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  • Central American HIV+ women face sterilization coercion

    WNN - Women News Network
    Women News Network
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Katie Nguyen for TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, OCEANIA: HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilization by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed. A survey of 285 women living with HIV […]
  • Regional Focus: Africa

    Forced Migration Current Awareness
    EEM
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Opportunity:Debate: "How Can Citizenship Help Us Address Refugee Crises in Africa's Great Lakes Region?" [access]- A new topic has been posted on the Urban Refugees Debate Forum. Participate in the debate by leaving a comment.  See also related IntLawGrrls blog post.Publications:Central African Refugees in Chad and Cameroon: “Suitcase or Coffin” (MSF, July 2014) [text]Central African Republic Revised Regional Refugee Response Plan: January-December 2014 (UNHCR, July 2014) [text]Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps: Market Assessment (WFP, June 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]Darfur: COI…
  • Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security

    IRIN
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
  • US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

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    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people’s ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. (Washington, DC) – Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in…
  • World Bank: Reject Plan to Roll Back Safeguards

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    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of nongovernmental organizations, social movements, and community groups said in a statement today to the World Bank board. (Washington, DC) – A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of…
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  • World Bank: Reject Plan to Roll Back Safeguards

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of nongovernmental organizations, social movements, and community groups said in a statement today to the World Bank board. (Washington, DC) – A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of…
  • US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people’s ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. (Washington, DC) – Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in…
  • Brazil: Reforms Fail to End Torture

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice. (São Paulo, July 28, 2014) – Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Brazilian Congress.read more
  • US: Racial Discrimination Under Scrutiny

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States has failed to comply with key protections under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), Human Rights Watch said today. The US, which ratified the treaty in 1994, will appear before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for a periodic review of its record on August 13 and 14, 2014, in Geneva. (Washington, DC) – The United States has failed to comply with key protections under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination…
  • Russia: Repeal New TV Advertising Law

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Vladimir Putin signed into law on July 21, 2014 a series of amendments banning commercial advertising on paid cable and satellite television channels. (Moscow) - President Vladimir Putin signed into law on July 21, 2014 a series of amendments banning commercial advertising on paid cable and satellite television channels, Human Rights Watch said today. The law unnecessarily interferes with the right to freedom of expression and should be repealed, Human Rights Watch said.read more
 
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  • Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
  • Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    MOMBASA, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya's southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.
  • Better management of dead and missing migrants needed in Europe

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    JOHANNESBURG, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe's shores this year continues to climb - to about 75,000 at last count - so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats.
  • Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    YANGON, 25 July 2014 (IRIN) - Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar's Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say.
  • New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    HARARE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN) - Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers' organizations and analysts.
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  • Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan.

    Ethan
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    My regular readers know that I’m a fan of sumo, and am especially interested in the globalization of the sport. The top three rikishi (wrestlers) in Japanese sumo are from Mongolia, and top ranks of the sport have recently featured competitors from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Estonia and Brazil. On the one hand, this is helping a distinctly Japanese tradition gain global audiences, which is a great thing for the quality of the sport. On the other hand, the globalization is in part due to waning interest in the sport by Japanese youth (few of whom are excited about living the…
  • Summer Reading: Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One

    Ethan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Much of my summer reading centers on the idea of civics outside of the conventional bounds of the state. I’m interested in understanding reasons why individuals and groups grow frustrated with traditional state-bound politics, and what forms of civics they explore when they opt out of engagement with the state. I’m fond of extreme cases as a way of understanding the limits of a position, so I’ve been reading about seasteading, the “dark enlightenment” movement, and prepper culture, all of which appear to me to be responses to the perception that existing states…
  • Life, only moderately messed up: understanding (my own) high-functioning depression

    Ethan
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    My wife is one of the bravest people I know. Almost six years ago, Rachel got pregnant. When we found out, she was in Colorado and I was home in western Massachusetts, and in phone calls and emails we giddily planned for the future. Five days after discovering she was pregnant, she miscarried. Rachel mourned the end of her pregnancy by writing, processing a set of crushing emotions into a slim volume of poetry, Through. It’s not one she often turns to when she reads in public, but women who need the book seem to find the book, and she hears often from readers for whom the book was a…
  • “New media, new civics?” and reactions in Policy & Internet

    Ethan
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    TweetThis past December, I gave a talk at the Oxford Internet Institute about possible relationships between “new media” and new approaches to participatory civics – I blogged my notes for the talk at the time. The fine folks at OII asked whether I would be willing to publish the notes of the lecture in the journal Policy & Internet, edited by Vili Lehdonvirta, who had invited me to lecture at Oxford, and by Helen Margetts and Sandra Gonzalez Bailon. I agreed, and worked with the editors to polish my handwavings into something more permanent. What I had not realized was…
  • Town Meeting and a lesson on civic efficacy

    Ethan
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Last night, I attended Town Meeting in Lanesborough, MA. Town meeting government is peculiar to New England and especially strong in Massachusetts, where almost 300 of the state’s municipalities are governed by an annual meeting of town residents. My town is under the population threshold of 6000 at which towns can choose to elect representatives to town meeting. In small towns like ours, we are required to hold an open town meeting, at which any residents may speak and ask questions and where registered voters vote on any major discretionary spending and on changes to the town’s…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • SG; Middle East; Ukraine

    Insider
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    SG: The SG leaves New York tomorrow morning for Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he will meet with the country’s respective presidents and government representatives until his return on Wednesday evening. Middle East: The Security Council held an emergency session early this morning where the SG called for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire. The Council supported the SG’s request by issuing a presidential statement urging all parties to accept and implement a ceasefire into the Eid al-Fitr period marking the end of the Ramadan. Over the weekend UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness…
  • Episode 26: Daniel Drezner

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Daniel Drezner is on the line this week! I speak to the academic and Washington Post writer about his career and life in and out of academia. He’s made a career arguing (and proving in peer-reviewed fashion) counter-intuitive takes on conventional foreign policy wisdoms. Our conversation kicks off with a discussion of the new BRICS Development Bank and his book about how international institutions responded to the 2008 financial crisis. We then turn to a discussion of his life and career, with interesting diversions along the way. Have a listen. This was a fun and lively conversation.
  • Security Council Calls for Gaza Ceasefire. What’s Next?

