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  • IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

    IRIN
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
  • Digital Media, and Ghana’s Place on the Global Stage

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    I head to one of my favorite cities, Accra, later this week, to participate in a conference on “The Future of News” and to attend a board meeting for PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian NGO that trains journalists in computer-assisted reporting, and operates Accra’s New Media Hub. In preparation for the conference, The Daily Graphic – Ghana’s leading daily newspaper – asked me to write about Ghana and the contemporary media environment. My piece ran in the paper today, and follows below in a slightly different form. It’s written for a Ghanaian audience, so…
  • Is Mali’s Peace Deal Dead?

    UN Dispatch
    Penelope Starr
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this summer, the prospects for peace in Mali looked bright.  After intense negotiations, a peace deal was signed by the major belligerents and it looked as if the three year civil war may be coming to a swift close. Alas, that no longer seems to the trajectory. Mali, which has been working to re-establish stability ever since early 2012 when an attempted coup by Tuareg rebels made way to a full blown complex insurgency in the northern part of the country, is still struggling to ensure that the recently signed peace deal actually leads to a pacified situation. With several attacks,…
  • Lucky To Be Alive – Despite Paraguay’s Restrictive Abortion Laws

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    Guest Writer
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Jandira Queiroz, activism and mobilization advisor at AI Brazil at the Paraguayan consulate, Rio de Janeiro, delivering signatures for pregnant 10-year-old girs case. (Photo Credit: Anistia Internacional Brasil) By Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International It was a situation almost too heart-wrenching to comprehend. In April this year came the news from Paraguay that “Mainumby” (not her real name) then a 10-year-old girl, had become pregnant after she was repeatedly raped, allegedly by her stepfather. The girl had been taken to hospital several times in a…
  • Trying to be a happy human...Yoga Part 2: Postures for happiness

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    MonicaBB
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    All photo credits: Ulelli Verbeke Last time I talked about yoga, I focused on pranayama (breathing), today I want to talk about the asanas  translated as ‘poses’ or ‘postures,’ as one of many roads you may travel on your way to happiness.  I gave a pretty short, but detailed explanation of the facets of yoga in my first blog post on the topic, so I won’t repeat myself here. In Hatha yoga, we tend to hold postures in a fairly prolonged and static way, in Vinyasa yoga (also sometimes called Ashtanga, although that is not strictly accurate), the postures are…
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    IRIN

  • IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
  • When to use the M-word

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    OXFORD, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Using the right terms when referring to Europe's migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera's recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant' entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong.
  • In Libya's desert south, a town fends for itself

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    UBARI, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need.
  • Ebola: Where are we now?

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak appears to be winding down, but it isn't over yet. Here's where things stand.
  • Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    BANGKOK, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers.
 
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Digital Media, and Ghana’s Place on the Global Stage

    Ethan
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    I head to one of my favorite cities, Accra, later this week, to participate in a conference on “The Future of News” and to attend a board meeting for PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian NGO that trains journalists in computer-assisted reporting, and operates Accra’s New Media Hub. In preparation for the conference, The Daily Graphic – Ghana’s leading daily newspaper – asked me to write about Ghana and the contemporary media environment. My piece ran in the paper today, and follows below in a slightly different form. It’s written for a Ghanaian audience, so…
  • Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

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

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

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

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

  • Is Mali’s Peace Deal Dead?

    Penelope Starr
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this summer, the prospects for peace in Mali looked bright.  After intense negotiations, a peace deal was signed by the major belligerents and it looked as if the three year civil war may be coming to a swift close. Alas, that no longer seems to the trajectory. Mali, which has been working to re-establish stability ever since early 2012 when an attempted coup by Tuareg rebels made way to a full blown complex insurgency in the northern part of the country, is still struggling to ensure that the recently signed peace deal actually leads to a pacified situation. With several attacks,…
  • MERS Cases in Saudi Arabia Surge Before the Hajj

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    2 million Muslims are expected to travel to the Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage next month. Could be a problematic combination. “Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said.” (Indian Express…
  • This Gay Syrian Refugee Risked it All. And Lived to Tell His Story to the Security Council

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Earlier this week the UN Security Council did something it’s never done before: it held a meeting specifically focusing on violence directed against LGBT people. The council called two witnesses, both of whom are gay men caught up in the conflict in the Middle East. The first witness was an Iraqi who spoke to the Council by phone. He spoke anonymously and from an undisclosed location because he was marked for death by ISIS. The second witness was Subhi Nahas, a gay Syrian refugee now living in the USA. A day after addressing the Security Council, Subhi spoke with me. The episode you…
  • Down to Just Three Ebola Cases Worldwide

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    Some excellent news on the ebola front. “There were 3 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 23 August, all of which were reported from Guinea. No new confirmed cases were reported from Sierra Leone for the second consecutive week. Overall case incidence has held at 3 confirmed cases per week for 4 consecutive weeks. In addition, the number of contacts under observation continues to fall, from over 800 on 16 August to approximately 600 on 23 August throughout 4 prefectures in Guinea and 2 districts in Sierra Leone. All contacts associated with the recent…
  • The Daughters of Mumbai’s Red Light District Are Entangled in India’s Notorious Sex Trade

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Ed note. This is an excerpt from the #1 best selling Amazon Kindle Single e-book, Daughters of the Red Light: Coming of Age in Mumbai’s Brothels, by Shanoor Seervai. The story is about the length of a long magazine article, and was published by DAWNS Digest, a social enterprise I co-founded that is premised on the idea that a community of global news consumers can be inspired to support compelling narrative non-fiction about global humanitarian issues. Read on!  —  Mark Goldberg “When you come as a volunteer, you’ll have to dress … differently,” said my…
 
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Lucky To Be Alive – Despite Paraguay’s Restrictive Abortion Laws

