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  • Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

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    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. (New York) – The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. read more
  • Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners

    IRIN
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    BALI, 20 August 2014 (IRIN) - Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
  • News reports on Michael Brown’s death: how do mourners become a “mob”?

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    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,…
  • Some Encouraging News on Ebola

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    First the bad news. Ebola is still an out of control international epidemic. The death toll surpassed 1,000 last week. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that fear of ebola may end up being deadlier than ebola itself. Hospitals are shut. And already fragile health systems are extended beyond capacity. I visited a number of hospitals in Liberia a couple years ago when I tagged along with UNITAID chairman Phillippe Douste-Blazy as he visited UNITAID grantees. The country was about 9 years past its brutal civil war and in the process of rebuilding state institutions, including its health…
  • Where is the Evidence Against These 17 Women in El Salvador?

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    Larry Ladutke
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Being able to make your own decisions about sexuality, pregnancy and motherhood is a basic human right (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). Imagine waking up in a hospital and learning that you are under arrest, accused of killing your own infant. Despite your efforts to explain that you had a miscarriage and passed out from medical complications, the authorities sentence you to up to four decades in an overcrowded prison where you “suffer harassment, exclusion, and violence both from other inmates as well as prison personnel” because of the accusations against you. This…
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  • Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. (New York) – The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. read more
  • Israel/Egypt: Provide Rights Groups Access to Gaza

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Israel should immediately allow access to Gaza for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations so they can investigate allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. (New York) – Israel should immediately allow access to Gaza for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations so they can investigate allegations of serious violations of international…
  • US: Holder Should Press for Police Reform

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email US Attorney General Eric Holder should press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014, to reform police practices to improve respect for basic rights. Holder should also support federal reforms that could help address concerns about policing and racial discrimination raised during the Ferguson protests over the last 10 days. (Ferguson) – US Attorney General Eric Holder should press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014, to reform police practices to improve respect…
  • South Sudan: Child Soldiers Thrust into Battle

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international law. South Sudan’s former rebel forces, now the national army, had made tangible progress in ending its longtime practice of using child soldiers. But since the current armed conflict began in December 2013, both the government and opposition have recruited and deployed children in their forces. (Juba) – South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international…
  • Thailand: Theater Activists Jailed for Insulting Monarchy

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The arrest of two activists involved in a play considered by Thai military authorities to be “insulting to the monarchy” shows the decline in freedom of expression in Thailand since the May 22, 2014 coup. (New York) – The arrest of two activists involved in a play considered by Thai military authorities to be “insulting to the monarchy” shows the decline in freedom of expression in Thailand since the May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
 
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  • Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    BALI, 20 August 2014 (IRIN) - Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
  • World Humanitarian Day: Staying Safe

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    DUBAI, 19 August 2014 (IRIN) - World Humanitarian Day this year brought with it with grim news – more aid workers died in 2013 than any year since records began. In total 155 were killed, while another 305 and were either seriously wounded or kidnapped – representing a 66 percent increase in the number of victims from 2012.
  • A tribute to two Ebola heroes

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    DAKAR, 19 August 2014 (IRIN) - Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need.
  • Paul*, gay rights campaigner in DRC: “They said I was the Antichrist”

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    BUKAVU, 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province.
  • School tries to heal the divide in northern Nigeria

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    MAIDUGURI, 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - The kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria's Borno State in April by Boko Haram militants, and a so far unsuccessful high-profile campaign to free them, exemplifies the insecurity-driven education crisis in the area.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • 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…
  • How do you write a biography about collaboration?

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A friend recently posted a video on Facebook, a 1997 news story from ABC’s Nightline about Tripod, the social media company I helped build in Williamstown MA from 1994-1999. The video sparked a wave of reactions in me: nostalgia for those past days, pride in the accomplishments of the friends I’ve kept up with, regret for losing touch with others, and bafflement that I would choose to wear flannel and overalls to show off our company to the world. (Perhaps my favorite moment in watching the video was discovering that we’d been interviewed by Deborah Amos, NPR’s Middle…
  • Free Zone 9 Bloggers

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Once upon a time, there was a blog. It was written in Amharic, the dominant language in Ethiopia, by a team of young journalists and thinkers who wanted to have an open, public conversation about the future of their nation. Pictures of some of the Zone 9 bloggers It’s not especially easy to talk about these issues in Ethiopia. Africa’s second largest country has been ruled by a neo-marxist government (EPRDF – Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democracy Front) which overthrew a brutal military dictatorship in 1991, instilling one-party autocratic rule in its place. Part…
  • Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan.

