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UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to Review Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia | Instant News

GENEVA (8 April 2021) – United Nations Enforced Disappearances Committee (CED) will hold its upcoming sessions from April 12 to May 7, including reviewing the country reports of Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia.

The 20th session will begin on April 12 at 12:30 Geneva time, and will be handled by a survivor of enforced disappearance in 2018. The woman, who joined from Mexico, will pay tribute to all victims of enforced disappearance and share her views. about the impact of the Committee’s work in its case. The opening and victim’s testimony will be broadcast on the web Web TV.

During the session, the Committee, which has received individual country reports from Switzerland, Colombia and Mongolia, and input from non-governmental organizations, will discuss various issues with the respective State delegations.

Among the possible issues to be discussed:

Switzerland (April 13-15): domestic law on enforced disappearances; wrong transfer of children; measures taken to respect the principle of non-refoulement in cases of enforced disappearance; training of relevant state officials on the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances.

Colombia (19-20 April): harmonization of domestic law with International Conventions, search & investigation & reparations mechanisms.

(21-23 April): criminalization, investigation and prevention of enforced disappearances, including measures to ensure respect for fundamental legal protections and to maintain accurate records of all persons deprived of their liberty.

The above public dialogue will be held online and live broadcast. Further information on the 20th session, including reports submitted by States Parties and schedules for public dialogue, is now available at session site.

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Removed – New Zealand’s Link to the Covert Genocide | Instant News

The latest Stuff Circuit documentary, Deleted, investigate China’s persecution of Uyghurs and reveal how all of us – including the New Zealand government – are compromised.

There is a growing international awareness of large-scale human rights abuses against Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in Xinjiang, northwest China: intensive surveillance, extra-judicial detention, forced labor.

Deleted centered around the role of New Zealand: telling the story of New Zealand Uyghurs and their struggles to find out what happened to missing family members, while also investigating our own links to the same human rights abuses.

“The scale and horror of what is happening to the Uighurs is becoming increasingly clear,” said producer Lousia Cleave, “and hearing stories from the Uyghur community here about their friends and family who have disappeared is heartbreaking.”

“So we wondered: what New Zealand ties are there? Can we be comfortable with our position in what is now known as genocide? So we did some digging. “

The resulting Stuff Circuit investigation established a link between a New Zealand business and a Chinese company selected for playing a major role in Uighur human rights abuses.

“What’s more,” Cleave said, “there is a relationship with the government too.”

New Zealand is economically dependent on China – our biggest trading partner – and while our government says it is concerned about the situation facing the Uighurs, the documentary Stuff Circuit reveals how its actions don’t support those words.

Due to reporting difficulties from Xinjiang, the Stuff Circuit had to find an innovative way to tell the story.

Director / editor Toby Longbottom said the result was a new creative direction for the team.

“This is one of the most visually challenging projects we’ve worked on and it’s important to find a way to tell this important story in a way that people can connect with.”

“We are happy with the results,” said Longbottom. “This is a story that needs to be told and we are delighted to have found a unique way to do it.”

Deleted funded with support from NZ On Air. Scan the QR code below to watch the documentary and explore interactive content on www.stuff.co.nz/deleted.

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Another New Zealand Middle East Military Deal Fails in Prime Minister’s ‘Sniffing Test’ | Instant News

The Palestinian Solidarity Network Aotearoa said the Prime Minister should implement the ‘Middle East sniff test’ again. This time for the New Zealand government’s military dealings with Israel.

It follows that Air New Zealand is repairing equipment for the Saudi Arabian navy, while Saudi Arabia attacks civilians in Yemen, triggering a severe humanitarian crisis.

PSNA chairman John Minto said the Prime Minister should sniff out the purchase of New Zealand Defense Force military equipment from Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems Limited.

“The Elbit system acts illegally under international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. ‘

“This is too much for the New Zealand Superfund, which withdrew investment from Elbit Systems in 2012.”

The Superfund found Elbit was helping build Israel’s so-called “security wall” inside the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In 2003, the International Court of Justice declared the wall illegal under international law.

