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Whaling: Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research In Defiance Of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations More>>

Ukraine: UN Urges 'Maximum Restraint' Amid Situation In East Ukraine

Deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for maximum restraint and appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation, which has the 'growing potential' to ... More>>

United Nations: Children Can Now Lodge Complaints With The UN

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. More>>

India: Election But A Ritual In Nation Lacking Rule Of Law

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates the people of India for their participation to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. The process has attracted, as usual, considerable media attention across the world. Media claims the process to be 'the largest democratic ... More>>

Solomon Islands: Thousands Remain Affected After Flash Floods

An estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people. More>>

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World: Some 437,000 People Murdered Worldwide In 2012 - UN

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on ... More>>

Central African Republic:: Security Council Establishes UN Peacekeeping Mission

Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation ... More>>

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Parliament: NZ Sending Aid Flight To Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands. More>>

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West Papua/Britain: Protestors Call For Release Of Papuan Political Prisoners
Around 100 protestors demonstrated today outside the Indonesian embassy in London to call for the unconditional and immediate release of all Papuan political prisoners. More>>

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US/South Africa: Desmond Tutu On US Efforts To Curb Freedom Of Speech on Palestine
I am writing today to express grave concern about a wave of legislative measures in the United States aimed at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people. More>>

Afghanistan: Upcoming Afghan Elections
This is a pivotal moment after more than a decade of sacrifice and struggle. When millions of Afghan men and women go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President, it could mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power, and we all have ... More>>

WHO: South-East Asia Region Certified Polio-Free
WHO South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free today by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. More>>

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Under the Spotlight: NZ’s Human Rights Record Presented In Geneva
Justice Minister Judith Collins appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last night to discuss New Zealand’s progress in promoting and protecting human rights.
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Gaza: Israeli Fires on Gaza - Warns Foreigners To Leave
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Israeli military are shooting at Gaza land and farms from watchtowers in northern Gaza.
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Israeli tanks are firing in the direction of homes in eastern Gaza. More>>

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World Report 2014: War On Syria’s Civilians Unchecked
The Syrian government’s policy of waging war by killing civilians, and increasing abuses by rebel groups, elicited horror in 2013 but not enough pressure from world leaders to end atrocities and hold perpetrators to account, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2014.The initial international response was more effective when several African countries faced mass atrocities.More>>

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Yemen: UN Experts Condemn Lethal Drone Airstrikes In Yemen
United Nations human rights experts today expressed serious concern about recent lethal drone airstrikes, allegedly conducted by US forces in the Republic of Yemen, that resulted in civilian casualties. More>>

South Sudan: Health Care For Hundreds Of Wounded Civilians
Since the first armed clashes broke out in Juba on 15 December, tens of thousands of civilians have fled in search of safety. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the South Sudan Red Cross are helping those caught up in the fighting. More>>

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Iran: British MPs And Peers Condemn Unprovoked Attack on Camp Liberty
At 21:15 Baghdad local time on 26 December 2013, Camp Liberty was the target of dozens of missiles. This attack has taken place a matter of months after Iraqi forces massacred 52 residents at their previous home in Camp Ashraf. The shamefully weak response ... More>>

Egypt: Morsy Aides Moved From Secret Detention
Egypt’s transfer of five members of former President Mohamed Morsy’s administration to Tora prison since December 17, 2013, fails to remedy over five months of secret military detention. Tora prison authorities have denied access to ... More>>

South Sudan: Attacks Against Civilians Must End
Juba/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed by the violence against civilians that have been reported in recent days in South Sudan. It calls on all parties to the conflict to comply with the rules of international ... More>>

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Africa: Rape, Atrocities Mark Central African Republic Conflict - UN
Urgent national and international action is crucial to prevent the Central African Republic (CAR) from plunging into full-scale sectarian conflict and protect civilians, particularly women and children, from atrocities that have already killed thousands ... More>>

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Russia: Harassment Will Continue Despite Putin’s Amnesty
The harassment of civil society in Russia will continue unabated despite the release of prisoners of conscience said Amnesty International today. More>>

Singapore: Violations Of International Law In Riot Aftermath
On the night of 8 December 2013, an unfortunate fatal accident sparked off a spontaneous outbreak of rioting by migrant workers in Singapore. At least 28 persons involved in the act had been incriminated and are currently facing trial in the local courts ... More>>

Syria: Escalation In Hostilities And Severe Winter Weather
As cold descends upon Syria, the ICRC is doing what it can to help millions of people despite the escalating violence, worsening security conditions and limited humanitarian access. More>>

Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill Violates Constitution
Uganda anti-gay bill violates constitution Symptomatic of Museveni repression & wider attack on civil rights London - 20 December 2013 “The new anti-gay law violates Article 21 of the Ugandan constitution and Articles 2 and 3 of the African Charter ... More>>

Burma: Free All Remaining Political Prisoners
Burma’s President Thein Sein should honor his pledge to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. The releases should include the more than 200 people charged this year with political offenses. More>>

West Papua: Free Papua Movement Army General Dies
The death of General Danny Kogoya of the National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (TPN / OPM) on 14 December 2013 in the border town of Vanimo PNG was not a natural death but rather a death caused by a scenario that was created by the Indonesian ... More>>

South Africa: Death Of Nelson Mandela
President Jacob Zuma Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed... He is now resting. He is now at peace. More>>

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West Papua: Hundreds Flee As Indon Police Open Fire On KNPB Demo
Indonesian forces have again opened fire on a peaceful Jayapura gathering of about 500 people held by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), with the shooting of at least 4 demonstrators, and the confirmed death of at least one, on November 26. More>>

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Gaza: Calls To End Suffering Due To Electricity Outages
The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) and human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip express their deep concern for the deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the population of the Gaza Strip due to the continued tightened closure imposed ... More>>

Pacific: West Papuan National Flag Day: 1st December
The 1st of December is West Papuan National Day or National flag day. Fifty two years ago on the December 1, 1961, in the then Dutch colony of West New Guinea, the West Papuan national flag, called the Morning Star, was flown for the first time officially ... More>>

Philippines: Support for Typhoon-Affected Farmers Needed to Avert Double Tragedy
Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, FAO announced today. More>>

Egypt: UN Chief Urges Rethinking Anti-Demonstrations Law
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed serious concern about the detentions and violent dispersal of protesters in Egypt, including reports of sexual assault. More>>

Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission: Israel Found Guilty Of Genocide
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) after listening to the testimonies of 11 prosecution witnesses and voluminous documentary evidence and extensive submissions by the prosecution and amicus curiae delivered its judgement on the two charges against ... More>>

Gaza: Report on Gender-Specific Effects Of Operation Pillar Of Defense
On 26 November 2013, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) published the second report of its kind; entitled “Through Women’s Eyes”. This report focuses the gender-specific implications and consequences of ‘Operation Pillar of Defense.’ More>>

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Gaza: Gaza Fuel Crisis Could Result In Humanitarian Catastrophe
An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for urgent action to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, where a power shortage has disrupted health services, sent raw sewage flooding into the streets and left 1.7 ... More>>

Middle East: CTBTO Welcomes Geneva Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Programme
The Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, issued the following statement on the agreement reached during negotiations held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23 November ... More>>

Oxfam: Public Needed To Rescue Climate Deal After Warsaw Fiasco
Only massive public pressure can rescue a climate deal, warned Oxfam today, as the Warsaw negotiations closed after a fortnight of farce and fiasco. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam said: “The Warsaw talks opened amidst the devastation ... More>>

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Philippines: UN Launches Plan To Protect Girls, Women in Typhoon Aftermath
Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency today said, launching an appeal for $30 million ... More>>

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Russia: Greenpeace Welcomes Tribunal Ruling Over Arctic 30
Hamburg, 22 November 2013 – The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea today ordered the Russian Federation in a binding ruling to release the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on board upon payment ... More>>

World: ITF Launches Guide To Fighting Violence Against Women
Global union the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is launching a guide on how to combat violence against women as part of its support for the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Monday, 25 November. More>>

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Israel: Netanyahu Approves Building of 1500 Settling Units in Palestinian Territories
The Israeli regime plans to build 1,500 new illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), a new report says. According to the report by the Israeli Army Radio, which was released early on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ... More>>

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Palestine: IDF Kill Four Palestinians In Khanyounis
Palestinian medical sources in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, have reported that Israeli war planes strikes killed 3 Palestinians at dawn Friday. More>>

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West Papua: Maternal Mortality Rate In Papua Still Too High
The National Family Planning and Population Board (BKKBN) has said the maternal mortality rate in Papua Province remains high. 'The local government should pay serious attention to the high maternal mortality rate. It should protect Papuan women and improve their ... More>>

Iran: BPCIF condemns the execution of 16 political prisoners in Zahedan, Iran
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) strongly condemns the execution of 16 political prisoners in Zahedan, Iran on 4 October 2013. The prisoners were executed collectively. More>>

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