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New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

December 13, 2019 No comments

New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

INTERNATIONAL, 13 December 2019, Human Rights - A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.”  The amendment to the Citizenship Act gives priority to Hindus, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims, including minority sects.  “Although India’s broader naturalization laws remain in place, these amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality”, Jeremy Laurence, a spokesperson with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said on Friday.  India’s Parliament passed the controversial law on Wednesday, which has sparked protests and clashes in several locations.  Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mr. Laurence said it appears to undermine India’s commitment to equality before the...

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UN human rights report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of deadly Chile protests

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UN human rights report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of deadly Chile protests

INTERNATIONAL, 13 December 2019, Human Rights - During the recent mass protests which led Chile to declare a state of emergency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report published on Friday that international human rights norms had been violated by both police and army personnel, which should be prosecuted. The 30-page report based on research during the first three weeks of November, extensively details multiple allegations, including torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police against people held in detention. The leader of the UN mission, Imma Guerras-Delgado, told journalists in Geneva, that the overall management of demonstrations by the police “was carried out in a fundamentally repressive manner.” When a student protest in October over...

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‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins for Ebola-hit communities in DR Congo

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‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins for Ebola-hit communities in DR Congo

INTERNATIONAL, 13 December 2019, Health - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola linked to ongoing violence by armed groups targeting remote communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.  According to the UN agency’s latest outbreak update, 27 new cases were identified last week in the east of the country – three times the average number of infections in the past 21 days.  “The last three weeks were below 10 cases and this is only in four (DRC health) zones, and this is where we need to ensure access to finish the job,” Dr Michel Yao, Incident Manager, with the WHO Ebola Response team in the DRC, told journalists in...

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A year on from Yemen talks breakthrough, top UN Envoy hails ‘shift’ towards peace, despite setbacks

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A year on from Yemen talks breakthrough, top UN Envoy hails ‘shift’ towards peace, despite setbacks

INTERNATIONAL, 13 December 2019, Peace and Security - When warring parties in Yemen met in a renovated castle outside the Swedish capital last December for UN-brokered talks, they showed that perhaps there could be a way out of brutal conflict and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN Special Envoy for the country said this week.   Martin Griffiths sat down for an exclusive interview with UN News to review the Stockholm Agreement, the historic outcome of the talks which marked the first time in two years that the internationally-recognized Government and Houthi opposition leaders had come to the negotiating table, and talk face-to-face.  “We came out of the Sweden talks very buoyed up by the fact that for the first time ever, the two parties had made a voluntary...

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As COP25 goes into the night, Guterres calls for more climate ambition

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As COP25 goes into the night, Guterres calls for more climate ambition

INTERNATIONAL, 13 December 2019, Climate Change - With national delegations thrashing out an outcome agreement at the UN COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, the UN chief has called on countries to be more ambitious, side strongly with science, and commit to stronger action. “Today is the last day of the COP25 in Madrid”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. “And I appeal to the delegates of all Member States to convey a message of ambition to the world”. He urged all to align “their objectives with science” to make sure that “temperatures will not rise above 1.5C at the end of the century”. On the last day of #COP25 I appeal to countries to send a message of ambition to the world - to align their climate objectives...

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Government meets to Discuss Developments on French side

Government meets to Discuss Developments on French side

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Prime Minster Silveria Jacobs,...

December 14, 2019 No comments

U.S. and Canada issue travel alerts regarding French Saint Martin

U.S. and Canada issue travel alerts regarding French Saint Martin

SAINT MARTIN (MARIGOT) – Travel alerts have been issued by...

December 14, 2019 No comments

MP Brison attempts again to get justice personnel paid

MP Brison attempts again to get justice personnel paid

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Member of Parliament (MP) Rolando Brison...

December 13, 2019 No comments

Voges presents Pioneers in the Catholic Education & Healthcare to Minister Violenus

Voges presents Pioneers in the Catholic Education & Healthcare to…

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Mathias S. Voges, the...

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Senior Judge H.W. (Rian) Vogels appointed President of the Integrity Chamber of Sint Maarten

December 13, 2019

Senior Judge H.W. (Rian) Vogels appointed President of the Integrity Chamber of Sint Maarten

THE NETHERLANDS/SINT MAARTEN - The Kingdom Council of Ministers today, Friday, approved the appointm...

