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How Will India Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine For 'Public Health Use' By 15 August 2020?

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 7:34 am | Shobha Shukla

The news gives us tremendous hope that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is aiming to introduce India's first indigenous vaccine against COVID-19 for "public health use" by 15 August 2020 (India's Independence Day). This could be a scientific ... More >>

'Terror Bill' Signed Into Law; 'Legalised' Indigenous Peoples And Human Rights Violations Feared

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 7:28 am | IPMSDL

The human rights nightmare has now a face with the newly signed Anti-Terrorism Bill, international Indigenous Peoples (IP) group said, as the Philippine government announced that President Rodrigo Duterte finally signed the bill into law on June 2. “If ... More >>

The July 4 Joint Declaration

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 7:22 am | NZ DPRK Society

This year marks the 48 th anniversary of the Joint Declaration signed by senior officials of the two Koreas on 4th July 1972. The DPRK has commemorated this agreement by noting that ‘The July 4th Joint Statement clarified three principles of independence, ... More >>

Iran: UN Rights Experts Condemn Secret Execution Of Kurdish Political Prisoner

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:13 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today expressed outrage at reports of Iran’s secret execution of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a member of the Kurdish minority in the country. The execution reportedly took place on 11 May in a military base in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan ... More >>

UN Rights Office Expresses Alarm At Hong Kong Arrests Under New Security Law

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:06 pm | UN News

Unsplash/Man Chung | The skyline of Hong Kong harbour The UN human rights office, OHCHR , has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region ... More >>

Sea Shepherd Asks US Court To Immediately Ban NZ Seafood Imports

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:45 am | Sea Shepherd NZ

Sea Shepherd filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction yesterday in the U.S. Court of International Trade relating to its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, NOAA Fisheries, and the Treasury Department. The ... More >>

The Beginning Of The End

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:36 am | David Swanson

The Beginning or the End may have been the beginning of the end. If you imagine humanity existing a century from now in a society that includes history classes, you can expect, barring major changes, that U.S. text books will describe this as ... More >>

Saudi Arabia Eyes Total Dominance In Oil And Gas

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:11 am |

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz claimed last week that the Kingdom will be the world's biggest hydrocarbon producer "even" in 2050. "I can assure that Saudi Arabia will not only be the last producer, but Saudi Arabia ... More >>

Euro-Med Monitor Welcomes Sweden’s Migration Minister’s Response On Asylum Seekers During Covid-19

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:02 am | Euro Med Monitor

We welcome measures undertaken by Sweden to ensure access to health care for vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers, including rejected applicants, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement today. In a ... More >>

Appointment Of New UN FAO Asst Director-General & Regional Representative For Asia & The Pacific

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 6:22 pm | UN FAO

ADG-RR RAP Jong-Jin Kim ROME/BANGKOK: The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, has appointed Jong-Jin Kim as Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, ... More >>

Moruroa: 54th Anniversary Of First Nuclear Bomb Detonation

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:09 pm | Peace Movement Aotearoa

Today is the 54th anniversary of France’s first nuclear bomb detonation in French Occupied Polynesia, the first in a total of 193 bomb “tests” at Mororua and Fangataufa from 1966 to 1996 which left a toxic radioactive legacy that continues to cause immense ... More >>

ESET Promotes Parvinder Walia To President Of Asia Pacific & Japan

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 12:10 pm | ESET Software

Singapore, July 2, 2020 - ESET , a global leader in cybersecurity, has named Parvinder Walia as President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) to oversee the continued expansion and development of the business in the region. Parvinder will be responsible ... More >>

ChildFund And MFAT Partnership To Have A Positive Impact In Pacific Communities And Southeast Asia

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:29 am | ChildFund

ChildFund New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have today announced a partnership to increase the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children, youth and their families in the Pacific and Southeast Asia region. More >>

Tearing Down The Idols Of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 8:06 am | Ramzy Baroud

The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades ... More >>

RSF Reiterates Call For Charges Against Julian Assange To Be Dropped As US Issues New Indictment

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7:25 am | Reporters Without Borders

vvvReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the US Department of Justice’s issuing of a new superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - the latest in a long series of US government attempts to manipulate legal loopholes and undermine ... More >>

Transparency Talks: Video Conferencing And VoIP Platforms Must Put Users' Privacy First

