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Time to act: Governments urged to improve record

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:19 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (21 November 2019) – Governments are failing in their duty to protect people from human rights abuses by business and cannot put off action any longer, UN human rights experts have warned ahead of the largest global gathering on business and ... More >>

Measles Samoa Fund Appeal launched

Friday, 22 November 2019, 8:12 am | Edwin Puni

The MEASLES SAMOA FUND APPEAL was officially launched yesterday to support parents like Tuivale Puelua and Fa’aoso Matavale of Laulii who lost three children to measles, two-year-old son and their one-year-old twins, sister Tamara and brother Sale. Sixteen ... More >>

Iran: Desperate to dupe Europe

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:48 am | David N Neumann

On 30 October 2019, six strange tweets appeared on the internet which read, “Secretary-General of the French Presidency announced that the (opposition) People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI/MEK, will soon be expelled from France” More >>

Israeli settlements remain ‘flagrant violation’ of law

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:32 am | UN News

Regardless of any national policy declarations, Israeli settlement activities are “a flagrant violation under international law”, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process spelled out to the Security Council on Wednesday. More >>

UN experts urge States to strengthen protection for children

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:31 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (20 November 2019) – A number of States on Wednesday declare to the world their commitment to improve protection of children’s rights in the face of daunting challenges including discrimination, violence, exploitation and poverty. More >>

New Zealand firefighters assisting in New South Wales

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:30 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Twenty-six New Zealand firefighters are departing for Australia on Thursday (Thursday 21 November) to help fight the wild fires burning in New South Wales since the start of September. More >>

Egypt must free human rights lawyer detained

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:23 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (20 November 2019) – UN human rights experts* have criticised Egypt over the ongoing detention of lawyer and human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally, who has been cleared in court of all accusations against him but has now been charged with ... More >>

Prince Andrew to step back from public duties

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:23 am | Royal Family

It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities ... More >>

Belarus: UN expert deplores child jail sentences

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:22 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (20 November 2019) – A UN human rights expert on Belarus has expressed grave concerns about children serving sentences of up to 11 years in jail for drug-related offences. Since the age for criminal liability for these offences was lowered to ... More >>

Challenges and opportunities for logistics companies

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 9:05 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Nov 20, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Ongoing trade disputes and uncertainties around the globe, along with ever-changing trade and consumption patterns, present both challenges and opportunities to the logistics sector. These and related subjects ... More >>

Muslim Separatists' Attack is Bloodiest in 15 Years

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Suspected Muslim separatists attacked poorly defended road checkpoints killing at least 15 people, including five women, in the most deadly assault in several years in southern Thailand where more than 7,000 have died on ... More >>

Chester Borrows condemns the use of police cells for children

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 12:12 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International, Chester Borrows and JustSpeak call for action on Universal Children’s Day More >>

Strong exhibitor participation at Singapore Airshow

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 12:09 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Nov 20, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Underscoring a strong growth outlook for Asia's aerospace and defence industries, Singapore Airshow is pleased to share that over 95% of its exhibition space has been taken up for the upcoming 7th edition ... More >>

US pardons for accused war criminals

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 11:15 am | United Nations

A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the United Nations human ... More >>

Layla Dong, a Female Leader Rebuilding Traditional Finance

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 10:30 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SHANGHAI, Nov 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Growing up in China during the 1990s, Layla Dong, founder and CEO of Blockshine, witnessed the rush of economic development brought by the internet. For Ms. Dong, her experience has cemented a desire to ensure the ... More >>

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 9:04 am | UN News

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said. More >>

Children paying a high price for inequality

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:54 am | OECD

Rising income inequalities in OECD countries over the past two decades have hit vulnerable children hard, making it less likely they will fulfill their economic and social potential later in life, according to a new OECD report. More >>

Trump settlements announcement blatant disregard for law

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:53 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The statement by the Trump administration recognising Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian land shows blatant disregard for the rule of law, according to the ITUC. More >>

Monitor Condemns US Announcement on Israeli Settlements

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:51 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Last night, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the US no longer considers Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank to be inconsistent with international law. More >>

Notes on Iran, Hong Kong/China, Nicaragua, US, Israel

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:50 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Location: Geneva Date: 19 November 2019 Subject: (1) Iran (2) China/Hong Kong SAR (3) Nicaragua (4) United States (5) Israel/oPT 1) Iran We are deeply concerned by reported violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, including ... More >>