    Guest Writer
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Jandira Queiroz, activism and mobilization advisor at AI Brazil at the Paraguayan consulate, Rio de Janeiro, delivering signatures for pregnant 10-year-old girs case. (Photo Credit: Anistia Internacional Brasil) By Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International It was a situation almost too heart-wrenching to comprehend. In April this year came the news from Paraguay that “Mainumby” (not her real name) then a 10-year-old girl, had become pregnant after she was repeatedly raped, allegedly by her stepfather. The girl had been taken to hospital several times in a…
  • Take Action to End Child Marriage on International Youth Day

    Guest Writer
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    Groom and underage bride during a mass marriage in Malda, India. March 2, 2006. Child marriage, which is illegal under international law and prohibited in many countries, still impacts 15 million girls each year. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images) By Kaitlyn Denzler, Women’s Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International USA In Malawi, Kalinde* was 15 years old when she was forced to marry due to her family’s poverty. She was told to respect her husband and never to deny him sex. Her husband’s work takes him away from their home for long periods of time, leaving her and their two children with…
  • A Vote To Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

    The Editors
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Indian sex workers hold placards as they take part in a rally in New Delhi, 08 March 2006 to mark the International Women’s Day. The protestors demanded social rights and the Immoral Traffic Prevention (ITP) Act to be scrapped. (Photo credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images) A crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed today in Dublin at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates from around the world authorized the organization’s International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue. This is a…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Human Rights Jargon

    The Editors
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Baffled by technical human rights terms and precise legal definitions? You’re not alone. Here’s a quick glossary of some of the most troublesome words and phrases. Commute: Commute means to replace a punishment, usually a death sentence, with a less severe one. For example, Amnesty called for the USA to commute to time served the 35-year jail sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who had been arrested after leaking classified government material. Crimes against humanity: When certain acts – including murder, torture and slavery – form part of a widespread attack on a civilian…
  • “I Didn’t Know You Could Get Pregnant From Having Sex.” Breaking Barriers to Women’s Rights in Burkina Faso

    Tarah Demant
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Young women hold hands in a shelter run by Nuns, these young women have courageously fled forced marriage or early and unwanted pregnancies. Ouagadougou. July 2014 Imagine not knowing that sex could make you pregnant. Imagine finding out how to prevent a pregnancy only after you’d had your third or fourth child. Now imagine knowing about contraception but being refused it just because you don’t have permission from your partner or in-laws. And even if you have permission, with clinics and pharmacies so far away from where you live, you simply can’t afford the journey there, let…
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    WordPress Tag: United Nations

  • Trying to be a happy human...Yoga Part 2: Postures for happiness

    MonicaBB
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    All photo credits: Ulelli Verbeke Last time I talked about yoga, I focused on pranayama (breathing), today I want to talk about the asanas  translated as ‘poses’ or ‘postures,’ as one of many roads you may travel on your way to happiness.  I gave a pretty short, but detailed explanation of the facets of yoga in my first blog post on the topic, so I won’t repeat myself here. In Hatha yoga, we tend to hold postures in a fairly prolonged and static way, in Vinyasa yoga (also sometimes called Ashtanga, although that is not strictly accurate), the postures are…
  • Summit To Do With You

    elizamcnick
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Ok kiddies, now that we’ve had our semi-extensive lesson on the UN (well, for a blog post), I’m going to talk about the reason they piqued my interest for this blog.  This week I was on an episode of a Podcast called SonderStories, and it gave me a bit of a kick in the rear.  I’ve only had a few blog posts so far, but I believe I did start to lose my way just a teensy bit from my original goal of this blog.  So, back to business.  Back to trying to make the world a better place with my words.  This week it’s about the world and what the UN is doing to try and fix…
  • Why Being a Bad Feminist Is OK

    Miss Adelaide
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    Feminism has copped a lot of slack lately. It is now a term of derision and many people say ‘I believe in equlality, but I don’t identify as a feminist.’  There’s such a big anti-feminist movement that when you google feminist, one of the first things that appear is the website ‘Women against Feminism.’ And when did it become a bad thing to be a feminist? Perhaps the following video could be fuelling the anti-feminist fire. The unfortunate thing is that this video has been watched over 700 000 times, and she’s broadcasting incorrect information…
  • Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska #Auspol 

    John
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    Survival of walruses threatened as they wash ashore on a remote barrier island just before Obama is due to visit region to draw attention to climate change. The extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to crowd ashore on a remote barrier island off Alaska, and threatening their survival. Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic on 31 August on a three-day tour to draw attention to the drastic consequences of climate change for the Arctic, such as warming winters and the rapid retreat of sea ice. The first reported…
  • Russian and Ukranian companies abused carbon offsets to skirt climate treaties

    gjihad
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has released a study revealing an erroneous arrangement where companies were able to acquire tradable carbon credits in order to pay for certain projects in order to skirt treaties geared toward reducing carbon emissions. Politico Europe reports that the carbon trading program created a perverse incentive that resulted in increased, rather than reduced, carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 600 million tons. The manuscript published in the journal Nature Climate Change states the worst culprits were companies located in Russia and Ukraine. The…
 
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • New Issue of RSQ

    EEM
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The latest issue of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 34, no. 3, September 2015 include:A Gendered Human Security Perspective on Humanitarian Action in IDP and Refugee Protection [abstract]Back Home Again: Assessing the Impact of Provisions for Internally Displaced Persons in Comprehensive Peace Accords [abstract]The Role of Farming in Place-Making Processes of Resettled Refugees [abstract]The Challenge of Durable Solutions for Refugees at the Thai–Myanmar Border [abstract]The Reluctant Asylum-Seekers: Migrants at the Southeastern…
  • New Issue of IJRL

