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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 >>

ECXX Secures RMO Sandbox Approval From MAS; To Launch Asset-based Digital Securities Exchange

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:40 am | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Aug 4, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - ECXX Global Pte. Ltd. (ECXX), a pioneer in operating a digital asset exchange using blockchain technology, is pleased to announce that it has secured admission from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) ... More >>

Clifford Chance Advises On Bangladesh's Largest Independent Gas-Fired Power Generation Project

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:34 am | Clifford Chance

Singapore and Tokyo : Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised Asian Development Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and commercial banks MUFG Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, ... More >>

OECD Annual Inflation Picks Up To 1.1% In June 2020

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:20 am | OECD

Annual inflation in the OECD area picked up to 1.1% in June 2020, compared with 0.7% in May, after four consecutive months of decline. Energy prices decreased less in June (minus 9.5%) than in May (minus 13.7%) and food price inflation picked up ... More >>

MHPS Receives Contract For AQCS Equipment For A Chemical Plant In Poland

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 7:02 pm | JCN Newswire

Advanced Technology to Comply with the Latest European Environmental Regulations Completion and handover scheduled for October 2022, with MHPS providing all core components including wastewater treatment equipment World-leading market share and ... More >>

Ian Powell: Cuba’s Fight Against Covid-19 Is Impressive, Even Compared To NZ’s

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:17 pm | The Democracy Project

Health commentator Ian Powell – formerly the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – visited Cuba earlier this year, learning about their health system, and says the country has now done extremely well in combating ... More >>

Refugee Moved To High Security After Speaking Out On Covid-19 – Four Now On Hunger Strike

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 5:08 am | The Refugee Action Collective

“Four refugees in immigration detention in Brisbane, Farhad Ramahti, Mehdi, Mehrzad and Adnan are on hunger strike in protest at the apparent punishment of Adnan for his complaints over staff failure to use personal, protective equipment (PPE) and ... More >>

In First-Ever Global Assessment, Over 500 New Dams Planned Within Protected Areas

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 5:06 am | WWF

Two hydropower projects are threatening Natura 2000 sites in Romania: one in Defileul Jiului National Park and the other in Răstolia. Dams are one of the main factors in the 76% collapse in freshwater migratory fish populations since 1970. 509 dams ... More >>

Think Centre's Concerns On Distressed Migrant Workers During The Pandemic

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:57 am | Think Centre

Migrant workers are undeniably one of the biggest groups affected by the COVID-19 since it broke out among the dormitories in early April. Early control measures involved the massive shifting of many workers out of their dormitories to other government-designated ... More >>

US-China Tensions Escalate While Investors Await More Stimulus Help; Corona Cases Spike Again In US

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:54 am | Naeem Aslam

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average futures are starting the month of August on the back foot as investors are concerned about the U.S.-China tensions and surge in coronavirus cases. Traders are somewhat optimistic about the economic ... More >>

Thailand: Drop Case Against Angkhana Neelapaijit And Other Women Human Rights Defenders

Monday, 3 August 2020, 6:11 pm | Fortify Rights

Court set to consider case on August 4 (BANGKOK, August 3, 2020)—Thai authorities should ensure their commitment to protect human rights defenders from judicial harassment and drop cases brought by Thai chicken company Thammakaset Company Limited, said ... More >>

GOP Proposes Legal Immunity For Corporations, No Funding For States, Slashes Unemployment Benefits

Monday, 3 August 2020, 4:16 pm | Common Dreams - Jake Johnson

'Utter Disgrace': GOP Proposes Legal Immunity for Corporations, $0 in Funding for States, and Deep Cuts to Unemployment Benefits "Republicans have wasted months coming up with a proposal that, remarkably, would make the pandemic and economic ... More >>

'Unacceptable, Un-American, And Unconstitutional': Six Mayors Demand Congress Block Federal Agents

Monday, 3 August 2020, 4:09 pm | Common Dreams - Eoin Higgins

'Unacceptable, Un-American, and Unconstitutional': Six Mayors Demand Congress Block Federal Agents From US Cities "This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end." by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Six mayors ... More >>

Weaponizing Covid-19

Monday, 3 August 2020, 7:44 am | Lois Griffiths

Cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff. The whole world, every country on every continent, is preoccupied with taking desperate steps to protect their own people from Covid-19, is preoccupied with worries about how their societies can recover ... More >>

Oxfam Concerned With The Recent Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Monday, 3 August 2020, 7:27 am | Oxfam

Oxfam in PNG with its local partners is deeply concerned with the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The recent increase within the communities exposes many people, particularly the most vulnerable, to ... More >>

MAL Team Visits Adaliua Farm, Pays Courtesy Call To Malaita Premier

Sunday, 2 August 2020, 5:03 pm | Solomon Islands MAL

A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has visited Adaliua farm in Central Kwara’ae Malaita Province from 15th-17th July 2020. Chief Administration Officer, Hubert Gua headed the team, which consisted of Farm Manager, James Ernest, ... More >>

No End In Sight To COVID Crisis, And Its Impact Will Last For ‘decades To Come’