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Security Council held an emergency session earlier this morning calling for an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting in Gaza. In a Presidential statement, the Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance” and urged the parties to stay engaged with negotiations lead by Egypt, Ban Ki Moon and John Kerry.  So what’s next? This is a “statement” and not a UN Security Council resolution. The difference, in terms of force of law, is significant. A statement is simply an…
  • Boko Haram Nabs High Profile Hostage…in Cameroon

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Further evidence this is a regional threat. “The Cameroonian military says members of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have abducted the wife of the country’s deputy prime minister in the northern Cameroonian town of Kolofata.A local religious leader and mayor was also abducted from the same town.Separately, at least five people in northern Nigeria were killed in a blast – residents suspect Boko Haram.Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks, as the army was deployed to the region.Militants have kidnapped foreign nationals in northern…
  • Some Feel Good Inspiration

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    It’s been a rough week. Here’s some humanity-affirming medicine, via vUNICEF, about an incredibly brave and inspiring 11 year old living with HIV.   The post Some Feel Good Inspiration appeared first on UN Dispatch.
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • What You Need to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

    Larry Ladutke
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images) Amnesty International welcomes the positive step of President Obama’s recent meeting with his counterparts from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala regarding the increasing number of children fleeing violence in those countries – with or without their parents. It is extremely troubling,…
  • VICTORY: Meriam Released Thanks to Your Help!

    Guest Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Programs Great news! After constant campaigning and unwavering support on the part of more than a million Amnesty activists like you, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death because of her religious beliefs, is free and arrived in Italy with her family yesterday. I would like to thank all of you who took action and contributed to this massive showing of support. The letters you sent showed the Sudanese authorities that people around the world were outraged by Meriam’s ordeal. Our…
  • TAKE ACTION: No One Should Have to Marry Their Rapist

    Guest Writer
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    By Tarah Demant, Women’s Human Rights Thematic Specialist  Each of us has autonomy over our own body: we all have the right to make our own decisions about our healthcare, reproduction, and sexual lives, and we should be able to do so without living in fear of violence or discrimination. No matter where you live, no matter who you are, it’s your body and your rights. Yet far too many are deprived of the basic human rights over their own bodies, including the right to be free from violence, sexual, assault, and rape. Such violence against women is part of a global culture of…
  • The United States is Not Just a Bystander in Israel-Gaza Violence

    Edith Garwood
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    U.S.-made Hellfire missile linked to killing of a child and three medics in Gaza by Israeli forces during operation Cast Lead, January 4, 2009. (Photo Credit: Amnesty International) This past week, Israel has been carrying out air strikes and other military operations that have resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, most of them civilians not directly participating in hostilities. The U.S., as the largest foreign supplier of weapons, munitions, police equipment and devices, as well as training and techniques to Israel, bears a particular responsibility for the deployment of the weapons…
  • Chile Might Be Reforming Its Total Abortion Ban

    Guest Writer
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet supports the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape, when the life of the mother is at risk, and when the fetus is not viable (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). By Teresa Vargas Valdes, Chile Country Specialist and Tarah Demant, Women’s Human Rights Thematic Specialist In Chile, it’s criminal to get an abortion, even when the life of the mother is at risk. Since 1991, several congressional bills have been presented in Chile in order to allow exceptions to this restrictive law, the most recent of which was in April 2012, when the…
 
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    WordPress Tag: United Nations

  • Palestinian girls walk a midst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city

    KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Palestinian girls walk a midst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city.
  • [Middle East NEWS] Video: Hamas Fires Rockets From Civilian Areas In Gaza

    Say What News
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    One of my fellow bloggers on WordPress posted this gem for today, Sunday, 27 July 2014 and I couldn’t help but share it. Its having to do with all the latest from out of the Middle East, in fact #Israel #Gaza & #Palestine. For the record I am an Evangelical Christian a Christian with Judeo values, beliefs, practices and traditions. I have known the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior since I was 7yrs. old. I am now 37. I was raised with my two siblings in a Christian home by Christian parents who prayed daily, read the Bible and although they did not attend church on a regular…
  • "Sixteen Killed in U.N. School Shelling in Gaza"

    bgtvmediaonline
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
  • More on Flight MH17 / MH370, Cleansing and Possible Events to Come [audio]

    Starship Earth: The Big Picture
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Thanks, Nick. Some interesting stuff here from Sophia, particularly with respect to MH17 and MH370. While I don’t personally take biblical prophecy terribly seriously, some do. Both Sheldan Nidle and Tolec have spoken of severe Earth changes to come, and she mentions Yellowstone. I guess being on Starship Earth at this time is a roll of the dice. I heard tell there would be thousands of people leaving the planet prior to Ascension in various ways of their souls’ choosing. That, at least, has been and continues to be true. I prefer to maintain a positive outlook and see the…
  • UN Blasted for Giving Rockets Found in Gaza School to Hamas

    wwlee4411
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    UN Blasted for Giving Rockets Found in Gaza School to Hamas. Haven’t we always been kind of led to believe that the United Nations was supposed to be an impartial entity when it came to world affairs?  Or if anything they were on the side of the innocent people, and were not involved in hostilities?
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Thematic Focus: Statelessness

    EEM
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Canada Citizenship-stripping Law (Probably) Violates International Law (Opinio Juris, July 2014) [text]Every Downside Has Its Upside: Run-up to a Statelessness Determination Procedure in the Netherlands? (ENS Blog, July 2014) [text]- Follow link to access relevant legal texts.  See also related UNHCR press release.Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Addressed and Risk of Statelessness Reduced by Suriname (Equal Rights Trust, July 2014) [text]"The Intersection of Statelessness and Refugee Protection in US Asylum Policy," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 2, no. 3…
  • New Issues of Curr. Prob. Ped. & Adol. Health Care, GILJ, Glob. R2P, Intl. Migr., ICRC Rev., J. Contemp. Hist., Third World Q.

