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  • Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom

    Social Work Helper
    Deona Hooper
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Independence Day is a day we celebrate being free from tyranny, oppression, and persecution. It’s a day we celebrate a democratic society with the rights to freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am especially thankful to the men and women serving in our military who have made many sacrifices... Continue Reading » The article Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom written by Deona Hooper appeared first on Social Work Helper.
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    14 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
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  • IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram

    IRIN
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    DUBAI, 24 July 2015 (IRIN) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria.
  • Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog. Friends at Süddeutsch Zeitung asked whether I could turn my Re:publica Keynote on mistrust and civics into a newspaper op-ed. Here’s what I came up with, which ran in yesterday’s newspaper. On Monday, British comedian Simon Brodkin pelted outgoing FIFA leader Sep Blatter with a stack of dollar bills as Blatter spoke at a press conference. Brodkin’s dollar shower expressed the boundless anger football fans feel about the corruption within football’s world governing body. When Swiss police arrested…
  • What Hissene Habré’s Trial Says About the Future of the African Union

    UN Dispatch
    Lauren Anderson
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    When President Obama addresses the African Union tomorrow, he will have plenty to say about development, good governance, justice and international cooperation and the promise of African unity upon which the AU was founded.  And on these latter points, the African Union has reached an important milestone just last week when Hissene Habre, one Africa’s most elusive strongmen who ruled Chad between 1982 and 1990, began trial in Dakar, Senegal for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. While the instance of a former dictator on trial for such abuses is certainly not unheard of, the…
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    IRIN

  • IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    DUBAI, 24 July 2015 (IRIN) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria.
  • Yarmouk camp no longer besieged, UN rules

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    BEIRUT, 24 July 2015 (IRIN) - Despite not being able to deliver food to the camp since March, the UN has quietly dropped the Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria
  • Counting the uncountable

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    OXFORD, 24 July 2015 (IRIN) - How do you design effective policies and programmes to help vulnerable populations when you don't know how many people you're dealing with?
  • Will Houthi retreat mean more Yemen aid?

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    BEIRUT, 23 July 2015 (IRIN) - The arrival of an aid ship to the Yemeni city of Aden has raised hopes of more aid getting to those in need. But the notion that a flotilla of aid ships will now be allowed to dock appears premature.
  • A tough homecoming in Central African Republic

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    BANGUI, 23 July 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of people have been returning to their homes in the Central African Republic more than a year after fleeing a violent and complex political crisis, in many cases to neighbouring countries. While security may have improved in some areas, resuming any semblance of a normal life is proving a major challenge for many returnees.
 
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog. Friends at Süddeutsch Zeitung asked whether I could turn my Re:publica Keynote on mistrust and civics into a newspaper op-ed. Here’s what I came up with, which ran in yesterday’s newspaper. On Monday, British comedian Simon Brodkin pelted outgoing FIFA leader Sep Blatter with a stack of dollar bills as Blatter spoke at a press conference. Brodkin’s dollar shower expressed the boundless anger football fans feel about the corruption within football’s world governing body. When Swiss police arrested…
  • Who benefits from doubt? Online manipulation and the Russian – and US – internet

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was asked by an editor at RBC, one of Russia’s best respected independent news organizations, to offer my thoughts on the Russian/US infowar. It was a great chance to think about Adrian Chen’s provocative tale about Russia’s Internet Research Agency (a topic that Global Voices RuNet Echo has done a terrific job of covering) and broader questions about skepticism, mistrust and who benefits from doubt. The piece ran on RBC today in Russian, but my English language text follows below. In early June, the New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a story by investigative reporter…
  • Instaserfs: Precarious Employment in the New – and Old – Economy

    Ethan
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    (This summer, I’m going to publish some of my work on FOLD, the beautiful platform my student Alexis Hope is building. There’s a graphically enhanced version of this story there.) Benjamen Walker makes some of the best radio around. (Okay, it’s mostly digitally-delivered audio storytelling these days, but who’s counting?) His finest work tends to come out in series of podcasts, exploring a complex issue through interviews and stories that unfold over two or more sequential weekly episodes. The most recently concluded series is called “Instaserfs” and it…
  • Pattern recognition: racism, gun violence and Dylann Roof

    Ethan
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    When you read about Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black men and women as they prayed, think about the patterns he represents. Over the next few days, we’re going to hear about mental illness. We’re going to hear about troubled loners. We’ll hear about a young man’s racist fantasies, so outrageous that he would celebrate the apartheid regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. We’ll hear from family, neighbors and high school friends, and the picture that will emerge is of a young man who was strange, disturbed, sick, abnormal. The message will be that the…
  • Listening Machines, and the whether, when and how of new technologies

    Ethan
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I’m intrigued by, but know nothing about. (A second pleasure is writing about these events.) So when my friend Kate Crawford invited me to a daylong “Listening Machine Summit” this past Friday, I could hardly refuse. What’s a listening machine? The example of everyone’s lips was Hello Barbie, a version of the impossibly proportioned doll that will listen to your child speak and respond in kind: …a Mattel representative introduced the newest version of Barbie by saying: “Welcome to…
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    UN Dispatch

