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UNHCR underscores humanitarian imperative for refugees as new U.S. rules announced

GENEVA, March 6, 2017 - In light of today’s Executive Order regarding U.S. refugee resettlement, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, underscores that refugees are...

Israel’s New Travel Ban is Neither Jewish nor Democratic, Says Peace Now

March 6, 2017 - Today the Knesset passed a new law barring entry from boycott supporters. It is important to note that the law...

Israel: ACRI, Peace Now and Yesh Din Petition the High Court against the Expropriation...

March 5, 2017 - ACRI, Peace Now and Yesh Din submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice today, on behalf of 27...

Bangladesh law allowing child brides may legitimize rape – charities

DHAKA/NEW DELHI, March 2, 2017 - A new Bangladeshi law that lets under-age girls marry their rapists for "the greater good of the adolescent"...

War crimes committed by all parties in battle for Aleppo – UN-mandated inquiry on...

March 1, 2017 - The battle late last year for control over Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo was a stage of unrelenting violence, with civilians on...

Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

March 2, 2017 - The United Nations human rights chief reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in...

Iraq: Civilian casualty figure for February tops 1,000 – UN reports

March 2, 2017 - More than 1,000 civilians were killed or injured last month in Iraq, the United Nations mission in the country has...

Doctors Without Borders Reiterates Critical Medical Need for Reproductive Health Services

NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 2017—As the “She Decides” initiative formally kicks off in Brussels today, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is stressing the...

The World Demands Justice for the Murder of Berta Cáceres

March 2, 2017 - On March 2, 2016, Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, an organizer with the Lenca people’s resistance in Honduras, was murdered despite...

Survival International launches boycott of notorious ‘shoot on sight’ National Park

March 2, 2017 - Survival International has launched a boycott of Kaziranga National Park in India – notorious for its “shoot on sight” conservation...

Legislators attempt to mine Amazon’s riches

SAO PAULO, March 2, 2017 - Environment campaigners in Brazil say attempts by legislators to reduce the extent of protected land in Amazonia are...

WMO verifies highest temperatures for Antarctic Region

GENEVA, March 2, 2017 - A World Meteorological Organization committee of experts has announced new records for the highest temperatures recorded in the Antarctic...

Gaza: ‘Unlawful Combatants Law’ Violates Rights

JERUSALEM, March 1, 2017 - Israel has been detaining Palestinian residents of Gaza under an obscure law that strips away meaningful judicial review and...

Housing can’t be reduced to a financial asset for the wealthy, says UN expert

GENEVA, March 1, 2017 - A United Nations expert has issued a strong rebuke to the dominance of financial markets in the global housing...

In Geneva, UN urges upholding human rights amid rising populism and extremism

Feb. 27, 2017 - Disregard for human rights is a “disease,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today told the opening session of the UN...

Hidden no more: First-ever global view of transshipment in commercial fishing industry

Feb. 27, 2017 - Transshipment, the transfer of goods from one boat to another, is a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish...

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed

GENEVA, Feb. 27, 2017 - WHO today published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria...

Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul marks the most dangerous phase for civilians

February 24, 2017 - In reaction to Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul, Jason Kajer, International Rescue Committee’s Iraq acting country director, said: “We are now...

Next gen, ‘lightning’ fast global communication network on track for 2020 entry – UN...

Feb. 24, 2017 - A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world completed today a...

Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work Permit

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24, 2017 - Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the...