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OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - China

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:08 pm | UNHCHR

We are deeply troubled that on Wednesday 3 May, defence lawyer Chen Jiangang and his family were reportedly taken by police while they were travelling in Yunnan province in the southwest of China. This latest event takes place in the context of an ongoing ... More >>

Saudi Arabia must reform counter-terror law

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 4:07 pm | UNHCHR

Saudi Arabia must reform counter-terror law and free peaceful critics, says UN rights expert More >>

Moves to impeach Nepal Chief Justice

Friday, 5 May 2017, 8:15 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 May 2017) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has condemned moves to impeach the Chief Justice of Nepal, warning that such actions suggest a concerted attempt by the Government to undermine the independence of the ... More >>

Slow down to save lives

Friday, 5 May 2017, 7:40 pm | World Health Organisation

Slow down to save lives MANILA, 5 May 2017 — One of the simplest ways to avoid road traffic crashes and the millions of deaths and injuries they cause is to slow down. This warning is the World Health Organization (WHO) theme for the upcoming ... More >>

Cyclone Donna: First reports of damage

Friday, 5 May 2017, 2:13 pm | World Vision New Zealand

World Vision has received first reports of damage by Cyclone Donna which has made landfall in the north of Vanuatu. More >>

An announcement regarding The Duke of Edinburgh

Friday, 5 May 2017, 11:45 am | Royal Family

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen. More >>

South Sudan: Weary, frightened displaced civilians

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 8:40 pm | UNHCHR

South Sudan: Weary, frightened displaced civilians in Upper Nile at imminent risk of further violence More >>

Seizure of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for NZ

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:20 pm | Polisario

Seizure of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for New Zealand from occupied Western Sahara More >>

Journalism grant scheme Launched

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 9:59 am | Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is today launching a small grant scheme to promote reporting on ‘under-reported stories’ linked to the work of the 166 Laureates of the Swedish award known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. More >>

Fairfax editorial staff vote to strike for seven days

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 5:13 pm | Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

In stop-work meetings today, Fairfax editorial staff voted to take industrial action for seven days. More >>

UN expert urges governments to protect journalists

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 4:29 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (2 May 2017) – Speaking ahead of World Press Freedom Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor ... More >>

Press Freedom Day: Fairfax cuts 25% of its journalists

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 4:20 pm | Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

MEAA is appalled at the decision of Fairfax Media management to cut 125 full-time equivalent positions, or 25 per cent of its journalists, from its metropolitan newspapers. More >>

Apple's Commitment to a No-Mining Future

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 10:51 am | Deep Sea Mining Campaign

Scientists and civil society organisations from around the world welcome Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report announcing the communication technology giant’s goal to “stop mining the earth altogether”[1]. They call on other companies to ... More >>

Tax policy and public expenditure management

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 9:06 pm | UN ESCAP

Tax policy and public expenditure management are key to financing sustainable development in Asia-Pacific More >>

Petition Urges Boycott of Another Whitewashed Netflix Show

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:19 pm | Care2

New Petition Urges Boycott of Yet Another Whitewashed Netflix Show “Journey to the West” *** https://www.thepetitionsite.com/262/198/317/*** The petition is one of many Care2 efforts to push back on whitewashing in entertainment A Care2 petition ... More >>

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai launches FOAA Online

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:16 pm | Free Assembly

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai launches FOAA Online! – a web-based collection of legal arguments related to assembly and association rights NAIROBI – Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai today announced the launch of FOAA Online!, a web-based legal ... More >>

Inequality and insecurity at work can kill, warns ITUC

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:13 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 28 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): Divisive employment practices and increasing insecurity at work are fuelling a worldwide epidemic of work-related 'diseases of distress', the ITUC has warned today, the International Commemoration Day for Dead ... More >>

U.S. Chamber Welcomes USTR Special 301 Report

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:12 pm | US Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber Welcomes USTR Special 301 Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President of the Global Intellectual Property Center Mark Elliot issued the following statement in response to release of the 2017 Special 301 Report by ... More >>

Housing inequality defines Chilean landscape – UN

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:42 pm | UNHCHR

SANTIAGO / GENEVA (28 April 2017) – “Inequality is one of the hallmarks of Chilean society, and this is starkly apparent in the housing situation in the country” underlined the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, ... More >>

Venezuela must allow peaceful protests

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:41 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (28 April 2017) – The Government of Venezuela must facilitate peaceful protests and properly investigate the deaths of at least 25 people in recent demonstrations, say a group of United Nations human rights experts.* More >>

