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  • Thailand: End Crackdown on Academic Freedom

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    Human Rights Watch
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. (New York) – The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. read more
  • Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

    IRIN
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The UN has announced a new deal to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. While many of the exact details remain unclear, IRIN summarises the major themes.
  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and enter the world, a convocation address can urge students to make the best of their…
  • The 4 Big Stories this UN Week

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    New York City streets are clogged. The Social Good Summit is uptown, the Clinton Global Initiative are in mid-town, and the eyes of the world are squarely focused on Turtle Bay. UN Week is here. Here are the four big stories that will dominate the diplomatic agenda in New York this week. 1) The UN Climate Summit  On Tuesday, hundreds of heads of state and key global leaders will descend on Turtle Bay for a one day summit on climate change. This meeting is not part of any formal negotiating process for an international binding treaty on climate change. Rather, it was called by Ban Ki Moon to…
  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 release!

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    Woody Gilk
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 is out! 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. What’s changed? We’ve added an additional option to bin/update that allows for disabling git sync Data provider settings are now verified before a provider can be enabled We’ve restored total_count to search results for paging search results We’ve also standardised the user context for all access controls. OAuth scope checking has been restored Anonymous access via the API can now be disabled Translations now work on all pages…
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  • Thailand: End Crackdown on Academic Freedom

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. (New York) – The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. read more
  • Belgium/Liberia: War Crimes Arrest Major Step for Justice

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead. (Brussels) – The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice.read more
  • Bulgaria: New Evidence Syrians Forced Back to Turkey

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them. (Brussels) – Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said today based on accounts by victims.   read more
  • Saudi Arabia: No Women on Asian Games Team

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Saudi Arabia’s failure to include women on its team to compete in the Asian Games in South Korea in September 2014 is a backward step for women’s participation in sport, Human Rights Watch said today. A member of the Saudi Olympic committee said on September 4 that the kingdom plans to send women to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But Saudi officials should make clear what steps they are taking to ensure that women are included in other future competitions and are able to participate in sports generally. (Beirut) – Saudi…
  • Ukraine: US Should Raise Rights Issues

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Washington, DC) – The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. read more
 
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  • Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The UN has announced a new deal to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. While many of the exact details remain unclear, IRIN summarises the major themes.
  • Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    SITTWE, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.
  • UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    LONDON, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political process & conclude the country's transition”, setting off alarm bells among those who thought the new force's number one priority was supposed to be protecting civilians.
  • Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    FREETOWN, 18 September 2014 (IRIN) - As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    Ethan
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and enter the world, a convocation address can urge students to make the best of their…
  • A public apology – on screwing up by not questioning assumptions – my talk at #BIF10

    Ethan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I spoke this morning at the tenth incarnation of BIF, Business Innovation Factory, an annual conference in Providence, RI that focuses on storytelling. It’s got a lot less product promotion and self-celebration than many conferences on innovation, and more personal stories, which is why I always enjoy attending. So I thought I’d share a personal story that I’m still digesting and the questions it raises for me. If it reads a little differently from most of my writing, the context helps explain why. About a month ago, I wrote an article about a simple idea. I asked whether…
  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

    Ethan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Saturday August 9, 2014. After his body lay in the hot street for four hours, Ferguson residents took to the streets to protest his killing. Brown’s death, the ensuing protest and the militarized police response opened a debate about race, justice and policing in America that continues today. I heard about Michael Brown’s death for the first time on the evening of the 9th, through Twitter. Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based journalist, was retweeting accounts of the protest, and other Twitter friends who write about…
  • News reports on Michael Brown’s death: how do mourners become a “mob”?

    Ethan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Around noon on Saturday, an 18-year old African American teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a local police officer in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. Accounts differ as to the events that preceded the shooting. The St. Louis County Police Department has said that Brown and another man struggled with an officer and pushed him back into his squad car, then attempted to seize the officer’s gun; a witness says that a police officer told Brown to walk on the sidewalk instead of the street, grabbed Brown after he exchanged words with the officer and shot the young man,…
  • The biography I’m waiting for: Bambaataa and the parallel universe of hip hop

    Ethan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I wrote a book review, of sorts, last week about Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs and my concern that biographies, as a genre, celebrate a “great man” theory of history. While I remain convinced that we need more biographies of teams, of successful collaborations (an idea that Nathan Matias furthers in his post today on acknowledgement and gratitude), I do have a dark secret to admit: I periodically dream about becoming a biographer. This isn’t because I believe in the biography as a form. It’s because there are people I find so fascinating, I’d enjoy…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • The 4 Big Stories this UN Week

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    New York City streets are clogged. The Social Good Summit is uptown, the Clinton Global Initiative are in mid-town, and the eyes of the world are squarely focused on Turtle Bay. UN Week is here. Here are the four big stories that will dominate the diplomatic agenda in New York this week. 1) The UN Climate Summit  On Tuesday, hundreds of heads of state and key global leaders will descend on Turtle Bay for a one day summit on climate change. This meeting is not part of any formal negotiating process for an international binding treaty on climate change. Rather, it was called by Ban Ki Moon to…
  • Turning Words in Impact with Women’s Rights

    Kimberly Curtis
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As the UN General Assembly meets for the start of its 69th session, the role of women and girls is a hot topic. At the Social Good Summit, several panels discussed not only the importance of gender equality but how to turn awareness into concrete action. Two panels hosted today highlighted the importance of these goals as well as how we can move from simple words to actual results. Introducing the “rockstars of international development”, Juju Chang welcomed UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, former Education Minister for Mozambique and children’s right advocate Graca Machel, and UN…
  • Will Women’s Rights Earn its Place at UNGA?

