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  • Technology and theatre in a library

    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)
    Sanjana
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    When I read Where Humbert Humbert Might Whisper in Your Ear in the New York Times on a flight back to Colombo from the US, I immediately thought of doing something along the same lines in Sri Lanka to explore to what degree, post-war, we were still under invisible frameworks of control and censorship. Upon my return, I emailed the British Council in Colombo, and also members of the Floating Space Theatre Company. Detailed exchanges over email around the conceptual basis for the production, the selection of texts, discussions around technology and several long meetings with the cast to thrash…
  • Making Waves: Catherine Hamlin

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    New Internationalist
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Sofi Lundin meets Catherine Hamlin, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and doctor extraordinaire.
  • Helping families in Gaza prepare for winter floods

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    19 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Winter in Gaza brings new threats to families already hit hard by the recent conflict. Kamel Qasem, father of five, clears storm water drains as part of Oxfam's "cash for work" project: Families earn much-needed income, while reducing the risk of further flooding.Helping families in Gaza prepare for winter floods
  • Pakistan: School Attack Reaction Tramples Rights

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    Human Rights Watch
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses. (New York) – The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Australia’s new migration bill shifts task to security

    IRIN
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.
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  • Pakistan: School Attack Reaction Tramples Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses. (New York) – The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • India: Police Beat Rights Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Indian authorities should immediately investigate allegations that West Bengal police beat a rights activist and have been harassing his group for reporting on security force abuses. (New Delhi) – Indian authorities should immediately investigate allegations that West Bengal police beat a rights activist and have been harassing his group for reporting on security force abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. read more
  • Turkey: Crackdown on Opposition Media

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The public detentions in Turkey of journalists that appear to be without sufficient evidence they committed a criminal offense will harm media freedom and chill free speech. On December 14, 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel Updateread more
  • Oman: Rights Routinely Trampled

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Oman’s security forces routinely harass, detain, and imprison rights defenders, social media users, and others critical of governmental policies. (Beirut) – Oman’s security forces routinely harass, detain, and imprison rights defenders, social media users, and others critical of governmental policies, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Ukraine: Attacks Require Better Investigation

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine. (Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch met with high-level government officials in Kiev about the issue on December 2 and 3, 2014. read more
 
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  • Australia’s new migration bill shifts task to security

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.
  • Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    DAKAR, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.
  • Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned.
  • IRIN's Top Reads this week

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles.
  • Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    KAMPALA, 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Pronoia, beautiful inefficiency, and an artwork built for one

    Ethan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In the fall and winter of 2013, the writer Rick Moody experienced a set of events designed to change his life. His priest gave him a book, apparently written decades ago (though actually specially crafted just for him), to read with his daughter. It told the story of a secret room, and soon afterwards, Moody was led by friends to his own secret room, a disused hardware store in Brooklyn, where he encountered objects that evoked moments in his life and in the book. Music he encountered in the secret room reoccurred, when the artists orchestrating these events picked Moody up in New York City,…
  • Why cameras alone won’t protect black mens’ lives

    Ethan
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    I wasn’t expecting the grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. I was disappointed and outraged, but not surprised. Unfortunately, the response of local and state government in Ferguson to the shooting and subsequent protest raised serious doubts about the fairness of those institutions. Furthermore, there’s a dispute at the center of the Michael Brown case as to what happened when Wilson confronted Brown. While I agree with Ezra Klein’s conclusion that Wilson’s story is “literally…
  • Three selfies, and two appreciations of fellow travellers

    Ethan
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I took the fall semester off from teaching, which is a good thing, as I’ve been traveling far more than is healthy, mostly to give talks. I was in Sao Paulo last week talking about Brazil role as a center for democratic innovation, and hope to post either notes or a video of that talk soon. But here are two others that are already online and that I’m proud of: “Journalism after Snowden: Normalizing Surveillance” The estimable Emily Bell of Columbia’s Tow Center is editing a volume of essays about how the documents revealed by Edward Snowden have changed…
  • Pixação, or why São Paulo looks like a death metal album cover

    Ethan
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the first things I noticed about Sao Paulo was the graffiti. It’s everywhere, and it’s stylistically very striking – angular, highly stylized letters on walls, buildings, overpasses. It’s clear that it’s writing, not just glyphs, yet it’s difficult to parse the characters. When I try to decipher it, I feel as lost as I do trying to understand spoken Portuguese: it’s clear someone is communicating with me, and while I’m on the verge of understanding, I clearly don’t understand. It took less than 15 seconds with Google to learn that…
  • Partners In Health at the MIT Media Lab – design challenges around Ebola

    Ethan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Today’s Media Lab Conversations involves Ophelia Dahl and Dr. Megan Murray from Partners in Health with Joi Ito and David Sengeh from the Media Lab. The topic is understanding Ebola, and we’re learning about the disease to see if there’s anything the Media Lab can do to help organizations like Partners in Health combat the spread of the disease. Ophelia Dahl, the executive director, of Partners in Health begins by noting that when she began her work in Haiti decades ago, audiences were less welcoming and receptive to these issues. With Paul Farmer, the organization was…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • The ICC’s Rough December

