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  • Argentina is speaking up for its women, we should join them

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    Guest Writer
    18 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    By Magdalena Medley, Development & Policy, International Coordination and Member Advocacy Assistant and Debbie Sharnak, Argentina Country Specialist Argentina’s society will not tolerate losing one more woman to gender based violence. Not even one. That is what the social media campaign #NiUnaMenos is all about. The hashtag #NiUnaMenos, meaning not even one less (woman) represents the support Argentinian society has for these victims and their families. As it went viral on Twitter we can see that they are not going to tolerate this type of violence, they will not stay silent. Two more…
  • South Korea: Cold War Relic Law Criminalizes Criticism

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    Human Rights Watch
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those imprisoned under the law, drop charges against others accused under the law, and launch an inclusive process to review the law with the aim of revoking or revising provisions that violate international human rights standards. (New York) – The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to…
  • Islamic State left 'booby-trapped corpses' in Kobani

    IRIN
    26 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    LONDON, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - Four months after the militants of so-called Islamic State were driven out of Syria's Kobani, returning residents are still struggling to deal with the awful mess left behind, including, as a new report highlights, booby-trapped bodies. World attention appears to have moved on. Has Kobani been forgotten?
  • Re:publica Keynote: The System is Broken – That’s the Good News

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    Ethan
    5 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    I’m at the wonderful Re:publica conference for a single day, racing home to teach tomorrow… and thus far I’ve given a keynote and done over 12 interviews, so I haven’t gotten the whole feel of the conference yet. Still, it’s one of the most wonderful and high energy venues I’ve ever spoken at, and I’m having a great time. My talk this morning focused on civics in the age of mistrust. The organizers (wisely?) put a different title on it, but the audience clearly got the core idea: we’re at a moment in time where mistrust in institutions is at a…
  • Map of the Day: Where People Go Hungry

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Today’s map comes from the Fresh-out-the-Oven State of Food Insecurity report, a flagship publication by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. It’s shows something pretty remarkable: global hunger rates and the prevalence of malnutrition are at their lowest points ever. The data doesn’t go back farther than 1990, but it’s fair to say that the rates of food insecurity around the world are probably at their lowest point in human history. From the report: About 795 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2014–16, just over one every…
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  • South Korea: Cold War Relic Law Criminalizes Criticism

    Human Rights Watch
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those imprisoned under the law, drop charges against others accused under the law, and launch an inclusive process to review the law with the aim of revoking or revising provisions that violate international human rights standards. (New York) – The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to…
  • New FIFA President Should End Abuses

    Human Rights Watch
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup are required to comply with fundamental human rights norms, Human Rights Watch said today. The FIFA presidential election will be held in Zurich on May 29, 2015. (New York) – The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football AssociationFIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup…
  • Southeast Asia: Put Rights at Center of Boat People Summit

    Human Rights Watch
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers. (Bangkok) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations…
  • Gambia: Dozens Held Incommunicado, ‘Disappeared’

    Human Rights Watch
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Gambian authorities have detained incommunicado, depriving them of all contact with the outside world, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015. Those detained include women, elderly people, and a child, and many are believed to be in ill-health. (Dakar) – Gambian authorities have detained incommunicado, depriving them of all contact with the outside world, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty…
  • Southeast Asia: Accounts from Rohingya Boat People

    Human Rights Watch
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Rohingya and other survivors of dangerous boat voyages from Burma and Bangladesh describe horrific treatment by unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers in Burma, and abuse and neglect aboard ships, Human Rights Watch said today. A regional meeting scheduled on May 29, 2015, in Bangkok must find solutions to the so-called boat people exodus. (Bangkok) – Rohingya and other survivors of dangerous boat voyages from Burma and Bangladesh describe horrific treatment by unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers in Burma, and abuse and neglect aboard ships, Human…
 
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  • Islamic State left 'booby-trapped corpses' in Kobani

    26 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    LONDON, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - Four months after the militants of so-called Islamic State were driven out of Syria's Kobani, returning residents are still struggling to deal with the awful mess left behind, including, as a new report highlights, booby-trapped bodies. World attention appears to have moved on. Has Kobani been forgotten?
  • "They beat us with chains": Life inside Libya's migrant detention centres

    26 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    MISRATA, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - After enduring long, perilous journeys through the Sahara desert, often experiencing kidnapping and violence at the hands of smugglers, migrants and asylum-seekers who eventually reach Libya risk arrest and long periods of incarceration in one of the country's 20 official detention centres – all of which are overcrowded and underfunded.
  • Lives at risk as Nepal earthquake funding dries up

    25 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    NUWAKOT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - There was an outpouring of emergency funding in the immediate aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. But one month on, lives are at risk as the money dries up. With monsoon rains expected within weeks, relief efforts are expected to become even more challenging in a country where many villages are accessible only by foot:
  • Food worries widen in Mauritania

    25 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    NOUAKCHOTT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - More than 465,000 people in Mauritania, where lean season is already underway, are expected to face severe food insecurity by June, due in large part to last year's poor harvests.
  • Grief not justice for Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan

    25 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    OSH, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - Five years after ethnic riots roiled Kyrgyzstan, not only has the minority Uzbek community found little to no justice for the hundreds killed but it finds itself increasingly blamed and marginalised as Kyrgyz nationalism takes hold.
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  • Re:publica Keynote: The System is Broken – That’s the Good News

    Ethan
    5 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    I’m at the wonderful Re:publica conference for a single day, racing home to teach tomorrow… and thus far I’ve given a keynote and done over 12 interviews, so I haven’t gotten the whole feel of the conference yet. Still, it’s one of the most wonderful and high energy venues I’ve ever spoken at, and I’m having a great time. My talk this morning focused on civics in the age of mistrust. The organizers (wisely?) put a different title on it, but the audience clearly got the core idea: we’re at a moment in time where mistrust in institutions is at a…
  • Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling

    Ethan
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD. Alexis Hope (a Masters student in my lab) and Kevin Hu began working on FOLD when they were students in my class News and Participatory Media. The class asks students to take on a reporting task each week, using existing tools or building new ones to solve a particular challenge. FOLD was Alexis and Kevin’s solution to a challenge I put forward around writing “explainers”, articles designed to provide content for stories that give incremental updates to a larger story (and to develop an…
  • The Civic Statuary Project

    Ethan
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The University of Cape Town removed a controversial statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes last week, after a month of student protests. Rhodes, who build the De Beers diamond empire, was an unrepentant imperialist whose wealth came from purchasing mineral rights from indigenous leaders and turning their territories into British protectorates. Under his rule in Cape Colony, many Africans lost the right to vote, a step which some scholars see as leading to enforced racial segregation in South Africa. While Rhodes made major donations to charitable causes – including the land the…
  • Paying Attention to Garissa

