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Probe human rights violations in Philippines: UN

‘Special Rapporteurs call for investigation’ DAVAO CITY – UN Special Rapporteurs have urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Philippines Rejects Call for UN Rights Council Probe

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Philippines on Saturday rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into Manila';s alleged human rights violations, describing it as interference in the affairs of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

Philippines Rejects Call for UN Rights Council Probe

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Philippines on Saturday rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into Manila';s alleged human rights violations, describing it as interference in the affairs of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

MANILA, Philippins – The Philippines on Saturday, June 8, rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into Manila's alleged human rights violations, describing it as interference in the affairs of the Asian nation. (READ:  U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines ) UN rights experts asked the UN Human Rights Council on Friday to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – United Nations human rights experts on Friday, June 7, called on the intergovernmental organization to conduct an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines. "Given the scale and seriousness of the reported human rights violations we call on the Human Rights Council to establish an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Human rights experts push for UN probe on Philippine violations

HUMAN RIGHTS experts on Friday called on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to launch an independent investigation on the alleged violations in the Philippines, which they said has been worsening with the government showing no signs of intent to address the situation......»»

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FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer br /> ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino's favored plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved Tuesday by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino's election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA's 211 member federations. With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million despite some extra operating costs and prize money for teams. FIFA's six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will each get. UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favored to be played in North America. The CONCACAF region has not hosted the World Cup since the 1994 tournament in the United States. American, Canadian and Mexican soccer leaders have had informal talks about a co-hosting bid. Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The 'absolute quality' of play, defined by high-ranked teams facing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA acknowledged in a research document sent to members last month. It made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion. Instead, Infantino wants to create fervor and months of anticipation back home in the 16 extra nations which would qualify, some probably making their World Cup debut. FIFA has pointed to Costa Rica, Wales and Iceland as examples of teams which overachieved at recent tournaments. FIFA must break with soccer tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan — with an opening playoff round sending 16 'one-and-done' teams home early — was unpopular. Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams. FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws. Despite the 16 extra games, FIFA believes the current maximum of stadiums needed will stay at the 12 used by Brazil and Russia. However, the demand for more training bases and hotels means developed countries would be better equipped to win future hosting contests. North America is the strong favorite for 2026 because European and Asian countries are blocked by a FIFA rule excluding continents which hosted either of the two previous tournaments. Russia will host the World Cup next year and Qatar in 2022. South America has been focused on a centenary tournament including original 1930 host Uruguay, and African nations are seen as lacking existing capacity and unlikely to fund multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending. .....»»

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Philippines to remain in UN rights body

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will continue to serve in the United Nations Human Rights Council as member of the Geneva-based body......»»

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Portugal’s Guterres set to be UN secretary general

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next secretary general of the United Nations following a decisive vote by the Security Council on Wednesday......»»

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UN appoints first expert on LGBT violence and discrimination

UNITED NATIONS — The Human Rights Council has appointed international human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand as the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gend.....»»

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DFA chief hits UN over human rights

The Philippines’ top diplomat hit back at the United Nations, saying it should not threaten states with accountability for taking a tough approach to dealing with crime......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

World cannot afford major confrontation in the Gulf – U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS – The world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Thursday, June 13, as the Security Council prepared to meet to discuss suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the strategic sea lane. The latest incident, the second in the Gulf of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

DFA hits UN rights probe

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has rejected the call of United Nations rights experts for an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, calling it an act of “bad faith” to undermine domestic processes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov t has nothing to hide?