Sunday, 2 August 2020, 7:52 am | UN News

A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a patient at a hospital in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking Expressing “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts”, the emergency committee ... More >>

Oxfam PNG Concerned With The Recent Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Sunday, 2 August 2020, 3:56 am | Oxfam PNG

Oxfam in PNG with its local partners is deeply concerned with the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The recent increase within the communities exposes many people, particularly the most vulnerable, to ... More >>

Pacific Climate Warriors Leading A Just Recovery

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 2:36 pm |

Today marks a significant milestone for global climate activism as 30 Pacific Climate Warriors graduate from the Pacific Pawa Up Fellowship (PPUF), a 12-week online training initiative designed to coach Pacific climate activists by equipping them with essential ... More >>

South Africa: COVID-19 Pandemic Raises The Urgency Of Structural Reforms

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:45 am | OECD

South Africa responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the sharp drop in activity adds to long-standing challenges and raises the urgency of structural reforms, according to a new OECD report released today. In the latest Economic Survey of South Africa ... More >>

UN Experts: Turkey Should Preserve Hagia Sophia As Space For Meeting Of Cultures

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:43 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul should be maintained as an inter-cultural space reflecting the diversity and complexity of Turkey and its history, and preserving the outstanding universal value which resulted in its World Heritage Status, say two UN human rights ... More >>

Book Club: Join David Swanson To Read And Discuss His Book War Is A Lie

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:41 am | World Beyond War

Have you not yet read or would like to revisit David Swanson’s book War Is A Lie ? Still as timely and urgently needed now as it was when it was first published, this is a unique opportunity to read and discuss the book with the author himself. ... More >>

Why We Must Support Plans For A New Reentry Center In DC

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:34 am | National News Releases

By Barrington Salmon Advocates, faith leaders and members of the community in DC have long called for the nation's capital to build a more compassionate, holistic and effective model for providing social services to the men, women and young people ... More >>

Introducing The New

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:31 am | CARE USA

75 years ago, out of crisis, came hope when in the shadow of World War II, a small group of Americans mobilized to help millions of Europeans with a simple but powerful idea: the world’s first CARE Package®. CARE has been the brand of American generosity ... More >>

US Dept Of Homeland Security Created Intel Reports On Journalists

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:27 am | Reporters Without Borders

US Department of Homeland Security created intel reports on journalists, instructed officers on how to arrest and tear gas press without liability Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has compiled ... More >>

Webinar Series On Refugees In Thailand

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:23 am | Fortify Rights

Wednesday, August 5 Special Session: Voices from the Field: Myanmar Refugees Living on the Thailand-Myanmar Border *NOTE: This is a supplemental session organized following technical difficulties during the July 15 session to discuss the situation of Myanmar ... More >>

Hua Hong Semiconductor Relies On '8-inch+12-inch' Strategy To Accelerate Development In IGBT Market

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:18 am | ACN Newswire

Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd ( 1347.HK ), a global, leading specialty pure-play foundry, announced that it will fully cooperate with IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) product customers to shape the IGBT ecosystem. The IGBT chips with market competitiveness ... More >>

MHPS To Change Company Name To "Mitsubishi Power"

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:16 am | JCN Newswire

YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 31, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, announced on April 24, 2020, that it will change its name to "Mitsubishi Power, Ltd." in conjunction ... More >>

Gender Stereotypes Plaguing The Pandemic Response

Friday, 31 July 2020, 4:48 pm | Shobha Shukla

As per a recent news, a senior bureaucrat in Lucknow said, "The increase in female infection (of COVID-19) ratio is a clear indication that women are going out in the market and not following the precautions [for COVID-19 prevention]". ... More >>

Let’s Build Back Better Conference – Monday 3 August, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Friday, 31 July 2020, 4:40 pm | British High Commission

On Monday the British High Commission, in collaboration with Diplosphere, will be hosting our ‘Let’s Build Back Better’ event at Te Papa. This will bring together leading decision makers and thinkers from around New Zealand to discuss how we can ... More >>

UN Expert Urges Mali To Step Up Efforts To Find And Free Opposition Leader

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:57 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN expert on human rights in Mali today called on that West African country to step up efforts to find and free abducted opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé, who was abducted more than four months ago, on 25 March. “It is disturbing that ... More >>

The Netherlands: Reunite Refugee Family With Their Children, Don’t Deport The Parents

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:53 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The Netherlands must refrain from deporting two Ugandan refugee parents and their baby because it would separate them forever from their other children, UN human rights experts*said today. They expressed serious concerns over the Dutch Immigration and ... More >>

U.N. Special Rapporteurs Warn Of Closing Digital Space Amid COVID-19 At RightsCon Online

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:51 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes a new statement from U.N. Special Rapporteurs warning of increased closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and embraces their commitment to continue to document the intersection of technology within their mandates. The ... More >>

U.N. Special Rapporteurs Warn Of Closing Digital Space Amid Covid-19 At RightsCon Online

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:47 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes a new statement from U.N. Special Rapporteurs warning of increased closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and embraces their commitment to continue to document the intersection of technology within their mandates. The ... More >>