    Ethan
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    On Thursday morning, heavily armed attackers, believed to be members of al-Shabaab, invaded Garissa University and killed 147 students. Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabaab official, has been named by the Kenyan government as the mastermind of the attack. Two days later, we are hearing terrifying details, including a student who hid in a wardrobe for more than 50 hours, afraid that the police who came to rescue here were militants trying to lure her out. Her decision was a wise one – the militants told students they would live if they came out of their dormitories… then lined…
  • “It’s scary when we can do this out of love and there’s nothing you can threaten us with”

    Ethan
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    What’s a “holy shit visualization”? It’s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms. For Mike Evans, the map below was a holy shit visualization. Properties in yellow are in tax distress. Those in orange are under tax foreclosure. Those in red have been foreclosed. In 2014, 50% of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • Map of the Day: Where People Go Hungry

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Today’s map comes from the Fresh-out-the-Oven State of Food Insecurity report, a flagship publication by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. It’s shows something pretty remarkable: global hunger rates and the prevalence of malnutrition are at their lowest points ever. The data doesn’t go back farther than 1990, but it’s fair to say that the rates of food insecurity around the world are probably at their lowest point in human history. From the report: About 795 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2014–16, just over one every…
  • Deadly Heat Wave Strikes India

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Deadly heat waves are a regular occurrence in India. But this is much worse than in years past. “At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit)… ‘The state government has taken up education programmes through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water and other measures,’ said P. Tulsi Rani, special commissioner for disaster management in the state. “We have also requested NGOs and government…
  • Episode 66: Ambassador Nicholas Burns

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 May 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Nicholas Burns is one of America’s most decorated diplomats. He began his career in the foreign service as an intern in Mauritania in the early 1980s. By the time he retired in 2008, he had served as the US Ambassador to NATO and the Undersecretary of State of Political Affairs. Needless to say, he’s got some great stories to tell. Now at Harvard, Ambassador Burns reflects on how is career intersected with some of the key inflection points of US foreign policy over the last 30 years, including the end of the cold war, 9-11, the US Invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring. Download on…
  • Map of the Day: Maritime Crisis in the Andaman Sea

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Today’s map comes from the International Organization for Migration.  It offers a detailed visualization of migration routes traveled by Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh in risky sea voyages. The IOM released this map today as part of a $26 million appeal to care for the basic humanitarian needs of 10,000 people affected by this ongoing crisis. The appeal contains some damning data about the number of refugees that took this voyage. According to the IOM, as of 21 May 2015, “only 3,695 person departing from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants have managed to disembark…
  • Mass Graves of Rohingya Refugees Found

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    The exhumation of bodies has begun.Malaysia’s national police chief announced Monday that 139 grave sites and 28 camps of suspected human traffickers had been found in the northern part of the country…The graves were discovered in Malaysia’s northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand’s Songkhla province. There, a similar traffickers’ camp and mass grave were found two weeks ago. The border area has been a way station for smugglers funneling migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar primarily to Malaysia. They use the camps along journeys that can…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Argentina is speaking up for its women, we should join them

    Guest Writer
    18 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    By Magdalena Medley, Development & Policy, International Coordination and Member Advocacy Assistant and Debbie Sharnak, Argentina Country Specialist Argentina’s society will not tolerate losing one more woman to gender based violence. Not even one. That is what the social media campaign #NiUnaMenos is all about. The hashtag #NiUnaMenos, meaning not even one less (woman) represents the support Argentinian society has for these victims and their families. As it went viral on Twitter we can see that they are not going to tolerate this type of violence, they will not stay silent. Two more…
  • Raped, Pregnant, and Denied a Life-Saving Abortion—All at 10-Years-Old

    Guest Writer
    14 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    By Debbie Sharnak, Argentina-Paraguay country specialist A ten-year-old girl and her mother arrived at a hospital in Asunción, Paraguay on April 21 with stomach pains. The doctors quickly discovered the cause of the discomfort—the girl was 21-weeks pregnant, the result of having been raped by her stepfather. At such a young age, the pregnancy is considered high risk by the World Health Organization— child pregnancies are extremely dangerous for the health of the pregnant girl and may lead to complications and even death. Because the bodies of young girls are not fully developed to carry…
  • Arrested and Beaten for Wearing Trousers: Stop the Public Flogging of Women in Sudan!

    Guest Writer
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Three Sudanese women, one of them wearing trousers, walk on a main street in central Khartoum on September 8, 2009. The thousands of women who wear trousers every day all run the risk of a flogging if police decide their clothes are provocative. ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images By Amal Habani, Winner of Amnesty International USA’s 2015 Ginetta Sagan Award In July 2009 when my colleague was arrested and tried for wearing trousers in Khartoum, I could no longer stay silent. Women and girls in Sudan are constantly confronted with obstacles imposed by the public order regime that hinder their…
  • Victory in Paraguay is a Big Step Forward for Domestic Violence Survivors

    Guest Writer
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    By Debbie Sharnak, Argentina-Paraguay country specialist On August 27, 2014, Paraguay took a huge step forward in promoting the rights of domestic violence survivors when they released Lucia Sandoval from prison. Sandoval had been in jail for over three years on the charge of homicide after she defended herself against an abusive husband. Amnesty International Paraguay worked with other local human rights groups to advocate for her release. Finally, at the end of August, Lucia was absolved of all guilt in the case. Rosalie Vega, Executive Director of Amnesty International Paraguay said that…
  • What’s next for women’s rights? Have your say!

    Lisa Schechtman
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
      This month we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 and the kick-off of the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Both of these events happen every year. But this year is special. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the landmark framework on women’s health and rights. This is where our rallying cry, “women’s rights are human rights,” originated (though the concept has been around a lot longer than 20 years!). It’s also the basis of our My Body My Rights campaign, which seeks to accelerate progress on…
 
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    Ushahidi » Blog

  • Reflections on #Tech4Gov Competition in Pakistan

    Angela Oduor Lungati
    25 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    (Blog post by Hyshyama Hamin, Programme Office, Making All Voices Count) The concept of pitching competitions and incubation is not at all new in the tech and innovation space, where individuals, groups and organizations have pitched ideas for start-ups, apps and prototypes, gone on to work with incubators and/or win investor funds and market their products locally and to the world. So what happens when you apply this to a typically donor-grantee development and governance project which has largely been a process whereby applicants respond to an open call via a lengthy project proposal?
  • Beyond Voting: Using Ushahidi to help citizens protect their elections

    Sebastian Mitchell
    21 May 2015 | 1:35 am
    Elections are an important and integral aspect of democracy, meant as a mechanism with which citizens hold their leaders to account for past actions and future promises. When citizens are enabled to actively contribute to an environment in which a free and fair election can take place, it will become less attractive for politicians to meddle in elections and stimulate the emergence of truly citizen-oriented politics. Technology such as Ushahidi can assist in the creation of a more rapid reporting and alert system than traditional electoral monitoring, as well as bring in the voice of citizens…
  • Responsive Web Design Podcast showcases Ushahidi’s design team

    Brandon Rosage
    15 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Responsive Web Design Podcast hosts Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte graciously invited Ushahidi Senior Designer Sophie Shepherd and me to talk this week about how our design team’s focus on performance and pattern libraries has improved the usability of Ushahidi’s products — in the developing world, and everywhere. Our 28-minute conversation touches on Ushahidi’s internal design and development process, including how the design team (comprised largely of former agency designers) communicates with developers and stakeholders at an open-source product company. We also discuss our…
  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.17 release!