    EEM
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, vol. 44, no. 7 (Aug. 2014) [contents]- Focus is on "Primary Care for Refugee Children."Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 28, no. 1 (Fall 2013) [contents]- Focus is on migrants' rights.Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 6, no. 2 (2014) [contents]- Special issue on "Humanitarian Action and the Responsibility to Protect."International Migration, vol. 52, no. 4 (Aug. 2014) [contents]- Mix of articles.International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 95, no. 889 (March 2013) [contents]- Theme is "Violence against Health Care, Part I:…
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    An EU Commissioner for Migration? The Devil is in the Details (MPI, July 2014) [text]Frontex between Greece and Turkey: The Border of Denial (FIDH et al., July 2014) [text]Penalising Refugees: When Should the CJEU Have Jurisdiction to Interpret Article 31 of the Refugee Convention? (EU Law Analysis Blog, July 2014) [text]Ukraine: Displaced People Need Urgent Help (Human Rights Watch, July 2014) [text]UNHCR Central Mediterranean Sea Initiative (CMSI): EU Solidarity for Rescue-at-sea and Protection of Refugees and Migrants (UNHCR, updated July 2014) [text]Urgent European Action Needed to Stop…
  • Regional Focus: Africa

    EEM
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Opportunity:Debate: "How Can Citizenship Help Us Address Refugee Crises in Africa's Great Lakes Region?" [access]- A new topic has been posted on the Urban Refugees Debate Forum. Participate in the debate by leaving a comment.  See also related IntLawGrrls blog post.Publications:Central African Refugees in Chad and Cameroon: “Suitcase or Coffin” (MSF, July 2014) [text]Central African Republic Revised Regional Refugee Response Plan: January-December 2014 (UNHCR, July 2014) [text]Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps: Market Assessment (WFP, June 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]Darfur: COI…
  • Thematic Focus: General

    EEM
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    2006-2012 - Siete Años de Reformas: Impacto Estructural (UNHCR, Sept. 2013) [text]  Changing the Story on Asylum Seekers: Positive Peace Journalism Images can Influence the Way Audiences Think and Feel (Conflict Analysis Research Centre, May 2014) [text]"D'«Opposants» à «Clandestins»: Le Parcours Médiatique des Personnes Migrantes," Vivre Ensemble, no. 48 (Juin 2014) [text]"Illegal" Migration is a Problem of Our Own Making (Africa at LSE Blog, July 2014) [text]Post-crisis Displacement: Environmental Recovery as a Strategy for Enhancing Protection and Facilitating Durable Solutions…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

    Sanjana
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the ISCRAM Asia Conference 2014 held in Sri Lanka from 20 – 21 June 2014. My session was held at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing and was titled ‘The more the technology, the more it stays the same?’. Had my keynote been a week earlier, I would have begun in a different manner. As it happened, the keynote was during a week that saw some of the worst violence against the Muslim community in recent history, covered at the time not by mainstream media or official government sources, but by social media that…
  • Remixing Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ in Sri Lanka

    Sanjana
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Intrigued by the production of several geo-remixed (a term borrowed from Ethan Zuckerman) videos in Sri Lanka of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song, I penned an article for Groundviews. I submit, Happiness is clearly present and growing apace within specific social, political, economic stratum and geographic loci. At the risk of caricature, those uncritical of governance, comfortable with growing inequity, ignorant or very dismissive of our democratic deficit, discovering vast profits in new markets, impatient with looking at the past and accepting of government as it is, not as how it…
  • Innovations in peacebuilding: Podcast with UNICEF

    Sanjana
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In early May I was invited to take part in an interview on ‘Beyond School Books’, a podcast series produced by UNICEF New York, looking at technology and peacebuilding. The podcast and related article was published today (you’ll need VLC or RealPlayer to listen to the audio stream). Talking about how technology has changed the way we monitor peace, Mr. Hattotuwa says that internet, social media platforms and mobile phones are providing the opportunity for billions of citizens around the world not just to consume information but also to produce it. Moreover, technology is allowing us…
  • The future of technology in peacebuilding: Presentation at MIT Media Lab

    Sanjana
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:56 am
    In early April this year, I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Build Peace conference, held at MIT Media Lab. My presentation was given, almost to the day, twenty years after the Rwandan genocide. Just before I went on stage, we all observed a minute’s silence to remember the victims. The genocide wasn’t on my mind when I made the slides for the presentation, but brought into sharp focus the thrust of my submission, which was to look ten to fifteen years into the future, and how information and communications technologies (ICTs) would feature in both the…
  • USAID-UNDP Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit

    Sanjana
    30 May 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The USAID-UNDP Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit was to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, between May 27 and 29, 2014 but cancelled at the last minute by the organisers on account of the recent political unrest in the country. As noted in the invitation I got to represent civil society from Sri Lanka at the Summit, it would have been attended by UNDP and US government governance specialists, as well as experts from academia, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and other non-traditional partners. The Experience Summit follows from the Civil Society…
 
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  • World Bank: Reject Plan to Roll Back Safeguards

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of nongovernmental organizations, social movements, and community groups said in a statement today to the World Bank board. (Washington, DC) – A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for communities and the environment, Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of…
  • US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people’s ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. (Washington, DC) – Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in…
  • Brazil: Reforms Fail to End Torture

    Human Rights Watch
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice. (São Paulo, July 28, 2014) – Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Brazilian Congress.read more
  • US: Racial Discrimination Under Scrutiny

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States has failed to comply with key protections under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), Human Rights Watch said today. The US, which ratified the treaty in 1994, will appear before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for a periodic review of its record on August 13 and 14, 2014, in Geneva. (Washington, DC) – The United States has failed to comply with key protections under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination…
  • Russia: Repeal New TV Advertising Law

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Vladimir Putin signed into law on July 21, 2014 a series of amendments banning commercial advertising on paid cable and satellite television channels. (Moscow) - President Vladimir Putin signed into law on July 21, 2014 a series of amendments banning commercial advertising on paid cable and satellite television channels, Human Rights Watch said today. The law unnecessarily interferes with the right to freedom of expression and should be repealed, Human Rights Watch said.read more
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Towards 'Positive Complementarity'?

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    On Thursday, the Appeals Chamber of the ICC confirmed the Pre-Trial Chamber's decision that Abdullah al-Senussi should stand trial in Libya. An interesting part of the judgment addresses the issue of 'positive complementarity' (see some excellent contributions to the debate here, here and here); that is, whether an overly-harsh trial not according the full panoply of rights to the accused could fall afoul of Article 17's 'unwilling' or 'unable' criteria: Taking into account the text, context and object and purpose of the provision, this determination is not one that involves an…
  • Decision on Victims' Request for Disqualification of Judge van den Wyngaert from the Katanga case

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    The Plenary of Judges of the International Criminal Court yesterday rejected an application from the victims' representatives for the disqualification of Judge van den Wyngaert from the Katanga case. The victims had wanted Judge van den Wyngaert to be excluded from any considerations of reparations in the case, claiming that her dissents to the trial and sentencing judgments showed bias. Yesterday's decision contains an interesting paragraph on the value of separate and dissenting opinions:Minority opinions protect judicial proceedings from the influence of forced uniformity, afford…
  • Hans-Peter Kaul RIP

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passed away earlier today after a short illness. He had resigned from the Court effective 1 July of this year.I wrote about Judge Kaul and his immense contribution in late-June, when the resignation was announced, and will not rehearse what I said then. Here is the link.He was a dear friend and I shall miss him greatly. I last saw him in The Hague in late March when we had a wonderful dinner together, chatting about many things including his plans following retirement from the Court, which was due in early 2015. When we had finished, he rode back to his home on his…
  • Charles Ogletree Predicts Abolition of the Dealth Penalty by the United States Supreme Court

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    July 19, 2014 | Washington Post OpEdThe death penalty is incompatible with human dignityBy Charles J. Ogletree Jr. I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the current Supreme Court will be its architect. In its ruling in Hall v. Florida in May, the court — with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the helm — reminded us that the core value animating the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishments clause is the preservation of human dignity against…
  • Where is the Prlić et al. Judgment?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Trial Chamber in Prlić et al. issued its judgment on 29 May 2013, sentencing all six co-accused to terms of imprisonment between 10 and 25 years, with credit for time served (since April 2004). At the time, a summary judgment was issued, and while apparently a full judgment in French has been made available to the parties, no judgment in English or in French is as yet available via the ICTY's website. The accused Pušić (who would be due for release around now, were it not for the ongoing appeals) noted in his appeal brief of 27 June that neither he nor his lawyers had been furnished…
 
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    UNICEF News

  • Vaccination campaign to reach most vulnerable children in Lebanon

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, 23 July 2014 – “On your mark, get set, go!” A group of Syrian refugee children burst across the starting line on the thin strip of fresh tarmac in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, running as fast as they can. Girls and boys bearing the slogan ‘To Immunize and Protect Every Child’ whizz past mothers and younger siblings watching the launch of Immunization Week. 
  • Amid the crowds sheltering in a school, a displaced Iraqi girl dreams of home

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    SINJAR, Iraq, 22 July 2014 – The Zarifa Usi school, where Marwa now lives, is a far cry from the Golden Dunes school, where she used to study. 
  • Young health volunteer tackles HIV among adolescents in Brazil

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    FORTALEZA, Brazil, 17 July 2014 – Rodrigo Xavier is 18 years old. But he’s had a ‘career’ as a health advocate since he was 11.
  • Adolescent girl club in Sierra Leone tackles teenage pregnancy and engenders independence

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 14 July 2014 – A group of teenage girls take off their shoes and enter a large room on the second storey of an old building, across the street from Port Loko’s bustling market. They are members of the Wharf club, an adolescent club for girls, and they meet here every afternoon.
  • Children bear the brunt of renewed fighting in Gaza

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    GAZA, 14 July 2014 – In Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, two 5-year-old children lie in bed. Noureldin and his cousin Kinan were both seriously injured by shrapnel after an airstrike flattened the family’s home on Tuesday night. Noureldin’s mother had just put the boys to sleep in a bedroom when the missile struck, killing her and her husband, reportedly a militant, as well as Kinan’s father, sister and grandmother.
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  • General Mills takes bold stand for climate action

    Joel M Bassuk
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chains and press for political action to address climate change. Oxfam welcomes General Mills’ commitments to act following tremendous public pressure Oxfam welcomed today’s commitment from General Mills to implement industry-leading measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chains and press for political action to address climate change. The announcement comes after more than 230,000 people signed petitions and took action as part of…
  • Medical staff in Gaza struggle to cope with rising casualties

    Joel M Bassuk
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Crisis in Gaza With the crisis in Gaza mounting, hospitals are struggling to cope with the growing influx of casualties. Three quarters of the dead and wounded are civilians, including many women and children. In the past few days, as the Israeli ground offensive escalates, on average one child an hour is being killed in Gaza. "I never imagined that I'd witness what I am seeing now," says Moeen Abu Al Eish, a paramedic and ambulance driver at one of Gaza's biggest hospitals. With the crisis in Gaza mounting, hospitals are struggling to cope with the growing influx of casualties. Three…
  • Oxfam statement on the need for a ceasefire in Gaza: The killing must stop

    Joel M Bassuk
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    “The upsurge in violence in Gaza is horrific and untenable. The killing must stop. In particular, the high level of civilian casualties is simply outrageous. Oxfam staff are on the ground witnessing the destruction and agony. We reiterate our position that a ceasefire by all parties is critical. Violence is not the way to bring a lasting solution to the crisis that guarantees peace and security for both Palestinians and Israelis. Therefore, we urge all Palestinian factions and the Israeli government to agree to an immediate ceasefire. There is not a moment to waste and many lives to save. A…
  • Risk of Relapse

    filip
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Somalia crisis alert Author:  22 civil society organizations On 7 May 2014, 26 agencies asked the world to remember Somalia, where 2.9 million people are living in crisis. At that time, only 12 percent of Somalia’s humanitarian needs had been funded for 2014. That figure now stands at 27 percent - and we’re already halfway through the year. In the last few weeks experts have been on the ground assessing what activities are needed where, to pull people out of crisis. Based on their findings, agencies are now asking for action across eight sectors to save lives and avoid a relapse to…
  • People in Gaza trapped with nowhere safe to escape

