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Sgt Elor Azaria convicted of the crime of occupation

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 7:06 pm | General Delegation of Palestine

The case of Sgt Elor Azaria’s cold-blooded execution of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif is not an isolated incident; it is the result of a system of occupation that encourages grave injustices against Palestinians, with extrajudicial killing being just one ... More >>

The soldier Azaria is a minor accomplice

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 2:13 pm | Gush Shalom

The politicians who perpetuate military rule over the Palestinians should have been in the dock alongside the young soldier they had sent to do their dirty work in Hebron More >>

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:07 pm | Andrew Greene and Adam Har

"Offensive" material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia's defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt. More >>

The future of coral reefs under climate change

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 11:23 am | United Nations Environment Programme

5 January 2017 – New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems. More >>

Ghana ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:57 am | World Trade Organisation

Ghana has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 104th WTO member to do so. Only six more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force. More >>

Nominations for Director-General closed; Azevêdo confirmed

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:52 am | World Trade Organisation

General Council Chairperson, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway, informed WTO members on 4 January that no further nominations for the position of Director-General had been received by the deadline of 31 December 2016 and that the incumbent Director-General, ... More >>

MH370 Debris Contradiction: CSIRO Report Raises Questions

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:49 am | MH370 China Families

The recent report by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Australia) on ocean drift analysis prepared for the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) raises more questions than it answers. More >>

China Families Reveal Evidence of Coverup

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:20 am | MH370 China Families

China families claim to have strong evidence of a coverup by Malaysian officials and have chosen to release some of it, in support of their media release 16 Feb 16 (below). More >>

Reaction to Malaysian DCA director-general’s Statement

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:19 am | MH370 China Families

We, families of China of the missing of MH370, react with extreme displeasure and annoyance to the Malaysian DCA director-general’s* statement that we should wait until June-July and then decide what to do next. More >>

World leaders speak out on biased UNSC resolution; NZ waits

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:13 am | Shalom.Kiwi

While the passing of the controversial UNSC Resolution 2334 on the eve of Christmas and Hanukkah went under the radar of many, a number of world leaders have spoken out. Even members of Obama’s own party are appalled at the stance taken by the ... More >>

MH370: First Principles Review Ignores First Principles

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 10:01 am | MH370 China Families

Key stakeholders in the search for missing flight MH370 met in Canberra 2-4 November. More >>

PAKISTAN: VBMP’s annual report on Enforced Disappearances

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:56 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

In 2016, the series of enforced disappearance, dumping of mutilated bodies and violation of human rights by security agencies continued without abating in Balochistan. It could not suspend due to apathy of national and international human rights organizations, ... More >>

New Zealand Muslims Condemn New Year Terror Attacks

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 9:34 am | Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at NZ Inc

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the shooting that has taken place at a night club in Turkey, and the bombings in Iraq, in which dozens of innocent people have been mercilessly killed. More >>

West Papua Report 2016

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 2:26 pm | AWPA

This report details incidents of human rights abuses and events that occurred in West Papua during 2016. It is by no means exhaustive. In the report AWPA uses the name “West Papua” to refer to the whole of the western half of the Island of ... More >>

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 12:30 pm | David Swanson

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/5399 To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn't rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama's bombing of eight nations ... More >>

Secretary-General on Security Council resolution on Syria

Sunday, 1 January 2017, 1:38 pm | UN News

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Security Council resolution 2336 on Syria The Secretary-General welcomes the Security Council's unanimous adoption today of resolution 2336 (2016) and efforts by Russia and Turkey to reduce ... More >>

IFAW applauds China closing domestic ivory market

Saturday, 31 December 2016, 1:25 pm | IFAW

IFAW applauds China’s decision to close domestic ivory markets in 2017 (Beijing, China – 30 December, 2016) After decades of advocating by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for shutting down domestic ivory markets, today the Chinese ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the UN resolution on Palestine

Friday, 30 December 2016, 4:51 pm | Gordon Campbell

Our foreign policy is trade, as Robert Muldoon observed back in 1980 – give or take the accidents of history that may have created a few allegiances for us along the way. For any small trading nation, trading opportunities need to be at the forefront ... More >>

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of NZ on UN Res. 2234

Friday, 30 December 2016, 3:13 pm | Justice for Palestine Matters

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand on UN Res. 2234’s flaw: the two-state solution More >>

UN expert to visit Saudi Arabia

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:41 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 December 2016) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will undertake an official visit to Saudi Arabia from 8 to 19 January 2017 to consider the Saudi Government’s efforts to eradicate ... More >>

