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  • DR Congo: Intelligence Agency Says Holding Activist

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    Human Rights Watch
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly disappeared since his arrest on January 21, 2015. (Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly…
  • Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

    IRIN
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery.
  • Global Voices at 10: Food for Thought

    ... My heart’s in Accra
    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…
  • Ukraine is Very, Very Close to an All Out Civil War

    UN Dispatch
    Kimberly Curtis
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    January has been a cruel month for the prospects of peace in Ukraine. As the international community mulls new measures against Russia and continues to debate how to best address the conflict, the fighting has reached new levels of intensity.  The prospects of an all out civil war in Eastern Europe are increasing day-by-day. An Airport Battle–Terminal by Terminal The heaviest fighting this month has been around the city of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). Although Ukrainian forces long ceded control over most of the city, they still held…
  • One Vote Made the Difference for Guadalupe!

    Human Rights Now » Women’s Rights
    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…
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  • DR Congo: Intelligence Agency Says Holding Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly disappeared since his arrest on January 21, 2015. (Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly…
  • Russia: New Assault on Independent Groups

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Russian government crackdown against nongovernmental organizations shows that the 2012 “foreign agent” law amounts to little more than an effort to crush dissent and debate that is essential in a democratic society. (Moscow) – The Russian government crackdown against nongovernmental organizations shows that the 2012 “foreign agent” law amounts to little more than an effort to crush dissent and debate that is essential in a democratic society, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Egypt: Protesters Killed Marking Revolution

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The death of at least 20 people in Egypt during clashes with security forces surrounding the commemoration of the 2011 uprising underscores the need for an independent investigation into the authorities’ excessive use of force. A woman and 17-year-old girl were killed ahead of the January 25 anniversary while participating in apparently peaceful protests, and at least 18 died on the anniversary. (New York) – The death of at least 20 people in Egypt during clashes with security forces surrounding the commemoration of the 2011 uprising underscores the…
  • Burma: “Peaceful Assembly Law” Fails to End Repression

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The authorities in Burma should stop arresting peaceful protesters and immediately and unconditionally free those imprisoned. (New York) – The authorities in Burma should stop arresting peaceful protesters and immediately and unconditionally free those imprisoned, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s donors should press for amendments to Burmese law so that it protects the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression. read more
  • Vietnam: Plainclothes Agents Target Rights Campaigners

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners. (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners, Human Rights Watch said today. In January 2015, leading bloggers were targeted by plainclothes agents and beaten.read more
 
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  • Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery.
  • Inside Libya's ghost town

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    BIN JAWAD, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - As talks to end the Libyan civil war continue in Geneva, IRIN visits the frontline of the fight between the country's two governments.
  • Ebolanomics - the search for a vaccine

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    LONDON, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - After years of ignoring the disease, pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine for Ebola, using plenty of public money. Now questions are being raised about ethics and accountability.
  • The real winners of Greece's elections: refugees

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    ATHENS, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - The coming to power of a far-left party in Greece threatens to cause havoc for Europe's economy. But the landmark election could have a very positive effect for the thousands of refugees who arrive in the country every year.
  • From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebel group, finally appeared in The Hague today. IRIN looks back at its LRA coverage over the years.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • 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…
  • Global Voices Summit: Social Media in the Philippines

    Ethan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    We’ve been asked several times why Global Voices is holding a summit in Cebu, the second-largest city in the Philippines. That’s a pretty easy answer: Nini Cabaero of the Sun Sentinel, a former student of mine at MIT, made a great case for the friendliness of the Cebuano people and argued that we would get a richer picture of the Philippines if we met outside the highly globalized and cosmopolitan capital. (She’s right – it’s been a fantastic introduction to the diversity of the Philippines, a nation of 7000 islands, and of many different languages and cultures.)…
 
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    UN Dispatch

  • Ukraine is Very, Very Close to an All Out Civil War

    Kimberly Curtis
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    January has been a cruel month for the prospects of peace in Ukraine. As the international community mulls new measures against Russia and continues to debate how to best address the conflict, the fighting has reached new levels of intensity.  The prospects of an all out civil war in Eastern Europe are increasing day-by-day. An Airport Battle–Terminal by Terminal The heaviest fighting this month has been around the city of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). Although Ukrainian forces long ceded control over most of the city, they still held…
  • An LRA Commander Gets His Day in Court

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Dominic Ongwen made his first appearance at the ICC on Monday. This is the first case against an LRA leader and potentially complicated by the fact that Ongwen was conscripted into the LRA as a child.” Dressed in a dark blue suit and white shirt, Ongwen appeared hesitant, looking nervously around the courtroom as he rose to confirm his identity. ‘I’d like to thank God for creating heaven and earth together with everybody that’s on earth,’ he said, speaking in his native Acholi. ‘My name is Dominic Ongwen and I am a Ugandan citizen… I was abducted in 1988 and I was…
  • Member States Promise Big Reforms to the WHO. Can They Deliver?

