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  • 140journos – When Citizen Media filled the reporting gap in Turkey

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    Ethan
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Engin Onder and Zeynep Tufekci visited the Berkman Center today to talk about the rise of citizen reporting in Turkey. Tufekci is a leading scholar of online media and protest, and Onder is one of the founders of 140journos, an exciting citizen media group that’s been central to documenting Turkey’s protests in Gezi Park and across the nation. Zeynep Tufekci offers an overview of the press situation in Turkey to provide context for Engin’s work with 140journos. There’s no golden age of press freedom in Turkey to look back to, she warns. After the military coup in 1980,…
  • Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

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    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza building are not contributing enough to the financial trust fund set up to support survivors and the families of those who died, Human Rights Watch said. (Bangkok) – Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of…
  • Need to ramp up aid response in Nigeria's violence-torn northeast

    IRIN
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    KANO, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - Security fears, a lack of humanitarian actors on the ground and a perception that Nigeria's government can handle its crises without help, are leaving many of the thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast short of food, with little to no access to health care or basics like clean water and blankets.
  • Who Benefits from Trafficking Women from Madagascar to the Middle East?

    Global Voices » Humanitarian Response
    Rakotomalala
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Aaron Ross reports on his investigation in the heart of the ongoing human trafficking of young women from Madagascar to Middle Eastern countries: For some enterprising businessmen, the collapse heralded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So-called placement agencies sprang up in Antananarivo and other cities across Madagascar, promising the good life in Middle Eastern “Eldorados,” where monthly salaries usually ran around $200. The agencies would pocket upward of $2,000 for each successful transaction [..] As Madagascar’s economy spiraled downward, the number of migrants grew anyway.
  • Water monitoring in China, and the changing role of citizenship

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    Ethan
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This January, a few hundred employees of Alibaba, the massive online retailer and digital payments company, participated in an interesting experiment. Like many Chinese, they traveled home to celebrate the Lunar New Year. While at home, they used inexpensive water testing kits to sample water in their villages and uploaded their findings via smartphone to an environmental mapping website, Danger Maps. Employees measured water quality in 420 locations across 28 provinces, testing open bodies of water as well as sources of drinking water. The experiment was a trial run for a much more ambitious…
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  • Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza building are not contributing enough to the financial trust fund set up to support survivors and the families of those who died, Human Rights Watch said. (Bangkok) – Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of…
  • Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014. Countries ratifying the treaty are obligated to protect and support victims of violence. (Berlin) – A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding…
  • North Korea: Critical Juncture on Eve of Obama Asia Trip

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of a trip by President Barack Obama to Japan and South Korea. (Washington, DC) – The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of…
  • Louisiana: Repeal ‘Crime Against Nature’ Laws

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature” laws, which are used to harass lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 16, 2014, the Louisiana State House of Representatives voted 66 to 27 to reject House bill 12, which would have repealed the US state’s anti-sodomy law. The law was enacted in 1805. (Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature”…
  • Burma: A Tribute to U Win Tin

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists. (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists. A longtime journalist who later spent years as a political prisoner, he died of renal failure on April 21, 2014, at the age of 85. read more
 
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  • Need to ramp up aid response in Nigeria's violence-torn northeast

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    KANO, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - Security fears, a lack of humanitarian actors on the ground and a perception that Nigeria's government can handle its crises without help, are leaving many of the thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast short of food, with little to no access to health care or basics like clean water and blankets.
  • Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    KABUL, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government's weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact.
  • Remittance rip-offs

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    LONDON, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.
  • Analysis: Water and conflict

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    KUALA LUMPUR, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”.
  • Survival of the biggest - side-lining of local NGOs in disasters

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    LONDON, 21 April 2014 (IRIN) - Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid.
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    Global Voices » Humanitarian Response

  • Who Benefits from Trafficking Women from Madagascar to the Middle East?

    Rakotomalala
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Aaron Ross reports on his investigation in the heart of the ongoing human trafficking of young women from Madagascar to Middle Eastern countries: For some enterprising businessmen, the collapse heralded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So-called placement agencies sprang up in Antananarivo and other cities across Madagascar, promising the good life in Middle Eastern “Eldorados,” where monthly salaries usually ran around $200. The agencies would pocket upward of $2,000 for each successful transaction [..] As Madagascar’s economy spiraled downward, the number of migrants grew anyway.
  • Macedonians Promote Donations for Less Fortunate on Social Media

    Filip Stojanovski
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Some local humanitarian organizations and grassroots initiatives in Macedonia are successfully using social media to encourage in-kind donations aimed at the country's poorest citizens. The organization “Food for All – BHM” advocates for the creation of food banks aimed directly at helping vulnerable people and families in Macedonia. The NGO recently posted a set of data [mk] on their website regarding those living below the poverty line in Macedonia, which according to official statistics, is 30 percent of the Macedonian population. The poorest seem to live mostly in large…
  • The Kidnapping Industry Takes Hold in Cameroon

    Rakotomalala
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    The Matango Club blog reflects upon the kidnapping of two italian priests and a canadian nun [fr] on April 4, 2014 in Northern Cameroon:  Pour l’histoire, les kidnappings de ce genre ne datent pas d’aujourd’hui. Rappelons que  dernièrement, le rapt du prêtre français Georges Vandenbeusch, 42 ans, a fait beaucoup de bruit. Il avait été kidnappé un 14 novembre 2013 dans son monastère, la paroisse de Nguetchewe, près de Koza, dans le nord du pays, à 700 kilomètres de la capitale Yaoundé, une zone considérée comme très dangereuse. Avant lui, le 19 février…
  • Ebola Virus Outbreak Kills 59 in Guinea, Closes in on Conakry

    Rakotomalala
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    Ebola virus virion via wikimedia Commons – Public Health Image Library, #10816- public domain An Ebola outbreak killed at least 59 people in Guinea and a few suspected cases near the Capital Conakry suggest that it may have spread to the Guinean capital. Barbara Krief provides the latest updates [fr]: Au moins huit agents de santé ont été tués à ce jour. En collaboration avec le ministère guinéen de la Santé, l'Unicef a rapidement livré dans les zones les plus affectées cinq tonnes de médicaments et d'équipements médicaux tels que des gants, nattes plastiques,…
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370 Mystery Fuels Conspiracy Theories

    Jeff South
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:06 am
    “So,” Gerry Shih, a technology reporter for Reuters in San Francisco, asked on Twitter, “what are the most titillating conspiracy theories about the #MalaysiaAirlines out there?? I'm thinking more ‘Homeland,’ less ‘Lost.’ Wild guesses abound on social media, where riveted users were thinking about everything from black ops to black magic. Some people suggested that aliens, UFOs or a meteor strike could be involved. Others blamed terrorists or speculated that the Malaysian military might have mistakenly shot down the passenger plane. Several…
 
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  • Water monitoring in China, and the changing role of citizenship

    Ethan
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This January, a few hundred employees of Alibaba, the massive online retailer and digital payments company, participated in an interesting experiment. Like many Chinese, they traveled home to celebrate the Lunar New Year. While at home, they used inexpensive water testing kits to sample water in their villages and uploaded their findings via smartphone to an environmental mapping website, Danger Maps. Employees measured water quality in 420 locations across 28 provinces, testing open bodies of water as well as sources of drinking water. The experiment was a trial run for a much more ambitious…
  • Susan Benesch on dangerous speech and counterspeech

    Ethan
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Susan Benesch is one of the leading thinkers on countering hate speech online. She’s a fellow at the Berkman Center this year, and I’m terribly sorry to be missing her talk at Berkman this afternoon. (Instead, I’m watching from home so I can be primary caretaker for my son for a couple of weeks while Rachel gets to travel.) She teaches international human rights at American University and is the founder of the Dangerous Speech Project, which tries to understand the spread of speech that incites people to violence. Susan’s talk is available online and I’ve tried…
  • Imagining Wenzhou – How can we use the Internet to introduce readers to unfamiliar cities?