    Jacqueline Van De Velde
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The 69th session of the UN General Assembly is officially open. One key issue that will be discussed over the next two weeks is what will replace the Millennium Development Goals once they expire next year. In UN Circles, this is called the “Post 2015 Development Agenda.” One aspect of that agenda that is sure to be contentious among member states is the role of women’s rights and gender equality. Gender equality should be a critical element for the post-2015 Development Agenda. The MDGs included provisions for gender equality; however, they have been widely criticized by…
  • This is a Huge Turning Point in the Fight Against Ebola

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Ebola is spiraling out of control. According to the latest figures of the World Health Organization there have been 5,335 cases and 2,622 deaths from the virus. And that figure is increasing exponentially. To be precise: it’s been doubling every three weeks.   The response to date has been poor. One telling statistic: In Monrovia, Liberia 1,210 beds are required to treat Ebola patients. There are currently only 240. The geographic spread of this outbreak across four countries and in urban centers in a region that has never before experienced ebola has severely hampered the…
  • Will the International Criminal Court take on the Mexican Drug War

    Kimberly Curtis
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Last week a group of human rights organizations submitted a letter to the ICC requesting investigation into crimes committed by state security forces in their battle against drug cartels. It is not the first time human rights organizations have requested intervention by the ICC in the brutal Mexican Drug War. Yet, like the last request in 2011, it is unlikely the ICC will take up the case. There are several reasons why the ICC is not interested in the violence in Mexico but the changing nature of conflict and organized crime suggests that it may be time for the court to reconsider its…
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  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 release!

    Woody Gilk
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.7 is out! 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. What’s changed? We’ve added an additional option to bin/update that allows for disabling git sync Data provider settings are now verified before a provider can be enabled We’ve restored total_count to search results for paging search results We’ve also standardised the user context for all access controls. OAuth scope checking has been restored Anonymous access via the API can now be disabled Translations now work on all pages…
  • Launch: Global Innovation Competition to Make All Voices Count

    Declan Ottaro
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Cross posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View original article here While democracies share common features, there is no single model and the same is true for innovations designed to engage citizens and incentivise better governance. On the International Day of Democracy September 15, Making All Voices Count, a global initiative that aims to foster and support new ideas to enable better citizen engagement and government responsiveness, will launch its second annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC). “We’re excited to launch the GIC on this symbolic day and welcome…
  • The Global Innovation Competition: Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead

    Declan Ottaro
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Cross-posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View the original article here. The Global Innovation Competition (GIC) is a central part of the Making All Voices Count programme, aimed at supporting effective democratic governance and accountability. Its competitive nature is intended to bring out the most innovative and inspiring ideas for 12 key countries, which radically rethink the routes to accountable responsive governance. Having completed the first Global Innovation Competition in April 2014, this year the programme will embark on its second competition, launching September…
  • Announcing Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.6 release!

    Woody Gilk
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Ushahidi Platform V3.0.0-beta.6 is out! 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. What’s changed? We completed the integration of tag permissions. We have added migrations for the default OAuth scopes and client. We also added migration for the default “admin” user (password is also “admin”). The changing message status now has an immediate effect. The posts created from messages now inherit the message-created date. We removed all submodules in favor of composer components.
  • Five New Jobs at Ushahidi!

    Vidya Spandana
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    This week we put five new positions up on the Ushahidi Jobs page. Exciting stuff happening in the Ushaverse. Let me kick off this post with a caveat. At Ushahidi, we don’t hire for specific skills and often purposefully keep our role definitions grey. At Ushahidi we hire for awesome. We look for people who are passionate about our work and add a new blend to our team and culture. It doesn’t matter where you live and when you work – as long as you are committed to delivering quality products for global good you will fit right in. That said, we are looking to bring on three…
 
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  • Global and International Public Health Strategies (PHE / ICL IHE)

    Dementia and Elderly Care News (an online adjunct to Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence)
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    Summary Public Health England (PHE) has published a global health strategy. This five-year global health strategy outlines health priorities and supplies a framework for international engagement. Full Text Link Reference Global health strategy: 2014 to 2019. London: Public Health England, September 12th 2014. The IHE and UNDP have published a report and policy briefing on the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and the health divide in the context of sustainable human development. It examines how more integration between UNDP development projects could influence health…
  • Yemen, fighting continues in spite of peace deal between government and rebels

    GM
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    The violent clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels continue in the Yemeni capital Sanaa
  • Obama's Conspicuously Avoided Little Syrian Problem... That No-One Seems To Pay Attention To.....

