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Myanmar: Free Wrongfully Detained Kachin Christian Leaders

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 4:48 pm | Fortify Rights

(YANGON, July 25, 2017) – Myanmar authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two ethnic Kachin Baptist leaders who have been arbitrarily detained since December 24, 2016, Fortify Rights and Human Rights Watch said today. Dumdaw Nawng ... More >>

USP Cook Islands Campus Hosts China Seminar

Monday, 24 July 2017, 4:56 pm | University Of The South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Cook Islands Campus hosted a seminar, titled, “The Cook Islands and the People’s Republic of China: A Future of Enhanced Connectivity - Celebrating 20 years of Friendship and Co-operation” on 17 July, ... More >>

At Israel’s northern borders we saw the war and the warning

Monday, 24 July 2017, 4:54 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

New Zealand shares borders with no nation, let alone one that is hostile or where war is raging. By contrast Israel is surrounded by hostile and warring states, and for Kiwis it is very difficult to understand what that is like, at least without ... More >>

John McCain: Cancer as Combatant

Monday, 24 July 2017, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Mortality can either make you bookish, or drive you into the arms of the spiritual. But in a more distinct sense, it can render you prone to attribute to nature mysterious powers of a human quality. To do so is seen as the first step on the road to defeating ... More >>

The Republican Party prepares to violate the 14th Amendment

Monday, 24 July 2017, 3:03 pm | Dr Nayvin Gordon

The Republican Party prepares to violate the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution: Social Security --the 14th amendment and “odious debt” More >>

"Cutting Off" North Korea to "Denuclearize" Pyongyang

Monday, 24 July 2017, 1:59 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies recently asked Bangkok's coup-installed military government to support international sanctions against North Korea, he reflected concerns by analysts that Pyongyang could build nuclear ... More >>

Goods negotiations restart, members divided

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:14 pm | World Trade Organisation

WTO members on Friday (21 July) took up a proposal which proponents said would facilitate the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in global trade by establishing rules to bring about greater transparency and access to information ... More >>

From Spicy to the Mooch: A Farewell to Sean Spicer

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What will entertainers do in his absence? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was more than grist to the mill of celluloid delights, becoming, by the admission of the US President, a “tv hit” smoking the ratings. When a press secretary’s ... More >>

Archaic Obstacles: Australia, Parliament and Dual Citizens

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Dusting away the must on a constitutional text may be a rare thing, but it should be a point of order for the elected officials of a country. Often, these contain laws that are irretrievably archaic, and resist change by virtue of being embedded ... More >>

Strengthening our Pacific Resilience

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:01 pm | SPREP

Strengthening our Pacific Resilience: Climate Action calls for Climate Partnerships Our Pacific Journey to UNFCCC COP23, Message from SPREP Director General, Mr Kosi Latu. The Director General of SPREP attended the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) ... More >>

PAKISTAN: State complicity abetting Hazara bloodbath

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 2:09 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the recent spate of attacks on the Hazara community in Balochistan province. In the most recent incident, four family members belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia community and their driver were ... More >>

Yemen airstrike

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 1:13 pm | UNHCHR

Our office in Yemen has gathered more information about a deadly airstrike that took place in a small village in Taizz Governorate in Yemen on Tuesday, 18 July. The Arab Coalition Forces airstrike took place in Al Asheerah village, which is near the town ... More >>

APEC Fosters Climate Change-Fighting Buildings

Friday, 21 July 2017, 7:12 pm | APEC

Singapore, 21 July 2017— The spiking environmental and economic costs of energy inefficient homes and offices, exacerbated by soaring temperatures and cooling needs, are prompting new action in APEC to break ground on next generation building development. More >>

Curbing Participation: The US Congress and Yemen

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In recent times, there hasn’t been much cheery in the power circles of Washington. The US is gradually finding itself unmoored and floating from international agreements at a dizzying rate. Its president is cool-mad distant, self-serving and occasionally ... More >>

United States Drowning in an Ocean of Subjectivism

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:13 pm | John Stanton

“The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one ... More >>

USA Public Slam NZ Biotech Company"s GE Trees

Friday, 21 July 2017, 12:08 pm | GE Free NZ

New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen [1] faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. More >>

Pacific Connects to Project of the Century

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:37 pm | Bank of China

China pledges to improve life in Pacific countries and grow island economies through the One Belt One Road project More >>

Palestinian Civil Society To File A Complaint Before The ICC

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:54 am | Palestinian ICC Complaint

More than 50 Palestinian trade unions, associations and organizations plus 500 individual victims will file a complaint with the ICC on July 19, 2017. More >>

Threatening Mergers: The Turnbull Home Affairs Plan

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Among the many objects which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first.” John Jay, The Federalist Papers , No. 3 More >>

Uhlmann’s Trump Problem

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all well and good to huff at the current President of the United States, who has managed to get under more irritated skin than an army of dedicated leaches. The immersion of the White House into the reality television show of Trumpland has set ... More >>

John Key to be appointed to Order of Australia

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:29 pm | Australian Government

