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  • #DearObama: 3 Steps to Advance Rights of Women and Girls in Your State of the Union

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    Tarah Demant
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    President Obama, , joined by Vice Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State Deborah Parker, trafficking survivor Tysheena Rhames, Police Chief James Johnson of Baltimore County in Maryland, and Executive Director of New York City Anti-Violence Project Police Department Sharon Stapel, and members of Congress and his adminstration, signs the Violence Against Women Act into law March 7, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) This blog is part of a series on human rights in the State of the Union address. The United States has an obligation to pursue policies that ensure respect for…
  • Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms

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    26 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena. (New York) – Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena.read more
  • Kazakhstan: Journal Loses Shutdown Appeal

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    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. (Bishkek) – The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. read more
  • Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?

    IRIN
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    TRIPOLI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying.
  • 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…
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  • Kazakhstan: Journal Loses Shutdown Appeal

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. (Bishkek) – The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. read more
  • China: Citizens’ Rights in Congress Spotlight

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should exercise its constitutional powers and reject policies and legislative measures that contravene domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang. (New York) − China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should exercise its constitutional powers and reject policies and legislative measures that contravene domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter read more
  • Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena. (New York) – Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena.read more
  • UNASUR: Condemn Abuses in Venezuela

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    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) should condemn the grave human rights violations committed by the Venezuelan government against political opponents and protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuela should release people arbitrarily detained and bring to justice those responsible for abuses committed against protesters. The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) should condemn the grave human rights violations committed by the Venezuelan government against political opponents and protesters, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Iraqi Kurdistan: Arabs Displaced, Cordoned Off, Detained

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iraqi Kurdish forces have confined thousands of Arabs in “security zones” in areas of northern Iraq that they have captured since August 2014 from the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Kurdish forces for months barred Arabs displaced by fighting from returning to their homes in portions of Ninewa and Erbil provinces, while permitting Kurds to return to those areas and even to move into homes of Arabs who fled. Iraqi Kurdish forces have confined thousands of Arabs in “security zones” in areas of northern Iraq that they have…
 
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  • Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    TRIPOLI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying.
  • Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states.
  • IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    DUBAI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN) - Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
  • Will Washington surrender in the War on Drugs?

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    NAIROBI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN) - The news this week that Jamaica is decriminalizing marijuana for personal use is the latest step in a global trend towards rethinking drug policy. For decades the international consensus has focused on criminalization and interdiction, but the approach has not only failed to stem drug production and use, it has also had a devastating impact on communities and individual lives.
  • Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    GOMA, 26 February 2015 (IRIN) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined.
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  • 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…
  • Global Voices at 10: Food for Thought

    Ethan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I spent last week in Cebu, the second largest city in The Philippines, with three hundred journalists, activists and media scholars from more than sixty countries. The occasion was the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, a biennial conference on the state of citizen media, blogging, journalism and activism. This summit coincided with the tenth anniversary of Global Voices, the citizen media website and community Rebecca MacKinnon and I helped to found in late 2004. We’ve held the conference six times, and it’s always been an excuse to gather core members of the Global Voices…
  • Global Voices Summit: Do We Feed the Trolls?

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Five days with Global Voices leaves me feeling pretty good about the state of the world, and the shape of the internet. But the ‘net is not always a friendly place. Our post-lunch session on the closing day of our conference is “Do We Feed the Trolls?”, hosted by the estimable Jillian York, of Global Voices and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, a celebrated Filipina momblogger. In 2006, she started blogging as a mother who had lost a child. In 2009, she founded blogwatch.ph, a leading Filipino citizen media site. She’s now an empty nester after…
  • Global Voices Summit: Online Crisis Reporting

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Many of the panels at the Global Voices summit offer a global perspective on difficult reporting challenges. “When the Stakes Are High and the Story Ever Changing: Online Crisis Reporting” Moderator Lauren Finch explains that these look like simple stories to handle: they erupt, a professional or citizen reporter offers their take, and we repeat as necessary. But that’s becoming harder and harder. Governments routinely go into propaganda overdrive, and we need to unpack what’s real, what’s imagined and aspirational. A flood of citizen generated media means we can…
  • Howard French on the media’s coverage of Boko Haram massacres

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Foreign correspondent, journalism professor and author Howard French recently weighed in on the debate about media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the massacres in Baga with a memorable stream of tweets. French has a deep understanding of Africa in the news, as a former professor in Côte d’Ivoire and the author of two must-read books about Africa, A Continent for the Taking and China’s Second Continent, about Chinese expansion in Africa. French was reacting in part to a New York Times Public Editor note from Margaret Sullivan on the New York Times’s coverage of the two…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • New Data on Food Waste