    sundance
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the media seem to be avoiding a rather obvious question: Under what au
  • Detained Leader of the Green Movement Mir Hossein Mousavi Undergoes Eye Surgery

    maryamarman777681
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Saturday September 20th, 2014 [Kaleme] – The leader of the Green Movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi was transferred to a eye clinic on Saturday afternoon in order to undergo eye surgery. The need for surgery was recommended by an ophthalmologist approximately two months ago. Mousavi was accompanied by his wife Zahra Rahnavard. His daughters were however denied the right to accompany their father and to be present for the procedure. Kaleme reports that the surgery was successful and Mousavi is in good condition. Despite the fact that specialists had recommended a similar treatment for Zahra…
  • Aquinos' Europe trip generates $2.38-B investments for the Philippines, Calls for China to settle sea disputes

    johnib
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 21, 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III., left, address the media a joint press conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. AP/Michael Sohn BERLIN – It’s mission accomplished, said President Aquino yesterday of his trip to Europe, where he bagged $2.38 billion worth of investments as well as clear expressions of support for Manila’s position on the West Philippine Sea issue. Aquino headed to the United…
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  • News: Latest Annual Disaster Statistical Review Published

    EEM
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hot on the heels of IDMC's Global Estimates report for 2014 is the Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013: The Numbers and Trends.  Published by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), this annual report provides an analysis of disasters that occurred during the year under review and the impact they had on lives and livelihoods.  This CRED Crunch Newsletter published in April 2014 provided a provisional snapshot of natural disasters in 2013.Previous editions of the annual review can be accessed via my research guide.Tagged Publications
  • News: UNHCR/NGO Consultations

    EEM
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    This year, UNHCR's annual discussion with NGOs was held 17-19 June 2014 in Geneva.  The two final reports of the meeting are now available:- 2014 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs: Rapporteur's Report [text]- Report on the Annual Consultations with Non-Governmental Organizations [text]In addition, a Tumblr site was set up to host videos and photos of, and social media feeds for, the various gatherings.Next year's consultations will take place 1-3 July 2015, immediately following the UNHCR Standing Committee meeting from 29-30 June 2015.Tagged Events &…
  • Tip of the Week! Searching on URLs

    EEM
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I search on URLs all the time.  In other words, I will enter a URL into Google's search box at http://www.google.com and click on the "search" button.  Google will treat the URL as a "search term" and look for instances of it rather than take you to the site.Is this something you do too?  If you don't, here are a few reasons for giving it a go.1. Safety:- I've mentioned before that I tend to quite safety-conscious when searching online. When you search on a URL, you can often learn whether or not it is part of a site that has been compromised in some way, as described in this…
  • Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

    EEM
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    5th Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights, Bangkok, 2-4 Sept. 2014 [info]- Some of the presentations from this meeting are now available."Can Islam and "Islamization" be a Force for Refugee Rights in Malaysia?," UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, vol. 31, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]Forced Migration and Human Rights Protection in the Asia Pacific Region: Mobilising Opportunities, Melbourne, 8 Aug. 2014 [info]- Follow link to access some of the presentations; scroll to bottom of page.Timor-Leste: Links between Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Durable Solutions to Displacement…
  • Regional Focus: Australia

    EEM
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Demonisation of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Popular Politics (Asylum Insight, Sept. 2014) [text]Launch of Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia’s Policies are Not, Sydney, 4 Sept. 2014 [info]- Follow link for press release and text of speech."Refugee Settlement in Australia: Policy, Scholarship and the Production of Knowledge, 1952 -2013," Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 35, no. 1 (2014) [free full-text]Regionalism, Responsibility and Refugees, South Brisbane, 17 July 2014 [info]- Follow link for transcript and video of this public lecture."Towed Back or…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • 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
  • Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the potential of new media for conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Photo by Jareeya Arttanuchit 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. As an aside, half an hour before I left for the airport, my Mac completely crashed, which forced me gather my thoughts on paper en route and deliver a 40 minute address without the aid of a presentation, for the first time in my life. Looking back, I think it was useful to have the audience focus on exactly what I…
  • Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    A Tibetan student died after he set himself on fire outside a police station in Tsoe County in Kanlho prefecture last Wednesday to protest the Chinese governme
  • Time has come for religious leaders to be "more active": Dalai Lama

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama today said the time has come for all leaders of the world religions to be “more active” and “serous” in creating religious harmo
  • A lone protester sentenced to 10 years in prison

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Lobsang Gendun, 21, a monk of the Drongsar Monastery, staged a lone protest disrupting official celebrations marking the 92nd anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of China on July 1, 2014 in P
  • WeChat leads to arrest of two Tibetans

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Two Tibetans were sentenced to heavy jail terms for adding texts to a picture that they shared on WeChat, the China based popular messaging application, reported Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, who
  • Tibet raised at the 27th session of UN Human Rights Council

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    Speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), Tsering Tsomo, Executive Director of TCHRD highlighted the recent Chinese police firing on unarmed Tibetan protesters in Denma in Sershul County, Kardze Tibet
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  • Thailand: End Crackdown on Academic Freedom

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. (New York) – The Thai government and military authorities should immediately end its crackdown on academic seminars and respect freedom of expression. read more
  • Belgium/Liberia: War Crimes Arrest Major Step for Justice

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead. (Brussels) – The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice.read more
  • Bulgaria: New Evidence Syrians Forced Back to Turkey

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them. (Brussels) – Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said today based on accounts by victims.   read more
  • Saudi Arabia: No Women on Asian Games Team