I warmly welcome the Governor-General’s approval of my recommendation that John Key be appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia. More >>

PM Opens Regional Conference on Reproductive Health

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:45 pm | Pacific Society for Reproductive Health

Hon. Prime Minister Opens Regional Conference on Reproductive Health The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Honourable Charlot Salwai officially opened the 12th bi-ennial regional conference of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health at the Vanuatu National ... More >>

“Western Civilization” Based upon Murderous Ecocidal Evil

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:18 pm | Glen Barry

Never Forget “Western Civilization” Based upon Murderous Ecocidal Evil Earth Meanders, deep ecology essays by Dr. Glen Barry, EcoInternet, New York City July 18, 2017 ** EcoInternet is 10% to it's goal of $5,000 to continue deep ecology science ... More >>

Militarising Civilian Life

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is far from unusual in recent times: a spate of terrorist activity, followed by police seemingly agog, then the call for cavalry, usually in the form of military forces to guard vital installations and furnish the public with a reassuring presence. ... More >>

Venezuela: Concern at potential for repression

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:38 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (14 July 2017) – Venezuelan authorities must ensure compliance with international human rights standards during an unofficial public vote on President Nicolás Maduro’s planned constitutional changes on Sunday 16 July, a United Nations expert has stressed. More >>

Saharawi response to cargo of phosphate rock detained

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:20 pm | Kamal Fadel

Saharawi government response to the withdrawal of a defence in the case of a cargo of phosphate rock detained en route to New Zealand from occupied Western Sahara More >>

INDIA: Curious case of self-pricing tomatoes

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:17 pm | AHRC

INDIA: Curious case of anti-farmer, anti-consumer, self-pricing tomatoes Avinash Pandey Looking at the pattern of tomato pricing in India, year after year, could lead one to believe that tomatoes are pricing themselves, evilly conspiring against ... More >>

Turkey: UN experts seek release of all rights defenders

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:12 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (14 July 2017) - A group of United Nations experts* has today called on the Government of Turkey to immediately release nine human rights defenders and two foreign trainers who are being questioned over alleged membership of a terrorist organization. More >>

UN Human Rights - Venezuela Bahrain

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:11 pm | UNHCHR

The situation in Venezuela continues to be of deep concern, and we again urge all in the country to use only peaceful means to make themselves heard. We note that a public consultation is due to take place this Sunday, organised by the opposition-led ... More >>

North Korea / Human rights: UN Expert

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:09 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / SEOUL (14 July 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás OJEA QUINTANA, will visit Seoul from 17 to 21 July. More >>

ITUC/TUCA Statement on Venezuela

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:06 pm | ITUC

ITUC/TUCA Statement on Venezuela Brussels – São Paulo, 14 July, 2017 (ITUC OnLine)The ITUC and its Regional Organisation the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) have once again expressed their deep concern over the current situation in ... More >>

New Bangladesh Accord will Protect Workers

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:05 pm | ITUC

New Bangladesh Accord will Protect Workers and Improve Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Brussels, 14 July 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has welcomed the signing of the new Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, as a further step towards protection ... More >>

CHINA: A state built on graves will not last

Friday, 14 July 2017, 6:25 pm | AHRC

China has lost yesterday one of its great sons, Nobel Laurate Mr. Liu Xiaobo. Indeed, Liu Xiaobo was a criminal for the Chinese administration. They had sentenced him to undergo a prison term of 11 years, after being convicted by what is passed off ... More >>

A Question of Accountability: Cardinal Pell

Friday, 14 July 2017, 4:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Catholic Church, much in the manner of a modern corporation, is a sprawling edifice of operations and functions. To hold part of it accountable for abuses – against human, bank account, or country – has presented a formidable legal obstacle. More >>

Businesses help build more resilient communities

Friday, 14 July 2017, 1:25 pm | UNDP

Businesses help build more resilient communities through combined efforts 13 July 2017, Port Vila, Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone experiences in Vanuatu have proven the need to have partnerships at all levels in managing the impacts of disasters. More >>

Patriotism, Witch Hunts, and Donald Trump Jr

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The momentum against the Trump administration is building, and it should come as no surprise that it comes via the least original of avenues: the Russians did it, and someone must pay. For decades, the feared Russian has played a vital role in ... More >>

Internet-Wide Day of Action to defend Net Neutrality

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:00 am | OpenMedia

OpenMedia joins Massive Internet-Wide Day of Action to defend Net Neutrality and prevent Internet Slow Lanes More >>

The CIA's Lying Vietnamese Spies, "Ghosts," & "Slicky Boys"

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 4:06 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's belief in lying Vietnamese spies, "ghosts," "slicky boys" and "marketplace mush" contributed to America losing its Vietnam War in 1975, according to James Parker, ... More >>

Advancing regional climate change finance priorities

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 5:10 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Nadi, Fiji – Climate Change and Finance government representatives from eight Pacific Island countries meet this week to discuss climate change finance. These discussions have the overarching goal to assist the present countries with accessing ... More >>

10th Conference of the Pacific Community

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 4:36 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