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    A new study shows that reducing consumer food waste could save the global economy up to $300 billion annually by 2030.  “Globally, the food wasted by consumers is worth $400 billion a year, and this could jump to $600 billion in the next decade, as the profligate middle class expands in developing countries, the group said. Cutting the amount of food consumers discard by between 20 and 50 percent could save between $120 and $300 billion yearly by 2030, said the report for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an international group chaired by former Mexican President Felipe…
  • Somalia Finally Gets a US Ambassador

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    President Barack Obama nominated career diplomat Katherine Dhanani to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991. “Dhanani has served in diplomatic assignments across Africa, including Zimbabwe, Gabon, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo-Brazzaville. She would replace a U.S. special representative who acts as the current envoy to Somalia, operating out of Nairobi, Kenya. ‘As security conditions permit, we look forward to increasing our diplomatic presence in Somalia and eventually reopening the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu,’ State Department spokeswoman Jen…
  • What We Know About What We Don’t Know About Development

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    How good are the data that drives international development policies? It turns out, not that great. This week’s episode comes in two parts. First, I speak with Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about it who offers an excellent overview of the situation. Next, Mark speaks with someone who is actively trying to solve this problem. Mayra Buvinich is a senior fellow with the United Nations Foundation and helped start Data2X, which is a collaboration that seeks to improve the quality of data and statistics about women…
  • Map of the Day: Barrel Bombs in Syria

    Mythili Sampathkumar
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Today’s map comes from Human Rights Watch, which has released new research into the use of barrel bombs in the ongoing conflict in Syria.  It may seem like a trivial point to research and argue against just one type of weapon, but the production, deployment, and destruction of the barrel bomb are key to understanding the importance of this specific research. This weapon is inherently indiscriminate and its use in Syria was specifically banned by a UN Security Council resolution a year ago. HRW is now calling on the Security Council not to take new action, but enforce their own…
  • Salva Kiir Gets An Earful

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    This diplomatic dressing down is significant because the “troika”–particularly the USA–has typically backed the South Sudanese president. They are now signaling that this support is quite tenuous. “The United States, United Kingdom and Norway said that South Sudanese President Salva Kiir reneged on a promise when he failed to show up for the latest round of peace talks for his country…When the warring parties last met at the end of January, Mr. Kiir and his main rival in the South Sudan conflict, former vice president Riek Machar, signed a power-sharing proposal for a…
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    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights

  • One Billion Women and Girls Deserve Better

    Guest Writer
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    One Billion Rising event in New Delhi on February 14, 2014. The One Billion Rising campaign is a global call for an end to violence against women and girls and that survivors should receive justice. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images By: Cindy Ko, Ending Violence Against Women Fellow; DC Legislative Coordinator This Valentine’s Day, show your love for humanity and demand change for women and girls: join Amnesty International and V-Day, a global movement dedicated to ending gender-based violence, for the annual One Billion Rising Revolution campaign to end violence against women and girls. In a…
  • One Vote Made the Difference for Guadalupe!

    Larry Ladutke
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Thanks to everyone who took part in the very urgent social media action to free Guadalupe! Guadalupe is one of 17 Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison after suffering miscarriages. The only legal option left for these women is a pardon. Last week, the Salvadoran National Assembly failed to approve a pardon for Guadalupe by just one vote. Fortunately, the issue was brought up for another vote on Wednesday, January 21. On Tuesday, Amnesty called upon activists around the world to take part in a very urgent action on behalf of Guadalupe by sending Twitter and Facebook…
  • How Did the State of the Union Stack Up On Human Rights?

    Steven Hawkins
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama touched on issues of national security, criminal justice reform, immigration policy and women’s health, all of which involve human rights. It is important to promote awareness of these issues as part of the US national conversation. But as always, the proof is in the pudding. So how do President Obama’s words stack up against actions? Torture. The release of the Senate torture report’s summary makes it clear the U.S. government used torture. Unless those responsible are held accountable, the door to future abuses will…
  • #DearObama: 3 Steps to Advance Rights of Women and Girls in Your State of the Union

    Tarah Demant
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    President Obama, , joined by Vice Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State Deborah Parker, trafficking survivor Tysheena Rhames, Police Chief James Johnson of Baltimore County in Maryland, and Executive Director of New York City Anti-Violence Project Police Department Sharon Stapel, and members of Congress and his adminstration, signs the Violence Against Women Act into law March 7, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) This blog is part of a series on human rights in the State of the Union address. The United States has an obligation to pursue policies that ensure respect for…
  • Celebrate a Victory for Dominican Women & Urge El Salvador to Follow!