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

  • Some Encouraging News on Ebola

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    First the bad news. Ebola is still an out of control international epidemic. The death toll surpassed 1,000 last week. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that fear of ebola may end up being deadlier than ebola itself. Hospitals are shut. And already fragile health systems are extended beyond capacity. I visited a number of hospitals in Liberia a couple years ago when I tagged along with UNITAID chairman Phillippe Douste-Blazy as he visited UNITAID grantees. The country was about 9 years past its brutal civil war and in the process of rebuilding state institutions, including its health…
  • A Deadly Year for Humanitarian Workers

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Want these clips delivered to your inbox in the morning? Sign up here.  Yesterday was World Humanitarian Day — a day established in the wake of the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq to commemorate the sacrifices of humanitarian workers. Alas, 2013 was the deadliest year ever for humanitarians. “Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 kidnapped as they attempted to help others in some of the world’s most dangerous places, new research has shown. The study, released to mark World…
  • How Conflict in Ukraine Could Shake Global Food Prices

    Kimberly Curtis
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine drags on, Russia and the West are also continuing their diplomatic back-and-forth with each accusing the other of unwarranted interference in Ukrainian matters and aggression towards the opposing side. Following a series of sanctions against Russia by the US and the EU, Russia fired back earlier this month with an extensive list of sanctions against the US and the EU, mainly focused around agriculture and food products. But the size of the agricultural trade at the heart of these sanctions means that this tit-for-tat may wind up having global…
  • The Awful-Ebola Maternal Mortality Nexus

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Want these stories delivered to your inbox ever morning? Sign up here.  You don’t need ebola to die from it.Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women. “Liberia has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. Giving birth here is always risky, even when you can count on a clinic being open.The women serving the maternity ward at a clinic in West Point keep coming to work — for now. West Point is a densely packed informal neighborhood (or “slum”) that just this week has become a hotspot of Ebola…
  • Episode 30: Jeffrey Sachs

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Jeff Sachs is on the line this week! The famed economist and anti-poverty activist discusses his up-bringing in turbulent Detroit, why he gravitated towards economics in college, his experience helping countries transition from communism to market economies, and how he become devoted to global health and development. We recorded the conversation at the 500 day mark until the Millennium Development Goals are due. These are set of eight international development targets agreed to in 2000 that countries around the word committed to acheive by 2015. At the top of the interview, Jeff Sachs…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Where is the Evidence Against These 17 Women in El Salvador?

    Larry Ladutke
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Being able to make your own decisions about sexuality, pregnancy and motherhood is a basic human right (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). Imagine waking up in a hospital and learning that you are under arrest, accused of killing your own infant. Despite your efforts to explain that you had a miscarriage and passed out from medical complications, the authorities sentence you to up to four decades in an overcrowded prison where you “suffer harassment, exclusion, and violence both from other inmates as well as prison personnel” because of the accusations against you. This…
  • How This Week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Help End Violence Against Women in Morocco

    Guest Writer
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    While Morocco has amended a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims if they are younger than 18, there are still numerous legal and procedural ways in which it actively discriminates against women and girls (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). This blog posting is part of a series Amnesty International USA is publishing to coincide with the U.S.-Africa SummitoccurringAugust 4-6th, 2014. We are utilizing the series to highlight human rights concerns on the continent we feel critically need to be addressed during the summit discussions. Contributed by Jihane…
  • Will Today’s Senate Hearing Help End Gun Violence Against Women?

    Guest Writer
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    (Image: Facebook / Everytown for Gun Safety). By Alice Dahle, Co-chair, Amnesty International USA Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to protect women who face domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking through legal and social services. Amnesty International has actively campaigned for this legislation and its re-authorization throughout its history. Last year, we celebrated passage of a stronger, more inclusive version of VAWA with new provisions added to protect Indigenous women, immigrant…
  • What You Need to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

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

    Guest Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Programs Great news! After constant campaigning and unwavering support on the part of more than a million Amnesty activists like you, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death because of her religious beliefs, is free and arrived in Italy with her family yesterday. I would like to thank all of you who took action and contributed to this massive showing of support. The letters you sent showed the Sudanese authorities that people around the world were outraged by Meriam’s ordeal. Our…
 
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  • Olivier: Avoiding a dangerously simplistic approach to humanitarian aid

    James Gordon
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Is prevention the best cure for what ails us? As any parent might attest, it makes common sense to mitigate risk whenever possible — wash your hands before you eat now, they might tell their children, and avoid getting sick later. This is sound advice, and not just for matters personal health. When it comes to emergency relief assistance, for example, the notion of taking steps now to prevent large-scale crises in the future is an understandably popular concept, one that has increasing influence over global disaster response planning. Why rush from crisis to crisis around the world, the…
  • #REF4Women: Advocating for Women in Development through MY World 2015

    MY World 2015
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, Youth Advocate for MY World 2015 The Red Elephant Foundation (
  • Pope Francis Considering Trip To NYC, Philly, Washington In 2015

    mzielinska
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    NEW YORK (CBSNeYork/AP) – Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the United Nations. Francis said there was a proposal to tag Mexico onto the trip so he could visit the Madonna of Guadalupe shrine beloved by Mexican Catholics, “but it’s not sure.” Francis made the comments Monday while returning from South Korea. Asked about his 2015 travel plans, he said: “Next year I’d like to go…
  • What makes a Pope say yes to war?