News note on measles outbreak in the Pacific

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:49 am | UNICEF

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than ... More >>

Convention on tourism ethics is major step

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:41 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / NEW YORK (19 November 2019) – UN experts on human rights * have urged all States to sign up to a framework convention on the ethics of tourism, which they hailed as an important step forward in combating the exploitation of children in ... More >>

Israeli settlements: UN expert condemns US decision

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:40 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (19 November 2019) – The announcement by the US Secretary of State that Israeli settlements do not violate international law is a decisive break with international consensus, and will only further entrench the perpetual Israeli occupation, a UN ... More >>

Reconciliation helps repair fractures, enable lasting peace

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:38 am | UN News

The UN Security Council this Tuesday has been debating what one activist labeled “the toughest and arguably most important part of the peace-building cycle”: reconciliation. More >>

UN ‘regrets’ new US position on Israeli settlements

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:36 am | UN News

The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing on Tuesday in New York, reacting ... More >>

Asian Logistics & Maritime Conference opens today

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 8:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Nov 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Nearly 70 experts and leaders from the logistics and maritime industries are speaking at the ninth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC), which opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition ... More >>

US Disregards International Law on Israeli Settlements

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1:26 pm | American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Washington, D.C. | | November 18, 2019 – Moments ago Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the  Trump Administration will no longer view Israeli settlements as against international law.  This is another step taken by the Trump ... More >>

MSC Appoints Soren Toft as CEO for Container Shipping

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 11:28 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE, Nov 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in transportation and logistics, is pleased to announce that Soren Toft will join as Chief Executive Officer. More >>

Libya ‘ever more in race against time’

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10:40 am | UN News

A recent resurgence of violence in Tripoli, means Libya is “ever more in a race against time” to reach peace, however, agreeing the way forward to ending the conflict “is a realistic prospect”, the top UN official in the country told the Security ... More >>

Trump administration is a threat to international peace and

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10:13 am | Palestine Liberation Organisation

The announcement made by US Secretary of State has no legal validity. More >>

Middle East countries discuss nuclear-free zone

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:55 am | United Nations

Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. More >>

Institute stunned by NZ support of bias against Israel

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:50 am | Israel Institute

Israel Institute of New Zealand co-director, Dr David Cumin, says he is stunned by New Zealand’s ongoing support of resolutions and actions which condemn Israel while turning a blind eye to real abuses in other nation states. More >>

Anti-terror measures ‘linked to spike in child detentions'

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:39 am | United Nations

More than 5.4 million children are detained around the world, rights experts said on Monday, highlighting “aggressive” State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security ... More >>

Wintermar secures 7-year contracts

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:22 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

JAKARTA, Nov 18, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Wintermar has signed agreements to provide 2 PSVs to provide deck and cargo supply runs to support the drilling operations of a major oil and gas company in Eastern Indonesia. More >>

One-third of Afghans need urgent humanitarian aid

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:11 am | UN News

Over the last three months (August to October 2019), around one-third of the Afghan population required urgent humanitarian action, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Alert, released on Monday, which declares ... More >>

UN, African Union make joint commitment to global health

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:10 am | UN News

In the drive towards universal health coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU) Commission cemented their mutual commitment to global health by signing on Monday an historic agreement. More >>

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:09 am | UN News

Although the world has made historic gains over the past three decades in improving children’s lives, urgent action is required if the poorest children are to feel the impact, a new UN report published on Monday warns. More >>

Awards for Disability Leadership Finalists announced

Monday, 18 November 2019, 5:27 pm | People with Disability Australia - PWDA

An outstanding field of 19 Finalists across 7 categories is announced today in the leadup to the National Awards for Disability Leadership, to be held via Global Live Webcast on 3 December 2019, International Day for People with Disabilities. Finalists ... More >>

Grand Ming Group Holdings Limited Announces Interim Results

Monday, 18 November 2019, 3:34 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Nov 18, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Grand Ming Group Holdings Limited (the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 1271.HK ) today announces its first half year results for the period ended 30 September 2019 ... More >>

The Foreign Interference Problem in Australian Universities

Monday, 18 November 2019, 9:09 am | Binoy Kampmark

Education has always been a political matter, whatever the apolitical advocates of it think it is. In Australia, it has proven sectarian, ideological, and skewed, often on the issue of funding. At the schooling level, private institutions receive ... More >>