    Kimberly Curtis
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    It has been a rough month for the International Criminal Court. A week after deciding to withdraw the charges in the high profile case of Uhuru Kenyatta, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appeared before the UN Security Council to inform them that the court will be suspending investigations into atrocities committed in Darfur due to a lack of cooperation by the Sudanese government, ICC member states and the UN. Given the tumultuous history of the Darfur investigation, the decision is not surprising but still shocked many court observers. The reasons for the decision are outlined…
  • Worst Mass Kidnapping Since #BringBackOurGirls

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    More than 200 villagers were kidnapped in a remote town in Northern Nigeria. The kidnapping occured on Sunday, but news is only now coming out about the incident. “This is yet another abduction on a staggering scale – one of the worst since the Chibok girls were seized in April. It might seem surprising that it has taken four days for news of the killings and abductions to break. That points to just how dangerous that area of north-east Nigeria still is despite promises of a massive military deployment there. Gumsuri is about 70km (43 miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital, but…
  • 3.5% of the World Are Migrants. So Why Are They Treated So Badly?

    Penelope Starr
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The global movement of people, across continents and national borders, is a fundamental precept of human civilization. Throughout history, people have been driven to take risks and attempt dangerous journeys, in search of a better, more fulfilling, safer life. December 18 is International Migrants Day, significant because migration shapes our world in profound and fundamental ways. There are an estimated 232 million cross-border migrants in the world – nearly 3.5% of the total global population – up from 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. For many of these individuals and…
  • High Diplomacy, Vatican Style

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in brokering the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. This was high diplomacy, Vatican style. Father Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter walks through the play-by-play that lead to the Pope playing a central role in the USA-Cuba deal. He also discusses the Vatican’s robust history of diplomacy and the unique role of the Vatican’s veritable clerical army of skilled diplomats. It’s a fascinating discussion about the Vatican’s specific role in the Cuba-USA detente and the international…
  • FARC Announces Immediate Ceasefire

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    FARC Announces an Immediate Ceasefire…The announcement Happened in Havana. Three decades of conflict could come to an end. “Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec. 20 but promised to call it off if they come under attack by government forces, the group said on its website on Wednesday. The government has refused the FARC’s demand for a two-way truce since the sides began peace talks in Cuba in late 2012, casting doubt on the viability of the rebel ceasefire if the government does not reciprocate.” (Reuters…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Gender-Based Violence and the Arms Trade Treaty

    Guest Writer
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images By: Alice Dahle, Co-chair, Women’s Human Rights Thematic Specialist On December 24, the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) regulating the sale of conventional arms and ammunition will go into effect. The treaty will require that before authorizing a sale of arms and ammunition across international borders, governments must assess the risk that the weapons will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, undermine peace and security, or engage in transnational organized crime.  If…
  • A Discriminatory and Dangerous Law that is Killing Women and Girls in El Salvador

    Guest Writer
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Accused and charged with having an abortion after a miscarriage at 18 years old. By Chloe Horsma, Amnesty International USA youth activist  Probably the greatest obstacle I’ve ever faced around my sexual and reproductive rights was a borderline-uncomfortable conversation with my mom when I wanted to look into birth control for the first time.  Many of my friends had similar experiences.  It seemed to me that this was how it was supposed to be–people making decisions about their own health and reproductive rights without hindrance or fear–and for a while, it escaped my notice…
  • Stop Shaming Gender-Based Violence Survivors

    Guest Writer
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By Heather Schultz, Activist When a woman or girl survives gender-based violence, you would think that she could expect justice. If she survives a rape, for example, you would think she could expect that the perpetrator would be prosecuted for his crime… not that he could marry her to avoid prosecution if she is under 18. Yet, this is exactly the law in Algeria and Tunisia. And in Morocco, the severity of punishment of the rapist depends not on his crime, but on whether the survivor was a virgin or not! The discriminatory treatment of sexual violence survivors in legislation across the…
  • Why Birth and Death are Simultaneous for Women in South Africa

    Sarah Hager
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Poor infrastructure, lack of privacy and limited access to health services are only a few of the factors contributing to the devastating maternal mortality rate in South Africa. There is a rural area in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa where the maternal mortality rate more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Why are women so at risk for dying during childbirth in this province? The reasons are complex and inter-related but many factors can be addressed by the provincial Minister of Health. And we are demanding that he does. Many issues revolve around access to care. Rural clinics are hard to…
  • How Tunisia is Taking Big Steps Towards Ending Sexual Violence

    Guest Writer
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    By: Jihane Bergaoui, Amnesty International USA, Country Specialist for Morocco and the Western Sahara This past week I traveled to Tunisia to watch my colleagues from Amnesty Tunisia hand deliver over 198,000 signed petitions from Amnesty International members worldwide, calling on the Tunisian authorities to end discrimination against women and girl survivors of sexual violence. Amnesty petition is handed to Tunisia’s Minister of Health and Secretary of State for Women and Families. © Meriam Zemzari Thanks to all of you who took action and contributed to this notable outpouring of…
 
