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UN High Commissioner For Human Rights On Draft Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law In Somalia

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 8:10 am | OHCHR

“Legislation drafted by parliamentarians in Somalia risks legitimizing child marriage, among other alarming practices, and must be prevented from passing into law. Provisions of the Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law constitute serious breaches of international ... More >>

Yemen: Al-Houthi Group Must Reveal The Fate Of Woman Kidnapped Two Years Ago

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 7:54 am | Euro Med Monitor

The Genève-based Euro-Med Monitor has called on Al-Houthi group to reveal the fate of a Yemeni woman who has been kidnapped for more than two years, which constitutes a gross violation of the international humanitarian law. In a press release, the ... More >>

Strong Ministerial Interest As FEMM 2020 Centres On Covid -19

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 5:08 am | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor PIFS HQ, Suva, Fiji : New economic realities and challenges driven by the COVID-19 pandemic will dominate the 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) as it gets underway this week. The ... More >>

OECD CLIs Continue To Strengthen From Crisis-low In All Major Countries

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 4:59 am | OECD

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) for July continue to strengthen from the Covid-19 crisis lows across all major economies, but they remain below long-term trends and at levels lower than those recorded prior to the initial Covid-19 outbreak. Following ... More >>

Regenerative Organic CertifiedTM (ROCTM) Standard Is Open For Business

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 4:57 am | Regenerative Organic Alliance

ROC Products Now Available From Leading Brands Regenerative Organic Certified Products from Apricot Lane Farms, Dr. Bronner’s, Lotus Foods, Nature’s Path, Patagonia Provisions, and Others are Among the First to Hit Shelves Photo: Hashim Badani Santa ... More >>

Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition Winners Revealed

Monday, 10 August 2020, 6:07 pm | ACN Newswire

Champion's earrings demonstrate creative take on this year's theme HONG KONG, Aug 10, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The results of the 21st Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition have been announced, with designer Lee Wing-yan, sponsored by Luk Fook Holdings (International) ... More >>

Euro-Med Monitor Report Inspires EU Parliament Question About Middle East Prisons Conditions

Monday, 10 August 2020, 7:15 am | Euro Med Monitor

Concerns about Middle Eastern prison conditions during COVID-19 were raised by Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, in response to a Euro-Med Monitor report. Questions about the treatment of a growing number of infected ... More >>

'Friday Night Massacre' At Postal Service As Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Officials

Monday, 10 August 2020, 7:13 am | Common Dreams

"America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office." by Jon Queally Government watchdogs, ... More >>

Lessons Of Nagasaki Survivors Should Motivate The World To Eliminate All Nuclear Weapons – UN Chief

Monday, 10 August 2020, 7:09 am | UN News

Ruins of Nagasaki about 800 metres from the hypocenter in mid-October 1945. UN Photo/Shigeo Hayashi UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha , the survivors, who transformed ... More >>

UN Chief Spotlights Indigenous Peoples’ Resilience In Face Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, 10 August 2020, 7:05 am | UN News

Inclusion and participation of the world’s 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored. Marking the International ... More >>

Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia And International Law

Monday, 10 August 2020, 6:58 am | Binoy Kampmark

There are few more righteous sights than the paunchy US Secretary of State savaging the People’s Republic of China with his next volley on Chinese territorial aspirations. In July, Mike Pompeo released a statement putting any uncertain minds at ease on ... More >>

Growing Up As A Girl In Rural India: What Does It Mean?

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 9:19 pm | CNS

Adolescence or teenage is that critical phase when one transitions from childhood to adulthood. It is marked by important biological changes and the onset of puberty. This 'growing up' is also about experiencing the joys and challenges of youth. However, ... More >>

Release Refugees To Stay @homesafelywithus

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 2:51 pm | at homesafelywithus

A coalition of refugee support groups today offered to open their homes to asylum seekers and refugees currently held in Australia’s immigration detention centres. The @homesafelywithus initiative is being offered to the Commonwealth Government ... More >>

Stand With Environment Defenders!