Sanctions against Russia hurt most vulnerable groups

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:40 pm | UNHCHR

Unilateral sanctions against Russia hurt most vulnerable groups with limited impact on international businesses, UN expert finds More >>

UN experts urge Iran to stop executions

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:38 pm | UNHCHR

“Respect international law” – UN experts urge Iran to stop executions of two men sentenced to death as children More >>

OHCHR BRIEFING NOTES - Arkansas executions, Cambodia

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 12:37 pm | UNHCHR

We are deeply troubled that, after a 12 year de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the US State of Arkansas has executed four men in the space of eight days. More >>

PAKISTAN: Government adding fuel to fan religious violence

Friday, 28 April 2017, 8:32 pm | AHRC

Coming on the heels of the recent lynching, killing and attacks in Pakistan on the pretext of blasphemy, the legislative assembly of Pakistan controlled Azad Kashmir has unanimously passed two resolutions regarding the finality of the Prophet Hood ... More >>

Brazil General Strike

Friday, 28 April 2017, 8:30 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 28 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has expressed its full solidarity with the workers of Brazil, as a general strike involving all the country's trade union confederations take place today. The strike is in protest at the Temer government's ... More >>

Palm oil giant IOI moves to eliminate deforestation

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:25 pm | Greenpeace

Jakarta, 28 April 2017 - The IOI Group, one of the world’s largest palm oil traders, today made a significant commitment to address deforestation and exploitation throughout its supply chain. [1] Greenpeace has suspended its active campaign to give IOI time ... More >>

UN disability rights expert's first visit to North Korea

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 9:13 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / PYONGYANG (27 April 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 3 to 8 May ... More >>

New Zealand’s response to help drought-stricken Kenya

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:48 pm | ChildFund

26 April 2017 Media release Doubling the impact: New Zealand’s response to help drought-stricken Kenya More >>

Leaders must take a stand against Philippines bloodshed

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:49 am | Amnesty International

With mounting evidence of government involvement in thousands of extrajudicial executions in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, Amnesty International is calling on regional leaders to take a stand against possible crimes against humanity ... More >>

UN expert urges halt to rising hostility on Korean Peninsula

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:22 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (25 April 2017) – An urgent appeal to lower political and military tensions on the Korean Peninsula over continued missile tests by the authorities in Pyongyang is being made by a United Nations expert, who says the war of words is already having ... More >>

NEPAL: 2015 Earthquake: Two years on

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:18 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) remembers with deep sorrow the April 25, 2015 the two devastating earthquakes that stuck Nepal two years ago today. More than 9000 people were killed, and over half a million houses were destroyed in the aftermath ... More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes - South Sudan, Maldives

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:17 pm | UNHCHR

We deplore the recent outbreaks of violence in several towns in various part of South Sudan, including Pajok in Eastern Equatoria and Wau in Western Bahr el-Ghazal, which have caused significant loss of civilian lives and displaced more than 22,000 people. ... More >>

SRI LANKA: Meethotamulla tragedy to be duplicated?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:01 pm | AHRC

Dealing with the Meethotamulla waste dump has now become a major national problem for Sri Lanka. At least 30 persons have lost their lives due to the collapse of the waste dump. Many others might have died or suffered serious diseases due to the existence ... More >>

Anzac as Apologia and Religion

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 1:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Soaked to the core, Melbournians gathered around the War Memorial in thousands, gazing at the flickering, all-resistant eternal flame in an annual tribute to Australia’s fallen. Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand ... More >>

Renewable Water Inventor Visits WAF

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:39 pm | Pacific Reach Limited

The inventor of the world’s first reverse osmosis solar desalination technology and Chief Executive Officer of Mascara, Mr Marc Vergnet, visited the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) last week (21/04). More >>

Pacific Heads of Health map priorities for the region

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:36 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Pacific Heads of Health map priorities for the region 25 April 2017 Suva, Fiji – Senior health officials from 22 Pacific Island countries and territories along with regional and international health professionals have gathered in Suva, Fiji this ... More >>

UNDP Releases VR Film 'Ground Beneath Her'

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:34 pm | UNDP

UN Development Programme Releases VR Film 'Ground Beneath Her' United Nations Development Programme PRESS RELEASE More >>

UN human rights expert condemns “defamatory” Iran report

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:30 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (24 April 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Asma Jahangir, has denounced a report published by the Iranian News Agency (IRNA) alleging that she was planning to undertake ... More >>