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    Ushahidi » Blog

  • What Traversing Africa by Road Can Teach us about Technology, Community, and Impact

    Juliana Rotich
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    TLDR: The scope of impact in Africa for work is great and an inspiration for the work ahead in 2015. Similar problems exist in various African countries and similar opportunities and the incredible chance to participate in a bolder stake on the future of the continent. Local communities have a key role in shaping strategy and can teach us a lot about what works where. With Ushahidi’s interlocking role of creating software tools for empowerment with its innovation catalyst role, the sandbox for its impact can be expanded. This is a picture of a market in Tanzania. To the right of this…
  • Using SwiftRiver to Find the Needle in the Social Media Haystack

    Vidya Spandana
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Guest Post By Dan King @viewpointpro A True Story Thirty four years ago, on a spring day in 1980 in the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States, my younger brother Patrick, age 7 at the time, came running inside the house exclaiming “Mount St. Helens has erupted! Look up in the sky! You can see the volcano ash. Come outside and look up in the sky. You can see the ash cloud from Mount St Helens!” At this extraordinary news Patrick was scolded for telling lies and made to listen to the story of the “Boy Who Cried Wolf”. All the while, Mount St. Helens…
  • Bittersweet Farewell to SwiftRiver

    Vidya Spandana
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    We started SwiftRiver with the lofty vision for a simple tool that quickly reveals insights hidden within the massive streaming real-time information flowing in from all web, mobile, and social sources. We wish that every innovative product with the potential for social good sees wild success, empowering millions around the world and improving lives — the reality is that with innovation comes uncertainty. We had some high impact stories and happy deployers of SwiftRiver technology like First To See and we learned that we need to focus our resources and vision. And so with heavy hearts,…
  • Ushahidi supports Mozambique general election.

    Michelle Hamilton-Page
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Ushahidi team members recently provided blogger training and deployment consultation for the Txeka-la initiative monitoring the Mozambique general election and engaging community through mapping. From the Canadian High Commission YouTube post: “Using the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, the Canadian High Commission in Maputo has partnered with Mozambican NGOs to develop a Portuguese language, web-based application that empowers ordinary citizens to observe and report on the 2014 Presidential Election through the use of their mobile phone. The platform is called Txeka-la, which is…
  • New Digital Security Guide for Environmental Rights Defenders

    Angela Oduor
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    (Guest Post by Samuel Maina. Samuel Maina is a Kenyan communications consultant & digital security trainer. He is the founder of Kijani Media and a blogger.) The launch of a new digital security guide targets to reduce cyber-attacks against Environmental Rights Defenders in sub-Saharan Africa by equipping them with knowledge and tools to combat surveillance and disruption. In October 2014, Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based info-activism organization, launched the ‘Digital security tools and tactics for Environmental Rights Defenders in Sub-Saharan Africa’, a digital…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Admin: Holiday Break

    EEM
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    This blog will be quiet for a while.  Please check in again just after the New Year.Happy Holidays!
  • Events & Opportunities: A Few More January 2015

    EEM
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Call for applications: CMRS Winter Short Courses, Cairo, 1-19 February 2015 [info]1. Refugees Hosted During Political Transitions: Understanding the Protection Needs of Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees, 1-5 February 20152. Training Skills for Trainers of Psychosocial and Mental Health Workers in Countries Affected by Emergencies, 8-12 February 20153. International Refugee Law, 15-19 February 2015- The deadline for applications is 1, 4, 8 January 2015, respectively.Humanitarian Exchange Launch: Putting People First: Lessons on Accountability to Affected Populations from Typhoon Haiyan, London,…
  • Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality

    EEM
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Publications:Asia-Pacific Ministers Agree on Civil Registration for all by 2024 (UNHCR, Nov. 2014) [text]Citizenship Revocation and the Privilege to Have Rights, Oxford, 3 Dec. 2014 [access]- Follow link for podcast.Concluding Statement of the Fifth High-Level Steering Meeting on the Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek City, 27 Nov. 2014 [text]Get Up, Stand Up: How Serious is the UN’s New Human Rights Initiative? (RI Blog, Dec. 2014) [text]Involuntary Loss of European Citizenship (ILEC) Project (EUDO Observatory on Citizenship) [access]- See also…
  • Regional Focus: Oceania

    EEM
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Australia: Stop Forced Returns without Proper Screening (HRW, Dec. 2014) [text]Australia's Refugee Population: A Statistical Snapshot of 2013-14 (FlagPost Blog, Nov. 2014) [text]Comment on Australia: Protection of Refugees who do not "Live Discreetly" (UK Constitutional Law Assoc. Blog, Dec. 2014) [text]Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014 (Australian Senate, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Dec. 2014) [text via Kaldor Centre]- See also related Thomson Reuters news story.Minister Reports to Parliament on Processing Arrangements in Nauru…
  • Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