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Saudi Arabia’s failure to include women on its team to compete in the Asian Games in South Korea in September 2014 is a backward step for women’s participation in sport, Human Rights Watch said today. A member of the Saudi Olympic committee said on September 4 that the kingdom plans to send women to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But Saudi officials should make clear what steps they are taking to ensure that women are included in other future competitions and are able to participate in sports generally. (Beirut) – Saudi…
  • Ukraine: US Should Raise Rights Issues

    Human Rights Watch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Washington, DC) – The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. read more
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Research tools on the international criminal tribunals

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    One of the distinguished defence counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Peter Robinson, has prepared 'research tools' on the case law that are available on line. These are summaries of relevant case law for the Yugoslavia Tribunal as well as for the Mechanism that replaces it. The guide to the case law of the Mechanism is quite unique, as far as I know.
  • Death penalty in the United States

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Readers may be interested in this infographic about capital punishment in the United States.
  • Human Rights in the UK Media: Representation and Reality

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Dr. Michelle Farrell of the School of Law, University of Liverpool, is organising a fascinating conference on the theme of 'Human Rights in the UK Media' on 19 September 2014. This seminar, supported by the Modern Law Review, brings together constitutional and international law researchers, media and communications researchers, journalists, legal practitioners and civil society actors for an interdisciplinary discussion on the media's representation of human rights. The seminar will facilitate a bridging of the gap between theoretical and practical…
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon does not have Jurisdiction over Legal Persons

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    On 24 July, Judge Lettieri, acting as contempt judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, decided that the Tribunal does not have jurisdiction over corporations for contempt offences, contrary to an earlier decision discussed at length here. The Contempt Judge noted:Irrespective of one's position as to the better policy (and I could even agree with Judge Baragwanath de lege ferenda), the fact that the Tribunal is not allowed to prosecute legal persons does not as such render its contempt power meaningless. The natural persons who comprise a corporation, no matter how high their…
  • Towards 'Positive Complementarity'?

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

  • In Nigeria, social mobilizers fight Ebola – and misinformation

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, 17 September 2014 – Asked how she can protect herself from Ebola, 7-year-old Uchechi exclaims, “I go wash hand before chop” – pidgin for “I wash my hands before eating.” She then proudly demonstrates how it is done.
  • In Gaza, children go back to school after a devastating summer

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    GAZA, State of Palestine, 16 September 2014 – Early on Sunday, Gaza woke at last to a familiar sight: streets crowded with children dressed in school uniforms. Half a million students have returned to school this week, with memories still fresh of 50 days of violence that engulfed the coastal enclave this summer and delayed the start of classes by three weeks.
  • In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    HUDUR, Somalia, 15 September 2014 – Habiba Ahmed Mohamed has walked more than 7 km to reach the Maternal and Child health clinic in Hudur, capital of the Bakool region of south-western Somalia. As she arrives, she shades her sick baby from the scorching heat.
  • UNICEF Executive Board turns its focus to child protection

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
  • In Cameroon, struggling to address a polio outbreak

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    KETTE, Cameroon, 11 September 2014 – Since violence erupted in the Central African Republic in December 2013, more than 125,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Cameroon. One of them is 38-year-old Awoua. Her husband was killed in the Central African Republic, and now she must support her six children on her own – including her 18-month-old son, Amadou, who was recently diagnosed with polio.
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  • Help us look into the future – to 2030

    Andrew Marshall
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This is a big week on the international calendar, when people from around the globe show up in New York to debate the state of the world. It’s a chance for progress on some of the planet’s biggest challenges – Ebola, the environment, the struggle to defeat extreme poverty – and we want to seize it. The centerpiece is the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA. That’s the part of the UN where every country meets in a kind of global legislature. When it first met, in London in 1946, there were 51 countries. Now, there are 193. It’s chaos,…
  • Meet the winners of ONE’s #PowerProject!

    Stephanie Walstrom
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    This week, ONE flew 13 of our most dedicated volunteers to DC to thank them for their hard work on the Power Project. These committed volunteers were part of a campaign that delivered more than 44,000 messages to the Senate this summer in support of the Energize Africa Act, a bill that will bring electricity to more than 50 million people for the first time. During their week in DC, these 13 outstanding volunteers met with ONE staff at our headquarters, lobbied congressmen on the Hill, attended a USAID forum on development and took in the sites and sounds of the nation’s capital.
  • Empowering women through micro-business education in Uganda

    Guest Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Alli Sarazen is a junior copywriter for BeadforLife. Think for a moment about the first time someone recognized a spark in you—a purpose and drive you hadn’t yet seen yourself. At BeadforLife, we believe every woman deserves to experience that moment, see that spark, and feel the pride that comes from transforming her own life through micro-entrepreneurship education. Since 2004, BeadforLife has ignited opportunities for more than 3,200 women—who in turn support over 25,000 family members—living in extreme poverty in Uganda. We provide income generation, entrepreneurial and…
  • Helene Gayle: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus

    Guest Blogger
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA. A version of this piece was originally published in The Huffington Post.  Ebola kills. This dreadful disease threatens the lives of millions in West Africa. But it could be that we are ignoring something worse: what Ebola can do to countries where the illness is raging. Ebola’s ferocity comes from its ability to attack the vital functions of human society with the same intensity it unleashes on the human body. We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects — and to craft a response that is just as…
  • Sign the Petition: Tell world leaders to step up on Ebola NOW!

