Month: December 2017

The sunscreen protecting you might be damaging that coral reef

  Scientists have bad news for holiday-makers: the sunscreen protecting your skin as you swim or snorkel in the balmy tropical water might be killing the very coral reef and its amazing marine life that you came to enjoy. Many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a chemical that helps filter out the ultraviolet rays that cause skin […]

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law and has helped countless people to gain greater freedom and security. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. “Over seven decades, this mighty document has helped to profoundly change […]

UN refugee agency urges that Rohingya return to Myanmar should be of own volition

The governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar reached an agreement to negotiate for the Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar. Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the UNHCR, urged that the Rohingyas should be allowed to return voluntary, and under safe conditions. To escape abuse, torture, and mass execution, over 620,000 refugees fled to Bangladesh in the […]

UN warns Australian Government on Manus refugees and asylum-seekers

The Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra (UNHCR), Thomas Albrecht, has warned the Australian government “the situation still unfolding on Manus Island presents a grave risk of further deterioration, and of further damage to extremely vulnerable human beings”. This follows the recent release of footage on November 24 of uniformed […]