End of “discriminatory” US counter-terrorism measure welcome

Friday, 30 December 2016, 1:34 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 December 2016) – Racial or religious profiling has so far proved to be ineffective in fighting terrorism, say two United Nations human rights experts, who have welcomed the end of a “discriminatory and ineffective” counter-terrorism ... More >>

Ceasefire between Gov't of Syria & armed opposition groups

Friday, 30 December 2016, 11:35 am | United Nations

The Special Envoy welcomes the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire between the Government of Syria and armed opposition groups in Syria, to come into effect at 00:00 hours on Friday, 30 December 2016. More >>

Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Friday, 30 December 2016, 10:24 am | The White House

Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence ... More >>

How President Obama has protected our sacred land

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 11:54 am | The White House

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those ... More >>

US places atheists on equal footing with faith groups

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 10:35 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (28 December 2016) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, has welcomed amendments to the International Religious Freedom Act signed on Friday by US President Barack Obama, which recognizes ... More >>

UNSC Resolution 2334

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 1:16 pm | Palestine Human Rights Campaign NZ

Although the US refrained from using its veto regarding UNSC Resolution 2334 and merely abstained from voting,Samantha Power's comment that “continued settlement building undermines Israel's security” might have prompted some people to wonder ... More >>

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Urged to Return to Negotiations

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 12:04 pm | United Nations

Welcoming Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), Secretary-General Urges Return of Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meaningful Negotiations More >>

Accountability for killings of protesters vital

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:07 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (23 December 2016) – Reports that dozens of people have been killed by police and soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past few days are deeply troubling and point to growing instability in the country, UN High Commissioner for ... More >>

Rare Baby Iguana Discovered, Bringing Population to 31

Saturday, 24 December 2016, 5:05 pm | San Diego Zoo

Conservationists working on behalf of Ahura Resorts and San Diego Zoo Global were excited to find a baby Fijian Crested Iguana during a recent population survey of a remnant dry forest area on the island of Malolo Levu. The baby brings the total ... More >>

Tearfund helping civilians in Aleppo and Mosul

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:52 pm | Tearfund

Following the recapture of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tearfund has launched an appeal to support the thousands of people who have been caught between fighting in both Syria and Iraq. More >>

150,000 Pocket Calendars for Fijian schoolchildren

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:04 pm | Fultan Hogan

Fulton Hogan Hiways has presented 150,000 2017-pocket calendars to the Ministry of Education for distribution to schoolchildren around Fiji. More >>

Adoption of Security Council resolution 2328 (2016) on Syria

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 12:18 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria 19 December 2016 The Special Envoy welcomes the adoption of Security Council resolution 2328 (2016) on Syria. He hopes that this could be a beginning of the restoration ... More >>

SOPA 2017 Journalism Awards Now Open for Entries

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 9:52 am | Society of Publishers in Asia

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - December 19, 2016 - The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to pursuing excellence in journalism, today announced the call for entries for its " SOPA ... More >>

Oxfam scales up flood response in Fiji

Monday, 19 December 2016, 4:02 pm | Oxfam NZ

Oxfam has stepped in to assist with relief efforts in Koro, Ra and Tailevu today after flooding hit the already vulnerable regions on Friday. More >>

Canada: Major Union Victory with Asbestos Ban

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 9:42 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 16 December 2016 (ITUC OnLine): In a major victory for Canada’s trade union movement, the Trudeau government today announced a ban on the import, export, manufacture and use of asbestos. While Canada banned asbestos in 2012, imports of ... More >>

AWPA condemns the arrest of 6 KNPB members

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 9:12 pm | AWPA

Media release 17 December 2016 -AWPA condemns the arrest of 6 KNPB members in Nabire, West Papua Six members of the KNPB were arrested in Nabire on Friday the 16 December. Four members were arrested at the Police station when they went to inform the police ... More >>

UN expert rejects Philippines conditions

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 8:50 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – The UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions has called on the Government of the Philippines to lift a series of preconditions it has imposed on her planned visit to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killings ... More >>

Gambia election: Zeid warning on human rights violations

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 8:49 pm | UNHCHR

Gambia election: Zeid warning on human rights violations GENEVA (16 December 2016) – The increased military presence deployed across The Gambia since President Yayha Jammeh rejected the election result risks heightening the current climate of intimidation ... More >>

Human rights defenders under growing legal pressure

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 8:47 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – Human rights activists working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face daily violations of some of the most fundamental protections afforded by international human rights and humanitarian laws, two United Nations independent ... More >>

“Callous” approach to northern Rakhine

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 8:44 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today warned the Government of Myanmar that its “short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous” approach to handling the crisis in northern Rakhine – including ... More >>

News Feed FYI: Addressing Hoaxes and Fake News

Friday, 16 December 2016, 3:17 pm | Facebook

A few weeks ago we previewed some of the things we’re working on to address the issue of fake news and hoaxes. We’re committed to doing our part and today we’d like to share some updates we’re testing and starting to roll out. More >>

