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Larsen C Ice Shelf poised to calve, fundamentally changing the landscape of the Antarctic...

Jan. 5, 2017 - The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5000 sq. km following...

Lack of water access in Damascus is creating risks for children, UN warns

Jan. 6, 2017 - Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing...

Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings, says...

Jan. 5, 2017 - The conviction of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian man involved in a knife attack in Hebron as...

Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching, UN-supported study predicts

Jan. 5, 2017 - If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world's coral reefs...

Oxfam warns of hunger in Haiti 3 months after Hurricane Matthew

Jan. 4, 2017 - Hundreds of thousands of Haitians who survived Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through their country three months ago, will go hungry if governments, donors...

Peru: Last female speaker of indigenous Amazonian language murdered

December 29, 2016 - The last female speaker of the Resígaro language has been murdered in Peru. Her body was found decapitated at her...

Population three quarters the size of UK in need of aid across Middle East

Dec, 29, 2016 - More than 47 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the Middle East at the close of 2016,...

Latest Mediterranean tragedy pushes number of people perishing in 2016 beyond 5,000 – UN

Dec. 27, 2016 - Highlighting that the number of casualties in the Mediterranean Sea this year has crossed 5,000 with the latest reports of...

Global climate target could net additional six million tons of fish annually

Dec. 27, 2016 - If countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches could increase by...

Children caught in the crossfire of the battle for Mosul suffer horrific injuries and...

Dec. 22, 2016 - The desperate plight of a generation of children is in the balance as the bloody battle for the city of...

Majority of trafficking victims are women and girls; one-third children – new UN report

Dec. 21, 2016 - According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the vast majority of all...

COP fails to rise to the challenge of protecting biodiversity, says FOEI

Dec. 20, 2016 - The stakes for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) were high, as biodiversity...

UN rights chief calls for murder investigation after Philippine President admits to killing 3...

Dec. 20, 2016 - Stressing that the killing of “about three” people, which the President of the Philippines admitted to personally committing, while serving...

2016 Round-Up: 74 journalists killed worldwide

Dec. 19, 2016 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up on journalists who have been killed in the past...

Less than 3% of five million Syrian refugees resettled in rich countries

Dec. 19, 2016 - Less than three per cent of the nearly five million refugees living in Syria’s neighbouring states have been resettled in...

Crimea In the Dark: The silencing of dissent

Dec. 19, 2016 - The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation...

Human rights defenders under growing legal pressure in the OPT – UN rights experts

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – Human rights activists working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face daily violations of some of the most fundamental protections...

MEPs urge EU Commission to press for full US-EU visa reciprocity

Dec. 15, 2016 - The EU Commission should comply with EU law by temporarily reintroducing visa requirements for US citizens, so as to encourage...

UN experts condemn Egypt as clampdown “tightens the noose” on women’s rights movement

GENEVA, Dec. 15, 2016 - A group of United Nations experts* has strongly condemned Egypt for escalating its action against women human rights defenders...

Zeid urges immediate halt to bombardment of eastern Aleppo, says further war crimes may...

GENEVA, Dec. 14, 2016 - “I am appalled that the deal enabling the evacuation of many thousands of civilians, including the wounded and the...