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 5:27 am | IPMSDL

Onward With Our Struggle In Defense Of Land, Territory, And Ways Of Life! “Defending our land, territory, and way of life is not and will never an act of terrorism,” said International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation ... More >>

A Nuclear-Free World Is Crucial For Sustainable Development

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 5:15 am | CNS

"Most people are completely, blissfully ignorant about the situation, and those of us who believe in sustainable development are not able to do anything", this is how Dr SP Udayakumar describes the current situation relating to nuclear power ... More >>

Tiktok Statement on the Administration's Executive Order

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 1:47 am | TikTok Company

TikTok is a community full of creativity and passion, a home that brings joy to families and meaningful careers to creators. And we are building this platform for the long term. TikTok will be here for many years to come. More >>

Trump Executive Orders Targeting China-linked Apps Fail To Protect Privacy, Harm Human Rights

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 3:20 pm | Access Now

Unilateral decrees by the Trump Administration banning transactions between U.S. persons and businesses and the firms running WeChat and TikTok would deprive millions of people of information and communication tools during a global pandemic, restrict ... More >>

Beirut Blast: Here’s How You Can Help The UN Aid Lebanon's Recovery

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 3:15 pm | UN News

After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort. © UNOCHA   A deadly explosion at Beirut Port wreaks ... More >>

Fisheries Ministers Strengthen Their Commitment To Regional Cooperation Amid Pandemic

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 3:08 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

Fisheries Ministers from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have expressed serious concern about the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their domestic economies. Their comments came during the 17th ... More >>

Why We Oppose Golden Rice

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:47 am | Independent Science News

By the Stop Golden Rice Network (SGRN) The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. ... More >>

WTO Members Discuss Cotton Development Assistance, Impact Of COVID-19 On Cotton Trade

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:37 am | World Trade Organisation

At a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and ... More >>

International Day Of World’s Indigenous Peoples: Message From UN High Commissioner For Human Rights

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:33 am | OHCHR

COVID-19 is a critical threat to indigenous peoples, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental damage and economic depredation. In almost all the 90 countries where they live in often remote locations, many indigenous communities ... More >>

Software AG Partners With UGM, Indonesia's Leading Public University

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:31 am | ACN Newswire

Software AG today announced that it is forming a strategic partnership with Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM), Indonesia's leading public University, to drive digitalization in the Indonesian Government Sector and upskill students. There are two initial and ... More >>

Oxfam Prepares Response To Beirut Blast

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:27 am | Oxfam

Oxfam is working with local partners to assess how it can help those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the Beirut explosion. Oxfam is extremely concerned about the ability of communities in Beirut, and the rest of Lebanon, to recover from ... More >>

UN Experts: Sanctions Proving Deadly During COVID Pandemic, Humanitarian Exemptions Not Working

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:18 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

People in countries under sanctions cannot protect themselves against COVID-19 or get life-saving treatment if they fall ill because humanitarian exemptions to the sanctions are not working, UN human rights experts* said today. “Sanctions are ... More >>

Build An Inclusive, Just, And Safe Tomorrow. Onward With Our Struggle For Self-Determination!

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 5:48 am | IPMSDL

RECLAIM THE FUTURE: Build an Inclusive, Just, and Safe Tomorrow. Onward with Our Struggle for Self-Determination! In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, let us declare our resolve to reclaim the future! Let ... More >>

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Defeated Northern Mystics 51-47 In Invercargill

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 5:36 am | ANZ Premiership

Image copyright Michael Bradley Photography The Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel celebrated their long-awaited return to Invercargill by producing an upset 51-47 win over the high-flying Northern Mystics on Friday, in an outing that had plenty ... More >>

"Slow To No Internet" In Kashmir

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 5:31 am | Access Now

On Wednesday, human rights advocates marked a grim anniversary: it has now been a full year since government authorities ordered an internet blackout in Jammu and Kashmir, and residents continue to suffer . Students struggle to learn. Journalists ... More >>

Philippines: Uphold Our Constitutional Rights, Defend National Minorities! Junk The Anti-Terror Law!

