Posts Tagged ‘United nations’

Humanitarian crisis: Yemen, a blip on my radar screen

Thursday, July 29th, 2021
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After six years of war, “Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe,” according to the International Rescue Committee. Confirming that terribly sad fact, Catholic Relief Services reports, “Conflict and a lack of aid has triggered a humanitarian disaster, leaving 80 percent of the population in need of assistance, including 2 million children suffering from acute Read more

Australian charities appeal to UN over advocacy bans

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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A coalition of Australian charities has appealed to the United Nations after a row with the federal government over new regulations they say are a bid to silence them. A group of 12 charities have written to UN special rapporteurs warning they risk losing their tax-deductible donation status under new rules. Under the planned changes, Read more

Housing in New Zealand ‘a human rights crisis’, UN report says

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Housing in New Zealand is viewed as a “speculative asset” rather than a home and has become a human rights crisis, according to a United Nations report. The report by UN special rapporteur Leilani Farha on adequate housing was tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, following her visit to New Read more

UN experts pressure Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

A statement from “UN experts” aims to force the Holy See and the Catholic Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology. It is likely to be published during the UN Human Rights Council’s current session. The UN experts’ statement will probably be made under the guise of demands that the Vatican takes all necessary steps Read more

New Zealand Family Court fails UN review

Monday, March 15th, 2021

A United Nations (UN) women’s rights committee review found New Zealand’s Family Court is failing to address the “obstruction of justice” for domestic violence victims. The Family Court must make changes to ensure women and children are safe, the women’s rights committee says. The UN committee also says it regrets New Zealand had chosen not Read more

Vatican tells UN it is ‘deeply concerned’ by push to ‘reinterpret’ foundations of human rights

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Moves to reinterpret the very foundations of human rights have left a Vatican representative to the United Nations “deeply concerned”. In a statement Oct. 6, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that the reinterpretation of human rights benefited the powerful at the expense of the weak. “The Read more

UN chief calls on religious leaders to help tackle pandemic

Monday, May 18th, 2020

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on religious leaders to join together in countering “inaccurate and harmful messages” as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. In a May 12 video meeting on the role of faith leaders in addressing the challenges of the current health crisis he pointed out how “extremists and radical groups are Read more

Myanmar’s fashion garment workers lose jobs

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Over 60,000 factory workers in Myanmar have already lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Among them are those working in the garment factories that supply some of the world’s biggest fashion brands. The United Nations says the situation will worsen; predicting half Myanmar’s garment workers will be out of work. Read more

United Nations chief congratulates Uzbekistan on decision to end statelessness for 50,000 people

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated Uzbekistan on the passage this week of legislation set to end statelessness for some 50,000 people in the Central Asian country. In a statement issued late Thursday evening by his spokesperson, the UN chief said that in granting nationality to those who previously had none, Uzbekistan is “profoundly Read more

Our housing problem is a human rights problem

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

New Zealand’s housing problem is a human rights crisis of significant proportions, says a United Nations expert. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha who has been visiting New Zealand, has issued a statement about her findings. She said a “more ambitious, innovative and courageous approach” is necessary to solve the Read more