    Ethan
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In 2006, American adman Dan Ligon shared a video, “Ha Ha Ha America”, that he’d entered in the Sundance film festival. The video presents itself as an angry and dismissive rant about China’s superiority and America’s inferiority, badly subtitled in Chinglish. I wrote about the film when it came out, troubled by the racism associated with the Chinglish narration, and my fear it would be misread as reality, not satire, by American audiences. The Shanghaiist and some other China-based commentators were similarly troubled, though one Daily Kos reader found it a…
  • 140journos – When Citizen Media filled the reporting gap in Turkey

    Ethan
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Engin Onder and Zeynep Tufekci visited the Berkman Center today to talk about the rise of citizen reporting in Turkey. Tufekci is a leading scholar of online media and protest, and Onder is one of the founders of 140journos, an exciting citizen media group that’s been central to documenting Turkey’s protests in Gezi Park and across the nation. Zeynep Tufekci offers an overview of the press situation in Turkey to provide context for Engin’s work with 140journos. There’s no golden age of press freedom in Turkey to look back to, she warns. After the military coup in 1980,…
  • Myanmar, no longer closed, still complicated

    Ethan
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    It’s hard to explain just how much Myanmar has changed. It’s at least as hard to know whether to believe in all the changes Myanmar has made. Thankfully, there are few truly despotic societies in the world, but Myanmar was one of them from 1962 until quite recently, ruled by a military junta with a horrific record on human rights. The nation’s media was heavily state controlled, with a policy of pre-publication censorship that turned domestic media into an organ for state propaganda. It was difficult or impossible for international media to report critically on the country,…
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    UN Dispatch

  • A Dire Warning of Famine in South Sudan

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    If present trends continue, there will be a famine in South Sudan in the coming months. Fighting has disrupted the planting season and efforts by international humanitarian agencies to provide displaced farmers the tools they need to successfully plant and harvest. Planting season ends next month, and agencies are predicting a disaster. A full blown famine is not unlikely at this point. This is from a joint brief by 21 humanitarian agencies, Loaded Guns and Empty Stomachs, calling for greater international attention to stemming this crisis. Planting requires people, seeds and equipment to be…
  • Top of the Morning: Drone Strikes in Yemen Target Al Qaeda

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Top stories from DAWNS Digest “Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. The sprawling base was a rare instance of a permanent infrastructure set up by al-Qaida’s branch in the country, Yemeni security officials said. Built over the past months, it includes a training ground, storehouses for weapons and food and vehicles used by the group to…
  • Why We Ought to Start Paying Attention to Burundi

    Kimberly Curtis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Rarely does the small Central African country of Burundi get much international attention. However recent developments aimed at restricting political freedom ahead of scheduled national elections next year highlight not only the need for international attention, but greater international engagement if Burundi is to escape the cycle of civil wars and ethnic politics that has defined much of its history since independence. Much like its northern neighbor Rwanda, Burundian politics have been shaped by ethnic divisions and the legacy of bad colonial policies since independence. However, while in…
  • A Massacre in South Sudan and the Limits of UN Peacekeeping

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Emergency in #Bentiu: Thousands throng at the gate; we must let them in. We have 1 litre of water/person/day & 350 people for each latrine. — UN official Toby Lanzer (@tobylanzer) April 20, 2014   It’s a heavy time for South Sudan. Last week, the UN warned of famine should $230 million of donor funds not materialize before the rainy season begins next month. Now, there is word of a massacre of hundreds of civilians in the city of Benitu, an oil town. A rebel contingent, known as SPLA in Opposition, captured the city on Tuesday. They began systematically targeting certain…
  • Top of the Morning: Famine Looms in South Sudan

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Top stories from DAWNS Digest Famine Looms in South Sudan…It is planting season in South Sudan, and the areas of the country with the worst fighting also happen to be its breadbasket. The Details: “The UN estimates that a third of the country of 11 million are facing starvation unless farmers can plant a critical round of crops before the annual rains hit in May. Experts believe as many as 50,000 children could die. It would be the most devastating famine anywhere in 30 years.” What can be done?  $230 million, over the next two months is  what the UN and international partners…
 
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • 7 Things Afghanistan’s New President Must Do

    Cristina Finch
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    An Afghan voter shows her inked finger after she cast her ballot at a local polling station (Photo Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images). Earlier this month, voters in Afghanistan cast their ballots in what is arguably the most crucial election in the history of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.The elections represent much more than the appointment of a president. For Afghanistan, which is nearing the end of a critical security transition, it signals the beginning of a new era. The protection and promotion of human rights, especially those of women and girls, are critical to…
  • THIS EXISTS: Country That Forced 200,000 Women Into Sexual Slavery

    Guest Writer
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Women from the house of sharing at the ‘Wednesday Demo’ outside Japanese Embassy, Seoul (Photo Credit: Amnesty International). By Alice Dahle, Amnesty USA’s Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group Before and during World War II, as the Japanese Imperial Army occupied countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, they deceived, abducted or otherwise forced an estimated 200,000 women and girls, some as young as 12 years old, into a system of sexual slavery. They especially targeted those who were susceptible because of their age, poverty, class, low family status, lack…
  • UPDATE: Partial Victory on Mozambique Rape Laws, But the Fight Isn’t Over

    Sarah Hager
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    A woman wears a blood-stained wedding dress as she takes part in a protest against a law that allows convicted rapists to be freed from prosecution if they marry the victim (Photo Credit: Jinty Jackson/AFP/Getty Images). Pat yourselves on the back, stamp your feet, give a (potentially) inappropriate shout of glee wherever you happen to be at this moment, or at the very least, indulge in a slow clap. 35,544 Amnesty USA activists stood with the women and girls in Mozambique who marched in the streets of Maputo to demand the revocation of a proposed revision to the criminal code allowing a…
  • Read the Letter: What We Want President Obama to Do in Saudi Arabia

    Sunjeev Bery
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Obama with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during meetings in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2010 (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images). On Friday, President Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, a country whose government is highly repressive. But instead of raising human rights, Obama’s trip has been described by The New York Times as focused on “fence-mending.” This is the wrong approach. As we say in our Amnesty International letter to President Obama: For too long, the U.S. has put geopolitics and access to energy over…
  • ACT NOW: Three Quick Ways You Can Demand Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

    Sunjeev Bery
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Amnesty International is calling on President Obama to take a stand for human rights in the Gulf Kingdom (Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages). This Friday, President Obama is going to Saudi Arabia. But despite the Saudi Arabian government’s terrible record on human rights, the White House hasn’t said that human rights will be on the agenda. Over 50 Members of Congress beg to differ. A growing number of U.S. representatives have signed a bipartisan letter calling on President Obama to stand up for human rights when he meets with…
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    Blog | Ushahidi

  • Testing Ushahidi v2.7.3 (Upcoming Release)

    Sharon Rutto
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    We’re almost ready for the next bug fix release of Ushahidi v2.7.3b, and we need your help! Courtesy of Progamming fun hub: http://devcv.me/ What Needs Testing? Some of the key features and bugs we need help testing include:- Category import on CSV import: Broken video embeds in reports when viewed over HTTPS: Install errors: 1321 and 1337 Dual alert sign-up: 1316 and 1339 Links back to reports – smssync: SMSSync #140 and Ushahidi #1334 Parent category list in edit report new category: Timeline upgrade: How To Help? There are two ways to test: Download and test the install locally: We…
  • The real point of global hackathons

