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  • Good News! Afghan Authorities Commit to Ensure Brishna’s Safety

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    The Editors
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images) Victory! Following the sentencing of Brishna’s rapist, Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring Brishna’s protection. In May 2014, Brishna, a 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province, was raped by a local mullah.  She was able to receive medical treatment and protection thanks to the assistance of the organization Women for Afghan Women, but members of her family and community threatened to kill her and “dump her in the river” simply because she was a victim of this crime. Rape survivors in Afghanistan are at risk of so-called “honor”…
  • Map of the Day: Where Humans Are Trafficked

    UN Dispatch
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Today’s map comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) which released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report today.  The report “covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent).”   Most trafficking occurs within a region. But where data is available for inter-regional trafficking, the results are pretty interesting. This map represents the major trafficking flows around the world. One…
  • Afghanistan: Donors Should Act to Protect Rights Gains

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    Human Rights Watch
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of more than a dozen donor countries. (London) – Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of…
  • Bangladesh's Rohingya camps - promise or peril?

    IRIN
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    COX'S BAZAR, 25 November 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.
  • Pixação, or why São Paulo looks like a death metal album cover

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    Ethan
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the first things I noticed about Sao Paulo was the graffiti. It’s everywhere, and it’s stylistically very striking – angular, highly stylized letters on walls, buildings, overpasses. It’s clear that it’s writing, not just glyphs, yet it’s difficult to parse the characters. When I try to decipher it, I feel as lost as I do trying to understand spoken Portuguese: it’s clear someone is communicating with me, and while I’m on the verge of understanding, I clearly don’t understand. It took less than 15 seconds with Google to learn that…
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  • Afghanistan: Donors Should Act to Protect Rights Gains

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of more than a dozen donor countries. (London) – Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of…
  • Thailand: Unending Repression 6 Months Post-Coup

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. (New York) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule. read more
  • Spain: Flawed Public Security Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Spanish Congress should amend a deeply flawed public security bill that would curb spontaneous protest and formalize abusive expulsions of asylum seekers. The congressional committee on home affairs is due to adopt the bill on November 25, 2014, after which the bill will go the plenary for debate and vote in the coming days. (Milan) – The Spanish Congress should amend a deeply flawed public security bill that would curb spontaneous protest and formalize abusive expulsions of asylum seekers.read more
  • Jordan: Vulnerable Refugees Forcibly Returned to Syria

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. (Beirut) – Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. Those deported include wounded men and unaccompanied children. read more
  • Iran: Honors for Persecuted Writers

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Five Iranians are among 35 writers to win the prestigious Hellman-Hammett award for courage and conviction in the face of political persecution. The other 30 winners come from 11 countries. (New York) – Five Iranians are among 35 writers to win the prestigious Hellman-Hammett award for courage and conviction in the face of political persecution. The other 30 winners come from 11 countries. read more
 
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  • Bangladesh's Rohingya camps - promise or peril?

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    COX'S BAZAR, 25 November 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.
  • Peak youth - seizing the moment

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    LONDON, 25 November 2014 (IRIN) - We have accepted the concept “peak oil” - the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a proportion of the population will reach a maximum, before starting to drop.
  • The world's strangest land grab?

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory.
  • Ebola hampers HIV/AIDS care in Liberia

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    MONROVIA/DAKAR, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.
  • Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Pixação, or why São Paulo looks like a death metal album cover

    Ethan
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the first things I noticed about Sao Paulo was the graffiti. It’s everywhere, and it’s stylistically very striking – angular, highly stylized letters on walls, buildings, overpasses. It’s clear that it’s writing, not just glyphs, yet it’s difficult to parse the characters. When I try to decipher it, I feel as lost as I do trying to understand spoken Portuguese: it’s clear someone is communicating with me, and while I’m on the verge of understanding, I clearly don’t understand. It took less than 15 seconds with Google to learn that…
  • Partners In Health at the MIT Media Lab – design challenges around Ebola

    Ethan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Today’s Media Lab Conversations involves Ophelia Dahl and Dr. Megan Murray from Partners in Health with Joi Ito and David Sengeh from the Media Lab. The topic is understanding Ebola, and we’re learning about the disease to see if there’s anything the Media Lab can do to help organizations like Partners in Health combat the spread of the disease. Ophelia Dahl, the executive director, of Partners in Health begins by noting that when she began her work in Haiti decades ago, audiences were less welcoming and receptive to these issues. With Paul Farmer, the organization was…
  • “Watching Me Watching You” – Hasan Elahi and Josh Begley on the imagery of surveillance

    Ethan
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    I admire much of the work Open Society Foundation does (a good thing, as I’m a board member), but I have a special soft spot in my heart for the Moving Walls program. Since 1998, OSF’s Documentary Photography program has featured exhibitions of documentary photography about human rights and social issues, choosing new artists to feature every 6-7 months through an open call process. The exhibitions provide support for documentary photographers, and inspiration and insight for the staff and visitors who see the images. The most recent show features ten visual artists reflecting on…
  • Sasha Costanza Chock on Immigrant Rights and Transmedia Organizing

    Ethan
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Today’s Comparative Media Studies colloquium features one of our own, Assistant Professor of Civic Media, Sasha Costanza-Chock. His new book, “Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!” explores the world of transmedia organizing and the immigrant rights movement. His talk tonight focuses on his background in media making, activism and scholarship, before zooming into the immigrants rights movement specifically, and one aspect of his work, the professionalization and accountability of social movements Sasha’s background is in the world of independent media, including production of movies…
  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Philosopher Helen Nissenbaum is one of the leading thinkers about the ethical issues we face in digital spaces. Her work on privacy as “contextual integrity” is one of the most tools for understanding why some online actions taken by companies and individuals feel deeply transgressive while others seem normal – we expect online systems to respect norms of privacy appropriate for the context we are interacting in, and we are often surprised and dismayed when those norms are violated. At least as fascinating, for me at least, Nissenbaum doesn’t just write books and…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • Why The UN Headquarters Were Lit Up in Orange

