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Conflict, climate change increase ‘desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish’, says UN chief

July 30, 2019 - To mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed that “human trafficking is a...

AIDA: Communities request international support to save Bolivia’s Poopó and Uru Uru lakes

La Paz, Bolivia, July 30, 2019. Local communities along with a coalition of organizations request that the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for the protection...

UN: New ‘List of Shame’ Shortchanges Children

New York, July 30, 2019 – The United Nations secretary-general omitted countries responsible for grave violations against children in armed conflict in his new...

Michelle Bachelet on killing of indigenous leader in Amapá, Brazil

“The murder of Emrya Wajãpi, leader of the indigenous Wajãpi people, is tragic and reprehensible in its own right. It is also a disturbing...

The Elders warn of escalating nuclear tensions following termination of INF Treaty

July 28, 2019 - The Elders warned today that the imminent termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and...

World’s biggest public lender to end fossil fuel finance

Kirchberg, Luxembourg, July 26, 2019 -  Today the European Investment Bank published a draft policy that, if accepted by EU finance ministers in September,...

UN human rights experts call on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian homes in...

GENEVA July 26, 2019 - Two UN human rights experts have condemned Israel’s demolition of 10 buildings comprising approximately 70 housing units in Sur...

Increasing airstrike casualties in Syria being ignored – Bachelet

GENEVA July 26, 2019 - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet rang the alarm Friday at the apparent international indifference to...

Germany freezes funding to WWF following human rights abuse in Congo

July 25, 2019 - The German government has frozen funding to WWF following a series of investigations by Buzzfeed revealing that the charity funds, equips, and works directly with...

New Report: Refugee Women Could Generate up to $1.4 Trillion to Annual Global GDP

New York, NY, July 25, 2019 — In accessing paid, decent work, refugee women face restrictive labor market laws, increased threat of violence, discrimination,...

Shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 people

Tunis, July 25, 2019 — A shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 refugees and migrants, the most recent incident...

Somalia needs ongoing international help to tackle rights challenges, says UN expert

GENEVA / MOGADISHU July 25, 2019 - The international community must continue to help Somalia strengthen its institutions and the justice and security sector...

Brexit: An orderly exit is in the interests of both parties

July 24, 2019 - European Parliament’s newly constituted Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt met with EU negotiator on 24 July following the...

One Year Later, Backers of Collapsed Laos Dam Must Be Held Accountable

July 23, 2019: One year after the devastating collapse of saddle dam D of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project in southern Laos, none...

Unsustainable fishing and hunting for bushmeat driving iconic species to extinction – IUCN Red...

Gland, Switzerland, July 18, 2019  – Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat...

Italy: UN experts condemn criminalisation of migrant rescues

GENEVA, July 18, 2019 - UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German...

Why the Rush for Seabed Mining? Intrigue, Collusion and Interesting Bedfellows

July 17, 2019 - Start-up companies are driving a speculative rush for seabed minerals in an unholy alliance with the very UN body charged...

UN Refugee Agency deeply concerned about new U.S. asylum restrictions

July 16, 2019 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing...

US Objects to New Global Rules to Better Control Exports of Contaminated and Mixed...

Seattle, WA. July 15, 2019 - The US is the sole member of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -- the group...

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 July 2019 – 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as...