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    [Updated] When the Ebola crisis spiraled out of control last spring and summer in West Africa, a number of people wondered why the World Health Organization was seemingly unable to stop it? The WHO has an excellent reputation for setting global health standards and facilitating the coordination of action between countries. But the ebola outbreak exposed a key deficit of the WHO.  It turns out, the WHO’s capacity for emergency response was actually quite limited. Years of budget cuts undermined its ability to rapidly respond to a large outbreak of an infectious disease. As the CDC…
  • Episode 50: Trita Parsi

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Trita Parsi is the founder of the National Iranian American Council. He tells Mark the story of his family’s escape from Iran to Sweden during the revolution, and how he eventually came to Washington, D.C.  Parsi is a scholar, activist, and media personality who has written extensively on middle east affairs. In this episode, he discusses some of the domestic barriers to a nuclear deal facing Iranian moderates; his amazing personal story; and how he came to found America’s only organization dedicated to the political mobilization of Iran’s diaspora in the USA. The post…
  • Maiduguri Under Assault

    Mark Leon Goldberg
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    A large and strategically important Nigerian city came under heavy assault by Boko Haram fighters as John Kerry met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos. If Maiduguri falls to Boko Haram, it could portend a massive humanitarian emergency.  “People in Maiduguri woke up to the sound of explosions and heavy gunfire as Boko Haram launched a pre-dawn attack on this strategic city. Ground troops, air strikes and local vigilantes managed to stop the jihadists from penetrating the city. Much of the fighting was around a barracks. In a separate attack the town of Monguno was captured…
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  • 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…
  • Gender-Based Violence and the Arms Trade Treaty

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    9 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images By: Alice Dahle, Co-chair, Women’s Human Rights Thematic Specialist On December 24, the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) regulating the sale of conventional arms and ammunition will go into effect. The treaty will require that before authorizing a sale of arms and ammunition across international borders, governments must assess the risk that the weapons will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, undermine peace and security, or engage in transnational organized crime.  If…
 
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    Ushahidi » Blog

  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.12 release!

    Michelle Hamilton-Page
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    v3.0.0-beta.12 is LIVE!!    Spin it up on our demo site, please keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we are getting really close. This is the 3rd milestone of 3 towards the first non-beta release! We anticipate a few sprints in this milestone with the next one following close on the heels of this release in two weeks. What’s New? NOTE: Items marked with (f) are frontend changes. (f) User profile editing is completed (f) User management screen is completed Improvements (f) additional tests added for common services (f) better integration with user session data How…
  • Announcing Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.11 release!

    Michelle Hamilton-Page
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s LIVE! Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.11 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 2 of 3 towards the first non-beta release! The next milestone release will be in January. NOTE: Items marked with (f) are frontend changes. Items marked with (b) are backend changes. What’s New? (f) Site settings page completed (f) Post create and edit forms in progress (f) User management screen in progress Improvements: (b) Several endpoints transitioned to new architecture: Sets Users Posts…
  • What Traversing Africa by Road Can Teach us about Technology, Community, and Impact

    Juliana Rotich
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    TLDR: The scope of impact in Africa for work is great and an inspiration for the work ahead in 2015. Similar problems exist in various African countries and similar opportunities and the incredible chance to participate in a bolder stake on the future of the continent. Local communities have a key role in shaping strategy and can teach us a lot about what works where. With Ushahidi’s interlocking role of creating software tools for empowerment with its innovation catalyst role, the sandbox for its impact can be expanded. This is a picture of a market in Tanzania. To the right of this…
  • Using SwiftRiver to Find the Needle in the Social Media Haystack

    Vidya Spandana
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Guest Post By Dan King @viewpointpro A True Story Thirty four years ago, on a spring day in 1980 in the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States, my younger brother Patrick, age 7 at the time, came running inside the house exclaiming “Mount St. Helens has erupted! Look up in the sky! You can see the volcano ash. Come outside and look up in the sky. You can see the ash cloud from Mount St Helens!” At this extraordinary news Patrick was scolded for telling lies and made to listen to the story of the “Boy Who Cried Wolf”. All the while, Mount St. Helens…
  • Bittersweet Farewell to SwiftRiver