    EEM
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published. Contents of vol. 27, no. 3, October 2015 include:Portuguese Refugee Law in the European Context: The Case of Sexuality-Based Claims [abstract]The Discretion of States in the Dublin III System for Determining Responsibility for Examining Applications for Asylum: What Remains of the Sovereignty and Humanitarian Clauses After the Interpretations of the ECtHR and the CJEU? [abstract]UNHCR and Preventing Indirect Refoulement in Europe [abstract]Divorcing Sexual Orientation from Religion and Politics:…
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Events:Report launch: Annual Report on the State of Asylum in Europe, Brussels, 10 September 2015 [info]Conference: 5 Years of EASO and the CEAS: Results and Perspectives, Valletta, Malta, 23 September 2015 [info]- Register by 11 September 2015.Publications:"10 Truths about Europe’s Migrant Crisis," The Guardian, 10 Aug. 2015 [text]Asylum Flows to the EU: Blip or Norm?, Issue Alert, no. 38 (EU Institute of Security Studies, July 2015) [text]EU Pays Price for Lack of Migration Planning (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]  "Latest Asylum Trends and Main Countries of Origin," EASO Newsletter…
  • Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items

    EEM
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    "A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone," New York Times, 26 Aug. 2015 [text]Climate Refugees as Mobile Technology Users in the Future: Scenario-based Insights on the Challenges and Possibilities, Presentation at "Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate Conference," Helsinki, 11-12 June 2014 [text]- Scroll to p. 145."Refugees, Post-migration Stress, and Internet Use: A Qualitative Analysis of Intercultural Adjustment and Internet Use among Iraqi and Sudanese Refugees to the United States," Qualitative Health Research, OnlineFirst, 18 Aug. 2015 [full-text via…
  • Regional Focus: Americas

    EEM
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Asylum Offices Publish Waiting Times (and the News is not Good) (The Asylumist Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]Central American Deportation Cases Dominate Immigration Courts (TRAC Immigration, Aug. 2015) [text] "Fleeing Cuba: A Comparative Piece Focused on Toro and the Options Victims of Domestic Violence Have in Seeking Citizenship in the United States and Canada," Pace International Law Review, vol. 27, no. 2 (Summer 2015) [full-text]Hispaniola: A Current Stateless Issue and a Looming Refugee Crisis (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]"The Last Preference: Refugees and the 1965 Immigration Act," Chapter…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Code4Good: Using ICTs for social good in Sri Lanka

    Sanjana
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Code4Good, Sri Lanka’s first social good hackathon kicked off today, an initiative of Internews Network implemented in partnership with International Alert, and with the support of SLASSCOM, Facebook internet.org, Google Business Groups and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. The event today attracted a wide range of civil society organisations from as far North as Jaffna. Nalaka Gunawardene and I spoke at the event, and each of focussed on what role technology could and should play in addressing social needs. My presentation, in three parts, looked at how information and…
  • Power mapping

    Sanjana
    28 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    Cross posted from Groundviews. I was asked to contribute an article to an up-coming issue of The Architect, the journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. The issue will be anchored to the idea of ‘democratic space’. After the guest editor accepted my article without any reservations or edits, he was informed by the Editor in Chief a few weeks ago that references to the Rajapaksa’s were problematic. With some reservations, I agreed to delete these references. A hugely apologetic guest editor informed me this morning that the Institute and Chief Editor had further…
  • Speaking notes: The future of tech and peacekeeping, re:publica 2015

    Sanjana
    7 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Invited by ZIF – Center for International Peace Operations and representing the ICT4Peace Foundation, I spoke today at re:publica15 in Berlin, Germany on the future of peacekeeping and technology. The session this morning had a very compelling title: NERDS WITH BLUE HELMETS? DIGITAL INNOVATION AND PEACEKEEPING. My submission was anchored to the following points: Following from the ‘Performance Peacekeeping’ report, what are the central challenges for peacekeeping in our digital age? What impact will the Internet of Things (IoT) tomorrow, and the democratisation of mobile devices today…
  • Big data can make South Asian cities more authoritarian

    Sanjana
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Nalaka Gunewardene has an interesting article on smart cities published on Scidev.net, in which he makes the case our cities today are just too unhealthy and that the advent of smart cities will “enhance feedback loops within the complex systems” and if processed properly, result in a “the steady flow of data” that  “can vastly improve the design of ‘hard’ physical environment and the provision of ‘soft’ services to citizens”. Though it is true that evidence based decision making around policymaking is better than partisan, expedient or downright…
  • Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs

    Sanjana
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a template for the monitoring of election violence similar austere circumstances, where the independent monitoring agencies, monitors and activists are at risk of violent pushback before, on the day of and after the elections.
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  • Tibetan woman dies of self immolation in Sangchu County

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    A Tibetan woman has died after setting herself on fire in protest against Chinese rule late Thursday night in Sankhog township in Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, reported the
  • Maiden Tibet film festival to open in Singapore

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The first ‘Tibet Film Festival 2015’ is organized by Washington based nongovernmental organization Machik that works to develop new opportunities for education, self reliance and innovation inside Tibet. The festival, featuring
  • IFJ criticizes China over media censorship

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has criticized the Chinese government over strict directives issued to the media regarding reporting of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War I
  • China will never accept Middle Way Approach: UFWD

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    In what comes as a major blow to the Tibetan exile government’s efforts of reestablishing dialogue with Beijing, China has said that the “Middle Way proposed by the Dalai Lama group” will never be accepte
  • Tibetan prisoner’s health deteriorating in Xining prison

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    A Tibetan man serving a ten year sentence in a Chinese prison in Xining is reported to be in extremely poor physical condition. He was among those Tibetans who had a scuffle with the Chinese policemen trying to take the charred body of Lobsang away in a waiting police
 
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • The First Statute of an International Criminal Court?

