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  • Gaza: Airstrike Deaths Raise Concerns on Ground Offensive

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    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated eight Israeli airstrikes that were apparent violations of the laws of war before the ground offensive that began on July 17, 2014. The findings and reports of numerous new civilian casualties heightened concerns for the safety of civilians during the ground offensive. (Gaza) – Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated…
  • Iraq: Civilian Toll of Government Airstrikes

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    Human Rights Watch
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them. Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them.
  • NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

    IRIN
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
  • Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan.

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    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…
  • Indonesian Political Phenomenon Certified as Election Winner

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    Mark Leon Goldberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Want these clips delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up here!  Joko Widodo was certified the winner in a highly contentious election. He defeated the son-in-law of Suharto, Prabowo Subianto, a retired general who is not conceding defeat. He has a pretty amazing life story. “The victory represents a striking rise for Mr. Joko, 53, who was born and raised in a riverside slum area in the city of Surakarta, also known as Solo, in Central Java Province. He grew up to be a carpenter and later a furniture exporter before entering politics in 2005, where he was twice elected mayor of his…
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  • Iraq: Civilian Toll of Government Airstrikes

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them. Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them.
  • Russia: 5 Prominent Groups Branded ‘Foreign Agents’

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Russian government has branded five prominent independent groups as “foreign agents.” The government’s actions are part of its biggest crackdown on the rights to free expression and association in Russia since the end of the Soviet era. (Moscow) – The Russian government has branded five prominent independent groups as “foreign agents,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s actions are part of its biggest crackdown on the rights to free expression and association in Russia since the end of…
  • Gaza: Airstrike Deaths Raise Concerns on Ground Offensive

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated eight Israeli airstrikes that were apparent violations of the laws of war before the ground offensive that began on July 17, 2014. The findings and reports of numerous new civilian casualties heightened concerns for the safety of civilians during the ground offensive. (Gaza) – Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated…
  • US: Terrorism Prosecutions Often An Illusion

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity, Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute said in a report released today. Many of the more than 500 terrorism-related cases prosecuted in US federal courts since September 11, 2001, have alienated the very communities that can help prevent terrorist crimes. (Washington, DC) –The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of…
  • Ukraine: Displaced People Need Urgent Help

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko. People have fled because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a…
 
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  • NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
  • Israel/Gaza – how does it end?

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    DUBAI, 22 July 2014 (IRIN) - As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal?
  • Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    BISSAU, 22 July 2014 (IRIN) - During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau's capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country's cashews has plummeted.
  • Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    BANGKOK, 22 July 2014 (IRIN) - Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
  • Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    BANGUI, 21 July 2014 (IRIN) - The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups' sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • 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

  • Indonesian Political Phenomenon Certified as Election Winner

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Want these clips delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up here!  Joko Widodo was certified the winner in a highly contentious election. He defeated the son-in-law of Suharto, Prabowo Subianto, a retired general who is not conceding defeat. He has a pretty amazing life story. “The victory represents a striking rise for Mr. Joko, 53, who was born and raised in a riverside slum area in the city of Surakarta, also known as Solo, in Central Java Province. He grew up to be a carpenter and later a furniture exporter before entering politics in 2005, where he was twice elected mayor of his…
  • SG; Middle East; Iraq

    Insider
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Middle East: The continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now affecting aid as 77 UNRWA installations have been damaged and 100,000 people seek UNRWA’s shelter. The SG urged a viable two-state solution and an immediate ceasefire to begin addressing the underlying issues.
  • Inside the Fight Against Global Epidemics

    Kimberly Curtis
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    What do Ebola in West Africa, cholera in South Sudan, MERS coronavirus in the Middle East and polio in Syria and Central Africa have in common? These are all current infectious disease outbreaks that the WHO is tracking throughout the world. With globalization, an outbreak that occurs in one corner of the globe can easily spread and impact the entire world. UN Dispatch talked with Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General of Health Security with the WHO, and Scott F. Dowell of the US Centers for Disease Control about the challenges infectious diseases present today as well as what…
  • The Aid Diversion Dilemma

    Adam Lichtenheld
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    It is a sobering snapshot of the humanitarian challenge facing the international community: according to data released last week, funding for relief assistance has reached unprecedented heights — but remains far short of fulfilling the needs of those adversely affected by armed conflict and climate change around the world. The implication is that aid agencies simply need more money to tend to current calamities. But as a recent report by Medecins Sans Frontieres makes clear, the primary obstacles to humanitarian programming are not material or financial. They are logistical and…
  • Ban Ki Moon, John Kerry in Cairo for Gaza Talks.

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Want these stories delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up here!  Relief Aid Promised for Gazans…”U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Cairo to join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that last had been agreed to in November 2012. He will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement offered by Egypt that would halt two weeks of fighting that has descended into war and killed at least 500 Palestinians and more than two-dozen Israelis. Kerry headed almost immediately into a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, where he announced the U.S.
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • 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…
  • SHOCKING: Surge of Honor Killings in Pakistan

    Guest Writer
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Supporters of Tehrik-e-Minhaj ul Quran, an Islamic organisation, protest against ‘honor’ killings of women in Lahore (Photo Credit: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images). By Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Researcher For anyone following the news from Pakistan, the past few weeks have made for grim reading when it comes to violence against women. Recently, a 21-year old woman in Punjab was found raped and strangled to death by the man she had trusted to save her from an “honor” killing by her family. In early June, Saba Maqsood miraculously survived being…
  • Missing Guests – The U.S. Africa Summit

    Adotei Akwei
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Swaziland’s King Mswati III is one of nearly 40 heads of state on the guest list for President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (Photo Credit: Stephane de Sakutkin/AFP/Getty Images). Johanna Lee contributed to this post.  Starting August 4, the Obama Administration will host a mini replica of an African Union (AU) summit. As many as 40 heads of state from the continent will be on hand for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, a conference that will look at ways to boost trade and investment in the continent, tap into Africa’s burgeoning youth population, and promote good…
 
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    WordPress Tag: United Nations

  • Exemplifying the Case for Investments on Young People on World Population Day

    UNFPA_srilanka
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    “A sustainable future depends on having resilient populations, which cannot be achieved without investments in young people” – Dr. Babatunde Ositomehin, UNFPA Executive Director and Under-Secretary General With young people making up nearly a quarter of the world’s population between the ages of 10-24 years, this year’s theme for World Population Day ‘Investing in Young People’, could not have been more appropriate. UNFPA Sri Lanka took on the task of unwrapping Sri Lanka’s story of investing in young people, to see what the ingredients were, what has gone right and what…
  • Simon Deng, Former Slave, Speaks his Truth

    Stuart Meyers
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Simon Deng was a slave in his native Sudan.  He is now a human rights activist.  He has visited Israel and speaks of and from his experience. Below in the first video, Simon Deng is asked about the movement promoting the idea that Israel is an apartheid state committing genocide against the Palestinians. As a former slave in Sudan who well knows what apartheid realities, and has visited Israel, he speaks from deep personal experience, which is undeniable.  The very notion that Israel is apartheid seems deeply dissonant and incomprehensible.  He is considered in his manner, sincere and…
  • Alan Dershowitz, at the Durban III Counter-Conference

    Stuart Meyers
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Below, Alan Dershowitz speaks at the Durban III Counter-Conference. This conference was arranged by Elie Wiesel as a response the the Durban III conference, which was the third UN-sponsored anti-racisim conference, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 2001 Durban I event, which was highly controversial and widely viewed as anti-semitic, intolerant and non-inclusive (for more on this see this article from the Jerusalem Post.) Dershowitz leads with impassioned intellect.  He marshals facts into cogent arguments and a compelling narrative, calling-out the UN for what it is, a mouthpiece…
  • Gaza: 'unacceptable, unjustified and illegal'

    davepickering
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Lazarowicz calls for ceasefire and an end to Israeli military action GAZA: Thousands took to the Glasgow streets to protest on Saturday As the fighting in Gaza has continued with reports of an Israeli attack hitting a Gaza hospital with the loss of four lives, North and Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz has condemned the conduct of military action by Israel in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire in a letter to the Foreign Secretary. The conflict has so far seen the death toll rise to well over 500, the vast majority of whom are Palestinian civilians including more than one hundred children. In…
  • Rebels Release Train With Bodies From Downed Jet

    Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    A members of the OSCE mission to Ukraine uses a chemical to combat the smell of decomposing bodies w
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Events & Opportunities: August 2014 & Last Minute July 2014