    Jess Shorland
    14 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    It’s been a couple of weeks since we last saw an Ushahidi Release. But, there’s been a lot happening in the background leading up to today: Sophie recently talked out designing the v3 frontend, and debut the Ushahidi platform pattern library (Demo here) We conducted some UX tests with a few legacy v2 users, led by Sharon, who posted results of the usability study The design team digested feedback from the UX Test, and has been using that as basis for iterative designs and changes. Today, we roll out Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.17, with lots of new features and changes from the technical…
  • The influence of social and cultural factors on sense making of technology innovation

    Monica Nthiga
    6 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    By Monica Nthiga, Programme Officer, Africa, and Kevin Fender, Fellow, Making All Voices Count. For innovation to make sense it must represent what is plausible and meaningful to the users. In October 2014, Making All Voices Count and Diocese of Kitui- Catholic Justice and Peace Commission launched a project on “Enhancing the participation of women in devolved governance “in Kitui County targeting women and women leaders in Kitui West and Mwingi West constituencies.   The project focus is two fold. Social accountability through engaging women in the budget making and tracking…
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  • International Anti-Drug Forum begins today

    ShereeKrider
    25 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    The First Qatar International Anti-Drug Forum will start today, under the patronage of HE the Prime
  • hugging hope

    Afzal Moolla
    25 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    years days moments minutes hours months weeks decades, pockmarked, weary, skidding, clinging onto, raging roads, hobbled, shovelled, dragged deep, wrestling demons without, within, yet always, always, hugging hope, as night yawns, and a new day dawns …
  • Bureau of Meteorology rejects Maurice Newman's climate claim #Auspol #Denial101x

    John
    25 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Claims by the Prime Minister’s chief business adviser about climate change have been rejected by the head of the Bureau of Meteorology as “incorrect”, irrelevant and “old red herrings”. Earlier this month, Maurice Newman, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s business advisory council, came under fire after he wrote in The Australian that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change was wrong and the real agenda was a “new world order” led by the United Nations. In a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, Greens climate…
  • World leaders missed chance to tackle #climatechange #Auspol 

    John
    25 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Nicholas Stern tells the Hay festival the global economic crisis was a perfect opportunity to make progress on climate change – and we missed it World leaders missed the perfect opportunity to tackle climate change during the global economic crisis, according to the influential economist and academic Lord Stern. The author of the seminal 2006 Stern review on the economics of climate change also criticised what he called a strange and anti-science wing of the Conservative party for putting the brakes on their leaders making progress on the issue in the UK. Stern told an audience at the Hay…
  • "A Problem From Hell" : America and the Age of Genocide (Power)

    cellenbogen
    25 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    This 500+ page book turned out to be a kind of job application for Power. She is now the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Her argument here is straightforward. From the Armendian genocide forward, America has, with one exception (Kosovo), largely opted to stand by (rather than stand up) when faced with the prospect, the first proofs, and the facts of genocide. (Genocide, I hadn’t realized, was a word that Raphael Lemkin – one of the few heroes of this piece – not only invented, but fought to have accepted and used.) “Those,” George Santayana probably said,…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Regional Focus: Asia

    EEM
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Access to Citizenship in Transitional Myanmar: Seeking Rohingya Rights the Wrong Way?, Working Paper, no. 13 (Refugee Law Initiative, May 2015) [text]In Focus: Montagnard Asylum Seekers in Cambodia (Kaldor Centre, May 2015) [access]IOM Appeal: Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Crisis (IOM, May 2015) [text]Joint NGO Statement Ahead of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, Bangkok, 29 May 2015 [text]- Note: More information about the upcoming meeting is available from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Overview of Natural Disasters and Their Impacts in Asia and the…
  • Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions

    EEM
    27 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Event:Panel discussion: Managing Humanitarian Protection: Refugee Resettlement and Other Global Solutions, Hendon (London), 3 June 2015 [info]Publications:Convergence or Diversity? A Comparative Analysis of Scandinavian Introduction Programmes for Newly Arrived Refugees, Paper presented at workshop on "The Civic Turn in European Immigrant Integration Policies," ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Warsaw, 29 March-2 April 2015 [text]From Refugee to Migrant? Labor Mobility's Protection Potential (Migration Policy Institute, May 2015) [text]Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy (Congressional…
  • Thematic Focus: EU Response to Human Trafficking & Smuggling

    EEM
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Beyond Slavery (openDemocracy, May 2015) [access]- New blog series on "trafficking, smuggling and migration, arguing that mobility is central to life and that state restrictions on movement are the true threat to human wellbeing."  Read the first post.EU Anti-trafficking Policies: From Migration and Crime Control to Prevention and Protection, Policy Brief, no. 2015/09 (Migration Policy Centre, 2015) [text]The EU’s Planned War on Smugglers (Statewatch, May 2015) [text via Migrants at Sea]- See also text of the EU plan and EU press release."Migrant Crisis: Smuggling or Trafficking?
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    26 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Event:Conference: "Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures," 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, 8-10 July 2015 [info]- Programme includes two panels on European migration and asylum policies as well as a number of other papers on refugee and migration issues; register by 8 June 2015.Publications:Asylum Decisions in the EU (Eurostat, May 2015) [text]- See also related ECRE analysis.Balancing National Objectives and Settling Rivalries: Towards a New European Asylum System? (SSRN, May 2015) [text]Eastern European Borders Annual Risk Analysis 2015 (Frontex, May 2015) [text…
  • Thematic Focus: Statelessness

    EEM
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Opportunity:FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Individuals Potentially in Danger of Statelessness in the Dominican Republic [info]- Proposal submission deadline is 8 June 2015.Publications:Access to Citizenship in Transitional Myanmar: Seeking Rohingya Rights the Wrong Way?, Working Paper, no. 13 (Refugee Law Initiative, May 2015) [text]*"Comparative Perspectives on Statelessness and Persecution," Kansas Law Review, vol. 63, no. 101 (2015) [eprint via SSRN] ECOWAS Heads of States Endorse the Abidjan Declaration on the Eradication of Statelessness (UNHCR, May…
 
