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Cambodia tourism: Children “for rent” by the hour?

Travel and tourism has a big role to fill in terms of alleviating poverty. The question for some countries is this: To which end?

eTN ROAR: The half-eaten apple

Who would have guessed that a half-eaten apple left in a bedside cabinet drawer 25 years ago could have caused a rumpus and still be remembered 25 years later half- way across the world?

No to guns in the sky

I spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps. I'm a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I spent the majority of my time in the Marines traveling the world, with a gun.

Guns in the sky: Yes or no?

Inasmuch as one would want to avoid the issue of gun control, the pervasiveness of the subject seems to keep building.

New campaign aims to debunk idea that Fiji is a tropical...

Workers in Fiji are targeting tourists with a campaign that aims to debunk the idea that the country is a tropical paradise.

What is tourism doing about human rights?

Over the past 10 years, the travel and tourism industry has embraced the need to go green, so much so that it is now the norm and not a fad or a unique selling proposition.

Pakistan perturbed with UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The government of Pakistan appears to be perturbed with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances that has completed its preliminary findings o

Peace Boat works to promote peace and human rights

Peace Boat, a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace and human rights through a study program via ocean voyages, invited ECPAT International

Bahraini schools stress principles of human rights and tolerance

MANAMA, Bahrain - New educational programs in Bahrain's elementary schools will emphasize the principles of human rights and tolerance toward others through physical education games.

UN: Human rights defenders continue to be threatened around the world

Human rights defenders continue to be harassed, attacked, killed and ‘disappeared’ around the world more than a decade after the adoption of an international declaration meant to protect them, a U

UN expert urges governments to ensure free flow of information on...

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Governments to ensure that the Internet is made widely available, accessible and affordable to all, and to guarantee the free flow of info

UN: Counter-terrorism must never be used as excuse to curb human...

The fight against terrorism must never be used as a pretext for abusing basic human rights or silencing the opposition, as has happened in many professedly democratic countries over the past decade, a

UN human rights expert questions targeted killings

The United Nations human rights expert on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions stressed today that States must respect international standards on the use of lethal force during arrests, and

UN human rights expert voices concern over Iran’s judicial abuses

The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Iran today voiced concern over alleged violations in the country’s judicial system, citing practices such as torture, cruel

Sovereignty cannot stop intervention agains rights abuses

Sovereignty can no longer be used as excuse by States to oppress their own people or prevent the international community to intervene to stop gross abuses of human rights, Belgium and Italy said at th

UN: Belarus must guarantee well-being of detained rights defender

The United Nations today voiced its concern about the arrest of the prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialatski and called on authorities to guarantee his well-being.

UN expert launches guide on rights of human rights defenders

In an effort to strengthen protection for human rights defenders across the world, a United Nations independent expert today launched guidelines outlining their rights as enshrined in the UN declarati

UN expert calls for immediate lifting of Israeli blockade of Gaza

A United Nations human rights expert on the occupied Palestinian territories today called on Israel to lift its Gaza blockade “entirely and immediately.”

UN-backed meeting aims to eradicate torture in Latin America and Caribbean

Human rights experts and government officials from 11 countries today began a United Nations-backed meeting aimed at eradicating torture from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Office of the UN High

China asked to report on missing monks, stop “disappearances”

An independent United Nations human rights group today called on Chinese authorities to report on the fate of some 300 Tibetan monks who reportedly were arrested in April, and to investigate “the on

UN: Human rights violations escalate across Middle East

United Nations human rights officials today voiced deep concern about the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, where rights violations have escalated as governments respond to ongoing protests for g

UN concerned over wave of enforced disappearances in China

A group of United Nations human rights experts today voiced serious concern about the recent wave of enforced disappearances reported to have taken place in China, calling on authorities in the Asian

UN urges Nepal to end all forms of discrimination

The United Nations human rights office and the national commission on caste-based discrimination in Nepal have urged the Government to fulfil its stated commitment to end all forms of discrimination,

UN expert: Human rights situation in East Jerusalem worsening

An independent United Nations expert today raised the alarm on what he called the “intensifying” deterioration of human rights in East Jerusalem, including the forced eviction of Palestinians from

President Nasheed welcomes Mubarak’s departure

(eTN) - President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives has welcomed Hosni Mubarak’s decision to resign from office.

Amnesty International: Human rights reform in Egypt must begin now

LONDON, England - Amnesty International today called on Egypt's authorities to end 30 years of repressive emergency rule and allow ordinary Egyptians to fully participate in shaping the country's futu

UN experts concerned over limits on freedom of expression

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts voiced alarm at limits imposed by governments on the right to freedom of expression and information, saying recent mass protests in several c

UN to send human rights team to assess situation in Tunisia

The UN’s human rights chief will send a team to Tunisia next week to assess the country’s human rights situation amidst recent political unrest, which her office says has so far led to more than 1

Tunisia urged to stop using excessive force against protestors

The United Nations’ top human rights official today urged the Tunisian government to ensure that its security forces stop using excessive force against demonstrators, and to start credible investiga

Union condemns beating of 2 journalists by government officials

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns today an action by Somali Transitional Federal government soldiers and officials who have beaten two journalists