    EEM
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    July 2014:Q&A Panel: The High Court & the Asylum Case, Sydney, 22 July 2014 [info]- Follow on Twitter using #highcourt153 and @kaldorcentre.Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference Conference, Barcelona, 24-25 July 2014 [info]Job: Research Associate in International Law, Human Rights Beyond Borders Project, UCL, London [info]- Apply by 25 July 2014.Are We Getting Things Done? Rethinking Operational Leadership, London, 30 July 2014 [info]- Panel discussion will also be livestreamed.August 2014:CFP: 20 Years On: Human Security at Crossroads, Istanbul, 23-24 October 2014…
  • Regional Focus: Syria

    EEM
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Echoes from Syria, no. 2 (July 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]Listening to the Voices of Syrian Women Refugees in Jordan: Ethnographies of Displacement and Emplacement (Ruba Al Akash & Karen Boswall, 2014?) [text]Opening the Door to Humanitarian Aid in Syria: Significance, Challenges, and Prospects (International Peace Institute, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]  A Study on Early Marriage in Jordan 2014 (Unicef, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]The Syrian Refugees Problem (Sada Blog, July 2014) [text]Too Young to Wed: The Growing Problem of Child Marriage among Syrian Girls in Jordan…
  • Thematic Focus: Detention

    EEM
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Opportunity:Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention (APPG on Refugees & APPG on Migration) [info]- The deadline for submitting written evidence is 1 October 2014.  See also related openDemocracy article.Publications:Child Asylum Seekers Locked up at Higher Rate than Adults (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2014) [text]Comparing the Detention of Asylum Seekers in the UK and the US (Border Criminologies, June 2014) [text]"Dad, have we done something wrong?" Children and Parents in Immigration Detention (No Child in Detention Coalition, Jan. 2014) [text via AIDA]"Detaining…
  • Thematic Focus: Climate Change

    EEM
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Opportunities:CFP: Environmental Changes and Human Mobility: What Role for Migration Governance?, Bern, Switz., 24 October 2014 [info]- Application deadline is 31 July 2014.CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]- Submissions sought for theme issue on "Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement"; deadline for articles is 12 January 2015.Publications:*"Climate Refugee Threat in Tropics Rises, but International Action Lags," World Politics Review, 17 July 2014 [text]Integrating Disaster-Induced Displacement within the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Paper prepared for the…
  • Thematic Focus: Development-induced Displacement

    EEM
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    "Disputed Land Rights and Conservation-led Displacement: A Double Whammy on the Poor," Conservation & Society, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014) [open access]The Environmental and Social Impacts of Dams: Mapping the Issues (Law Schools Global League, July 2014) [text via SSRN]"The Ethics of Economic Development and Human Displacement," Chapter in Oxford Handbook on Professional Economic Ethics (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014) [eprint]European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: Draft Environment and Social Policy Retreats on Human Rights (Accountability Counsel et al., March 2014)…
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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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  • Iraq: Civilian Toll of Government Airstrikes

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them. Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them.
  • Russia: 5 Prominent Groups Branded ‘Foreign Agents’

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Russian government has branded five prominent independent groups as “foreign agents.” The government’s actions are part of its biggest crackdown on the rights to free expression and association in Russia since the end of the Soviet era. (Moscow) – The Russian government has branded five prominent independent groups as “foreign agents,” Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s actions are part of its biggest crackdown on the rights to free expression and association in Russia since the end of…
  • Gaza: Airstrike Deaths Raise Concerns on Ground Offensive

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated eight Israeli airstrikes that were apparent violations of the laws of war before the ground offensive that began on July 17, 2014. The findings and reports of numerous new civilian casualties heightened concerns for the safety of civilians during the ground offensive. (Gaza) – Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated…
  • US: Terrorism Prosecutions Often An Illusion

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity, Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute said in a report released today. Many of the more than 500 terrorism-related cases prosecuted in US federal courts since September 11, 2001, have alienated the very communities that can help prevent terrorist crimes. (Washington, DC) –The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of…
  • Ukraine: Displaced People Need Urgent Help

    Human Rights Watch
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko. People have fled because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a…
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • 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…
  • Researcher Position on Extra-territorial Application of Human Rights Law

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Ralph Wilde of University College London is recruiting a three-year Research Associate position, starting in September, for a project on the extraterritorial application of international human rights law.  Please find attached the job description.  The link to the advertisement is here.Because the post does not meet the UK Resident Labour Market Test, only candidates who already have the right to work in the UK can be considered.
 