    EEM
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Opportunity:Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement, University for Peace, March-December 2015 [info]- Diploma is awarded when five online classes are completed; each course is also available on a stand-alone basis. The diploma is limited to 25 participants.Publications:"Gimme Shelter: International Political Asylum in the Information Age," Vanderbilit Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 47, no. 4 (2014) [full-text]The Obligations of the State of Origin of Refugees: An Appraisal of a Traditionally Neglected Issue (ExpressO, 2014)Prosecuting a Refugee for 'Smuggling' Himself, University…
 
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Technology and theatre in a library

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

    Sanjana
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    My work with UAVs is largely conceptual, framed by growing up in a context of war, deeply informed by having to deal with the enduring legacy of violent conflict even post-war and anchored to the inalienable yet often callously erased rights of communities and individuals around safety, security and privacy. My interest in UAVs results from the potential they bring to bear witness – for me, an active process of recording for posterity that challenges – as a consequence of recording and as a consequence of recorded material published in the public domain – historical…
  • Technology: Progress and Potential

    Sanjana
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and new challenges of technology provoke a simple question of us: we all often say technology saves lives, but how far and much are we willing to really invest to make sure it really does? Read the article here. Also worth reading is ‘Technology and the…
  • Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation

    Sanjana
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    A presentation made at The Asia Foundation in Colombo to the 2014 cohort of the Foundation’s Lankacorps Fellows. Filed under: ICTs in general
  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
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  • Pakistan: School Attack Reaction Tramples Rights

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses. (New York) – The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • India: Police Beat Rights Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Indian authorities should immediately investigate allegations that West Bengal police beat a rights activist and have been harassing his group for reporting on security force abuses. (New Delhi) – Indian authorities should immediately investigate allegations that West Bengal police beat a rights activist and have been harassing his group for reporting on security force abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. read more
  • Turkey: Crackdown on Opposition Media

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The public detentions in Turkey of journalists that appear to be without sufficient evidence they committed a criminal offense will harm media freedom and chill free speech. On December 14, 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel Updateread more
  • Oman: Rights Routinely Trampled

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Oman’s security forces routinely harass, detain, and imprison rights defenders, social media users, and others critical of governmental policies. (Beirut) – Oman’s security forces routinely harass, detain, and imprison rights defenders, social media users, and others critical of governmental policies, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Ukraine: Attacks Require Better Investigation

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine. (Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch met with high-level government officials in Kiev about the issue on December 2 and 3, 2014. read more
 
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • More Progress in General Assembly Vote on Death Penalty Moratorium

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    On 18 December, by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to 37 against, with 34 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the biannual resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty.This is the fifth such resolution since 2007. The number of States in favour has steadily increased, providing confirmation of the evolving law and practice with respect to capital punishment.The 2007 resolution was adopted by 104 in favour to 54 against, with 29 abstentions. The following year, a similar resolution was adopted by 106 in favour to 46 against, with 34…
  • Fifty Leading Human Rights Cases

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    John Louth of Oxford University Press has produced a fascinating map showing fifty leading human rights cases issued by a range of international and national courts and tribunals over the years. It is a wonderful introduction to the legal framework of human rights.
  • ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    The International Criminal Court Summer School 201515-19 June 2015, NUI Galway, IrelandThe annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premiere summer school specializing on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject and by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The summer school is attended by legal professionals, academics, postgraduate students and NGOs.
  • The ICC Prosecutor 'shelves' the Darfur situation: What is the Security Council supposed to do?

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    It has been widely reported that the ICC's Prosecutor has told the Security Council that no further investigative action would be undertaken in the Darfur situation. This is apparently owing to the Council's failure to act on securing the arrest of the suspects in that situation, including the Sudanese President, Omar Al Bashir. Notwithstanding that 'shelving' prosecutions, which seemingly stops short of a formal withdrawal of the charges but incorporates a formal strategy of non-action, is unforeseen by the Statute, this declaration certainly comes as a shock, especially so soon after the…
  • Irish Department of Foreign Affairs announces that the Irish Government is seeking to re-open the Ireland v UK case

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Irish Government announced on Wednesday 3rdDecember that they have decided to request the European Court of Human Rights to re-open the Ireland v UK case (1971-1978). Their decision was prompted by the grave revelations, exposed in the ‘The Torture Files’ by the RTE Investigations Unit that drew on material unearthed in the British National Archives. In the ‘The Torture Files’, the RTE Investigations Unit argued that new evidence could justify a re-visiting of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the Ireland v United Kingdom case. The programme was broadcast on RTE on…
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    UNICEF News

  • Survivors fighting against Ebola in Sierra Leone

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 December 2014 – Jusif Koroma and his sister Bilikisu survived Ebola. Seventeen of their relatives, including their father, four brothers and seven sisters, have succumbed to the illness.
  • “We left everything behind”: A young girl in Chad recalls the night she fled

