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Caritas goes to work on Gita response

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:26 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

In just over 72 hours Tropical Cyclone Gita has swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall late 12 February ... More >>

Third group of refugees from Manus to the US

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 2:39 pm | Refugee Action Coalition

A third group of 18 refugees from Manus Island flew from Port Moresby this morning (13 February), to be resettled in the United States. Photos from Port Moresby airport attached. More >>

Digicel Tonga’s network restoration well underway

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 1:27 pm | Digicel

Digicel Tonga’s network restoration well underway Tuesday, 13th February 2018 – Suva, Fiji – As recovery efforts are now underway in Tonga, Digicel is working round the clock to get critical communication services back up and running so that ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction in Tonga

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:10 pm | Pacific Media Watch

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita has left a trail of destruction after hitting Tonga with 200 kph plus winds during the night. More >>

Spark to credit costs of calls and texts to Tonga and Samoa

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 11:35 am | Spark NZ

Spark announced today it will credit its customers for the cost of landline and mobile calls and texts to Tonga and Samoa in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita. More >>

Rotary New Zealand responds to Cyclone Gita

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:56 am | Rotary New Zealand

Rotary New Zealand in collaboration with Rotary Tonga, and other trusted partners in the region has launched an appeal for cash donations to provide practical support for families affected by Cyclone Gita. More >>

The best thing you can do to help Tonga - send cash

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:54 am | Council for International Development

New Zealanders wanting to support the people of Tonga who are waking up to the damage from Cyclone Gita this morning can get in touch with any of the New Zealand international charities listed below, says CID’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Nik Rilkoff. More >>

Opening remarks by UNHCHR on mission to Fiji

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:51 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

This was the first visit by a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Fiji. I am grateful to the Government for its invitation and openness to a frank dialogue about the country’s many achievements in advancing the human rights of its people, as ... More >>

Yemen civilians at mercy of sniping, shelling and airstrikes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 9:21 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday voiced alarm at continuing civilian casualties in Yemen as hostilities increase and spread. More >>

Rule of law under siege in the Maldives

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 9:19 am | United Nations

GENEVA (12 February 2018) – The detention of two Supreme Court judges in the Maldives is an attack on the independence of the judiciary and undermines the court’s ability to work freely and effectively, a group of United Nations human rights experts* has ... More >>

UN Human Rights Commissioner views on Pacific challenges

Monday, 12 February 2018, 7:08 pm | University Of South Pacific

UN Human Rights Commissioner shares view on Pacific challenges Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein during the public lecture hosted by USP. More >>

U.S. Pentagon is "Not a Declining Power"

Monday, 12 February 2018, 4:37 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford has arrived in Bangkok after visiting Australia, emphasizing the U.S. is "not a declining power" and will improve military ... More >>

Cyclone Gita heading towards Tonga: Oxfam poised to respond

Monday, 12 February 2018, 3:25 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam is on standby to respond to Cyclone Gita, as latest forecasts predict the storm could intensify up to a category 5 cyclone before affecting Tonga later tonight. More >>

Tearfund Preparing Communities for Cyclone Gita

Monday, 12 February 2018, 3:17 pm | Tearfund

Tearfund Preparing Communities for Cyclone Gita New Zealand aid and development NGO, Tearfund, is working through partners in Tonga to prepare communities as Tropical Cyclone Gita threatens to make landfall as a category four or five storm. “Communities ... More >>

FIJI: Police question Islands Business magazine trio

Monday, 12 February 2018, 1:52 pm | Pacific Media Watch

FIJI: Police question then release Islands Business magazine trio over court report More >>

Tropical Cyclone Gita: Tonga State of Emergency

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:36 pm | Government of Tonga

Pursuant to section 32 of the Emergency Management Act 2007, and having being satisfied that an emergency is happening or is about to happen in the Kingdom due to the destructive force winds and sea rises caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita, and that it is necessary ... More >>

PNG: Al Jazeera screens The Opposition

Monday, 12 February 2018, 9:42 am | Pacific Media Watch

PORT MORESBY ( Al Jazeera/Pacific Media Watch ): In Papua New Guinea , community leader Joe Moses struggles to save the 3000 inhabitants of Port Moresby’s Paga Hill settlement before they are forcibly evicted from their homes in this documentary ... More >>

FIJI: Islands Business journalist grilled over story

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 6:30 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Twenty-Two Refugees Leave Nauru for the United States

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 5:52 pm | Refugee Action Coalition

Twenty-Two Refugees Leave Nauru for the United States The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, ... More >>

Zeid urges international action as violence soars in Syria

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 2:12 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (10 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called Saturday for urgent international action after a week of soaring violence and bloodshed, mostly caused by airstrikes, in the opposition-held Eastern ... More >>

Turning sunset years into gold

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:01 pm | Citizen News Service