    Larry Ladutke
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Women during a march to commemorate UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (Photo: ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images) Until now, the Dominican Republic was one of the few nations with a complete ban on abortion.  The law did not allow exceptions for the health and safety of the woman; rape or incest; or severe fetal abnormality.  That changed on December 19, when President Danilo Medina put into effect a new Criminal Code that allows abortions under the above-mentioned circumstances. This is an important victory for…
 
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Issues

    EEM
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Opportunities:FY 2015 Request for Research Concept Notes to Strengthen Evidence-based Humanitarian Decision Making by PRM and its Partners Worldwide [info]- "Concept notes must respond to one of the following research questions: 1. Access to education for urban refugee children; 2. Costs/benefits of cash assistance in acute emergencies; 3. Economic impact of refugees on host communities; 4. Environmental impact of refugee camps." Submission deadline is 6 March 2015.Call for Research Proposals to Assess the Economic Impact of Refugees on Host and/or Regional Economies [info]- Submission…
  • Events & Opportunities: More March 2015

    EEM
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Info sharing: ESPMI Guest Twitter Project, Online, 2 March-13 April 2015 [info]- Follow tweets at @ESPMINetwork.Meeting: Working Together in the Field for Effective Humanitarian Response, Berlin, 3-4 March 2015 [info]- Follow link for background paper, discussion starter, agenda and programme.Meeting: 62nd Meeting of the UNHCR Standing Committee, Geneva, 3-5 March 2015 [info]- Documents will eventually be made available via the a/m link.Webinar: Social Media and Refugee Rights, 5 March 2015 [info]CFP: De-mythifing Forced Migration: Place, Temporariness and Access in an Era of (Im)Mobility,…
  • Thematic Focus: Detention

    EEM
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Alternatives to Immigration and Asylum Detention in the EU: Time for Implementation (MADE REAL Project, Jan. 2015) [text]Behind Bars: The Detention of Migrants in and from the East & Horn of Africa (RMMS, Feb. 2015) [text]*The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions, Lancaster, UK, 22-23 Jan. 2015 [info]- An overview of the conference is provided in this blog post.Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow (Immigration Impact, Feb. 2015) [text]Evaluating the Impact of International Detention Coalition…
  • Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance, incl. World Humanitarian Summit

    EEM
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Event & opportunity: Regional Humanitarianism in Action, Dubai, 24-26 February 2015 [info]- Follow link for background paper, agenda and other related materials.Introduction to Evaluating Humanitarian Action, Online (available in early March) [info]- Registration required.Publications:Addressing Causation in Humanitarian Evaluation: A Discussion on Designs, Approaches and Examples (ALNAP, Jan. 2015) [text]The Aid Industry: What Journalists Really Think (International Broadcasting Trust, Nov. 2014) [text]- See also related Guardian article and live Q&A.Comment les…
  • New - and Free - Issue of JICJ Explores Intersection of Refugee & Criminal Law

    EEM
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    A special issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ) has just been published.  The theme is "The Interaction between Refugee Law and International Criminal Justice."  It includes 16 articles and four book reviews, all of which - happily! - are freely available.  Read the introduction for a complete overview of the contents.Topical Issues:Systematising Systemic Integration: ‘War Refugees’, Regime Relations, and a Proposal for a Cumulative Approach to International Commitments [text]The Laws of War and the Protection of ‘War Refugees’: Reflections on…
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  • Tibetan released in Derge

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:34 pm
    A Tibetan from Derge in Kardze has been released before the completion of prison sentence on Feb. 23, apparently for his good behavior while in prison. While the police were on hunt for the three, the Chinese authorities imposed penalty of 20,000 Yuan each on the family me
  • US based Tibetan group documents endemic torture, climate of impunity in Tibet

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The International Campaign for Tibet has urged China to release all Tibetan prisoners who have been detained for religious beliefs or practices, or peaceful expression of views in a report it published on
  • Relief for Tibetans in forestland encroachment case

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In what could bring some relief to the Tibetan families accused of encroachment of forest land the Himachal Pradesh government, which is against regularization of the encroached land, has decided not to evict the occup
  • China forcing monks under 19 to disrobe

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Chinese authorities in Qinghai Province are preventing monks below 19 years who are on visit to their homes for the Tibetan New Year vacations from returning to their monasteries, the Radio Free Asia
  • Tibetan minister seeks world's support for Tibet's human rights

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Dicki Chhoyang, Kalon (minister) for Information and International Relations, reiterated her government’s commitment to the Middle Way Approach in resolving the issue of Tibet, and sought support from
 
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  • Kazakhstan: Journal Loses Shutdown Appeal

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. (Bishkek) – The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. read more
  • China: Citizens’ Rights in Congress Spotlight

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should exercise its constitutional powers and reject policies and legislative measures that contravene domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang. (New York) − China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should exercise its constitutional powers and reject policies and legislative measures that contravene domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter read more
  • Sri Lanka: Press Ahead on Rights Reforms