    Sara-Jayne Terp
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Cross-posted from OpenCrisis.com TL;DR: it’s global community! I’m sitting in the iHub Nairobi today, waiting for Space Apps Challenge to start.  I’ve been in Kenya for a few days now, spending time with the amazing techs here, and getting more and more impatient for the first BRCKs to go on sale (and not just because I’m about to be working in rural Tanzania).  Because the one thing that holds people back here, and in many other “developing” countries, is connectivity. The ability to connect to the global community of information that the internet and all its page,…
  • Humanitarian Tracker: Crowdsourcing Syria Crisis since 2011

    Angela Oduor
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    (Guest post by Taha Kass-Hout and Hend Alhinnawi from Humanitarian Tracker, which is a non-profit global forum that connects and empowers citizens using innovation in technology to support humanitairan causes. Taha serves as Founder and CEO, and Hend the Co-Founder and COO of Humanitarian Tracker) Humanitarian Tracker (HT), a volunteer-based non-profit organization, has been crowdsourcing information from Syria over the past 3 years.  As you’ve all heard by now, 14 years after its eradication, Polio has re-emerged in Syria. What you didn’t hear was that several reports from the…
  • We Choose to do What is Hard

    Erik Hersman
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:20 am
    As I reflect back on the Ushahidi’s first 6 years, I realize that they have been an education in many ways, but possibly the most important lesson is that it is important to do what is hard. To work on things that are more big and difficult than what most people are willing to attempt. To question assumptions on what can be done. I recently had a conversation with someone on the team about an ambitious project that we’re undertaking. He was getting feedback from outsiders that what we want to do is difficult, and hard. Should we dial back our expectations and do something smaller?
  • Kenya Hosts Global Innovation Competition Finals

    Daudi Were
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:33 am
    Making All Voices Count, a global initiative aimed at stimulating innovation to improve government performance and accountability, will host the inaugural Global Innovation Competition awards gala in Kenya on 4th April 2014 at Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi County. The awards seek to recognize and reward innovations drawn from across that world that have showcased creative and cutting-edge solutions to enhance government transparency and accountability including those that use mobile and web technology. This is to help ensure the voices of all citizens are heard and that governments have the…
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  • We are what we do

    pendantry
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    United Nations conference on environment and development Rio de Janeiro 3-14 June 1992 Severn Suzuki
  • U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic

    lisaparavisini
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A young Haitian fishing in the Latem River, known to be contaminated. The country is still struggling to stem a cholera epidemic. Ian Willms for The New York Times This article by RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and SOMINI SENGUPTA appeared in The New York Times. Here is an excerpt, with a link to the full article below. For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But on that score, it is still very far behind. In some…
  • 1954 | The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951

    PETER O'GRADY
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    ON THIS DAY in 1954, the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees commenced. http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/images/convention%20and%20protocol.pdf  
  • A letter from Mama

    Jahilliya
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Dear Allen Roland, This is the spirit of your mama speaking. I’ve just read your recent article on Veterans Today, and I thought I’d write to you – to clarify your major misunderstanding of my words. You write: “My own mother appeared to me the night she suddenly and unexpectedly died in 1987 ~ some 3000 miles away. Not only did she tell me how deeply she loved me but she also said that she knew of this Unified Field of love and soul consciousness that I know and live  ~ Allen, I Know, Allen, I Know ..” http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/04/20/jesus-the-lonely-rebel/…
  • Human Rights News: 14/04/14

    elliotemery91
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A collection of the top human rights stories from around the world for the week commencing 14th April 2014. French journalists released from captivity in Syria were met by President Hollande and Foreign Minister Fabius (bbc.co.uk) Africa The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for £163m to help those fleeing violence in the Central African Republic: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/united-nations-aid-central-african-republic-refugees South Sudanese soldiers were sent to protect a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced people taking shelter in…
 
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Admin: Spring Break

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Access to Protection: A Human Right = Accesso alla Protezione: Un Diritto Umano (EPIM &Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati, Oct. 2013) [text]- Spanish text with English summary.Bulgaria as a Country of Asylum: UNHCR Observations on the Current Asylum System in Bulgaria (UNHCR, updated April 2014) [text]- See also related briefing note.EASO Quarterly Asylum Report: Quarter 4, 2013 (European Asylum Support Office, April 2014) [text]Quelle Politique de l'Asile pour l'Europe ? Organisation d'une Table Ronde, Paris, 15 avril 2014 [access via EASO]- Follow link for video.Rapport…
  • Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

    EEM
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Publications:Asylum Seekers Left High and Dry in Indonesia (IRIN, April 2014) [text]Boat People, Politics and Humanity (Agora Dialogue, April 2014) [text]Expedited Processing of Asylum Seekers: The Future of Refugee Status Determination in Australia?, Bachelor's thesis (Murdoch University, Nov. 2013) [text]Offshore Processing: Lessons from the ‘Pacific Solution’ (FlagPost, April 2014) [text]Post Return Assessment in Tirah Valley: Consultation with Returnees and Mission Conducted from 25 to 29 March 2014 (Protection Cluster, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]The Rohingya Refugee Making…
  • Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea, esp. in the Mediterranean

    EEM
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    News:Migrants: Parliament Approves Search and Rescue Rules to Prevent Deaths at Sea (European Parliament, 16 April 2014) [access]- "New search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer."  Further information is available via the links on the right side of the page.For a bit of background, see this overview from the European…
  • New ETDs

    EEM
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    (ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)Analysing Visual Representations in the North Korean Refugee Movement for Social Change and Justice, Thesis (Malmö University, Jan. 2014) [text]Conditional Belonging: Listening to Unaccompanied Young Refugees’ Voices, Dissertation (Uppsala University, 2014) [text]Education for Refugees: Examining Access to Basic Education in Dadaab Refugee Camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley, Kenya, Thesis (Kenyatta University, Feb. 2014) [text]Migration and Perceptions of War: Simultaneous Surveys in Countries of Origin and Settlement, Dissertation (Uppsala…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Public lecture | Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present

    Sanjana
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    On 24th April at the American Centre in Colombo, from 3pm to I guess around 5pm, I’ll be talking about the challenges around archiving digital content on the Internet and web. Titled Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present, the presentation will look at the ways information around contemporary events, issues and processes, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, are being generated digitally and largely lost for posterity, raising the challenge of archiving this plethora of content. The presentation will also look at how subjective curation, collective participation, the…
  • An ethical and rights based framework for non-lethal use of UAVs and drones

    Sanjana
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation’s blog. I March this year, Patrick Meier wrote to me and to Daniel Stauffacher, the head of the ICT4Peace Foundation, to give input into what at the time was a draft note around creating a global network of civilian UAV pilots to support humanitarian efforts. The draft concept note was a compelling call to focus on what is already a growing practice of using UAVs for non-lethal purposes, ranging from post-disaster needs assessments to their use in development programmes. The stigma justifiably associated with and perception of UAVs as vehicles…
  • FlipBoard magazines on ICT4Peace, Crisis Mapping, Big Data, Drones and more

    Sanjana
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I’ve been for a while a daily consumer of content through FlipBoard. I first downloaded it on to my iPad Mini around 3 years ago and have since found it an indispensable app to keep up with the information and news I want to follow. It helps that it’s also one of the best looking apps around for smartphones and tablets. Over time, the app allowed users to curate and publish, using the app, their own magazines. I launched the Groundviews FlipBoard magazine in 2013, which to date remains the only media related magazine published out of Sri Lanka on the platform. Also last year, I…
  • Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

