Archives for posts with tag: Australia

Principle of non-refoulement – prohibition on forced return of person to country where his/her life or freedom would be threatened – in 1951 Refugee Convention & more broadly under customary international law is clear, UNHCR pointed out.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48211#.U7v5KJRX-uY25-07-2011boatpeople

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea & Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for 2-year terms beginning 1 January 2013.  In vote for UN Security Council, does ICC (International Criminal Court) membership & strong support favor election (see Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg)?  Rwanda is not member of ICC & ran unopposed from African Group.Image

Blog Report: AUSTRALIA VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS & LOSES BID FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL? By Ambassador Mo
Australia’s Parliament adopted an act that would allow re-opening of offshore detention center for migrant asylum seekers & was promptly warned this may bring about human rights violations. The UN High Commissioner reiterates her call for a rethink of Australia’s asylum & migration policy. –MORE–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/australia-violates-human-rights-loses-bid-for-un-security-council/55692Image

Blog Report: WILL INDIGENOUS FORUM LEAVE IMPRINT? By Ambassador Mo
The Indigenous Forum ends at the United Nations this week with an address from the UN General Assembly President and a special program offered by the Australia Mission to the UN. The UN GA President from Qatar, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser offered his view as to advancement of objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. – More & Photo Gallery
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/will-indigenous-forum-leave-imprint/52460Image

 

ECOLOGY-DIPLOMAT ImageReport: “EARTH HOUR” OBSERVED BY UNITED NATIONS, By Ambassador Mo
The United Nations turned off the lights for one hour at its Headquarters in New York ending another March 31, 2012 observance of “Earth Hour.”  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered that the UN was turning off its lights “in solidarity with men, women & children – 20% of all humankind – who live with no access to electricity.”  –More–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/earth-hour-observed-by-united-nations/49484