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The global illegal trade in ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal parts continues to accelerate but the trade is increasingly being driven by desire for wealth and luxury as opposed to their use in traditional medicine, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The organisation says the shift in demand [...]
Nepal has been urged by a group of UN human rights experts to amend new legislation which allows amnesties for people suspected of serious human rights violations. The legislation forms part of the legal basis of the new Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation. The Commission is tasked to inquire into the [...]
Ninety-two per cent of people who were living in camps following an earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010 have found alternative accommodation, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). One and a half million Haitians were originally sheltering in temporary camps immediately following the earthquake which devastated the Caribbean nation. IOM says there [...]
At least 74 Eritrean asylum seekers have been forcibly removed from Sudan and sent back home according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The group was deported back to Eritrea on Monday June 30. UNHCR says the asylum seekers had been convicted on charges of illegal entry into Sudan, but were not given access to [...]
The UN Human rights office says it has received numerous reports of civilian deaths as well as deliberate targeting of schools, water and electricity plants in parts of eastern Ukraine following the end of a ceasefire on June 30. The worst affected areas are Donetsk and Luhansk. A UN human rights monitoring team in the [...]
Ships operating in the North and South Poles will have to follow a mandatory international code of safety being developed by a UN agency. The Polar Code is being drafted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It covers all aspects of polar navigation for international shipping including design, construction, equipment, seafarer training, search and rescue [...]