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Killing of State-Level Ombudsperson in Mexico

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:37 pm | United Nations

Strongly condemning the attack on a state-level Ombudsperson and his family in Mexico, the United Nations expert on human rights defenders has called on the authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. More >>

PLO condemns the horrific act of terror in Sinai, Egypt

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:35 pm | PLO

On behalf of the PLO Executive Committee, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemns the horrific act of terror in Sinai, Egypt More >>

Mediterranean crossing still world’s deadliest

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:33 pm | United Nations

Mediterranean crossing still world’s deadliest for migrants – UN report 24 November 2017 – Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world’s deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing ... More >>

Conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine do not enable safe returns

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:31 pm | United Nations

Conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine not in place to enable safe returns – UN refugee agency More >>

Call for action over ongoing attacks on Libyan trade unionis

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:17 pm | ITF

International trade unions renew call for action over ongoing attacks on Libyan trade unionist A fresh appeal to protect the freedom and safety of a Libyan trade unionist has been launched by the ITF this week via online platform LabourStart. ... More >>

Shipibo Konibo community condemns RSPO complaint mechanism

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 12:16 pm | Forest Peoples Programme

London, 24 November 2017: On the eve of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) annual meeting the Shipibo Konibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya and its representative organisation FECONAU has condemned the failure of the organisation’s ... More >>

Study of broadband pricing in 196 countries

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 11:49 am | Existent

Study of broadband pricing in 196 countries reveals vast global disparities in the cost of getting online – UK ranks 62nd cheapest More >>

Unions Call for ILO Convention on Gender-Based Violence

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 11:32 am | ITUC

Unions Call for Strong ILO Convention on Gender-Based Violence Brussels, 24 November 2017 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions are using the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls as a rallying point for a strong ILO Convention to tackle ... More >>

Sexual harassment is no joke

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 11:29 am | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Joint Statement on the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 24 November 2017 Starting November 25 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and running until December 10 – Human Rights Day – ... More >>

PMC to put spotlight on Asia-Pacific journalism under dures

Friday, 24 November 2017, 8:39 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

EU adopts strong position on surveillance export controls

Friday, 24 November 2017, 7:04 pm | Access Now

Brussels, BE —Yesterday, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) adopted a strong position on the EU dual-use recast. This develops on the European Commission proposal presented on 28 September 2016. Whereas the EU Commission ... More >>

PNA: Zone-based fisheries management works

Friday, 24 November 2017, 6:43 pm | PNA Tuna

Majuro, Marshall Islands 24 November 2017: Zone-based management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific works effectively and there is in no interest in replacing it with a different management arrangement, leaders of the Parties to ... More >>

Culture: driver of sustainable development

Friday, 24 November 2017, 4:47 pm | Forum Secretariat

Culture: driver of sustainable development and economic growth (November 24, 2017) - In the Pacific region, culture is engrained in the social fabric of our nations where human creativity, traditional skills and practices are the norm. Such practices, ... More >>

Least developed countries progress hinges on modern energy

Friday, 24 November 2017, 12:01 pm | UNCTAD

UNCTAD PRESS RELEASE: Progress in least developed countries hinges on access to modern energy Expanding access to adequate, reliable and affordable sources of modern energy is essential if the world’s poorest nations are to escape the poverty trap, ... More >>

Leave No One Behind - End Violence against Women and Girls

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:30 am | UN Women

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, is taking place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. Millions have rallied behind the hashtag #MeToo ... More >>

UN Condemns Jailing of Human Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:26 am | United Nations

GENEVA (23 November 2017) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* has appealed to the Government of China to unconditionally release Jiang Tianyong, a human rights lawyer jailed for two years after being found guilty of inciting subversion ... More >>

UN to Assess Situation of People with Albinims in Fiji

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:25 am | United Nations

GENEVA (23 November 2017) – The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, will visit Fiji from 27 November to 7 December to gather first-hand information on the situation in the country, which ... More >>

UN Rapporteur Visits Mexico to Assess Safety of Journalists

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:23 am | United Nations

GENEVA (23 November 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Edison Lanza, will make a joint visit to Mexico from ... More >>

UN Hails Canada’s Decision to Recognize Right to Housing

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:17 am | United Nations

Rapporteur Hails Canada’s “Historic” Decision to Recognize Right to Housing in New National Housing Strategy More >>

UN Urge Philippines to Stop Killings in Anti-Drugs Campaign

Friday, 24 November 2017, 9:15 am | United Nations

GENEVA (23 November 2017) – United Nations human rights experts* have called on the Government of the Philippines to carry out prompt, impartial investigations into the high number of killings in the context of the anti-drugs campaign, to bring the ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: History, Law and Ratko Mladić