    Penelope Starr
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Today, November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In a show of support for a new 16 day campaign of activism launched by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women, the New York skyline was set ablaze with fiery colors last night, as both the UN headquarters and the Empire State Building were illuminated in orange. The campaign, which begins today, ends on December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. Congrats @UN_Women on marking two iconic buildings in New York today, @EmpireStateBldg & @UN! #orangeurhood…
  • The Race to Stop Ebola in Mali

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Get these clips delivered to your inbox Senegal and Nigeria were able to contain Ebola. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were not. Mali is on the fence. “Five people have already died. Mali confirmed a sixth related Ebola case Saturday; a female relative of a nurse who treated the imam. Every day, twice a day, teams are checking just over 300 people around Bamako. All of these contacts are linked to the Guinean imam who died of Ebola at a private clinic October 27, two days after he had arrived for treatment. Monitors have caught one case so far – a female relative of a nurse who died…
  • Map of the Day: Where Humans Are Trafficked

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Today’s map comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) which released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report today.  The report “covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent).”   Most trafficking occurs within a region. But where data is available for inter-regional trafficking, the results are pretty interesting. This map represents the major trafficking flows around the world. One…
  • Episode 42: Howard French

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    The journalist Howard French spent a career covering West Africa and China for the New York Times. He stumbled into journalism somewhat accidentally while living in the Ivory Coast and has reported from the Liberian civil war, conflict in DR Congo, and covered social upheavals in China.  Now out with a book about China’s complex relationship with Africa, Howard sits down with Mark to discuss his unique path to become one of America’s most respected journalists and observers of African affairs. Have a listen!  The post Episode 42: Howard French appeared first on UN Dispatch.
  • Outbreak of Plague in Madagascar

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Get these clips delivered to your inbox.  The WHO is sounding an alarm as the bubonic plague reaches the densely populated capital. “An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar since late August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, warning that there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the country’s capital, Antananarivo…There are now 119 confirmed cases of the plague in the country. So far, there have been two cases and one death recorded in Antananarivo, but those figures could climb quickly due to “the city’s high population density…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • Discrimination is not natural; it is learned: Ending violence against women

    Tarah Demant
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Sometimes when I’m in a group of women, I find myself silently ticking us off by sets of three: one, two, three; one, two, three.  Statistically, I know, 1 in 3 of us will be raped, beaten, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.  Such statistics can often ring hollow, but when I count off in my head, I’m thinking of real women; real lives; real suffering. Women, like all people, have the right to live free from violence.  But a staggering number of women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence and are even targeted because of their sex or gender. A woman’s situation in…
  • Good News! Afghan Authorities Commit to Ensure Brishna’s Safety

    The Editors
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images) Victory! Following the sentencing of Brishna’s rapist, Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring Brishna’s protection. In May 2014, Brishna, a 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province, was raped by a local mullah.  She was able to receive medical treatment and protection thanks to the assistance of the organization Women for Afghan Women, but members of her family and community threatened to kill her and “dump her in the river” simply because she was a victim of this crime. Rape survivors in Afghanistan are at risk of so-called “honor”…
  • It’s time to ensure support for Indigenous women after sexual violence in the US

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    12 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    By Cindy Ko and Adotei Akwei It is time for the Obama administration to ensure implementation of standardized sexual assault policies aimed at helping ensure that Indigenous survivors of sexual violence  can access medical treatment and support services. Indigenous women face disproportionately high levels of rape and sexual violence. The Department of Justice (DOJ) compiled statistics that show over one in three Native American and Alaska Native women will be raped during their lifetimes. They are also 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the USA in general.
  • Israel/Palestine Conflict: Why now is the time to change to a human rights approach

    Edith Garwood
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The same day Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, visited the Gaza Strip saying, “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations” was the root cause of latest escalation in violence, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People hosted a lecture by Noam Chomsky in the UN General Assembly hall on resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict. It couldn’t have happened at a more pivotal time. Significant movement is happening globally and with…
  • It is past time for El Salvador to rescind its total abortion ban

    Marselha Gonçalves Margerin
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    El Salvador: Marlene was accused and charged with having an abortion after she had a miscarriage when she was 18 years old. I was on a plane coming back from Mexico when I first encountered the stories of children and young women in El Salvador suffering from the country’s universal criminalization of abortion, a law that is now more than a decade old. I’ve been an advocate for more than 15 years, but the news of people jailed for miscarriages, denied critical health care, and even driven to commit suicide for having to keep their pregnancy after being abused or raped still haunted…
 
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  • New Digital Security Guide for Environmental Rights Defenders

    Angela Oduor
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    (Guest Post by Samuel Maina. Samuel Maina is a Kenyan communications consultant & digital security trainer. He is the founder of Kijani Media and a blogger.) The launch of a new digital security guide targets to reduce cyber-attacks against Environmental Rights Defenders in sub-Saharan Africa by equipping them with knowledge and tools to combat surveillance and disruption. In October 2014, Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based info-activism organization, launched the ‘Digital security tools and tactics for Environmental Rights Defenders in Sub-Saharan Africa’, a digital…
  • The How and Why: Building The New Crowdmap.com

    Zack Halloran
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’ve been discussing the new Crowdmap.com recently, and our own Brandon Rosage has shared some great videos of the new UX we’re feverishly working on. We thought it would be a good time to discuss how we’re building the new Crowdmap.com, and why we’ve taken the approach we have. Let’s start at the (sort of) beginning… Our Team We have great design chops on this team, and a wealth of engineering experience, but the two skill sets aren’t contained in one Captain Planet-esque super being. As with most application development teams, we have to coordinate the work of our…
  • The Man Behind Africa’s Growing Digital Democracy Movement

    Vidya Spandana
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    [Note: This article was originally posted on Ensia, written by Katie G. Nelson] November 10, 2014 — Putting power into the hands of the people is, quite literally, Erik Hersman’s life’s work. With the help of mobile phone technology, open-source software and a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs, the Kenya-raised tech guru has emerged as one of the foremost leaders in Africa’s growing digital democratization movement. His mission: to change the way information flows from the current top-down structure, led by government and media, to a collaborative community-curated system…
  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.10 release!

    Woody Gilk
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.10 is out! Take it out for a spin on our demo site, but keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we continue to get closer. This is milestone 1 of 3 towards the first non-beta release! The next milestone release will be December 13th. NOTE: Items marked with (f) are frontend changes. Items marked with (b) are backend changes. What’s New? (f) A new web client is heavily under development The home page has been rebuilt, with new search controls We’ve also completed:- Authentication with the API Basic post creation with the API Post detail design Site…
  • Open Exploring on The Nile

    Nat Manning
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Open Explorer BRCK Expedition: EdTech on The Nile Ushahidi has helped our friends and fellow conspirators, OpenROV, make their dream of open exploration possible by building OpenExplorer.com using the Crowdmap API. It is an incredible project, something we are super excited about as a team both because of the technical things achieved in the site but also because of the bigger vision, to open up exploration to any one. Last week I was able to go on a BRCK expedition, something we do as a company to be able to test the BRCK in the field and learn about what is needed, what works, and what…
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  • Volleyball im Iran – Propaganda gegen das System?

    Re
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Ghontsche Qawami Die britisch-iranische Staatsbürgerin Ghontsche Qawami wurde vom Revolutionstribunal in Teheran wegen „Propaganda gegen das System“, „Spionage“ und „Bildung einer kriminellen Vereinigung gegen die Sicherheit des Landes“ zu einem Jahr Gefängnis und zwei Jahren Ausreiseverbot verurteilt. Bis zur Revisionsverhandlung wurde sie jetzt – nach Hinterlegung einer hohen Kaution – auf freien Fuß gesetzt. Ihr Anwalt, der darauf hingewiesen hatte, dass die Anklage absolut lächerlich sei und sie lediglich bei einem Volleyballspiel…
  • Teheran: Protest der Busfahrer

    Re
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Über 200 Vertreter der Busfahrergewerkschaft haben sich in Teheran versammelt, um gegen den Vertragsbruch der Städtischen Busfahrgesellschaft Teherans zu protestieren. Vor acht Jahren wurde mit der Gewerkschaft vereinbart, dass die Städtische Busfahrgesellschaft, das sie aus dem Verkauf betriebseigener Grundstücke erhält, dazu verwenden wird, Busfahrer und ihre Familien zu unterstützen, eine eigene Wohnung zu erwerben. In den vergangenen acht Jahren wurden zwar eine Menge solcher Grundstücke verkauft, aber das Geld ist in andere Taschen gewandert, die Familien der Busfahrer haben nicht…
  • Atomverhandlungen mit dem Iran: Zugabe!

    Re
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Heute ging die nächste Runde der Atomverhandlungen mit dem Iran zu Ende. In Wien konnte man sich darauf einigen, sich im Juli 2015 zur nächsten Runde zu treffen. Die iranische Seite konnte sich mit ihrer Forderung, die Sanktionen vollkommen aufzuheben und dem Iran die Uran-Anreicherungskapazitäten zu belassen, nicht durchsetzen. Die westlichen Verhandlungspartner wollten zumindest einen Teil der Sanktionen beibehalten, um ein Druckmittel zu haben, dass der Iran sich der Kontrolle der Internationalen Atomenergiebehörde unterwirft. Zufriedene Gesichter bei den Radikalen Da ab kommenden…
  • Tenth Wall Defense 4 Human Rights

    Mark Geoffrey Kirshner
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Tenth Wall Defense 4 Human Rights. Read Tenth Wall Defense 4 Human Rights ▸ top stories via @Nervana_1 @StellaBraintree @HRW @UNHCR @DJobling @WomensW4 http://paper.li/f-1356275580
  • Unemployment: Job Creation & Entrepreneurship

    Believe Stanley
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Nigeria is no doubt a ‘goldmine’ where investors have the tendency of making 100% returns on investment due to its large population and market size. I was having a chat with a friend in Singapore some weeks back and she was sharing with me the success stories of some family friends in India and Singapore whose businesses were doing well HERE IN NIGERIA and how some other folks are thinking of throwing their investment nets into rich ocean of the Nigerian Market with strong anticipation of marking mouth-watering fortune from the products and services they’re introduce into our market. My…
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  • Thematic Focus: Women

    EEM
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    News:Today, November 25th, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. It also marks the start of the 16 Days of of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, which runs until December 10th, or Human Rights Day.Publications:Asylum Seekers and Refugees Surviving on Hold, Sexual Violence Disclosed to Rape Crisis Centres in 2012 (Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Oct. 2014) [text]Abused & Abducted: The Plight of Female Migrants from the Horn of Africa in Yemen (Regional MMS, Oct. 2014) [text]"(En)Gendering Vulnerability: Immigrant Service Providers’…
  • New ETDs - Pt. 3

