Category: General News Alerts

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Children’s rights, equity and our common future

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 01 :: By Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake :: Throughout history, the advance of civilization has been closely tied to the idea that all people have rights — universal, inalienable entitlements to freedom, dignity and security; to be treated fairly and to live free from oppression. The health and soul of all societies...

AFAD to continue fight against enforced disappearances

Published in The Kashmir Watch on Sep. 25 :: The fifth Congress of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), held in Manila from 22-25 September and attended by participants from ten countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jammu and Kashmir (Indian occupied), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand and Timor-Leste renewed its commitment to fight against impunity and build a...

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Emma Watson on Feminism: Fighting for Women’s Rights is Not Man-Hating

Published in movies.ndtv.com on Sep. 22 by Shibani Bedi :: At 24, most actors are more interested in their next role than in changing world views. However, Hogwarts alumnus Emma Watson isn’t like most twentysomething celebrities and delivered an altogether remarkable speech on feminism that eggs the world at large to view the word from a rationalist’s point of view....

UN affirms ‘Right of Peoples to Peace’

Published in The Morung Express :: “We must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the official observance of the International Day of Peace. The Secretary-General asked combatants to lay down their arms “so all can breathe the air of peace” and called on people around the...

Ratification of disability convention

Published in MediaForFreedom.com on Sep. 15 ::   UN rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States as ‘major milestone’   15 September 2014 – Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century...

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Writing SAARC’s incomplete chapter

Published in The Hindu on Sep. 15 by Garimella Subramanium :: The lack of a common human rights mechanism for South Asia must be regarded an anomaly considering that each member country forswears a commitment to democracy and the law From Kathmandu to Kabul and Dhaka to Delhi, there is growing recognition that regional cooperation in South Asia would remain...

Fighting the urge to overreact

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2014. In recent weeks, the terrible images of Islamic State (IS) terrorists beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff spread around the world like wildfire. Online debates raged about what would be the most appropriate response to the transmission of the sickening pictures: to view or not to view? In viewing the...

World Law advanced by the UN Special Session

Published in MediaForFreedom.com by Rene Wadlow :: Two major advancements in the universal application of world law were made by the UN Human Rights Council Special Session in Geneva on 1 September 2014. The Council met in response to wide-spread and converging accusations of human rights violations in territory in Iraq and Syria under the control of the Islamic State...

Greater protection of journalists covering conflicts

Published in MediaForFreedom.com on Sep. 01 :: Journalists covering conflicts must be afforded the highest degree of protection, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts said today, adding that the recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations of media professionals around the world must be condemned. “The prevailing impunity for attacks on civilians, including journalists, encourages perpetrators...

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Gaza killings genocide: Pakistan

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2014 UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan criticised the 193-member United Nations General Assem­bly for remaining silent as Israeli military wreaked havoc on Gaza for nearly one month, which it termed “genocide”. Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan told a hurriedly-called UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday — which was even not authorised to pass a resolution under pressure...