    Elena Cornellana
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    More than 120,000 people have now fled their homes but have nowhere safe to go. With exit through Israel closed under the long-term blockade, and the border with Egypt shut, most people are prevented from escaping the violence.  Oxfam delivers water to families sheltering from the violence More than 120,000 people have now fled their homes but have nowhere safe to go. With exit through Israel closed under the long-term blockade, and the border with Egypt shut, most people are prevented from escaping the violence. The past few days have been the deadliest yet in Gaza, with civilians…
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  • QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

    Turner Shaw
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. If you were invited to the Summit, do you think you know enough about African countries, politics, geography and leadership to pass as a diplomat? Take this quiz and find out:  Full disclosure: This quiz is super hard. But you would probably need to know even MORE to be a diplomat in an African country!View Survey Scroll back to the top to see your score, and then share the quiz with your friends!
  • 6 Ways energy poverty threatens health care for the poorest

    Gretchen Knoth
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    A woman gives birth by paraffin lamp at the Bussi’s Health Center in Uganda. Photo credit: Jake Lyell/ Pathfinder International. Lack of access to modern forms of energy – or energy poverty – has both direct and indirect harmful effects on health and medical care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, more than 30 percent of clinics and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, serving approximately 255 million people, are without electricityHere’s six specific ways lack of electricity can affect patients, doctors and nurses in clinics and hospitals. 1. Doctors struggle to provide…
  • 21 things only activists will understand

    Helen Hector
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you 2. When someone thinks they know all about an issue because they saw a Leo DiCaprio movie 3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Wal-mart 4. When you are about to go street campaigning 5. How you feel after 30 minutes of street campaigning 6. How you feel after 5 hours of street campaigning 7. When your boss/father-in-law/date says something you really disagree with… but you don’t want to argue 8. When people assume you are vegan or a non-drinker  9. When a well-meaning person tries to give you…
  • Creating limitless horizons for girls

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Credit: Catherine Connors Catherine Connors is an executive with the Walt Disney Company, the mother of two amazing children, and the author of the award-winning blog Her Bad Mother.  When I was 11 years old, I stole a horse. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I borrowed the horse — I had every intention of returning it — but still, I took a horse that did not belong to me. There are laws against that. I stole the horse because I wanted to ride the horse. And ride I did. I got on that horse and jabbed my heels into his flanks, and we sped forward through the paddock…
  • 9 Ways to find your activist niche in a new city

    Brandi Geurkink
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    As someone who recently moved to a new city (Washington, D.C.), I can attest that one of the hardest parts of moving comes after you’ve scratched all of the logistical tasks off of the to-do list. Finding people who care about the same causes as you or simply finding meaningful ways to engage in advocacy in a new community can be a challenge. But with a little bit of effort, it’s very doable… Whatever the cause, wherever your passion lies, there are ways to find—and create—your very own activist niche in a new city: 1. Check out your local college campus. College campuses are…
 
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • World Bank's environmental & social safeguard policies (draft)

    pietropaoli
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    "Review and Update of the World Bank's Safeguard Policies - Proposed Environmental and Social Framework" (First Draft), 10 July 2014 [This draft] will be discussed at a meeting ofthe CommitteeonDevelopmentEftcctiveness scheduled for JuJy 30, 2014.  
  • Le non-respect des normes sociales et environnementales peut avoir de sérieuses conséquences pour les entreprises, selon un journaliste

    aba
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    « Normes environnementales et sociales : gare aux sanctions pour les entreprises ! », 17 juillet 2014 ...[R]ares sont les entreprises qui ont adopté des structures et des procédures spécifiques concernant les nouveaux risques environnementaux et sociaux, comme les violations des droits de l'homme. Cette omission pourrait être lourde de conséquences. Car les sanctions, financières, judiciaires ou réputationnelles, existent...Le fonds souverain norvégien...a exclu en début d'année de ses investissements deux entreprises israéliennes et une indienne pour cause d'atteintes aux droits…
  • Employment violations against Bulgarians working abroad triple in 2014

    skybenko
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    A total of 315 employment contract violations against Bulgarian citizens working abroad have been reported in the first six months of 2014…In comparison to the same period of 2013, the number of recorded violations was 136 and in 2012 – 105, meaning that the number of violations has increased almost three times since the beginning of 2014. The most commonly committed violations concern unpaid salaries and traveling allowances, lack of intermediary contracts with foreign employers, illegal fees for job applications, and poor working conditions. Bulgarians work mainly in Germany, France,…
  • Philippines: As President delivers State of the Nation address, indigenous peoples present their true state – highlight human rights impacts of extractives & plantations

    stamaria
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    “Indigenous peoples present their true state in the nation”, 28 July 2014 …[I]ndigenous people from all over the country gathered at the University of the Philippines…to discuss and reflect on their situation and the threats and challenges they continue to face in their struggle for respect and recognition of their cultures, traditions and ancestral domains. [Linked] [h]ere is the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014…”Policies on mining and other extractives, plantations, and other exploitation of land and natural resources continue to trample upon our rights as first…
  • Nigeria: Huawei supports initiative to empower youth in ICT

    kibugu
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    “Huawei invests N80m to empower African youth in ICT”  Global information and communications technology, ICT, solutions provider, Huawei has announced it would invest N80 million to empower young talents in the ICT industry. Huawei made the announcement at an event held in Abuja recently to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day. Out of this amount, N4 million will be provided to the Nelson Mandela Institute, NMI which will invest it in its affiliate, the African University of Science and Technology, AUST in Abuja as a scholarship for students who have been admitted. The…
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    News from Survival International

  • 'Violent attacks' caused uncontacted Indians to emerge

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Seven uncontacted Indians made contact with a settled Ashaninka community near the Brazil-Peru border in June. Authorities have treated them after an outbreak of flu. © FUNAIHighly vulnerable uncontacted Indians who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region have said that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru. FUNAI, Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department, has announced that the group of uncontacted Indians has returned once more to their forest home. Seven Indians made peaceful contact with a settled indigenous Ashaninka community near the Envira River in the western Acre…
  • Major investment in 'human safaris' road sparks fears for tribe