    Sanjana
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I blew the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance practices not because I believed that the United States was uniquely at fault, but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents – the construction of enormous, state-run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives – is a threat to all people, everywhere, no matter who runs them. Last year, I risked family, life, and freedom to help initiate a global debate that even Obama himself conceded “will make our nation stronger”. I am no more willing to trade my principles…
  • ETH lecture on Big Data: What it means, and who benefits

    Sanjana
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    Linked to my last post on what I wrote recently for SciDev.net on Big Data, I recently gave a public lecture at the International Security Network, which is part of Zurich’s world renowned ETH University, on Big Data, ICTs and New Media in Times of Crisis. Far more memorable, for me, than the lecture itself was my interaction with Peter Faber, Head of ISN Strategy and Operations. Peter’s introduction to the lecture, as well as his moderation of the Q&A session were profoundly useful in fleshing out aspects of Big Data often under valued. These included, How Big Data and the…
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  • Elegant Modern Retro White Bedroom Design Ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Marvelous white bedroom design with white glossy door wardrobe and white bed on white fur rug with green blanket and black white floral pattern sheet plus white wall shelf and green chair on white wood floor design ideas
  • Attractive Red Kitchen Design Ideas For Your Home

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Fabulous red kitchen with electric white cooktop and fancy bar table decoration ideas also white kitchen island with white glossy countertop design ideas
  • Romantic Valentine's Day Table Decor

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:13 am
    The February 14th marks a lovely moment where people in many countries celebrating it with romantic love, affection and friendship, the time popularly known as the Valentine's Day. Sending cards, presents, chocolates and flowers, or celebrating the day with a special party, there are so many ways people around the world spending the moment with the beloved ones and friends. Yet, have you planned yours? Speaking of the special Valentine's Day party, decorating the place is one of the most important things to keep the event special, even more. Especially for those of you who have plan to create…
  • Elegant Red White Contemporary Kitchen With Round Kitchen Island

    21 Jan 2014 | 2:48 am
    This evening i just talked with the neighbor regarding his plan on doing some remodeling for his kitchen. He explained about the concept and how it should be a clean tidy kitchen, while he's got his current kitchen space a spacious one. The color palette, he added must still simplistic, not too much color mixtures, but still bring a bold feel while conserving its elegance. And you know what i found on the net while using his preferences of his kitchen remodel? This one. I just thought at the very second i saw this red white spacious kitchen, it fits perfectly. Don't you think?
  • Contemporary Minimalist Bedroom

    14 Jan 2014 | 11:59 am
    Cool modern light natural wood platform bed with awesome comfortable gray bedding. Additionally, the entrancing black headboard with hanging pendant lights and overhead glass window makes the room looks warm and cozy, providing the best relaxing atmosphere.
 
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  • Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza building are not contributing enough to the financial trust fund set up to support survivors and the families of those who died, Human Rights Watch said. (Bangkok) – Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of…
  • Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014. Countries ratifying the treaty are obligated to protect and support victims of violence. (Berlin) – A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding…
  • North Korea: Critical Juncture on Eve of Obama Asia Trip

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of a trip by President Barack Obama to Japan and South Korea. (Washington, DC) – The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of…
  • Louisiana: Repeal ‘Crime Against Nature’ Laws

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature” laws, which are used to harass lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 16, 2014, the Louisiana State House of Representatives voted 66 to 27 to reject House bill 12, which would have repealed the US state’s anti-sodomy law. The law was enacted in 1805. (Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature”…
  • Burma: A Tribute to U Win Tin

    Human Rights Watch
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists. (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists. A longtime journalist who later spent years as a political prisoner, he died of renal failure on April 21, 2014, at the age of 85. read more
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  • Amnesty is Included in Four-party Declaration on Ukraine

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    The joint statement issued late last week in Geneva by the United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine includes the following:Amnesty will be granted to protesters and to those who have left buildings and other public places and surrendered weapons, with the exception of those found guilty of capital crimes.There is no mention of international crimes. The statement seems to be at odds with the position taken by the United Nations Secretary-General that amnesty for international crimes cannot be part of negotiations for a peace agreement to the extent that international crimes are…
  • Judicial Activism at the ICC

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    In a dramatic example of judicial activism, a Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court has issued what will surely be known as the ‘Ruto Subpoena Decision’. It ‘Requires’ the appearance of several witnesses ‘as a matter of obligation’ and ‘Requests the assistance of the Government of Kenya in ensuring the appearance of the witnesses’. The decision is signed by Judges Eboe-Osuji and Fremr. A dissenting opinion is to be filed by Judge Herrera Carbuccia.Until last week’s decision, most specialists on the law of the Court did not think that such authority lay within the…
  • Books by Doctoral Students

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
     This mosaic consists of the covers of doctoral theses published by graduates of the Irish Centre for Human Rights since the first PhDs were awarded not quite a decade ago. There are 19 of them, with all of the leading legal academic publishers, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Martinus Nijhoff, Brill, Routledge and Ashgate. At least three more are forthcoming. Shane Darcy prepared this slide for the annual doctoral seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
  • Essex Human Rights Summer School

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    The Essex Human Rights Centre is holding a summer school on Human Rights Research Methods at its Colchester campus from 30 June to 5 July 2014.  Methodology has a direct bearing on the strength, persuasiveness and legitimacy of human rights research findings and their impact on policy and practice.  Strong methodology is also a central requirement in order to secure funding.  Yet, we often focus on the substance of human rights without sufficient attention to the methods used.  This summer school seeks to fill that gap by providing the core methods and skills needed to…
  • Predatory Publishers

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    One of the consequences of the growth in open access on-line publishing is the proliferation of what have been called ‘predatory publishers’. These are commercial ventures that attempt to attract scholars to publish with them and to attend ‘academic’ conferences. Most academics regularly receive invitations from these operations. Jeffrey Beall has developed a website dedicated to the phenomenon. He provides criteria for assessing whether a publisher is genuine, and keeps a list of dubious publishers.
 
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  • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits Syrian children in Jordan

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    IRBID/ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 16 April 2014 – In a run-down washroom between two apartment blocks in Jordan’s northern city of Irbid, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom chatted with a Syrian family. They fled Aleppo two years ago for safety in Jordan. But since then, they’ve been living a precarious life in a basic accommodation.
  • Routine immunization aims to save children's lives in Central African Republic

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    BANGUI, Central African Republic, 21 April 2014 - Claudia can’t protect her daughter from homelessness, and she can’t protect her from rain and cold. But she can at least protect Melanie from measles, yellow fever and polio. That’s why she visited a mobile vaccination clinic at Carmel displacement site last week.
  • "We try to make the violence disappear": The challenge of teaching amid conflict

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 April 2014 – “We, the teachers, we try to make the violence and the war that we have experienced disappear,” says Nguinissara Rita, a primary school teacher at the St. Charles Louanga Missionary displacement site in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic.
  • Broken by Typhoon Haiyan, the cold chain gets up and running again

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    TANAUAN, Philippines, 11 April 2014 – Dylin Cortez was nine months pregnant when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines. As the storm surge rushed into the house she shared with her husband and six children, the water quickly rose up to her neck.
  • “They killed my dear brother”: Civilians caught in the conflict in the Central African Republic