    Tim Fernholz
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) – Pope endorses use of force in Iraq to protect minorities; says UN should approve intervention.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 18, 2014 That statement from Pope Francis, the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, offers a contrast with that of then-Pope John Paul II at the time of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq: War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity….[F]aced with the constant degeneration of the crisis in the Middle East, that the solution will never be imposed by recourse to terrorism or armed conflict, as if…
  • Indigenous Rights and Jurisprudence

    Styliani GP
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Grand Chief Edward John is a Hereditary Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation — located in northern British Columbia. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nation’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • News: Today is World Humanitarian Day!

    EEM
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    World Humanitarian Day commemorates "all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and [celebrates] the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world."  Visit the WHD site and Facebook page to learn more and to express your support for aid workers and their contributions.  You can also follow ReliefWeb's coverage of the day.Events:Aid in Danger: Violence against Aid Workers and the Future of Humanitarianism, London, 19 August 2014 [info]- This panel discussion will also be livestreamed.#HumanitarianHeroes Come Together at the U.N., New York, 19 August…
  • Thematic Focus: Nationality & Statelessness

    EEM
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Publications:27 Countries Limit a Woman’s Ability to Pass Citizenship to her Child or Spouse (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2014) [text]Ambiguities in the Categories of Migration, Policy Report, no. 02/06 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]*"Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Stateless People, Refugee Camps and Moral Obligations," Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 40, no. 7 (Sept. 2014) [abstract]- The author gave a lecture on this subject in Toronto, 13 Jan. 2013; follow the link for the video and a pre-circulated paper.Human Rights and Support for Stateless People around the World: Japan’s Role -…
  • Thematic Focus: Children

    EEM
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Afghan Unaccompanied Minors in the Netherlands: Far Away from Home and Protected?, Working Paper, no. 2014/037 (UNU-MERIT, 2014) [text]Asylum Policies for Unaccompanied Children Compared with Expedited Removal Policies for Unauthorized Adults: In Brief (U.S. Congressional Research Service, July 2014) [text via Refworld]"Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings," Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution, vol. 21, no. 1 (2013) [text via SSRN; posted May 2014]Protecting the Lonely Children: Recommendations to the Australian Government and the UN…
  • CFP/New Issues of Comp. Migr. Stud., Dev. in Pract., Euro. J. Public Health, FP Essent., Griffith Law Rev., Humanity J.

    EEM
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    CFP:Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees [info]- Articles sought for special issue on "The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program."  Deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2014.New issues:Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [open access]- First four articles are contributions to a special symposium on "After the Arab Spring: EU Asylum and Migration Policy in Flux."Development in Practice, vol. 24, no. 4 (2014) [contents]- Special issue on "Climate Change Adaptation and Development." Free access is provided to several…
  • New Issue of RSQ

    EEM
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The latest issue issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) is now available.  Contents for vol. 33, no. 3, Sept. 2014 include:UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: From Cross-Road to Gaps and Responses [abstract]The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico [open access]Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the “Shift” to Securitisation of Refugee Protection [abstract]Displacing Equality? Women’s Participation and Humanitarian Aid Effectiveness in Refugee Camps [abstract]Advocating…
 
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  • Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. (New York) – The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them. read more
  • Israel/Egypt: Provide Rights Groups Access to Gaza

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Israel should immediately allow access to Gaza for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations so they can investigate allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. (New York) – Israel should immediately allow access to Gaza for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations so they can investigate allegations of serious violations of international…
  • US: Holder Should Press for Police Reform

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email US Attorney General Eric Holder should press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014, to reform police practices to improve respect for basic rights. Holder should also support federal reforms that could help address concerns about policing and racial discrimination raised during the Ferguson protests over the last 10 days. (Ferguson) – US Attorney General Eric Holder should press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014, to reform police practices to improve respect…
  • South Sudan: Child Soldiers Thrust into Battle

    Human Rights Watch
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international law. South Sudan’s former rebel forces, now the national army, had made tangible progress in ending its longtime practice of using child soldiers. But since the current armed conflict began in December 2013, both the government and opposition have recruited and deployed children in their forces. (Juba) – South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international…
  • Thailand: Theater Activists Jailed for Insulting Monarchy

    Human Rights Watch
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The arrest of two activists involved in a play considered by Thai military authorities to be “insulting to the monarchy” shows the decline in freedom of expression in Thailand since the May 22, 2014 coup. (New York) – The arrest of two activists involved in a play considered by Thai military authorities to be “insulting to the monarchy” shows the decline in freedom of expression in Thailand since the May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • 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…
  • Decision on Victims' Request for Disqualification of Judge van den Wyngaert from the Katanga case

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

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

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    When I decided to spend a few days this month in Samos, the Greek island in the Agean Sea closest to the coast of Turkey, I knew that it was one of the very last Mediterranean monk seal breeding grounds, but I was not expecting to see any.I knew a few basic things about the Mediterranean monk seal: it is one of the most threatened marine and European mammals; there are only about 50 of them left in the Agean Sea (and there are very few left in the rest of the Mediterranean); and they stay away from humans, spend their days in underwater caves and go out for fish only at sunset. So, to…
  • One ocean

