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United Nations fears Myanmar human rights abuses in internet shutdown

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military's 'clearance operations' can be a 'cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,' UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee says

THE MYANMAR SITUATION. University professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 PM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the recorded 5,425 deaths in police operations in the Philippines would be a matter of concern already for any country

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. rights chief urges states to repatriate families of ISIS fighters

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In her opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet insists that countries must take responsibility for their nationals caught up in Syria's drawn-out war

ON ISIS. In this file photo, Chilean High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a press conference in Caracas on June 21, 2019. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

UN labor agency approves landmark anti-harassment convention

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The convention is adopted following tough negotiations among different parties on issues like defining 'vulnerable groups'

Google employees stage a walkout on November 1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment. - A Google Walkout For Real Change account that sprang up on Twitter on October 31 called for employees and contractors to leave their workplaces at 11:10am local time around the world on Thursday. Tension has been growing over how the US-based tech giant handles sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

UN on World Refugee Day: Bring forward our 'shared values as human beings'

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The United Nation Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia says it is time to abandon a narrative founded on prejudice and fear when dealing and protecting the rights of all refugees

Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. - Thirty-four Rohingya landed on an isolated beach in Malaysia on March 1, police said, the first group of the Muslim minority caught arriving in the country by sea for almost a year. (Photo by ISMAEL KAMALDIN / AFP)

Egypt accuses U.N. of seeking to 'politicize' Morsi death

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez says he condemns 'in the strongest terms' Rupert Colville's call for an independent investigation into Mohamed Morsi's death

MORSI SUPPORTERS. A person flashes Rabia sign (four-fingered hand sign by pro-Morsi supporters), during the symbolic funeral ceremony of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on June 18,2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. Photo by AFP

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder – U.N. expert

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir slams Agnes Callamard's report, insisting it 'contains clear contradictions and unfounded allegations, casting doubt on its credibility'

KHASHOGGI MURDER. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018 – U.N.

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Overall, the number of displaced people in the world has doubled over the last 20 years and now exceeds the population of Thailand

FILIPPO GRANDI. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi gestures as he gives a press conference on the UNHCR annual report on refugees on June 17, 2019 at the United Nations offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. calls for 'independent' probe into death of Egypt's Morsi

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'Any sudden death in custody must be followed by a prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent body to clarify the cause of death,' says the UN human rights office

PROBE. People hold pictures of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during a symbolic funeral ceremony on June 18, 2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. Photo by AFP

Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – United Nations

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The study paints a picture of a future in which a handful of countries see their populaces surge as life expectancy lengthens while the global growth rate slows amid declining fertility rates

Locsin raises PH boat sinking at U.N., hits sea 'felony'

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is a felony to abandon people in distress,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, after President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the issue as a 'maritime incident'

UN SPEECH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks on June 17, 2019, at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo courtesy of UN

China slams U.S. criticism of U.N. envoy's Xinjiang trip

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the visit of Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was 'very successful'

VISIT. United Nations counterterror undersecretary general visits China, including a stop at Xinjiang region. AFP file photo

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

World cannot afford major confrontation in the Gulf – U.N. chief

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:08 AM

'I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells a Security Council meeting on UN cooperation with the Arab League

UN REACTS. This file photo shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov't has nothing to hide?

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice on International Human Rights Day. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. attacks 'ghastly' conditions in Libya migrant detention centers

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:21 PM

According to UN figures, some 3,400 migrants and refugees remain detained in Tripoli, which has seen a surge in fighting since early April

LIBYA MIGRANTS. A child of African migrants who fled battle zones in Libya peeks out from a window at a detention center in Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on April 27, 2019. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. This file photo shows Cordillera Human Rights defenders as they march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day.€ File photo by Mau Victa

South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:57 PM

It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations

DROUGHT. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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Fresh strikes on Syria jihadist enclave kill 13

May 29, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Analysts predict that the government of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies will continue to chip away at the area but not unleash a major assault that would create chaos on Turkey's doorstep

SYRIA. This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the jihadist-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

U.S. walks out of U.N. arms control body in Venezuela protest

May 28, 2019 - 7:02 PM

'Whatever is discussed in there, whatever is decided, has absolutely no legitimacy because it is an illegitimate regime presiding over that body,' says US ambassador to the conference, Robert Wood

WALK OUT. This file photo shows US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

North Korea must legalize markets to prevent rights abuses – U.N.

