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Putting People at the Center of Health Care

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 11:50 am | APEC

A question was raised at the start of APEC’s annual High-Level Meeting on Health & the Economy this August in Port Moresby: why does a forum dedicated to regional economic integration hold forums dedicated to health? More >>

Corruption Creates Difficulties Recruiting from Philippines

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 11:43 am | Sebastian Shaw

New Zealand employers hiring workers from the Philippines were affected by a ban imposed by the Philippines Government on the Philippines Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) issuing OECs for workers to leave the country to work abroad. The ban which ... More >>

APEC Makes Progress on Structural Reform

Friday, 17 August 2018, 6:28 pm | APEC

APEC economies continue to make progress in implementing structural reforms meant to expand opportunities and promote inclusion across the Asia-Pacific. More >>

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals

Friday, 17 August 2018, 4:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities? Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private users – is so voracious it has become a parody of itself. There seems to be little that will restrain such politicians ... More >>

SPTO Judges NZ Maori Tourism Dragons’ Den

Friday, 17 August 2018, 1:14 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

17 August 2018, Suva, FIJI - NZ Māori Tourism held the inaugural Dragons Den and SPTO CEO Chris Cocker was a judge in the category of “Bring your idea to life” for start-up Māori tourism experiences. More >>

Political leaders must stop misusing leprosy as a metaphor

Friday, 17 August 2018, 9:44 am | UNHCHR

Political leaders must stop misusing leprosy as a metaphor for harmful stereotypes, says UN expert More >>

Asia-Pacific Business Environment Improves 7.3%

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 5:27 pm | APEC

Doing business in APEC member economies continues to get easier, according to a new report, helping to open up trade and growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific against the backdrop of rising uncertainty. More >>

Drought Proofing a Dry Continent

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:45 am | Viv Forbes

Drought Proofing a Dry Continent by Viv Forbes (with help from his friends) 16 August 2018 To view this whole article plus images click: More >>

UN experts say Monsanto ruling is a first step

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:08 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 August 2018) – Two UN human rights* experts welcomed the decision by a California court awarding $289 million compensation to school groundkeeper Mr. Dewayne Johnson after a jury found that the company did not place a warning label ... More >>

UN experts call for immediate release of Oleg Sentsov

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 7:33 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 August 2018) - UN experts called on Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Oleg Sentsov while expressing grave concern for his physical and mental integrity. More >>

UN Sec Gen on Terrorism Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 4:29 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General Message on First International Day of Remembrance of, And Tribute to, the Victims of Terrorism More >>

Symantec Discovers New Cyber Espionage Campaign

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:55 pm | Symantec

Symantec Discovers New Cyber Espionage Campaign Targeting Middle Eastern Government and Business Organisations Leafminer Attack Group Attempts to Infiltrate Targets Through Various Means of Intrusion AUCKLAND – 15 August 2018 – Symantec Corp. ... More >>

Purging the Buddhist Clergy Away From Money

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:14 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- A defrocked Buddhist monk, extradited from the U.S., received a 114-year prison sentence for fraud and money laundering while police raided some of Thailand's most important Buddhist temples, jailing monks ... More >>

Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its World’s Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been ... More >>

Banksia Hill YDC Needs Urgent Cultural Change

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 1:27 pm | National Justice Project

“Today’s Report into Western Australia’s Banksia Hill Detention Centre seriously underplays mistreatment of children in the youth prison”, Adjunct Professor George Newhouse, CEO of the National Justice Project said today. More >>

Bridge collapse in Italy - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 10:32 am | Science Media Centre

A motorway bridge has collapsed in the northwest Italian city of Genoa in heavy rain, killing and injuring dozens of people. More >>

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 5:02 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations – that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research – that human beings have caused a dramatic ... More >>

World must ‘scale-up’ soil health

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2:00 pm | United Nations

Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘ Zero Hunger ’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science . More >>

UNICEF appeals for end to war on children in Syria and Yemen

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1:58 pm | United Nations

Attacks against children caught in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen must stop, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF , appealed on Monday. In a tightly worded statement , UNICEF pointed out that since Sunday, 28 children were reported killed in Idlib ... More >>

Using the Burka: Boris Johnson’s Bid for Popularity

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories – these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious – profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the ... More >>

Somalia: Respect for human rights vital for future elections

Monday, 13 August 2018, 8:13 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / MOGADISHU (13 August 2018) – A UN report has urged Somalia to build on the significant gains made in its peace process in the last five years and take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses ... More >>

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizens

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 4:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian ... More >>

Hands Off Gill Boehringer!

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:56 am | Karapatan

“We stress that Prof. Gill Boehringer should be allowed entry in the Philippines. He is suffering from serious ailments that need medical attention. He needs to be transferred to a medical facility with adequate equipment. The detention and blacklisting ... More >>

New UN Human Rights Chief Has Spotty Record

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:45 am | UN Watch

New UN Human Rights Chief Has Spotty Record On Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua; Watchdog Expresses 'Serious Concerns' More >>

Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:42 am | UNHCHR

Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns More >>

Argentina: Senate’s rejection of bill to legalise abortion

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:41 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – UN human rights experts* expressed deep regret that the Argentinian Senate rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, calling the decision a missed opportunity to advance ... More >>

Zeid welcomes appointment of new UN Human Rights Chief

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:39 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Michelle Bachelet to succeed him when his mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2018. More >>

Yemen civilian casualties

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 11:38 am | UNHCHR

We deplore Thursday’s attack in Yemen, when a coalition air strike hit a bus carrying children in Dahyan market in Saada, reportedly killing 40 people and injuring another 60. More >>

BANGLADESH: Media freedom groups protest

Friday, 10 August 2018, 12:25 pm | Pacific Media Watch

Alongside his social media coverage of the protests, Dr Shahidul Alam apparently angered the authorities and the ruling party after he gave a TV interview with Al Jazeera when criticised the government. Image: Global Voices More >>

Third big quake hits Lombok

Friday, 10 August 2018, 11:32 am | Oxfam

A third earthquake of 6.2 magnitude which struck Lombok yesterday has severely escalated the need for life-saving aid and slowed down rescue efforts. More >>

Federated Farmers to help Australian counterparts

Friday, 10 August 2018, 9:22 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is working on positive ways to help drought stricken farmers across the Tasman, says national president Katie Milne. More >>

ABC’s shortwave cutback ‘weakens thin link’ for Pacific

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:10 pm | Pacific Media Watch

AUSTRALIA: ABC’s shortwave cutback ‘weakens thin link’ for Pacific, says PMC More >>

UN Sec Gen on Day of the World's Indigenous peoples

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 6:27 pm | United Nations

Indigenous peoples have a profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources. Yet, increasingly, indigenous persons are migrating within their countries and across international borders. The reasons are complex and varied. Some are subject to displacement ... More >>

Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was ... More >>

Michelle Bachelet Nominated as Human Rights Commissioner

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 1:29 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General, following consultations with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States, today informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Michelle Bachelet of Chile as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human ... More >>

Nominee for UN Rights Chief Has Problematic Record

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 11:30 am | UN Watch

Nominee for UN Rights Chief Has Problematic Record On Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua; Watchdog Expresses 'Serious Concerns' More >>

UN chief's support for US-Japan dialogue with North Korea

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 11:26 am | United Nations

At a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the ongoing talks between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well ... More >>

NZDF Joins Search for Missing Tuvalu Fisherman

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 11:16 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has joined the search for a Tuvalu man who failed to return home from a fishing trip on Monday evening. More >>

NZ Pacific journalists ‘appalled’ by ban on ABC at Forum

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:41 am | Pacific Media Watch

NAURU: NZ Pacific journalists ‘appalled’ by ban on ABC at Forum By Maxine Jacobs of Asia Pacific Report More >>

One month to major international climate mobilisation

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7:12 pm | 350 Pacific

For Immediate Release August 8th / As climate impacts accelerate people across five continents will take part in the Rise for Climate mobilisation to showcase real climate leadership in hundreds of creative actions taking place ahead of the Global Climate ... More >>