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena. (New York) – Sri Lanka’s new government should advance a reform agenda to address past and ongoing human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena.read more
  • UNASUR: Condemn Abuses in Venezuela

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) should condemn the grave human rights violations committed by the Venezuelan government against political opponents and protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Venezuela should release people arbitrarily detained and bring to justice those responsible for abuses committed against protesters. The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) should condemn the grave human rights violations committed by the Venezuelan government against political opponents and protesters, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Iraqi Kurdistan: Arabs Displaced, Cordoned Off, Detained

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Iraqi Kurdish forces have confined thousands of Arabs in “security zones” in areas of northern Iraq that they have captured since August 2014 from the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Kurdish forces for months barred Arabs displaced by fighting from returning to their homes in portions of Ninewa and Erbil provinces, while permitting Kurds to return to those areas and even to move into homes of Arabs who fled. Iraqi Kurdish forces have confined thousands of Arabs in “security zones” in areas of northern Iraq that they have…
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    PhD studies in human rights

  • Moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

    14 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    The Governor of Pennsylvania has declared a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. Governor Wolf said: 'This moratorium is in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row, all of whom have been convicted of committing heinous crimes. This decision is based on a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust, and expensive. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty, 150 people have been exonerated from death row nationwide, including six men in Pennsylvania.'Slowly but surely the death penalty is in…
  • Dr Yingxi Bi

    11 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Yingxi Bi successfully defended her doctoral thesis this morning at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. The title was 'Drug Control Policies and Human Rights'. The examiners were Prof. Elies van Sleidregt, dean of the law school of the Free University of Amsterdam, and Dr Shane Darcy. From left: Shane, Elies, Yingxi and myself. Congratulations, Dr Bi! And happy new year!
  • Georgia and the Issues of "Legal Transplants"

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    In December of last year, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights released a fascinating report on its trial monitoring activities in Georgia. In 2009, following significant input from USAID and other international donors, Georgia adopted an amended Code of Criminal Procedure, described by the US Embassy in Georgia as introducing 'a full adversarial system to criminal courts.'The OSCE's report reveals inadequate judicial intervention on key issues of case management - in one case, the prosecution proposed that it would call 4,000 witnesses, and the pre-trial…
  • Corporate liability for contempt at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: the saga continues

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    I have blogged previously on decisions (see here and here) regarding the STL's evolving jurisprudence on the liability of corporations for offences against the administration of justice. As will be recalled, on 2 October last year, the Appeals Panel of the STL overturned Contempt Judge Lettieri's finding that the Tribunal could not have jurisdiction over legal persons, and affirmed the case against the New TV news corporation. A little over a month later, Judge Lettieri once again ruled that the Tribunal had no jurisdiction over legal persons, this time in relation to the…
  • URLs in footnotes - Don't!

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Students often ask about putting a url in a footnote. For many years I have discouraged this practice. My view is that a url is not really a proper reference at all. Rather, it is an indication of a place where you may find a document. It is the electronic equivalent of putting, in the footnote, that the document can be found in the second floor of Barnes & Noble in the politics section or on the 43rd shelf of a particular library. In any event, I have question the real use of such references. If I want to find a document, I am unlikely to keyboard in a long url. Rather, I am going to…
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    UNICEF News

  • Six months after ceasefire, children of Gaza are trapped in trauma

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    GAZA, State of Palestine, 26 February 2015 – It has been six months since a precarious truce ended another devastating bout of violence in Gaza. For children like Samar and Rosol Barakat, the scars left by 51 days of hostilities last summer are as raw as ever.
  • In Sierra Leone, Ebola survivors begin to find acceptance

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 23 February 2015 – Yeabu Kalokoh, 18, is beaming with smiles as she holds her baby girl, Grace, and gently caresses her. The young mother and her nearly 2-year-old daughter share the terrible ordeal and the good fortune of escaping the deadly grip of the Ebola virus.
  • In South Sudan, a school reopens, but risks remain

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    BENTIU, South Sudan, 20 February 2015 – William, a teacher in Bentiu, in South Sudan’s Unity State, cannot stop smiling. He has waited for this day a long time. The school where he taught until one year ago is reopening, and he is back in his old classroom, ready for the students.
  • In Madagascar, young people in the service of community and environment

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 19 February 2015 – Emedianna Zafisoa, 15, is in year 10 at the Collège d’Enseignement Général (CEG) in Maroantsetra, a district in north-eastern Madagascar. Firmly committed to environmental conservation, she is indignant about the trash that piles up in her town, a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful scenery and wildlife.
  • In Lebanon, mobile medical units provide life-saving care

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, 17 February 2015 – Removing her shoe, a Syrian woman dangles her foot over a small fire while her husband crouches and rubs his hands together. Nearby, clothes on a laundry line sway in the freezing wind, barely drying.
 
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  • WASH in Schools: Liberia’s first step to recovery from Ebola

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    WASH in Schools: Liberia’s first step to recovery from Ebola27 February 2015Investing in water, sanitation and health in schools is a tangible, cost-effective and sustainable way to support Liberia towards a fast recovery with long-lasting health, educational and economic benefits.
  • Ebola is Still Here

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ebola is Still Here27 February 2015Oxfam has listened to women and men in Liberia and Sierra Leone to hear their priorities for the immediate response, the recovery and beyond. 
  • Vital building in conflict damaged Gaza to take more than a century at current rate

    Elena Cornellana
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    Vital building in conflict damaged Gaza to take more than a century at current rate26 February 2015At current rates it could take more than 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted, Oxfam warned today as new figures show the amount of vital construction materials entering Gaza dropped last month.Read more
  • EU climate change vision lacks teeth

    pcreeney
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:54 am
    EU climate change vision lacks teeth 25 February 2015Today the European Commission published a Communication setting out its position towards international climate change negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement by December in Paris.Read more
  • Oxfam welcomes European Parliament vote to lower cap on biofuels threatening food security

    pcreeney
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Oxfam welcomes European Parliament vote to lower cap on biofuels threatening food security24 February 2015Today the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted in favor of tightening the cap on biofuels competing with food production for land and other precious resources, such as water.Read more
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  • Photos: The rock churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

    Guest Blogger
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a photo series from photographer, Darren Ornitz. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY and working as a freelancer for Reuters, his work has been published in the New York Times, Travel + Escape, Afar, and by various other publications and NGO’s. Settled 2,600m high in the Lasta Mountains of Northern Ethiopia and home to eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches, Lalibela is revered as one of the world’s greatest and most magnificent architectural achievements. These churches were all carved down into the earth out of a single block of red volcanic rock. It is said in local history…
  • Photos: The joy of learning

    Joe Mason
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Joe is a videographer and ONE Regional Faith Leader. He recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. I become a ONE Campaign volunteer after having seen countless men, women and children benefit from smart development programs overseas. As a journalist, I often document the work of both governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian relief and development, who receive funding from a variety of sources. I love to capture the excitement in the eyes of children who can’t help but dream of what they’re going to be when they…
  • Photos: Kickboxing for peace in South Sudan

    Anna Lemberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Last year, National Geographic brought its photo camp to one of the world’s youngest nations, South Sudan.  To date, 67 camps have been held around the world with the purpose of “empowering youth to document their communities using photography.” For South Sudan, a country just starting to build its history, the camp could not have come at a better time. South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, following one of Africa’s deadliest civil wars, yet ethnic conflicts within South Sudan continue to cast a shadow over this nation and its people. For six days, however,…
  • Why women and girls are the secret weapon in ending poverty

    Helen Hector
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve picked some of our favorite images and matched them up with facts to show why investing in women and girls is so important here at ONE.  Pupils at Kidoti Primary School in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE. Women farmers growing sweet potatoes in Tanzania. Photo: ONE.   An employee picking roses at Golden Rose Agrofarms in Ethiopia, where 85% of the workers are young women who have never had a job before. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.   Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with ONE representatives at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Photo:…
  • Preventing hunger in the shadow of Ebola

    Kedar Mankad
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Once motorcycle drivers, these men in Liberia wait for work during the Ebola crisis. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard, UNDP Last December, it became clear from numerous on the ground assessments that the Ebola outbreak was more than a health crisis. Two months into 2015, we still face the possibility that more than 1 million people could go hungry unless more resources are mobilized for Ebola recovery. With Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meeting with President Obama this week to discuss cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, we need to take a closer look at why this is a critical…
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • “Aumenta tensión en Amazonía, dura protesta indígena”

    romero
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
     – 25 de febrero de 2015 …La situación en las cuencas de los ríos Pastaza, Corrientes, Tigre y Marañón, en Loreto, en las que se ubican los lotes petroleros 192 y 8, administrados por Pluspetrol, se agravó el fin de semana, tras la toma del aeródromo de la petrolera argentina y el bloqueo la carretera de acceso a un campamento de la empresa…Desde entonces, no se ha abierto un diálogo entre las partes, y lejos de ello los indígenas se mantienen en pie de lucha…Ese conflicto social tiene su origen en las demandas de las comunidades indígenas para revertir los daños…
  • “Comunidad nativa Nuevo Andoas y empresa Pluspetrol norte llegaron acuerdo luego de tenso diálogo”