May 28, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Market activity remains a 'legal gray area' in the North and a 'source of further human rights violations,' says the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

PYONGYANG. Visitors attend an opening ceremony of the 22nd Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House in Pyongyang on May 20, 2019. File photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

U.N. chief rejects Yemen president's accusation of bias

May 26, 2019 - 9:04 PM

"I would like to assure you that every effort will be made to maintain the impartial stance that is expected of the United Nations," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa, today two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies – U.N.

May 23, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The survey says nearly three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in their management reported profit hikes of between 5% and 20%

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Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

'Save the Pacific to save the world,' urges U.N. chief

May 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Antonio Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change

CLIMATE. In this May 13, 2019 photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) speaks to the media after he attended a breakfast with youth climate change and environmental leaders chaired by James Shaw (R), New Zealand's minister for climate change. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

North Korea demands U.N. action over ship seizure by 'gangster' U.S.

May 18, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,' says Pyongyang's permanent representative at the United Nations

NUCLEAR NO-DEAL. Vietnamese women walk past North Korean flags on a street in Hanoi on March 1, 2019, a day after the second US-North Korea summit. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

May 16, 2019 - 11:54 PM

'We have begun to launch air strikes targeting sites operated by the Huthi militia, including in Sanaa,' a Saudi-led coalition official says

CONFLICT. Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

United Nations chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

May 16, 2019 - 3:18 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says Pacific islanders still needed help to deal with the fallout of nuclear testing

NUCLEAR LEGACY. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

U.N. chief says world 'not on track' with climate change

May 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says 'political moves' to fight climate change 'seem to be fading'

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world's two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

U.N. confirms Yemen aid port withdrawal underway

May 12, 2019 - 11:50 AM

But Hodeida Governor Al-Hasan Taher says the Huthi rebels were merely reshuffling personnel

Huthi rebels stand at attention at the Saleef port on May 11, 2019, in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, ahead of their withdrawal. - A senior pro-government official in Yemen accused Huthi rebels of faking an announced pullout Saturday from three Red Sea ports, as a UN source said monitoring of the much delayed withdrawal in Hodeida province was underway. (Photo by STR / AFP)

UNESCO releases new handbook on climate change reporting in Asia Pacific

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The new handbook for journalists says climate change coverage at the local level 'can save lives, formulate plans, change policy and empower people to make informed choices'

U.N. official blasts violence against Ebola teams in DR Congo

May 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials

RED ZONE. A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), where he will check up on patients on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Rebels set to begin pullout from Yemen aid port

May 11, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'The (rebel) army and committees are withdrawing unilaterally as a result of the refusal of the countries of the US-British-Saudi-Emirati aggression and their allies to implement the accord,' says Mohammed al-Huthi, The head of the rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committee

Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria – U.N.

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The freed children will be enrolled into a reintegration program with education and training to help them return to civilian life

FREE. This file photo shows released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

Freedom of expression in Myanmar still 'dire' – U.N.

May 07, 2019 - 9:01 PM

'Of course, they should never have been arrested or convicted in the first place,' United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says of the two Reuters journalists

RELEASED. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (R) and Kyaw Soe Oo celebrate with their children after being freed freed from Insein prison after a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. Photo by Ann Wang/Pool/AFP

Save nature to save ourselves, United Nations report pleads

May 06, 2019 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) Halting and reversing these dire trends will require 'transformative change' – a sweeping overhaul of the way we produce and consume almost everything, especially food, the UN report concludes

RISKING NATURE. The president of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Robert Watson, speaks during a press conference in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit taking place in Medellin, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on March 23, 2018. File photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

U.N. committee weighs in on French right-to-die case

May 05, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The move by the UN committee on disabled rights is the latest twist in a long-running legal drama that has ignited a heated debate in France on the right to die

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Species conservation: Some success, many failures

May 02, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Ahead of the release of a landmark UN report on the state of Earth's biodiversity, here are some successes and failures in conservation efforts

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation