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  • Helping Launch the NetGain Challenge

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    This morning, I’m at the Ford Foundation in New York City as part of the launch event for NetGain. NetGain is a new effort launched by the Mozilla, Ford, Open Society, Macarthur and Knight Foundations, to bring the philanthropic community together to tackle the greatest obstacles to digital rights, online equality and the use of the internet to promote social justice. The event is livestreamed here – in a moment, you can head Tim Berners-Lee and Susan Crawford in conversation about the future of the web. For the past six months, I’ve been working with Jenny Toomey and Darren Walker…
  • Burundi: Crackdown on Protesters

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    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. (Nairobi) – The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.  read more
  • Hunt on for Nepal quake survivors

    IRIN
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    KATHMANDU, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Rescue teams continue to dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed by Saturday's earthquake, trying to reach people trapped beneath the debris. The scale of the disaster is becoming ever clearer with hospitals overwhelmed and basic necessities running short.
  • Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD. Alexis Hope (a Masters student in my lab) and Kevin Hu began working on FOLD when they were students in my class News and Participatory Media. The class asks students to take on a reporting task each week, using existing tools or building new ones to solve a particular challenge. FOLD was Alexis and Kevin’s solution to a challenge I put forward around writing “explainers”, articles designed to provide content for stories that give incremental updates to a larger story (and to develop an…
  • Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Burundi Right Now

    UN Dispatch
    Penelope Starr
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Update:  Since the post below was published two weeks ago, President Pierre Nkurunziza took the exact move that we warned could plunge the country into chaos. Specifically, he was nominated as the presidential candidate for his CNDD-FDD party — meaning that he very much plans to run for an unconstitutional third term. Almost immediately following the announcement, protesters took to the streets of the capital to express their  discontent. Over the course of the last few days, thousands of Burundians demonstrated in reaction to the announcement. Police have been firing tear gas and…
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  • Burundi: Crackdown on Protesters

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. (Nairobi) – The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.  read more
  • US: Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States Supreme Court should consider the same-sex marriage practices of other countries when it hears arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges on April 28, 2015. (Washington, DC) – The United States Supreme Court should consider the same-sex marriage practices of other countries when it hears arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges on April 28, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Senegal: Hissène Habré Trial

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Human Rights Watch on April 27 issued an updated questions and answers document about the upcoming trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. (Dakar, April 27, 2015) – Human Rights Watch on April 27 issued an updated questions and answers document about the upcoming trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. read more
  • Croatia: UN Calls for Critical Disability Rights Reforms

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (New York) – The Croatian government should urgently heed the calls by United Nations disability rights experts to improve its disability rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 17, 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended that the Croatian government should do more to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including legal reform and ensuring that everyone with a disability who is in an institution has the opportunity to move into the community. (New York) – The Croatian government should…
  • Q&A: The Case of Hissène Habré before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email In mid-2015, the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, will stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes before the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegal court system. The chambers were inaugurated by Senegal and the African Union in February 2013 to prosecute the “person or persons” most responsible for international crimes committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990, the period when Habré ruled Chad.  Habré’s trial will be the first in the world in which the courts of…
 
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  • Hunt on for Nepal quake survivors

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    KATHMANDU, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Rescue teams continue to dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed by Saturday's earthquake, trying to reach people trapped beneath the debris. The scale of the disaster is becoming ever clearer with hospitals overwhelmed and basic necessities running short.
  • Tough homecoming for Zimbabwean migrants fleeing xenophobia

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    HARARE, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - More than 2,000 Zimbabweans displaced by xenophobic attacks in South Africa have packed their bags for home. But Zimbabwe, a country teetering on the verge of economic collapse, is unlikely to offer them the means to restart their lives.
  • Why wasn't quake-prone Nepal better prepared?

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Nepal was known to be a major quake risk and yet nothing was really done about it. IRIN news editor Anthony Morland explains why the Himalayan country is so quake-prone and why the government has struggled to do anything meaningful to prepare for the inevitable.
  • Why Nepal response will be so hard

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - International aid is beginning to flow into earthquake-hit Nepal, but much more is needed as the scale of the disaster becomes all too clear. Access, capacity and bad weather are all hampering efforts to reach those in need.
  • Nepal earthquake response - updates

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    LONDON, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - The true scale of the disaster inflicted on Nepal after a powerful earthquake struck on Saturday is only now emerging. The number of killed and injured continues to rise and many remote communities have yet to be reached. As the humanitarian response takes shape, what is needed and what are the challenges likely to be?
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  • Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling

    Ethan
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD. Alexis Hope (a Masters student in my lab) and Kevin Hu began working on FOLD when they were students in my class News and Participatory Media. The class asks students to take on a reporting task each week, using existing tools or building new ones to solve a particular challenge. FOLD was Alexis and Kevin’s solution to a challenge I put forward around writing “explainers”, articles designed to provide content for stories that give incremental updates to a larger story (and to develop an…
  • The Civic Statuary Project

    Ethan
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The University of Cape Town removed a controversial statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes last week, after a month of student protests. Rhodes, who build the De Beers diamond empire, was an unrepentant imperialist whose wealth came from purchasing mineral rights from indigenous leaders and turning their territories into British protectorates. Under his rule in Cape Colony, many Africans lost the right to vote, a step which some scholars see as leading to enforced racial segregation in South Africa. While Rhodes made major donations to charitable causes – including the land the…
  • Paying Attention to Garissa

    Ethan
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    On Thursday morning, heavily armed attackers, believed to be members of al-Shabaab, invaded Garissa University and killed 147 students. Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabaab official, has been named by the Kenyan government as the mastermind of the attack. Two days later, we are hearing terrifying details, including a student who hid in a wardrobe for more than 50 hours, afraid that the police who came to rescue here were militants trying to lure her out. Her decision was a wise one – the militants told students they would live if they came out of their dormitories… then lined…
  • “It’s scary when we can do this out of love and there’s nothing you can threaten us with”

    Ethan
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    What’s a “holy shit visualization”? It’s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms. For Mike Evans, the map below was a holy shit visualization. Properties in yellow are in tax distress. Those in orange are under tax foreclosure. Those in red have been foreclosed. In 2014, 50% of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of…
  • Helping Launch the NetGain Challenge

    Ethan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    This morning, I’m at the Ford Foundation in New York City as part of the launch event for NetGain. NetGain is a new effort launched by the Mozilla, Ford, Open Society, Macarthur and Knight Foundations, to bring the philanthropic community together to tackle the greatest obstacles to digital rights, online equality and the use of the internet to promote social justice. The event is livestreamed here – in a moment, you can head Tim Berners-Lee and Susan Crawford in conversation about the future of the web. For the past six months, I’ve been working with Jenny Toomey and Darren Walker…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Burundi Right Now

    Penelope Starr
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Update:  Since the post below was published two weeks ago, President Pierre Nkurunziza took the exact move that we warned could plunge the country into chaos. Specifically, he was nominated as the presidential candidate for his CNDD-FDD party — meaning that he very much plans to run for an unconstitutional third term. Almost immediately following the announcement, protesters took to the streets of the capital to express their  discontent. Over the course of the last few days, thousands of Burundians demonstrated in reaction to the announcement. Police have been firing tear gas and…
  • Episode 62: Fareed Zakaria

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Fareed Zakaria shares stories about his upbringing in India and the influence of his die-hard pro-American mother and Indian nationalist father. He discusses his intellectual journey from a middle class childhood in India to getting getting a PhD at Harvard and becoming the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine at the age of 28. This is a great exploration of the intellectual development of one of the most prominent and oft-cited global affairs analysts of his generation. Fareed Zakaria is out with a new book, “In Defense of a Liberal Education” in which he writes a full throated…
  • Big Challenges Await Nepal Relief Effort

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    There is still a lot we don’t know about the scope and scale of destruction in Nepal. Much of the affected communities are remote and hard to access. “The United Nations has said that more than six million people live in the areas of Nepal that have been affected. Many individuals have either lost their homes or have been forced to live on the streets because of the threat of further aftershocks. The global response is being coordinated by the Nepalese government through its National Emergency Operation Center. ‘What’s important to remember about Katmandu is that it’s densely,…
  • Earthquake in Nepal: “Our Nightmare Scenario,” Says UN Official

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    An earthquake in Katmandu is shaping up to be an horrific disaster. In 2013, I spoke with Jo Scheuer of the United Nations Development Program. He is an expert in disaster risk reduction so I asked him what disaster scenario keeps him up at night? Without hesitating he said that an earthquake in Katmandu Valley could bring death and destruction even worse than the Haiti earthquake.  He was sure an earthquake would strike — and that the international community was racing the clock to prepare for it. He explained why that region is so vulnerable and what the UN, the local government and…
  • Humanity Can — and Will — #DefeatMalaria

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Believe it or not, humans are winning the millennia old fight against Malaria. Last year about 500,000 people died from the disease, mostly in sub-saharan Africa. Fifteen years before that, the death toll was about double that, and the geographic reach of malaria deaths much wider. This sharp drop in the number of worldwide malaria deaths coincided with the advent of the Millennium Development Goals and key global institutions like the Global Fund. There was finally a common worldwide goal to reduce malaria deaths, embraced by governments and civil society,  and institutions to help…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Arrested and Beaten for Wearing Trousers: Stop the Public Flogging of Women in Sudan!

    Guest Writer
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Three Sudanese women, one of them wearing trousers, walk on a main street in central Khartoum on September 8, 2009. The thousands of women who wear trousers every day all run the risk of a flogging if police decide their clothes are provocative. ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images By Amal Habani, Winner of Amnesty International USA’s 2015 Ginetta Sagan Award In July 2009 when my colleague was arrested and tried for wearing trousers in Khartoum, I could no longer stay silent. Women and girls in Sudan are constantly confronted with obstacles imposed by the public order regime that hinder their…
  • Victory in Paraguay is a Big Step Forward for Domestic Violence Survivors

    Guest Writer
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    By Debbie Sharnak, Argentina-Paraguay country specialist On August 27, 2014, Paraguay took a huge step forward in promoting the rights of domestic violence survivors when they released Lucia Sandoval from prison. Sandoval had been in jail for over three years on the charge of homicide after she defended herself against an abusive husband. Amnesty International Paraguay worked with other local human rights groups to advocate for her release. Finally, at the end of August, Lucia was absolved of all guilt in the case. Rosalie Vega, Executive Director of Amnesty International Paraguay said that…
  • What’s next for women’s rights? Have your say!

    Lisa Schechtman
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
      This month we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 and the kick-off of the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Both of these events happen every year. But this year is special. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the landmark framework on women’s health and rights. This is where our rallying cry, “women’s rights are human rights,” originated (though the concept has been around a lot longer than 20 years!). It’s also the basis of our My Body My Rights campaign, which seeks to accelerate progress on…
  • International Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced and Time is Ticking!

    Julia Drost
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls worldwide every year (Photo Credit: Mahmud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images) There’s little doubt that you’ve repeatedly heard about the incessant global epidemic of violence against women and girls; I am certain you’ve seen one too many horrific headlines highlighting unthinkable instances of gender-based violence around the world. Like me, you’re also undoubtedly distressed by the violence and simultaneously weary of the struggle to end it. It is overwhelming and daunting to grasp how we can work to effectively end this widespread…
  • For Women’s Rights Defenders: Every Day is International Women’s Day

    Nazanin Boniadi
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Each year on International Women’s Day, the world celebrates the acts of courage and determination of women worldwide.  It’s a global celebration of the accomplishments, legacy, and rights of women. What International Women’s Day also highlights, however, is the continued struggle for women’s rights.  And no one knows that better than women’s rights defenders like Bahareh Hedayat of Iran and Norma Cruz of Guatemala. For these women and women like them, every day is women’s day: every day, women are putting their safety and freedom on the line to defend and promote women’s…
 
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  • Supporting Online Volunteer Response to the Nepal Earthquake

    Shadrock Roberts
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    By Shadrock Roberts, Director, Resilience Network Initiative We understand the need to help; to act; to get involved when disaster strikes. It’s part of our history and why we create the tools that we do. We love technology because it allows us, as individuals, to play an active role in response efforts. However, we have learned from previous engagements that the most impact happens when we coordinate and help to make information flow more efficiently between responding efforts to major events. Upon hearing news of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Kathmandu valley, we immediately…
  • Connecting Digital Networks to strengthen electoral processes: A NEW SIGN OF HOPE

    Angela Oduor Lungati
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Guest post by Oludotun Babayemi. He is the Co-Founder of Connected Development [CODE]. He spends most time using data to tell stories of marginalized communities while building capacity of CSOs, media & government ministries, department and agencies on the importance of open data and how to effectively use data for maximum impact. He tweets via @dotunbabayemi On March 28 and April 11 2015, the Nigerian citizens went to the polls to elect their president and members of the national assembly (in a national elections) and state governors and their state assembly representatives (in a state…
  • Shout Out Series Issue #1: Rockefeller Foundation – You Rock

    Nat Manning
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Shout Out Series Issue #1: Rockefeller Foundation – You Rock By Nathaniel Manning, Managing Director of Business Strategy. This is the first in a series we are calling “Shout Outs.” We want to thank all those who have truly supported us over the past years. Your help has meant the world. We never made a public announcement when Rockefeller Foundation granted us $1.2M in late 2013.  This grant was to fund three programs, CrisisNet, Resilience Network Initiative, and the core Ushahidi Platform. Over the past 1.5 years we have made huge progress on all three. Rockefeller has led the…
  • Design Digest: Ping gets a fresh UX, Platform Pattern Library adds documentation

    Brandon Rosage
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Ushahidi designers are effectively “free range” within its sprawling farm of product teams. Though many developers also contribute to more than one team, designers are fortunate to be intensely active on pretty much all of them. Here’s a look at the harvest from the past two weeks. Ping Ping was born out of the anxious days following the Westgate Mall siege that rocked Nairobi in 2013. It’s a two-way, multi-channel alert and group check-in system that does one thing incredibly well: Help you get an answer to a critical question from the people you’re responsible for. It helps you…
  • V3 Release Update

    Jess Shorland
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:08 pm
    As Sharon briefly mentioned in her previous post on the V3 user experience, it’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve pushed a new beta release. The V3 team committed to two-week release cycles and we want to let the community know why we’ve delayed the past two scheduled releases. We’ve recently been focused on three major areas: 1) post-type editor, 2) data visualizations, and 3) hiring. 1) Post-type editor The core of V3 is post-types. Each has its own form fields and workflows. The post-type editor is how you, as a deployer, define all of these: add new fields, group them into…
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    WordPress Tag: United Nations

  • UN Video: "How the Atom Benefits Life"

    elitehusky
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    From the United Nations YouTube Channel: “Nuclear technologies are used world-wide to meet som
  • Do something to fight malaria today: April 25, 2015, is World Malaria Day

    Ed Darrell
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    Photo from the World Health Organization (WHO), the lead agency in fighting malaria. “A child
  • Activists Detained by Police for Attempting to Rally for Temple Mount Rights

    heiscoming1725
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:38 am
    Sixteen right-wing activists of a controversial anti-assimilation group were detained in Jerusalem Thursday after holding a march attempting to reach the Temple Mount. Marking Israel’s Independence Day, dozens of activists marched from the capital’s central Zion Square toward the Temple Mount, a flashpoint site revered as the holiest place in Judaism but sacred to Muslims as well. Protesters waved signs demanding Jewish sovereignty over the site, which is administrated by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf endowment, and where Jewish prayer is prohibited. Police officials informed the…
  • Principles of Climate Justice. #Auspol #TZM #TVP

    John
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. Climate justice is informed by science, responds to science and acknowledges the need for equitable stewardship of the world’s resources. Respect and Protect Human Rights The international rights framework provides a reservoir for the supply of legal imperatives with which to frame morally appropriate responses to climate change, rooted in equality and justice.
  • Earth Day 2015 - It's Our Turn to Lead #Auspol Time for our generation to stand up & be counted. 

    John
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    On 22 April – Earth Day 2015 – Mary Robinson calls for global leadership on climate justice to ensure a stabilised climate and a transition to a world in which all people’s human rights are protected. Today, Earth Day today, we are reminded that 2015 is a year of global action. In 2015, governments will adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, work together to draft a meaningful climate agreement, and craft a framework to provide the financial resources needed to deliver on a global sustainable development agenda. We are currently not on course to a safe climate…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Regional Focus: Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

    EEM
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Event:Europe's Migrant Crisis: What Can be Done?, London, 30 April 2015 [info]- This event will also be livestreamed.Publications:Are Human Rights Hurting Migrants at Sea? (EJIL Talk Blog, April 2015) [text]ECRE’s 10-point Plan to Prevent Deaths at Sea (ECRE, April 2015) [text]EU: Mixed Messages on Boat Migration (Human Rights Watch, April 2015) [text]Europe's Sinking Shame: The Failure to Save Refugees and Migrants at Sea (Amnesty International, April 2015) [text]Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings (UNHCR et al., April 2015) [text]Let Their People Drown: How EU Politicians Have…
  • Regional Focus: Africa

    EEM
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Africa’s Great Lakes Region: A Development Response to Forced Displacement, Washington, DC, 21 April 2015 [info]- Follow link for audio.Boko Haram’s Terror Ripples through the Region (IDMC, April 2015) [text]A Counter-intuitive Flight: Is Somalia Ready to Receive Refugees from Yemen? (RI Blog, April 2015) [text]International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Consultation Meeting on Land and Property Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, Nairobi, 21-23 April, 2015 [info]- See also the text of the "Nairobi Declaration on the Effective Implementation and…
  • Events & Opportunities: More May 2015

    EEM
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 5, no. 1, 2015 [info]- Submission deadline is 1 May 2015.Course: Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations, University of Essex [info]- Apply by 1 May 2015.Internship: Summer Legal Internship, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program [info]- Last chance to apply is 1 May 2015.Briefing: No End in Sight: The Worsening Syrian Refugee Crisis, Washington, DC, 4 May 2015 [info]- This event will also be livestreamed.Jobs: COI Research Consultant(s), Asylum Research Consultancy [info]- Application deadline is 6…
  • Admin: Spring Break

    EEM
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Asylum for the Jews of France? (The Asylumist, April 2015) [text]Asylum Procedures in the EU (EPRS, April 2015) [text]EU Dublin Asylum System Faces Uncertain Future after Ruling in Afghan Family’s Case (Migration Information Source, April 2015) [text]Migrant Deaths Soar in Mediterranean (IOM, April 2015) [text]- For up-to-date figures, visit IOM's Missing Migrants Project.[New Country Reports] (AIDA, April 2015)- New and/or updated reports available for Belgium, Cyprus, France, and Switzerland.Vulnerability, the Right to Asylum and the Dublin System (RefLaw, April 2015) [text]Words of…
 
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • 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.
  • Tsunami: 10 years hence

    Sanjana
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Technology does not feel. It does not bleed. Its very insensitivity to trauma can be its strength – the tireless information sharing frameworks Info Share created knew no time of day and didn’t clamour for rest. On the other hand, because it is value neutral, technology lends itself to abuse. It cannot by itself create relief processes. No matter how suave and sophisticated the technology, our experience is that it will not be sustainable if it does not recognise the cultural context within which it is used. As such, the use of technology in the tsunami response has wider implications for…
  • Technology and theatre in a library

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

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

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. (Nairobi) – The Burundian government is cracking down on activists, journalists, and demonstrators following protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.  read more
  • US: Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The United States Supreme Court should consider the same-sex marriage practices of other countries when it hears arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges on April 28, 2015. (Washington, DC) – The United States Supreme Court should consider the same-sex marriage practices of other countries when it hears arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges on April 28, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Senegal: Hissène Habré Trial

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Human Rights Watch on April 27 issued an updated questions and answers document about the upcoming trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. (Dakar, April 27, 2015) – Human Rights Watch on April 27 issued an updated questions and answers document about the upcoming trial in Senegal of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. read more
  • Croatia: UN Calls for Critical Disability Rights Reforms

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email (New York) – The Croatian government should urgently heed the calls by United Nations disability rights experts to improve its disability rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 17, 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended that the Croatian government should do more to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including legal reform and ensuring that everyone with a disability who is in an institution has the opportunity to move into the community. (New York) – The Croatian government should…
  • Q&A: The Case of Hissène Habré before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email In mid-2015, the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, will stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes before the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegal court system. The chambers were inaugurated by Senegal and the African Union in February 2013 to prosecute the “person or persons” most responsible for international crimes committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990, the period when Habré ruled Chad.  Habré’s trial will be the first in the world in which the courts of…
 
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Don't Worry: The Word 'Genocide' Doesn't Exist Yet

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
  • The International Criminal Court Summer School 2015: 15-19 June 2015, NUI Galway, Ireland

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent institution for the trial of international crimes. This year’s ICC Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive and interactive lectures over five days given by leading academics and legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures,…
  • On the Road towards an EU Criminal Justice System: Problems, Achievements and Prospects

    12 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Dr Andrea Ryan, of the University of Limerick, has organised a fascinating conference on EU Criminal Justice, which will take place on 21 and 22 May. The full programme and further information is available here.
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    18 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    LEIDEN UNIVERSITYINTERNATIONAL LAW SUMMER SCHOOLS  Women, Peace and Security (8 - 19 June 2015)Challenges and AchievementsIn 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, the first in a series of six resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, which not only recognizes the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women but also stresses the crucial importance of including women in all phases of peace processes to ensure sustainable peace and security. Experience has shown that the challenges to implementing these resolutions remain significant. A great deal remains to be done…
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  • Russian “Little Green Men” Memorial Gets Cat Treatment

    Hannah Gais
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    You could even say the little green men’s invasion was “purrfectly planned.” Photo Credit: Stéfan via Flickr If an invasion led by unidentifiable, but presumably Russian, troops wasn’t odd enough for you, the memorial statue honoring their efforts may be. According to The Moscow Times, these unmarked troops will receive their own monument in the city of Belogorsk, which is located in Russia’s far east. Location-wise, the city is far closer to China than it is to Ukraine. The statue — which will be unveiled on May 6, just days before Russia’s 70th…
  • Islam in Belgrade, Serbia in the EU?

    Jim Quirk
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Serbia’s history is evident everywhere – and shaping its transition to a future in the EU. (This is the second in a series of “Serbia: Snapshots” – considerations of different aspects of Serbian society as it approaches the 20thanniversary of the Dayton Accords, which ended the wars in Bosnia.) Along Belgrade’s pedestrian boulevard, one finds a small display of artifacts from the city of Singidunum – founded by Celts, conquered by Romans, and now buried below.  Belgrade’s Kalamegdan Fortress was rebuilt by the Byzantines in the 6th century CE. Over the next 1,400…
  • Will ASEAN Renounce China’s Reclamation Efforts in the South China Sea?

    Gary Sands
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    The headquarters of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) in Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.70A, South Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata This week, leaders from 10 Southeast Asian nations will gather on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi for the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.  Among the topics to be discussed will be the island reclamation work currently underway by China and the need to press for a binding code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea. A code of conduct has become more urgent in recent days following spats between…
  • The FPA’s must reads (April 17-24)

    FPA Administrator
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John O. Brennan. Photo Credit: CIA The Untouchable John Brennan By Gregory D. Johnsen BuzzFeed What ever happened to the presidential candidate who called for an end to the so-called war on terror, who promised that Americans would witness the shuttering of Guantanamo, and who steadfastly defended his vote against the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Pundits have spewed an array of theories regarding Obama’s embrace of the national security state, none as fresh and convincing as BuzzFeed World Correspondent Gregory Johnsen’s, who argues it lies not…
  • Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell – Book Review

    Paul Nash
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Elizabeth Arrott “It starts, as always, with a dream, a dream of youth, liberty, and collective joy,” writes Jonathan Littell, “and it ends, as all too often, in a nightmare.” Now in its fifth year, that nightmare has left more than 220,000 dead and nearly eight million uprooted by violence in Syria. Another 3.8 million people have fled, seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Northern Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt. As the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War continues to deepen, Littell has published his Syrian Notebooks in English for…
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  • In Burundi, bringing the fight against child killers closer to home

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    GITEGA PROVINCE, Burundi, 20 April 2015 – Isidonie Niyonzima and her husband Oscar own a small plot of land in Itaba commune in central Burundi, where they farm staple crops like cassava and potatoes. Isondonie recalls when the youngest of their four children, 7-month-old Anny Love, got sick with diarrhoea.
  • A partnership to help vaccinate children against measles in Pakistan

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    SHEIKHUPURA, Punjab province, Pakistan, 17 April 2015 – As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial of measles vaccine, Nishat, 30, watches carefully while she holds her 2-year-old son. She knows the needle will hurt, but she also knows the benefit that comes with the pain.
  • In Burundi, a one-stop shop for children living on the street

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    NGOZI, Burundi, 16 April 2015 – Located in the province with some of the country’s highest child malnutrition and child mortality rates, Ngozi, Burundi’s third largest city, also has a high number of children living on the street: more than 400 were recorded in 2010, and the current number is likely much higher. 
  • In Pakistan, a vaccinator’s resolve

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    NANKANA SAHIB, Punjab Province, Pakistan, 15 April 2015 – “I have been vaccinating children for the last 25 years,” says Farrukh Hussain, a vaccinator at the Basic Health Unit in Budha village, Nankana district. “I have five children of my own, three girls and two boys, and I have vaccinated all of them myself. Vaccination is the first line of defence against vaccine-preventable diseases, and every time I vaccinate a child, it feels as if I have saved a life.”
  • In Sierra Leone, hopes of saving the school year

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 14 April 2015 – Jan Sankoh, 12, can’t quite decide if he wants to be an engineer or a pilot when he grows up. But whether he ends up studying plans or flying planes, he knows he needs to be in school – something he hasn’t done for nine months because of the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3,400 people in the country since May 2014.
 
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  • 40 years of exile: Sahrawi refugees abandoned by the international community

    Elena Cornellana
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    40 years of exile: Sahrawi refugees abandoned by the international community28 April 2015The Western Sahara harbors one of the longest standing but yet unknown humanitarian disasters in recent history. Today, marking 40 years since the start, the UN Security Council is about to discuss the stalemate.Read more
  • 40 Years in Exile: Have the Sahrawi refugees been abandoned by the international community?

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    40 Years in Exile: Have the Sahrawi refugees been abandoned by the international community?28 April 2015Forty years after the Sahrawi refugee crisis began the social pressures on the men and women who live in these camps and the problems concerning their humanitarian situation are becoming ever more unbearable. Today, their voices must be heard. 
  • Rock Glaciers and Climate Change in the Bolivian Andes

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Rock Glaciers and Climate Change in the Bolivian Andes27 April 2015This report describes research to create the first rock glacier inventory for Bolivia, and highlights the need to prioritize the preservation of areas where rock glaciers are located in the interests of water security for vulnerable populations.
  • Oxfam to help at least 350,000 hit by Nepal earthquake

    IvanG
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Oxfam to help at least 350,000 hit by Nepal earthquake27 April 2015Oxfam today stepped up its relief effort to help an initial 350,000 people hit by the earthquake in Nepal, providing clean water, toilets and shelter to thousands of people.Read more
  • One month on, humanitarian situation in Yemen deteriorating, as conflict spirals out of control

    Elena Cornellana
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    One month on, humanitarian situation in Yemen deteriorating, as conflict spirals out of control27 April 2015One month into the crisis, Oxfam warns that power stations in Yemen are almost out of fuel, phone networks are suffering extensive damage, and the banking system is at a standstill. The escalation in violence has also damaged the water infrastructure leaving millions of Yemenis without clean water. Read more
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  • Promoting immunization amidst the threat of Ebola

    Guest Blogger
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    By Ramatu Jalloh and Mohammad B. Jalloh,Health and Nutrition Sierra Leone Civil Society Platform (HANSLCSP) This blog originally appeared on Vaccines Work. The Ebola outbreak that began in May 2014 derailed significant progress that had been made in helping immunization coverage rates recover from the 1990-2000 civil conflict as well as undermining an already fragile health system. As services were redirected to dealing with the crisis and less attention was paid to healthcare provision, it became evident that government efforts to eradicate the disease faced severe obstacles. It was against…
  • Here’s how you can help Nepal

    Andrew Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Photo credit: Reuters More than three thousand people have died in a massive earthquake in Nepal. Here’s how you can help. More than 6,500 people have been injured, and many tens of thousands more are homeless in this mountainous South Asian country, set between India and China. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries: over 2.7 million people live in extreme poverty – even before the earthquake. The country had made amazing progress, despite big political and economic problems. It was on track to achieve most of its Millennium Development Goals – the targets for poverty…
  • Malaria, a curse across the generations

    Guest Blogger
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    By Callisto Sekeleza This post is part of the #ProtectingKids blog series for World Immunization Week 2015. Read the whole series here Callisto Sekeleza The argument is often made that malaria is not so bad and that Africans should just “get used to it”. I don’t believe this to be true. I have had my own encounters with the disease dating back to before I started primary school. I’m told I used to suffer from malaria almost every three months. Unfortunately, the nearest good health facility was at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College Clinic, which was about six kilometers…
  • What makes societies happy?

    David Kortava
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    The idea that the happiness of people should be a goal of public policy is not new. As early as 1809, Thomas Jefferson stated publicly his belief that “the care of human life and happiness… is the only legitimate object of good government.” And yet, for the lion’s share of human history, we have gauged societal wellbeing according to much cruder metrics, like national income. Of course, what makes people richer and what enables their flourishing are not always one and the same, and it’s encouraging that policymakers from the Kingdom of Bhutan to Santa Monica, California are…
  • 8 things you need to know about malaria

    Clea Guy-Allen
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Mosquitos aren’t popular; there is no getting around that. They’re not only annoying pests, but they also help spread a fatal disease. Malaria is often seen as a disease that only exists in parts of the world, but did you know that nearly half of the world’s population are at risk of contracting it?! That’s 3.2 billion people who don’t have access to resources to protect them from these 6-legged creatures. While that’s a scary number, great donors, like the Global Fund, have helped reduce the mortality rate from malaria by 47% since 2000! This World Malaria…
 
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  • Unprecedented jail time for government minister who stole indigenous land

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Ayoreo Indians have lost the majority of their ancestral lands to outsiders who destroy it to make way for cattle farming. © Ruedi Suter/SurvivalThe man responsible for protecting indigenous rights in Paraguay has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of selling off indigenous land. Ruben Quesnel was acting director of Paraguay’s Indigenous Affairs Department (INDI) when he authorized the sale of 250,000 hectares of land which had previously been transferred to an Ayoreo Indian community. An accomplice, Justina Maribel Estebeche, who performed the deed of transfer, has been…
  • First Amazon Indian to run London Marathon

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    Nixiwaka Yawanawá training for the London Marathon in April 2015. © Survival InternationalNixiwaka Yawanawá will be the first Amazon Indian to run the London Marathon on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Nixiwaka is raising vital funds for Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – together with Survival’s co-founder and President Robin Hanbury-Tenison, who is running the marathon as one of eight challenges to mark his 80th year. Nixiwaka – from the Yawanawá tribe (“The People of the Wild Boar”) in Brazil’s Acre state – has been…
  • India misses deadline to end Andaman 'human safaris'

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Vehicles queue to enter the Jarawa's forest. Tourists are still flocking to the Jarawa reserve, treating the tribe like animals in a safari park. © www.andamanchronicle.net /SurvivalAuthorities on India’s Andaman Islands have failed to end “human safaris” to the vulnerable Jarawa tribe by their self-imposed deadline of March 2015. While the islands’ administration has made some positive steps towards taking tourists off an illegal road that runs through the Jarawa’s reserve, progress on the alternative sea route has been woefully slow. In 2013, the Andaman…
  • Six Colombian Indians killed as armed groups invade

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The body of one of six Colombian Indians shot dead near their homes in Cauca© AnonAt least six Colombian Indians have been shot dead near their homes in western Colombia. The shootings took place in the communities of Agua Bonita and Agua Clara in Cauca province on Thursday 16 April. The perpetrators remain unknown. Indigenous peoples in Cauca have been some of the worst affected by Colombia’s internal war. Scores of indigenous leaders have been killed in the cross-fire between the army, FARC guerrillas, and paramilitaries. This week, President Manuel Santos scrapped a previous order to…
  • Brazil: Mass Indian protests against assault on land rights

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    1,500 Brazilian Indians protested in Brasilia against a proposed amendment in the constitution (PEC 215)© Fabio Nascimento / Mobilização Nacional IndígenaAhead of Brazil’s “Day of the Indian” on April 19, 1,500 Indians from 200 tribes are protesting all week in the nation’s capital against an assault on their rights by Brazil’s Congress. The Indians are incensed by a proposal to amend the constitution to give Congress the power to decide on the demarcation (or mapping out) of indigenous territories. This is currently the responsibility of FUNAI, the…
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  • Opinion: Arab Youth Have No Trust in Democracy

    Roberto Savio
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, writes that from a high point in the aftermath of the Arab Spring revolutions, Arab youth have largely lost their trust in democracy, betrayed by the return of the army to power or the clinging of the old guard to power regardless of the costs.By Roberto SavioROME, Apr 27 2015 (IPS)The results of a survey of what 3,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 – in all Arab countries except Syria – feel about the current situation in the Middle East and…
  • New Anti-Terrorism Law Batters Cameroonians Seeking Secession

    Mbom Sixtus
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    By Mbom SixtusYAOUNDE, Apr 26 2015 (IPS)Cameroon’s government under President Paul Biya is bearing down on a separatist movement fighting for the rights of a minority English-language region, using as its weapon a sweeping new anti-terrorism law introduced at the end of last year.The separatist Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) – which is demanding an independent Southern Cameroons made up of Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest Regions – has been targeted under the new law, which forbids public meetings, street protests or any action that the government deems to be disturbing…
  • Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt on its Economic Miracle

    Chalachew Tadesse
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    By Chalachew TadesseADDIS ABABA, Apr 25 2015 (IPS)The 28 Ethiopian migrants of Christian faith murdered by the Islamic State (IS) on Apr. 19 in Libya had planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of work in Europe.Commenting on the killings to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Ethiopian government spokesperson Redwan Hussien urged potential migrants not to risk their lives by using dangerous exit routes.Hussein’s call sparked anger among hundreds of Ethiopian youths and relatives of the deceased, who took to the streets in the capital Addis Ababa this week before the demonstration…
  • Kenyan Pastoralists Protest Wanton Destruction of Indigenous Forest

    Robert Kibet
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Forest rangers putting out a fire at a charcoal burning kiln in Kenya’s Mau Forest. The future of the country’s indigenous forest cover is under threat but this has little to do with poverty and ignorance – experts say that it is greed which allows unsustainable practices, such as the lucrative production of charcoal and logging of wood. Credit: Robert Kibet/IPSBy Robert KibetNAIROBI, Apr 25 2015 (IPS)Armed with twigs and placards, enraged residents from a semi-pastoral community 360 km north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, protested this week against wanton destruction of indigenous…
  • Push to Privatise Education in Global South Challenged

    Kwame Buist
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    By Kwame BuistLONDON, Apr 24 2015 (IPS)The multinational education and publishing company Pearson PLC was challenged during its annual general meeting on Apr. 24 by representatives of civil society and trade union groups over various profit-driven programmes aimed at expanding private education in numerous countries in the global South. As people arrived at the AGM, they were greeted by protesters with placards saying ‘Education is a right, not a commodity’ and ‘Stop cashing in on kids’.In an open letter to the Pearson board published Apr. 24, civil society groups and trade unions…
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    EarthRights International

  • Communities Sue World Bank Group In U.S. Federal Court for Destructive Coal-Fired Power Plant

    EarthRights International
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Contact: Valentina Stackl (USA)                        +1 (202) 466 5188 x100      valentina@earthrights.org April 23, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today fishing communities and farmers from India represented by EarthRights International (ERI) filed suit against the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-lending arm of the World Bank Group, in federal court in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs allege that the IFC caused the loss of their livelihoods, destroyed their lands and water, and created threats to their health by funding the Tata Mundra…
  • Peruvian Community Leaders Challenge Largest U.S. Gold Mining Company to Stop Human Rights Violations

    EarthRights International
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Contact: Alan Septoff (Earthworks) 202-271-2355 Valentina Stackl (EarthRights International) 202-466-5188x100   Travel from Peru to annual shareholder meeting to demand Newmont CEO and Board stop harassing opponents of Conga gold mine proposal  April 22, 2015, Wilmington, DE -- At Newmont Mining’s annual general meeting today, shareholders and civil society groups joined a community leader from Cajamarca, Peru in calling on the Denver-based mining giant to live up to its human rights commitments and stop harassing indigenous Cajamarca residents who have blocked Newmont’s…
  • Why We Needed Chiquita to Clarify Kiobel

    Upasana Khatri
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday we got word that the United States Supreme Court will not hear Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International a lawsuit on behalf of victims of terrorism in Colombia. This landmark case could have decided whether U.S. courts can hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses they commit abroad under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a federal law that allows foreigners to sue for violations of international human rights law. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court has created yet another obstacle in the path of victims seeking remedies for abusive corporate actions abroad, and…
  • Peru´s Northern Winners and Southern Losers

    Ximena Warnaars
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are our efforts helping, to hold the extractive industry accountable? Are we contributing to the empowerment of affected communities in achieving justice? Or, do market forces and the flow of money alone affect the decisions of the extractive industry? We often ask ourselves these kinds of questions when fighting for justice for victims of human rights abuses and environmentally damaging extractive projects. Sometimes there are wins or even a series of wins that feel like Pachamama [the Mother Earth revered by Andean indigenous peoples] just gave us a big huge pat on the back. Recently, in…
  • Supreme Court Allows U.S. Corporation to Finance Terrorism Without Accountability

    EarthRights International
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Contact: Valentina Stackl (USA) +1 (202) 466 5188 x100 valentina@earthrights.org April 20, 2015 Washington, D.C. – The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International, a lawsuit on behalf of victims of terrorism and crimes against humanity in Colombia. This landmark case could have decided whether U.S. courts can hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses they commit abroad under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a federal law that allows foreigners to sue for violations of international human rights law. By declining…
 
 
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    Not For Sale

  • Exploited To Empowered: Nicki’s Story

    tombo
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Nicki is a member of Reinvent: Bay Area and the first Not For Sale trainee to complete a 12-week traineeship at Zynga Culinary, a department that serves more than 1,000 employees at the social gaming company every day. She and her supervisor, Bairam, reflect back on the experience of working together to bring empowerment through building practical job skills in Nicki’s life. Bairam explains, “I needed a way to give back, and I felt like I was turning in circles, not knowing what to do. I feel blessed to have this opportunity…you’ve done all the legwork for me…I can just bring it in…
  • Companies We Love: Boll & Branch

    tombo
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In addition to creating sustainable impact through our international projects, part of our strategy in making a difference in the lives of trafficking victims is joining forces with companies. Of the estimated 30 million people trapped in lives of exploitation, close to 70% of those are victims of forced labor. Working with companies of all sizes allows us to make use of their business expertise, resources and funding to scale our potential impact. Each month, we’ll be highlighting Companies We Love that are working to end modern-day slavery in the work they do everyday. To get our…
  • Exploited To Empowered: Aini’s Story

    tombo
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Not For Sale is excited to share the story of Aini, a former trafficking victim whose life has been transformed through involvement in the Not For Sale culinary training program in Amsterdam. According to Bernice, a social worker who worked with Aini at the shelter where Aini was staying, Aini has used the training she received in Not For Sale’s culinary program to follow her dream and open up her own restaurant at home in the Philippines. The restaurant serves local cuisine and provides the financial support that her family so desperately needs. Her story is one of triumph out of a tragic…
  • Juniper Networks Provides Computers To Romanian Children’s Home

    tombo
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
      Not For Sale Romania is excited to announce that Juniper Networks and its employees have donated 32 laptops and 23 desktop computers for use in the new Not For Sale Romania children’s home. The home, which was opened in August of 2014, now houses 50 children who are survivors of human trafficking and is building capacity to eventually support 100 children. The donation of the computers fills a critical need, as access to technology is a key component to training and equipping the children for future life and job success. Lack of access to technology is an enormous problem for…
  • We Are Warriors: Empowerment Through Our Reinvent Program

    tombo
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
      “I feel like we are much more than survivors; we are warriors” – 2015 Reinvent program participant On January 30, 2015, Not For Sale celebrated the second group of women to complete the first four weeks of the Reinvent program. Not For Sale Reinvent is a 16-week program designed to prepare young women (18-24), affected by exploitation or coming from a high-risk background, to enter the workforce. The first four weeks of the program focus on work readiness and life and job coaching, with a wide range of activities addressing things such as personal goal setting, resume…
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  • 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…
  • Benefits of Legalizing Prostitution

    Burt Phoenix
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Note: For Mature Audiences Only. Recently there was a news article that a proposal was to be put before the Supreme Court Panel for legalization of prostitution. The news article can be found here. This has sparked a debate on legalization of the trade. Around 50 countries such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece have legalized prostitution and about 11 countries such as Australia, Iceland and India have limited legality. In this article we will discuss the benefits of legalizing prostitution: Reduction in Human Trafficking: Contrary to popular belief, legalizing…
  • Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life (Part 2)

    Burt Phoenix
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    This is Part 2 to the Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life.  This article is written for Who’s your Crisis Angel? An Indi-Change activity  with http://incrisisrelief.org/ in association with Indiblogger.in You may call Vaastav Foundation Helpline numbers listed below 24×7 in case of distress: Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498 The letters written by the survivors are given below as how Vaastav counselorswere their Crisis Angels: Related articles Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life (standupforacause.wordpress.com)
 
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