Category: General News Alerts

UN adopts resolution for safety of working journalists

  Published in The Nation – Pakistan on Nov. 23 :: A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently. Proposed by France, Greece, Austria, Argentina, Costa Rica and Tunisia and co-sponsored by more than 80 countries, the...

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UN adopts resolution on peoples’ right to self-determination

Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2014 A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday adopted a Pakistani-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. The resolution manifested the 193-member body’s firm opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation,...

United work to end rights abuses in South Asia vowed

Two-day int’l seminar ends with Dhaka Resolution 2014 Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 19 :: Rights activists of South Asian countries at an international seminar in Dhaka yesterday vowed that they would enhance co-operation in finding the issues of human rights violations in the region and work together to resolve those. In a resolution, they proclaimed that while...

SAHR urges SAARC govts for common human rights commitments in 18th Summit

Published in The Nepal News on Nov. 18 :: South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has urged the governments of SAARC region to make joint commitments to uphold international standards of human rights; and to ensure that national laws and mechanisms adequately and effectively reflect respect for human rights in this region. Organising a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday,...

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UN chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation

Published in The Express Tribune on Oct.30 :: UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched a global campaign on Thursday to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had “shattered” their lives. “The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation,” Ban said on a visit to the Kenyan...

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Building a lasting peace: where are the women?

Published in theelders.org on Oct. 29 :: Join The Elders and four women change-makers, activists and experts next Wednesday as they debate how to empower women in conflict and in peace-making, in a live-streamed public event. Fourteen years ago, the UN Security Council officially recognised the importance of fully-involving women in all peace and security efforts in Resolution 1325. But...

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Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 24 :: Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because “a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence”. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to...

At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances

Published in www.indiablooms.com on Oct. 23 :: States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared on Wednesday.  “All this needs a strong and...

UN official: 2013-14 devastating for human rights

Published in The Business Standard Oct. 22:: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was “a year of devastating impact on human rights” and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today that “a toxic...