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:59 am
    What may very well be the first draft statute of an international criminal court was submitted by the United Kingdom to the Commission on Responsibilities at the Paris Peace Conference, in February 1919. In its final report, the Commission proposed that an international court be established, but the Americans dissented and subsequently the political leaders at the Conference rejected the idea. Instead - this is set out in articles 228 to 230 - the plan was for trials by national jurisdictions or, if victims were associated with alleged perpetrators in more than one State, by joint military…
  • JICJ symposium: Proof in International Criminal Trials

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

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

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

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

  • In Ethiopia, a partnership to improve nutrition

    24 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    GEMECHIS, Ethiopia, 24 August 2015 – Early in the morning, one-and-a-half-year-old Mikias Asnake laughs as his mother, Meseret Haile, bathes him at home in the Gemechis woreda (district), in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Meseret is preparing to join a community conversation at the nearby Wolargi health post, to learn how to ensure the health of children and mothers in the community.
  • Providing access to clean water in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    SITTWE, Myanmar, 21 August 2015 – A boat journey of less than an hour separates Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state, from Ah Nauk Ye village, where more than 1,000 Muslim families were relocated after the 2012 intercommunal violence in Rakhine State. Although the camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) was set up a few steps away from the waterfront, it faces serious water shortages every dry season.
  • Repeated migrations and increasing vulnerability in Burundi

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    KABONGA, Burundi, 20 August 2015 – “We had to leave the camp during the night,” remembers Ernestine Ntirampeba, 25. “I put my smallest daughter on my back, and my other daughter walked. The children were complaining – they were hungry. I kept telling them to be patient.”
  • In Ukraine, life can change in a minute

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    KHARKIV, Ukraine, 19 August 2015 – Children are playing in the backyard of Dmytriivska Street 29 in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. They look like local children trying to pick the first apples of the season from the big tree near the house, which hosts a Community Protection Centre run by the NGO Ukrainian Frontiers, supported by UNICEF.
  • In the ruins of a Syrian city, a woman’s courage endures

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    DAMASCUS, Syria, 17 August 2015 – Esraa Alkhalaf has experienced sniper bullets, ferocious fighting, water and electricity cuts, an abusive man, and has seen chunks of her city reduced to rubble. In spite of it all, this woman with a soft demeanour and a strong will stays in her adopted home of Aleppo for two reasons: a commitment to the city’s women and children, and her lifelong dream of getting her doctoral degree. 
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  • South Sudan deal just start of long road to peace

    Joel M Bassuk
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    South Sudan deal just start of long road to peace26 August 2015The signing of the peace agreement by President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a positive step toward ending the brutal 20 month civil war but aid agencies CARE, IRC, Oxfam and World Vision say it is only the beginning of a long, hard journey towards peace and reconciliation.Read more
  • 35 aid organizations and 150,000 people launch public call to end Gaza blockade

    DannielleT
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    35 aid organizations and 150,000 people launch public call to end Gaza blockade26 August 2015Over 150,000 people from around the world have joined 35 organizations in calling for world leaders to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza as its reconstruction could take 17 years with just 5% of building materials allowed in one year on since the end of the last conflict.Read more
  • Oxfam Input to the World Bank Gender Strategy Consultation

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    Oxfam Input to the World Bank Gender Strategy Consultation20 August 2015Developed as an input to the consultation being held by the World Bank on the concept note for its new Gender Strategy 2016 - 2021, this document details Oxfam's priorities for the World Bank's gender work going forward, and its responses to the specific consultation questions.
  • Bombing of Yemen port is a condemnable attack on a civilian target

    DannielleT
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    Bombing of Yemen port is a condemnable attack on a civilian target19 August 2015The coalition airstrikes of Hodeidah’s port is yet another example of an attack on a civilian target, which Oxfam utterly condemns, says Oxfam’s Yemen country director, Philippe Clerc.Read more
  • South Sudan's civilians urgently need peace but talks face further delay

    DannielleT
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    South Sudan's civilians urgently need peace but talks face further delay18 August 2015Delaying peace may have serious consequences for South Sudanese civilians who are enduring their twentieth month of a brutal civil war, aid agencies Oxfam, CARE and IRC warn today. Read more
 
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  • Artists join forces to stand #WithStrongGirls

    Ulrich Janse Van Vuuren
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    Nigerian singer Waje, Bono, and Zimbabwean singer Selmor Mtukudzi Today in Lagos, music superstars D’Banj, Diamond, Banky W and Femi Kuti joined forces with Omotola, Waje, Selmor Mtukudzi to produce a new remix of the “Strong Girl” song – a rallying cry for women’s empowerment featuring some of Africa’s top female stars that first got the world dancing in May. In the new version of the song that originally featured Selmor Mtukudzi, Waje and Yemi Alade, among others, these strong women are now being backed by some of the leading men in African music. The song will also…
  • Are you dizzy yet?