    EEM
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)The Logic of Generosity: Resilient Action among Jordanian Women in Al Manara, Amman, in Response to Pressures on Charity Donations Posed by Syrian Refugees, Thesis (Utrecht University, Aug. 2014) [text]Palestinians in Lebanon: Victims of Double Misrepresentation - A Study of Political Organization in Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp, Thesis (University of Oslo, May 2014) [text]Reflective Practice Using Music-based Program to Support Self-Awareness and Mental Health with Women Refugees from the Middle-East, Thesis (San Diego State…
  • New ETDs - Pt. 2

    EEM
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    (ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)Compliance with International Law on IDPs, Refugee and Stateless Persons: A Case Study of Burmese Refugees in Thailand, Thesis (City University of New York, Sept. 2014) [text]A Jurisprudential Analysis of the Interpretation of "Persecution" under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees at the Domestic Level, Dissertation (University of Birmingham, 2014) [info]- Embargoed until 1 Dec. 2014The Legal Protection of Cross-border Climate-induced Displaced Persons in Southern Africa, Dissertation (North-West University, Nov. 2013; was…
  • New ETDs - Pt. 1

    EEM
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    (ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)Assessing the Barriers and Facilitators to Food Security that Influence Dietary Changes among Refugees, Thesis (McMaster University, Nov. 2014) [text]The Association between Social Support and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Relation to Treatment Change in Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Thesis (Utrecht University, July 2014) [text]Cognitive Function and Traumatic Brain Injury in Refugees and Asylum-seekers Attending Mental Health Services: A Preliminary Study; and Clinical Research Portfolio, Dissertation (University of Glasgow, Oct. 2014)…
  • Thematic Focus: Conscientious Objection to Military Service

    EEM
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Event:5th International Refugee Law Seminar Series: "The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR's Role as a Norm Entrepreneur," London, 10 March 2015 [info]- Free event but registration required.Publications:"Asylum for Refusing to Fight: Charting the Development towards the Right to Conscientious Objection," King's Student Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 2014) [full-text]"Claims for Refugee Protection in Canada by Selective Objectors: An Evolving Jurisprudence," Chapter 10 in When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate, Jan. 2014)…
 
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • 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…
  • Technology: Progress and Potential

    Sanjana
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and new challenges of technology provoke a simple question of us: we all often say technology saves lives, but how far and much are we willing to really invest to make sure it really does? Read the article here. Also worth reading is ‘Technology and the…
  • Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation

    Sanjana
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    A presentation made at The Asia Foundation in Colombo to the 2014 cohort of the Foundation’s Lankacorps Fellows. Filed under: ICTs in general
  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
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  • Earthquake in Dartsedo kills five

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    An earthquake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale hit Dartsedo County, Kardze Prefecture in Sichuan Province on Saturday around 4pm (local time) killing five
  • First ‘Dhangla Riwo’ magazine released

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    A newly founded Tibetan writers group Dhangla Riwo Patsok today released its first annual magazine ‘Dhangla Riwo’ at the Library of Tibetan Works and archives' hall in Gangchen Kyi
  • ED gives clean chit to Karamapa on forex charge

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) has dropped all charges giving its clean chit to the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in connection with seizure of foreign currency worth 5.97crore from
  • Self Immolator sent home with amputated legs

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    A Tibetan man who set himself ablaze in protest against China two years ago in Bora has been sent home with both his legs amputated, a Tibeta
  • China expels over 100 nuns in Dhingri

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:54 pm
    More than a hundred Tibetan nuns of Changlo nunnery in Dhingri County, Shigatse Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, have been expelled by the Chinese authorities earlier this year, reported
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  • Afghanistan: Donors Should Act to Protect Rights Gains

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of more than a dozen donor countries. (London) – Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of…
  • Thailand: Unending Repression 6 Months Post-Coup

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. (New York) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule. read more
  • Spain: Flawed Public Security Bill

    Human Rights Watch
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Spanish Congress should amend a deeply flawed public security bill that would curb spontaneous protest and formalize abusive expulsions of asylum seekers. The congressional committee on home affairs is due to adopt the bill on November 25, 2014, after which the bill will go the plenary for debate and vote in the coming days. (Milan) – The Spanish Congress should amend a deeply flawed public security bill that would curb spontaneous protest and formalize abusive expulsions of asylum seekers.read more
  • Jordan: Vulnerable Refugees Forcibly Returned to Syria

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. (Beirut) – Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. Those deported include wounded men and unaccompanied children. read more
  • Iran: Honors for Persecuted Writers

    Human Rights Watch
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Five Iranians are among 35 writers to win the prestigious Hellman-Hammett award for courage and conviction in the face of political persecution. The other 30 winners come from 11 countries. (New York) – Five Iranians are among 35 writers to win the prestigious Hellman-Hammett award for courage and conviction in the face of political persecution. The other 30 winners come from 11 countries. read more
 
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  • Inner Temple Book Prize

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    The Inner Temple has just announced its 2015 Book Prize. Original works published between 2 February 2011 and 31 December 2014 are eligible, and there are no restrictions on authors' domicile or nationality. The prizes are very generous - £12,000 for the main prize and £5,000 for the New Authors Prize. Further information can be found here.
  • Dr Margaret deGuzman

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Margaret deGuzman successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the National University of Ireland Galway on 10 November 2014. Her thesis is entitled 'Shocking the Conscience of Humanity: Gravity and the Legitimacy of International Criminal Law'. She was examined by Prof. Kevin Jon Heller of the School of African and Oriental Studies and Prof. Ray Murphy of NUI Galway. Dr Shane Darce chaired the examination. She was supervised by Prof. William Schabas. Meg deGuzman is a Professor at Temple University School of Law. Congratulations! From left, Ray Murphy, Kevin Heller (on skype), Meg deGuzman…
  • 'Indefinite Adjournment' or 'Deferment'?

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    I have read, with great interest, the transcript from the status conference in the Kenyatta case before the International Criminal Court last month. In it, the prosecution requests an 'indefinite adjournment' of the case, by which it means an 'adjourn[ment of] the case without fixing a date'. This is a remarkable request, and raises serious fair trial issues insofar as the prosecution has essentially proposed to allow the matter to drag on indefinitely without any fixed date for the start of trial, owing to insufficiencies in its own evidence. One is reminded of Kafka's The…
  • Public lecture: ‘How do we Protect Liberty without a Bill of Rights - Lessons from the Cold War’

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    ‘How do we Protect Liberty without a Bill of Rights - Lessons from the Cold War’ by Professor Keith Ewing,  Professor of Public Law, King’s College, London  Wednesday,  12 November 2014 at 5pmLecture Theatre 7, Rendall BuildingHuman Rights and International Law UnitSchool of Law and Social JusticeUniversity of LiverpoolAbstractRecent revelations about MI5 surveillance of academics raise serious questions about the application of constitutional values during the Cold War.   In fact, it was the tip of the iceberg, with tens if not hundreds of thousands of…
  • Dr Giulia Pecorella

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    From left, Nadia Bernaz, Giulia, Michael Scharf (on screen), Anthony Cullen and myself.Giulia Pecorella successfully defended her doctoral thesis today at Middlesex University. The topic of the thesis was the United States and the Crime of Aggression. The examiners were Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Dr Nadia Bernaz of Middlesex. The supervisory team was composed of Dr Anthony Cullen and myself. Congratulations, Giulia.
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  • Young Chadians express their views on violence

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    N´DJAMENA, Chad, 24 November 2014 – “Lights! Camera! Action!" a confident voice echoes in the backyard of a house in Chad´s capital, N´Djamena. With tousled hair, ripped clothes and makeup to give the appearance of being bruised, 15-year-old Benedicte Dandé is the director, writer and main actress of a 60-second video entitled My reflection. 
  • In Nigeria, combining nutritional support and birth registration under one roof

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    KANO, Nigeria, 21 November 2014 – The waiting hall is crowded at the Magami Basic Health Centre, in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, northern Nigeria. The clinic is filled with mothers seeking help for their children at the outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) for severe acute malnutrition. Aisha Ahmadu, 30, mother of six, is there with her 9-month-old twins, Hassan and Hussain.
  • In Sierra Leone, bringing isolation closer to home

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    BOMBALI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 20 November 2014 – “Well, we thank God for the Community Care Centres, but it’s not easy working here,” says nurse Josephine Conteh as she waits for the first patients to arrive at the new eight-bed care unit, known as a CCC, in the village of Pate Bana Mara in Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone.
  • A taste of hope in South Sudan

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    NHIALDIU, South Sudan, 12 November 2014 – In one hand, Nyakuoy cradles her 12-month-old baby boy, Nyepuote, close to her body, and in the other she holds a sachet of ready-to-use therapeutic food. Despite a hesitant start, her son is slowly getting used to the peanut-based paste that could save his life. 
  • In Mali, united against Ebola – a transporter’s pledge

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    BAMAKO, Mali, 11 November 2014 – For more than 20 years, Abdoulaye Bagayoko has worked at one of the busiest bus terminals in Bamako, Mali’s capital. Now he has decided to make the fight against Ebola his priority.
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  • Oxfam reaction to UN assessment that deadline to bring the Ebola outbreak under control by December 1st will not be met

    Elena Cornellana
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Oxfam reaction to UN assessment that deadline to bring the Ebola outbreak under control by December 1st will not be met25 November 2014A clear and public plan of action from the UN and governments is needed to respond to the changing nature of the outbreak. This will enable the humanitarian community to effectively marshall its resources to overcome EbolaRead more
  • Hungry for Commitment

    pilar barroso
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Hungry for Commitment24 November 2014Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food.
  • 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence: women voices from Lebanon

    pilar barroso
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    The 16 days of activism campaign is an international campaign that lasts for 16 days. The campaign raises awareness about gender-based violence on local, national, and international levels.16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence: women voices from Lebanon
  • Afghan women frozen out of peace talks, in danger of losing gains made since fall of the Taliban

    Elena Cornellana
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Afghan women frozen out of peace talks, in danger of losing gains made since fall of the Taliban24 November 2014Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future. Unless this discrimination is reversed, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat.Read more
  • Female voices from Afghanistan

    CarlotaM
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban regime, there have been tangible gains for Afghan women. But many Afghan women remain highly vulnerable and more work is needed to protect them and their rights.Female voices from Afghanistan
 
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  • Interview: Helene Cooper gives Western media a ‘C+’ on Ebola coverage

    Stephanie Walstrom
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This post is part of ONE’s “Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa” blog series. Helene Cooper is bringing a unique and important voice to coverage of the Ebola crisis. The Liberian-born American journalist recently returned to the US from a 2-week trip to Liberia to cover Ebola for The New York Times. While there, Cooper focused on writing humanizing and insightful pieces that showcase the resilience of Liberians amid the horror of Ebola. A Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, Cooper was born in Monrovia, Liberia, but came to the United States in the early 1980s in the…
  • Give back this holiday season with gifts that support girls and women