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Speaking notes: The future of tech and peacekeeping, re:publica 2015

    Sanjana
    7 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Invited by ZIF – Center for International Peace Operations and representing the ICT4Peace Foundation, I spoke today at re:publica15 in Berlin, Germany on the future of peacekeeping and technology. The session this morning had a very compelling title: NERDS WITH BLUE HELMETS? DIGITAL INNOVATION AND PEACEKEEPING. My submission was anchored to the following points: Following from the ‘Performance Peacekeeping’ report, what are the central challenges for peacekeeping in our digital age? What impact will the Internet of Things (IoT) tomorrow, and the democratisation of mobile devices today…
  • Big data can make South Asian cities more authoritarian

    Sanjana
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Nalaka Gunewardene has an interesting article on smart cities published on Scidev.net, in which he makes the case our cities today are just too unhealthy and that the advent of smart cities will “enhance feedback loops within the complex systems” and if processed properly, result in a “the steady flow of data” that  “can vastly improve the design of ‘hard’ physical environment and the provision of ‘soft’ services to citizens”. Though it is true that evidence based decision making around policymaking is better than partisan, expedient or downright…
  • Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs

    Sanjana
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a template for the monitoring of election violence similar austere circumstances, where the independent monitoring agencies, monitors and activists are at risk of violent pushback before, on the day of and after the elections.
  • Tsunami: 10 years hence

    Sanjana
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Technology does not feel. It does not bleed. Its very insensitivity to trauma can be its strength – the tireless information sharing frameworks Info Share created knew no time of day and didn’t clamour for rest. On the other hand, because it is value neutral, technology lends itself to abuse. It cannot by itself create relief processes. No matter how suave and sophisticated the technology, our experience is that it will not be sustainable if it does not recognise the cultural context within which it is used. As such, the use of technology in the tsunami response has wider implications for…
  • Technology and theatre in a library

    Sanjana
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    When I read Where Humbert Humbert Might Whisper in Your Ear in the New York Times on a flight back to Colombo from the US, I immediately thought of doing something along the same lines in Sri Lanka to explore to what degree, post-war, we were still under invisible frameworks of control and censorship. Upon my return, I emailed the British Council in Colombo, and also members of the Floating Space Theatre Company. Detailed exchanges over email around the conceptual basis for the production, the selection of texts, discussions around technology and several long meetings with the cast to thrash…
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  • South Korea: Cold War Relic Law Criminalizes Criticism

    Human Rights Watch
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those imprisoned under the law, drop charges against others accused under the law, and launch an inclusive process to review the law with the aim of revoking or revising provisions that violate international human rights standards. (New York) – The South Korean government should immediately stop using its outdated National Security Law to…
  • New FIFA President Should End Abuses

    Human Rights Watch
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup are required to comply with fundamental human rights norms, Human Rights Watch said today. The FIFA presidential election will be held in Zurich on May 29, 2015. (New York) – The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football AssociationFIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup…
  • Southeast Asia: Put Rights at Center of Boat People Summit

    Human Rights Watch
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers. (Bangkok) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations…
  • Gambia: Dozens Held Incommunicado, ‘Disappeared’

    Human Rights Watch
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Gambian authorities have detained incommunicado, depriving them of all contact with the outside world, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015. Those detained include women, elderly people, and a child, and many are believed to be in ill-health. (Dakar) – Gambian authorities have detained incommunicado, depriving them of all contact with the outside world, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty…
  • Southeast Asia: Accounts from Rohingya Boat People

    Human Rights Watch
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Rohingya and other survivors of dangerous boat voyages from Burma and Bangladesh describe horrific treatment by unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers in Burma, and abuse and neglect aboard ships, Human Rights Watch said today. A regional meeting scheduled on May 29, 2015, in Bangkok must find solutions to the so-called boat people exodus. (Bangkok) – Rohingya and other survivors of dangerous boat voyages from Burma and Bangladesh describe horrific treatment by unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers in Burma, and abuse and neglect aboard ships, Human…
 
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  • Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

    27 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Nebraska has voted to abolish capital punishment. The repeal had been adopted a few weeks ago but it was vetoed by the Governor. With a vote of 30 senators, the Governor's veto was overriden, and that is what happened yesterday. Nebraska is a conservative state, not a liberal one. At least not until now!Moves by American states towards abolition of the death penalty are very important because they condition the interpretation of article 8 of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court will look to the practice of states as evidence of 'evolving standards of decency', which is the benchmark for…
  • Sheri Rosenberg

    24 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Sheri Rosenberg passed away a few days ago. Sheri was a wonderful scholar and a determined activist who was deeply engaged in the prevention of genocide and the promotion of the responsibility to protect, equality and non-discrimination. She was the director of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic and Programme in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Cardozo School of Law, in New York City.  Over the years, Sheri worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality, and genocide.For several years, Sheri…
  • The "Mandela Rules"

    21 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Yesterday, the Committee of the Whole of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, meeting in Vienna, adopted the updated Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Formal adoption by the plenary should take place today. Then, the instrument goes to the General Assembly in the autumn.The Commission has decided to call them the 'Mandela Rules'.The Standard Minimum Rules were originally adopted in 1955. They have been hugely influential as an international standard and have often been cited by international courts and treaty bodies. For example, in the…
  • Research studentships at Middlesex University

    19 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Middlesex University has advertised a call for applications for research studentships. These are very attractive studentships. I hope that candidates interested in the fields of human rights, international criminal law and, more generally, international law will apply. Deadline is 5 June 2015. All of the information is available on the University website.
  • Secretary-General's Report on the Status of the Death Penalty

    19 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    Every five years, the Secretary-General of the United Nations issues a report on the status of capital punishment. The latest report, which will be presented later this week to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, was issued a few days ago. The report confirms the continuation of a very marked trend towards abolition and restriction of the use of capital punishment in most countries. Moreover, countries that retain the death penalty are, with rare exceptions, significantly reducing the numbers of persons executed and the crimes for which it may be imposed. Nevertheless,…
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  • The Climate N Test

    3 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Photos: Courtesy Oceana 2011 (c)News from  Moscow and St.Petersburg has it that the launch of the first Russian floating nuclear reactor in the Arctic is now approaching. Announcements have also now been made in Canada and China that these two countries also want to build and operate floating nuclear reactors, And now we know that the main reason to invest in this is to supply the energy needed to drill for oil and other minerals in the Arctic and other deep oceanic regions.It would be good to know what the conventional nuclear industry thinks of this. We…
  • The big deal

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
      Night-long BBNJ negotiation  last week-end - (C)  IISD/ENB Dan BirchallI was in New York last week at the meeting of the UN Working Group on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, known to Ocean policy nerds (such as me) as the "BBNJ", and which was open to all UN Member States. This group has been meeting for nearly a decade, since 2006, to discuss whether a supplementary agreement (known as an "implementing agreement" in legal jargon) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) should be adopted to protect the high seasThe high seas, or areas…
  • Merde!