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    Today is June 8 - World Oceans Day on the United Nations calendar. A perfect day to revive my blog which I've kept sleeping for eight months.My message to the UN on this day is "change the name". Today should be called World Ocean Day, not oceans. The ocean supplies the oxygen in every second breath we take; billions of us rely on it for food, fresh water, energy, medicine, transport and trade; it covers 70% of the Earth's surface and supports all life on Earth. If we want people to protect it and use it wisely, we've got to stop managing the ocean on a sectoral basis and…
  • Dima

    27 Oct 2013 | 3:30 am
    Together with Peter Willcox who is known for having been for the captain of the Rainbow Warrior when we were victims of the French Secret Services bomb attack in Auckland New Zealand in 1985, Dima Litvinov is the other "Greenpeace Arctic 30" that I know personally. The Arctic 30 are the Greenpeace crew currently jailed in Northern Russia for staging a peaceful protest against a Gazprom oil drilling platform in international waters near Russian waters in the Arctic Ocean.I worked with Dima in Russia two decades ago. First in the late 1980s during the Perestroika when the country was still…
  • The mad man who thinks he owns the sun

    26 Jul 2013 | 3:45 am
    Among many other memorabilia of the environmental movement, in the entrance to my office there is a poster in French called "Énergies Libres".  Dating back from around 1976 or 1977 and authored by Jean-Marc Reiser, one of Paris' leading underground artists of the time, the poster was made to promote one of the very first exhibitions displayed in the then brand new Pompidou Centre in the heart of Paris, dedicated to wind, solar and other alternative sources of energy -- pretty much a science fiction-like proposition at the time. Looking back nearly fourty years later, it was not only…
  • News from Zaraland

    4 Jun 2013 | 11:41 am
    When I read a few weeks ago that the local "government" of the Madrid region in Spain had signed a contract with a telecom company to change the name of Madrid's "kilometre zero" Puerta del Sol metro station, I thought it could only be a joke. It was near the time of April fools day I'd read the news, after all. For weeks I did not see any change at Puerta del Sol, so I'd got convinced that it was only a social media urban legend...Until I took this photo this week! I guess the contract between the government and Vodafone was becoming effective at 1st June.So, if in Spain a local government…
 
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    UNICEF News

  • In Burkina Faso, simple and sustainable solutions for rural communities’ water needs

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 19 August 2014 – In Burkina Faso, thousands of children under 5 die from preventable causes such as diarrhoea, a leading killer of children in this West African nation. Access to clean water is crucial in preventing diarrhoea – and in the fight against poverty and disease.
  • In Niger, help for children living on the streets

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    AGADEZ, Niger, 18 August 2014 – Mahamadou Mala Saley is 12 years old. His friends call him ‘Shaolingue’, for the kung fu movies he loves. Like many other children living on the streets of Agadez, an historic city in northern Niger, Shaolingue is monitored by local office of the Educational, Preventive and Judiciary Service.
  • In Nigeria, a message for maternal and child health

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    EPE, Nigeria, 15 August 2014 – As her number is called out, Nike Kolawole stands up and straps her 2-year-old son to her back and walks over to the nurse. The nurse registers her for antenatal care and gives her folate tablets, as well as vitamin A and deworming tablets for her son, Samuel, who is also tested for malaria.
  • A young girl dreams, despite adversity

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    PUERTO FALCÓN, Paraguay, 13 August 2014 – Amada Zuleide Maldonado, 7, is the kind of girl the indigenous Guarani culture describes with the word juky – graceful. Amada comes from Chaco'i, where the Parana and Paraguay rivers converge, 30 miles (50 km) from the capital, Asunción.
  • In a country in conflict, a single hospital for children

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 August 2014 – The heat and humidity in Bangui’s paediatric hospital are overwhelming – doctors sweat while treating patients, and mothers fan their sick and injured children. There is no air conditioning, and the operating theatre is far from hygienic, with mould growing on the walls.
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  • Lifting blockade crucial to Gaza recovery

    Elena Cornellana
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Lifting blockade crucial to Gaza recovery14 August 2014Full recovery from the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza will be impossible unless Israel’s blockade is lifted permanently, Oxfam warned today as it held a demonstration in Parliament Square, London, to highlight the suffering the blockade causes.Read more
  • New investigation finds ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy leads to IFC blunders in Honduras human rights scandal

    Elena Cornellana
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    New investigation finds ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy leads to IFC blunders in Honduras human rights scandal13 August 2014An internal investigation released last night finds that World Bank Group staff kept quiet about a plantation company’s role in a violent land conflict in Honduras, when proposing loans to one of Central America’s top ten banks which funded it.Read more
  • Kellogg issues climate change wake-up call

    julia
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kellogg issues climate change wake-up call13 August 2014http://www.behindthebrands.org/enOxfam welcomes Kellogg’s climate action commitments following public pressure.Read more
  • Beyond Safe Land

    julia
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Beyond Safe Land11 August 2014Building back better after Typhoon Haiyan requires more than houses on safe land.
  • South Sudan sixty days promise set to be broken as peace talks falter again

    Elena Cornellana
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    South Sudan sixty days promise set to be broken as peace talks falter again10 August 2014The leaders of South Sudan have failed to set aside their differences, and fighting continues to ravage the country as a famine looms. Read more
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  • How can I really help?