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  • Malaysia Airlines crash: colleagues in HIV/Aids fight remembered

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Oxfam colleagues around the world were shocked and horrified by the tragic loss of life in Malaysia airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine. Farah Karimi, Executive Director of Oxfam Novib in the Netherlands, speaks for all of us with this message sent in the hours after the disaster which took the lives of 193 Dutch people, including some close colleagues : "With shock and disbelief we have in recent days been following the news on the air disaster over Ukraine. It is impossible to comprehend what this disaster means for the families and friends concerned. The disaster also hit close to home,…
  • Airstrikes further destroying Gaza's fishing industry

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Crisis in Gaza Gaza's fishermen have been struggling to make a living for years. Restrictions on their movement and livelihoods have taken a heavy toll, and the latest escalation in violence has only made things worse. In a moment Sabri Bakr’s future was blown to smithereens. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza’s port smashed his new boat and destroyed his fishing gear. The loss of a boat and nets when so many have lost their lives may seem trivial but for Sabri, and for 3,600 fishermen in a similar fate, this is going to have long term impact on his ability to feed his family. "My boat and nets…
  • The new BRICS Bank should offer a new vision for development, not more of the same

    Sue Rooks
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    World-wide development organization Oxfam says it is imperative that the new Bank´s lending policy goes beyond infrastructure-based economic growth in order to help reduce inequality Today leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa –better known as the BRICS- finalized their 6th summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, consolidating the creation of a new development bank that will provide fresh sources of financing for emerging economies. According to world-wide development organization Oxfam, even though additional development financing is welcome, the new BRICS Bank must support the…
  • 75 years is too long to wait for equal pay: Oxfam urges G20 to act on gender gap

    Sue Rooks
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Women won’t be paid as much as men for another 75 years. That’s according to a report released by Oxfam today, which urges G20 leaders to tackle gender inequality when they meet in Australia later this year. Women won’t be paid as much as men for another 75 years. That’s according to a report released by Oxfam today, which urges G20 leaders to tackle gender inequality when they meet in Australia later this year. The report, G20 and gender equality – How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies shows how the G20’s growth…
  • The G20 and Gender Equality

    Sue Rooks
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    How the G20 can advance women's rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies Author:  Shawna Wakefield, Senior Gender Justice Lead, Oxfam Across G20 countries and beyond, women are paid less than men, do most of the unpaid labor, are over-represented in part-time work, and are discriminated against in the household, in markets and in institutions. In 2012 in the Los Cabos Declaration, G20 leaders committed to tackling the barriers to women’s full economic and social participation and to expanding opportunities for women in their countries. Oxfam and the Heinrich…
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  • Seda’s light

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Credit: Every Mother Counts Take a few moments to watch Every Mother Counts‘ video, Seda’s Light, and take action to bring electricity to mothers giving birth.  Imagine giving birth in the dark. Imagine complications arising that require emergency medical attention. Imagine that the doctor cannot see well enough to perform accurate surgery. Imagine you or your baby dying from complications during or after birth that could have been prevented with a flick of a switch. Unfortunately for women and families across the world, this isn’t just imaginary—it’s their reality. Without…
  • Global Soap Project is helping to put more girls back in school

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Global Soap Project distributing soap to women in Malawi. Credit: Global Soap Project Derrick Kayongo is the co-founder of the Global Soap Project. As an executive and development expert, he has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing. In July of 2005, I was blessed to be among the main speakers in Philadelphia with the likes of Pastor Rick Warren, Chris Tucker, Black-eyed Peas, and many other amazing people. At the time the Campaign to “Make Poverty…
  • This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

    Erin Hohlfelder
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox.  News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead. It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more. Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Six delegates, including Dutch advocates with whom our ONE colleagues had partnered, had been killed—a terrible loss. Suddenly, the news felt raw, and personal.  The victims were no longer faceless individuals part of a collective…
  • Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

    Sipho Moyo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Clockwise from top left: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bono, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammed Yunus, Graca Machel, and Mo Ibrahim. You probably haven’t heard about it, but this week decisions are being taken that could mean the difference between poverty and dignity for millions of people.  Diplomats from UN member states are finalizing a draft blueprint for the post 2015 development agenda and the stakes could not be higher. Today, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Graca Machel, Bono, Mo Ibrahim and Muhammed Yunus have joined forces to sound a warning that 2015 is a…
  • 3 Normal situations that become scary without power