    romero
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    – 26 de febrero de 2015 La calma llegó a Nuevo Andoas, luego que  los Apus de la comunidad,  los voceros indígenas de FEDIQUEP y los representantes de la Empresa Pluspetrol Norte, firmaron el acta de acuerdo que puso fin a la movilización pacífica que los comuneros  indígenas emprendieron el pasado 28 de octubre…Entre los principales acuerdos que se lograron podemos destacar los siguientes: - Proceso de diálogo y negociación sobre las demandas de compensación por uso de tierras y daños ambientales se realizarán sobre la base de los resultados de los estudios de valorización…
  • “A real victory for freedom of expression” – UN rights expert hails US move to keep Internet open

    short
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today welcomed the decision of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish new regulations to protect net neutrality in the country. The FCC’s rules will support a free and open Internet and ensure continued access to any lawful content individuals choose, without restriction or interference from Internet service providers (ISPs). The United States follows a small number of States, such as Brazil, Chile and the Netherlands, that have adopted net neutrality rules. “This is a…
  • USA: FCC approves strong rules for "net neutrality"

    short
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
  • Perú: Acuerdo de una comunidad indígena con Pluspetrol mientras estalla nuevo conflicto en dos campos petroleros más

    romero
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Las demandas de remediación, participación y consulta previa, libre e informada para las comunidades de la selva norte del Perú en la Amazonía condujeron a un acuerdo en la comunidad nativa de Nuevo Andoas con Pluspetrol. Sin embargo, por el rechazo a la contaminación, surgieron dos conflictos nuevos en Junín y Loreto.
 
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    News from Survival International

  • Legal analysis finds tribal peoples persecuted unjustly for ‘wildlife crime’

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    Tribal peoples like the Baka in southeast Cameroon face abuse by anti-poaching squads. © Edmond Dounias/SurvivalBritish human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett has issued a damning legal analysis of the negative impacts of wildlife law enforcement on tribal peoples in Botswana, Cameroon and India during a symposium organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and others on “wildlife crime” on Friday. Mr Bennett presented a paper which argues that wildlife law enforcement almost always harms tribal communities because the wrong laws are being enforced by the…
  • Tribal rights lawyer condemns conservation's devastating impact on tribal peoples

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    British barrister Gordon Bennett and others will host a press conference on February 26, 2015, in Johannesburg. © Survival InternationalBritish human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett, a Bushman spokesperson and a Survival International campaigner will host a press conference in Johannesburg to expose the persecution of tribal peoples in the name of “conservation.” Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Time: 9-11am Place: Ascot Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa The conference will be held ahead of a symposium organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and…
  • Survival launches worldwide tribal photography contest

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Last year's winning entry by Giordano Cipriani of an Asurini do Tocantins Indian in the Brazilian Amazon.© Giordano Cipriani / Survival InternationalFollowing the success of its first-ever photography competition, Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – is proud to announce its second worldwide photography contest. The competition aims to celebrate photography as a powerful medium for raising awareness of tribal peoples, their unique ways of life and the threats to their existence. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to…
  • 'Bushmen aren't forever' as Kalahari diamonds go on sale

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    Survival's 'Bushmen aren't forever' campaign led to supermodel Iman quitting her contract with diamond company De Beers over the persecution of the Bushmen. © Survival InternationalThe first diamonds mined from the ancestral homeland of Africa’s last hunting Bushmen have gone on sale for Valentine’s Day, while the tribe continues to face persecution by the Botswana government, which is intent on driving them from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Botswana’s government has always denied that diamonds were the reason for the forced and illegal evictions…
  • Survival slams conservation for violating tribal peoples' rights

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    'They beat us at the WWF base. I nearly died.' Baka 'Pygmy,' Cameroon.© Survival InternationalStephen Corry, Director of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has slammed conservation for failing to achieve its stated objectives, partly because it routinely violates tribal peoples’ rights. In an article published this week by US journal Truthout and British magazine The Ecologist, Corry writes that governments, with the support of conservation organizations, are forcing indigenous peoples off their ancestral homelands in the…
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  • OPINION: Europe Under Merkel’s (Informal) Leadership

    Emma Bonino
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    In this column, Emma Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister and former European Commissioner, argues that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the de facto representative of Europe in the world today, putting other European heads of states and institutions in the shade. Moreover, the economic and political measures taken by EU member countries since 2008 have aimed at “renationalising” their interests, and the author fears that a definitive crisis of the European federalist project is on the horizon.By Emma BoninoROME, Feb 27 2015 (IPS)When I am asked whether Europe is still a relevant…
  • Gazan Fishermen Dying to Survive

    Mel Frykberg
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    Fathi Said and Mustafa Jarboua, Gazan fishermen who have seen their livelihoods destroyed by Israel’s blockade. Credit: Mel Frykberg/IPSBy Mel FrykbergGAZA CITY, Feb 27 2015 (IPS)The beautiful Mediterranean Sea laps gently onto the white sandy beach near Gaza City’s port. Fishing boats dot the beach as fishermen tend to their boats and fix their nets.However, this scenic and peaceful setting belies a depressing reality. Gaza’s once thriving fishing industry has been decimated by Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory since 2007.Approximately 3,600 Gazan fishermen, and their…
  • Study Shows Shift in Level of Social Hostility Involving Religion