    TakePart World
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    There are lots of ways for Americans to lend a hand to people in developing nations. Here’s how to find some that work. By Vince Beiser, TakePart World.  Fair-trade shoes made in Africa. (Photo: Oliberté/Facebook) You read the news, you watch the documentaries, you listen to the songs: You’re concerned about all those people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who don’t get enough to eat, suffer from terrible diseases, or are fleeing wars and disasters. You want to help. But how? Sponsor a child? Donate a goat? Build a school? Buy a pair of shoes from TOMS? How can you figure out if…
  • Teach a woman to fish

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Ritu and a Burkinabé woman discuss how she sells products at market. Credit: Julie Dixon Ritu Sharma is the Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. She is also the author of the book,  Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.  When I was 8 years old, I wanted to travel the world as a National Geographic photographer. My parents had moved to Canada…
  • Support these four organizations to help fight Ebola

    Malaka Gharib
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    In the face of the worst Ebola virus outbreak on record, the international community has rallied around critical efforts to stop the virus’ spread and care for those affected. You can be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that are providing vital support to communities in Western Africa, including these: MSF From MSF’s website: “If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans…
  • Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) disease detectives are the real-life scientists and health professionals who fight disease outbreaks worldwide. Kelsey, a disease detective working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak.  Kelsey in front of a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Guéckédou, Guinea. Crammed with six other passengers in a tiny plane circling a dirt runway in a remote area of Guinea, Kelsey peered out the window to see a pickup truck frantically chasing goats out of the landing path.
  • Your thoughts: Is this dad crazy? Or genius?

    Malaka Gharib
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Photo credit: Carl-Magnus Helgegren When we saw this article, “A Dad Took His Sons to Israel and Syria to Show Them the Difference Between War and Video Games,” on RYOT News, we were flabbergasted and fascinated all at the same time. Was it a genius move? Or was it just plain reckless? We asked ONE members on Twitter, Facebook and some of the best parents we know – our ONE Mom Blogger network – to weigh in with their thoughts. Asha Dornfest Asha Dornfest is the founder of Parent Hacks, a website devoted to sharing smart ideas for life + kids. She’s also the co-author…
 
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    lazala
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
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  • Oxfam se félicite de l’engagement de General Mills de lutter contre le changement climatique dans ses chaînes d’approvisionnement

    aba
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    « General Mills s'engage résolument 
dans la lutte contre le changement climatique », 28 juillet 2014 Oxfam se félicite de l'engagement annoncé aujourd'hui par General Mills de mettre en œuvre des mesures phares de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) dans ses chaînes d'approvisionnement et de faire pression en faveur d'un renforcement des politiques de lutte contre le changement climatique. Cette annonce intervient après que plus de 230 000 personnes ont signé une pétition et se sont mobilisées dans le cadre de la campagne d'Oxfam appelant les entreprises du…
  • Thun Group response

    horvath
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Thun Group appreciates the interest in our discussion paper (published in October 2013) by a wide range of stakeholders, including financial institutions, governmental bodies, civil society groups, consultants and academia, including, from the latter stakeholder group, the paper by Damiano de Felice, a researcher from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Given that this is an academic paper, we view this as a contribution to a debate in academic circles, and we anticipate other academics to respond to it. As the Thun Group is unable to react to all stakeholders on an…
  • Blog post summarising analysis

    horvath
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    "Banks and human rights: Assessing strengths and weaknesses of the Thun Group’s approach", In May 2011, four European banks (Barclays, Credit Suisse, UBS and UniCredit) came together in Thun, Switzerland, and created an informal group (the Thun Group of Banks) to explore what the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) mean for the banking sector. In October 2013, the Group (enlarged by the participation of three additional members: BBVA, ING Bank N.V. and RBS Group) released its first public document, a discussion paper entitled “The Guiding Principles on…
  • Working paper on Thun Group's approach to UN Guiding Principles

    horvath
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    "Banks and Human Rights: The Thun Group and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 1 May 2014 The publication of the Thun Group's discussion paper "The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Interpretation for Banks" represented a critical step in the way to delineate the relationship between the financial sector and human rights: the document aims to lay the foundations for the adoption of the first ever comprehensive guide on how universal banks should operationalise their responsibility to respect human rights. As the arguments offered by the Thun Group are…
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    News from Survival International