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Arrgh! As I was preparing a new post (soon to come), and I was disrupted by a domestic affair, and inadvertently wiped out my "Good Mourning" piece about Charlie from earlier this month. Merde!
  • Seal pup on the sand

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    When I decided to spend a few days this month in Samos, the Greek island in the Agean Sea closest to the coast of Turkey, I knew that it was one of the very last Mediterranean monk seal breeding grounds, but I was not expecting to see any.I knew a few basic things about the Mediterranean monk seal: it is one of the most threatened marine and European mammals; there are only about 50 of them left in the Agean Sea (and there are very few left in the rest of the Mediterranean); and they stay away from humans, spend their days in underwater caves and go out for fish only at sunset. So, to…
  • One ocean

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    Today is June 8 - World Oceans Day on the United Nations calendar. A perfect day to revive my blog which I've kept sleeping for eight months.My message to the UN on this day is "change the name". Today should be called World Ocean Day, not oceans. The ocean supplies the oxygen in every second breath we take; billions of us rely on it for food, fresh water, energy, medicine, transport and trade; it covers 70% of the Earth's surface and supports all life on Earth. If we want people to protect it and use it wisely, we've got to stop managing the ocean on a sectoral basis and…
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  • Getting the Motives Right

    FPA Administrator
    26 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    An Aga Khan health center in Afghanistan. By Hussein Rashid The recent attack against Ismaili Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, will be read by most as part of a simple narrative of an ongoing Sunni-Shi’ah conflict. Unfortunately, as consistent fear-mongering has demonstrated with Sharia, bandying about non-English words conveys a facade of knowledge without any guarantee of any actual understanding. As is the case with most political violence, here is more to this attack than a simple retelling of a religious clash. There is a deeper history that is masked by using inappropriate vocabulary,…
  • Climate change latest battleground in India-Pakistan relations

    Scott Bleiweis
    26 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    A farmer in Patiala, India shows damage to wheat caused by unseasonably heavy rains in April 2015. While India and Pakistan don’t see eye to eye on pretty much anything, climate change dangers may help finally bring them together. Photo: Getty Images via aljazeera.com Relations between India and Pakistan have been notoriously frosty for decades. But the two long-time adversaries will soon need to work together to effectively combat literal frost: in other words the effects of climate change. Neil Bhatiya, a policy associate at the Century Foundation, reports that monsoon-level rains…
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

    Gary Sands
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Chinese construction on the previously submerged Hughes Reef. Photo: Tuoi Tre I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. The P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, was flying near artificial islands which China is constructing, and the…
  • Mangoes Fly in Venezuela, But Economic Improvements Remain Unlikely for 2015

    FPA Administrator
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    This actually is an ordinary mango. Photo Credit: Wee Keat Chin via Flickr By Gary Bearden What does a mango thrown at the head of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tell us about Venezuela’s economic future? Not much. The mango, thrown on Wednesday, April 22, was just an ordinary mango. But the president’s curious response to the situation sheds light on what the country should expect in 2015 as it limps through an economic crisis and into legislative elections at the end of the year. While Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are already known for their populist…
  • What Did Scott Walker Learn During His “Listening Tour” of Israel?

    Josh Klemons
    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Photo by John Pemble via Flickr On the eve of the Israeli elections back in March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu proclaimed that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch. This created an international outcry and he quickly walked the statement back after a great success on election day. On Wednesday, he met with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and, for the first time since the election, outright proclaimed his commitment to a two-state solution. “We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all… I don’t support a one-state…
 
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  • In Sierra Leone, supporting Ebola survivors on the road to recovery

    26 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 26 May 2015 – When child survivors like 10-year-old Hawa* emerge from the plastic-walled Ebola treatment centres, there are relief, smiles and often a joyous mix of dancing and singing.
  • Preventing malaria in South Sudan, one net at a time

    22 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    JUBA, South Sudan, 22 May 2015 – A young woman secures her baby tightly on her back with a piece of cloth and bends down to pick up a package on the ground in front of her. But this is no ordinary package.
  • Soap and a toothbrush, a welcome relief in Nepal

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    GORKHA DISTRICT, Nepal, 21 May 2015 – A packet of clean toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste, water purifier and a few bars of soap might sound like a token disaster relief package for a devastated family that has lost their home and their farm in Nepal’s recent earthquake. But for 46-year-old Balbahadur Ghale and his family, a hygiene kit is a lifesaver. 
  • In Yemen, a mother struggles to keep her children alive

    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    AMMAN, Jordan/ADEN, Yemen, 20 May 2015 – Mohammed Hussain* and his family are among the survivors of recent heavy fighting in Salah Al-Din, Borykah, an area in Aden, southern Yemen. “I am sad. I am very sad, everything around me is falling apart,” 13-year-old Mohammed says. “I hear my mother hopelessly crying in the night. I hear my stomach cramping out of starvation.”
  • In Guinea, reaching out to root out Ebola

    19 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    MADINAGBE, Guinea, 19 May 2015 – A dozen people sit in the shade of a jackfruit tree, commenting on an illustration that shows a Muslim cleric and a few mourners watch men in protective suits conducting a burial. “While there is Ebola, we cannot have burials the way we are used to. We cannot touch the body,” one of the villagers says, drawing nods and mm-hmms of approval from the rest of the audience.
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  • 7.8 million hungry in South Sudan: families fractured by food scarcity and conflict

    DannielleT
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    7.8 million hungry in South Sudan: families fractured by food scarcity and conflict 27 May 2015Some 40 percent of people in South Sudan are expected to be severely hungry by the end of July, a figure higher than ever before projected, according to the latest food analysis report for the African country.Read more
  • Stronger political action needed as number of hungry people in Sub Saharan Africa increases

    Elena Cornellana
    27 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    Stronger political action needed as number of hungry people in Sub Saharan Africa increases27 May 2015We are concerned that the progress in fighting hunger is slowing down. We must not lose sight of the fact that in 2015 there are still 795 million people not getting enough to eat in a world of plenty. This is unjust and inexcusable.Read more
  • EU Development Ministers hinder fight against poverty with flawed position for Addis conference

    Elena Cornellana
    26 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    EU Development Ministers hinder fight against poverty with flawed position for Addis conference26 May 2015European states insisting on emerging countries providing their ‘fair share’ while continuously failing to reach their own aid targets is a backward step. Read more
  • Two-thirds of people in conflict-hit Yemen without clean water