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7:16 am | Access Now

After pressing Zoom to issue regular transparency reports revealing government requests for user data, today, Access Now calls on other video conferencing platforms to release or update similar reports clarifying exactly how they protect personal user data ... More >>

Reading For Wildlife Campaign Brings Together Authors, Artists, Conservationists To Raise Awareness

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7:02 am | Reading For Wildlife

July sees the launch of the ‘Reading for Wildlife’ campaign, a month-long book reading for children and adults to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and the impact of Covid-19 on wildlife and communities. London-based author Zella ... More >>

Myanmar Citizens Bank To Issue MPU-JCB Co-Branded Debit Card In Myanmar

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:35 pm | ACN Newswire

Yangon and Tokyo, July 1, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB Bank), a listed company on the Yangon Stock Exchange in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary ... More >>

Israel/OPT: Unlawful "annexation" Plan Promotes ‘law Of The Jungle’ And Must Be Stopped

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:46 pm | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

The Israeli authorities must immediately abandon plans to further "annex" territory in the occupied West Bank which breach international laws and exacerbate decades of systematic human rights violations against Palestinians there, Amnesty ... More >>

Gold Miners Kill Two Yanomami Men, Fears Of Further Bloodshed

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 7:23 am | Survival International

Two Yanomami men have reportedly been killed by gold miners in northern Brazil, as a massive gold rush brings death, disease and pollution to South America’s largest relatively isolated tribe. The men were from the community of Xaruna near the Venezuelan ... More >>

Danube Day: Thousands Of Critically Endangered Beluga Sturgeon Released Into The Danube

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:32 am | WWF

Beluga Sturgeon. Photo: WWF Bulgaria Over 7000 Beluga Sturgeon have been released into the Danube River to mark Danube Day 2020 . Hundreds of people across Europe backed a WWF-Bulgaria crowdfunding appeal. Each one is now the proud parent of a ... More >>

APEC To Strengthen Supply Chains, Promote Digital Trade For Recovery

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:23 am | APEC

Trade and investment officials from APEC member economies affirmed their commitment to safeguard the smooth flow of supply chains, remove business uncertainties to trade and accelerate work in the digital economy in a bid to fast-track the economic recovery ... More >>

International Community Continues Making Progress Against Offshore Tax Evasion

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:22 am | OECD

The international community continues making tremendous progress in the fight against offshore tax evasion, as implementation of innovative transparency standards by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes moves countries ... More >>

Lebanon: Violations Against Journalists Won't Solve Economic Collapse

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:16 am | Euro Med Monitor

Lebanese authorities' continuous violations of media freedom and their targeting of media outlets, reporters and photojournalists is shameful, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. Any form of targeting of media outlets and their employees, ... More >>

China: National Security Law Must Not Become A Weapon Of Fear

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:29 pm | Amnesty International

Responding to today’s passing of a national security law for Hong Kong by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the head of Amnesty International’s China Team, Joshua Rosenzweig, said: "The passing of the national ... More >>

Save The Children: ‘This War On Children Needs To Stop Now’

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 9:12 am | Save The Children

Milan Dinic, Country Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan: ‘We’re horrified by the ongoing attacks in Afghanistan, which continue to take the innocent lives of children. The latest attack in Helmand, which reportedly killed at least 23 civilians ... More >>

Nearly Half Of UN Member Countries Have Obstructed Coronavirus Coverage

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:49 am | Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has registered violations of the media’s right to cover the coronavirus crisis in no fewer than 90 of the 193 UN member countries since the start of the pandemic. Governments must stop “blaming the messenger” ... More >>

Black Lives Matter: Commonwealth Nations Must Address Local Prejudices – CHRI

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:27 am | Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth nations need to recognise and address issues of systemic discrimination and unequal treatment in their own jurisdictions, with a sharp focus on policing and criminal justice systems, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has ... More >>

Pakistan: UN Experts Appalled By The Enforced Disappearance Of Activist Idris Khattak

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:17 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts welcomed today the disclosure by the Pakistani Government of the whereabouts of Idris Khattak, a leading human rights defender who went missing last year, yet strongly condemned his enforced disappearance. Khattak was last seen ... More >>

An Illuminating Farmer-to-Farmer Story In Morocco

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:11 am | Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir

Bill Nichols at the Women’s Cooperative of Tassa Ouirgane, Jan 2020 (HAF) Bill Nichols served as a volunteer consultant to the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) through the Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) for two weeks in January 2020. Originally from ... More >>

