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Israel/OPT: UN Experts Warn Of Rising Levels Of Israeli Settler Violence In A Climate Of Impunity

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:44:04 +1200 | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (14 April 2021) – Violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank has risen markedly in recent months, with assaults and property destruction occurring in an atmosphere of impunity, UN human rights experts* ...More >>

OPCW Investigation Should Expedite Holding The Syrian Regime Accountable

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:38:52 +1200 | Euro Med Monitor

Geneva – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has released is findings in the second report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) regarding the attack on Saraqib city, northern Syria on 4 February 2018 which ...More >>

Intensifying Widespread, Systematic Slaughter By Myanmar Military Must Be Halted – Bachelet

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:35:04 +1200 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

GENEVA (13 April 2021) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged States to take immediate, decisive and impactful measures to push Myanmar’s military leadership into halting its campaign of repression and slaughter ...More >>

New Report: Incidents And Victims Of Landmine Explosions In Syria Increased Despite Military Operations Eased

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:32:11 +1200 | Euro Med Monitor

Geneva - Landmines scattered across various conflicted areas in Syria endanger the lives and safety of civilians, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a report released today. All parties to the conflict should stop using landmines, ...More >>

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are The Possible Future Scenarios?

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:02:10 +1200 | Ramzy Baroud

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It will ...More >>

Myanmar Violence ‘Must Cease Immediately’: UN Agencies

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +1200 | UN News

The UN Country Team in Myanmar on Monday, reiterated its call for an end to violence against civilians, amid reports of dozens of deaths in the latest crackdown on protests against the military takeover. More than 80 people lost their lives on Friday as ...More >>

UN Rights Chief Urges UK Parliament To Amend Proposed Law That Limits Accountability For Torture And Other War Crimes

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:39:56 +1200 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

GENEVA (12 April 2021) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged legislators in the United Kingdom to heed warnings that the proposed new Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, in its current form, ...More >>

New ITUC Report On Palestinian Workers In Israel And The Settlements

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 06:16:20 +1200 | ITUC

A new report released by the International Trade Union Confederation(ITUC) has revealed the scandalous exploitation of Palestinian workers who work inside Israel and in the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. High unemployment in the West ...More >>

Trading Military Equipment With Israel Is A Human Rights Outrage

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:08:10 +1200 | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

Revelations that foreign affairs officials have approved the sale of military equipment to a host of human-rights-abusing countries, including Israel, is an outrage. In recent years foreign affairs has been dominated by trade priorities with concerns ...More >>

Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 13:27:20 +1200 | Binoy Kampmark

Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change. While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake. Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media ...More >>

Clashes In Myanmar Displace Thousands, UN Humanitarian Office Reports

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 06:20:25 +1200 | UN News

Clashes between the Myanmar security forces and regional armed groups, which have involved military airstrikes, have reportedly claimed the lives of at least 17 civilians in several parts of the country, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ...More >>

‘Political, Security, Human Rights And Humanitarian Challenges’ Plague Mali 

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 06:31:15 +1200 | UN News

With a deteriorating security situation in central and northern Mali, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that ‘blue helmets’, the Malian Defence and Security Forces, continue to suffer repeated attacks and significant losses, ...More >>

Stop ‘Widespread Violence’ Against Children In Myanmar, UN Officials Urge

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 20:12:59 +1300 | UN News

Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in ...More >>

IWPG Statement On Myanmar

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 14:21:11 +1300 | International Womens Peace Group

On March 25th, the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG, Chairwoman Hyun Sook Yoon) expressed concern over the violation of human rights and bloodshed of the people in Myanmar and declared, through a statement, that the Myanmar military and demonstratorsMore >>

Protect All Those Fleeing Myanmar, UN Offices Urge Countries In The Region

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 08:08:17 +1300 | UN News

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have called on Myanmar’s neighbouring countries to offer refuge and protection to all those fleeing violence and persecution, as the crisis in Myanmar enters its ...More >>

CAR: Experts Alarmed By Government’s Use Of “Russian Trainers”, Close Contacts With UN Peacekeepers

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 07:56:32 +1300 | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (31 March 2021) – A group of UN experts * today expressed alarm at the increased recruitment and use of private military and foreign security contractors by the Government of Central African Republic, and their close contacts with UN peacekeepers. ...More >>

Nuclear Weapons Blazing: Britain Enters The US-China Fray

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 08:52:38 +1300 | Ramzy Baroud

Boris Johnson’s March 16 speech before the British Parliament was reminiscent, at least in tone, to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The comparison is quite ...More >>

Myanmar: Top UN Officials Condemn “Systematic” Attacks On Peaceful Protesters

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 06:47:52 +1300 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Myanmar: Top UN Officials Condemn “Yystematic” Attacks On Peaceful Protesters, And Flag International Responsibility To Protect The People From Atrocity Crimes Joint Statement by Alice Wairimu Nderitu, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention ...More >>

Myanmar: Collective Action Needed To Stop Junta Attacks

Sun, 28 Mar 2021 05:58:59 +1300 | Fortify Rights

Armed Forces Day massacre leaves scores dead (BANGKOK, March 27, 2021)–The international community must take immediate and collective action to end the Myanmar junta’s widespread and systematic killing of unarmed people, said Fortify Rights today. U.N. ...More >>

Navy Retrieves Drifting Pacific Tsunami Buoy

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:27:43 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

This week, in favourable sea conditions and 250 nautical miles southeast of Tonga, the crew of HMNZS Aotearoa retrieved a Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoy that had been drifting since it broke its mooring in December. The buoy ...More >>


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