    Kara Arsenault
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Thousands of men, women and children have died from Ebola, and the number is likely to get much worse. Families travel for miles and end up sitting outside overwhelmed clinics, waiting to die, because there is no room inside. Nothing could be more wrong. As President Obama said this week: “This is a global threat, and it demands a truly global response. International organizations just have to move faster than they have up until this point. More nations need to contribute experienced personnel, supplies, and funding that’s needed, and they need to deliver on what they pledge…
 
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Tanzania proposes to make corporate social responsibility compulsory

    kibugu
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    "Tanzania wants to make CSR compulsory" 21 September 2014 This will encourage businesses, including multinational corporations, to contribute to community projects. Currently the choice is largely left up to the companies themselves...Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Manager Tax Payers Service and Education, Diana Masalla said  the government is looking forward to introducing a law on CSR to ensure that corporate companies are contributing to social wellbeing of the people. “There is ongoing discussion in the government on how the best way to handle the CSR act that will be useful to the…
  • Tanzania: Gas & mining companies join calls for govt. to make deals public

    kibugu
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    "Pressure mounts on govt to disclose details of deals with investors" 21 September 2014 Pressure is mounting on the government to be more open on its investment and supply agreements after major investors accused it of secrecy surrounding their contracts. Those who have come out of the closet to openly discuss the matter said they saw no sense in keeping deals with the government confidential...For many years, the authorities created the impression that the agreements could not be made public because the parties involved did not want the details disclosed. But that take on things has now been…
  • Uganda: Columnists say oil discovery fuelling land-related conflicts in oil-rich region

    kibugu
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    "Oil fuels land grabs in the Albertine Region" “This has been a peaceful place, but three years ago, outsiders raided our village claiming they own this land. They are here because of the possible existence of oil in this area.” So recounts 53-year old Santa Daniel Achiro, a widow and mother of seven, who has lived in Alokwinyo village, Purongo sub-county in Nwoya district for over 30 years. The usually sleepy Nwoya and Nebbi districts have hit the headlines lately, with locals up in arms over the increasing cases of land grabbing, pitting the two districts against each other as well as…
  • Trademark board rules to cancel protections of Redskins name as it is "disparaging of Native Americans"

    horvath
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
  • Le rôle des entreprises pour faire face aux défis sociaux et environnementaux est essentiel, selon une plate-forme de réflexion sur le développement

    aba
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    « Le monde du 'business' doit devenir un acteur majeur du développement », 8 septembre 2014 "Dans un contexte de crise économique, la lutte contre la pauvreté et les inégalités ne peut plus reposer exclusivement sur les gouvernements; à l'approche de l'échéance des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD) en 2015, la mise en place d'un partenariat entre tous les acteurs doit être un élément essentiel du nouveau programme de développement. Ainsi, les entreprises sont appelées à se mobiliser comme des partenaires incontournables pour participer à la coconstruction…
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    News from Survival International

  • Survival announces winners of 45th anniversary photographic competition

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Striking portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man, the winning entry of Survival International's 45th anniversary photo competition.© Giordano Cipriani / Survival InternationalSurvival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, is delighted to announce the twelve winning entries of its first-ever photographic competition, held to mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. The winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man in the Brazilian Amazon. The winning entries give an insight into the incredible…
  • Amazon Indian 'army' takes on illegal loggers

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Ka'apor Indians have formed an indigenous 'army' to combat illegal logging in their forest© SurvivalKa’apor Indians in the Amazon rainforest have formed an indigenous “army” to combat illegal invasions of their land, following the government’s failure to protect their territory. The Ka’apor men track down and detain gangs of illegal loggers, set fire to their trucks, and confiscate their chainsaws. Images of their latest expedition show the Ka’apor, armed with bows and arrows and wooden batons, detaining one group of loggers in their…
  • Stop importing Paraguayan beef: Russian restaurants warned

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    The destruction of the Ayoreo’s forest for beef production threatens to wipe out the uncontacted Ayoreo-Totobiegosode.© Survival InternationalRussia’s top restaurants have been urged to stop using beef from Paraguay, to prevent the rapid destruction of the forest home of an uncontacted tribe by cattle ranchers. Russia is the principal importer of beef from Paraguay. Brazilian ranching company Yaguarete Pora S.A. which exports to Russia, has repeatedly been captured on satellite imagery illegally bulldozing vast tracts of Paraguay’s Chaco forest. The Chaco is home to the uncontacted…
  • Amazon Indian leaders shot dead by suspected illegal loggers

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Ashéninka leaders Edwin Chota was murdered on 1 September 2014 by suspected illegal loggers.© Scott WallaceFour Ashéninka Indian leaders, renowned for their work against illegal logging in the Amazon, have been murdered near their home in eastern Peru. The men – Edwin Chota, Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quinticima Melendez and Francisco Pinedo – were traveling from their community of Saweto on the Peruvian border to attend a meeting with other indigenous leaders in Brazil. A search party reportedly found the men with fatal gunshot wounds on 1 September. The widows of the men traveled…
  • Missionary contacts highly vulnerable uncontacted Amazon tribe