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo questioned the Duterte administration's move to reject  an independent United Nations (UN) probe into alleged human rights violations in the country. In her radio show on Sunday, June 9, Robredo said the Philippine government should have no problems with the probe if it did ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Palace hits interference by UN rights experts

Malacañang yesterday rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into the alleged human rights violations in the Philippines, saying it “smacks of unpardonable intrusions on our sovereignty.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

‘Intellectually challenged’: Palace slams UN experts’ call for probe into ‘staggering’ Philippines killings

Malacañang on Saturday described as “intellectually challenged” and “an outrageous interference” the latest call of United Nations experts for an external probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines, adding that the country is a “working vibrant democracy.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

UN experts seek probe into ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation in Philippines

United Nations human rights experts called for an independent investigation into what they called a sharp deterioration in the situation of human rights in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Freedom of expression in Myanmar still dire – U.N.

GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN on Tuesday, May 7, praised the release of two Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, but warned that freedom of expression remains heavily restricted in the country. The release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is "good news," United Nations human rights ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

U.N. experts to PH gov t: Stop red-tagging Corpuz, human rights groups

MANILA, Philippines – Three United Nations experts on Wednesday, May 1, condemned the continuous attacks and allegations linking one of their own to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).  The UN special rapporteurs said that the new accusations against UN special rapporteur ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2019

US, Mexico could team up and meet FIFA's World Cup need

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   ZURICH (AP) — The United States and Mexico could team up and meet FIFA's need for the biggest-ever World Cup in 2026 being staged by the most host nations. Canada has also joined the North American neighbors for informal talks about a three-way bid in a contest that FIFA will complete during American President-elect Donald Trump's first term, according to persons familiar with the talks. They spoke on grounds of anonymity because the talks are confidential. FIFA's decision Tuesday to expand the 2026 tournament — to 48 teams from 32, playing 80 games instead of 64 — increased the chances of co-hosting to share the load. 'In some regions not only does it make more sense, it's the only sense,' said FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani, who leads the Canadian soccer federation. 'I think when more countries share (hosting) it's an opportunity to grow the game.' Asked specifically about a potential three-way bid with the U.S. and Mexico, Montagliani said: 'It's definitely a possibility because the rules now allow for it. 'I also respect the fact that each country has the possibility to put on the World Cup (alone) and I think the discussions will happen quite soon as to what is our region is going to look like at this World Cup as I think it is an opportunity for CONCACAF.' U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati also took part in a unanimous FIFA Council decision. Though Mexico soccer leader Decio de Maria does not sit on FIFA's strategy-setting panel, he was also in Zurich with a top-level delegation from the regional soccer body, known as CONCACAF. The region was already favored to get its first World Cup since the U.S.-hosted 1994 edition, even before Tuesday's expansion decision. It now demands more high-quality training camps, hotels and transport for 48 teams, plus FIFA officials and hundreds of thousands of visiting fans. 'It means the number of countries that can host it without building major infrastructure and stadiums is limited,' said Gulati, adding his board has a 'fundamental decision' whether to bid. The U.S. could go alone, or bid with one or both neighbors. Uniting the U.S. and Mexico could win support from more than 20 Spanish-speaking federations among 211 FIFA members that now choose the World Cup hosts. It should also appeal to FIFA's sense of soccer having a role in society, amid tense cross-border relations caused by Trump's outspoken comments on Mexico. 'Listen, I'm a football guy, I'm not a politician,' said Montagliani, who like Gulati speaks fluent Spanish. 'The only thing I know from afar about Trump is that he's a big sports guy and he's proven that in the past ... so you would hope that football will trump politics. No pun intended.' FIFA typically looks for strong government support, and has it in the next two World Cup host nations Russia and Qatar. Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko is a FIFA Council member and attended Tuesday's meeting. FIFA has allowed co-costing at just one of 22 World Cups from 1930 through 2022, which included Mexico hosting alone in 1970 and '86. FIFA's former leaders later pledged not to repeat their 'two of everything' experience of 2002 in Japan and South Korea. Still, Infantino campaigned for the presidency last year promising an open mind about pan-regional hosting. FIFA's target is May 2020 to choose the 2026 host, though that could change during meetings being held in Bahrain in May. Asked if bidding could be accelerated if only three candidates emerged, and who all wanted to work together, Infantino said: 'It is premature to discuss about it now.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017