  • What Hissene Habré’s Trial Says About the Future of the African Union

    Lauren Anderson
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    When President Obama addresses the African Union tomorrow, he will have plenty to say about development, good governance, justice and international cooperation and the promise of African unity upon which the AU was founded.  And on these latter points, the African Union has reached an important milestone just last week when Hissene Habre, one Africa’s most elusive strongmen who ruled Chad between 1982 and 1990, began trial in Dakar, Senegal for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. While the instance of a former dictator on trial for such abuses is certainly not unheard of, the…
  • Episode 74: Jessica Jackley

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    Jessica Jackley co-founded Kiva and revolutionized micro-lending. Her new memoir Clay, Water, Brick tells the story of the founding of Kiva and her own personal journey from a religious family in Pittsburgh to becoming a successful social entrepreneur. This is a great conversation about personal development entrepreneurship, starting Kiva–and then figuring out how to handle its explosive growth. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or get the app to listen later. The post Episode 74: Jessica Jackley appeared first on UN Dispatch.
  • Obama in Ethiopia

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    After the weekend in Kenya, President Obama is in Ethiopia today–the first time a sitting US President has paid an official visit to the seat of the African Union. “Ahead of the visit, the White House stressed it frequently addresses issues of democracy and political rights with countries in the region. Having spoken frankly in Kenya on human rights and corruption, Obama can also be expected to address Ethiopia’s — and Africa’s — democracy deficit.” (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Joely8) What Obama’s Ethiopia Visit Says About HIs Africa Policy…In this 11 minute…
  • UNESCO Rebuilt These Ancient Mausoleums in Timbuktu that Were Destroyed By Religious Extremists

    Luke Allen
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    A recent surge in violence in northern Mali that saw an attack on a MINUSMA convoy kill six Burkinabe peacekeepers and forced hundreds of Malians to seek refuge in neighboring Mauritania has served as a disquieting reminder that much work remains in the struggle to achieve lasting peace in the region. But earlier this week, the international community and the people of Timbuktu celebrated a small but significant step in rebuilding northern Mali, as UNESCO announced that local masons in their employ have completed the reconstruction of eight mausoleums destroyed by insurgent Islamist…
  • Obama’s Kenya Homecoming

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    President Obama visits the country of his father’s birth for the first time as president. This is the first leg of his fourth visit to Africa as president. After Kenya, he’ll spend a day in Ethiopia and address the African Union. Here are some two resources to better understand and follow this trip. -Tom Murphy has a useful Storify that collects some excellent photos, tweets, and analysis of Obama’s trip.  http://bit.ly/1Op85FU -Mark  Goldberg speaks with Wycliff Muga, weekend editor of The Star newspaper in Kenya. Muga explains the symbolic importance and political relevance to this…
 
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • It’s Time for Chile to Change Its Restrictive Abortion Laws

    Guest Writer
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    By Leah Schmidt, Identity and Discrimination Unit, Amnesty International USA In July 2013, an 11-year-old girl became pregnant after having been raped repeatedly for two years by her stepfather. However, ending the pregnancy was not an option for her. In Chile, where she lives, abortion is outlawed in all cases, even in cases of rape and even for children. Right now, Chile is one of a very few remaining countries in the world that has a total ban on abortion. This means that abortion is illegal, even if a woman’s or girl’s life or health is at risk, if the fetus is not viable, or if the…
  • The Human Rights Reports that could: Analysis of the 2014 Department of State Country Reports

    Adotei Akwei
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    (Photo Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images). By Adotei Akwei and Larissa Peltola* After months of anticipation by the global community, the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 finally arrived on June 25, a mere six months into 2015. This beguiling page-turner, which provides us with a summary of the state of human rights around the world, highlights virtually every country yet somehow manages to gloss over, or omit altogether, the human rights violations occurring in the United States (#closeGuantanamo). Amnesty International USA, along with several…
  • Marriage Equality But Not Reproductive Rights: Ireland’s Inconsistency on Human Rights

    Guest Writer
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    By Kaitlyn Denzler, Amnesty International USA Interim Women’s Rights Campaigner It was only two decades ago that Ireland decriminalized homosexuality. Yet on May 22, people took to the polls and made Ireland the first country in the world to adopt marriage equality by a popular vote. The people of Ireland did not just make history with their vote to legalize same-sex marriage; they sent a resounding message of support for human rights by voting “yes” by a margin of two to one! When the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, announced the date of the referendum, he…
  • Argentina is speaking up for its women, we should join them

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

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

  • Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.21 is here!!!!

    Angela Oduor Lungati
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    Progress continues on the v3 development front. Today, we’re rolling out an epic release of v3. Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.21 is out! Take it out for a spin on our demo site. It’s not quite ready for production, but is close enough for you to play around with and share feedback with us on. Log in credentials for the test site are as follows:- username: demo, password: testing What’s New? You can now view Collections and Saved Searches, Add posts to collections, and Turn “unstructured” posts (ie. incoming SMS) into fully fledged posts You can also use “related post”…
  • Join us for our Ushahidi Milan Meetup!