    Mary Scharffenberger
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further than the ONE Girls and Women gift guide, which features some of our favorite partner organizations. The selections below marry our love of good style with our passion for girls and women around the world. Happy holidays! 1. FEED 2 Kenya Messenger Bag Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.” Every FEED product sold has a measurable donation attached to its products. When you purchase one of their items, you help FEED in their work fighting hunger and…
  • SHARE THIS: 7 Days of Gratitude

    Jordan Elton
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ve been sharing all the things we’ve been grateful for at ONE. Take a moment to reflect on some of the things we have access to – but millions of people live without. Click to share on Facebook.  What would you add to the list? Tell us in a comment below!
  • Apple is (RED) for World AIDS Day

    (RED)
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    WOW. This is huge.  This World AIDS Day Apple is launching their biggest ever fundraising push for (RED). In a world first, the App Store℠ has turned (RED) with Apps for (RED).  Starting today until December 7th, 25 fan-favorite apps are offering exclusive new and creative content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Yep, that’s right. 100% of proceeds every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, will go to fight AIDS. And it doesn’t stop there. Apple will also donate a portion of sales at…
  • 14 Stats about Ebola you need to read right now

    Jordan Elton
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    We all know Ebola is deadly disease ravaging parts of West Africa. But what else? Here’s 14 facts that explain Ebola’s growth, its effect on daily life and what resources are needed to fight it. 1. 85% of households in Liberia are eating fewer meals a day as a result of the Ebola epidemic. 2. If Ebola is not contained quickly, it will cost Liberia 12% of its GDP by the end of 2015. To put things in perspective, Liberia’s GDP in 2013 was $1.951 billion. The District of Columbia had a GDP of $105.47 billion in 2013, which is 54 times higher. Credit: The Economist 3.
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  • Illegal fishermen encroach on world's most isolated tribe

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Due to their isolation the Sentinelese of India's Andaman Islands are the most vulnerable society on the planet. They face increasing threats from illegal fishermen who are targeting their waters.© Indian Coastguard/SurvivalSurvival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has received worrying reports that illegal fishermen are targeting the waters around the island home of the uncontacted Sentinelese tribe on India’s Andaman Islands. Seven men identified as Burmese fishermen were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard near North Sentinel Island earlier…
  • Massive illegal forest clearance threatens unique uncontacted tribe

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:21 am
    Brazilian rancher Marcelo Bastos Ferraz has rejected the Ayoreo's plea to stop destroying the forest inhabited by their uncontacted relatives.© OPITThe last uncontacted Indians outside Amazonia are running out of forest to hide in, say campaigners, as alarming new photos reveal rampant, illegal destruction of their territory. Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indians, whose uncontacted relatives are hiding in the last patches of forest in western Paraguay, have watched helplessly as cattle-ranching firms illegally invade their territory and raze the forest. The Ayoreo have recently discovered miles…
  • New report exposes the 'Dark side of conservation'

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Tribal peoples are the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world. Survival's new report reveals how the world's biggest conservation organizations are implicated in their eviction from 'protected areas.'© Selcen Kucukustel/Atlas‘Parks Need Peoples’ campaign launched during World Parks Congress A hard-hitting new report launched by Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – reveals how conservation has led to the eviction of millions of tribal people from “protected areas.” Many of the…
  • World Responsible Tourism Day: Survival calls for Botswana boycott

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    Protestors handed leaflets to visitors to the World Travel Market in London, calling for a boycott of Botswana tourism until the Bushmen are allowed to live in peace on their land. © Sophie Pinchetti/SurvivalSupporters of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, called for a boycott of Botswana tourism at the World Travel Market in London today, over the country’s relentless persecution of Africa’s last hunting Bushmen. On today’s World Responsible Tourism Day, protestors handed leaflets to visitors to the leading travel industry event,…
  • Brazil: Guarani 'despair' as female leader murdered

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Guarani leader Marinalva Manoel was stabbed to death after campaigning for her tribe's ancestral land.© Aty GuasuAn indigenous leader has been killed in central-western Brazil, after campaigning for her tribe’s ancestral land to be returned. Marinalva Manoel, a 27-year-old Guarani Indian, was allegedly raped and stabbed to death. Her body was found on the side of a highway on Saturday. Last month Marinalva traveled over 1,000 km to the capital, Brasília, with a delegation of Guarani leaders, to insist that the authorities fulfil their legal duty to return the land to the Guarani…
 
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  • Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks

    Lyndal Rowlands
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Students at Columbia University carry mattresses on the Carry That Weight National Day of Action to show their support for survivors of sexual assault. Credit: Warren HellerBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)“A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.”Jasmin Enriquez is a two-time survivor of rape. Like two-thirds of rape survivors, Enriquez knew her rapists. The first was her boyfriend when she was a high school senior, the…
  • Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

    Diego Arguedas Ortiz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    A farmer from Alauca, Honduras plants maize on his land. Agriculture, which accounts for up to 20 percent of GDP in some countries in the region, has been hit hard by climate change. Credit: Neil Palmer/CiatBy Diego Arguedas OrtizSAN JOSE, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.In the months leading up to COP20 – the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the…
  • Civil Society Freedoms Merit Role in Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Mandeep S.Tiwana
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    In this column, Mandeep Tiwana, a lawyer specialising in human rights and civil society issues and Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, reports that civil society groups are facing increasing challenges as they seek to assume their rightful role as partners in development. He calls on civil society around the world to remain vigilant and act collectively to ensure that the fundamental rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly are protected.By Mandeep S.TiwanaJOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for…
  • Nuclear Weapons as Bargaining Chips in Global Politics