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    KAGA BANDORO, Central African Republic, 9 April 2014 – When night falls and the shooting starts, Adeline jumps up, grabs her 13-month-old son, Dimanche Jesus, and runs as quickly as she can to hide in the bush. She has spent too many nights like this. Her movements are slow, and her tired eyes show her exhaustion.
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  • Heroes of South Sudan: David De Dau

    filip
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Crisis in South Sudan When he was threatened at gunpoint two days after fighting broke out in South Sudan, David de Dau refused to play along. Instead, he has been using his privilege to save the lives of his neighbors. While we need to investigate and make public all violations of human rights in the South Sudan crisis, we also need to shed light on the many people who went above and beyond to help those from ethnic groups different from their own. These are the voices of those who went the extra mile. Their bravery and strength in light of the situation they faced is a testament to the…
  • We No Longer Share the Land

    Elena Cornellana
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Agricultural change, land, and violence in Darfur Author:  Abdal Monium K. Osman, Marc J. Cohen Most analyses of violence in Darfur ignore the local dimension of the crisis, focusing instead on the region’s economic and political marginalization and climatic variability. However, agricultural change and other changes relating to the land-rights and land-use systems have led to competition and exclusion, and have played a major role in the collective violence that has raged throughout the region. Understanding these questions is essential for the successful resolution of political and…
  • Loaded Guns and Empty Stomachs

    Joel M Bassuk
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Fixing a food crisis and preventing a catastrophe in South Sudan Author:  Joint agency briefing note A major food crisis is currently enveloping South Sudan – endangering thousands of people, threatening to further destroy the gains made over the past five years and testing commitments by governments and the international community as well as lessons learnt from previous crises. This food crisis is very much a product of the conflict, and it requires a bold response to stem the suffering of communities and to repair the fragile food security system. With falling food production and…
  • South Sudan warning: respond to humanitarian crisis now or face a larger catastrophe later

    Joel M Bassuk
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    The safety of seven million people in South Sudan is rapidly deteriorating. Oxfam says the Government of South Sudan and parties to the conflict must immediately agree to a ceasefire. The international community needs to step up efforts to help stop the conflict and saves lives with a massive injection of emergency aid. The safety of seven million people in South Sudan is rapidly deteriorating. Oxfam says the Government of South Sudan and parties to the conflict must immediately agree to a ceasefire. The international community needs to step up efforts to help stop the conflict and saves…
  • First meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Southern Players step up, will Northern Donors follow?

    Pilar Barroso
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    The High Level Meeting in Mexico to strengthen efforts to fight poverty has ended with renewed commitments to improve aid and cooperation—but it has also highlighted the slow start of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The High Level Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Meeting in Mexico to strengthen efforts to fight poverty has ended with renewed commitments to improve aid and cooperation—but it has also highlighted the slow start of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. “The High Level Global Partnership for…
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    ONE

  • Kidogo Kidogo: Your purchase helps bring a cell phone to a woman without one

    Gretchen Knoth
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Kidogo Kidogo, a social enterprise that sells iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s cell phone cases in their online store, helps women in Tanzania gain access to life-changing mobile technology. For every two cases that are purchased on their site, Kidogo Kidogo donates a mobile phone, 5000 Tanzanian shillings of mobile credits and a SIM card to a woman without a one. Why distribute cell phones when food, water, education and health care are more urgent? For one thing, cell phones can have a big impact on all of those necessities and more. With a cell phone in hand, men and women in the developing…
  • National Poetry Month: Uplifting verses from 11 strong female poets

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, here’s a set of graphics that showcase some of our favorite verses of poetry by strong women poets from around the world.  Please add to our list by posting your favorite poem or poet in our comments section below. We would especially love more poems in other languages! 1. Dr. Maya Angelou (US)   A woman of many talents, Dr. Maya Angelou is well known for her work as playwright and poet. She has been a trailblazer in the African American community and was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Her poetry illuminates the human…
  • David and Zipporah say Kenyan government must do more for farmers

    Hailey Tucker
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    David and One Acre Fund field officer Anne Khaemba catch up with each other before David’s farmer group receives their farming supplies. Photo: Hailey Tucker In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in rural Kenya. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.  “Things were going well, but now they’ve turned,” David says. David and Zipporah saw their new…
  • Carthage College wins ONE Campus’ ‘Power Project’ challenge

    Jen Fraser
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    ONE Campus Challenge 3, The Power Project came to a close this week, capping off four weeks of raising awareness and taking action against energy poverty on campuses across America. Nearly 7 out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to reliable electricity, but a bill in Congress could help make a change and lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty.  ONE Campus chapters got creative and hosted a myriad of events and cool campaigns on their campuses. Students asked professors to lend them the first 10 to 15 minutes of their classes on campus to talk about the issue…
  • Rwanda’s sadness – and its success

    Andrew Marshall
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Rwanda has marked the anniversary of the genocide that took more than 800,000 lives in 1994. It was a somber moment for the African nation, a chance to remember many lives lost and the failure of international community to act to protect lives. Yet as Michael Gerson noted, it is also an opportunity to remember America’s responsibilities, then and now. Gerson is a senior adviser to ONE, as well as a columnist with the Washington Post and formerly an aide to President George W Bush. He traveled to Rwanda with US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as part of the the Presidential…
 
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: Latest News

  • Fashion brand Sseko is empowering women in Uganda

    29 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ...[F]ashion brand Sseko...provides work and college guidance [to women] in the Kyebando region of Kampala...Sseko are attempting to empower their employees financially...For the employees who're on their way to college, half of their paycheck goes into a personal fund they can't access until they go to university...[P]ressure on women in Uganda compels them to send all their money to support their families, so by protecting some of their paycheck, Sseko ensures it goes towards their education. Sseko's materials are all sourced locally by employees like Netunze, contributing to the local…
  • Toyota support for responsible business push [UK]

    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    [C]ar manufacturer Toyota has given its backing to a campaign aimed at promoting the positive role of business in society. Toyota has added its support to Responsible Business Week, which starts on Monday. The campaign...has been set up to raise public awareness and understanding of the ways that businesses across the UK are making a difference in their communities. Toyota...has supported local charities since it began operating in Derbyshire in 1992. The firm has donated more than £712,152 and 4,800 hours of staff time. Rolls-Royce...has donated £2 million across the UK as well as over…
  • PIP contractor Capita faces staff revolt over discrimination [UK]

    27 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The company responsible for carrying out disability benefit assessments…is facing…allegations of [disability] discrimination….Capita...appears to have no proper policies in place to manage staff protected under the Equality Act...At least one member of staff is taking the organisation to a tribunal, while there…have been "multiple" grievances brought internally by other disabled employees...Disabled employees say they have asked repeatedly for the support they need, but their requests have been turned down or equipment has taken months to arrive...Staff who have been denied reasonable…
  • Le karité africain, ingrédient phare des cosmétiques européens

    26 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Le karité, arbre poussant uniquement en Afrique et dont les fruits sont de plus en plus demandés par les industries alimentaire et surtout cosmétique, apparaît comme un réel instrument de développement dans une vingtaine de pays africains…Seize millions d'Africaines vivent aujourd'hui de sa récolte…Les marchés occidentaux en sont grands consommateurs…[L]e karité, "source de revenus substantiels", selon…le ministre ivoirien de l'Agriculture, fait reculer la pauvreté. Dans le nord du Ghana…il "aide beaucoup à l'indépendance financière des femmes", observe…la…
  • Acuerdo por la defensa de la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad [España]

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Telefónica S.A. y el Comité Español de Representantes de Personas con Discapacidad (CERMI) han firmado este lunes un nuevo acuerdo de colaboración, enmarcado en la relación de cooperación que ambas partes mantienen desde hace varios años en defensa de la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad. El acuerdo se dirige a desarrollar iniciativas que favorezcan la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad en el ámbito de las telecomunicaciones y la sociedad de la información, a través de…la accesibilidad universal en productos, servicios y tecnologías de la información y…
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    News from Survival International