    Valentina Ieri
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:56 pm
    By Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 2015 (IPS)Social hostilities involving religion have declined worldwide, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center.The latest data show that after reaching a six-year peak in 2012, the state of religious tolerance improved in 2013 in most of the 198 countries analysed in the report.The share of countries with high or very high level of religious hostilities dropped from 33 per cent in 2012 to 27 per cent in 2013. However, a quarter of the world’s countries are still struggling with high levels of…
  • All-Out War in Libya Predicted without Further Peace Talks

    Josh Butler
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    By Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 2015 (IPS)Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon.The International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organisation working to prevent and resolve conflict, warned Thursday of a “dramatic turning point” in the “deteriorating internal conflict,” with a descent into social radicalism predicted.“The most likely medium-term prospect is not one side’s triumph, but that rival local warlords and radical groups will…
  • Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle

    Thalif Deen
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Less than eight per cent of drug users worldwide have access to a clean syringe programme. Credit: Fahim Siddiqi/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 2015 (IPS)As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago.“Illicit drugs are now purer, cheaper, and more widely used than ever,” says the report, titled Casualties of…
 
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    EarthRights International

  • Press Conference Announcing Outcome of Pollution Lawsuit Against Occidental Petroleum

    EarthRights International
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Contact: Valentina Stackl+1 (202) 466 5188 x 100valentina@earthrights.org Lima, Peru — Next week, on March 5, 2015, five Peruvian indigenous communities from the upper Corrientes River, together with their legal counsel, EarthRights International (ERI),  will announce the outcome of their landmark lawsuit against the oil giant Occidental Petroleum (Oxy). What Press Conference for Maynas Carijano v. Occidental Petroleum, No. 07-cv-05068 (C.D. Cal.) Where Casa Andina, Av. La Paz 463, Miraflores, Lima 18 When March 5, 2015. 8:45 AM. For those interested in attending virtually, the press…
  • Triunfo U'Wa: Proyecto Petrolero se ha Retirado del Territorio Indígena

    Camila Mariño Venegas
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Durante el año pasado, EarthRights International ha estado orgulloso de apoyar al pueblo U'wa en Colombia en su lucha contra el proyecto petrolero Magallanes, trabajando con la abogada U'Wa Aura Tegria Cristancho para defender su territorio. Tuvimos el placer de recibir un aviso de Aura que qué se ha retirado la maquinaria del bloque Magallanes por la Empresa Ecopetrol S.A. tras un acuerdo alcanzado con el Gobierno Nacional Esta es una gran victoria para el pueblo U'wa! Pero, cabe resaltar que el territorio U´wa no está del todo fuera de peligro ya que el oleoducto Caño Limón-Coveñas…
  • U’Wa Victory: Oil Project in Colombia Indigenous Territory Dismantled

    Valentina Stackl
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    For much of the past year, EarthRights International has been proud to support the U’Wa people in Colombia in their fight against the Magallanes oil project, working with U’Wa lawyer Aura Tegria Cristancho to defend the indigenous group’s territory. We were pleased to receive an announcement from Aura that the equipment has been removed from Magallanes by the Ecopetrol SA, following an agreement reached with the Government on May 1st 2014. This is a major victory for the U’Wa people! However, it should be noted the U'wa territory is not entirely out of danger. The Caño…
  • U’Wa Victory: Oil Project in Colombia Indigenous Territory Dismantled

    Camila Mariño Venegas
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    For much of the past year, EarthRights International has been proud to support the U’Wa people in Colombia in their fight against the Magallanes oil project, working with U’Wa lawyer Aura Tegria Cristancho to defend the indigenous group’s territory. We were pleased to receive an announcement from Aura that the equipment has been removed from Magallanes by the Ecopetrol SA, following an agreement reached with the Government on May 1st 2014. This is a major victory for the U’Wa people! However, it should be noted the U'wa territory is not entirely out of danger. The Caño…
  • One Federal appeals court is still deciding whether corporations can be liable for torture

    Sean Powers
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Ah, déjà vu. In 2010, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was an outlier, holding that corporations couldn’t be sued under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) for gross human rights abuses. It’s now 2015 and the Second Circuit is the only circuit that thinks this is an open question. Every other circuit court to address the issue agrees: corporations can be sued under the ATS.  The case is In re South African Apartheid Litigation. And it was filed in 2002 against a number of corporate defendants, including IBM and Ford. The plaintiffs were victims of the apartheid regime in South Africa who…
 