    Malaka Gharib
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Giving birth, studying and cooking: these are three totally normal situations that take place everywhere around the world each day. But without electricity, doing any of these things can be frustrating, scary, and in some cases, life threatening. That’s the reality for 7 in 10 people in Africa who live without power every day.  Scroll through these scenarios from our interactive infographic to see how energy can make a big difference: Giving birth with electricity – NORMAL Giving birth without electricity – SCARY A whopping 70 percent of child and maternal mortality…
 
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Irish Govt. issues warning on investing or doing business in Israeli settlements

    mcmullan_danielle
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    "Ireland issues warning on investing or doing business in Israeli settlements", 22 Jul 2014 The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued ‘Advice for Irish Citizens and Businesses regarding involvement in financial and economic activities in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory’...[It] warn[s] of the risks to reputation that companies face by conducting business in the settlements, as well as implying potential complicity in human rights violations and breaches of international law: "Irish citizens and businesses should be aware of the potential…
  • Niger: L'accord avec Areva est incomplet selon le président du Parlement

    diouf
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    "Niger : Le président du Parlement juge l'accord avec Areva "incomplet"", 22 juillet 2014 Le président de l'Assemblée nationale nigérienne Hama Amadou a jugé lundi "incomplet" le nouveau contrat d'exploitation conclu le 26 mai dernier entre le gouvernement nigérien et le groupe nucléaire français Areva...Cependant, le démarrage de l'exploitation du gisement d'uranium d'Imouraren, qui ferait du Niger le 2e producteur mondial (5.000 tonnes par an), est renvoyé aux calendes grecques. "Son exploitation dépendra de l'amélioration des conditions du marché international", ont convenu…
  • China: McDonald's & Yum suspend OSI subsidiary Shanghai Husi as meat supplier after expired meat allegations

    ung
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    "McDonald's, Yum Suspend Meat Supplier in China", 21 July 2014 The U.S. owner of a meat supplier in Shanghai apologized and promised a swift response Monday after McDonald's Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. suspended purchases in China in the wake of allegations it sold expired chicken and beef to restaurants. McDonald's and Yum, parent of KFC and Pizza Hut, said they halted orders from Shanghai Husi Food Co., owned by OSI Group Inc. of Aurora Ill...OSI...said its executives were "appalled" by the report and apologized to its customers and consumers. The company "has formed an investigation team, is…
  • Coca Cola project leverages company’s distribution network to improve delivery of medical supplies to 10 African countries by 2019

    macmillen_1
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    "Coca-Cola’s Last Mile: From Fizzy Drinks to Medical Supplies", 17 July 2014 Coca-Cola as a medical supplies deliverer? One of its community programs, Project Last Mile…leverages the company’s vast distribution network to increase and improve the delivery of medical supplies to 10 African countries by 2019…Partnering with national and local governments, the initiative takes advantage of Cola-Cola’s prowess in supply chain, distribution and marketing. Other organizations…work with Coke and government officials to procure and distribute medicines to rural areas…According to a…
  • [PDF] Barrick Gold response

    stamaria
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    22 July 2014 When Barrick took over Placer Dome in 2006, the company inherited litigation related to the historic mining activities at the Marcopper mine…Although Placer Dome relinquished its indirect minority stake in Marcopper in 1997, it voluntarily funded and ensured that extensive reclamation, compensatory and other measures to address the effects of the spill were taken…Over the past three years, Barrick has made a good faith effort to settle these matters in a principled way. As this is currently before the courts, we are unable to comment further on any settlement discussions…
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  • '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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  • Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster

    Khaled Alashqar
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Following an Israeli airstrike, Palestinian youth inspect the building their families lived in. Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPSBy Khaled AlashqarGAZA CITY, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Among the worst affected are Gazan children who have been forced to live in constant fear and danger, according to Dr. Sami Awaida, a specialised child psychiatrist for the Gaza Mental Health Programme – a…
  • Stunting: The Cruel Curse of Malnutrition in Nepal

    Mallika Aryal
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Sadhana Ghimire, 23, makes sure to give her 18-month-old daughter nutritious food, such as porridge containing grains and pulses, in order to prevent stunting. Credit: Mallika Aryal/IPSBy Mallika AryalRASUWA, Nepal, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) Durga Ghimire had her first child at the age of 18 and the second at 21. As a young mother, Durga didn’t really understand the importance of taking care of her own health during pregnancy. “I didn’t realise it would have an impact on my baby,” she says as she sits on the porch of her house in Laharepauwa, some 120 kilometers from Nepal’s capital,…
  • Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees

    Mona Alami
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    By Mona AlamiBEIRUT, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) A declining economy and a severe drought have raised concerns in Lebanon over food security as the country faces one of its worst refugee crises, resulting from the nearby Syria war, and it is these refugees and impoverished Lebanese border populations that are most vulnerable to this new threat. A severe drought has put the Lebanese agricultural sector at risk. According to the Meteorological Department at Rafik Hariri International Airport, average rainfall in 2014 is estimated at 470 mm, far below annual averages of 824 mm. The drought has left…
  • Creating a Slum Within a Slum

    Adam Bemma
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    In 2009, nearly 5,000 Kibera residents were relocated to the KENSUP Soweto East settlement, pictured here. However many say the housing project has become a slum. Credit: George Kebaso/IPSBy Adam BemmaNAIROBI, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) At the eastern edge of Nairobi’s Kibera slum, children gather with large yellow jerry cans to collect water dripping out of an exposed pipe. The high-rise grey and beige Soweto East settlement towers above them. A girl lifts the can on top of her head and returns to her family’s third floor apartment. Inside, 49-year-old mother Hilda Olali is sweeping the…
  • U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa

    Carey L. Biron
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Sub-Saharan Africa has large potential for hydropower generation, but is yet to exploit it. Pictured here is the Kariba Dam. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Jul 21 2014 (IPS) Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities. With half of the U.S. Congress having already acted on the issue, supporters are now hoping that the Senate will follow suit before a major…
 
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    EarthRights International

  • 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…
  • EarthRights International and Amazon Watch File Amicus Briefs in Chevron Appeal

    EarthRights International
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The latest chapter in the seemingly endless Chevron/Ecuador litigation began last week with attorney Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients submitting separate appellate briefs to the Second Circuit arguing that the district court’s decision in favor of Chevron – ruling that Donziger and the Ecuadorians had obtained an Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron by fraud – should be reversed. A number of interesting amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs on specific legal issues were also filed this week in support of Donziger and the Ecuadorians, including briefs from…
  • EarthRights School Mekong Students Start Year with Forum Theatre Workshop

    Jessie Adler
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The start of the rainy season in Chiang Mai, Thailand, also marked the beginning of the year for EarthRights School Mekong’s class of 2014.  On a stormy evening of the first Friday in June, I arrived to the welcoming party.  The sounds of the storm let up just in time for the performances to begin.  EarthRights International staff, alumni, and friends gathered to watch song and dance performed by the new students as well as students of nearby NEED-Burma organization.   ERI’s Mekong Alumni Coordinator Tom Kaewpradit officially welcomed the students into the EarthRights International…
  • Hobby Lobby decision makes it more difficult to regulate corporate behavior and protect actual human beings

    Michelle Harrison
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In a sharply divided decision, the Supreme Court added religious rights to the ever-expanding list of rights possessed by for-profit corporations. In an opinion authored by Justice Alito, the conservative wing of the Court concluded in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, that certain for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) where doing so is against the religious beliefs of their owners. In a scathing dissent, Justice Ginsberg described the majority opinion as one of “startling breadth,” which would allow commercial enterprises…
  • Federal Appeals Court Revives Abu Ghraib Torture Case Against CACI

    Michelle Harrison
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark decision in Al-Shimari v CACI et al., reviving the case against the U.S. private contractor company accused of torturing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. The decision is precedent setting in a number of ways, but for EarthRights International’s (ERI’s) cases, the most significant aspect is the Fourth Circuit’s interpretation of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) and what it means for future Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims. In holding that the Iraqi plaintiffs’ ATS claims were not barred by the Supreme Court’s…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • 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…
  • Why Target Stopped Asking Job Applicants If They've Been Convicted of a Crime

    Nur Lalji
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kissy Mason and her son call on Target to change its hiring practices at the company's corporate headquarters in May 2012. Photo courtesy of TakeAction Minnesota. Kissy Mason understands the importance of second chances. As she grew up in Minneapolis in the '80s and '90s, she watched her family members move in and out of prison and saw the discrimination they faced as a result. “People in my family were being locked up, and then they were locked out of a right to live, a right to employment,” she said. Unemployment is a huge barrier to the success of ex-offenders outside prison walls.
  • Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands

    Liana Lopez
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Marchers participate in the 2014 Tar Sands Healing Walk. All photos by Liana Lopez. The fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk took place on June 28 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Hundreds of people joined First Nations leaders in a prayer-filled walk around the refineries and “land reclamation” projects operated by the oil company Syncrude. Within the last five years, awareness about the issue has spread at a tremendous pace. “This isn’t protest or a rally,” organizer Crystal Lameman told the participants in the walk. "This is a spiritual gathering with prayers and ceremony in order to…
  • These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way

    Christine St. Pierre
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Photo by Jack Storms. Great Native leaders appear to be overlooking contemporary Aztec dancers in a scene from Hummingbird, a short film that captures the spiritual power of ritual and tradition. The film was made by Longhouse Media, an organization that aims to catalyze indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. Click here to subscribe to YES! Longhouse Executive Director Tracy Rector emphasizes the group’s mission to nurture Native artists who use both traditional and modern forms of storytelling: “Our stories…
  • Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary

    Adrienne Maree Brown
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    This painting illustrated the cover of Octavia Butler's novel Wild Seed, published in 1980 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Image copyright Wayne Barlowe. I am certainly not the first or only person who forgot how to imagine. I’m not sure when I forgot, but it had something to do with the numbing effect of constant media, with its hyperbranding and tip-of-the-iceberg bad news. And working too much, not having time to read or to let my mind wander, feeling I was too important to rely on magic. Click here to subscribe to YES! My work has primarily been as a facilitator. I help others…
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • [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. […]
  • Nigeria’s president meets with frustrated parents of kidnapped girls

    Women News Network
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has met with parents of some of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April. More than 150 people took part in Tuesday’s meeting at the president’s office in Abuja, including some of the girls who managed to escape after […]
  • Bahraini woman brings henna art to P.E.I.

    Women News Network
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Julia Cook – CBC News - Tuesday, 22 July 2014 (originally published Jul 17) Asma was born in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. Her family is Muslim and henna plays a big role in their culture. The leaves produce a reddish-brown dye that’s used to color everything from silk to hair to skin. When […]
  • Grief on Malasian Airlines flight 17 crash includes double-loss for woman

    Women News Network
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, U.S., AMERICAS: As investigations into Ukrainian pro-Russian militia members and military ties to the Russian government expand, one Australian woman is facing something she never expected: the death of members of her own family. Because of the intensified conflict that threatens to split Ukraine apart as it rages now in […]
  • India’s Great Invisible Workforce

    Women News Network
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Neeta Lal – IPS – Monday, 21 July 2014 (originally published NEW DELHI, Jul 17 2014 (IPS) - According to census data released this month, a whopping 160 million women in India, 88 percent of who are of working age (15 to 59 years), are confined to their homes performing ‘household duties’ rather than gainfully […]
 
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    Not For Sale

  • 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…
  • You are the solution, will you join us?

    Dave Batstone
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Dear Friends, We have been waiting for this moment. Seven years ago I discovered that slavery was thriving in my own community. That discovery started Not For Sale on a mission that would grow to span 12 countries and to support over 6,000 at-risk individuals and survivors. After years working internationally we are more educated than ever about the root causes that foster environments ideal for exploitation. The issue is universal: poverty removes choices from individuals and communities, leaving them dangerously at-risk to exploitation. Whether in the Amazon or in San Francisco, poverty…
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    One Person, One World.

  • 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…
  • A Young Hero In Philippines Starts Happy Animals Club

    Cicci
    16 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    So many animals on this planet of ours gets thrown aside like useless toys that are now unwanted. Too many animals end their lives in painful and horrific ways. Too many animals wander the streets in our cities, cold, hungry and all alone. An endless struggle until it dies alone, missed by no one… When did humanity become so cruel? Or has it always been like that? Thankfully there are so many good people who do care, that work hard every day to save some of these lost souls, and work tirelessly to change the outcome for these animals. Today I read about a young man who touched my…
 
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  • 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…
  • Live-in vs. Live-out vs. Marriage – An Analysis

    Burt Phoenix
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    Marriage may be defined as a ‘Sacrament’ between two persons. In other words it is not a contract between two individuals but a sacrosanct relationship between two human beings placing certain obligations and duties vis-à-vis each other. It is generally seen that marriage is a union for leading a life wherein both the spouses contribute to the union. Primarily, a person choses his / her partner based on either of the 4 reasons below: Virtue Nobility Wealth Beauty Now a question arises what are these obligations vis-à-vis each other that that marriage entails? Traditionally, societies…
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