    Jordan Elton
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    People all over the world have been making themselves dizzy for a great cause – The Global Goals! Kicking off earlier this week with soccer star, Gareth Bale, the Dizzy Goals are helping make sure everyone in the world has heard about the Goals. That’s a big challenge, but football is one of the world’s most widely played sports, so it’s the perfect communication tool! Want to join in the fun? Get 2 footballs and find a soccer goal Place the balls about 20 feet apart (or 6 meters) Put your hand on the ball and spin around it 13 times Run to the other ball and try…
  • This woman leads the fight against sexual violence in DRC

    Michael Gerson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
      Jeanine Mabunda Lioko is the Personal Representative of the President in Charge of the Fight Against Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conflict has caused huge problems all over the country but particularly in the eastern region. She spoke with Michael Gerson of the ONE Campaign on a recent visit to Washington DC. This is an edited extract of the interview.   MG: How did you come to be a presidential advisor on this topic? JM: I was in parliament when President [Joseph] Kabila decided that it was time to take advantage of the…
  • The greatest possible good: How big data is transforming global health

    David Kortava
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    In the low-income world, chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke—which receive less than 2 percent of global health aid—account for 64 percent of deaths. And around the world, road injuries kill more people than malaria or AIDS. These findings come from the “Global Burden of Disease” study, an ongoing collaboration of more than 1,000 researchers working to provide political leaders and health officials with a big picture view of public health. In Epic Measures, journalist Jeremy N. Smith chronicles how the Global Burden of Disease study came into being and examines…
  • The Iowa State Fair: Food, fun and famous politicians

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    This post comes to us from ONE Volunteer, Brody Armstrong. When people think of the Iowa State Fair, massive butter-cows and comfort foods are usually the first things that enter their minds. But there is one thing that the Iowa State Fair has in even more excess than butter sculptures and fried food-on-stick…presidential candidates! That’s right, since the Iowa Caucuses are the first in the nation, Iowa gets plenty of attention from candidates seeking their party’s nomination. Over a dozen candidates from both sides of the aisle came to the fair to make a speech, see the sites and, of…
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • América Latina: Pesquisadoras afirmam que potencial de consultas prévias de proteger direitos da população e negociar conflitos de interesses sem violência não tem sido aproveitado na América Latina

    neiva
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    “Extrativismo acirra conflitos sociais na América Latina - Exploração de matérias-primas em grande escala continua causando conflitos violentos na América Latina. Potencial dos processos de consulta prévia para evitar escalação não está sendo aproveitado”, 24 de agosto de 2015 Em 1991, coincidindo com o início do novo boom de exportações de matérias-primas na América Latina, entrou em vigor o Convênio 169 da Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT) sobre povos indígenas e tribais...[O]...mecanismo da consulta prévia se destacou, pois comprometia os Estados a…
  • Brasil: Liderança ambientalista que sofria ameaças de morte por denunciar madeireiras ilegais na Amazônia é assassinado

    neiva
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    “Ambientalista que denunciava madeireiras ilegais é assassinado no Maranhão”, 26 agosto de 2015 ...[M]ais uma pessoa dedicada a proteger a floresta foi assassinada no país. Raimundo Santos Rodrigues era conselheiro da Reserva Biológica do Gurupi, no Maranhão, e foi morto a tiros quando chegava em casa...[no dia 26 de agosto. Ele]...sofria ameaças de morte por denunciar madeireiras ilegais que atuam na região. Maria da Conceição Chaves Lima,...[sua]...esposa..., também estava presente na...emboscada e foi baleada, mas sobreviveu e está internada...[A]...Polícia Federal afirmou…
  • Companies’ rigorous reporting would empower victims of human rights abuses in building case against firms, says academic

    aba
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    "The Impact of enhanced corporate transparency on access to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuses: Some reflections on the decision of the US Court in the Exxon Mobil case", 27 aug 2015 …Obstacles to accessing remedies for such cross-border claims were analysed in depth in a 2013 Report…and evidentiary burden are listed among the most significant barriers to the success of these claims…The separate personality, combined with the allocation of the burden of proof on the claimant to show the direct involvement of the parent, and the difficulties in obtaining such…
  • الخطوط القطرية تعدل قاعدة "فصل" المضيفات الحوامل

    ismail
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    "الخطوط القطرية تعدل قاعدة "فصل" المضيفات الحوامل"، 27 أغسطس 2015 عدلت الخطوط الجوية القطرية قاعدة تنص على طرد الموظفات الاتي يعملن على متن طائراتها من الشركة عندما يحملن. وتأتي التعديلات الجديدة لتسمح للمضيفات الحوامل بالعمل في مناصب اخرى بالشركة مؤقتة، ولكن ليس على متن طائراتها. وقال متحدث باسم الخطوط الجوية القطرية إن…
  • Россия: Горняки объявили голодовку из-за долгов по заработной плате

    skybenko
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    "В Хакасии продолжают голодовку горняки", 27 августа 2015 года В поселке Вершина Теи продолжают голодовку 14 горняков предприятия "Руда Хакасии". Они требуют выплаты задолженности по зарплате и восстановления работы градообразующего предприятия, сообщает 19rus.info. Еще три десятка рабочих голодают в Абазе.
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  • Attempt at triple world record: Oldest, youngest & fastest water-ski the English Channel

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Robin Hanbury-Tenison will attempt to break a world record by becoming the oldest person to water-ski the English Channel at age 79.© Survival InternationalExplorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison will attempt to break a world record by becoming the oldest person to water-ski the English Channel at age 79, alongside Lauren Bird, the youngest, at age 13, and Hannah Bird, 16, who will attempt the fastest crossing. The challenge is part of a series of eight ahead of Hanbury-Tenison’s 80th birthday – one for each decade – to raise the much-needed funds for Survival International, the global…
  • Conservation's links to eugenics exposed on Park Service anniversary

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Awahneechee Indians were tolerated inside Yosemite for a few decades but had to pretend to be Plains Indians for tourists in Yosemite, 1916-29.© Survival On the 99th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service today, August 25, Survival exposes the dark legacy of the U.S. conservation movement that led to the eviction of thousands of Native Americans from national parks – and which continues to be exported around the world today. In an article published in U.S. journal Truthout, Survival’s Director Stephen Corry reveals how today’s conservation model was based on theories of…
  • UN appeals for Guarani in Brazil as gunmen 'prepare to attack'