    Angela Oduor Lungati
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:44 am
    If you haven’t heard already, we’re hosting a meetup in Milan on 13th July, 2015 at Politecnico di Milano, in a bid to reconnect with our users and deployers.  Over the years, we have grown an exceptionally strong user-base in Italy. There have been 165 separate deployments of Ushahidi/Crowdmap from Italy.  Moreover, many of these vibrant deployers contribute to our software and documentation. When we updated our Ushahidi v2 manual, we put out a call for help with translation on our mailing list. Two of our Italian super users reached out, and have since been working on getting this…
  • Ushahidi v3.0.0.0-beta.20 release! It’s live!

    Michelle Hamilton-Page
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    We’ve just rolled out Ushahidi v3.0.0.0-beta.20, with more new features and improvements following our last release. Take it out for a spin on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer. Log in credentials can be found below: username: demo password: testing What’s changed? We now have a cleaner configuration for developer environments using a .env file Fast client development builds We’ve made some minor fixes to data providers and posts APIs What’s New? Posts are now shown split into steps when creating and editing a post.
  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.19 release!

    Michelle Hamilton-Page
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    It’s V3 release day! Today, we roll out Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.19 and we’re happy to update you about the new features and improvements from the technical team. Spin it up on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer and closer. Log in credentials for the test site are as follows:- username: demo password: testing What’s New? Manage post types through the settings UI. Add, edit and remove post types. Create a post type, add steps, add fields. Build out your data collection requirements as you need. Improvements Lots of fixes…
  • Ushahidi as a Catalyst Part 1 – Making All Voices Count

    Juliana Rotich
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    At this year’s World Economic Forum Africa in Capetown, there was a public session on entrepreneurship and innovation. The panel had young global leaders, and entrepreneurs answering questions from students and young people in Capetown. Two young women left an indelible impression on me, and got me thinking about Ushahidi’s role as a a catalyst. The first was a young woman stood up and asked the panelists what we/our affiliated organizations were doing to provide options for young people with ideas. I mentioned the work that Ushahidi is doing as part of Making All Voices…
 
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    WordPress Tag: United Nations

  • It's not #ClimateChange it's everything change. By Margaret Atwood #Auspol

    John
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this: The future without oil! For optimists, a…
  • Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning. #Auspol

    John
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels. The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, brings new importance to a…
  • Uruguay and the Syrian Refugees: A small country with a big heart

    Neuroscience Mum
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    There are close to 4 million Syrian people living in squalid overflowing refugee camps; cold, hungry and with no chance of returning home. With the 4-year civil war dragging on, caught between the murderous Assad who controls the capital (Damascus) and the caliphate goons who practically rule everything else, the Syrian people are essentially prisoners of war in their own land. The activist group Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently risks their lives daily to document the atrocities for those left in Syria. Quite literally, their plight does not appear to be getting better anytime soon. By…
  • Modern #Slavery in Asia and the Middle East - Photography Exhibition

    Slavery Studies
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Sadly, this is the norm: “She only allowed me to sleep from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.; every day was only four hours of sleep,” Susi said. “I was only allowed to use the bathroom three times a day. She didn’t allow me to have a day off. Nothing was allowed.” See the photos and read the stories at http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/asia/asia-abused-maids/index.html #slavery
  • CIRCUMCISION CONTROVERSY: news at the International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver draws out genital mutilation critics

    Pamela Fayerman
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    BY PAMELA FAYERMAN One of the (very frank) stories I posted from the International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver last week pertained to a device used by nurses to circumcise men in Africa. The story (which you can link to here or read below) drew plenty of feedback, mostly from those in the circumcision-is-mutilation camp. Some commenters doubt the validity of research showing that medical circumcision cuts the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission in heterosexual males. However, randomized, controlled studies like this and this (among others) have been done and the World Health…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Regional Focus: Middle East

    EEM
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    As the Conflict Marches on in Yemen, its Displaced Citizens are Close to a Tipping Point (IDMC Blog, July 2015) [text]Asylum-Seekers for Sale (Access Denied Blog, July 2015) [text]Can the UN's Agency for Palestinians be Fixed? (IRIN, July 2015) [text]Desperate Migration in the Middle East (YaleGlobal Online, July 2015) [text]Impact of Humanitarian Aid on the Lebanese Economy (UNDP & UNHCR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]Israel’s Policies toward Asylum-Seekers: 2002-2014, IAI Working Paper, no. 15 (Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2015) [text via ISN]Rwanda or Saharonim - Monitoring…
  • Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Displacement

    EEM
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Climate Displacement and the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC Side Event, Bonn, 3 June 2015 [text]Conceivable Legal Responses to Environmental Displacement (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]"Human Displacement and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific," Chapter 6 in Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, March 2015) [eprint via SSRN]Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention, Durham University, UK, 28 June-1 July 2015 [info]- Follow link for video of keynote presentations.Migration and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (UKCCMC, July…
  • Thematic Focus: Detention

