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Myanmar shuns United Nations mission

MANDALAY (UCAN): Naypyidaw has denied visas to three members of a United Nations (UN) fact finding mission charged with an investigation into human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority people by security forces in the Union of Myanmar.
 
Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho, from of Pyay in the troubled Rakhine State, said that when he read the news it was hard for him to believe it.
 

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We don’t want to be nuked

NEW YORK (SE): A total of 122 countries voted in favour of a motion put before the United Nations in New York on July 8 to ban nuclear weapons as an acceptable method of self-defence, while the Netherlands voted against the motion and Singapore abstained.
 

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Call from pope to nuke the nukes

HONG KONG (SE): “Not being married, I don’t have children of my own, but my four sisters have given me 17 nieces and nephews and there are now 48 in the next generation,” the former auxiliary of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Pat Power, told a rally outside parliament house in Canberra on March 28, as the United Nations (UN) was sitting down in New York to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

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The right man for an impossible job

GENEVA (SE): Before Donald Trump formally becomes the president of the United States of America, another major shift on the global stage is due to take place.

On the first day of the New Year, António Guterres, a much respected politician from Portugal became the new secretary general of United Nations (UN), to replace Ban Ki-moon from South Korea, who has held the post for the past 10 years.

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China survives on United Nations rights council

HONG KONG (SE): “Voting to put China on the council again would be like picking a fox to guard the henhouse, while still wiping the feathers away from his mouth after his last meal,” Yang Jianli, wrote in the Washington Post on October 24 in an op-ed piece calling on the United Nations (UN) not to reelect China to the Human Rights Council.

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From migrant shelter to the United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen years ago, Eni Lestari was a lost and bewildered soul taking shelter in a migrant worker refuge in Hong Kong from an abusive employer.

But in those short 16 years, her life journey has taken her from the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to stand on the podium at the United Nations in New York and present a contract migrant worker’s perspective on life to representatives of 193 nations.

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Hong Kong migrant voice at United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Eni Lestari, a domestic worker in Hong Kong for 17 years and chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance, is scheduled to speak as a representative of migrants around the world at the first ever United Nations (UN) Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York on September 19.

Lestari was chosen by the office of the president of the General Assembly of the UN to address the migrant situation. 

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Human rights are not novelties

NEW YORK (SE): Human dignity and human rights are getting a tough time today, the permanent observer from the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said at a debate on the nature of a human right marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN and the 50th anniversary of the formation of human rights covenants at the organisation’s headquarters in New York in the United States of America on July 13.

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Ban calls for stronger civic society in China

HONG KONG (SE): During a visit to China from July 6 to 10, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, praised the Middle Kingdom for the leading work it has done in the environmental field, as well as its remarkable transformation over the past 10 years in terms of its contribution to various United Nations’ (UN) missions around the world.

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