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.
  • In South Sudan, breaking down barriers to girls' education

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    KAPOETA SOUTH COUNTRY, South Sudan, 15 December 2014 – It’s 7 a.m. on a cool and calm morning, and a young, shy-looking Natabo Gabriel is at the Kapoeta Youth Vocational Training Centre, in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State. The day has barely begun, but she is certain it is her day and no one can take away her joy.
  • An invisible emergency in Ukraine

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    KHARKIV, Ukraine, 12 December 2014 – The streets of Kharkiv seem more crowded recently, as the influx of people from eastern Ukraine steadily carries on. Since the conflict began in March this year, more than a million people have fled their homes.
  • Well prepared, children and families weather the storm in Quezon City, Philippines

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    QUEZON CITY, Philippines, 9 December 2014 – Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, passed south of Manila overnight on Monday 8 December. The eye of the storm missed the city, but there was plenty of rain and wind, carrying with it flood risks, in particular for communities living on flood plains near the river. 
 
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  • 11 standout moments for girls and women in 2014

    Anna Lemberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Co-written by Anna Lemberger and Signa Mahung As 2014 comes to an end, ONE Girls and Women looks back on some incredibly standout moments for girls and women this year. From big awards in science to viral discussions about gender equality, these are the events and people that made us sit up and pay attention in 2014. 1. Teen girls help solve world hunger at a science fair And we thought our paper-mache volcanoes were cool! Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 16, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, won the Google Science Fair this year with a discovery that could combat world hunger. Eleven months of…
  • Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

    Michael Gerson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    ONE Fellow Michael Gerson reflects on the success of vaccines. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Photo Credit: Gavi In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world’s population increased by about 1 billion. There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in the Lancet, about…
  • Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

    Guest Blogger
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    By Penny Anderson, Mercy Corps Country Director, Liberia & Kedar Mankad, Policy Officer Agriculture & Inclusive Growth, ONE “Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Photo Credit: Mercy Corps The Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 1 million more people could be food insecure in West Africa from Ebola by March, according to the World Food Program (WFP). Though we see and hear almost daily that the Ebola…
  • Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

    Guest Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    By Anne Boher. This piece is reposted from UNICEF. After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school. KENEMA, Sierra Leone – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago. Mary, 15, ignores her initial annoyance at being woken up and becomes…
  • Interview: Stephanie Sinclair’s storytelling through photos

    Stephanie Walstrom
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is part of ONE’s“Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa”blog series. Sometimes photos tell a more powerful story than words. Stephanie Sinclair knows this well; she’s been telling some of the world’s most important human rights stories through the lens of a camera for over a decade. Sinclair is a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist who has been featured in publications such as National Geographic and New York Times Magazine. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit that provides visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced…
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • US Congress requires OPIC to report on how it is addressing rights abuses in biomass project it supported

    regaignon
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    "Congressional Action on OPIC & Liberia" On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which contains provisions...that increase federal oversight over the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and require OPIC to report to Congress within 90 days on its plan to implement recommendations from a report about our case in Liberia. The legislation also directs OPIC to staff its vacant Office of Accountability...In January 2014, Accountability Counsel assisted hundreds of Liberian farmers, charcoal producers…
  • 13岁童工病死工厂门口

    hugo
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    现年13岁的李有斌在其工作的东莞道滘日晖鞋厂大门口,被医生证实死亡。在此之前,其亲属曾背着突患重病、已近昏迷的他,向鞋厂求助长达三小时。...日晖鞋厂地处道滘南丫村,主营女装鞋。...由于当事双方均未就此事上报,管理部门、东莞市人力资源局道滘分局尚未介入调查。
  • 纽约大学上海校区面临劳工权益问题

    hugo
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    纽约大学(New York University)...承认,针对该校在上海的另一个海外校区,旨在保护工人的相关规程没有得到遵守。...上海纽约大学(NYU Shanghai)作为纽约大学在海外的第二座大型校区,是与华东师范大学共同开办的。2012年3月,校方聘请了房地产咨询公司仲量联行(Jones Lang LaSalle)在建设现场开展一系列工作。...身在纽约负责监督海外建设项目的教师表示,几乎无法取得关于上海校区的信息。美国大学教授协会(American Association of University…
  • Video: 2015 Top Ten List of Business and Human Rights Issues

    bardwell
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
  • openGlobalRights Blog: Prosecuting corporate complicity in Argentina’s dictatorship

    mcmullan_danielle
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Argentina put its dictators on trial after the 1976-1983 reign of state terror. Now courts are investigating the role of prominent corporations in the kidnapping, torture and disappearance of their workers. The debate over how to tackle corporate involvement in human rights violations is intensifying worldwide....Argentina’s experience in seeking justice for crimes committed during its 1976-1983 dictatorship serves as an important reference...In 1986 and 1987, Argentina’s Congress passed amnesty laws that blocked the prosecution of many crimes against humanity committed during military…
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    News from Survival International