    EEM
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
     Publications:Alternatives to Detention, 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.12 (EXCOM, June 2015) [text]- See also related introductory remarks.Children in Immigration Detention: Challenges of Measurement and Definition (Global Detention Project, June 2015) [text]A Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers (American Immigration Council & Center for Migration Studies, July 2015) [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]The Legality of Detention of Asylum Seekers under the Dublin III Regulation, Legal Briefing, no. 1…
  • Regional Focus: Syria

    EEM
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Adapting to an Urban World - Urban Case Study: Syria Crisis (Lebanon & Jordan) (ALNAP, WFP & Global Food Security Cluster, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]From Turkey to Syria: The Murky World of Cross-border Assistance  (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2015) [text]Jordan: Comprehensive Child Focused Assessment (Unicef, June 2015)- Azraq refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]- Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]Moderate Need, Acute Need: Valid Categories for Humanitarian Needs Assessments? Evidence from a Recent Needs Assessment…
  • Regional Focus: Australia

    EEM
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    "Asylum Seekers and Resettled Refugees in Australia: Predicting Social Policy Attitude from Prejudice versus Emotion," Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1 (2015) [open access]Australia/Papua New Guinea: Asylum Seekers Detained at Manus Island File Class Action Suits (HR Brief Blog, July 2015) [text]Community Support Programme: Discussion Paper (Australian Dept. of Immigration & Border Protection, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]The Department of Immigration: From Building the Nation to Managing the Border (FlagPost Blog, June 2015) [text]In Focus: Paying People…
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    Phayul Latest News

  • Three Tibetans arrested in Serta

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Reports have emerged of arrests of three Tibetans including a monk in connection with celebrations of the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday last month in Serta County, Sichuan
  • Dalai Lama in Ladakh on 5 day visit

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Leh, Ladakh, on Monday for a five –day visit. The 80 year old Buddhist leader was welcomed at the Kusho Bakula Airport by dignitaries includi
  • TYC chapters meet for 46th Working Committee Meeting in Delhi

    25 Jul 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The largest pro independence group of the Tibetan Diaspora on Friday began its 46th Working Committee Meeting in Samyeling Tibetan Refugee Settlement in Delhi. 130 executive members from 35 region
  • Tibetans storm Chinese Consulate in Sydney

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The Chinese consulate in Sydney saw a protest break out in their compound on July 22 when around 50 Tibetans stormed through the gate of the consulate in protest against the death of Tulku Tenzin Delek
  • Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongolians appeal against awarding of Winter Olympics to China

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Tibetans, Chinese and Mongolian activists have called on the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to reject Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, exactly a week before the date for the draw of host
 
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • JICJ symposium: Proof in International Criminal Trials

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    A symposium in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, which I co-edited with John D. Jackson, has just been released. The topic is 'Proof in International Criminal Trials' and it features contributions from Paul Roberts, John Jackson and Yassin Brunger, Michael Ramsden and Cecilia Chung, Triestino Mariniello, Mark Klamberg, and myself. Here is a brief summary of the symposium, taken from the foreword: "This symposium focuses on these issues of proof as they pertain to international criminal trials. Broadly speaking, there are two main themes to the symposium. The first…
  • Justice Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda, who graduated with a PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in 2014, was sworn in last week as a member of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Rwanda. Justice Karimunda's thesis, entitled The Death Penalty in Africa, The Path Towards Abolition, was published last year by Ashgate. Congratulations to this very distinguished jurist. He will continue to lecture at the University of Rwanda.From left, Justice Karimunda, daughter Isange Amelia, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Gaju Jeanne and son Sangwa Ange.
  • Otto Triffterer 1931-2015

    6 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    Roger Clark, Otto Triffterer, Ben Ferencz and myself, in Salzburg
  • Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

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

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

  • Finding safe shelter in Burundi

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 27 July 2015 – “We heard a lot of gunshots where we live, in Musaga,” says Brice, 7. “I was scared. I cried all the time.”
  • In Nepal, escaping an uncertain fate

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, 24 July 2015 – Sapana*, 15, still shudders when she thinks of how she was almost tricked into going to India. “I will never forget that day when I was about to make a horrible mistake due to my desperate situation,” she says.
  • From fighter to builder: A successful reintegration in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    KIWANJA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 July 2015 - "I have a very good life now, but in the past, my life was hard. I couldn't even buy myself soap. If my mother didn't give me soap, I wouldn't wash my clothes,” says 19-year-old Ghislain Muhindo. “Now, I can buy myself lotion, clothes and soap. At times, I get a lot of money and buy my mother some food.”
  • Clean water transforms a shelter for displaced Syrian families

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    LATAKIA/TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 22 July 2015 – Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, hundreds of thousands of families have sought refuge in the relatively safer coastal cities. As fighting escalates in northern Syria, still more people have fled conflict in Idleb, Aleppo and rural Latakia to seek refuge in the city of Latakia. 
  • In Pakistan, countering malnutrition among the most vulnerable