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 5:09 am | SANDUGO

Press Statement: August 7, 2020 Reference: Beverly Longid, Council Member Aya Santos, Public Info Desk We, indigenous and Bangsamoro people of the Republic of the Philippines, stand before the Supreme Court today with a petition and a prayer. Through these, ... More >>

IPMSDL Joins PH IP, Moro in filing petition against the Philippines'Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:03 pm | IPMSDL

Two days before the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP), International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joins the filing of petition against the Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 ... More >>

HSI Calls On Commonwealth To Revoke Cairns Flying-Fox Eviction Approval

Friday, 7 August 2020, 6:24 pm | Humane Society International

Humane Society International (HSI) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to immediately put a stop to the harassment of spectacled flying-foxes in Cairns by revoking the approval for Cairns Regional Council to "relocate” the Endangered ... More >>

‘Immediate humanitarian assistance’ to support Beirut

Friday, 7 August 2020, 9:41 am | United Nations

The response to Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut requires global support in order to “surmount the devastating impact” of the crisis facing the Lebanese people, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country said on Thursday. More >>

OpenMedia Calls For Federal Investigation Of Today’s Internet Outage

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:51 am | OpenMedia

At approximately 11:40 AM EDT on Thursday critical network infrastructure run by Bell and Telus failed across Ontario and Québec, stranding millions of Eastern Canadians without Internet connections during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. “What ... More >>

Cross-border Links Between Terrorists, Organized Crime, Underscore Need For Coherent Global Response

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:31 am | UN News

The nexus between terrorism and organized crime took centre stage in the Security Council on Thursday, with experts raising fresh concerns over opportunistic alliances emerging among belligerents who share a hostility towards national authorities, and ... More >>

New Humanitarian Air Service Boosts COVID-19 Response In The Pacific

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:29 am | UN News

The UN is delivering vital medical supplies, to support COVID-19 response efforts in the Pacific. WFP/Allan Stephen A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea ... More >>

Human Rights Groups Appeal To President Lukashenko Of Belarus To #KeepItOn During Elections

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

Access Now, together with 39 international rights groups, including members of the #KeepItOn coalition — a global network of human rights organizations that work to end internet shutdowns — and partners in Belarus, is urgently calling on President ... More >>

WTO Members Push For Increased Transparency On COVID-19 Measures In Farm Trade

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:21 am | World Trade Organisation

At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture on 28 July, WTO members posed a record number of questions about each other’s farm measures. Australia and other members called for enhanced transparency on COVID-19 measures. In the subsequent information ... More >>

Security Council Condemns ‘Heinous And Cowardly’ Terrorist Attack In Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:18 am | UN News

Members of the UN Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack at a prison complex in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday, that left at least 29 people – including civilians – dead. Many more were wounded in the ... More >>

Yemen: Journalists Under Attack From All Quarters, Says Bachelet

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:15 am | OHCHR

The UN’s human rights chief said today she is appalled by the high number of human rights violations against journalists across Yemen - including killings, disappearances and death sentences in violation of international human rights law. Since the start ... More >>

Indigenous Peoples And Moro To File Petition At Supreme Court Vs. Terror Law in Philippines

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:41 am | IPMSDL

A group of indigenous and Moro leaders representing different communities from all over the Philippines, with civil society leaders, will be filing a petition against the Anti-Terrorism law at the Supreme Court on 7 August (Friday), in Manila. The ... More >>

COVID-19: Over 6,650 Detainees In The Pacific Region Receive Assistance

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:19 am | ICRC

Communications programme - Marshall Islands Red Cross Small Pacific Island Nations are highly vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters and pandemics. With its long experience working on humanitarian issues in prisons, including advising on ... More >>

Government Support Measures For Households Buffer The Economic Impacts Of COVID-19

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:15 am | OECD

Despite a 2.0% fall in real GDP per capita, in the OECD area in the first quarter of 2020, real household income per capita, which provides a better picture of changes in households’ economic well-being, grew by 0.1%. Read the full release . See the ... More >>

Op-ed On 75th Anniversary Of Nuclear Weapon Bombings At Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 8:44 pm | ICRC

No one will come to help: Why we must prevent a nuclear catastrophe Op-ed co-authored by Vincent Ochilet, Head of ICRC Regional Delegation in the Pacific and Niamh Lawless, Secretary General of New Zealand Red Cross Today marks the 75th anniversary of the ... More >>

Delivering Vital Med Supplies, Humanitarian Air Service Boosts COVID Response Efforts In The Pacific

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 6:14 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Forum – United Nations World Food Progamme Joint News Release 06 August 2020 NADI, Fiji – Countries and territories of the Pacific Islands and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached a milestone today with the More >>