Bachelet Urges Israel To Halt West Bank Annexation Plans, Warning 'Shockwaves Will Last For Decades'

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 6:54 am | OHCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday added her voice to the wave of international and national calls on the Government of Israel not to proceed with its plans to illegally annex a swathe of occupied Palestinian ... More >>

A Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook And The Stop Hate For Profit Campaign

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 6:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

Rage can be that most trendy of things, and social media rage has become modish. If you dislike something, scream it in a certain number of characters and post it on every network you subscribe to. You might even feel good about it. When the pot ... More >>

COVID-19 Is An Opportunity To Reinvent Our Economies And Societies

Monday, 29 June 2020, 7:00 pm | APEC

By Emmanuel A. San Andres The year 2020 is one for the history books. It has given us an unprecedented worldwide health and humanitarian crisis, which has led to the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression almost a century ago. Even ... More >>

ICHRP To UN Human Rights Council: Vote For “Justice” In The Philippines

Monday, 29 June 2020, 6:10 pm | ICHRP

Global rights group calls for an independent international investigation on PH situation The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) appeals to all member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to support the UN High ... More >>

Sustainable Tourism And Fisheries Key To Growth In Post-COVID Pacific

Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:07 pm | UN ESCAP

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts More >>

Hey Congress, Move The Money

Monday, 29 June 2020, 6:51 am | David Swanson

The past month’s activism has changed a great deal. One thing it’s helped with is brushing aside the tired old argument over whether government should be big or small. In its place we have the much more useful argument over whether government ... More >>

Global K-Pop #BLACKPINK LIVE Comeback Party #TwitterBlueroom

Sunday, 28 June 2020, 4:37 pm | ACN Newswire

@BLACKPINK launch Tweet #HowYouLikeThat new release - Trends in 50 countries, Worldwide #1 SEOUL, KOREA, June 27, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Leading Global K-Pop band #BLACKPINK (@BLACKPINK) released their comeback single #HowYouLikeThat on June 26, 6PM KST, ... More >>

Fear And COVID-19 Stalk Children In The World’s Largest Refugee Settlement

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 5:18 pm | Save The Children

Lack of medical facilities compounds pandemic threat to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh By David Skinner Head of Save the Children’s Rohingya Response Junida Bibi's- daughter, Rehana- (9), sits by her bedside at Save the Children's Primary Health Care Centre ... More >>

Syrians ‘face Unprecedented Hunger Amid Impending COVID Crisis’

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:55 pm | UN News

© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman | A young boy photographed at Al-Hol refugee camp in the northeastern desert of Syria. (July 2019) Syrian communities devastated by years of civil war now face an “unprecedented” hunger crisis, just as urgent action ... More >>

‘Historic’ Caribbean Dust Storm Shows Value Of Forecast Services: UN Weather Agency

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:52 pm | UN News

WMO | A dust storm which originated in the Sahara in Africa has arrived in the Caribbean. A massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning ... More >>

UN Experts Call For Decisive Measures To Protect Fundamental Freedoms In China

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:50 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China their alarm regarding the repression of fundamental freedoms in China. They have denounced the repression of protest and democracy advocacy in the ... More >>

UN Marks 75-year Milestone Anniversary Of Founding Charter

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:46 pm | UN News

UN Photo/Yould | The UN Charter being signed by a delegation at a ceremony held at the Veterans’ War Memorial Building on 26 June 1945. The UN Charter “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a ... More >>

UN Probes ‘abhorrent’ Video Showing ‘likely’ Field Staffers Engaging In Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:38 pm | UN News

UN Photo/John Isaac | UNTSO Headquarters in Jerusalem The UN has launched an investigation into a video which surfaced on social media this week showing a clearly marked UN vehicle on a busy city street, while a woman straddles a man on the back seat engaging ... More >>

APE Announces Commencement Of New Business Activity

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:33 pm | ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, June 27, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - This announcement is made by Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited ("APE"; 8400.HK ) on a voluntary basis. The purpose of this announcement is to keep the shareholders of the Company and the ... More >>

Statement From Geoffrey N Shaw - Chairman, Fiji Airports - On The Untimely Demise Of CEO Faiz Khan

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:07 pm | Fiji Airports

I am personally devastated, and like all who knew him, grief stricken at the sudden passing of Fiji Airports CEO and my friend and colleague, Faiz Khan. To his dear wife Jaucinta and their two boys Omar and Rayn, we are so deeply sorry for your tragic ... More >>

Israel/OPT: EU Must Weigh In To Ensure Accountability As Annexation Looms, Says UN Expert

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 1:23 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – A UN human rights expert has urged the European Union to use its “economic weight, diplomatic expertise and aid, trade and investment leverage” to forestall looming Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank and ... More >>

580 Killed In Central Mali So Far In 2020 As Security Worsens – Bachelet

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 10:53 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – 580 civilians have been killed so far this year in central Mali, as a deteriorating security situation and widespread impunity undermine efforts to protect civilians, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said ... More >>

UN Experts Urge India To Release Protest Leaders

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 10:37 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN experts* today called on India to immediately release human rights defenders who have been arrested for protesting against changes to the nation’s citizenship laws. “These defenders, many of them students, appear to ... More >>

Domestic Markets For Asia-Pacific Airlines On Track For Recovery Through July, According To Cirium

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:33 pm | Cirium

Airlines serving large domestic markets are expected to see capacity bounce back to pre COVID-19 levels or even achieve growth. Recovery of carriers in Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region is critical to the near-term delivery aspirations of ... More >>

Remembering Faiz Khan

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:12 pm | Fiji Airports and Fiji Pine Group of Companies

Faiz Khan Fiji Airports and Fiji Pine Group have lost a visionary leader. He was one of Fiji’s finest Executive Chairman, Chairman and CEO. We have lost a dear friend and an amazing person who shaped the success of both organizations. We are ... More >>

“Free Speech” In The US Empire Is As Illusory As “Free-Range” Eggs

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:03 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

  In what Shadowproof 's Kevin Gosztola calls "a not-so-subtle effort to criminalize the journalism of an adversarial media organization that the United States has spent the last decade working to destroy," WikiLeaks founder Julian ... More >>

US Attacks Against The International Criminal Court A Threat To Judicial Independence – UN Experts

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:56 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The unprecedented decision by the United States Government to target and sanction individual staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence and could undermine victims’ access to ... More >>

OmniSci Marks Membership In TM Forum, Showcases Early Results Around 5G Business Resiliency

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:48 am | ACN Newswire

OmniSci, the pioneer in accelerated analytics, today announced a series of virtual events in connection with its recent membership in the TM Forum ( ), the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration. ... More >>

Public Services Are Essential To COVID-19 Response And For Fairer And Equitable World

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:43 am | Shobha Shukla

The United Nations marked this year's Public Service Day online celebrations by honouring the women and men who are risking their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. UN bestowed the UN Public Service ... More >>

Myanmar: Abide By International Landmine Clearance Standards

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 6:40 pm | Fortify Rights

Government announces plans for landmine clearance bodies (YANGON, June 25, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should end its use of antipersonnel landmines and commit to using international landmine clearance standards in demining operations, said Fortify ... More >>

Friends With Dignity Launches Little Friends Scholarship Program To Support DV Affected Kids

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 6:12 pm | Friends With Dignity

Australian Charity of the Year 2018, Friends With Dignity, has launched the seventh round of its Little Friends Scholarship program The program, which is an Australian-first, awards bi-annual monetary scholarships to children throughout Australia who have ... More >>

Protest Statement - STOP BOLSONARO!

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 3:44 pm | Brazilian Democrats in New Zealand Group

The whole world is facing an unprecedented crisis in recent human history, the Coronavirus Pandemic, with extremely serious consequences for human life, public health and the economy. In Brazil, this emergency is made much worse by an irresponsible President ... More >>

World Famous Game Reserve Suffers No Covid Poaching Casualties

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 10:49 am | Make Lemonade

One of the world’s most famous game reserves, Thula Thula in South Africa, has survived the covid pandemic without any loss of wild animal to poaching. Francoise Malby-Anthony, who runs the game reserve, told Make Lemonade in an exclusive interview ... More >>

Progressive Jews hail NZ censure of Israeli annexation

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 9:42 am | J-Link

J-LINK AOTEAROA, a group of New Zealand Jews, welcomed Aotearoa-New Zealand’s condemnation of Israel’s illegal plan to annex up to one third of the occupied West Bank in flagrant breach of international law. More >>

Forty Percent Of Rohingya Refugee Children Are Scared Of Dying Or Losing A Loved One To Covid

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 9:25 am | Save The Children

Save the Children poised to open new Isolation and Treatment Centre in Cox’s Bazaar to help treat the sick as cases continue to rise More >>