Road to COP21: the facts and figures of Climate Change

In less than two weeks, representatives from over 190 countries and a host of intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies and NGOs will meet in Le Bourget in Paris, France to discuss the future of the global approach to climate change. The 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) is intended to run from November 30 to December 11 and will, for the first time in 20 years, aim to “achieve a … Continue reading Road to COP21: the facts and figures of Climate Change

Innocent may be among over 300 hanged in Pakistan since December: Reprieve

Exactly 311 people have been executed by hanging in Pakistan since the end of last year, an anonymous official in the country’s Interior Ministry has revealed. This comes down to about one person killed per day, barring religious holidays, and puts Pakistan as the country with the third highest rate of execution by hanging behind China and Iran. International human rights organisation Reprieve has raised concerns … Continue reading Innocent may be among over 300 hanged in Pakistan since December: Reprieve

EU gun controls to tighten in wake of Paris Attacks

The European Commission has today adopted a list of measures aimed at strengthening the control of firearms across the European Union. This comes days following an attack by IS-affiliated extremists in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured. The package will see the implementation of regulations designed to make it more difficult to acquire firearms, especially certain semi-automatic guns, and easier to track the … Continue reading EU gun controls to tighten in wake of Paris Attacks

Harrowing footage of Paris Attacks beginning to emerge

WARNING: this article contains videos some may find disturbing Videos of the terror attacks in Paris are starting to find their way onto social media and news broadcasts, painting a disturbing picture of the events that claimed the lives of at least 129 people on Friday. As France and the wider world grieves in solidarity, investigators are working to piece together a timeline of the six targeted attacks conducted by eight assailants across … Continue reading Harrowing footage of Paris Attacks beginning to emerge

Failure to protect: domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

WARNING: this article contains accounts describing instances of domestic violence A new 59-page report by the non-profit NGO Human Rights Watch shines a devastating light on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea and highlights poor systemic government response as a significant aggravating factor. While limited up-to-date data collection mechanisms make it difficult to track concrete statistics about the levels of family violence occurring in the … Continue reading Failure to protect: domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

Crimes against journalists on the rise: RSF calls for UN action

Reporters without Borders (RSF), the international association that advocates for press freedom and protection, recently launched a call for the UN to step up its game safeguarding journalists and media workers around the world. The not-for-profit argued for the creation of a new position called the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists which could be used to monitor … Continue reading Crimes against journalists on the rise: RSF calls for UN action