Torture of detainees in Afghanistan persists

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:29 pm | UNHCHR

Torture of detainees in Afghanistan persists – UN report GENEVA/KABUL (24 April 2017) Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan continue to face torture and ill-treatment, a UN report released today has found. The report also says that the Afghan Government ... More >>

Immunization can save a million and a half more lives

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:01 pm | UN World Health Organization

Immunization can save a million and a half more lives in WHO’s Western Pacific Region MANILA, 24 April 2017 — Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly ... More >>

Drought and Resilience in East Africa

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:41 pm | Slow Food International

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Exactly one year ago, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, potentially marking a historic turning point against anthropogenic climate change. More >>

Enhancing regional economic cooperation

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:30 pm | UN ESCAP

Enhancing regional economic cooperation and integration important to advance the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific More >>

Fyffes Union Leader in Honduras Escapes Murder Attempt

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:27 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 21 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has expressed deep concern over a vicious attack against Moises Sanchez, leader of the Honduran agriculture trade union STAS, currently fighting multinational fruit company Fyffes for better working conditions. More >>

ITUC Calls on Apparel Brands to Join Transparency Pledge

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:26 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 21 April 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called on garment companies to sign a new supply chain Transparency Pledge launched today by a coalition of trade union organisations and NGOs. Of 72 companies contacted by the coalition, 17 are ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Abolish blasphemy laws entirely

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:24 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The horrific mob lynching of Mashal Khan has raised many questions about the utility of an archaic and draconian law that has been misused with impunity. Pakistan’s blasphemy law is a mockery of rule of law, and in fact defies common sense. What ... More >>

Russia: UN rights expert launches first official visit

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:22 pm | UNHCR

Russia: UN rights expert launches first official visit to assess effect of international unilateral sanctions More >>

Regionalism and island nation economies

Friday, 21 April 2017, 7:36 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

When Pacific Islands Forum Leaders gathered in Apia, Samoa in 1978, the then Prime Minister Honourable Tupuola Efi said: “The basic question that faces us, is that of deciding how to re-define the rules to assure that the rights of small nations ... More >>

NZ aid worker recipient of 2017 UNESCO Peace prize

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:04 pm | Doctors Without Borders

Sydney – Catania - 20/04/2017 - As asylum seekers and refugees embark on fragile boats for a perilous journey on the Mediterranean Sea, New Zealand humanitarian aid worker Shaun Cornelius is committed to lifesaving operations on the Aquarius with ... More >>

Unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:09 pm | Commission On Security And Coperation In Europe

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say More >>

Hundreds of Palestinians to go on hunger strike

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:01 am | General Delegation of Palestine

Hundreds of Palestinians who are currently being held in Israeli prisons will go on an open-ended hunger strike, beginning Monday 17 April, to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day. More >>

PAKISTAN: The AHRC condemns the lynching of a student

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 2:08 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the brutal murder of a 23-year old student by lynching on the accusation of Blasphemy by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KPK province. More >>

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, 14 April 2017, 8:29 pm | UNHCHR

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina More >>

End abuse and detention of gay men in Chechnya - UN

Friday, 14 April 2017, 8:27 pm | UNHCHR

End abuse and detention of gay men in Chechnya, UN human rights experts tell Russia More >>

Lift blockade of Yemen to stop “catastrophe”

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10:33 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 April 2017) – The blockade of war-ravaged Yemen must be lifted immediately to allow the entry of relief supplies to tackle a humanitarian catastrophe in which millions of people are facing famine, says a UN rights expert. More >>

Chibok girls kidnapping – Third anniversary

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10:31 am | United Nations

UN experts mark third anniversary of Nigeria kidnapping with new plea for “forgotten” Chibok girls More >>

UA Fiasco a Symptom Of a Much Bigger Problem In America

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 1:06 pm | San Diego Biz Law

Los Angeles, CA. The United Fiasco could have happened to (most) any airline and it was a matter of time. The problem is not just with the airlines, but with the decline American customer service levels and the Stanford Experiment effect. Steven ... More >>

Death penalty in decline worldwide

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:33 pm | Amnesty International

Death penalty in decline worldwide, but a small number of countries still execute on a large scale More >>

‘Pay-As-You-Go’ Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:54 am | Joint Press Release

Origin Energy, IFC Launch ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, April 9, 2017 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the launch of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) project with ... More >>

69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:49 am | PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi marks the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre More >>

High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:45 am | Oxfam

Saturday 8 April 2017 High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring Oxfam is closely monitoring after a cyclone warning was issued for Vanuatu, as numerous provinces brace for damaging gale force winds and flooding. Oxfam Vanuatu Country ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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