  • 'Dalai Lama of the Rainforest' arrives in USA on Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    This is a rare opportunity to hear Amazonian shaman Davi Kopenawa speak during his visit to California. © Fiona Watson/SurvivalOn Earth Day today, a Brazilian Indian shaman and spokesman of the Yanomami tribe will arrive in California with an urgent appeal to save the Earth from destruction by protecting the world’s rainforests and its inhabitants. Davi Kopenawa – who has been called the ‘Dalai Lama of the Rainforest’ following his tireless work to protect his tribe’s land in Amazonia – will be giving press interviews and several talks in the San Francisco Bay…
  • Caught on video - Gunmen terrorize Brazilian Indians

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    New video footage shows gunmen driving past a Guarani community and firing shots at the Indians© Aty GuasuA violent gang of gunmen who have been terrorizing a community of Brazilian Indians since they returned to their ancestral land has been caught on video. The gang is believed to be employed by the rancher occupying the Guarani Indians’ land, which was seized from them in the 1970s, and cleared for ranching. Last Monday one of the members of the community of Pyelito Kuê managed to film the gunmen driving past their village and firing shots at them in broad daylight. Watch the video…
  • Bushman travels 5,000 miles to tell Prince Charles ‘We’re not poachers’

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Jumanda Gakelebone, a Bushman from Botswana, sent a letter from the Bushman organization First People of the Kalahari to Prince Charles today, telling him that the Bushmen are not poachers, they hunt to survive.© Survival InternationalA Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We’re not poachers – we hunt to survive.’ In February Botswana’s President Khama was an honoured guest at a global anti-poaching conference in London, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. The initiative resulted in the…
  • Police close 'private militia' firm following Guarani murders

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Gaspem guard. Brazilian police have closed down the firm, labelled a 'private militia' by public prosecutors.© GaspemBrazilian police have closed down a notorious security firm accused of killing at least two Guarani leaders, and brutally attacking hundreds more. Gaspem was described as a ‘private militia’ by public prosecutors who had called for the closure last year. Ranchers reportedly paid Gaspem 30,000 reais (US$ 13,400) each time it evicted Guarani Indians from their lands, which are now occupied by sugar cane and soya plantations, and cattle ranches. The…
  • Bushman travels 5,000 miles to tell Prince Charles ‘We’re not poachers’

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Jumanda Gakelebone, a Bushman from the Central Kalahari, is appealing to Prince Charles to help save the Bushmen.© Survival InternationalA Bushman from the Central Kalahari is traveling 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We’re not poachers – we hunt to survive.’ In February Botswana’s President Khama was an honoured guest at a global anti-poaching conference in London, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. The initiative resulted in the launch of Prince William’s United for Wildlife, drawing together seven big conservation…
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    StreetlightUSA

  • 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…
  • Making a difference for StreetLightUSA on AZ Gives Day

    StreetLightUSA
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    From Trauma to Triumph AZ Gives Day is less than two weeks away, on April 9, 2014, Let’s get excited about supporting our You Can Save Her campaign and making this day bountiful for StreetLightUSA. Our You Can Save Her Campaign aims to pay off the $1.6 million mortgage so that we ensure the future of StreetLightUSA and continue to serve girls in need. You can help in one or more of these ways for the Arizona Gives Day:  Donate today.  A gift of $20 or more from each supporter will go a long ways toward paying off our note. Challenge your friends to donate and ask each of them to tell five…
  • Help Jenny start a new life–Support us on AZ Gives Day–April 9, 2014

    StreetLightUSA
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jenny’s story:  Molested by grandpa, sent to foster care and trafficked by a caregiver My name is Jenny and I am 11 years old.  My mom died and I had to live with my grandpa. He hurt me and touched me. I told my teacher.  Then I went to live in a nice home with other kids.  At first, I was happy to have dog to play with and swings and a slide.  One of the ladies there was nice to me and she made me feel good. I even thought she could be my new mom.     One night she put a shiny dress and makeup on me. At first I thought we were playing dress up but then she took me for a ride. We…
 
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  • The U.N. Human Rights Committee: Summary of Findings

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The U.N. Human Rights Committee has released its 2014 periodic report on our compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Some of you will be interested in this international perspective on human rights in the United States, and some of you decidedly will not, but it's worth summarizing in any case. You can find a link to the full report in Word format here....Read Full Post
  • Saving the World Isn't Enough

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I'm grateful to President Barack Obama for proposing NSA policy reforms that will protect us from a nightmarish Orwellian panopticon of universal, undocumented surveillance. But is it too much to ask that he propose NSA policy reforms that actually affect something the agency might want to do?...Read Full Post
  • Tea Speech

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    Louisiana lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne doesn't handle criticism well. His bizarre lawsuit against MoveOn.org over their billboard encouraging Medicaid expansion--ostensibly provoked by MoveOn's satirical use of the Louisiana tourism slogan, but functionally more of an attempt to resurrect the colonial tort of seditious libel--is doomed to fail in the courts, as Eugene Volokh explains:...Read Full Post
  • The Fragile Religion of Masculinity

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:13 am
    To me, the most interesting thing about the Hobby Lobby case and the right-to-discriminate controversy is that both are framed as religious liberty issues when neither have very much to do with religion as we have traditionally understood it. Neither deal with God or even with issues of personal morality; they reflect only a lurid obsession with controlling the sex lives of female employees and excluding same-sex couples from making ordinary business transactions....Read Full Post
  • But What If the Klansman Objects?

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    The trouble with religious exemptions to nondiscrimination statutes is that virtually any behavior, no matter how repulsive it is, can be effectively branded as religious. No organization in American history has illustrated this more clearly than the Ku Klux Klan. Under its original Organization and Principles (1868), the Klan wasn't a religious group--outside of a passing reference to the Klan "reverentially acknowledg[ing] the majesty and supremacy of the Divine Being and recogniz[ing] the goodness and providence of the same," there's no reference to God at all, and much less to Jesus, in…
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  • Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India

    Stella Paul
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Sumari, a child trafficked from Maoist-affected district Narayanpur cleans the floor instead of going to school. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS.By Stella PaulKANKER, India, Apr 15 2014 (IPS) Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform, but heads for the village pond to fetch water. “I miss school. I wish I could go back,” she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer. Sumari is from Dhurbeda village, but now lives in another, Bhainsasur, both located in central India’s Chhattisgarh state. She puts on the school uniform to fetch water because that’s…
  • Russians Blend Loyalty to Nazarbayev with Pro-Kremlin Sentiments

    Joanna Lillis
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    On a hill overlooking the northeastern Kazakh city of Oskemen, bright white letters spell out ‘Kazakhstan’ under a large Kazakh flag in early April 2014. Oskemen - known in Russian as Ust-Kamenogorsk - is a Russian-majority city, where 67 percent of inhabitants are ethnic Russian, triple the national ratio in Kazakhstan. Credit: Joanna Lillis/EurasiaNetBy Joanna LillisASTANA, Apr 15 2014 (EurasiaNet) On a hillside in northeastern Kazakhstan, south of the Russian border, a simple and stark slogan looms over the city of Oskemen: “Kazakhstan,” reads the message in giant white letters…
  • Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty

    Marianela Jarroud
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The bleak landscape left behind on La Cruz hill, one of the hardest-hit by the blaze that started on Saturday Apr. 12 in the Chilean city of Valparaíso. Credit: Pablo Unzueta/IPS By Marianela JarroudVALPARAÍSO, Chile , Apr 15 2014 (IPS) The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality. The fire that broke out Saturday Apr. 12 and was still smouldering two days later claimed at least 12 lives, completely…
  • IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