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Uncontacted Mashco-Piro have taken clothes and food from outsiders, putting them at extreme risk of contracting fatal diseases to which they have no immunity. © Jaime Corisepa/FENAMADA highly vulnerable uncontacted tribe in Peru’s southeastern Amazon has been contacted by a missionary, raising fears that the Indians have contracted fatal diseases which could wipe them out. According to local reports, an Adventist missionary from a local indigenous community arrived on a boat – owned by tour company Expediciones Vilca – and left clothes and food for the uncontacted Mashco-Piro…
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    Inter Press Service » Headlines

  • Boosting the Natural Disaster Immunity of Caribbean Hospitals

    Jewel Fraser
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Seismologists say a new children's hospital being planned for Couva, in Trinidad, is located near a fault line. According to one report, 67 per cent of hospitals in the Caribbean and Latin America are located in areas at high risk for natural disasters. Credit: Jewel Fraser/IPSBy Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21 2014 (IPS)When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent’s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of “remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disaster.”The floods, later dubbed the…
  • Georgia’s Female Drug Addicts Face Double Struggle

    Pavol Stracansky
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    By Pavol StracanskyTBILISI, Sep 21 2014 (IPS)Irina was 21 when she first started using drugs. More than 30 years later, having lost her husband, her home and her business to drugs, she is still battling her addiction.But, like almost all female drug addicts in this former Soviet state, she has faced a desperate struggle not only with her drug problem, but with accessing help in the face of institutionalised and systematic discrimination because of her gender.“Georgia’s society is very male-dominated,” she told IPS. “And this is reflected in the attitudes to drugs. It’s as if it’s…
  • Africa Seeks Commitment to Adaptation in Climate Deal

    Brendon Bosworth
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Recurring droughts have destroyed most harvests in the Sahel. Credit:Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Brendon BosworthJOHANNESBURG, Sep 21 2014 (IPS)It is a critical time for international climate change negotiations. By December 2015, world leaders are due to decide on an international climate change agreement covering all countries that will take effect in 2020. Going into the upcoming United Nations negotiations — the December COP 20 talks in Lima, Peru, where the agreement will be drafted, and the pivotal COP 21 next year in Paris, France, where it is due to be signed — African climate…
  • Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities

    Amantha Perera
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Multi-million-dollar environmental conservation efforts are running headlong into the interests of small local communities. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Amantha PereraBALI, Indonesia, Sep 20 2014 (IPS)When she talks about the forests in her native Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, Maridiana Deren’s facial expression changes. The calm, almost shy person is transformed into an emotionally charged woman, her fists clench and she stares wide-eyed at whoever is listening to her.“The ‘boohmi’ (earth) is our mother, the forest our air, the water our blood,” says the…
  • Will Governments Keep Their Promises on the Human Right to Water?

    Dilip Surkar
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Water is supplied by the military in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae ParkBy Dilip SurkarAHMEDABAD, India, Sep 20 2014 (IPS)It was a dramatic moment at the United Nations when it voted in 2010 to affirm water and sanitation as a human right.Then Bolivian ambassador to the U.N., Pablo Solon, shocked the silent auditorium with a devastating reminder of the consequences a lack of access to safe, available and affordable water and sanitation have on human life – every 21 seconds, a child dies of a water-borne disease.The shameful events in Detroit, when thousands of the poorest…
 
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    EarthRights International

  • Oxfam America Sues SEC for Failure to Issue New Transparency Rules Required by Dodd-Frank 1504

    EarthRights International
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Contact: Jonathan Kaufman      +1 (202) 466 5188 x113         jonathan@earthrights.orgMichelle Harrison        +1 (202) 466 5188 x110         michelle@earthrights.org September 18, 2014, Washington, DC — EarthRights International (ERI) sued a federal agency today on behalf of international relief and development organization Oxfam America, seeking the swift enactment of long-delayed rules that will require oil, gas, and mining companies to publicly report the payments they make to governments.  These transparency requirements will help communities in…
  • Students Embark on Social Justice Field Study

    EarthRights International
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The EarthRights School Mekong students spent the last two weeks of August preparing for their field research. After a class on research methodology, students heard from two female alumni on women’s security issues while doing fieldwork in politically sensitive areas, based on their experiences.  Students chose a research topic that centered on on-going earth rights issues in their home country, and developed a comprehensive research proposal. EarthRights International’s (ERI) Training Director and Legal and Campaign teams also assisted the students in the proposal writing process,…
  • Court Holds that Profits Don’t Trump Human Rights in Nestlé Case

    Katherine McDonnell
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided John Doe I, et al v. Nestlé, USA, et al. While the holding itself may not have been a game-changer, the court’s thoughtful analysis of the problems with the “myopic focus on profit over human welfare” offered some hope for corporate liability post-Kiobel. The case was brought by three former child slaves in the Ivory Coast. Aside from 14-hour, 6-day workweeks with only scraps to eat, the children faced regular beatings and torture, and were locked up in tiny spaces. If they tried to leave, they risked, among other things, getting…
  • Justice Further Delayed in Apartheid Case

    Marissa Vahlsing
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Last week, District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York dismissed a twelve year old legal case brought by black South Africans against U.S. companies IBM and Ford. The plaintiffs are using the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to hold U.S. corporations Ford and IBM accountable for complicity in Apartheid crimes. But there was every indication that she did so reluctantly, and with regret. As a law student, I had the chance to work on this case before Judge Scheindlin. I was able to travel to South Africa to speak to dozens of brave individuals who described what it was…
  • What’s Next in the Chevron/Ecuador Legal Saga?