John Minto said the Elbit System offers its weapons “battle tested” in Palestine.

“However, despite the stance taken by Superfund, and the ACC as well, the Ministry of Defense ignored the requirements of New Zealand and international law, not to say basic morality, and continued to purchase military equipment from the Elbit System.”

“Previous Defense Minister Ron Mark ignored international law and the brutal persecution of the Palestinian people.”

“The purchase continues,” said John Minto. There is blood on this apparatus.

“The PM must follow his nose and resolve this issue quickly – the office of the new Minister of Defense has not responded to four PSNA communications on the matter since last year’s election.”

“New Zealand’s defense and foreign policy must have an ethical and moral basis in line with international law, United Nations resolutions, and in particular New Zealand’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

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Switzerland and WFP are helping urban Kirgiz families overcome the difficulties of the pandemic | Instant News


BISHKEK – The Swiss government has donated CHF2.5 million to boost the support of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to vulnerable Kyrgyz families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WFP will use the funds for cash transfers to 80,000 people who will work on creating community assets or skills training programs designed to increase employment opportunities and build their resilience to future shocks.

“The Swiss government and the people of Switzerland are proud to stand with Kyrgyzstan in supporting the people most vulnerable to being hit by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Swiss Ambassador to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Véronique Hulmann. “Our partnership with WFP will help the poorest families to sustain their livelihoods through these difficult times.”

WFP, in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower and Social Development, will prioritize families living in urban and semi-urban areas, where communities are particularly affected by socio-economic impacts.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Swiss Government, WFP can help families meet their basic dietary needs, while giving them freedom of choice as they tackle the pandemic, develop marketable skills and increase community assets. By injecting cash into the market, we help create demand, benefiting the entire community, including local food producers, ”said Andrea Bagnoli, WFP Chief Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Already in April 2020, as an initial response to the pandemic, Switzerland donated CHF 200,000 through WFP to immediately support social inpatient institutions and boarding schools across the country. The assistance reached more than 3,000 people, including orphans, elderly people and people with disabilities for three months.


The Swiss government provides assistance for the development of the Kyrgyz Republic in order to improve the welfare of the population. Over the past 25 years Switzerland has provided more than CHF 450 million to Kyrgyzstan in the form of technical, financial and humanitarian support.

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Lunch Honoring New Zealand’s Korean War Veterans | Instant News

On 22 Jan 2021, Universal Peace Federation-NZ held a luncheon in honor of New Zealand Korean War veterans. The venue is the Rose Garden Hotel opposite the Korean War Memorial at Sir Dove Meyer Park in Auckland’s Parnell.

For many, the Korean War is sometimes referred to in the English-speaking world as “The Forgotten War” or “The Unknown War” because of the lack of public attention it received during and after the war. Only today, 70 years, we can take a deeper look at the meaning of this war and how it has affected the world.

The Korean War in many ways never ended. No peace treaty was signed but only a truce. The world’s most intense demilitarized zones were created to separate people and their families, most of whom never saw each other again. Until recently there were very few connections.

For us in a free and democratic world, we see a cruel dictatorship taking place in the North, without permission to travel abroad. Except for a few people in official government affairs, the movements of everyone in the north are tightly controlled. They are people who suffer.

In the south of what we see, developing democracies are now producing cutting-edge technology and beautiful cultures that enhance our world. But more importantly, South Korea has become a bastion again of communism and the management of its people which is like a dictatorship. What a contrast.

Imagine if our soldiers and UN troops did not go to defend the south. The whole of Korea will become a communist country, the result is a huge prison, the leaders of which threaten the world with even greater power.

Perhaps no one knows this more than the founders of the Universal Peace Federation Pastor Dr Sun Myung Moon and his wife Dr Hak Ja Han Moon who are both refugees from the north. Rev Moon was imprisoned in the north in a death camp for nearly 3 years. His release was only obtained when UN troops arrived in Incheon.

This is why the people of South Korea and the free democracy world should be forever grateful for our Korean War veterans.

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