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Thousands of Guarani Indians holding on to tiny patches of their ancestral land are living in fear of being forcibly evicted.© Survival International 2015The United Nations has appealed to the Brazilian government to take urgent action as gunmen have surrounded several Guarani communities, threatening the Indians with imminent attack. Thousands of Guarani holding on to tiny patches of their ancestral land are living in fear of being forcibly evicted. A Guarani spokesman from one community, Tey’i Jusu, warned that the gunmen are patrolling daily, and that “conflict could break out…
  • Survival Director condemns rise of 'green militarism' in conservation

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:47 am
    Kinessa Johnson is one of the former soldiers in VETPAW, an organization which sends veterans to Africa to 'defund' terrorism. © SurvivalSurvival’s Director Stephen Corry has exposed the hypocrisy in today’s conservation movement which is increasingly militarizing and targeting local populations for subsistence hunting. In a damning article in U.S. journal Truthout, Corry wrote: “Local people, including local tribespeople, have long been thought of by some conservationists as ‘in the way’ of the environment. They’re termed ‘poachers’…
  • Yosemite stunt launches 'Stop the Con' campaign to change conservation

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    Survival campaigner Tesia Bobrycki suspended in mid-air from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park to launch Survival's 'Stop the Con' campaign. © Edwin Bobrycki/ Survival 2015With a daring stunt, suspended 3000ft in the air from the iconic monolith El Capitan, Survival International campaigner Tesia Bobrycki has launched Survival’s new "Stop the Con" campaign to end the destruction of tribes and their lands in the name of “conservation.” The short film "Soar for Survival” is set in Yosemite National Park and marks the 99th anniversary of the…
 
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  • Disarmament Conference Ends with Ambitious Goal – But How to Get There?

    Ramesh Jaura
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Cloud from an atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, in November 1952. Photo credit: US GovernmentBy Ramesh JauraHIROSHIMA, Aug 28 2015 (IPS)A three-day landmark U.N. Conference on Disarmament Issues has ended here – one day ahead of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests – stressing the need for ushering in a world free of nuclear weapons, but without a consensus on how to move towards that goal.The Aug. 26-28 conference, organised by the Bangkok-based United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the…
  • U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions Causing Civilian Deaths in Yemen

    Kanya DAlmeida
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) submunitions boast a distinctive white nylon stabilization ribbon. Credit: Stéphane De Greef, Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor/CC-BY-2.0By Kanya D'AlmeidaUNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 2015 (IPS)New research released today by a leading human rights watchdog has found evidence of seven attacks involving cluster munitions in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate.Carried out between late April and mid-July 2015, the attacks are believed to have killed at least 13 people, including three children, and wounded 22 others, according to an Aug. 26…
  • Opinion: A Farewell to Arms that Fuel Atrocities is Within Our Grasp

    Marek Marczynski
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The recent destruction of this 2,000-year-old temple – the temple of Baal-Shamin in Palmyra, Syria – is yet another grim example of how the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) uses conventional weapons to further its agenda – but what has fuelled the growing IS firepower? Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon/CC BY-SA 3.0By Marek MarczynskiCANCUN, Mexico, Aug 27 2015 (IPS)The recent explosions that apparently destroyed a 2,000-year-old temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria were yet another grim example of how the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) uses…
  • OPEC Fund Supports UNIDO in Latin America

    Jaya Ramachandran
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    By Jaya RamachandranVIENNA, Aug 27 2015 (IPS)The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has agreed to give the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) a grant in support of a project aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the shrimp value chain in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.OFID is the development finance institution established by the member states of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries.The grant, which amounts to 300,000 dollars, aims at…
  • Emerging Industrial Power Rises From Aid Beneficiary to Donor Nation

    Thalif Deen
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    In the past two decades South Korea has made such vibrant progress that it now counts itself as one of the world’s leading economies. Credit: Anton Strogonoff/CC-BY-2.0By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 2015 (IPS)Back in 1996, when South Korea voluntarily quit the 132-member Group of 77 (G77) – described as the largest single coalition of developing nations — it joined the 34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), long known as the “rich man’s club” based in Paris.As one of only three countries to leave the G77 for the OECD – the other two…
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  • Ban Pong: A Story of a Solid Community

    Guest
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you arrest me, please arrest my wife;If you arrest my wife, please arrest my children;If you arrest my children, please arrest my cats, my dogs, and my pigs. Two hundred years ago, the ancestors of the Ban Pong people came to the area to try to develop the land, during a time where land titles did not exist. They had lived in peace until the government issued a land titling policy in the 1990s. Taking advantage of this opportunity, rich people from urban areas bought a great amount of land from poor people in rural areas. Due to a financial crisis and having not known about the land…
  • Interning in the Amazon

    Guest
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We felt fully prepared for our meeting with indigenous community leaders in the Peruvian Amazon. We had, after all, interned at EarthRights International’s (ERI) Peru office all summer. Yet when we got there, it was nothing like we expected it would be.  Last month, my fellow intern and I traveled with two ERI attorneys to meet a group of indigenous community leaders in the Peruvian Amazon. The leaders are fighting against a transnational oil corporation that threatens their health and livelihoods. The corporation plans to drill at the headwaters of a major river basin in the heart of the…
  • Hatgyi Dam Project and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Songkrant "Kan" Pongboonjun
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Throughout our lives, we have always been displaced and have to run away from the invasion of the Burmese military. With this dam built, we would have to run again. We cannot accept this anymore.  -Woman from Ban Itu Tha, Myanmar The Salween River flows from the Himalayan Mountains through China to Myanmar’s Shan State, Kayah State, Karen State, and Mon State, all the way to the Andaman Sea in Mataban Bay. It is the second longest river in Southeast Asia, after the Mekong, and ranks 26th globally. It provides livelihoods to more than 10 million people from 13 ethnic groups. In 2002, the…
  • Corporations Do Not Have Human Rights