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    MITHI, Pakistan, 20 July 2015 – “Raising children has not been easy for me,” says Pushpa, 27. “Each one of my daughters was underweight at the time of birth, and I had to take them to the doctor frequently, as they would often fall sick.”
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  • Blockade and violence in Yemen pushing an additional 25,000 people into hunger daily

    DannielleT
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Blockade and violence in Yemen pushing an additional 25,000 people into hunger daily28 July 2015Since the start of the conflict, nearly 25,000 additional people are going hungry each day in Yemen as the blockade and fighting restrict food, fuel and other vital supplies, Oxfam warned today.Read more
  • Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head

    julia
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head27 July 2015In this research report, Oxfam puts the humanitarian system under the lens and finds that it must change to remain effective; with locally led humanitarian action whenever possible; adequate funding to state and non-state actors in affected countries; and stronger partnerships between international and local actors, focusing on strengthening local capacity.
  • Women living in fear for their safety three months on from Nepal earthquake: Oxfam

    DannielleT
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Women living in fear for their safety three months on from Nepal earthquake: Oxfam25 July 2015Women in Nepal are living in fear of abuse because of the lack of privacy and security afforded by temporary shelters, Oxfam said today.Read more
  • Global mining companies improve policies on Community Consent, while oil and gas lag

    DannielleT
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Global mining companies improve policies on Community Consent, while oil and gas lag23 July 2015As conflicts with local communities are a problem for oil, gas and mining companies around the world, a new report by Oxfam finds that the number of mining companies with commitments to “Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)” has almost tripled since 2012. Read more
  • Community Consent Index 2015

    julia
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Community Consent Index 201523 July 2015For many communities, Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) represents a critical tool for ensuring that they have a say in whether and how extractive industry projects move forward. This policy brief examines publicly available corporate commitments regarding community rights and community engagement.
 
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  • QUIZ: How many countries has President Obama visited?

    Cathleen McGovern
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    President Obama’s recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia has us wondering–how many countries has he been to? Test your knowledge NOW!
  • Making music, changing lives

    Cathleen McGovern
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    When we think of education, we usually find ourselves thinking about equations, test tubes, and history books, although what we really need to start thinking about is music. Across cultures, continents, generations, and societies, music not only empowers and inspires individuals, but also preserves and transmits cultural tradition. For Alou Kamissoko, who studies at the Kirina Music School in Mali, school is about learning to play a 21 stringed instrument called the kora, and dancing, in addition to typical lessons like French, English, Math, and Science. Alou is from a family of griots.
  • Blogging from Beantown: #ONEonTour in Boston

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Julie Barth, a long-time ONE member, wrote this piece for us after volunteering with #ONEonTour at the Boston U2 shows. So I’m standing next to the stage waiting for U2 to come on. I’m looking up at the rafters of the Boston TD Garden and I see championship banner after championship banner with some of the greatest names in sports: Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, etc. All that greatness in one arena. But greatness is not just relegated to sport. About 10 years ago I was in this same arena waiting to see U2.  I wasn’t yet involved in activism. But then I met a ONE volunteer who…
  • Kenyans on Twitter: The A – Z of #KoT

    Felicity Amos
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Always wanted to go to Kenya, but weren’t able to sneak onto Air Force One with Obama? Now you can experience the country, the culture and the comedy from your computer. Below, we feature the “A to Z” highlights of what 700,000 Kenyans on Twitter (#KoT) are doing, saying and laughing about. Nendo Ventures, a Kenyan graphic design firm, began The A-to-Z of African Twitter in October 2014 as a creative way to highlight moments of context and insight amidst the torrential stream of news, updates and content generated by the connected African continent. Watch the slide show…
  • The world’s women need more

    Mercy Erhiawarien
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    SHOMPOLE, KENYA (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images) Global progress on gender equality has been slow and insufficient. 20 years ago, The Beijing Platform for Action, a global framework for women’s rights, laid out 12 critical areas to address to bring about gender equality. While some progress has been made in education, political participation, and labor participation, in terms of economic progress (i.e employment conditions, wage parity, and growth opportunities) progress has been minimal. Many countries still lack legislation that specifically addresses discrimination…
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Reporting parameters & children's rights - blog by Valerie Michel of Rosy Blue for Measuring Business & Human Rights

    pietropaoli
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    "Reporting parameters and children’s rights", 27 July 2015 In line with our heritage as a responsible corporate citizen, the Rosy Blue Business Alliance is committed to respecting the economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights of individuals involved in and impacted by our operations. We support the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organisation. We believe that this is good for business because these standards, attitudes and behaviour help create a business and societal culture in which our company can…
  • 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    short
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    "This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. "The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage." –John F. Kerry, Secretary of State
  • U.S. softens view of Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report