  • Venezuelan Indians reveal alarm as armed gangs advance

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    Eñepa Indians in the Venezuelan Amazon. The Eñepa and other tribes are demanding the removal of armed gangs from their land.© Jacques Jangoux/SurvivalVenezuelan Indians have revealed their alarm at the presence of illegal miners and armed gangs on their land, some claiming to be members of Colombia’s guerrilla army the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Tribes across the country’s southern rainforest are calling for the urgent removal of the invaders, who are threatening and harassing the Indians and destroying their forest home. The Eñepa and Hoti Indians who live…
  • UN official condemns 'massive destruction' of uncontacted tribe's land

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    A Totobiegosode woman after she was forced out of the forest, Paraguayan Chaco.© Ruedi Suter/SurvivalA senior UN official has condemned the “massive destruction of (Paraguay’s) ecosystems” which could wipe out the country’s last remaining uncontacted Indians. Uncontacted Ayoreo­-Totobiegosode Indians in Paraguay’s northern Chaco region are being forced to flee from bulldozers that are destroying their homeland for beef production. The Ayoreo­-Totobiegosode, like all uncontacted tribal peoples, face catastrophe unless their land is protected. UN Special…
  • Indonesian security forces shoot dead 5 Papuan teenagers

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Family members grieve over teenagers' bodies following a shooting by Indonesian security forces© http://www.kobogaunews.com/Five tribal teenagers have been shot dead by Indonesian security forces in West Papua. The killings occurred during a protest over an incident the night before, when soldiers beat a 12 year-old boy, Yulianus Yeimo, with their rifle butts. Yeimo and others, who were decorating a Christmas tree, had shouted at the soldiers’ vehicle to turn on its headlights. He needed to be hospitalised for his injuries. The following day a large number of Papuans gathered…
  • UN condemns Botswana's treatment of Bushmen

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has voiced concerns over Botswana's evictions of the Bushmen in the name of wildlife conservation. © Philippe Clotuche/SurvivalThe United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has condemned Botswana’s treatment of Africa’s last hunting Bushmen following her visit to the country last month. Farida Shaheed voiced concerns over restrictions placed on Bushmen over access to their ancestral homeland in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as the government’s contradictory policy of evicting the Bushmen in the…
  • Human Rights Day: tribal leaders assassinated for defending their land

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Guarani leader Marinalva Manoel was stabbed to death after campaigning for her tribe's ancestral land.© Aty GuasuTo mark Human Rights Day on Wednesday, Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – warns about the growing humanitarian crisis afflicting tribal peoples around the world by highlighting five murders of tribal people fighting for their land and their rights: - Marinalva Manoel, Guarani spokeswoman from Brazil, was brutally stabbed and dumped on the side of a highway in November 2014. She had been fighting for the return of the…
 
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  • Changes to World Bank Safeguards Risk “Race to the Bottom”, U.N. Experts Warn

    Carey L. Biron
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    By Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Dec 19 2014 (IPS)An unprecedented number of United Nations special rapporteurs and independent experts are raising pointed concerns over the World Bank’s ongoing review of its pioneering environmental and social safeguards, particularly around the role that human rights will play in these revamped policies.In a letter made public Tuesday, 28 U.N. experts raise fears that the Washington-based development funder could foster a “race to the bottom” if proposed changes go forward. The document accuses the bank of selective interpretation of its own charter and…
  • The Day Anti-Castro Forces Tried to Bomb the U.N.

    Thalif Deen
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Minister of Industries of Cuba, addresses the General Assembly on Dec. 11, 1964. UN Photo/TCBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 2014 (IPS)When the politically-charismatic Ernesto Che Guevera, once second-in-command to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was at the United Nations to address the General Assembly sessions back in 1964, the U.N. headquarters came under attack – literally.The speech by the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary was momentarily drowned by the sound of an explosion.The anti-Castro forces in the United States, backed by the Central Intelligence…
  • U.S. Flag Can Be Seen Again in Cuba

    Patricia Grogg
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    The U.S. and Cuban flags adorn a bicycle-taxi in Havana, a few hours after the announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were broken off in 1961. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Patricia GroggHAVANA, Dec 18 2014 (IPS)The announcement that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations took most Cubans by surprise. Over half of the population was born after the severing of ties in 1961 and the start of the embargo that has marked their lives.“I wasn’t expecting it; it’s the news of the century and a step that will put…
  • REDD and the Green Economy Continue to Undermine Rights

    Jeff Conant
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Dawn on the border of the Juma Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon. Activists say some new conservation policies are undermining traditional approaches to forest management and alienating forest-dwellers from their traditional activities. Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)/cc by 2.0By Jeff ConantBERKELEY, California, Dec 18 2014 (IPS)Dercy Teles de Carvalho Cunha is a rubber-tapper and union organiser from the state of Acre in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, with a lifelong love of the forest from which she earns her livelihood – and she is deeply confounded by what her government and policymakers…
  • Europe Dream Swept Away in Tripoli