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While Zimbabwe was changing under various inexorable forces of power, the more sterile surrounds of The Hague and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia offered the scene for a conviction. More >>

Manus: Boochani arrest is an attack on press freedom

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 4:41 pm | Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

MEAA, the union for Australian media workers, stands in solidarity with Iranian-Kurdish journalist and regular contributor to Australian publications, Behrouz Boochani, who has reportedly been arrested today on Manus Island. More >>

This Infographic Explains World's Largest Seed Vault

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 3:18 pm | Scoop Publishing

37 Facts About The Svalbard International Seed Vault Throughout the world, there are 1,700 gene banks that house food crops for safekeeping. More >>

Environmental Crime Threatens Europe’s Last Pristine Forests

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 2:09 pm | World Wildlife Fund

A new UN report warns that illegal logging, illegal caviar trade, mass-killing of wild birds and poaching of bears, wolves and lynx threaten biodiversity and livelihoods in the Danube-Carpathian region stretching over 15 European countries More >>

Manus Island Live Reports - RPC raid now

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:22 pm | Jane Salmon


UN Shines a Spotlight on World TV Day

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:06 pm | United Nations

21 November 2017 – On World TV Day , the United Nations put its spotlight on the key role television plays in focusing the world's attention on a wide array of issues – ranging from the environment to conflicts and other pressing economic and social ... More >>

UN Negotiator Ask Syrian Opposition to Adopt a ‘Common Line'

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 11:37 am | United Nations

22 November 2017 – Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia should do all they can to unify ahead of a fresh round of United Nations-facilitated talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday. More >>

UN Pledges Over $2B to Hurricane-Affected Caribbean Nations

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 11:12 am | United Nations

22 November 2017 – The international community mobilized over $1.3 billion in pledges and more than $1 billion in loans and debt relief to help Caribbean nations recover from the strong hurricanes that pummelled the region a few months ago, during ... More >>

UN Envoy Urges Efforts to Defeat ISIL’s Extremist Ideology

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 11:09 am | United Nations

ISIL ‘Down But Not Out’ in Iraq; UN Envoy Urges Efforts to Defeat Group’s Extremist Ideology More >>

Poorer Countries Look to Power Ahead Through Innovation

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 10:48 am | United Nations

With Access to Clean, Modern Energy, Poorer Countries Look to Power Ahead Through Innovation – UN Report More >>

UN Urges Global Action to End Violence Against Women

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 10:45 am | United Nations

UN Urges Global Action So Women And Girls Everywhere Can Live Free From All Forms of Violence More >>

Elimination of Violence against Women Day, 25 November

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 8:33 am | United Nations

Joint call by UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and global and regional mechanisms on women’s rights to eradicate gender based violence against women with focus on Sexual harassment and rape and to update their national action plans in ... More >>

Conviction of Mladic a Momentous Victory for Justice

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 8:18 am | United Nations

Conviction of Mladic, the 'Epitome of Evil,' a Momentous Victory for Justice – UN rights chief More >>

UN Gravely Concerned by Lack of Medical Services in Syria

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 8:15 am | United Nations

22 November 2017 – Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients ... More >>

Nearly 21M People Now Have Access to HIV Treatment

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 12:03 pm | United Nations

21 November 2017 – About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people ... More >>

UN Condemns Suicide Attack in Northern Nigeria Town

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 12:02 pm | United Nations

21 November 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the suicide attacks that took place earlier Tuesday in Adamawa state, Nigeria, which resulted in scores of casualties, and called for those responsible for the “heinous ... More >>

Australian ‘Offshore Processing’ Facility Deteriorates Daily

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 11:13 am | United Nations

21 November 2017 – Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said. More >>

Far Too Much Secrecy Surrounding Use of Death Penalty

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 10:07 am | United Nations

Still Far Too Much Secrecy Surrounding Use of Death Penalty, Says Senior UN Human Rights Official More >>

New & Better Deal Needed for Climate Resilience in Caribbean

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 10:05 am | United Nations

‘New And Better Deal’ Needed for Climate Resilience in Caribbean, UN Chief Tells Donor Conference More >>

A New Movement of Rights and the Right in Australia

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 9:13 am | Binoy Kampmark

Scholars have wondered what “triggers” might be in the social furniture of a culture that might propel a people to embrace a bill of rights. Australia remains proudly, and idiosyncratically, opposed. More >>

Paris Agreement goals still not matched by strong governance

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 9:00 am | ITUC

Bonn/Brussels, 21 November 2017 (ITUC Online) – Trade unions expressed concern at the closing of the annual gathering of the United Nations climate change convention in Bonn over the limited progress made in building the strong governance, oversight ... More >>