    Michelle Harrison
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorian Villagers,” Alexander Zaitchik’s recent article in Rolling Stone, is a fascinating look at the Chevron/Ecuador legal saga that dives into some of the more scandalous details that haven’t received much mainstream news coverage.  It is a must read for anyone who has followed the more than 20-year-long effort to hold Chevron accountable for environmental devastation caused by the company’s operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  By examining both sides in the case’s sordid history, Zaitchik’s presentation…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day

    Yessenia Funes
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Photo by H. Kopp-Delaney / Flickr. From Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, people have been rising up in recent years to fight oppression. But success isn’t the inevitable outcome of protest, and revolution, even for just causes, can lead to further oppression. In The Nonviolence Handbook, Michael Nagler provides a clear and accessible guide to what he sees as the only path to sustainable justice: the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. Click here to subscribe to YES! Nagler prefers the Gandhian term satyagraha, generally used to mean nonviolent struggle, but which literally means…
  • The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It

    Valerie Schloredt
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Khakimullin Aleksandr / Shutterstock. It’s fortunate for our understanding of the dynamics of oppression that the writer Rebecca Solnit attended a certain party one evening in Aspen years ago. That’s when she encountered an instance of everyday sexism so staggering it sparked her widely shared and quoted 2008 essay, “Men Explain Things to Me.” Her description of a man unheedingly explaining to her what she already knew—the subject of her own recently published book, in fact—struck a familiar chord for those who had experienced their own encounters with the…
  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School

    Liz Pleasant
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Photo courtesy of US Department of Education / Flickr. With the first day of school just around the corner, teachers across the country are wondering how to incorporate discussions of the violent clashes between the Ferguson, Mo., police department and protesters in the weeks after the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. How can teachers lead classroom discussions on such difficult and emotional topics as racism and police militarization? How do these types of conversations change based on students’ age or socio-economic background? A growing number of teachers have connected on…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • UN Ambassador British actor Emma Watson talks women at table in Uruguay

    Women News Network
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Montevideo, URUGUAY, AMERICAS: On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson in Uruguay highlighted the need for women’s political participation as the country gears up for elections with a first-ever national quota law guaranteeing 30 per cent women’s representation. “Women must have a say in […]
  • As stigma remains, one sex-worker works to correct the myths

    Women News Network
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Ruth Jacobs – WNN Features (WNN) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: In a candid and honest interview rights activist and independent sex-worker Jemima talks with Ruth Jacobs, global women’s advocate, author and campaigner based in the UK. Working to dispel public misinformation on the lives of adult sex-workers who choose to enter the consensual sex industry […]
  • Honoring our women mentors

    Women News Network
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Asian Weekly  - Friday, 19 September 2014 (originally published 13 Sept) Women of Color Empowered (WOC) is a nonproft organization started by Northwest Asian Weekly in 1996. This year WOC’s  theme is “Amazing Women Mentors,” where women across Seattle are being honored as mentors. There is a luncheon honoring the women mentors on Friday, Sept. […]
  • The Entrepreneur On A Mission To Change Women’s Media

    Women News Network
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Jane-Porter- Fast Company – Thursday, 19 September 2014 (originally published 15 Sept) Claudia Chan wants to be the Richard Branson of women’s empowerment–by championing social entrepreneurship to solve global problems. “I believe it needs to be its own industry,” she says. And she’s taking steps to make that happen. Chan has created a media network S.H.E. Globl Media Inc. […]
  • [Canada] A national inquiry would empower First Nation women

    Women News Network
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Joseph  Quesnel Aand Steve Lafleur – Globe and Mail - Wednesday, 17 September 2014 Two recent deaths in Manitoba have once again pushed the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women into the political sphere. The government, up to now, has treated the issue as a matter of law enforcement. However, there are deeper issues and […]
 
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    Not For Sale

  • Human Trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    It’s not everyday that fighting human trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor. Last Thursday, September 11, anchor for MSNBC Dayside and NBC News Early Today, Richard Lui helped raise millions for causes around the globe at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was part of dozens of celebrity ambassadors representing charities around the world (and we were proud to have him as ours!). Lui along with Jon Bon Jovi, Christy Turlington, Dr. Oz, New York Mayor Deblasio, and others were on the trading floor making trades on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald because all proceeds that day went…
  • Team NFS Athletes Receive Top Honor

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Roberto Clemente defined the standard for how an athlete can use their platform to impact a world in need. When not playing outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he spent his time traveling overseas to provide aid to those who needed it most.  In December of 1972, while en route to Nicaragua to provide relief efforts after an earthquake had hit the capital city of Managua, his plane crashed into the ocean just after take off, cutting his life short. The legacy he left behind is reflected in the award that bears his name.  Each year, all 30 MLB teams nominate an individual on their roster who…
  • So Worth Loving + Not For Sale

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    As Not For Sale has the ongoing privilege of being hosted by various Major League ballparks this summer in support of our Team NFS platform, one of the largest pleasures has been the local engagement and support seen in each community. This past month, Atlanta was no exception. Upon learning of our Not For Sale Day with the ATL Braves, local apparel retailer “So Worth Loving” wanted to use the opportunity to share the story of freedom and hope, sharing our belief that we are stronger when we work together in the fight to end human trafficking. They have designed a limited…
  • Celebrate Freedom with the Oakland A’s