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Major building works are planned on the illegal road notorious for human safaris to the Jarawa tribe. © Ariberto De Blasoni/SurvivalPlans for a major building project on an illegal road notorious for its “human safaris” to the vulnerable Jarawa tribe have been condemned by Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, over fears that it will lead to a massive increase in travelers through the tribe’s protected reserve on India’s Andaman Islands. Andaman MP Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, of the ruling BJP Party, recently announced the widening of…
  • Berlin: Peru President urged to protect uncontacted tribes' land

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    It is thought that the uncontacted Indians who recently emerged in Brazil have been fleeing illegal logging and drug trafficking in Peru (picture taken in 2010).© Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/SurvivalAhead of the visit of Peru’s President Ollanta Humala to Germany for a climate conference this week, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has written to the President urging him to protect the lands of highly vulnerable uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest from illegal logging and drug trafficking. The call follows alarming news that an uncontacted…
  • Brazil: where Indian lives are not worth a traffic sign

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Damiana Cavanha, Guarani leader. Five of her relatives have been run over and killed. © Fiona Watson/SurvivalPublic prosecutors in Brazil have called on the government to pay 1.4 million reais (US$ 630,000) in compensation to Guarani Indians and to install road signs, after eight Indians from one community were run over and killed. For decades the Guarani of Apy Ka’y community were forced to camp on the side of a perilous main road after they were evicted from their land, which is now occupied by a vast sugar cane plantation. Last year they reoccupied a part of their territory, but the…
  • Bushmen face 10 years of abuse despite landmark legal victory

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Despite winning a landmark court case in 2006, the Bushmen have faced harassment, intimidation and torture by the Botswana government.© SurvivalExactly 10 years ago – on July 5, 2004 – a landmark court case started which successfully challenged the illegal eviction of Botswana’s Bushmen from their ancestral land. But since then, the Botswana government has continued its persecution of the last hunting Bushmen, for which it has been condemned nationally and internationally. In 2006, Botswana’s High Court ruled that the Bushmen’s eviction from the Central Kalahari Game…
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  • Antigua Weighs High Cost of Fossil Fuels

    Desmond Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    The Petrotrin Oil Refinery in Trinidad and Tobago which has significant, proven fossil fuel reserves. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Desmond BrownST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs. Venezuela’s ambassador to Antigua, Carlos Perez, announced last week that Caracas was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the government…
  • Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

    Catherine Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The PNG Government has recently introduced legislation to outlaw polygamy and increase the country's rate of official marriage and birth registrations. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonSYDNEY, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS. “If polygamy remained acceptable, wives would never speak for their rights and they and…
  • Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

    Oriol Andrés Gallart
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Tank trucks being filled with water in front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque in Beirut. Credit: Oriol Andrés Gallart/IPSBy Oriol Andrés GallartBEIRUT, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops. In a normal year, the water trucks do not appear until September, but…
  • A Carrot Is a Carrot – or Is It?

    Justin Hyatt
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Permaculture enthusiasts with their harvested produce. Credit: Graham BellBy Justin HyattBUDAPEST, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) Food security is often thought of as a question of diversifying supply and being able to move food through areas plagued by local scarcity, relying on the global economic system – including trade and transport – as the basis for operations. But there is a growing current of opinion that the answer lies much closer to home, by creating locally resilient food supplies which are less dependent on global systems and therefore on the political and economic crises that afflict…
  • For Many Asian LGBT Youth, Homophobia Starts at Home

    Jassmyn Goh
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Two marchers in Taiwan`s 11th annual LGBT Pride March in Taipei City Oct. 26 affirm that "I am proud to be gay; I'm not a sex refugee!" Credit: Dennis Engbarth/IPSBy Jassmyn GohUNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) To teenagers, running away can seem like the easiest answer to problems at home, but for Alex* it was his only option when his family refused to accept that he identified himself as a transgender male. Although physically born a female, Alex always knew that he was a boy, but he grew up in an extremely homophobic and transphobic environment in Malaysia."I felt betrayed. It was the time…
 
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    EarthRights International

  • Court sides with Chiquita, Delays Justice for Victims of Paramilitary Violence in Colombia

    Jonathan Kaufman
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    If the top executives of a U.S. company, sitting in a Board room in Ohio, approve and hide illegal payments to a terrorist organization, does it concern the United States?  What if that company pleads guilty to the Department of Justice for the crime of paying the terrorist organization and then pulls out of the foreign country where the terrorists operate?  And if Congress says that foreigners can come into U.S. courts to seek justice for violations of international law, can that law encompass torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by those same terrorists, if the abuses…
  • Human Rights Advocates Denounce Dismissal of Colombian Victims' Lawsuit Against Chiquita

    EarthRights International
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Contact: Richard L. Herz, EarthRights International, 860-233-4938 rick@earthrights.org   Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP, (310) 396-0731hoffpaul@aol.com Lawsuit alleging Chiquita’s complicity in financing and arming Colombian paramilitary terrorist groups will continue under  Torture Victim Protection Act and Colombian law. West Palm Beach, Fla. — Colombian villagers suing Chiquita Brands International for its complicity in atrocities committed by paramilitary groups will not have their international human rights claims under the Alien Tort Statute…
  • Organizaciones internacionales presentan escrito ante Tribunal peruano impugnando el proyecto Conga

    EarthRights International
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Hoy, un grupo de prominentes organizaciones no gubernamentales dedicadas a los derechos humanos y los derechos ambientales, presentaron un escrito de amicus curiae (amigo de la corte) ante el Tribunal Constitucional en apoyo a la impugnación del proyecto Minera Yanacocha's Conga por la ONG Grufides. El caso presenta el argumento que el proyecto Conga violaría el derecho fundamental constitucional a un medio ambiente equilibrado y adecuado. “El proyecto no solo implica violaciones del derecho constitucional peruano, sino también de dos principios fundamentales del derecho internacional…
  • International organizations submit brief to Peruvian court challenging Conga project

    EarthRights International
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Today, a group of prominent non-governmental human and environmental rights organizations filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the Peruvian Constitutional Court in support of the challenge brought by the NGO Grufides against Newmont Mining’s Conga mining project. The case presents the argument that the Conga project would violate the fundamental constitutional right to an adequate and healthy environment. "The project does not only involve violations of Peruvian constitutional law, but also of two fundamental principles of international environmental law," said Benjamin…
  • Proposed Administrative Reforms in Peru Threaten to Undermine Already-Weak Environmental Protections