NZ Joins Growing List of WHO Internationally Classified EMTs

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:37 am | UN World Health Organization

Canberra, 21 November 2017 — This week the WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Secretariat held a ceremony to recognize the international classification of the New Zealand Medical Assistant Team (NZMAT)—adding to the global number of self-sufficient teams ... More >>

UN Urges Sudan to Address Displaced People in Darfur

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:32 am | United Nations

21 November 2017 – The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Sudan to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people who have been internally displaced by the long-running conflict in ... More >>

Attacks/Threats by States Against UN Human Rights Experts

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:18 am | United Nations

We are concerned by continuing efforts by certain States to undermine and denigrate important mechanisms established by the 47 Member States of the Human Rights Council. More >>

Lack Of Quality Opportunities Stalling Young People's Quest

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:16 am | United Nations

21 November 2017 – Overall economic growth remains disconnected from employment generation, the United Nations International Labour Organization ( ILO ) has warned, noting that young people continue to suffer from persistent unemployment and lack ... More >>

UNICEF Warns of Contaminated Drinking Water in Camps

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:14 am | UNICEF

21 November 2017 – The United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF ) is working with authorities in Bangladesh to urgently investigate high levels E.coli contamination in water drawn from wells inside the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar. More >>

'Collective Responsibility' to Stop Human Trafficking

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:12 am | United Nations

21 November 2017 – Briefing the Security Council Tuesday, top United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the Organization’s anti-crime office, underscored the international community’s collective responsibility to stop criminals ... More >>

Coconut growers in the South Pacific get a fair go

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 7:35 pm | Fairtrade ANZ

Coconut growers in the South Pacific get a fair go thanks to a partnership with Fairtrade, DFAT and Krissy Co. Tuesday 21 November 2017: Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand has brokered an unprecedented partnership investment of AUD$1.14 million to support ... More >>

Continuing support for Burundi political process

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 6:45 pm | United Nations

20 November 2017 – Despite challenges towards inclusive dialogue in Burundi, the United Nations must continue to support the political process there, the Organization's envoy to the east African country told the Security Council on Monday. More >>

UN fill final vacancy on ‘World Court’

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 6:44 pm | United Nations

20 November 2017 – The General Assembly and the Security Council today elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice ( ICJ ) concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. More >>

Pacific Police learn dynamics of violence against women

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:28 pm | Fiji Women's Crisis Centre

“When you don’t understand the dynamics of violence against women - you do more harm than good:” Shamima Ali More >>

Myanmar: Rohingya trapped in dehumanising apartheid regime

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:18 pm | Amnesty International

• Rohingya segregated and abused in “open air prison” • Two-year investigation reveals root causes of current Rakhine State crisis • System of discrimination amounts to the crime against humanity of apartheid More >>

Journalism under duress in Asia-Pacific – PMC turns 10

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 4:05 pm | Pacific Media Watch

The Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology is highlighting the threats to media freedom in the Asia-Pacific region in an event next week marking its 10th anniversary. More >>

UN Goodwill Ambassador Urges Action for Rohingya Children

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 10:02 am | United Nations

20 November 2017 – Marking World Children’s Day, actress Kristin Davis on Monday called for global attention and funding to provide more life-saving aid for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh, as part of her advocacy work for the United Nations ... More >>

Buying & Selling African Migrants in Libya

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:59 am | United Nations

20 November 2017 – Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the ... More >>

Savenio Takes Out Travellers Choice Gold Choice Award

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:38 am | Savenio

Leading luxury travel agency, Savenio , has been awarded the the highly coveted Traveller’s Choice ‘Gold Choice Award’, recognising the agency’s place as just one of 10 top performing travel retailers in the Australian network. More >>

Win Australia’s First Legal Gay Wedding

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:35 am | Online Footprint

Following on from the historic same-sex marriage vote results last week, a group of Sydney wedding suppliers and gay community groups have come together to create a competition for a couple to win the first ever legal gay wedding in Australia. More >>

Unions Call for Political Courage to Eliminate Child Labour

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:28 am | ITUC

Brussels, 20 November 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has welcomed the outcomes of a major international conference on eradicating child labour, held in Buenos Aires, and called on governments to show the political courage to tackle child labour and ... More >>

Mexico Must End Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:22 am | United Nations

GENEVA (20 November 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has urged Mexico to achieve an equal and respectful relationship with indigenous peoples, in order to end a “serious pattern” of human rights ... More >>

UN Women’s Rights Experts Issue Findings

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 8:19 am | United Nations

UN Women’s Rights Experts Issue Findings on Burkina Faso, Singapore, Paraguay, Nauru, Israel, Kuwait, Kenya, Oman, Norway, DPRK, Monaco and Guatemala More >>