    Juan Pablo Calderon
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Not long ago, we stood at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“IACtHR”) to submit oral arguments stating that corporations do not have human rights. Some judges raised further questions in the arguments, so we also recently filed a written submission on these questions. Judges wanted to know whether all entities – such as indigenous organizations and labor unions, in addition to corporations – have the same rights, and what should happen when members of indigenous or labor groups are injured. Our position is simple. Corporations do not have human rights, but members of…
  • Mad Women, Witches and Ragamuffins in Defense of the Amazon

    Ximena Warnaars
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In early July 2015, a team of lawyers and anthropologists from ERI’s Peru office participated in a meeting of the Network of Women Social and Environmental Rights Defenders in Quito. The event was an excellent opportunity to hear the courageous stories and frustrating testimonies of indigenous women defenders of human rights and the environment from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay. (r) Alicia Cahuiya, Vice President of The Organization of the Huaorani Nation of Ecuador, (l) Omari Yeti, Director of Territories of the Organization…
 
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    Not For Sale

  • A Dream for a Better Life

    dresden
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    At 34, Andrei’s hopes for the future were simple: a decent job, enough money to get by, and time to spend with family and friends in Romania. So when an acquaintance told him about a new opportunity in Greece — one that promised good wages and free housing — he quickly accepted. Andrei believed the new job would give him the chance to save more money and end his long stretch of living paycheck to paycheck. He planned to return to Romania with enough money to build a good life. The reality was something much more sinister. Andrei’s acquaintance was part of a network of…
  • Survivors Share Their Goals for the Future

    dresden
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Teacher. Counselor. X-Ray technician. Chef. The young women in Not For Sale’s Reinvent program have big dreams. They bravely shared those dreams with a room of new friends and mentors during Career Day at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California on July 14th. “I’m trying to get my high school diploma before my son is born,” says Deondra*, 19. “After he’s born, I want to go to college and become a counselor so that I can help other kids.” Deondra’s desire to give back was echoed by nearly all of the other young women participating in Career Day, many of whom also cited…
  • Not For Sale Honored with Women in Cable Telecommunications Award

    dresden
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    The spirit of partnership runs deep at Not For Sale–that’s because we know that we can’t bring about real change for survivors of slavery and those at risk of exploitation without the support of like-minded businesses, nonprofits, donors and other collaborators. One of the best examples of such a collaboration: our four-year signature partnership with Juniper Networks, a global leader in networking products, which has been instrumental in moving forward our work with survivors in the U.S. and around the world. We’re thrilled to share that this longtime union was recently…
  • A New Way to Fight Modern Day Slavery

    dresden
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    “Despite the hard work of many nonprofits, slavery still exists on a massive scale, with annual profits totaling over $150 billion [and] 35.8 million people [enslaved], more than at any point in history,” Mark Wexler, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Not For Sale, writes in a new piece for The Guardian. That’s why, Wexler says, Not For Sale is championing a new business solution to the modern abolitionist movement: Just Business. Developed with Not For Sale co-founder David Batstone, Just Business “develops and supports competitive social enterprises by…
  • Reinvent at Juniper Networks

    dresden
    7 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Networking and career building can be intimidating for even the most confident and outspoken among us. But if you’ve never had an opportunity to interview outside of a training session? It’s downright terrifying. “It’s one thing to practice your skills in a classroom and another thing to present in front of corporate executives,” reflects Monica*, a trainee in Not For Sale’s Reinvent: Bay Area program. “[So] I was hesitant about Career Day.” In late April, Monica was one of 10 Reinvent trainees to spend an afternoon at Juniper Networks’ headquarters in San Jose,…
 
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    One Person, One World.

  • Khalessi The Abused Pitbull Mix Need You

    Cicci
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    This is Khalessi, she is a 2 year old pit bull mix that was rescued by Passion 4 pits after being found abandoned and badly abused on a Orlando, Florida lawn. She was missing her nose, nostrils, and sinus cavity – making her long front teeth hang out. She had suffered multiple injuries, so thin so her ribs stuck out and back legs that doesn’t work properly. Only she knows what happened to her, who it was that put her through this pain and horror. For the moment she will stay with her rescuers while going through surgeries to help her breath properly, to fix her back legs and will…
  • CANADA GOOSE: Twice as cruel

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

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

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

    Cicci
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Originally posted on "OUR WORLD": Support the Use of Anti-Poaching Device. View original
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  • Audi Alteram Partem – No one should be condemned unheard

    Burt Phoenix
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Audi Alteram Partem in simple words means ‘hear the other side’. It is the most fundamental principle of Justice which states that no one ought to be judged without been given an opportunity to be heard. According to Fortescue J.[1], the first hearing in human history was given in the Garden of Eden. His Lordship observed : Even God himself did not pass sentence upon Adam, before he was called upon to make his defense. “Adam”, says God, “Where art thou? Hast thou not eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” These days in the social…
  • Higher Education Gender Biasness Myth – Part 2

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    This is the part 2 of the previous article titled Higher Education: Gender Biasness Myth. It is been said that women in India are not allowed to study, which is not correct as enumerated by the census data. The fact is quite contrary and completely opposite to the popular belief. Women are promoted more in India for higher education (which is classified as graduation and above). The census data below speaks for itself: Age All India Female – Male Sex Ratio Graduate and above Female – Male Sex Ratio All India Rural Urban Total 943 955 962 939 20-24 935 936 933 25-29 975 980 967 30-34 984…
  • Sometimes a “sorry” is not enough… Then what is?