    Sarah Potts
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    This week has been the culmination of much hard work, study, and preparation to turn our first classes aimed to empower women into a reality.  Our work to end slavery here in the U.S. is now officially underway and this is in no small part due to the thousands of supporters across the country who believe in a future where every person deserves an equal opportunity and where nobody should be for sale. We could not be more grateful to you for joining in this mission with us. Over the summer, the message of freedom has been front and center at home plate at a number of Major League Baseball…
  • Creating an amazing moment: Camp Romania

    Sarah Potts
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We just spent an amazing week in Romania. Staff and volunteers have come back saying it changed the way they think about the work we do. Specifically, it has people asking each other: What was the best part of your childhood? It’s coming up because we just made some awesome memories with some amazing kids, and it’s hitting home how impactful these days were. For three days 112 children got to learn what it means to be a kid, what it means to be free. It is as simple as riding a bus, swimming in a pool, eating three square meals a day, painting, running. It sounds simple, but it was a…
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    One Person, One World.

  • Remaining Positive and Overcoming Your Troubles

    Cicci
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Cicci:So true ♥ Originally posted on Endless Light and Love: Wise words indeed from H.H the 14th Dalai Lama. If we could take these words into our hearts and realize that there are always many people in our world who are worse off than we, and come to the realization that there are many people out there in our families, communities, countries and other regions of the world who really need our help and that we certainly do have the the power and abilities to overcome our own struggles in life, then we could and will be able to change our own circumstances for the better and also at the…
  • One Dogs Life In Mexico City

    Cicci
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
      Meet Fresa, she is a 5-year old dog living in a shelter in Mexico city. She was found wandering the streets and rescued after the previous owner decided to get rid of her and hacked off half her snout with a machete. Unable to breathe some neighbours took her to Santuario Milagros Caninos shelter in the Mexican capital where the Surgeon Jesus Paredes performed a 3 hour emergency surgery. He helped her to breathe again through her trashed nostrils, removed her protruding jaw and reconstructed her lips with flaps of skin and mucous so she can drink and feed.  She is now recovering…
  • Denmark, One Of The Countries Where It’s Still Legal To Have Sex With An Animal.

    Cicci
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Yes, you read it right. Denmark allows you to have sex with an animal without punishment. But here comes a twist, you are not allowed to rape, torture or abuse it? Does that mean that according to Danish law you have to prove that it was sex that both agreed upon? You and the dog? Or is it that if the dog (just as an example) is not hurt ”enough” so therefore it must be consensual? How about the brothels that exist there too? Does the animals seek up them and WILLINGLY sell their bodies for some sick perverted freaks? There are even claims by some of these freaks that the animals…
  • 12 Egg Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know ~ Free From Harm

    Cicci
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Originally posted on Girl for Animal Liberation: By Free From Harm Staff Writers | July 29, 2014 Consider the following 12 egg facts, most of which are common to all forms of egg farming: 1. The global egg industry destroys 6,000,000,000 healthy newborn male chicks every year. (1) 2. Male chicks born to egg-laying hens can not lay eggs, and are not the breed used for meat. Therefore, they are worthless to the egg industry. 3. Eggs sold under organic, free-range, and humane labels, and even chicks sold to backyard chicken keepers, also have their origins in these killing hatcheries. (2) 4.
  • Action Alert: Please Help Free Arturo the Polar Bear

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

  • No Automatic Arrest in 498A Complaints

    Burt Phoenix
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    In the recent landmark judgement by the Apex Court, it was directed that there should not be any automatic arrest for cases under section 498A of the IPC until provisions of Section 41 of Cr.PC are satisfied. Section 498A of the IPC was inserted in the code in 1983 with a backdrop to curb torture of married women by the in-laws for dowry. As per the Supreme Court in B.S. Joshi vs. State of Haryana, the object of introducing Section 498A in the Indian Penal Code was to prevent the torture to a woman by her husband or by relatives of her husband. Section 498A was added with a view to punishing…
  • Can Domestic Violence be filed against Daughter-in-law?

    Burt Phoenix
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    As per a HelpAge India report, daughter-in-law emerged as the major abuser of the elderly. Now abuse of a daughter-in-law is protected under various special laws of the country, whereas no such law is for the elderly. An interesting question arises, can an abused elderly mother-in-law take protection of any law against abuse by her daughter-in-law? We will analyse this question in this article. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (“Domestic Violence Act”) was enacted by the parliament in 2005 to provide for an effective protection of women who are victims of violence of any…
  • India – Rape Statistics

    Burt Phoenix
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The total number of frivolous cases and acquittals (as a percentage of cases reported) during a year has been consistently over 50%, nearing 70% in a few years and touching 71% for 2003. Such a high number of frivolous cases and acquittals is a very serious concern as the identity of the rape victims were protected who filed the complaints and the accused identity was made public. Presently in India, one accusation from a woman makes the man a criminal, one accusation destroys his career and one accusation drains out his savings on legal recourses for defending himself. The woman gets a…
  • Hang Juvenile Rapists?

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

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