My trip to Standing Rock Reservation - Mary Jane Walker

Friday, 16 December 2016, 12:00 pm | Mary Jane Walker

It’s a fight for pure drinking water. A basic human right. This is a benchmark global community issue; I have seen it first hand in Nepal where there is an ongoing battle between China and India over clean water sources. Clean water is the new gold. More >>

Kiwis dig deep to make a difference in Syria

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 2:49 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is today sending $50,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help provide emergency aid to civilians in Aleppo. More >>

Cooks first to set longline catch limits

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 2:11 pm | Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources

The Cook Islands has become the first Pacific Island nation to adopt a quota management system (QMS) for its longline fishery to control catches of albacore and bigeye tuna. More >>

Transcript of stakeout by UN Special Envoy for Syria

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 12:01 pm | United Nations

SdeM. Good afternoon, you had the opportunity of talking to the ambassador of the Russian Federation and I would like to give you a very short summary because this time it was the Secretary-General himself who spoke to the Security Council. I will ... More >>

Syria: Aleppo terror and slaughter must be halted – Zeid

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 11:59 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (13 December 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today pleaded with the international community to heed the cries of the women, men and children being terrorized and slaughtered in Aleppo and to take urgent ... More >>

The Situation in the Middle East, Syria (Aleppo)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 11:24 am | Permanent Mission of NZ to the UN

Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations: Statement UN Security Council: The Situation in the Middle East, Syria (Aleppo) As delivered by Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative of New Zealand More >>

Agri science & tech investment critical to defeating hunger

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 9:13 am | Food and Agriculture Organisation

13/12/2016 Hainan Province, China – In order to meet the world’s sustainable development goals of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector need to reenergize their agricultural science and technology research capacities, ... More >>

New Zealand aid workers welcome Shearer appointment to UN

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 8:43 am | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s aid workers are applauding the appointment of MP David Shearer to head the United Nation’s Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). More >>

Photo project tells climate story across Pacific

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 1:51 pm | Sarah Meads

Award-winning photographer Vlad Sokhin is documenting people and wildlife across the Pacific whose lives are already fundamentally threatened by climate change. The multi-year project, Warm Waters , includes photos and stories from 14 countries, ... More >>

Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attack in Cairo

Monday, 12 December 2016, 4:18 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General condemns today’s attack in St. Peter's Church, attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, in which dozens of people were killed and injured. More >>

PNA sees positive outcomes from WCPFC 13

Sunday, 11 December 2016, 8:00 pm | Parties to the Nauru Agreement

Nadi, Fiji 11 December 2016: As the dust settles from the flurry of final-day actions of the 13th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting in Fiji, it is clear the Parties to the Nauru Agreement made solid gains by achieving the ... More >>

Joint US, France, German, Qatari Statement On Syria In Paris

Sunday, 11 December 2016, 9:04 am | US State Department

US SOS John Kerry Joint Press Availability with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani More >>

ROC 70th anniversary of recovery of South China Sea Islands

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 8:22 pm | Taiwan Government

President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated ROC sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and all rights over their relevant waters at the opening of a special exhibition Dec. 9, emphasizing recent government measures with regard to issues in the South ... More >>

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Leader Detained

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 8:17 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Leader Detained at Osaka Aiport in Japan TAIJI, JAPAN - DECEMBER 9, 2016 - Jessie Treverton - the U.K-based Captain and Cove Guardian leader for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's fight against the slaughter and capture of ... More >>

World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Returns to Midway

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 8:04 pm | Papahanaumokuakea - Marine National Monument

World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Returns to Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii — Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, has returned to her home, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National ... More >>

China, Mongolia and Russian Federation trade

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 7:51 pm | United Nations ESCAP

Moscow (ESCAP News) – A new era of trade cooperation between China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation was opened in Moscow on 8 December 2016, when the governments of the three countries signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road ... More >>

Human rights under increasing attack worldwide

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 7:45 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (9 December 2014) – Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day on Saturday 10 December, the largest body of independent experts of the United Nations Human Rights system* urges all Governments around the world to stand up for human rights. More >>

UN torture prevention experts to make second visit to Mexico

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 7:44 pm | UNHCHR

UN torture prevention experts to make second visit to Mexico GENEVA (9 December 2016) – The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is due to make its second visit to Mexico from 12 to 21 December to assess the treatment of persons ... More >>

Brazil 20-year public expenditure cap

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 7:40 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (9 December 2016) – Government plans to freeze social spending in Brazil for 20 years are entirely incompatible with the country’s human rights obligations, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ... More >>

 

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