    Carey L. Biron
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Mitigation goes most directly to the heart of what can make the UNFCCC negotiations contentious: how to pay for the expensive changes required to move into a new, low-carbon paradigm. Credit: BigstockBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Apr 14 2014 (IPS) Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world’s top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions. The conclusions come in the third and final instalment in a series of updates by the…
  • Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

    Michelle Tolson
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    At the perimetre of Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Credit: Jason E. Kaplan/IPSBy Michelle TolsonYAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S. , Apr 14 2014 (IPS) The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: “We’ll tell them.” He tells IPS “they looked around and saw me. I said, ‘We’ve been here since the…
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  • Amicus brief filed in Arab Bank cases concerning terrorism in Israel

    EarthRights International
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    In September 2010, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that corporations are immune from suit for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Not long after, relying only on the Kiobel decision, a district court dismissed lawsuits against a bank that allegedly assisted in financing suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism in Israel. When the Supreme Court decided the Kiobel case, it did not address the corporate immunity issue, but its decision assumed that corporations could be sued for human rights violations. Now the appeal in…
  • The unnecessary truth: reflections on what wasn’t told in the Chevron Ecuador RICO case

    Marissa Vahlsing
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last November, Marissa took a leave of absence from ERI to volunteer on the Chevron v. Donziger trial in support of the Ecuadorian defendants.  These are her thoughts from the case. Lago Agrio, Ecuador: It is a Sunday afternoon in the Sucumbíos province in Northeastern Ecuador. Donald Moncayo navigates his way across a series of floating logs at the Aguarico 4 pit. He stops and dips his hand into a thick black pool and holds it up for us to see: black crude left by Texaco’s operations.  Each year, several dozen delegations of people come down to the Oriente region of Ecuador to…
  • Courage and solidarity at the EarthRights School Myanmar

    Jessie Adler
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A woman pulled the sliding door open, and I drove inside. I parked my motorbike, left my shoes at the door and stepped into the classroom, where everyone was seated in a large circle. This would be my first time meeting the students, a young group who had arrived in Thailand two weeks prior and had just completed their seven day orientation. They came from six different Myanmar states to join the EarthRights School Myanmar, an intensive training in campaigning and advocacy for human rights and the environment, focused on the most urgent issues in their own communities. I’d been hearing…
  • Austrian Firm Violates Ethics Guidelines in Destructive Mekong Dam Project, Reported to Home Government

    EarthRights International
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Contact: Ame Trandem +66 868 82 24 26; International Rivers, ThailandYouk Senglong +85 523 99 20 44; Fisheries Action Coalition Team, CambodiaLam Thi Thu Suu +84 543 83 77 14; Center for Social Research and Development, Vietnam (See below for additional international contacts at all participating organizations) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2014, Vienna — In a formal complaint filed today, communities and civil society groups reported that Austrian engineering giant Andritz AG’s involvement in a controversial dam on the Mekong River violates international standards on ethical…
  • Yes, the systematic killing of civilians is a crime against humanity, even if the killers had a military motive

    EarthRights International
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Last year, a federal district court held that widespread and systematic killing of civilians are not crimes against humanity if the killers suspected them of supporting anti-government forces.  A recent EarthRights brief demonstrates why the court was mistaken. Last week, ERI filed an amici curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of 12 leading crimes against humanity scholars. The brief demonstrates that under international law, a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against…
 
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion

    Molly Rusk
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The Colbert Report Last month, a second grader's math quiz went viral. On the quiz was a question that took one student's father two hours to solve. The frustrated fatherwho holds a bachelor's degree in engineeringposted the quiz on Facebook with a note to the teacher calling the question ridiculous. The question was written to fit within the new Common Core standards, the Obama administration's answer to education reform. Opponents of Common Core say the standards create unnecessary complications and confusion. In the video segment above, comedian Stephen Colbert says he's coming to see the…
  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

    Rachael Stoeve
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Supporters of detainees on hunger strike the Northwest Detention Center gather during a demonstration on April 5. Photo by Alex Garland Photography. At 6:30 in the morning on February 24, Maru Mora Villalpando and eight other people locked their arms together and formed a human chain across the driveway of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. A cold rain drizzled down as they stood in the path of a bus departing the facility, which held immigrants being considered for deportation, asylum, or residency. Through the tinted windows of the bus, Maru could just make out the silhouettes…
  • After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

    Laura Flanders
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Jackson residents Kali Akuno, Nia Umoja, and Brandon King (left to right) discuss economic development plans in the city. Photo by Laura Flanders. On his way into work every morning, Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to pass a historical marker:  “Jackson City Hall: built 1846-7 by slave labor.” The building, like the city around it, came into being when African American lives didn’t count for much. Unpaid black workers created Mississippi’s plantation fortunes; as recently as the 1960s, their descendants were still earning $3 to $6 a day as sharecropper farmers.
  • Esperanza Spalding’s “We Are America” Is the Catchiest Call Yet for Justice at Guantanamo Bay

    Molly Rusk
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Esperanza Spalding - We Are America from ESP Media on Vimeo. Esperanza Spalding is singing for freedom—not for herself, but for the 154 men who are still held indefinitely, without trial, at Guantanamo Bay. As efforts to close the detention facility gain momentum, President Obama and Congress are giving the issue renewed attention. Read More An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area" This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
  • Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars

    Wendy Call
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Javier Sicilia stopped writing poetry after his son was murdered by drug traffickers. He has turned his attention full time to protesting the drug wars. Seattle's South Park neighborhood has seen its share of drug-related crime and violence. Many of its residents are recent immigrants from Mexico; some came north fleeing the drug cartel violence that has ravaged their home communities. So the South Park Community Center was a poignant venue for Mexican poet, writer, and activist Javier Sicilia to speak about his campaign to end the drug war in his home country. He began the evening with a…
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    WNN - Women News Network

  • Over 185 teenage girl students still missing after Nigeria school attack

    Women News Network
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN) Chibok, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: As confusion over the correct exact count of abducted and missing girls in Nigeria’s Borno State continues, parents have reported that 234 of their daughters are still missing after some parents have taken rescue into their own hands entering what locals call ‘dangerous forest territories’ following the Monday […]
  • Congo’s Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

    Women News Network
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Neema Namadamu – Huffington Post – 22 April 2014 (originally published 18 Apr) I was born in a very remote area in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called the High Plains of Itombwe in South Kivu Province. I was actually the fourth child born to my parents, but the first […]
  • Global citizen scientists discover new micro-worlds with Foldscope

    Women News Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Foldscope Team for SciDev – WNN Science & Health (WNN/SciDev) Stanford, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAAS: Ten thousand ‘print-and-fold’ paper microscopes initially designed as low-cost medical diagnostic tools are being given away to researchers and citizen scientists who come up with novel ways to use them to test their ideas. The goal of the Ten Thousand […]
  • Amid challenges Afghan women seek engagement following election

    Women News Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As transition in Afghanistan moves closer to an official announcement on the final vote results from the April 2013 Afghan presidential election that is due out in May, Jan Kubiš, head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), recognizes the strong impact women in the region have […]
  • Women drug arrests fill Latin American prisons

    Women News Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    IRIN for – WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Bogata, COLOMBIA, AMERICAS: As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight – as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. Although women still represent the […]
 
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    Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

  • New Training Room in Amsterdam

    Sarah Potts
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands We aren’t done yet, but we’re getting close. Last year two intrepid Juniper Networks employees took their company ethos into their own hands, and used their technical skills to help build better lives on their own time. David and Leila wanted to share their skills, and they came to Not For Sale to find the best way to use them to combat human trafficking. At a local shelter for victims of human trafficking there was a need for basic computer skill training. Not For Sale works with this shelter in conjunction with our soup training program and we knew these…
  • Knowledge For Action – David Batstone Speaks On Wharton Radio Program