    Benjamin Hoffman
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    For the past few weeks, a few of us at EarthRights International’s Peru office have been spending hours researching, studying, and analyzing the international law requirements for sustainable development and environmental protection. Specifically, our focus has been on the international requirements for conducting, reviewing, and approving environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Our goal has been to produce an amicus brief challenging the way in which the EIA for Yanacocha’s Conga gold mine project was approved, to support a legal challenge to the project currently pending before the…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change

    David Kaimowitz
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Equals Change, the staff blog of the Ford Foundation. The author is the director of sustainable development at the Ford Foundation. A forest managed by the Mayangna people in Nicaragua. Photo by Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr. The first time I heard about Charlie Taylor was the day he died. A friend rang to say that ranchers had attacked a group of Mayangna Indians in a forest near Musawas in Nicaragua, killing one of the Indians and injuring several others. Charlie—a 40-year old father of seven who farmed locally and panned for gold in nearby rivers—was…
  • Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help

    Melissa Morrone
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo courtesy of Super Furry Librarian / Flickr. A woman was trying to apply for a job at a major retailer. She had to fill out an online form that prompted her to create a username and password, and then enter personal information down to the last four digits of her Social Security number. Knowing how to use the Internet safely is an ever more important skill. “How do you know if it’s real?” she asked me, already agitated because her computer session was about to time out. The last time she tried to do something like this, she…
  • This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart

    James Trimarco
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination from Lambda Legal on Vimeo. It's sweet, it's surprising, and—best of all—it's a success story. This short film tells the story of Robina Asti, a 92-year-old former pilot and transgender woman. After the death of her beloved husband Norwood Patton in 2012, Robina applied to the Social Security Administration for survivor benefits, but was denied because the SSA claimed she was "legally male" at the time of her marriage. Here's what Asti had to say about the incident: I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to…
  • “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

    Christa Hillstrom
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    "You matter.""We are working hard to make sure you are able to stay in this country.""Come and live in California!" It's not exactly the incendiary rhetoric we've grown accustomed to in the last few weeks, as American leaders clash over the question of what to do with tens of thousands of child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The messages above—along with more than 1,800 others—have flooded the website TheyAreChildren.com since it was launched last week by the California Endowment and partner organizations. The aim is…
  • Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the Border? Jon Stewart Lays It Out

    Molly Rusk
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The Daily Show. Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes, Daily Show Video Archive So far this year, more than 48,000 undocumented minors have been detained while crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. But increasingly, the kids aren't from Mexico. They're from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and they're fleeing from violence and poverty in their home countries, according to Reuters. On Tuesday, July 3, President Obama described the issue as "an urgent humanitarian situation," and called for $3.7 billion in funding to address it. The money would have been used to build more immigrant…
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • UN Human Rights Chief says shooting down Malaysian plane akin to war crime

    Women News Network
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine may amount to a war crime, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today said today, releasing a new report that details a total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear […]
  • This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like

    Women News Network
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Issie Lapowsky – WIRED magazine – Monday July 28, 2014 Shortly after Kathryn Tucker started RedRover, an app that showcases local events for kids, she pitched the idea to an angel investor at a New York tech event. But it didn’t go over well. When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest […]
  • Is the risk worth the glory? Child mountain climbers & exploitation

    Women News Network
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Bahar Mirhosseini – WNN Featured Commentary (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: On the way up she passed six dead bodies. In the icy midst of a 52 day trek to the top of the tallest mountain in the world there is little space for looking back or giving up. Add to that the freezing […]
  • Central American HIV+ women face sterilization coercion

    Women News Network
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Katie Nguyen for TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, OCEANIA: HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilization by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed. A survey of 285 women living with HIV […]
  • [Africa] Women should do better in agric, health care, finance – Bukola Bello -Jaiyesimi

    Women News Network
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Christy Anyanwu – Sun – Wednesday, 23 July 2014 (originally published 21 Jul) Bukola Bello-Jaiyesimi is passionate about  women’s cause and mentoring  youngsters.  She studied Cultural Diversity Awareness in Scotland and this broadened her horizon. A pan-Africanist and multiple-awards recipient, she spoke with Sunday Sun recently about her life as an entrepreneur and other issues. […]
 
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    Not For Sale

  • Your support today is critical for local survivors

    Sarah Potts
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We’ve told you about the problem: 300,000 children are commercially exploited for sex in the US every year and the roots of exploitation are interwoven and deeply rooted. Now it’s time to present a solution. Next month we begin working to connect survivors to economic opportunities, empowering them to change their futures. Empower survivors and donate now In September we will launch Not For Sale’s Reinvent program, starting in the Bay Area. This program will be the first of its kind in the US. It is uniquely designed to transform the lives of survivors of sexual exploitation and…
  • Not For Sale and the Los Angeles Dodgers

    alyssa rainbolt
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Los Angeles Dodgers are Not For Sale. We’re proud to partner with MLB players and teams who employ an influential platform to raise awareness and make an impact. That is why our partnership with the Dodgers is so powerful. Together, we’re leveraging that influence to protect people around the world from human trafficking. Not For Sale will be joining the Dodgers for Faith and Family Day. L.A., mark your calendars for Sunday, August 17th as the Dodgers take on modern slavery as well as opposing team the Milwaukee Brewers. For every ticket sold using this link, a portion of proceeds…
  • Tessa’s Story: Human Trafficking in America

    venus rodriguez
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Tune in Thursday  at 6pm PST/9pm EST and ask Venus Rodriguez your questions about human trafficking in America. Just use #AskVenus and be sure to follow @NFS. During my seven years working with survivors, I have met a lot of fighters. These exploited children, many of whom end up working the streets into adulthood, have suffered through unimaginable abuse and neglect. Despite all that they’ve been through, they refuse to remain victims of their circumstances. Their communities and families failed them, but somehow these girls find it in themselves to demonstrate the courage and strength to…
  • How Exploitation Happens in the United States

    Sarah Potts
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
      “Before a girl is trafficked for sex: she is exploited.” Venus Rodriguez, Bay Area Program Officer Shawna* was 15 when she first showed up on the radar of local service providers. Her days were spent walking the streets, soliciting men for sex. While most girls her age were at school, Shawna was working the noon and 3pm shifts. She was an American citizen with American parents living in Oakland, California. Her home wasn’t safe: violent outbursts threatened her physical safety. Her school was broken, her neighborhood was dangerous. While Shawna was searching for a support…
  • 60,000 Slaves in the United States?