    Elena Cornellana
    26 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    Two-thirds of people in conflict-hit Yemen without clean water26 May 2015Ongoing airstrikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional 3 million Yemenis are now without drinking water – raising the total number of Yemenis without a clean water supply and sanitation to at least 16 million – almost two-thirds of the population.Read more
  • Burundi refugee crisis: Funds urgently needed as Tanzania camp numbers swell

    Elena Cornellana
    25 May 2015 | 2:22 am
    Burundi refugee crisis: Funds urgently needed as Tanzania camp numbers swell25 May 2015The influx of 70,000 Burundian refugees to Tanzania is overstretching the capacity of the government of Tanzania and aid agencies to respond, as emergency aid workers struggle to meet the urgent demands of providing clean water, shelter and food to new arrivals.Read more
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  • 10 female inventors you should know about

    Clea Guy-Allen
    27 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    You’ve all heard of famous inventors such Thomas Jefferson (lightbulb),  Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) and Thomas Edison (bifocal glasses), but do you know who Grace Hopper and  Stephanie Kwolek are? One of these women invented computers, without which it’s fair to say the world would be a very different place, and the other invented Kevlar, a material five times stronger than steel, currently used around the world to protect people from bullets! Now these are very important inventions, but as history shows us, women’s achievements can often be overlooked when it comes to handing…
  • Poverty in Perspective: An infographic from the 2015 DATA Report

    Felicity Amos
    27 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Taken from the 2015 Data Report: Putting the Poorest First, this infographic looks at extreme poverty and lays out potential game-changers for those living in the world’s poorest nations. If you are shocked by the lack of resources available to those in the least developed countries, show your support here. The DATA Report 2015: Putting the Poorest First
  • 9 facts that prove 2015 is the time to take action to end extreme poverty!

    Jordan Elton
    26 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    2015 is a HUGE year and with only a few months to go until the world agrees on the new Global Goals, the pressure is on. Ahead of the goals, ONE released its 2015 DATA Report to urge world leaders to shift their focus and prioritize the poorest countries and the poorest people – specifically women and girls. The report findings show that the majority of international aid isn’t going to those who need it most. If we keep this up, we won’t end extreme poverty by 2030. Here are 9 facts that prove it’s time for action: 1. The share of the global poverty burden in least developed…
  • Photo essay: Dedication, hope and joy in Malawi

    Guest Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    By Karen Walrond. This post originally appeared on her blog, Chookooloonks. Karen recently traveled to Malawi with ONE Girls and Women and Heifer International to learn about the challenges and successes in sub-Saharan Africa and to see firsthand how strong African leadership and smart donor investments help fight poverty and preventable disease. On our trip to Malawi, my travel companions and I visited two health care facilities.  I’m not going to lie: visiting clinics is my least favorite thing to do — it’s tough seeing people, especially children, who are ailing.  And…
  • The 2015 DATA Report: Putting the Poorest First

    Eloise Todd
    25 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Today marks the launch of the 10th annual DATA Report – ONE’s yearly flagship report monitoring development spending and holding leaders accountable to their promises to the world’s poorest. And in this momentous year, when world leaders will agree on new Global Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals, success depends on whether these Goals will be fully financed. This year, the most vulnerable, especially girls and women, must be prioritized, yet financing for the very poorest is decreasing, negotiations between nations are souring, and there is a distinct lack of political…
 
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  • Panamá: Comunidades rechazan aprobación de licencia a Grupo Sahahani para extraer agua por riesgos ambientales y sociales

    hudlet
    27 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    “No permitirán extracción comercial del agua”, 26 de Mayo de 2015 …[C]omunidades del distrito de San Carlos rechazaron la aprobación…a una concesión de derecho de uso de agua del río Teta a Desarrollo Turístico Vista Mar, empresa del Grupo Shahani…Uno de los argumentos es que el caudal del río –menoscabado por la sequía y la tala excesiva- se vería incluso más afectado…Advierten…que... sin autorización, la empresa construyó un dique…sumado a que desvió el cauce del río…El gerente de Desarrollo Turístico Vista Mar…dijo que…procederá a suspender las…
  • México: Derrames tóxicos de minería en 20 estados ponen en riesgo acceso al agua y salud

    hudlet
    27 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    “Minería: Derrames tóxicos en 20 estados”, 21 de Mayo de 2015 En Acacoyagua…en la zona costera de Chiapas, sus pobladores han incrementado…las protestas, ante el daño a la flora, fauna, ríos y salud humana…[por] substancias tóxicas que utiliza la empresa Caracol, para la explotación minera a cielo abierto…En los últimos cinco años, en México han ocurrido más de 250 derrames tóxicos, destacando entre ellos el…de agosto de 2014, por la negligencia de Grupo México…a los ríos Sonora y Bacanuchi…[E]l 18 de octubre de 2014, al sur de Sinaloa…numerosas…
  • Asegura Walmart cumplir con leyes a favor de empleados

    hudlet
    27 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Walmart de México y Centroamérica asegura cumplir con 100% de las leyes de nuestro país a favor de sus empleados y está convencida de apoyar a las familias mexicanas con campañas de precios bajos, las cuales son costeadas con ganancias de los proveedores y sus propias utilidades, comentaron directivos del corporativo…Sobre las condiciones laborales de sus empleados…dijo que cumplen al 100% las reglas de negocios en México como la Ley Federal de Trabajo, además de brindar beneficios adicionales a sus asociados…
  • Multinacionales, con altas ganancias pero bajos salarios

    hudlet
    27 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Gigantes multinacionales como Walmart, BBVA Bancomer, McDonald’s y Domino’s Pizza pagan desde 15.3 pesos la hora laboral en México, equivalente a salarios quincenales desde mil 200 pesos…y en contraste generan…utilidades que ascienden a los 30 mil millones de pesos. En un ejercicio realizado por El Universal…se detectó que Walmart de México…raya en lo ilegal con sus prácticas de contratación, por lo que consideraron necesario incrementar las supervisiones en este corporativo…Walmart…el mayor empleador en México con 197 mil asociados…cuestiona a cada postulante…si…
  • México: Investigación periodística revela graves abusos de derechos laborales en Walmart; la empresa asegura cumplir con la ley

    hudlet
    27 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Una investigación periodística reveló el contraste entre los salarios de sus empleados y las ganancias de las trasnacionales, específicamente de Walmart, BBVA Bancomer, McDonald’s y Domino’s Pizza. Con relación a Walmart, expertos establecieron que sus prácticas de contratación eran contrarias a la ley ya que cuestionaban a cada postulante sobre su situación con respecto a  posibles enfermedades o embarazo. Walmart de México y Centroamérica aseguró cumplir con las leyes mexicanas a favor de sus empleados. 
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  • Call for conservation to respect tribal peoples' rights

