinformation and propaganda. More >>

Cultural rights threatened by global avalanche of hate

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:57 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva: “We face a global avalanche of hate in the form of rising fundamentalism and extremism around the world. This ... More >>

UN rights experts denounce Israel’s growing constraints

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:56 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – Two United Nations Independent Experts are calling on the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. More >>

Sri Lanka: Slow progress on crucial justice

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:55 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (3 March 2017) –The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, according to a ... More >>

Australia: indigenous women left behind

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7:50 pm | UNHCHR

Australia places violence against women high on the agenda but indigenous women left behind, says UN expert More >>

Protecting Pacific Whales through art

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:30 pm | SPREP

Protecting Pacific Whales through art - exhibition opens in Noumea The "Des baleines et des hommes pour la protection des océans" art exhibition opened this week at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia. The exhibition ... More >>

African Challenges to African Development

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:12 pm | APO

African Challenges to African Development By Ehiedu Iweriebor NEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2017/ -- The parlous story of African economic and social development since independence best expressed in the failure to achieve the autonomous capacity ... More >>

Disability groups slam Government decision

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:50 pm | Disabled People's Organisations Australia

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of national peak groups of people with disability, strongly condemned the decision by the Federal Government to rule out a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people ... More >>

Customs Confiscate Smuggle Goods

Friday, 3 March 2017, 1:17 pm | Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Island Customs & Excise Division (SICED) has successfully stopped an attempt to smuggle 228 sleeves of cigarettes (45,600 rolls) and four new Stihl chainsaws last Thursday 23 February afternoon. More >>

Nayarabale Crossing restoration continue

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 1:55 pm | Fultan Hogan

Access is being restored to Nayarabale Crossing in Labasa by a six-man crew from Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) following recent flash floods that had rendered the bridge impassable. More >>

This Is Not Your Grandparents' Resistance

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:58 pm | David Swanson

I want to disagree, in part, with a recent recommendation that John Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down be used as a guide to resisting the outrages of the Trump regime. I think you could present the basic plot to an average middle school student today, ... More >>

100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:54 pm | David Swanson

This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against the war on Vietnam (49 since he was killed on that speech’s first anniversary). Events are being planned to ... More >>

A Mood is Not a Movement: 5 Ideas for the Anti-Trump Forces

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:43 pm | War Is A Crime

Comrades and friends, I am not writing to advise you how to resist the Trump regime. There are as many action proposals in circulation as there are anti-Trump groups, with “resistance” the buzzword of the moment. More >>

Petition Supporting Nuclear-Free Zones

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:36 pm | World Beyond War

Message Delivered to Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean States assembled February 14, 2017 in Mexico City More >>

Putin could rescue the world – & win the Nobel Peace Prize

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:33 pm | World Beyond War

Donald Trump has promised to repair America´s infrastructure and to lower taxes. We all know this is undoable, and yet – it could be done. More >>

President Trump & Thailand's Military Coup Leaders

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 12:21 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Donald Trump may strengthen Washington's support for Bangkok's military government after sending the head of the U.S. Pacific Command to open a 10-day Cobra Gold military exercise on Valentine's Day, the highest-level ... More >>

‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ helps kids get ahead

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:38 am | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Adult children inheriting or gifted wealth from their parents are more likely to have completed university degrees, be self-employed and have higher bank account balances, finds a new study. More >>

China forecasts fourth year of stable or declining CO2

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 4:30 pm | Greenpeace International

China forecasts fourth year of stable or declining CO2 emissions, as world awaits Trump climate action - Greenpeace Beijing, 28 February 2017 – China is forecasting a significant drop in CO2 emissions of approximately 1%, according to Greenpeace ... More >>

Migrants need ongoing support in job hunting

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:37 am | AMES Australia

Newly arrived migrants and refugees struggle to break into Australia’s labour market but can succeed if given adequate early support in job hunting, a new study has found. More >>

Fair trade group says no to TPP-like proposals

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:05 am | AFTINET

The Australian Government should oppose attempts to replicate the TPP in the Asian-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as negotiations continue in Kobe, Japan this week, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. More >>

APEC Leads Breakthrough Trade Pact Implementation Push

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:40 pm | APEC

APEC Leads Breakthrough Trade Pact Implementation Push Issued by the APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures Nha Trang, Viet Nam, 26 February 2017 – APEC member economies are moving quickly to implement the newly ratified Trade Facilitation Agreement, ... More >>

Toxic air pollution: UN rights experts urge tighter rules

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:22 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States, including legislation and enforcement of corporate accountability, to try to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human ... More >>

Israel: Elor Azaria case

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:21 pm | UNHCR

"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly ... More >>

ADB Expands Presence in the Solomon Islands

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:17 pm | Asian Development Bank

ADB Expands Presence in the Solomon Islands HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS (24 February 2017) — The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavarejoined the Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Department Xianbin Yao today ... More >>

UN expert to assess violence and discrimination against LGBT

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:14 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / BUENOS AIRES (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn is to make the first visit of its kind to Argentina to assess progress made towards eliminating violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ... More >>

UN expert urges Kenya to protect 4 environmental defenders

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:02 pm | UNHCHR

UN rights expert urges Kenya to protect four environmental defenders whose lives are under threat More >>

NZ Aid workers launch joint appeal for South Sudan famine

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 2:40 pm | Joint Press Release

NZ Aid workers launch joint appeal for South Sudan famine New Zealand’s major aid agencies are uniting in an urgent plea for public donations to support their collective effort to prevent a humanitarian calamity in South Sudan and neighbouring ... More >>