    Thalif Deen
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Michael Kirby, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), briefs the press about the Commission's report which documents wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)Has the world reached a stage where nuclear weapons may be used as bargaining chips in international politics?So it seems, judging by the North Korean threat last week to conduct another nuclear test – if and when the 193-member U.N. General Assembly adopts a…
  • Jewellery Industry Takes Steps to Eliminate “Conflict Gold”

    Carey L. Biron
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Gold from eastern Congo. The war in Congo is fueled by a thriving gold trade today, with armed groups controlling mines and earning an estimated 50 million dollars last year from selling gold and minerals. This gold is from a day's work at Kaniola mine. Credit: ENOUGH Project/cc by 2.0By Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Nov 25 2014 (IPS)Major U.S. jewellery companies and retailers have started to take substantive steps to eliminate the presence of “conflict gold” from their supply chains, according to the results of a year-long investigation published Monday.Rights advocates, backed by the…
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    EarthRights International

  • “A Foreseeable Disaster”: New Report on the Negative Impacts of Forced Displacement Caused by the Thilawa SEZ

    Alison Heron
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in cooperation with Japanese NGO Mekong Watch and local organization, Thilawa Social Development Group (TSDG), recently released a report titled “A Foreseeable Disaster in Burma: Forced Displacement in the Thilawa Economic Zone”. The report accuses the Myanmar authorities of violating international standards relating to relocation and resettlement, highlighting the negative impacts on communities forcibly evicted as a result of the first phase of the Thilawa SEZ project, which is being developed with the Japanese government. PHR’s research includes…
  • Pozzolan Mine Wearing out the People of Mt. Popa

    Guest
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I have to eat my lunch so late so that I will not be hungry again in the evening,” the woman herding cattle told me as she ate a simple meal of cooked rice, beans and chili. On a sunny day in June 2014, I took a trip to the Mt. Popa area to conduct my research on land confiscation caused by a pozzolan mining project. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano near Bagan in central Myanmar, best known as a pilgrimage site with many important Nat (spirit) temples and relic sites on the top of the mountain. When I visited one of the villages where I was doing my research, I saw the old woman beside the…
  • Canadian government tries to protect the reputation of its mining companies - it's got its work cut out

    Marco Simons
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Economist is reporting on a Canadian government initiative to promote the interests of its mining companies abroad if they will agree to take part in a dispute resolution process with local communities. It's not clear what this process would look like; we would urge community involvement in creating the process. But it's clear that, in the reputation-management department, the government has a tough road ahead. In addition to ERI's own release about Barrick, I compiled the following list of Canadian mining companies involved in abusive and/or polluting projects around the world - off…
  • Nearing the 30th Anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster, Pollution Victims ask U.S. Appeals Court to Hold Union Carbide Accountable

    EarthRights International
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Contact: Rick Herz (USA)          (202) 466-5188 x114          rick@earthrights.org  November 24, 2014 New York, NY – Almost 30 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster, survivors and other members of the surrounding community continue to seek justice for toxic contamination. Property owners whose wells have been fouled by toxins from the notorious chemical plant in Bhopal, India, filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday, contesting a lower court’s decision that Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) could not be sued for ongoing…
  • Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered “Business Grants” and “Training” in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights

    EarthRights International
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Contact: Valentina Stackl (USA)                       +1 (202) 466 5188 x100         valentina@earthrights.org Human rights advocates denounce Barrick’s reparations process in Papua New Guinea as inconsistent with international law and inadequate to remedy brutal rapes November 21, 2014, Washington DC and Porgera, Papua New Guinea — Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • This Secret University Inside the Israeli Prison System Is Educating Palestine’s New Leaders

    Emily Mulder
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Snapshot from a book collection previously used by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, currently held in the Nablus Public Library. Photo by the author. A Palestinian inmate walks down the corridor of an Israeli jail. He stops at a cell door to deliver meals, but food is not the only thing he carries. He also has a sheet of paper sent by a Palestinian leader within the jail, containing the numbers of all Fatah-affiliated cells where the paper should be delivered. The paper lists names of prisoners and their elected positions within the Fatah faction of the jail. “I read 300 books in the…
  • When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help

    Larry Gabriel
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Activists, including actor Mark Ruffalo, union members, and Detroit residents streamed through downtown Detroit on July 18, 2014, protesting the controversial water shutoffs and calling for local democracy and economic justice. Photo from Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The Detroit water-rights movement really got into gear when Charity Hicks was taken to jail while trying to stop shut-offs on her block. “It started a windstorm of people rising up and speaking out, knowing what was happening regarding…
  • New Film Shows How Florida Farmworkers Won Fairer Pay From America's Biggest Food Companies

    Nur Lalji
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Photo by Jeffery Salter. The small city of Immokalee, Florida, provides produce to millions of people. It’s one of the country’s agricultural hubs, but with an average per capita income of $9,518, the majority of residents—many of whom are farmworkers—live well below the national poverty level. “The wealth doesn’t stay here with us.” That’s Lucas Benitez, founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a former farmworker, in the new film Food Chains.  The documentary, by director Sanjay Rawal and executive producers Eva…
  • This Food Stand Celebrates Palestinian Culture. When It Received a Death Threat, Students Stood Up

