Archive for December, 2008

Distortions plague anti-racism conference

18th December 2008 Uncategorized

Within a few hours of each other, on 9 and 10 December, the Wall Street Journal and The Australian – both serious newspapers with long-established records of honest, factual reporting – published editorials focusing partly or wholly on an international conference on racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance that is scheduled to take place in Geneva next April. The purpose of this Durban Review Conference (sometimes misleadingly referred to as ‘Durban II’) is to examine the implementation of the outcome document of the World Conference against Racism which took place in Durban, South Africa, in 2001. (more…)

Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to Mark International Migrants Day

18th December 2008 Uncategorized

Today we are mark International Migrants Day, a week after we commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The close proximity of these commemorations reminds us that all migrants everywhere have the right to dignity and justice, just like anyone else. (more…)

Statement by the Chairperson of the Committee on Migrant Workers, Mr. Abdelhamid El Jamri, and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Mr. Jorge Bustamante on the occasion of International Migrants Day 2008

18th December 2008 Uncategorized

Over the last number of years, the international community has paid much attention to the economic dimension of migration and to the links between migration and development, but it has paid much less attention to other aspects of migration, such as the rights of the migrant workers and members of their families. (more…)

Africa to develop its water resources for agriculture, energy; water key to eradicating hunger and poverty

17th December 2008 Uncategorized

Sirte, Libya – A three-day pan-African ministerial Conference pledged today to promote water development throughout the continent to fully exploit Africa’s agricultural and hydroenergy potential. (more…)

Southern Africa Regional Forensic Science (SARFS) Network

11th December 2008 Uncategorized

Vienna – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (SARPCCO) co-organised a meeting to set up the basis for a forensic network in Southern Africa in recognition of the regional efforts undertaken by the SARPCCO Forensic Science Working Group (FSWG). (more…)