  • More uncontacted Indians emerge in Brazil – fleeing attacks in Peru

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Several weeks after seven uncontacted Indians emerged near the Brazil-Peru border, more uncontacted Indians have made first contact with Brazilian government agents, reportedly fleeing attacks in Peru.© FUNAIPeru criticized for failing its most vulnerable citizens A second wave of highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians has made contact with outsiders in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, just weeks after Brazilian experts warned of “genocide” and “extermination” of the tribe. The group of around two dozen Indians is believed to include men, women and children…
  • Survival reveals 'five faces of genocide' for UN Indigenous Day

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    Aché woman shortly after she was captured and brought out of the forest in 1972, Paraguay.© A. Kohmann/SurvivalTo mark UN Indigenous Day on August 9, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, reveals five tribal peoples who have been victims of genocide during the 20th century – and warns of a potential genocide in the 21st. Tribal peoples subjected to genocidal violence include*: - The Aché, Paraguay: in a landmark case launched in April 2014, the Aché tribe took Paraguay’s government to court over the genocide they suffered. The Aché were…
  • India: Vedanta's public hearing declared a 'success' despite tribes' outcry

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Tribal peoples like the Dongria Kondh have spoken out passionately against the expansion of Vedanta's refinery at the foot of the Niyamgiri Hills. © SurvivalTribal people in India have passionately spoken out against British mining giant Vedanta Resources’ plans to expand an alumina refinery at the foot of their Niyamgiri Hills during a large public hearing. Company representatives, local authorities and media articles have heralded the consultation a “success” and in favor of the expansion, but people present at the hearing report that the majority of the people there…
  • Bushmen 'poachers' cleared after two-year court battle

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Four Bushmen stand outside court after being cleared from poaching charges.© SurvivalFour Bushmen accused of poaching on their ancestral land have escaped up to five years in jail after a Botswana court threw out their case last week. The Bushmen were allegedly spotted on a hunting trip by Botswana’s President Khama as his plane flew over the Bushmen’s land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in April 2012. The men – Mongwegi Gaoberekwe, Mohame Belesa, Thoama Tsenene and Dipuisano Mongwegi – were intercepted by the police; their spears, bows and arrows, and domestic animals were…
  • "Massacre" reported by uncontacted Indians as rare video emerges

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The uncontacted Indians appeared young and healthy, but reported shocking incidents of a massacre of their older relatives.© FUNAIRare video footage of the first contact with a group of uncontacted Indians near the Brazil-Peru border has emerged alongside new accounts of horrific violence against their community, prompting experts to call for the urgent protection of their land or risk their “extermination” and “genocide”.  The video clip was released by FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous affairs department, and first published by “Amazonia Blog” and shows…
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  • Dee’s Story: Dreams are within sight

    StreetLightUSA
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    My name is Dee and I am 14 years old. My family is messed up. I don’t see them anymore. It started when my brother started molesting me. He would touch me all over and threaten me. I never told. But then he started making me have sex with his friends. They did horrible things to me. I can’t even stand thinking about it. When the neighbors found out they reported my brother. They came and took me and brought me to StreetLightUSA. When I first came to StreetLightUSA, I was so lonely and scared.  I didn’t even want to talk to the other girls or staff. By the second week at StreetLightUSA,…
  • Help girls like Martha on AZ Gives Day–Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    StreetLightUSA
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I am Martha.  I was 17 when I came to StreetLightUSA.  A lot of bad things happened to me for as long as I can remember.  I was taken away from my parents when I was little and placed in a group home.  I ran away a lot and each time my caseworker would move me to a new place.  I met a man who said he loved me and would take care of me so I would always have a home and everything I needed.  After I moved in with him, he told me I owed him for my food and the apartment. He said I had to pay him back for everything he had spent on me. He started bringing men to have sex with me.  I…
  • Jill’s story: Prostituting herself at age 12 after a rape

    StreetLightUSA
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    My name is Jill and I am 13 years old. Last year my life turned into a horror story.  A gang member broke into my house and went crazy when he saw me. He was yelling at me and then he started hitting me. I was so terrified. Then it got even worse. He raped me. I felt so dirty and felt like I should have tried harder to try and stop him. When he left, I was so scared I couldn’t stop crying. I fell into a depression. I couldn’t help thinking about it constantly. I starting flunking all my classes. I just couldn’t stand to be in the same house. I was angry and sad and afraid, so I ran…
 
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    Inter Press Service » Headlines

  • Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

    Manipadma Jena
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Bonda women in the remote Tulagurum Village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha seldom allow themselves to be photographed. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaMALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 2014 (IPS)Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India’s eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country’s most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.Resistant to contact with the outside world and fiercely skeptical of…
  • Recurrent Cholera Outbreak in Far North Cameroon Highlights Development Gaps

