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04 June 2017

 

The delegation of Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), led by its president Dr. Hong Tao-Tze, was invited by H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman, Prime Minister of Bahrain, to visit Bahrain during the first week of June for cultural exchanges. Cabinet Affairs Minister, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Motawa, received in Manama on May 31st, 2017, in the presence of Shaikh Hussam bin Isa Al Khalifa, the President of the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, and his accompanying delegation.

 

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Paris, May 29, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on May 29, 2017, will be an important first test of the French president’s commitment to reflecting human rights in France’s foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Photo:Secretary-General António Guterres (right) lays a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

24 May 2017
While the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is 29 May, the Organization today held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground.

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Photo:French President-elect Emmanuel Macron waves as he arrives to attend a handover ceremony with outgoing President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

May 24, 2017
(Paris) – French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that human rights are central to his policies, both within France and globally, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the president with a proposed human rights agenda.

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Photo:Ashraf Fawaqa and his daughter Saba, 4, stand next to the rubble of their East Jerusalem home on May 15; Israeli authorities demolished the house on May 4 because they lacked a permit.

May 21, 2017
Ashraf and Islam Fawaqa were at a hospital checkup for their month-old daughter, Aya, on May 4, when Ashraf got a phone call that Israeli forces were demolishing their home.

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Photo:Newly arriving refugees wave and laugh as the large inflatable boat they are in approaches the shore, near the village of Skala Eressos, on the island of Lesbos, in the North Aegean region of Greece.

19 May 2017
Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area yesterday.

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Photo:In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, three children look out of the window of a train, which was boarded by refugees primarily from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, at a reception centre for refugees and migrants, in Gevgelija.

18 May 2017
The number of children traveling alone has increased five–fold since 2010, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, warning that many young refugees and migrants are taking highly dangerous routes, often at the mercy of traffickers, to reach their destinations.

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Photo:Delegates and officials from around Asia and the Pacific gather in Bangkok, Thailand for the opening of the 73rd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

15 May 2017
Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Photo:Schoolchildren, all wearing shirts bearing the words: “Your Promise, Our Future,” streamed down the aisles at the close of the Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the UN General Assembly in New York, April 22, 2016.

MAY 11, 2017

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, the Paris Agreement brought all nations—developed and developing, and including China and India—together to fight the climate crisis. U.S. leadership was critical in getting us there.

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Photo:South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in celebrates at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, May 9, 2017.

May 9, 2017Seoul
South Korean President-elect Moon Jae-In should place human rights at the heart of his domestic and foreign policies, Human Rights Watch said today. Moon replaces President Park Geun-Hye, who was impeached in December 2016 and formally removed from office on March 10.

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Photo:Sifola, age 13, stands in the home she shares with her husband and in-laws. Her parents took her out of school and arranged her marriage because they were struggling with poverty and wanted to conserve their resources in order to pay for her brothers’ schooling. Her family bribed local officials to forge a birth certificate that showed her age as over 18 in order to marry her off. March 31, 2015.

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Photo:Some 275 refugees and migrants waiting to disembark from a tug in the Port of Pozzalo, Italy, after being rescued a few days earlier.

9 May 2017
About 6,600 migrants and refugees were rescued in the past few days trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, United Nations authorities have said, as rescuers are on the lookout for up to 245 people missing after two shipwrecks this weekend.

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