    Burt Phoenix
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    In simple English a sorry is defined as a feeling of sorrow, regret, or penitence. The important word here is, the realization, that the offense one has done is wrong, and due to which one has a feeling of ‘sorrow’. This deep distress or sorrow should engender a feeling of ‘regret’ which ought to lead to ‘repentance’, which is displaying the sorrow and setting things right. ‘Repentance’ involves a commitment to personal change and resolving to live a more responsible and humane life. The word sorry is a very wide word, encompassing sorrow,…
  • To Rape a Minor or not…, Her Choice!

    Burt Phoenix
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    I just came across this article titled, Woman booked for ‘raping’ son’s teen pal, wherein it is stated that she spiked the minor boy’ss drink and then raped him (oh! Sorry, rape is a wrong word here. She forced the minor boy to keep physical relationship, as definition of rape does not include forceful intercourse with a male). She also made a video recording of the incident and used to threaten the minor boy with the video recording who was just 16 years of age. It is stated that she also threatened the boy with filing of a false rape complaint against him. Due to the ordeal, the…
  • Taking Cognizance of Third Gender & their Basic Rights

    Burt Phoenix
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:22 am
    Recently I came across a news article titled, India votes against gay rights for UN employees. The UN had provided certain benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff and a resolution for opposing the benefits was promulgated which was supported by India. And it brings us back to LGBT rights and the infamous section 377 of IPC. On April 15, 2014, the hon’able Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgement promoting the rights of the Transgender (TG) community in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India and others (Writ Petition (Civil) no. 400 of 2012). As per para 113 of the…
 
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  • Depressed Cake Shops Destigmatize Mental Health Issues

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    By: Luis Gay Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq. Cake is usually present during the most joyous days of our lives such as birthdays, weddings, and parties. This is why Depressed Cake Shops have been so successful in their mission to raise money and awareness for mental health issues worldwide. Valerie Van Galder, a mental health advocate who has been with the project since 2013, says that the project starts conversation. Cake is usually associated with celebration, but is also associated with
  • San Antonio Man Arrested For Offering ‘Sex Menu’ In College Prostitution Ring

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    By: Charmaine Santos Edited by: Juliana Zhu,Esq. San Antonio police arrested 38-year-old Steven Charles Sumlin, who is also known as Anthony Lamar, on suspicion of aggravated promotion of prostitution. Sumlin is accused of being the head of a college prostitution ring called “School Girls by Jazleen.” The website offered a menu of “services” to customers by offering descriptions of the women, their measurements, and what they could do for the paying customer. According to San Antonio police,
  • Falun Gong Members: Victims of Organ Trafficking in China

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    By: Charmaine Santos Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq. China has become the destination for illegal organ transplantation for people who want a quick transplant instead of waiting months or possibly years for an organ. Human rights lawyer David Matas and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, politician and lawyer David Kilgour, have investigated organ trafficking in China.  Both Matas and Kilgour are convinced that the organs come from members of the Falun Gong movement, a “religious” group banned by the
  • Companies Adopt "Freedom Seal" to Show Support Against Human Trafficking

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    By: Janice Tjeng Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq. Image: Trong Hong (left) and his wife, Rani Hong (right), are the founders of The Tronie Foundation     For Rani and Trong’s stories, click to watch the video.     The Tronie Foundation is a Global UN Accredited Organization to End Slavery and Human Trafficking. It is founded by two former victims who are working to raise global awareness about modern day slavery. Since 2006, the organization has been speaking up for victims of human trafficking
  • Racial Injustice Still Rife in Healthcare

    22 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    By: Janice Tjeng Edited by: Juliana Zhu, Esq. Fifty years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson, signed into law both Medicaid and Medicare programs that improved health care justice. These programs expanded health care access for the elderly and the poor, regardless of their race. Furthermore, hospitals hoping to be certified for Medicare have to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; avoid hospital segregation. Despite these improvements, justice in healthcare remains an aspiration, not an
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  • The New Koch: Anyone Buying?

    Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr.
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    Back in April of 1985, the Coca Cola Company sensing a decline in its leading share of the cola market, tried to rebrand its soft drink by tweaking the secret formula that had been successful for nearly a century. Thus we got the “New Coke.” Unfortunately, consumers were not convinced that the New Coke was […] The article The New Koch: Anyone Buying? written by Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Money: What Rich Social Workers Do To Make More

    Eva Forde
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Ask any random social worker on the street what the number one complaint in social work is and they’ll say it’s the money (or, rather, the lack thereof). This is not a new complaint and not likely one to go away in the next several years. Social work has long been associated with volunteerism and poverty and it […] The article Money: What Rich Social Workers Do To Make More written by Eva Forde appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Are We Afraid of Developing Technology for the Elderly

    Daniel Ortiz Reti
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    I work for a hospice program providing palliative care which means we attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient’s home, and I see lots of people near the end of their life. Some of them are too lethargic to use an iPad, but […] The article Are We Afraid of Developing Technology for the Elderly written by Daniel Ortiz Reti appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Realities of What a Traumatised Teen Might Have on Their Resume

    Jane Evans
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Recently on a cloudy August morning, I was simultaneously texting a young person to see if they were OK after collecting their exam results the day before, whilst also putting together a resume for another youngster I regularly see who had been struggling due to being excluded from school a few years ago. I found […] The article Realities of What a Traumatised Teen Might Have on Their Resume written by Jane Evans appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Microaggressions and Trigger Warnings Are Being Deemed Liberal Views Limiting College Students

    Chey Heap
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    After reading the article Coddling of the American Mind in the Atlantic, I felt compelled to pen a response. The article suggests that ‘liberal’ views about use of language, ‘trigger warnings’, microaggressions, and avoiding offensive language are damaging to university students’ academic progression and their emotional wellbeing. The discussion here will be in several parts, the […] The article Microaggressions and Trigger Warnings Are Being Deemed Liberal Views Limiting College Students written by Chey Heap appeared first on Social Work Helper.
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