Turning sunset years into gold Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Watch video interview : Listen or download podcast : (CNS): As soon as I set foot inside Suansawan Care Resort ... More >>

WWF appeals decision on Pirin National Park

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:39 am | WWF

Sofia, Bulgaria (9 February 2018) – WWF has appealed in court the alarming new changes to the management plan that would allow construction in up to 48 per cent of Pirin National Park, a World Heritage site that is home to bears, chamois, wolves ... More >>

Korea: Hypocrisy exposed - Samsung boss walks free

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:37 am | ITUC

Brussels, 9 February 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions around the world are today demanding the immediate release of KCTU President Han Sang-gyun from prison, and the withdrawal of the charges against the former General Secretary of KCTU, Lee Young-joo, ... More >>

Land area of low-lying Tuvalu has increased

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:09 am | University of Auckland

The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, thought to be under threat from sea level rise, has actually expanded in land area over the past 40 years and is likely to continue to be habitable a century from now, scientists say. The tiny Pacific island ... More >>

UN rights experts urge Iran to annul death sentence

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN rights experts urge Iran to annul death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali GENEVA (9 February 2018) – United Nations human rights experts* have repeated their urgent call to Iran to annul the death sentence against Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali ... More >>

Venezuela: Dire living conditions worsening by the day

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 10:56 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 February, 2018) – Vast numbers of Venezuelans are starving, deprived of essential medicines, and trying to survive in a situation that is spiralling downwards with no end in sight, according to a group of UN human rights experts. They made ... More >>

UN human rights chief urges PNG to combat corruption

Friday, 9 February 2018, 8:56 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN human rights chief urges Papua New Guinea to combat corruption and strengthen rule of law More >>

INDONESIA: The Visit of UNHCHR Should Bring Changes

Friday, 9 February 2018, 4:42 pm | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply appreciates the visit to the Republic of Indonesia of Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It took place between 4 to 7 February 2018. As a regional human rights organization ... More >>

Global Goals must be a blueprint for fair globalization

Friday, 9 February 2018, 1:15 pm | United Nations

8 February 2018 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday highlighted the importance of engagement and empowerment to transform the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ) into benefits for all people worldwide and called on all ... More >>

PyeongChang Olympics: a new cornerstone for peace

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:39 pm | UN ESCAP

All eyes are on the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and 12th Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang this February. Top athletes will carry their national flags in an opening ceremony which has come to epitomize the international community. Sports fans worldwide ... More >>

Selective History and Poland’s Holocaust law

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Holocaust history has never been far away from political manipulation. The deaths of millions tends to supply various causes: for those who survive, radicalisation can be imminent. For those who participated in the killings, justification and denial ... More >>

International community must stay ‘one step ahead’ of ISIL

Friday, 9 February 2018, 12:29 pm | UN News

Despite military successes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the terrorist group and its affiliates continue to pose a significant threat around the world, the top United Nations counter-terrorism official told the Security Council ... More >>

UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria's N. East

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:57 am | UN News

8 February 2018 – With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners today launched a $1 billion appeal to fund life-saving ... More >>

UN seeks $1.06 billion to create ‘firewall against famine'

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:48 am | United Nations

8 February 2018 – Ongoing conflicts and climate-related shocks have left millions of people on the brink of starvation, the United Nations agriculture agency warned on Thursday as it launched a $1.06 billion appeal to save lives and livelihoods, ... More >>

ICC to open examinations of Philippines ‘war on drugs;’

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:42 am | United Nations

8 February 2018 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on Thursday that she will open preliminary examinations into the so-called “war on drugs” campaign launched by the Government of the Philippines and, separately ... More >>

PHILIPPINES: RSF condemns new threats to outspoken media

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 7:46 pm | Pacific Media Watch Thursday, February 8, 2018 More >>

Cook Islands MPs briefed on proposed Ocean Legislation

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 7:38 pm | UNDP

Arorangi, Cook Islands - A two-day capacity building workshop designed for Members of the Cook Islands Parliament, provided the platform for open and robust discussions on the soon to be tabled Maritime Zones Bill and the Marine Resources Bill. More >>

Kosovo: potential for trust among political leaders remains

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:39 am | UN News

7 February 2018 – Even though significant differences persist between political leaders in Kosovo, the potential for trust and more forward-looking decision-making to address the challenges there should not be underestimated, a senior United Nations ... More >>

Kiwi company connects Kenyan towns to the Internet

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 10:28 am | Intellium Technology

A Kiwi company is using its expertise at providing fast cost-effective Internet to rural New Zealand to connect educational facilities in Africa to the world wide web. More >>

Let Olympic Flame ‘shine as a beacon to human solidarity,’

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 10:07 am | United Nations

7 February 2018 – This week the world will gather in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, unified in what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called “the Olympic Spirit: in solidarity; ... More >>

300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 10:05 am | United Nations