Mullet Bay Inquiry Commission members installed by Parliament

December 12, 2019

Mullet Bay Inquiry Commission members installed by Parliament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The members of the Mullet Bay Inquiry Commission were appointed on Wedn...

UD calls for political maturity during parliamentary election campaign

December 12, 2019

UD calls for political maturity during parliamentary election campaign

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Cancer is a devastating disease that continues to bring physical and phys...

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Christmas Scramble at Mullet Bay Golf Course

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Christmas Scramble at Mullet Bay Golf Course

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Santa Claus came early this year and with a big crowd of helpers. In total 76 golfers scattered over Mullet Bay Golf Course over the weekend in decorated carts, wearing San...

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Christmas is coming to WPS on Saturday. You’re invited to the Annual Lighting of the Tree

December 13, 2019 No comments

Christmas is coming to WPS on Saturday. You’re invited to the Annual Lighting of the Tree

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Christmas is coming to Philipsburg and especially at the Walter Plantz Square (WPS) at Down Street on Saturday afternoon, December 14.  Come out and join the Lighting of the Annual...

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Suspect who flees crime scene with grocery shop cash register caught by police

December 13, 2019 No comments

Suspect who flees crime scene with grocery shop cash register caught by police

SINT MAARTEN (FORT WILLEM) - The Sint Maarten Police Force patrol was able to apprehend a suspect in connecting with the theft of a cash register at a Chinese supermarket in the Fort Willem area. Acc...

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St.Tosia’s Docdoc Lizard Oil

December 13, 2019 No comments

St.Tosia’s Docdoc Lizard Oil

SINT MAARTEN (COMMENTARY – By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert) - There's all sorts of medicines that you can buy, no matter what ailment you've got. Here is a special one that especially the wealthy people on St.T...

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Sol Experts Supports Labour Inspectorate Occupational Safety & Health Awareness Campaign

December 13, 2019

Sol Experts Supports Labour Inspectorate Occupational Safety & Health Awareness Campaign

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) - SOL ANTILLES N.V. (Sol) is proud to support St Maarten’s Labour Inspectorat...

German Television Crew on Island to Film Nature Foundation Conservation Activities

December 13, 2019

German Television Crew on Island to Film Nature Foundation Conservation Activities

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - This week, the well-known German television documentary ‘Mare TV’ (Ocean T...

Saba welcomes Princess Beatrix

December 13, 2019

Saba welcomes Princess Beatrix

SABA - With a small delay and in the pouring rain, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands landed on Sab...

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Minister Doran highlights past decisions of predecessor

December 12, 2019 No comments

Minister Doran highlights past decisions of predecessor

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Caretaker Minister of Justice Geerlings made a decision on 12 November 2019 ratified in Ministerial Decree, in which the process of Rechtspositie, Function Books and t...

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Geerlings delves into retro-active payments for police and judicial sector

December 12, 2019 No comments

Geerlings delves into retro-active payments for police and judicial sector

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – Former Minister of Finance and caretaker Minister of Justice Perry Geerlings, on Thursday released a statement in reaction to a media statement of Minister of Justice Egbert...

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Borders between French and Dutch side are open. Authorities directing motorists to the French side via Bellevue border crossing

December 13, 2019

Borders between French and Dutch side are open. Authorities directing motorists to the French side via Bellevue border crossing

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The police of Sint Maarten KPSM received a message earlier this evening...

UPDATE: A thriller in the Library

December 13, 2019

UPDATE: A thriller in the Library

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Children book authoress Loekie Morales presents the Philipsburg Jubilee...

Holiday Safety: Shop Smart, Shop Safe this Holiday Season

December 13, 2019

Holiday Safety: Shop Smart, Shop Safe this Holiday Season

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The 2019 holiday season is here. The number one concern this holi...

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SXM Achievers Club invites public to Engagement Session with Election Candidates at 5.00PM

December 14, 2019 No comments

SXM Achievers Club invites public to Engagement Session with Election Candidates at 5.00PM

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Today Saturday, December 14th, the SXM Achievers Club will be hosting a meeting called from Candidate to Achiever. The intention of this meeting is to engage the candidate...

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) December 14, 2019    …A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAIN...

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