Australian law professor to be deported from Philippines

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:45 pm | Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Retired law professor Gill Boehringer was detained on arrival at Manila yesterday and told that he would be deported at 8.30amtoday (10.30am AEST), allegedly because he participated in rallies against APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation). More >>

Call for release of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:30 pm | Amnesty International

New Zealand must be clear: like Canada, we also call for human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia to be released In the wake of Canadian Government call for detained Saudi human rights activists to be freed, Saudi Arabia has stated it will withdraw ... More >>

French Unions attack as another flotilla boat boarded

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 1:18 pm | Unite Union

The following is a release from the French General Confederation of Labour (CGT) who had a member aboard the second flotilla boat, “FREEDOM” boarded illegally by Israeli forces in the last few days. More >>

Save the Children for children’s mental health

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 9:37 am | Save the Children New Zealand

Save the Children, through its partner in Indonesia, Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (YSTC), is warning about the psychological impact of Lombok’s recent earthquake on children, as the death toll continue to rise. More >>

States must act now to protect indigenous peoples

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 7:35 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA/NEW YORK (7 August 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts*. In a joint statement marking International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, ... More >>

Oxfam provides drinking water and shelter to thousands

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:14 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam is providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5,000 survivors after a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the second within a week, hit Lombok Island in Indonesia on Sunday night. More >>

Hiroshima observes 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:54 am | United Nations

As Hiroshima observes 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing, UN notes ‘stalled’ progress on nuclear disarmament More >>

New UN human rights expert on Iran seeks cooperation

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:51 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 August 2018) – The new UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, has reached out to the Iranian Government with a view to seeking its cooperation with his mandate in accordance ... More >>

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Monday, 6 August 2018, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, ... More >>

Another 65 New Zealand fire personnel headed overseas

Monday, 6 August 2018, 9:01 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Another contingent of New Zealand fire personnel is heading overseas, this time to help combat the growing number of wildfires in Canada. More >>

Trillion Dollar Companies: The Apple Empire

Sunday, 5 August 2018, 4:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems a distant reality, or nightmare now: a company that was near defunct in 1996, now finding itself at the imperial pinnacle of the corporate ladder. Then, publications were mournful and reflective about the corporation that gave us the ... More >>

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

Saturday, 4 August 2018, 6:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival.” Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times , July 28, 2018 More >>

Existence of civil society is under threat

Saturday, 4 August 2018, 6:57 pm | Citizen News

(CNS): The increasing repression of civil society was a major theme that emerged during the recently concluded 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam. A range of presentations and discussions confirmed that, in many countries, like ... More >>

50 high-profile public supporters of Julian Assange in Vigil

Saturday, 4 August 2018, 4:43 am | Unity4J - Unity For Julian Assange

50 high-profile public supporters of Julian Assange to appear at major international online vigil this coming weekend More >>

Study recommends reforms to improve voluntary micro-pension

Friday, 3 August 2018, 5:31 pm | PFIP

Port Moresby, PNG – With less than 15 percent of the nation saving for old age, the majority of Papua New Guineans face a grim prospect of living in poverty when they are too old to work. More >>

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data

Friday, 3 August 2018, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Data is rarely inert. It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in various markets whoever wishes to access it. Medical ... More >>

Trump attacks on media violate basic norms of press freedom

Friday, 3 August 2018, 4:19 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (2 August 2018) - UN and Inter-American experts on freedom of expression have condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the free press and urged him and his administration to cease efforts to undermine the media’s ... More >>

UN to convene Yemen talks early next month in Geneva

Friday, 3 August 2018, 11:26 am | United Nations

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced on Thursday that after two years of stalled talks on resolving the crisis in the country, he plans to invite the warring parties to Geneva on 6 September for a round of peace consultations. More >>

Trump attacks on media violate basic norms of press freedom

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:29 am | UN Human Rights Council

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (2 August 2018) - UN and Inter-American experts on freedom of expression have condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the free press and urged him and his administration to cease efforts to undermine the media’s ... More >>

Zimbabwe Elections: Military unleash violence

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:26 am | ITUC

Zimbabwe Elections: Military unleash violence on peaceful assembly of protesters, gunshots fired at trade union offices More >>