UN rights commission again suspends work after approval of new Council

The outgoing United Nations Commission on Human Rights suspended its work for a further week today pending new directives after last week’s historic approval by the General Assembly of a stronger Human Rights Council to replace it. Ambassador Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros of Peru, chairman of the panel’s 62nd session in Geneva, said he was awaiting a resolution from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which would contain substantive elements for the form of the Commission’s work. As a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, the new Council has a higher status and greater accountability than the much criticized Commission, which meets yearly in Geneva. It will meet year round as opposed to the six-week annual session of the Commission, and its members will be elected by a majority of all 191 UN Members. The Commission, which first suspended its work shortly after opening its 62nd session on 13 March, decided by consensus to continue the suspension until Monday, 27 March at 3 p.m.“The establishment of the Council marked the consolidation of a system that should improve the capacity of the United Nations to protect human rights,” the Commission said in a statement.“In that connection, the Council had a number of instruments and mechanisms that should allow for the effectiveness and legitimacy of the system to be channelled towards greater promotion and protection of human rights.” read more

Substantial exploration target for key deposit at Sandstone gold project WA

first_imgAn Exploration Target of 24 Mt to 34 Mt at 1.1g/t to 1.4g/t Au, comprising between 0.9 Moz and 1.5 Moz of gold has been estimated between 140 and 700 m depth for the Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps deposit at Middle Island’s Sandstone gold project in Western Australia. The potential quantity and grade of the Exploration Target is conceptual in nature, as there has been insufficient exploration to estimate a Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the estimation of a Mineral Resource. The estimated Exploration Target follows the incorporation of results from diamond core hole MSDD156, which generated a gold intercept of 508.3 m at 1.38g/t Au, including 160 m at 2.31g/t Au. The target confirms the presence of a substantial and ubiquitously mineralised system measuring ~250 m in strike and up to 90 m in width at surface, which is mineralised to at least 713 m depth and remains open beneath this level.Within the Exploration Target, broader, sub-horizontal zones of higher grade mineralisation include approximate true width intercepts of 22 m at 5.95 g/t, 37 m at 4.46 g/t, 50 m at 2.71 g/t, 13 m at 6.39g/t and 11 m at 6.89 g/t Au.The new target, along with encouraging results derived from recent metallurgical and mineralogical test work, increases the potential for bulk underground mining beneath the proposed open-pit cutback on the Two Mile Hill tonalite deposit.Formal resource updates for both the Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps and BIF deposits are being prepared by an independent consultant prior to completing the underground mining concept study.last_img read more