    Monde Kingsley Nfor
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Lara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed in Dumai, in Cameroon’s far north. There has been a nine-month drought in the region and recurrent cholera outbreaks. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPSBy Monde Kingsley NforDUMAI, Cameroon, Aug 19 2014 (IPS)Under a scorching sun, with temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius, Lara Adama’s family is forced to dig for water from a dried-out river bed in Dumai, in northern Cameroon. This is one of the rivers that used to flow into the shrinking Lake Chad but there is not much water here.There has been a nine-month-long drought in the…
  • Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

    Jim Lobe
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    By Jim LobeWASHINGTON, Aug 18 2014 (IPS)Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy– even from his former secretary of state – U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at least so far.Over half (54 percent) of respondents in a poll released here Monday by the Pew Research Center and USA Today said they approved of the airstrikes, which appear to have helped reverse some of the gains made by ISIS fighters against Kurdistan’s pesh merga…
  • Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders

    Carey L. Biron
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    "Hands Up, Don't Shoot": A rally in support of Michael Brown. Credit: Shawn Semmler/cc by 2.0By Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Aug 18 2014 (IPS)The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality.In particular, a flurry of policy discussions is focusing on the startling level of force and military-style weaponry used by local police in responding to public demonstrations following the death Aug. 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson,…
  • Mexico’s Orphanages – Black Holes for Children

    Emilio Godoy
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Children taken in by the Villa Infantil Irapuato, which has high standards of care – unlike many other orphanages in Mexico. Credit: Courtesy Laura MartínezBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Aug 18 2014 (IPS)Homes for orphans or children in vulnerable situations in Mexico lack the necessary state regulation and supervision, which leads to scandalous human rights violations.“The situation is very serious,” said Laura Martínez, director of the non-governmental Patronato Pro Hogar del Niño, in the city of Irapuato in the central state of Guanajuato, some 300 km north of Mexico City. “The…
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    EarthRights International

  • Introducing our new storytelling series, “Faces of Change”

    Valentina Stackl
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Storytelling is the thread that weaves us all together, the activity that makes humans uniquely human. Stories bridge linguistic and cultural boundaries. They entertain, they educate, and they shape and preserve our cultures and morals. Stories record the most important lessons from our history and illuminate the most promising visions for our future. In recent years, human rights storytelling and digital storytelling have become an increasingly important pathway to justice. For both survivors and perpetrators of human rights abuses, speaking one’s own truth can transform pain and suffering…
  • Spotlight on Earth Rights Defenders in Vietnam

    Guest
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    There are many earth rights defenders in Vietnam who support others in the face of human rights violations and environmental issues. Some of them work in government agencies and some work in non-governmental organizations (NGOs). However, high-level government officials do not care about their responsibility to protect their people from harm.  The people working in NGOs make the greatest impact. My director, Ms. Lam Thi Thu Suu, has a genuine enthusiasm for earth rights.  Ms. Suu made me recognize that human rights and environmental protection are important to social development. When I…
  • Defensores de derechos humanos denuncian inadmisión de demanda de victimas colombianas contra Chiquita

    EarthRights International
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Contact: Marco Simons, (202) 466-5188 x103, marco@earthrights.orgRajan Sharma, (732) 710-5525, rajan@sharmadeyoung.com  Demanda que alega la complicidad de Chiquita en el financiamiento y dotación de grupos terroristas paramilitares colombianos continuará bajo la Ley de Protección de Víctimas de Tortura y la ley colombiana. 24 de julio 2014, West Palm Beach, Fla. — Las pretensiones de derechos humanos bajo el Alien Tort Statute (ATS por sus siglas en ingles) presentadas por los colombianos que demandaron a Chiquita Brands International, por su complicidad en las atrocidades…
  • Despite evidence that Union Carbide directly oversaw construction of its notorious plant in Bhopal, India, U.S. court denies justice to victims of pollution

    EarthRights International
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Contact: Marco Simons, (202) 466-5188 x103, marco@earthrights.orgRajan Sharma, (732) 710-5525, rajan@sharmadeyoung.com  New York, NY – Last night a New York federal court found that Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) could not be sued for ongoing contamination from the notorious chemical plant in Bhopal, India, despite evidence that construction of the plant was managed by a UCC employee – evidence that the plaintiffs are confident will lead to a reversal of the erroneous decision on appeal. EarthRights International (ERI) filed the lawsuit Sahu v. Union Carbide Corp. on behalf of residents…
  • Bolivian Indigenous Leaders Bring Case Before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

    EarthRights International
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The Bolivian government is planning to build a major highway project through the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), an indigenous territorial reserve, without meaningfully consulting with the indigenous communities as required by international law. This week, ERI assisted Bolivian indigenous leaders in presenting a brief to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) to challenge this major highway project that threatens to cut across a untouched national park that is home to thousands of Amazonian indigenous people in Bolivia.  The challenged project,…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • "We Need Tear Gas Packets Now!"—Two Simple Ways to Support the Protesters in Ferguson

