Scoop NZ: World (36)

UN body criticizes failure to reject racist violent events

UN body criticizes US 'failure at the highest political level to unequivocally reject racist violent events'

Zeid welcomes rape law reform in Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan

GENEVA – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday warmly welcomed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that allowed rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims.

Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL

Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report

Why are all those Racists so Terrified?

Racism is not a new phenomenon and while it is an ongoing daily reality for vast numbers of people, it also often bursts from the shadows to remind us that just because we can keep ignoring the endless sequence of ‘minor’ racist incidents, racism ...

APEC Tightens Illegal Timber Trade Controls

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 22 August 2017 — Shipments of lumber, furniture and other wood products sourced from the Asia-Pacific’s protected but dwindling forests are worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually and on the increase. The introduction ...

Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Distraction is Back

Patrick Suckling, Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, is touring the Pacific Islands again, shamelessly spreading misleading messages on Australia’s climate action and solidarity with our vulnerable states.

Stop unlawful deprivation of liberty against Papuans

The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns the unlawful deprivation of liberty of Papuans which has occurred frequently of late. The AHRC has learned that the Indonesian Security Forces have been using excessive force and flaunting their authority to ...

PAKISTAN: Agencies using blasphemy to gag criticism

PAKISTAN: Intelligence agencies using blasphemy to gag criticism of its atrocities Blogger Ahmed Waqas Goraya, who disappeared earlier this year along with four other social media activists, has recently revealed the names of his abductors. Mr. Goraya ...

Target Finding for the Empire: The NSA and Pine Gap

'The tasking we get at Pine Gap is look for this particular signal coming out of this particular location. If you find it, report it, and if you find anything else of interest, report that as well.' David Rosenberg, former NSA Team leader, weapon’s ...

US Futures Subdued As Korea Exercises Loom

US futures are trading lower following investor sentiment over in Europe which is somewhat subdued and it has some negative skew. The reason is very simple both the US and South Korea have their military exercises scheduled this week and it could ...

Copwatch: Australia’s First Community Accountability Project

Australia’s first-ever Copwatch workshop will take place in Broken Hill today, Monday 21 August, organised by The National Justice Project .

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Barcelona terror attacks

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of New Zealand strongly condemns the recent terror attacks in Barcelona. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by these events, and the community stands in solidarity with the victims of such attacks irrespective ...

Charlottesville to Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments

Under the new policy just announced in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city will be taking down all but the non-racist war monuments and memorials in all of its public spaces.

NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon's Removal

NAACP Statement on Steve Bannon's Removal from White House Baltimore-The NAACP, the nation's oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon ...

The Burka Comes to Parliament: Pauline Hanson’s Panto

In few environments could this work. A member of Parliament running within a Muslim minority country with mocking intent, dons a burka, sits in the stands, and receives appropriate ...

Indonesian Duties on Certain Iron Or Steel Products

On 18 August a WTO dispute panel issued a report in the cases brought by Viet Nam and Chinese Taipei in 'Indonesia — Safeguard on Certain Iron or Steel Products' .

Impacts of NAFTA on digital rights

Civil society urges trade decision-makers to consider the impacts of NAFTA on digital rights Organizations from Mexico, Canada and the United States highlight the need for increased transparency and urge the exclusion of intellectual property provisions

AIMS Children’s Series Hosts First Ever Event in Iraq

AIMS Children’s Series Hosts First Ever Event in Iraq The second AIMS Children’s Series race of 2017 was held on 27 July in the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, ...

Report highlights the level of financial inclusion in Tonga

Report highlights the level of financial inclusion in Tonga is comparable to other Pacific Islands 18th August 2017 Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Sione Ngongo Kioa and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Program ...

UN: Samoa - Women’s rights integral to mindset-change

UN experts say women’s sexual and reproductive rights integral to mindset-change in tackling gender discrimination in Samoa

Stop the Unlawful Detention of Bangladeshi Migrants

In May 2017, a young boy was apprehended by Border Security Force officers in Dinajpur, West Bengal. MASUM, our partner organisation in West Bengal conducted a fact-finding mission and discovered that almost 18 months before the incident, his ...

Off-grid solar will transform business in Nigeria

Access to power is a major constraint for Nigeria’s SMEs, and thousands are now using the Lumos Mobile Electricity service, which provides customers with reliable, clean, affordable solar electricity LAGOS, Nigeria, August 18, 2017/ -- The people ...

PLO denounces the terrorist attacks in Spain

'On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people, we strongly denounce the recent terrorist attacks in Spain in which at least thirteen people were killed and more than one hundred were injured.

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times By Ramzy Baroud On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time . As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers ...

Bullying Venezuela: Trump’s Unvarnished Threat

Whether he holds good on it is beside the point. President Donald J. Trump’s great value to US foreign policy is its lack of artifice and sophistication, a bullying force of nature that alters with the next burst of adolescent acne and the breaking ...

Fair trade group slams attempt to revive TPP without US

Trade negotiators from 11 of the original 12 TPP countries are meeting in a secret location in Sydney from August 20 for their fourth set of talks to see if the TPP can be revived without the US. They aim to complete talks by November this year. ...

Greenpeace activists stop Statoil rig drilling in the Arctic

Friday, August 18: A New Zealander is among a group of activists who have halted a Statoil rig drilling in the Arctic.

UN Secretary-General condemns terrorist attack in Barcelona

The Secretary-General condemns today's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain.

Philippines: 32 killed in a day

After Philippine police killed 32 people in what is believed to be the highest death toll in a single day in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "war on drugs", Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:

Kiwi Video on Israel Goes Viral

The Auckland-based star of a video entitled 'I am a Zionist', which has been viewed by more than six hundred thousand people on social media, has admitted she is surprised by the reach.

Aust: Breaking the Seal: Child Abuse and the Confessional

The only surprise was that it did not come sooner. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has gotten on with the gruesome task of making 85 recommended changes to the law that will provide some measure of ...

How War Pollutes the Potomac River

The Pentagon’s impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the U.S. military’s massive oil consumption. The U.S. military also directly poisons the Potomac River ...

US Foreign Policy Adrift As Trump’s Bombast Makes Enemies

INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NEWS - The headline-grabbing hyperbole of US President Donald Trump threatening North Korea with 'fire and fury like the world has never seen before' made US political and foreign policy experts weigh up the prospects of ...

Robert E Lee's Treason Still Divides & Kills

Yet another deadly firestorm now swirls around Robert E. Lee. As his statues head to the ash heap, a life defined by slavery, betrayal, and slaughter again divides our nation.

Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and ...

Indonesia: At Least 60 Killed as Police Shootings Skyrocket

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous 'war on drugs' in neighbouring Philippines, Amnesty International ...