Archive for January, 2009

UNICEF South Africa launches public access development research database

28th January 2009 Uncategorized

Pretoria – UNICEF South Africa has for the first time made the South Africa Development Indicators database system available for public access. South Africa Development Indicators is used to compile and disseminate data on human development, and in particular the situation of children in South Africa. (more…)

Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

27th January 2009 Uncategorized

“Sixty-four years ago, on 27 January 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps. The images from Auschwitz and the other camps, and the incontrovertible evidence that subsequently emerged to reveal the full scale and horror of the Holocaust is no less shocking with the passing of time. (more…)

Two UN experts offer to help resolve outstanding issues related to the closure of Guantanamo

26th January 2009 Uncategorized

Geneva – The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr. Leandro Despouy, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr. Manfred Nowak, welcome the signing of executive orders by President Barack Obama yesterday, which set a timeline for closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and require the Central Intelligence Agency to shut its secret detention facilities. They also provide that all agencies should follow the same interrogation rules as the military and revoke orders and regulations adopted after 11 September 2001, which might contradict international and national minimum standards. (more…)

UN human rights chief welcomes decision to close Guantanamo

23rd January 2009 Uncategorized

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay welcomed Thursday’s decision by the new US administration to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, as well as the decision to ban methods of interrogation that contravene international law. Pillay also called for a review of the US approach to detaining individuals abroad, in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the practice of ‘rendition,’ in order to ensure conformity with international law. (more…)

A wild and woolly 2009; International Year of Natural Fibres begins

22nd January 2009 Uncategorized

Rome – The UN Organization today officially launched International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) 2009 to celebrate the virtues of cotton, flax, sisal and hemp, but also of wool, alpaca, camel hair and angora. And, why not, cashmere too. (more…)