Piñera And His Authoritarian Government, Human Right Violations Continuous

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:07 pm | Ivan Ojeda

Author: Iván Ojeda Pereira. Sociology student, University of Chile. Research assistant, Sociology department at the University of Chile. Performs activities of teaching support and research in the Institution of Public Affairs and the Social Science ... More >>

Advocates Call On Congress To Fund Elections Immediately

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:36 pm | The Leadership Conference

From: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Rep. Sewell, Calif. Secretary of State Padilla join civil rights leaders to mark the 55th anniversary of Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON - Civil rights advocates hosted ... More >>

Mitch McConnell's GOP Is Destroying America

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:31 pm | Common Dreams

Time and again, Trump and the Republicans have shown that they only care about two things: their wealthy donors and corporate backers. by Robert Reich "For the bulk of this crisis, McConnell called the Senate back into session only to confirm ... More >>

'Solidarity' From Around The World As Beirut Reels After Disaster

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:27 pm | Common Dreams - Eoin Higgins

'Solidarity' From Around the World as Beirut Reels After Disaster Leaves 300,000 Displaced, 100 Dead, Over 4,000 Injured "Really heartbreaking to watch what happened in Beirut. Thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating ... More >>

75 years after the bomb

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:29 pm | United Nations

At a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan on Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which devastated the city in 1945. More >>

Independent Rights Experts Call On India To Remedy ‘alarming’ Situation In Jammu And Kashmir

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:21 am | UN News

Friday prayers in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. © John Isaac UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in India’s Jammu and Kashmir, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there. The appeal comes a year ... More >>

Save The Children Urges For Children Hit By Beirut Blast To Be Reunited With Relatives

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:19 am | Save The Children

As stories emerge of children being separated from their parents after the explosion in Beirut, Save the Children is calling for the safety and wellbeing of children and their reunification with relatives to be a key part of the response. Jad Sakr, ... More >>

WTO Report Draws Attention To Impact Of COVID-19 Trade Disruptions On Women

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:09 am | World Trade Organisation

Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new information note from the WTO Secretariat. The paper points to how governments’ ... More >>

2nd Stimulus Deal Can Happen, Stock Market Rally Focuses On US-China Tensions; Gold At Record High

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:48 am | Naeem Aslam

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average futures are maintaining their gains for this week and trading higher today. Investors are some hopeful that about the progress being made for the next stimulus package. However, there is also a tone ... More >>

FFC Adopts The FFA Regional PSM Framework

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:00 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

HONIARA, 5th August 2020 – THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) has successfully sanctioned the regional Port State Measure (PSM) framework at its 114th meeting held in June. According to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s ... More >>

TANAKA Selected In Ministry Of Economy, Trade, And Industry's 2020 Global Niche Top Companies

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 4:20 pm | ACN Newswire

Recognized for TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo's leading share of the global market for fuel cell catalysts TOKYO, Aug 5, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - TANAKA Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Koichiro Tanaka) ... More >>

Critical Outlooks Of The Community Approach To Global Development

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:27 am | Yossef Ben-Meir

Systems devised to organize local community participation in development emerged more than 70 years ago as a means to address poverty by involving people in designing their own initiatives and activities. Today, the people-driven approach to development ... More >>

UN Experts Call For Urgent Action To Remedy 'Alarming' Human Rights Situation In Jammu And Kashmir

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:16 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A year after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, UN human rights experts* today called on India and the international community to take urgent action to address the alarming human rights situation in the territory. “Urgent action ... More >>

South Sudan Refugee, Athlete, Olympian Is Newest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:12 am | UN News

Yiech Pur Biel has been named as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. © UNHCR/Tobin Jones A track and field athlete from South Sudan who was forced to flee conflict as a child was on Tuesday named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR . Yiech ... More >>

UN Censures ‘heinous Attacks’ In Lake Chad Basin

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:09 am | UN News

Conflict over many years has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in north-east Cameroon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The Secretary-General strongly condemned “heinous attacks” against civilians in the Lake Chad Basin, a UN spokesperson ... More >>

Work Of Human Rights Treaty Bodies At Risk, Warn UN Committee Chairs

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:04 am | OHCHR

Chairpersons of the 10 UN committees that monitor the implementation of international human right treaties have called on States to properly support their work, warning that the current underfunding is set to affect upcoming review meetings from September ... More >>