    Karlos Zurutuza
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 am
    Sub-Saharan migrant garbage collectors push their carts through the streets of Tripoli´s old town. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPSBy Karlos ZurutuzaTRIPOLI, Libya, Dec 18 2014 (IPS)It’s easy to spot Saani Bubakar in Tripoli´s old town: always dressed in the distinctive orange jumpsuit of the waste collectors, he pushes his cart through the narrow streets on a routine that has been his for the last three years of his life.“I come from a very poor village in Niger where there is not even running water,” explains the 23-year-old during a break. “Our neighbours told us that…
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    EarthRights International

  • Women United for Climate Change at COP20

    Ximena Warnaars
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Women are some of the most important actors for climate change solutions: they are crucial in managing natural resources sustainably, adapting to climate change, and protecting fragile ecosystems. In spite of being the most vulnerable to climate change, women are often excluded from decision making. It was clear during this months United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima (COP20), that all over the world, women have a lot to say about the effects of climate change. To make sure women’s voices are heard and celebrated, we were honoured to co-sponsor a reception with…
  • Corporations Hiding Behind the Constitution to Keep Secrets

    Jonathan Kaufman
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do corporations have the constitutional right to keep secrets, just because the information might be embarrassing or hurt their reputation if it became public?  Our friends at Global Witness and Free Speech for People have just filed an important amicus brief that answers this question with a resounding “no.” The amicus brief defends Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, a law that requires companies to report on their use of “conflict minerals” coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It’s worth a read, because it does a great job of undermining companies’ argument that the…
  • Update: Chevron fails to win State Department's Award for Corporate Excellence

    Marco Simons
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    After an outcry from 30 civil society organizations who objected to Chevron's nomination for the award - and other denouncements across the internet - the State Department announced that the 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence would be given to Coca-Cola, EcoPlanet Bamboo, and Wagner Asia Equipment - not Chevron. Some advocates have criticized the inclusion of Coca-Cola, which has faced accusations of serious labor rights violations, including lawsuits alleging complicity in the murder of labor leaders in Colombia. Coca-Cola has, however, made some efforts in the past few years to…
  • Mining Workshop for Civil Society Leaders in Myanmar

    Cecile Medail
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Rapid development in mining in Myanmar is putting communities at risk. Pollution, inhumane business and labor practices, and violence are some of the many issues affecting communities and civil society leaders. With the support of Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the EarthRights School Myanmar Alumni Program organized a six day workshop on mining in Yangon, Myanmar. The purpose of this workshop is to empower our civil society leaders working on mining issues and to equip them to help vulnerable communities protect their lands and their environment.
  • Is Chevron a model of "corporate excellence"? We don't think so.

    Marco Simons
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Last month the U.S. State Department announced that Chevron was a finalist for the Secretary of State's "Award for Corporate Excellence." Because Chevron is implicated in too many human rights and environmental disasters to enumerate here - the True Cost of Chevron annual report give a good overview of their misdeeds in Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere - clearly the State Department is using a different notion of "corporate excellence" than most people would. In fact, they are. Although the State Department says that the award is meant to honor companies who act…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • 12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

    Lindsey Weedston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photo by Beverly Yuen Thompson / Flickr. It seems inevitable that with widespread social change comes the violent and bigoted pushback from those afraid of straying from the status quo. And in the age of the Internet, conflict comes with corresponding online movements. Plus hashtags. This year alone, we saw a massive movement erupt around the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers, from Los Angeles to Ferguson, Missouri. We saw several horrific mass shootings, including the misogynistic murder of college students in Santa Barbara, California. And we saw the kidnapping of…
  • Kids on Chicago’s South Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles

    Maya Schenwar
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    This article has been adapted from the book Locked Down, Locked Out by Maya Schenwar. Umoja, a Chicago-based group, operates the Community Builders program profiled in this article. Students in Umoja’s Peace Room participate in restorative justice practices, such as the circle shown here, to resolve conflicts. Photo courtesy of Umoja. As a rising call to close prisons and reduce prison population takes hold, skeptics continually ask what will “replace” them. Of course, for many who are currently in prison, the answer is “nothing”—they are incarcerated for crimes that have harmed…
  • "Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past

    Desmond Tutu
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Photo by Joshua Wanyama / Flickr. Editor’s note: Last week, YES! published an article by Fania Davis, director of a restorative justice center and sister of civil rights activist Angela Davis, called “This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now.” In light of the recent refusal to indict police officers in the killings of both Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, Davis called for a truth and reconciliation process to address the abysmal—and often lethal—racial inequalities that persist in the United…
  • Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever

    Kayla Schultz
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Video from KarmaTube. Days after the grand jury rulings to reject the indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, this South African flash mob’s beautiful song shines light on the importance of reconciliation, which we at YES! have argued offers a way for the United States to begin healing the trauma caused by racialized violence. As groceries are bagged at the checkout and shoppers cross off items from their lists, a man from the Soweto Gospel Choir starts to sing. Others walk in from the aisles, harmonizing in tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela, who had died…
  • An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter

    Leanne Simpson
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    This piece originally appeared at the author’s blog. Indigenous activists participate in the People’s Climate March in September 2014. Photo by Allan Lissner / Flickr. Like many others, I watched the live stream of St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivering what was clearly a public relations campaign, justifying the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I have seen an expression of tremendous black love for children and family. Although few were surprised by the decision, McCulloch’s…
 
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • We’re building a new online platform and want you to join us

    Women News Network
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    A SHINY NEW WEBSITE FOR WNN IS COMING SOON. . . . . .to bring you engaging interviews with global changemakers and voices coming from the ground in over five separate world regions including: humanitarian leaders, government officials, democracy movement voices, social justice advocates, celebrity film, writing, art and music activists, and much much more. […]
  • WW1: Why was women’s football banned in 1921?

    Women News Network
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    BBC News – Friday December 11, 2014 Women’s football was huge during World War One, drawing crowds of 53,000 even after the war had ended. So why did it disappear so dramatically, asks Gemma Fay, captain of the Scottish national female football team. She had a shot so hard she once broke the arm of […]
  • India’s Farming Women Use Cameras to Share Lessons

    Women News Network
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Bianca Vázquez Toness – Bloomberg Businessweek – Wednesday November 26, 2014 Kavita Devi has spent 50 years farming the way her elders taught her. Until recently, that meant working other people’s land in the northeastern Indian village of Gosaibigha in exchange for 10 pounds of rice once a season. But since July, twice a month she’s been […]
  • Failing to protect the people who need protecting the most in Ferguson

    Women News Network
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Marcia Olivo – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Miami, Florida, U.S., AMERICAS: This has been a somber week for African-American families across the country. The same day that the Grand Jury in Ferguson decided not to indite officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager named Marissa Alexander has been forced to agree to […]
  • Kenyans protest over Nairobi miniskirt attack

    Women News Network
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    BBC Africa – Monday November 17, 2015 At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt. The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports […]
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    One Person, One World.

  • Elsie the Rottweiler Thrown In The Backyard To Die. Alone.

    Cicci
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Elsie the 13-year-old Rottweiler was spotted by a neighbour on Polmuir Road, Plains Farm in Sunderland. She was lying motionless and curled in a ball in Anthony Christie and Kirsty Marie Henderson’s sewage-flooded garden on July 6. The neighbour threw over some chicken to Elsie that was too weak to take it. The neighbour then went over to the couples house and demanded to get the dog. The day after a RSPCA officer came to take her and she was immediately ‘put to sleep’ due to her immense suffering. The veterinarian found that Elsie had a lame right foreleg, an enlarged…
  • Cruel Christmas Feast For EU’s Fat Cats.

    Cicci
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    The European Parliament restaurant is laying on a three-course Christmas feast for its politicians. Men and women who earn around £75,000 a year will pay about £16 for the pleasure of stuffing themselves full and probably pour down a drink or two of some fancy wine, whiskey or beer to that. While sitting there on their fat ar*es they ignore (as always) those people who struggle. Struggle in the cold, in homes they can’t afford to heat, in jobs (if they are lucky enough) with zero hour contracts and no job safety at all. They ignore all those who have to turn to food banks to be able…
  • Rest In Peace Beautiful Oliver

    Cicci
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Today I read something that really made me really sad. Oliver ‘the broken bear’ have passed away. Myself and many many others have followed Animal Asia’s amazing work and their story about how they rescued Oliver from a bear bile farm in China. A farm where he and the other bears suffered intense pain and abuse on daily basis. Oliver was there for almost 30 (THIRTY) years… Yesterday the amazing team that have been caring for him for four and a half happy years decided to euthanise him after his health deteriorated. For those of you who don’t know about Oliver…
  • So Far This Year, At Least 35 Dead on Ohio Tracks

    Cicci
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Cicci:Horse racing. Yet another animal cruelty that way too many people find entertaining! Originally posted on Horseracing Wrongs: In its most recent meeting (September 30th), the Ohio State Racing Commission disclosed that through September 29th of this year, 35 horses – 28 Thoroughbred, 7 Standardbred – have died racing or training on Ohio tracks. (And there was no Thoroughbred racing the first 3 1/2 months of the year.) Five of those kills came in a recent five-day period at Belterra. The minutes go on to say that “[Executive Director] Crawford and Chairman Schmitz expressed concern…
  • November 15 Spain Will Yet Again Cause Great Pain To Bulls!

    Cicci
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Yet again Spain will torture bulls. Getting tied to a post by its horns and a plank of wood attached to a metal bar doused in pitch – a highly combustible mixture of turpentine and sulphur. While the flames eat the wood Fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches onto the terrified and suffering young bull. Then released it will be chased around by a screaming laughing crowd. The bulls can’t do much more than run around in pain, often smashing into walls in tying to put out the flames. Stumbling over things placed on the ground to the delight of the…
 
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