UN Experts Warn Of Closing Digital Space Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:29 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today warned of increased patterns of closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic. UN Special Rapporteurs* attending the annual RightsCon conference on human rights in the digital age, the first fully online, stressed that ... More >>

Kyrgyzstan: Death Of Human Rights Defender Azimjan Askarov A Stain On Country’s Reputation

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:11 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The death in prison of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, who for 10 years had unsuccessfully challenged his life sentence, shows a cruel disregard for human rights in Kyrgyzstan, says a UN human rights expert. “I was deeply saddened to hear the ... More >>

Exploitation Of Desperate Workers Should Never Be The ‘New Normal’, Says UN Expert

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:09 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2020 The rampant exploitation of vulnerable workers, including many women and children, has increased alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic and urgent new measures are needed at the international ... More >>

Bachelet Alarmed By Threats Against Prominent Iranian NGO

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:06 am | UN Human Rights Office

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said today she was alarmed by the Iranian Government’s increased pressure on a prominent civil society group working on poverty and social protection, and the arrest of its founding member. ... More >>

Urs Meisterhans Joins Digital Transaction Limited’s Board Of Directors

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:52 am | Digital Transaction Limited

Digital Transaction Limited, an innovative blockchain start-up based in Hong Kong, is pleased to announce that Mr. Urs Meisterhans has been appointed as Board Member. Mr. Urs Meisterhans is based in Switzerland. Urs Meisterhans Mr. Meisterhans joins ... More >>

Lebanese Public Records Website Blocked Without Legal Basis

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:46 am | Euro-Med Monitor

The Lebanese security and judicial authorities continue to suppress public freedoms and restrict freedom of publication, especially with regard to publishing information and records about politicians or influential figures, the Euro-Mediterranean Human ... More >>

Killed For Gathering Snails In National Park: Indigenous Man Beaten To Death By Soldiers

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:33 am | Survival International

Others have houses burnt down by park rangers Raj Kumar Chepang © Rajes Ghimire, Kantipur Daily News A Chepang indigenous man in Nepal has reportedly been killed by soldiers after collecting snails in Chitwan National Park. Park authorities and ... More >>

Commonwealth Countries Must Act Urgently To Meet Modern Slavery Targets

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:29 am | Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth countries have made little progress towards their commitment to eradicate modern slavery by 2030, despite an estimated 1 in every 150 people in the Commonwealth living in conditions of modern slavery. Global anti-slavery organisation Walk Free ... More >>

Landmark Slovak Court Decision On Small Hydropower

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:20 am | WWF

Court Decision in Small Hydropower Case: The Public Interest Takes Precedent over Private Business The Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic definitively stopped the licensing of a small hydroelectric power plant in Žiar nad Hronom, Central Slovakia. ... More >>

HKTDC Entrepreneur Day: Start-ups Get Insights Into Overcoming Challenges

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:09 am | ACN Newswire

Futurist sheds light on 'new normal' at E-Day seminar HONG KONG, July 30, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Local start-ups have been rising to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with agility and creativity. This year's HKTDC Entrepreneur ... More >>

Made-in-Singapore Cancer Drug ETC-159 Advances Further In Clinical Trials

Friday, 31 July 2020, 6:04 am | ACN Newswire

First dose of ETC-159 administered in Phase 1B of clinical trials, advancing the development of this drug to treat solid tumours SINGAPORE, July 30, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Made-in-Singapore cancer drug, ETC-159, has achieved a new developmental milestone ... More >>

Wintermar Offshore (WINS:JK) Reports 1H2020 Results

Friday, 31 July 2020, 5:59 am | ACN Newswire

The COVID-19 pandemic and plunging oil prices cause contract postponement and cancellation, resulting in 17% YOY fall in Wintermar's 1H2020 revenue compared to 1H2019, with a gross loss of US$658,855 for the first half of 2020. --COVID-19 Pandemic Impact ... More >>

Roma Still Victims Of Hate Crimes, Decades After Mass Killings, Says UN Expert

Friday, 31 July 2020, 5:46 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2 August 2020 Intimidation and aggression directed at Roma minorities has risen alarmingly in recent years and States must do more to prevent hate crimes and incitement to violence against them, a UN human rights expert ... More >>

Pandemic Response In South-East Asia Must Address Rising Inequalities, Says New UN Report

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 5:43 pm | United Nations ESCAP

The United Nations has commended governments in South-East Asia for acting swiftly to stem the most serious health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robust regional cooperation, coordinated by ASEAN, has also resulted in South-East Asia reporting ... More >>

Revealed: A Third Of World’s Children Poisoned By Lead, UNICEF Analysis Finds

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 4:24 pm | UN News

Environmental pollution and degradation can be linked to a growing list of health conditions such as skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika. Photo credit: World Bank/Curt Carnemark Lead poisoning is ... More >>

Iraq: Yezidi Child Survivors Of ‘Islamic State’ Facing Unprecedented Health Crisis

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 1:45 pm | Amnesty International

Almost 2,000 Yezidi children who have returned to their families after being held captive by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are facing a physical and mental health crisis, Amnesty International warned in a new report published ... More >>