10th Conference of the Pacific Community chaired by Philippe Germain, President of the New Caledonia Government 11 July 2017, Noumea On 27 July 2017, representatives of the Pacific Community’s 26 members will meet at SPC Headquarters in Noumea for ... More >>

APEC-G20 Align Trade and Growth Priorities

Monday, 10 July 2017, 7:12 pm | APEC

APEC-G20 Align Trade and Growth Priorities Issued by the APEC Secretariat Hamburg, Germany, 10 July 2017— Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, representing APEC during the Group of 20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, delivered a strong message of ... More >>

Govt should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs

Monday, 10 July 2017, 4:02 pm | AFTINET

Government should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs says Fair Trade group “We welcome the international tribunal decision that Philip Morris tobacco company should pay the costs of its failed case against Australia’s 2011 plain ... More >>

Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 11:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.” Angela Merkel, BBC News, Jul 8, 2017 More >>

Up to 150 people reported arrested in Nabire, West Papua

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 11:17 am | AWPA

Hundreds of KNPB activists of the Nabire region were arrested and transported into truck Nabire Police in Bukit Meriam witnessed by a Papuan mama - (Jubi / ist) More >>

UNESCO Denies Biblical Christian & Jewish Heritage

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:10 pm | UN Watch

GENEVA, July 7, 2017 – UN Watch, an independent non-governmental organization based in Geneva, condemned the “cynical, divisive, and politicized hijacking of UNESCO’s mission to protect world cultural heritage” by Arab states, after the ... More >>

UN expert to visit Myanmar to assess rights

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:00 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (7 July 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will undertake her sixth information-gathering visit to the country from 10 to 21 July. More >>

Call on Israel to reconsider charges against Palestinian

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:59 pm | UNHCHR

UN human rights experts call on Israel to reconsider the charges against Palestinian activist Issa Amro More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - Turkey China Cambodia

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:57 pm | UNHCHR

We have received reports that eight Turkish human rights defenders and two international experts were detained on the Büyükada Island near Istanbul on Wednesday 5 July while taking part in a training workshop. More >>

APEC Enhances Disaster Resilient Trade

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:55 pm | APEC

APEC Enhances Disaster Resilient Trade Issued by the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group Nagoya, Japan, 7 July 2017 — A string of costly earthquakes and extreme weather, including the acceleration of the Pacific typhoon season, has prompted new ... More >>

Investigative journalist manhandled and threatened

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:51 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a Hong Kong based Nepali investigative journalist, Mr. JB Pun Magar, has been attacked and threatened for writing on issues relating to the Nepalese community residing in Hong Kong. Mr. ... More >>

UN Sec-Gen on adoption on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:11 pm | United Nations Secretary-General

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons More >>

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference

Friday, 7 July 2017, 7:02 pm | Joint Press Release

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference to convene in Vanuatu in October 2017. 7 July 2017, Suva, FIJI - The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) ... More >>

Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game

Friday, 7 July 2017, 6:56 pm | Access Now

Prime Minister Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game with Calls to Break Encryption July 7, 2017 — Ahead of this week’s G20 economic summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is once again raising the subject of encryption. According to Australian ... More >>

Information Making an Impact with Pacific

Friday, 7 July 2017, 4:38 pm | SPREP

Information Making an Impact with Pacific Meteorologists and Media Pacific media opportunities now made available with SPREP! Information making an impact is at the heart of a regional media opportunity now open for Pacific island journalists working ... More >>

The dark side of elephant rides

Friday, 7 July 2017, 11:07 am | World Animal Protection

07 July 2017: Three in four elephants in tourist entertainment venues across Asia are living in poor, unacceptable welfare conditions. More >>

Hong Kong announces massive ivory seizure...

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:22 am | TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network

Hong Kong, 6th July 2017—Customs officers in Hong Kong seized “about” 7.2 tonnes of ivory from a shipping container arriving from Malaysia at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on Tuesday, 4th July. More >>

Thailand: Provide Legal Status, Protections for Refugees

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6:41 pm | Fortify Rights

(Bangkok, July 6, 2017)–The Government of Thailand should stop detaining and forcibly returning refugees to situations of potential harm, Fortify Right today. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi will meet Thai Prime ... More >>

Funeral Expenses Insurance potential exists in Samoa

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6:34 pm | Joint Press Release

Apia, Samoa – Affordability and trust in the organisation providing the insurance are the two main priorities highlighted by Samoans as being important to them when deciding to purchase funeral expenses insurance. More >>

Access Now Urges EC to Push for US Surveillance Reform

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 5:28 pm | Access Now

Access Now Urges European Commission to Push for US Surveillance Reform through the “Privacy Shield” Review More >>

‘The World is (Not) Flat’

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 4:42 pm | Ramzy Baroud

‘The World is (Not) Flat’: ‘Trumpism’ is Symptom of Decades-Long Imperial Arrogance By Ramzy Baroud No matter how hard White House officials try, they cannot construct a coherent ‘Trump doctrine’ that would make sense amid the chaos that ... More >>

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