    short
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The United States took Malaysia off its list of worst offenders in human trafficking on Monday, removing a potential barrier to its joining a signature trade pact despite opposition from human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers. The U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report also upgraded Cuba from its lowest rank for the first time since it was included in the annual report in 2003. South Sudan, Burundi, Belize, Belarus and Comoros were downgraded to the lowest rank, Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second year, alongside countries with some of the world’s…
  • Humanity United Reacts to the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    short
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In response to the release of the U.S. State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, David Abramowitz, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, said: “We are very disappointed with the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report for this year. Several decisions by at the State Department, including upgrades of Malaysia, Uzbekistan, and Cuba, suggest that regional experts got the upper hand in fights with a weakened Trafficking in Persons Office at the Department. Malaysia’s upgrade in particular is of concern, with the State…
  • Ford, IBM defeat appeal over apartheid abuses -U.S. court

    thorgeirsson
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago…The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said black South Africans did not show that Ford and IBM engaged in enough wrongdoing in the United States from the 1970s to early 1990s to justify lawsuits over their alleged roles in killings, torture and other human rights abuses. Ford was accused of providing military vehicles for South African security forces, and sharing information about anti-apartheid and…
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    News from Survival International

  • Undercover TV report exposes mass evictions from India's tiger reserves

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Canal Plus has exposed the illegal eviction of villagers such as Jatiya from Kanha Tiger Reserve in the name of conservation. © Canal Plus, 2015A special undercover investigation by French TV channel Canal Plus has exposed the illegal eviction of thousands of tribal people from Kanha Tiger Reserve in the name of conservation, while more than a hundred thousand tourists are welcomed in every year. A TV reporter visited families of the Baiga tribe who were evicted from Kanha – home of the “Jungle Book” – in 2014, and found that their lives were devastated after being forced…
  • Pope apologizes for Catholic church’s crimes against indigenous peoples

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    A Guarani representative told the Pope his people are dying as they struggle for their land rights.© Survival InternationalPope Francis has asked forgiveness from the indigenous peoples of Latin America for the many crimes committed by the Catholic church during the “so-called conquest.” In an historic speech to the “World Meeting of the Popular Movements” in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, which was attended by many indigenous people, he said: “I want to tell you, and I want to be very clear: I humbly ask your forgiveness, not only for the offenses committed by the Church herself, but also…
  • Amazon Indians demand: 'Respect our right to remain uncontacted'

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Crossed spears found on a path in northern Peru. Crossed spears are a common sign used by uncontacted Indians to warn outsiders to stay away. © Marek Wolodzko/AIDESEPAmazon Indian organizations have labeled calls by two US anthropologists to forcibly contact uncontacted tribes as “arrogant” and “irresponsible.” Peru’s main Amazon Indian organization AIDESEP, as well several smaller Amazonian indigenous groups, released a statement in response to a recent editorial in Science magazine by US anthropologists Robert Walker and Kim Hill. The anthropologists claim that uncontacted…
  • Defending tribes' right to remain uncontacted

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Uncontacted Indians in Amazonia make their views clear.© G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival, 2008Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has attacked the argument in a recent Science editorial that uncontacted tribes should be forcibly contacted. U.S. anthropologists Robert Walker and Kim Hill argued that governments are violating their responsibility to protect isolated tribes if they “refuse authorized, well-planned contacts.” But Corry evokes Brazil’s experience of forced contact missions, which was official policy…
  • Brazil: Gunmen set fire to Indian community

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:38 am
    Smoke rises in the distance as Kurusu Mba community burns.© Reprodução/TV Morena, 2015Gunmen have attacked and set ablaze a Guarani Indian community in south west Brazil. Initial reports indicated that a one year old baby had burned to death when the gunmen torched the Indians’ houses on June 24, but this has not subsequently been confirmed. The Guarani fled the area, and two girls and one boy are reported to be missing. The Indians of Kurusu Mba community peacefully re-occupied part of their ancestral land on June 22, having waited many years for it to be returned to them. They were…
 
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    Inter Press Service

  • Digital Era Here to Stay in Argentina’s Classrooms

    Fabiana Frayssinet
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Graciela Fernández Troiano teaching a visual skills class at the Colegio Nacional Rafael Hernández , the public high school where she works in the city of La Plata, in Argentina. The learning process has been transformed in the country’s public schools thanks to the distribution of laptops to all students, under the government’s Conectar Igualdad programme. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetLA PLATA, Argentina, Jul 27 2015 (IPS)The showcases in the Colegio Nacional Rafael Hernández, a public high school in La Plata, Argentina, tell the story of the stern neoclassical…
  • Kenya’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth

    Isaiah Esipisu
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    A geothermal drilling rig at the Menengai site in Kenya's Rift Valley to exploit energy which is more sustainable than that produced from fossil fuels. A Climate Change Bill now before the Kenyan parliament seeks to provide the legal and institutional framework for mitigation and adaption to the effects of climate change. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPSBy Isaiah EsipisuNAIROBI, Jul 27 2015 (IPS)Alexander Muyekhi, a construction worker from Ebubayi village in the heart of Vihiga County in Western Kenya, and his school-going children can now enjoy a tiny solar kit supplied by the British-based Azuri…
  • Key Constituencies Call for Inclusion in Nepal’s Draft Constitution