    Mary Hansen
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Student speaks at a rally in support of Conflict Kitchen. Photo by Heather Kresge Photography. In front of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, students gather around metal tables and chairs next to a small, brightly colored building. It houses Conflict Kitchen, an unusual restaurant that features food from conflict zones. Employees in scrubs from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hustle by its counter to get lunch before rushing back to the hospital just blocks away. “It tastes like Palestine.” Conflict Kitchen offers a rotating menu of traditional foods from…
  • An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Image by Never Alone. The Inupiaq people of Alaska have an unipqaak—a generations-old story—called Kanuk Sayuka. It tells of an unending blizzard that threatens the life of an Alaskan village. The people cannot hunt for food and face starvation. To save them, a young girl, Nuna, must overcome a series of challenges with the help of an arctic fox and forces from both the physical and spirit worlds. It’s a story about the restoration of the balance of nature. And now you can learn all about it on XBOX or PlayStation. "American Indian stories ... are nonlinear, relational, and expansive…
 
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  • Kenyans protest over Nairobi miniskirt attack

    Women News Network
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    BBC Africa – Monday November 17, 2015 At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt. The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports […]
  • London exhibition celebrates female [leaders] empowerment through fashion

    Women News Network
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Li-mei Hoang – Reuters News UK – Wednesday November 12, 2014 (originally published Nov 7) (Reuters) – From a jade green wool dress suit worn by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to the suffragettes’ lace blouses, clothes have been a defining feature of women’s empowerment, according to a new exhibition in London. “Women Fashion […]
  • [U.S.] Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate

    Women News Network
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Maya Harris – Center for American Progress – Tuesday November 4, 2014 (originally published 30 Oct) One of the intriguing questions that lingered in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election was whether the voters who turned out to elect him were a historic but transitory phenomenon or whether they foreshadowed a dramatic and perhaps permanent change […]
  • Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

    Women News Network
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis – WNN Features (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It was when I began to have images of women from around the world who are suffering flash before my mind, that the reality of the state of the world started ‘sinking in’ after my trip to the United Nations Commission […]
  • Technology helps Africa’s women farmers close the gap

    Women News Network
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]
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  • Rest In Peace Beautiful Oliver

    Cicci
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Today I read something that really made me really sad. Oliver ‘the broken bear’ have passed away. Myself and many many others have followed Animal Asia’s amazing work and their story about how they rescued Oliver from a bear bile farm in China. A farm where he and the other bears suffered intense pain and abuse on daily basis. Oliver was there for almost 30 (THIRTY) years… Yesterday the amazing team that have been caring for him for four and a half happy years decided to euthanise him after his health deteriorated. For those of you who don’t know about Oliver…
  • So Far This Year, At Least 35 Dead on Ohio Tracks

    Cicci
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Cicci:Horse racing. Yet another animal cruelty that way too many people find entertaining! Originally posted on Horseracing Wrongs: In its most recent meeting (September 30th), the Ohio State Racing Commission disclosed that through September 29th of this year, 35 horses – 28 Thoroughbred, 7 Standardbred – have died racing or training on Ohio tracks. (And there was no Thoroughbred racing the first 3 1/2 months of the year.) Five of those kills came in a recent five-day period at Belterra. The minutes go on to say that “[Executive Director] Crawford and Chairman Schmitz expressed concern…
  • November 15 Spain Will Yet Again Cause Great Pain To Bulls!

    Cicci
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Yet again Spain will torture bulls. Getting tied to a post by its horns and a plank of wood attached to a metal bar doused in pitch – a highly combustible mixture of turpentine and sulphur. While the flames eat the wood Fiercely hot sparks and embers drip from the burning torches onto the terrified and suffering young bull. Then released it will be chased around by a screaming laughing crowd. The bulls can’t do much more than run around in pain, often smashing into walls in tying to put out the flames. Stumbling over things placed on the ground to the delight of the…
  • Thailand: Dog Meat and Dog Skin Boss Arrested

    Cicci
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Cicci:There are no limits of how much I hate scum like that. Well done to the Thai army and police! Originally posted on SAY NO TO DOG MEAT.NET: Thailand: Dog Meat and Dog Skin Boss Arrested The Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Police conducted a surprise midnight raid on a dog skin tannery and meat works a few nights ago, owned and run by one of Tha-Rae’s most powerful men. We thank Soi Dog Foundation and Watchdog Thailand for their involvement in the operation. Inside the illegal dog meat slaughterhouse and dog skin tannery. The operation busted the biggest boss in the region for dog skins…
  • PETITION TO HARVEY NICHOLS

    Cicci
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Cicci:Disgusting! You would think that in this day and age when the information how there poor animals live and get murdered EVERYONE would say no to fur, but sadly too many seems to lack a brain. Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET:: Words taken from the petition below: Department store Harvey Nichols has gone back on their fur free policy from 2004 and started selling real fur again. A simple browse through their online shop shows that they are using rabbits, minks, foxes, raccoons and coyotes. They claim that they are only using fur that is ‘ethically sourced and humanely farmed’.
 
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  • 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)
  • Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life

    Burt Phoenix
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Vaastav Angel saving souls Vaastav Foundation, is an NGO based out of Mumbai working towards equal human rights for both the genders. The organization assists families in distress and crisis who suffer from toxic domestic relationships. They assist people who have suffered false dowry and domestic violence cases. The organization is a part of a network of over 40 NGOs all over India which conducts weekly meetings in over 20 cities. In these meeting they try to create a positive space for men where they can be heard without being judged. Meetings for Vaastav Foundation regularly conducts…
  • No Automatic Arrest in 498A Complaints

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

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