    22 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Tribal peoples like the Soliga are generally the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world. © Shrenik Sadalgi/SurvivalAn open letter signed by indigenous organizations, environmentalists and other prominent people such as U.S. academic Noam Chomsky calls for a new approach to conservation. The letter, published by The Guardian, reads: We, the undersigned, are calling for a new approach to conservation, one that respects tribal peoples’ rights, for all of humanity. Tribal peoples are generally the best conservationists; they have managed their lands sustainably for many…
  • Amazon Indian and British painter launch worldwide art competition for young artists

    13 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá and painter John Dyer painting in the Eden Project's Rainforest Biome.© Survival InternationalFollowing a collaboration between the Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá and British painter John Dyer to create a series of paintings at the U.K.’s Eden Project, the two artists will invite children around the world to submit their artworks inspired by the rainforest. Nixiwaka Yawanawá and John Dyer are currently creating a series of paintings collectively called "Spirit of the Rainforest" to emphasize the need to protect the rainforest and…
  • Brazil: Fundamentalist missionary accused of 'enslaving' isolated Indians

    6 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    One quarter of the Zo'é were wiped out by disease after being contacted by missionaries in the 1980s. © Fiona Watson/SurvivalA missionary with links to the controversial US-based New Tribes Mission (NTM) has been accused of keeping nearly 100 Amazon Indians in shocking conditions “analogous to slavery.” Between 2010 and 2012, 96 Zo’é Indians were reportedly forced to work in the lucrative Brazil nut trade, collecting nuts in the forest in return for old clothes, pans, and other industrial goods. Public prosecutors brought the case, which is now being considered by a…
  • Epidemic kills recently contacted tribe’s children

    2 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The isolated Nanti live deep in the Amazon rainforests of Peru and are under threat from land invasions and disease from outsiders.© Anon/SurvivalA recently contacted Amazon tribe has been struck down by an epidemic that has left several children dead, and infected dozens more. Four children of the isolated Nanti tribe are confirmed dead, and reports indicate that the entire Nanti population could be infected. The disease was originally thought to be whooping-cough, but officials now believe it may be flu. The Nanti live inside the Nahua-Nanti Territorial Reserve for uncontacted and isolated…
  • Brazil: Amazon Indian killed by 'loggers'

    1 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Ka'apor Indians formed an indigenous 'army' to combat illegal logging in their forest© SurvivalAn indigenous health worker in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been killed in an ambush by gunmen thought to be loggers. Eusébio Ka’apor was shot in the back by two hooded men while traveling on a motorbike. He succumbed to his injuries two hours later while his companion sought help. The Ka’apor’s territory has been heavily invaded by illegal loggers for years, and the tribespeople believe that the assassins were also loggers. Soon after the incident,…
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  • Laissez Faire Water Laws Threaten Family Farming in Chile

    Marianela Jarroud
    27 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Cascada Barba de Abuelo, a waterfall in Aitken Park in the southern Chilean region of Aysén. Although the region has some of the world’s biggest freshwater reserves, local residents have to pay for the water they use for household needs and irrigation. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPSBy Marianela JarroudSANTIAGO, May 27 2015 (IPS)Family farmers in Chile are pushing for the reinstatement of water as a public good, to at least partially solve the shortages caused by the privatisation of water rights by the military dictatorship in 1981.“Why should we pay for water rights if the people who…
  • Iran Sanctions Regime Could Unravel with Failed Nuclear Deal

    Jasmin Ramsey
    26 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 pose for photos after talks concluded in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2, 2015. Credit: US State Dept/public domainBy Jasmin RamseyWASHINGTON, May 26 2015 (IPS)Internationally supported sanctions against Iran could begin to crumble if talks over Iran’s nuclear programme fail to produce a final deal, according to Germany’s envoy to the United States.“The alternatives to the diplomatic approach are not very attractive,” said Ambassador Peter Wessig Tuesday.While domestic politics in the key capitals of Tehran and Washington could ultimately…
  • Terror Groups May Be Winning Digital War on Extremist Ideology

    Thalif Deen
    26 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Islamic State fighters pictured here in a 2014 propaganda video shot in Iraq's Anbar province.By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 26 2015 (IPS)The United Nations is quick to point out the increasing pace at which digital technology is racing across the world.Six out of every seven people are armed with mobile phones – and more than three billion, out of the world’s 7.1 billion people, have access to the Internet.In February, ISIL posted a polished, 50-page guide online called “The Hijrah to the Islamic State,” that instructs potential recruits how to make the journey to its territory…
  • The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full

    Dr. Palitha Kohona
    26 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Dr. Palitha Kohona is former Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.By Dr. Palitha KohonaCOLOMBO, May 26 2015 (IPS)As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.’s failures.Amb. Palitha Kohona. Credit: U.N. Photo/Mark GartenThe still unfinished business in the Korean Peninsula, the morass that was Congo, the impotency in Vietnam, it’s ineffectiveness during much of the cold war, the paralysis in Rwanda, it’s…
  • Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development

    Katie Dain
    26 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    A woman smokes a cigarette branded ‘Fortune’ at a campaign rally for Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, a smoker who has said he has no intention of quitting the habit. The Philippines has the second highest number of smokers in South-east Asia. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Katie DainNEW YORK, May 26 2015 (IPS)Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.However at last report, negotiators continued…
 
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  • Arguing for Transparency, With a Cheering Section

    Jonathan Kaufman
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    As a lawyer, you know you’re on the right side of justice when there are several dozen smiling young people wearing bright clothing and buttons that say “No Secret Deals” sitting behind you in court, and there’s no one sitting behind the other guy. That was my experience in a Boston courtroom two weeks ago.  As counsel for international development organization Oxfam America, I was arguing for the quick adoption of long-overdue transparency rules in the extractive industries.  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – the government agency that oversees U.S. capital…
  • West African Lawyers and Activists Discuss Strategies for Regional Collaboration

    Michelle Harrison
    20 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I recently had the opportunity to take a break from our busy litigation docket for a few days and participate in a workshop with some truly inspiring lawyers and activists from across West Africa. The three day workshop, hosted by the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and EarthRights International (ERI), brought together activists and lawyers from six countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea—to discuss human rights and environmental issues arising out of extractive industries. ERI has long recognized the importance and value of bringing together…
  • Big Talk, No Change from Newmont Mining