    Not For Sale
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    The U.S. may be land of the free and home of the brave, but not for everyone. The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that 60,000 individuals within its borders live as slaves. Of those 60,000, two-thirds are U.S. citizens. The signs of modern-day slavery are subtle; they often go undetected by the untrained eye. From domestic servants working against their will to youth being psychologically and physically coerced into a life of sexual exploitation to farm workers being virtually unpaid for their labor — the manifestations are manifold. And so is our strategy to fight it. We are initiating…
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    One Person, One World.

  • Action Alert: Please Help Free Arturo the Polar Bear

    Cicci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cicci:Arturo is living in hell. Arturo are denied a life for an existence that no one deserves! WHY does Argentina say no for him to move? WHY won’t they take the responsibility and let him go to Canada where he would be with other Polar bears and in a climate that fits him? I can not imagine one single reason that would be good enough. Or is it a case of better with bad publicity for the Zoo, than none? Disgusting! Originally posted on Fighting for Hope's Blog: Please sign the petition to free Arturo the polar bear: “Two years ago, Arturo’s long-time companion, a polar bear…
  • Arturo the Polar Bear Is World’s Saddest Animal at Argentina Zoo | Ecorazzi

    Cicci
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Originally posted on Life or Lunch?: Argentinians might be having a sad start to the week after losing in the World Cup final to Germany, but their grief doesn’t even come close to one inhabitant’s in the city of Mendoza. Arturo, a 29-year-old polar bear at the Mendoza Zoo, has been called the “world’s saddest animal” as he wastes away depressed and overheated in his enclosure. “You can see he is going crazy. He moves the way polar bears do when they are suffering a lot of stress,” said Fernanda Arentsen, an Argentinian professor who’s written to the government asking them to…
  • World protests Monsanto grip on food supply chain

    Cicci
    25 May 2014 | 3:53 am
    Originally posted on News-Press-Liberty With Responsibility!: Hundreds of thousands people have united across the world to voice concern over the spread of GMO foods and crops and to raise awareness over the biotech giant Monsanto’s growing grip on the global food supply chain.It was not only the fear of genetically modified organisms in foods that knows no boundaries. Activists on five continents around the globe, comprising of 52 nations joined the fight under the March against Monsanto umbrella. Organized worldwide, peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply,…
  • Some People Should NOT Be Protected By British Courts!

    Cicci
    23 May 2014 | 5:26 am
    And the reason for me thinking so is that scum like the young man above might do this again to animals and also that this time it might be a child he abuse. The background to this story is that he is a 16-year-old boy in Luton, Bedfordshire, and that police found a video on his mobile phone under the name LOL (Laughing Out Loud)-. In it you can see how he repeatedly punched an innocent dog in the head and stomach before kneeing it in the face. He held Tyson (The dog) down in a chair while punching it in the face. A vet said the dog have suffered extreme distress and bruising as well as soft…
  • Is It Wrong To Cheer When A Matador Gets Badly Hurt By A Bull?

    Cicci
    21 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
      I think not. I will never understand how bullfighting can be seen as a ‘sport’ or entertainment. How can torturing an animal be fun? How can they justify it by calling it tradition? Wonder if those people are totally fine with FMG (Female genital mutilation), cannibalism, Slavery and stoning as a few examples? Or is it wrong because it involves humans while bull fighting are ”just” about animals?  Today I came across an article in Daily mail about the cancellation of the 12th corrida of the Fiesta de San Isidro in Spain. The event was cancelled for the first…
 
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  • Hang Juvenile Rapists?

    Burt Phoenix
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The burning issue these days is should the Juvenile Rapists be hanged? Photo credit: Wikipedia Let us understand a bit of law for a better grasp of the issue as per Section 83 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) any act committed by a child above 7 years of age and below 12, who has not attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge of the nature and consequences of his conduct on that occasion is not to be considered as an offence. Therefore, rape if committed by a person over 12 years of age is automatically a crime and a punishable offence. Therefore the reasoning given by proponents of…
  • Percentage Increase in Arrests for Serious Crimes – Men & Women

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Below is the chart showing percentage increase of arrests for serious crimes for men and women from 2001 – 2010. ————– Source: NCRB Software for analysis ‘Crime Info’. The detailed article link is The Fairer Criminals
  • How to Start a Blog

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Over the past few days, I have many requests from people wanting to know ‘How to Start a Blog’. For the benefit of all, I am writing this post: What is a Blog? In simple words it is a personal website where people express their views, opinions, concerns or share their experiences. Therefore any short write-up expressing a person’s views on any topic of his / her interest is a blog. Platforms to start your own blog: Many platforms are there for starting a blog where no programming / html skills are required to prepare a webpage. These blogging sites / platforms also give you a…
  • 498A Cases: A graphical analysis

    Burt Phoenix
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I am providing below the graph for decadal incidences of 498A cases: ———— Frivolous Cases are sum of a) cases withdrawn by the govt. during investigation, b) cases withdrawn by the govt, c) cases compounded or withdrawn, d) cases not investigated or in which investigation was refused, e) cases declared false on account of mistake of fact or of law Percentage has been calculated as a percentage of the number of incidents reported during the year Source: NCRB Software for analysis ‘Crime Info’
  • Sexual Economics – Theory of Sex

    Burt Phoenix
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    [WARNING! For matured audience only. If you are not above 18 years of age please leave this page] Photo credit: Wikipedia I came across a very interesting ‘Research’ article titled “Sexual Economics, Culture, Men, and Modern Sexual Trends” by Roy F. Baumeister & Kathleen D. Vohs. Roy F. Baumeister is a Francis Eppes Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. Florida. Kathleen D. Vohs is Land O’Lakes Professor of Excellence in Marketing at the University of Minnesota. The article can be found here. Synopsis of the article: The article talks about how the…
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