7 February 2018 – Some 300 child solders, including 87 girls, were formally released by armed groups in South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the country reported on Wednesday, calling on all stakeholders to support the young people on the journey ... More >>

Promoting Human Rights to Support Development in Morocco

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:36 am | Gal Kramarski

Introduction There is an intrinsic link between human rights and development. Development, in many cases includes a process of securing access to rights, and their enforcement, whereas the existence of rights enhances development processes. More >>

Myanmar: Fresh evidence of ongoing ethnic cleansing

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:32 am | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

The Myanmar security forces’ devastating campaign against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State is far from over, Amnesty International said today, as it published new evidence of ongoing violations that have forced hundreds more people ... More >>

Well-planned cities can drive sustainable development

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:09 am | United Nations

7 February 2018 – The head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Wednesday that a week-long conference on sustainable urban development that kicked off Wednesday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, will open a “global ... More >>

Disability rights: UN committee to meet in Geneva

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:49 am | United Nations

GENEVA (7 February 2018) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet in Geneva from 14 February to 9 March 2018 to review the following countries: Haiti, Nepal, Oman, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Slovenia, Sudan. More >>

Maldives state of emergency ‘all-out assault on democracy’

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:45 am | United Nations

GENEVA (7 February 2018) – The declaration of the State of Emergency in the Maldives by President Abdulla Yameen and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees have swept away the checks and balances and separation of powers necessary in any ... More >>

UN releases $9.1 million to fill 'critical healthcare gaps'

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:43 am | United Nations

7 February 2018 – With only 50 per cent of medical facilities fully functional in Yemen, the United Nations health agency is striving to fill a “critical” healthcare shortage and will use a $9.1 million emergency response grant to assist 630,000 vulnerable ... More >>

UNICEF helping to restore health services in war-torn Mosul

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:42 am | United Nations

7 February 2018 – Warning about the “alarming” state of Iraq’s healthcare system, especially in war-ravaged areas in and around Mosul, the United Nations children’s agency has stepped up its support to help the Government provide critical medical ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief ends visit to Indonesia

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:08 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN Human Rights Chief ends visit to Indonesia – Full statement JAKARTA / GENEVA (7 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today closed his official visits to Indonesia from 5 to 7 February. “There are ... More >>

Fiji Bati Captain Calls for FNRL Chairman and CEO to go

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 7:03 pm | Fiji Bati

The below is on behalf of the Fiji Bati and quotes were made by captain Kevin Naiqama More >>

Over 14,000 farmers in rural Nepal to benefit

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:37 pm | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Thousands of family farmers are expected to benefit from a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative in Nepal that uses an innovative approach to build both the farmers’ capacities as well as add value to their products. More >>

Liberia: UN mission farewell ceremony

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:34 pm | United Nations

6 February 2018 – After 14 years of serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia ( UNMIL ), an official farewell ceremony was held on Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia, to honour the last departing Police and Military personnel serving there. More >>

Migrant deaths along US-Mexico border remain high

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:15 pm | UN News

6 February 2018 – The number of migrants losing their lives attempting to cross the United States-Mexico border in 2017 remained high in spite of substantial decrease in the number of arrests along the frontier, the United Nations migration agency ... More >>

ITUC Denounces Arrest of Trade Union Leader in Turkey

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:54 am | ITUC

Brussels, 6 February 2018 (ITUC OnLine): In Ankara, this morning, Turkish anti-terror police raided the house of Ms Elif Cuhadar, executive committee member of the Turkish trade union KESK, and arrested her. The charges are related to her having participated ... More >>

Tunisia: Rise in child labor requires legal protection

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:46 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva- The increased exploitation of children sweeping through Tunisian labor markets in recent years is deeply concerning, said the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, given the lack of legal legislation explicitly criminalizing child labor, in addition ... More >>

PHILIPPINES: Constitutional change ignores rights protection

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:36 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

As widely reported, the Philippines House of Representatives (Congress), the country’s legislative body, is lobbying to change the political system by amending the 1987 Constitution. President Rodrigo Duterte’s political allies in Congress are proposing ... More >>

Syria: UN urges an end to hostilities

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:10 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Senior United Nations officials in Syria warned on Tuesday of the dire humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country, calling on warring parties to immediately stop fighting so aid and basic services can reach those in ... More >>

Burundi risks becoming a ‘forgotten crisis'

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:03 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Warning that Burundi could become a “forgotten crisis,” with the number of people struggling for survival increasing by the day, United Nations agencies together with aid partners on Wednesday launched a funding appeal to keep ... More >>

'Race against time' to end female genital mutilation

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:51 am | United Nations

6 February 2018 – Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) ... More >>

UN expert urges El Salvador step up measures to halt murders

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 8:46 am | United Nations

UN expert urges El Salvador step up measures to halt murders, vicious cycle of impunity More >>

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