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    Not For Sale

  • 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…
  • Happy Holidays from Not For Sale

    tombo
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    As 2014 draws to a close, the team at Not For Sale want to share with you our gratitude for your unwavering support. 2014 has been a big year. We launched our first U.S. based project, built on our existing global initiatives and continued to educate the world on the conditions of trafficking around the world. We found a new home in San Francisco where we will continue to guide at-risk youth towards lives of meaning and purpose. Though we saw great success this year, we’re gearing up for an even bigger 2015. We thank you for your donations, for being smart activists in your communities…
  • New Report: Human Trafficking in Silicon Valley

    Sarah Potts
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
      We are proud to announce a first-of-its-kind study of human trafficking in the Silicon Valley. Here’s the scoop. In Silicon Valley, human trafficking victims are young, American women. They are most often sexually exploited at an early age, and their exploitation continues as they are forced to sell their bodies. Most existing organizations cannot adequately address victims’ long-term needs for job-skills training, affordable housing and lawful work experiences that will effectively protect them from re-exploitation. READ THE REPORT We know this because we worked with…
  • The First Graduation

    Sarah Potts
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    “I have been in this lifestyle since I was 13, and it has been a pretty rough road. Two months ago i was jobless, homeless, everything-less. I didn’t have any hope or any kind of goals for myself. I didn’t care. I was comfortable with the lifestyle I was living, but I started thinking I was tired. I told myself, I have this little girl, I don’t want the same lifestyle for her.” All of our trainees shared a piece of their experience with a small group of family, friends and staff yesterday afternoon as we celebrated one milestone [of what will come to be many] in…
  • Human Trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor

    Sarah Potts
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    It’s not everyday that fighting human trafficking gets a spotlight on the trading room floor. Last Thursday, September 11, anchor for MSNBC Dayside and NBC News Early Today, Richard Lui helped raise millions for causes around the globe at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was part of dozens of celebrity ambassadors representing charities around the world (and we were proud to have him as ours!). Lui along with Jon Bon Jovi, Christy Turlington, Dr. Oz, New York Mayor Deblasio, and others were on the trading floor making trades on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald because all proceeds that day went…
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    One Person, One World.

  • No Animals in Circuses

    Cicci
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    Cicci:This MUST happen! Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog: Please sign the petition: http://www.change.org/p/ringling-bros-and-barnum-bailey-stop-using-animals-animals-are-not-ours-to-be-used-or-abused Thank you for spreading the news on animal awareness! View original
  • CAPTIVE CETACEANS IN RUSSIA ~ THIS HORRENDOUS INDUSTRY MUST END WORLDWIDE!

    Cicci
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    Originally posted on Ravens-Tree.com: FOR THE FULL STORY BEHIND THIS DOCUMENTARY PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW Born Free documentary Published on 20 Jan 2015 Trailer of the documentary “BORN FREE”. Truth behind the Dolphin captive industry in Russia. “Born Free” is being made by an independent authors, has no sponsorship and comes true based only on the support of the friends and own funds. For it’s completion we’ve launched the crowd funding campaign and seek your support. Help us release the truth about dolphinariums to people! Help dolphins and whales live free! Support…
  • The Shocking Truth About What Happens to ‘Surplus’ Zoo Animals | One Green Planet

    Cicci
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Cicci:Absolutely disgusting and a reason that ALL Zoo’s should be banned! Originally posted on Life or Lunch?: When we capture animals from the wild and put them in zoos, these animals become commodities. They are stripped of their ability to display natural behaviors and lead a stilted existence filled with stress and boredom. Despite the harm that life in captivity does to zoo animals, both mentally and physically, many zoos run captive breeding programs. As such, zoos can sustain their captive animal populations and the draw of a new baby animal is a great way to get paying visitors…
  • Colombian town bans festival in which live horse was cut to pieces

    Cicci
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cicci:Finally one good mayor who dare to take a stand! Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart: SOURCE: Fox News Latino The mayor of Colombia’s Buenavista municipality in the northern province of Sucre, Quintiliano Tapia, banned Monday the amateur bullfighting festivals known as “corralejas” following a scandal sparked by the dismembering of a live horse during one of those events. The mayor was reacting to the public indignation that followed the airing of a video over the weekend showing how two men cut a horse to pieces that had been badly injured by a bull, all in…
  • Spain’s Cruelty Against Animals Continue…

    Cicci
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    January 16 men in the village of San Bartolome de los Pinares rode their horses through bonfires on the eve of St Anthony’s Day – in ”honour” of the patron saint of animals… Tree branches are gathered and built-in the days leading up to the annual event, where horses jump through flames until midnight when riding stops, while drink and eating last until dawn. What is it with Spain and the horrible animal cruelty that goes on?? Isn’t it enough with their disgusting Bullfighting? The horrible Toro De La Vega – The lancing of the bull (A bull is…
 
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