Pacific States to meet in Fiji

Sunday, 17 November 2019, 1:17 pm | UNHCHR

Pacific States to meet in Fiji to help boost participation of Small Island Developing States with the United Nations’ premier human rights body More >>

Bachelet: Repression risks inflaming situation in Bolivia

Sunday, 17 November 2019, 12:55 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Bachelet says repression as well as unnecessary and disproportionate use of force risk inflaming situation in Bolivia More >>

Negotiations on regional drug plan

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 1:21 pm | United Nations

Bangkok (Thailand), 15 November 2019 – Ministers and senior officials from Mekong MOU countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have concluded two days of discussions ... More >>

Diversity is a form of wealth, not a factor of division

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:54 pm | United Nations

‘Diversity is a form of wealth, not a factor of division,’ UNESCO chief says ahead of International Day for Tolerance More >>

N committee condemns Israel 8 times, rest of world 0

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:52 pm | UN Watch

Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, chair of the UN General Assembly's committee on decolonization, which today condemned Israel in eight separate resolutions. GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2019 – A United Nations General Assembly committee today adopted ... More >>

Amazon Guardians respond to killing of Paulo Paulino

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:49 pm | Survival International

We’ve lost a great warrior in our fight. They murdered our friend, our brother, our tireless companion in the defence of the forest, Paulo Paulino “Lobo” Guajajara. More >>

ADC Condemns Israeli Siege on Gaza

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:46 pm | American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - ADC

Over the past three days, Israel has been indiscriminately bombarding and murdering Palestinians in Gaza. As of today, the Israeli military aerial attacks have killed 34 and injured more than 100 Palestinians; eight of the victims came from one family. ... More >>

Virgin Galactic Kicks Off Astronaut Readiness Program

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:42 pm | Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Kicks Off Astronaut Readiness Program Virgin Galactic has kicked off its Astronaut Readiness Program - the process of preparing Future Astronaut customers for their flights to space. As the first and only private company to have put humans ... More >>

Indian government scraps "dangerous" forest law after outcry

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:30 pm | Survival International

The Indian government has scrapped a plan to militarize its forests and open them up for commercial exploitation, after a national and international outcry. More >>

NetDragon Published White Paper on Education Technology

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:27 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that, the Company participated in the ... More >>

Renewing UNRWA mandate is a resounding victory

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:24 pm | PLO

“We welcome the overwhelming international support provided by UN Member states in the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee to the renewal of UNRWA’s mandate this Friday afternoon. This is a resounding victory for international law, justice, ... More >>

Palestine's declaration of independence under threat

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:23 pm | PLO

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: The universal values enshrined in Palestine's declaration of independence are under threat More >>

Concerns About Conditions of Irish Direct Provision Centres

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:18 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med Monitor Seriously Concerns About Inhumane Conditions of Irish Direct Provision Centres The Euro-Med Monitor expresses its serious concern over the alarming conditions of Irish refugee centres, which according to experts akin to prison-like conditions. More >>

Ruling on labelling of Israeli settlements products

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:16 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert welcomes ruling on labelling of Israeli settlements products by European Court of Justice More >>

Mali: UN expert embarks on fourth visit after fresh violence

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 12:14 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 November 2019) – The UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Mali, Alioune Tine, will visit the country from 19-28 November 2019. More >>

Kacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site

Friday, 15 November 2019, 7:21 pm | Kacific

Kacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, FL. 14 November 2019 – The Kacific1 communications satellite, built by Boeing, has arrived at SpaceX facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it ... More >>

Measles in the Pacific – Expert Q&A

Friday, 15 November 2019, 11:06 am | Science Media Centre

The established outbreaks in Samoa and Tonga have been getting steadily worse, and this week has seen six people quarantined in Fiji and a health emergency declared in American Samoa . More >>

NZ parliamentary group at population summit in Nairobi

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:30 am | Family Planning

Members of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD), a cross-party parliamentary group that focuses on sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), the rights of women and development issues in the Pacific region, ... More >>

Qatar needs urgent paradigm shift to protect people

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:11 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

DOHA / GENEVA (14 November 2019) – There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in Qatar to guarantee the right of every individual to personal liberty, as well as independent and effective judicial control over detention, the UN Working Group ... More >>

Business as Usual: Evo Morales and the Coup Condition

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:09 am | Binoy Kampmark

There is an inherent bestiality in the politics of the Americas that signals coup, assassination and disruption. No state is ever allowed to go through what is weakly called a transition, except over corpses, tortures and morgues. When a social experiment ... More >>