    Post Bahadur Basnet
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Women activists who say they played a key role in the country’s democratic turn in 2006 are up in arms over a new draft constitution that threatens to deepen gender inequality. Credit: Post Bahadur BasnetBy Post Bahadur BasnetKATHMANDU, Jul 27 2015 (IPS)Ending a years-long political deadlock, Nepal’s major political parties inked a 16-point agreement last June to pave the way for the Constituent Assembly (CA) to write a new constitution.It marked the first time since the end of the Maoist insurgency and regime change in 2006 that the parties had reached such an important agreement on…
  • Opinion: Developing Nations Set to Challenge Rich Ahead of SDG Summit

    Soren Ambrose
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Soren Ambrose is Head of Policy, Advocacy & Research at ActionAid InternationalBy Soren AmbroseNEW YORK, Jul 27 2015 (IPS)The final round of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, due to be inaugurated in September at the U.N. General Assembly – is now underway in New York.Courtesy of Soren Ambrose/ActionAidThe United Nations and many member governments want to conclude the debates by the end of July, so that there will not be open debate during the SDG Summit. But reports indicate that the atmosphere in the room is one of…
  • U.N. Leads Youth Battling Intolerance, Racism and Extremism

    Thalif Deen
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Gabriela Rivadeneira, President of the National Assembly of Ecuador, addresses the 2015 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on the theme, “Youth Engagement in the Transition from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: What will it take?” Credit: UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 2015 (IPS)When the 21-year-old Crown Prince of Jordan, Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, presided over a Security Council meeting last April, he was described as the youngest ever to chair one of the U.N.’s most powerful political bodies armed with…
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    EarthRights International

  • What Does Chiquita Have to Hide?

    Guest
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Chiquita has been fighting to block the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) from releasing documents detailing the payments that Chiquita made to paramilitary terrorists in Colombia. But last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit blocked their attempt. The National Security Archive, a non-profit library located at George Washington University, requested the documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to collect records on United States–Colombia relations involving narcotics trafficking, drug cartels, and paramilitary groups. The 23 boxes containing receipts,…
  • The Corporate Revolving Door at the Department of Justice

    Marco Simons
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder recently caused a bit of a stir when he returned to his former law firm, Covington & Burling, as a high-paid partner. Some critics suggested that Holder's return - and the fact that it was planned throughout his tenure as AG - is troubling in the context of the Justice Department's failure to prosecute financial firms in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. I've got nothing against Eric Holder. His focus on civil rights at the Justice Department was admirable, and is his major legacy there. Holder was actually our opposing counsel before he…
  • Standing with Amazon Watch

    Marco Simons
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Yesterday, Kellan Howell at The Washington Times published what can only be described as a hit piece against Amazon Watch, our longtime advocacy partner and sometimes client, for AW's continued support for a cleanup of Chevron's legacy of contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Apparently, because a federal judge found that one attorney (Steven Donziger) committed fraud in the Ecuadorian pollution trial - a decision which is currently being challenged on appeal - that means that AW should stop advocating for a cleanup. (I won't link to the article, but AW's response is here.) If I were a…
  • Int'l Justice Day: How can you do your part?

    Guest
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” -Martin Luther King Many would argue that the defining factor of success and failure in our field is being able to hold human rights violators accountable in court. We want to believe that if we are right, we will win. In reality, winning isn’t easy when the playing field is skewed in favor of the already powerful. Time and time again we see very just causes and campaigns blocked by being out-financed and…
  • World Bank Group Claims "Absolute Immunity" Allows it to Avoid Responsibility for Destructive Coal Power Plant

    EarthRights International
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Contact: Valentina Stackl (USA)         +1 (202) 466 5188 x100         valentina@earthrights.org July, 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private lending arm, is claiming in court that it cannot be sued for enabling projects that destroy local communities’ health and livelihoods, no matter how much harm it has caused.    In April, fishing communities and farmers represented by EarthRights International (ERI) filed suit in Washington, D.C., against the IFC over the destruction of their livelihoods and property and…
 
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    One Person, One World.

  • CANADA GOOSE: Twice as cruel

    Cicci
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Cicci:Canada Goose clothing, deadly so called fashion! Disgusting.. Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET:: Canada Goose is a company that manufactures and sells extreme-weather clothing, including jackets, vests, hats and gloves. Sadly, it is a popular brand name.                                                                                                                            Canada Goose uses coyote fur as decorative trim on their down-filled jackets. There are no coyote farms in Canada and consequently wild coyotes…
  • Rescue India’s Begging Elephants

    Cicci
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Cicci:NO animal should have to endure that and every tourist who gives them money are just endorse and encourage it! Originally posted on "OUR WORLD": Rescue India’s Begging Elephants. View original
  • Stand Against Bear Hunting

    Cicci
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Cicci:Of course! Originally posted on "OUR WORLD": Stand Against Bear Hunting. View original
  • Support the Use of Anti-Poaching Device

    Cicci
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Originally posted on "OUR WORLD": Support the Use of Anti-Poaching Device. View original
  • China Is Not Fit To Host The 2019 World Dog Show

    Cicci
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Cicci:Disgusting! Originally posted on tibettruth: Chinese citizens and local officials clubbing a Tibetan mastiff Image: archivenet The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in choosing China to host the 2019 World Dog Show (WDS) is using the failed and cynical argument of ‘constructive engagement’ with China, claiming locating the WDS there will result in moderation, progress and awareness. Similar ‘justifications’ were employed by the US State Department and Presidential Administrations in support of granting China ‘Most Favored Nation Status’. The International Olympic…
 
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    Cancer inCYTES Blog

  • OUR BLOG HAS MIGRATED TO A NEW SITE!