    Liz Pleasant
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by R. Gino Santa Maria / Flickr. The tense situation in Ferguson, Mo., has only intensified over the last few days. Early yesterday afternoon Governor Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard in response to continued protests regarding the police killing of 18-year old unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Monday night brought the arrest of least 31 people and the continued use of tear gas by police to break up crowds. "With the lack of awareness of effective treatment for chemical attack, we thought it would be good to create a specific campaign." The repeated use of…
  • Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change

    Adam Kerby
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A Quechua woman harvests potatoes at a site more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It's the highest local point at which potatoes are grown. All photos by Adam Kerby. Editor's note: Last month we published an article about indigenous farmers who  recently gathered for a week in Peru's Cusco region to discuss climate change, its effects on their ancestral farmlands, and ways that they could work together to improve the resiliency of their agriculture. The farmers, who came from Peru, China, and Bhutan, made plans to exchange plant varieties in an effort to protect the diversity of their crops…
  • Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media

    Alexis Goldstein
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Image is from a tweet by Rana Nazzal. After police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, the city’s population rose up in protest. The police responded with an incredibly militarized response, including heavy use of tear gas. More than 100 Palestinians and 16 supporting organizations have signed a statement of solidaritywith the people of Ferguson. That violence has led to a massive outpouring of support for the protesters from across the United States. On August 14, vigils occurred nationwide as a part of a National Moment of Silence, launched…
  • Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion

    Leah Penniman
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Participants in the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion program get their hands in the dirt. From left, Terressa Tate, Leah Penniman, and Beatrice Anderson. Photo by Capers Rumph. Soul Fire Farm is a family farm in Grafton, N.Y., committed to the dismantling of the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. We are a community resource, a vessel for education, and grow our life-giving food without pesticides, fertilizers, or hormones. With deep reverence for the land and the wisdom of our ancestors, we act in solidarity with people marginalized by racial inequalities in access to…
  • Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof

    Tom Lawson
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Photo by Lia Darjes, courtesy of house-of-one.org. In 2009, archaeologists working in the heart of Berlin excavated the foundations of what is thought to be one of the city's first churches, St. Peter's Church, built in the early 12th century, in what is now the Petriplatz area. The church was destroyed during WW II and in its aftermath. The site where the once-grand Romanesque building stood is now little more than a wasteland—but that is set to change. Due to the religious significance of the site, city planners asked local Protestants if they would like to be involved in the site’s…
 
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  • UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

    Women News Network
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim […]
  • Can women make the world more peaceful?

    Women News Network
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Laurel Stone – Guardian News / Global Development Professionals Network – Monday August 18, 2014 (originally published 11 Aug) Do women hold the key to a peaceful society? Much is known about the victimization of women through rape, trafficking, and early marriages, but much is yet to be discovered about how women can be empowered […]
  • Global LGBTIs continue to face mortal danger, harassment & exclusion

    Women News Network
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    IRIN – UN Humanitarian News & Analysis – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, […]
  • Thailand cracks down on foreign use of surrogate mothers

    Women News Network
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Steve Herman for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Thailand is cracking down on a thriving but legally dubious industry where infertile foreign couples pay Thai women to bear children. Any foreigners leaving Thailand with children born to surrogate mothers here must now produce a court order verifying legal custody. That was […]
  • Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders

    Women News Network
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Catherine Wilson – IPS – Friday, 15 August 2014 (originally published 13 Aug) SYDNEY, Aug 13 2014 (IPS) - A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts toward closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional […]
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    Not For Sale

  • Squarebar & Not For Sale: A recipe for success

    Sarah Potts
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The role of ingredients in the fight against human trafficking. At Not For Sale, we believe that fighting the fastest growing criminal industry in the world requires the continued evolution of our impact strategy. To fight a problem as complex and resilient as human trafficking, our approach needs to be enterprising and resourceful. That’s why we partner with international brands spanning tech, apparel, and food and beverage to create a dynamic network of abolitionists working to end slavery through business. Our partners share our vision and work with us to create products and resources…
  • Welcome to our children’s home in Romania

    Sarah Potts
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    In 2012 Romania was reported to be the poorest country in the developed world with more than 20% of the population living on less than $4 per day. Alina, a young Roma mother, grew up in an orphanage and has never met her parents. Her childhood was unstable, both economically and emotionally. Desperate for love and attention, she quickly fell for the advances of a man 20 years her senior, now the father of her two young children. From the beginning, their relationship was unstable and violent. She endured regular beatings, mostly just because she was “in the way.” One night, desperate to…
  • Training survivors in the US

    Laura Keen
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    With the September launch of our newest program, Reinvent:Bay Area, we want to give survivors of sexual exploitation a choice for the first time in their lives. Day one is fast approaching, but there is still time to become a partner and help us realize this one-of-a-kind initiative. The survivors who will enter into our work readiness program have endured unimaginable abuse. That abuse began in their communities and homes and grew to devastate every aspect of their physical and emotional wellbeing. To address both their external and internal needs, we want our program to be as comprehensive…
  • Your support today is critical for local survivors

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

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

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

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

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

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