    Sarah Potts
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
      We look for partners who can accelerate our impact, push the boundaries of our vision, and support our mission to create a world where no one is for sale. The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania is just that type of relationship. Wharton prides itself on creating knowledge for action, “Wharton knowledge, certainly unmatched in scope, combined with a passionate, entrepreneurial community, creates a very special dynamic: a place where knowledge fuels action—and where its reach and impact are ever-expanding.” This focus on action and impact matches…
  • Not For Sale & The Most Ethical Company In The World

    Sarah Potts
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Juniper Networks has been named one of the top ethical technology companies in the world. We are impressed, but not surprised. Since 2010 we have been partnering with Juniper Networks to create a world where no one is for sale, and every year of our partnership they have received this acclaim. Together, we are building better lives around the world. They are industry leaders, and enthusiastic partners, utilizing technology to combat human trafficking through community engagement. We have worked with Juniper Networks on their own supply chain, and the commitment they demonstrated has paved the…
  • Romania: Empowering Through Employment

    Not For Sale
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Since joining efforts with our partner Mariana 2 years ago in Romania, the work that Not For Sale has been doing to protect and rehabilitate survivors of trafficking has increased drastically. Last year, all of our Romanian beneficiaries went from making less than 100 dollars per month to being employed. This tremendous increase in employment portrays our exact ambition for change  in empowering the Roma population through economic opportunities. Considering the personal growth and success of our beneficiaries in 2013, our objective this year is not only to replicate the success we saw last…
  • Gold Mining in Peru: The Rise of Vulnerability

    Not For Sale
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Peru has become one of the largest gold exporters in Latin America, relying on illegal mining to sustain the country.  The high volume ports leading into the gold mines are filled with bars, brothels, and night activity, increasing rates of forced prostitution. Men are being recruited and forced into one of Peru’s most dangerous lines of work, exposing women and children to trafficking and sex work within mining camps. Illegal mining is devastating thousands of miles of Amazonian vegetation, and whole communities are being forced out of generational land.This causes communities to be…
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    One Person, One World.

  • Sick Belfast Men Behind Aisgusting Animal Cruelty Walk FREE From Court *video*

    Cicci
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Christopher Kirkwood and Jamie Morrow leave with supporters at Laganside Court in Belfast  Four Belfast men who admitted inflicting “one of the vilest examples of premeditated abuse” on animals ever seen in Northern Ireland  walked free from court after being handed suspended sentences. An east Belfast father and his two sons admitted allowing a cat to be torn to shreds by dogs trained to fight. The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) said the savagery inflicted on innocent animals was “wickedness at its worst”. Jeremiah Kirkwood, 43, and…
  • Woman gets just 14 weeks jail for microwaving kitten to death

    Cicci
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:34 am
    Cicci:What kind of human being does this? What kind of judge does not think it should be punished properly? Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: Woman who microwaved pet kitten to death is jailed for 14 weeks for what judge describes as ‘act of utterly horrendous cruelty’ WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Laura Cunliffe, 23, put kitten in microwave after it attacked goldfish Cunliffe said she turned oven on for five minutes, but took cat out after one She said the animal was ‘proper screeching’ before it died Vets said that the animal would have suffered severe damage to its organs Barnsley…
  • Leona Aglukkaq Wants To Continue Killing Baby Seals.

    Cicci
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    Canada’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she will argue at the three-day World Trade Organization hearing in Geneva what the Tories have steadfastly defended — that the seal harvest is humane, sustainable and well-regulated. Maybe she needs a dictionary because the word humane means: Having or showing compassion or benevolence. In what way is clubbing a seal to death humane? Slamming a seal in the head with a hakapik does not in most cases immediately kill it, but causes intensive pain and fear. And not to forget the fact that these seal babies get skinned alive as a result…
  • Update on sad, senior retriever named ‘Manny’

    Cicci
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Cicci:Wonderful news Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: A purposeful Rescue On Thursday morning, a plea was issued for a senior Labrador retriever named “Manny,” who was surrendered to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Lancaster, Calif., on March 10. The image of his bewildered face, coupled with a video of him quaking on his bed, spurred thousands to network on his behalf. View original 120 more words
  • New dog surrendered for younger one

    Cicci
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Cicci:Oh wow… How can you do that? Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com: Senior dog devastated after owner surrenders him to get a new ‘younger’ dog Adopt-A-Pet An elderly, golden Labrador retriever was surrendered to the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Lancaster, Calif., on March 10, and today, he spends his days crouched on his bed, shaking in terror. Apparently, the nine-year-old dog was left at the animal control facility because his prior owner was getting “new, younger dogs.” View original 90 more words
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  • Control over Earnings

    Burt Phoenix
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    One of the measures for empowerment is taken to be control over one’s own earnings. A person having control over their own earning is considered to be empowered enough to make decisions. In the National Family Health Survey – 3 (2005-06) the similar question was asked to respondents. The summary of the findings is given below:   Control over own earnings Husband Wife Urban Areas 21.5% 33.3% Rural Areas 25.9% 21.0%   As we can see above a substantial percentage of women have control over their own earnings in the urban areas showing high empowerment as opposed to men. The numbers…
  • Why should Women Study?

    Burt Phoenix
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Education is the pillar for economic growth and development. As a nation develops, the share of Industrial and Services sector increases in the GDP. Employment opportunities are generated and the country requires educated workforce. Economic growth is related to improvement in technology, which in turn is dependent on the availability of researchers in the country. Therefore, education can said to be one of the most important pillars for growth of a country. No wonder every year the Indian government spends crores of rupees on the education sector. For the XI plan a total of Rs. 177,566.86…
  • Higher Education: Gender Biasness Myth

    Burt Phoenix
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    In the past, there have been many debates that women are not allowed to study due to the patriarchal mindset. Let us try to break this myth of women’s higher studies. The measure that is used to calculate parity in education is the Gender Parity Index (GPI), which is the ratio of Female Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to Male GER. A GPI of 1 indicates parity between the sexes. Select states of India having the highest GPIs are given below: State GPI Kerala 1.39 Meghalaya 1.28 Goa 1.16 Uttar Pradesh 1.16 Jammu and Kashmir 1.10 Manipur 1.07 Uttrakhand 1.05 Chandigarh 1.03 Assam 0.98 Haryana…
  • IrBM Arguments in the Media (SIF Magazine Article)

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    Recently on the 10th SIF Anniversary the inaugural edition of the magazine was released. The pdf link to the magazine is here. My IrBm Arguments in the media article series were published in the magazine in a consolidated way. The published article with detailed sources is given below: Recently there has been a spate of discussions in the media on the upcoming Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage Law (IrBM). Some important highlights of the proposed bill are – Divorce can now be filed as a ‘No-fault Divorce’ stating that marriage has broken down irretrievably. Husbands do not have the…
  • Female Literacy rate rising more than Male Literacy rate

    Burt Phoenix
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    I was recently reading a newspaper article where it stated that ‘India will take around 56 years to achieve female youth literacy‘. On reading the headline, I was quite intrigued and found out data of literacy rates in India. The census comes out with the literacy rates, and as per its data the literacy rates are given below: 10-14 Years 15-19 Years Year Female Male Female Male 2001 77.0% 86.0% 72.7% 85.0% 2011 90.0% 92.2% 86.2% 91.2% Growth in % Pts. 13.0% 6.2% 13.5% 6.2% As seen above in the age group of 10-14 years, the literacy rates for females and males is 90% and 92.2%…
 
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