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    This blog has migrated to: http://www.cancerincytes.org/#!blog/csvp From now on, new posts will no longer be published here. Please update your bookmarks. For those who subscribed to this blog's email list, we will automatically subscribe you to the new blog's email list. If you do not receive email notices after July 17th, 2015, then please re-subscribe at our new blog page.
  • Health Equity for Smart Justice

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By: Kristine AlarconMany state law enforcement and criminal justice stakeholders want Smart Justice, which would initiate prison reform. Reforming prison and reentry efforts, according to the RAND Corporation, must provide access to primary health treatment and services. The Treatment Advocacy Center states that "approximately 20 percent of inmates in jails and 15 percent of inmates... in prisons have a serious mental illness.”  10% off orders over $20 with coupon code: INCYTESCriminal justice reform efforts began in 1997 and Broward County, Florida found some trouble associated with…
  • UNICEF Takes Action To Halt Child Trafficking in Nepal

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By: Sara KimUNICEF, a children’s rights and emergency relief organization, recently expressed their fear of an increased rate of  child trafficking in Nepal. Although trafficking has occurred in Nepal in the past, following the recent earthquake and aftershook, victim numbers have spiked within the past few months. Due to the natural disaster, which resulted in the death of thousands and the injury of many more,  many villages have been destroyed, resulting in a loss of jobs and homes for many families. Environments like this encourage child traffickers to prey upon vulnerable…
  • San Francisco Black Film Festival Will Show Movie About Human Sex Trafficking of Young African Males

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By: Charmaine SantosThis year’s San Francisco Black Film Festival will be playing a 25-minute movie called “Moses,” a story young African males who are sold into sex trafficking. In the movie, the main character, Moses, is a young Nigerian man who plays soccer better than most soccer in Nigeria. A white “sports agent” contacts him and convinces Moses’ father to let Moses travel to America to become a soccer star. Upon his arrival, Moses is taken to a party full of white men and passed around and raped numerous times. Moses is able to change his situation around when another person…
  • Australian Police: A Case of Bribery and Human Smuggling

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    By Luis GayClaims have surfaced that Australian officials have been paying human smugglers for years as an approach to deal with migrants. Last month, reports accused Australian police of paying £19,000 to smugglers to turn their boat of 65 migrants back to Indonesia. The passengers on board, which also included women and children, were from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma. General Endang Sunjaya, an Indonesian police chief who investigated this incident, said that six crew members swore under oath that they received £3,000 from an Australian official who was not in uniform. Several asylum…
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    Social Work Helper

  • Leading Change – What Are the Alternatives?

    Philip Patston
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    When it comes to leading change and creating social movements, particularly when it involves people on the margins of society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming success means “widening” the mainstream to accept a new group of previously excluded citizens. Reverence may be paid to new rituals and customs. Changes may be... Continue Reading » The article Leading Change – What Are the Alternatives? written by Philip Patston appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • 7 Things Every Clinician Should Know About Introverts

    Arnie Kozak
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    It’s not unusual for introverts to run across prejudice, even in the clinical setting. They are encouraged by spouses, bosses, and some therapists to be more “outgoing,” “on,” “cheerful,” and “energetic.” They are told that if they put more effort into what amounts to an extroverted way of being, that they will be happier, enjoy... Continue Reading » The article 7 Things Every Clinician Should Know About Introverts written by Arnie Kozak appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • We Don’t Listen to Children When It Comes to Abuse in Sports

    Jameel Hadi
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has said she revealed details about sexual abuse by her coach when she was young in order to “break the taboo about abuse as a whole.” There are certainly issues within sport where too often, poor practice and abuse is tolerated. Who can forget the unravelling of the systematic abuse... Continue Reading » The article We Don’t Listen to Children When It Comes to Abuse in Sports written by Jameel Hadi appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Getting Social Workers Involved in Social Justice: Who Will Take the Lead

    Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr.
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    If you’re not sitting at the table, you’re on the menu. This pithy bit of wisdom was offered as a reminder by University of Illinois Springfield social work professor David Stoesz in a discussion thread on a social work policy listserv about the profession’s paltry participation in policy and politics. Social workers on that listserv... Continue Reading » The article Getting Social Workers Involved in Social Justice: Who Will Take the Lead written by Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom

    Deona Hooper
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Independence Day is a day we celebrate being free from tyranny, oppression, and persecution. It’s a day we celebrate a democratic society with the rights to freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am especially thankful to the men and women serving in our military who have made many sacrifices... Continue Reading » The article Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom written by Deona Hooper appeared first on Social Work Helper.
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