    Katherine McDonnell
    13 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    I first met Peruvian lawyer Mirtha Vasquez in 2012 as a student in the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University. We were conducting a fact-finding trip to Cajamarca, Peru, to interview people about the contentious Conga gold and copper mine project being developed by Colorado-based Newmont Mining, through its joint venture Minera Yanacocha. A lawyer for the Peruvian civil society organization Grufides, Mirtha represents many people affected by the mine project. Her clients include Father Marco Arana, an activist and former priest who has been beaten by police and targeted…
  • Training Advocates, Expanding Perspectives and Strengthening Networks

    Guest
    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “All of us came from Burma [Myanmar] from different places, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Every student that has come to the EarthRights School Myanmar has many expectations to gain new knowledge and will go back to their community after graduating…All will become an active person with a role of protecting against environmental impacts and human rights abuses in their communities.” -Khun Kham Tee, EarthRights School Myanmar Student 2015 (from Shan State) Just as the seasonal floods of the Mekong replenish riverbank gardens, delta paddies, and wetlands so too the seasonal…
  • Time to Stop Napping and Start NAPing

    Guest
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    While naps are a common pastime, NAPs, or National Action Plans on responsible business conduct, are relatively new tools for promoting corporate accountability and human rights protection. Last week, ERI submitted recommendations to the U.S. Government for inclusion in its upcoming NAP as part of a consultation process involving businesses, NGOs, academics, and research institutions. The NAP is an opportunity for the U.S. to prevent irresponsible business conduct and ensure victims of such conduct – including displacement, environmental harm, and gross human rights abuses – have access…
 
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  • Reinvent at Juniper Networks

    dresden
    7 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Networking and career building can be intimidating for even the most confident and outspoken among us. But if you’ve never had an opportunity to interview outside of a training session? It’s downright terrifying. “It’s one thing to practice your skills in a classroom and another thing to present in front of corporate executives,” reflects Monica*, a trainee in Not For Sale’s Reinvent: Bay Area program. “[So] I was hesitant about Career Day.” In late April, Monica was one of 10 Reinvent trainees to spend an afternoon at Juniper Networks’ headquarters in San Jose,…
  • Exploited To Empowered: Nicki’s Story

    tombo
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Nicki is a member of Reinvent: Bay Area and the first Not For Sale trainee to complete a 12-week traineeship at Zynga Culinary, a department that serves more than 1,000 employees at the social gaming company every day. She and her supervisor, Bairam, reflect back on the experience of working together to bring empowerment through building practical job skills in Nicki’s life. Bairam explains, “I needed a way to give back, and I felt like I was turning in circles, not knowing what to do. I feel blessed to have this opportunity…you’ve done all the legwork for me…I can just bring it in…
  • Companies We Love: Boll & Branch

    tombo
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In addition to creating sustainable impact through our international projects, part of our strategy in making a difference in the lives of trafficking victims is joining forces with companies. Of the estimated 30 million people trapped in lives of exploitation, close to 70% of those are victims of forced labor. Working with companies of all sizes allows us to make use of their business expertise, resources and funding to scale our potential impact. Each month, we’ll be highlighting Companies We Love that are working to end modern-day slavery in the work they do everyday. To get our…
  • Exploited To Empowered: Aini’s Story

    tombo
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Not For Sale is excited to share the story of Aini, a former trafficking victim whose life has been transformed through involvement in the Not For Sale culinary training program in Amsterdam. According to Bernice, a social worker who worked with Aini at the shelter where Aini was staying, Aini has used the training she received in Not For Sale’s culinary program to follow her dream and open up her own restaurant at home in the Philippines. The restaurant serves local cuisine and provides the financial support that her family so desperately needs. Her story is one of triumph out of a tragic…
  • Juniper Networks Provides Computers To Romanian Children’s Home

    tombo
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
      Not For Sale Romania is excited to announce that Juniper Networks and its employees have donated 32 laptops and 23 desktop computers for use in the new Not For Sale Romania children’s home. The home, which was opened in August of 2014, now houses 50 children who are survivors of human trafficking and is building capacity to eventually support 100 children. The donation of the computers fills a critical need, as access to technology is a key component to training and equipping the children for future life and job success. Lack of access to technology is an enormous problem for…
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  • Sex Slave Survivor Minh Dang Wins the Womanspace Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award

    26 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    By: Luis GayEdited by: Sharon E. Chin On May 14, 2015, sex slave survivor Minh Dang received the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award from Womenspace in honor of her efforts to end human trafficking at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. Dang is passionate about promoting personal and community healing and is a "true love warrior;" she advocates against human trafficking through the telling of her own story of child abuse and sexual slavery. As a child, Dang excelled in academics and sports but was forced into sexual enslavement at the age of 10 up into her sophomore year in college by her own parents.20%…
  • Cancer Survivors Belly Dancing Together

    25 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    By: Kristine Alarcon In Charlottesville, Virginia, women cancer survivors are belly dancing together at the My Body Raqs class. The belly dancing class was created specifically for cancer survivors to help them cope with movement through gentle dance. Any cancer survivor is welcome after treatment and diagnosis as no dance experience is required and the class is free.  Get 10% off Orbit baby products!Jenner LaFleur is the program director and a two-time breast cancer survivor. During her recovery from her surgery after chemotherapy, radiation, and mastectomy, she hoped to combine…
  • An Artist Finds A Way To Open The Conversation About Human Trafficking

    24 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    By: Charmaine SantosEdited by: Sharon E. ChinMolly Gochman, a Texas-born New York based artist, has fused art and activism together to open up the conversation about human trafficking. Her “Red Sand Project” uses a theme of cracks to represent the U.S.- Mexico border to illustrate the vulnerability that plague many trafficking victims. Gochman interviewed with The Untitled Magazine about her project and human trafficking.Save 20% by shopping through this ad with coupon code:JUICY20Gochman confided that she took a break from her art in order to learn about human trafficking and figure out…
  • What is your ACE score? Take the Quiz.

    23 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    By: Kristine Alarcon An Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) score is an indicator of neglect, abuse, and other types of hallmarks in a rough childhood. Individuals with a higher ACE score have an increased risk of developing health issues. Your ACE score can be determined with a quiz here. The ACE score is only an indicator of one risk among many. A person's genes, diet, and habits like drinking or smoking should also be taken into account when considering the overall health of an individual. Also, ACE scores do not factor in positive experiences such as having support from friends,…
  • Earthquakes in Nepal Exacerbate Child Marriage

    22 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    By: Sara KimEdited By: Sharon E. ChinAccording to the United Nations, 1 out of every 3 girls in developing countries are married off before they turn the age of 18. Girls are typically forced into matrimony because their families cannot afford to care for them, or because the groom's family receives financial gain from the bride's dowry. Because the amount of dowry increases as the girls get older, many poor families try to wed their daughters as early as they can.Shop Clothing Clearance! Up to 50% off Clothing at Campmore!Nepal exemplifies the child-bride culture, where 10% of Nepalese girls…
 
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