    Vidya Spandana
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    We started SwiftRiver with the lofty vision for a simple tool that quickly reveals insights hidden within the massive streaming real-time information flowing in from all web, mobile, and social sources. We wish that every innovative product with the potential for social good sees wild success, empowering millions around the world and improving lives — the reality is that with innovation comes uncertainty. We had some high impact stories and happy deployers of SwiftRiver technology like First To See and we learned that we need to focus our resources and vision. And so with heavy hearts,…
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    Forced Migration Current Awareness

  • Thematic Focus: Children

    EEM
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Children Asking for International Protection: Information for Unaccompanied Children who are Applying for International Protection pursuant to Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (European Commission, 2014) [text via Refworld]"Detention, Denial, and Death: Migration Hazards for Refugee Children," The Lancet Global Health, vol. 2, no. 6 (June 2014) [open access] "Finnish Refugee Children’s Experiences of Swedish Refugee Camps during the Second World War," Migration Letters, vol. 12, no. 1 (2015) [open access] "Greece's Not-so-warm Welcome to Unaccompanied Minors: Reforming EU Law to…
  • Regional Focus: Americas

    EEM
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    "15 Minutes to Leave": Denial of the Right to Adequate Housing in Post-quake Haiti (Amnesty International, Jan. 2015) [text]Changing Times: The International Response to Internal Displacement in Colombia (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Dec. 2014) [text]Lessons Learned from Cases Lost (The Asylumist, Jan. 2015) [text] The Political Origins of Refugee Resettlement Policy: Insights from the Policy Process in Canada (1938-1951) (University of Toronto, Oct. 2014) [text]- Winner of the Gunn Award.Seeking Asylum, Finding God: Religious Conversion for Immigration Purposes and the…
  • Legal/Protection-related Events & Opportunities

    EEM
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Expert panel: Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Geneva, 28 January 2015 [info]Course: MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London [info]- Distance study course; application deadline is 1 February 2015.Jobs: Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Sydney [info]- Two positions are currently being advertised: Senior Research Associate and Centre Executive Manager. The application deadline for both is 5 February 2015.Job: Asylum Access, Oakland, CA [info]- Apply for the position of "International Refugee Rights Program…
  • Regional Focus: Europe

    EEM
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Event: Safe Routes, Safe Futures: How to Manage the Mixed Flows of Migrants across the Mediterranean?, Brussels, 26-27 January 2015 [info]- Launch of the European Migration Forum; while only invited individuals will be participating, this event will be livestreamed.  Follow link for background paper and programme.Publications:"Asile et Immigration = Asylum and Immigration," Journal européen des droits de l'homme = European Journal of Human Rights, no. 5 (2014) [eprint via SSRN]Forced Migration Processes and Global Refugees at the Borders of Europe in Ukraine, Dissertation…
  • Thematic Focus: Women

    EEM
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Historic U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Decision Recognizes Domestic Violence and Gender as the Basis for Asylum (RefLaw Blog, Dec. 2014) [text]I am Human: Refugee Women’s Experiences of Detention in the UK (Women for Refugee Women, Jan. 2015) [text]Normative Frameworks’ Role in Addressing Gender-based Violence in Disaster Settings, Disaster Law Working Paper Series, no. 3 (IFRC, Jan. 2015) [text]"The Politics of Domestic Violence‐based Asylum Claims," Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, vol. 22, no. 1 (Fall 2014) [full-text]Private Violence, Public Concern: Intimate Partner…
 
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  • DR Congo: Intelligence Agency Says Holding Activist

    Human Rights Watch
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly disappeared since his arrest on January 21, 2015. (Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of and any charges against human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, Human Rights Watch said today. Ngoyi is feared to have been forcibly…
  • Russia: New Assault on Independent Groups

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Russian government crackdown against nongovernmental organizations shows that the 2012 “foreign agent” law amounts to little more than an effort to crush dissent and debate that is essential in a democratic society. (Moscow) – The Russian government crackdown against nongovernmental organizations shows that the 2012 “foreign agent” law amounts to little more than an effort to crush dissent and debate that is essential in a democratic society, Human Rights Watch said today.read more
  • Egypt: Protesters Killed Marking Revolution

    Human Rights Watch
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The death of at least 20 people in Egypt during clashes with security forces surrounding the commemoration of the 2011 uprising underscores the need for an independent investigation into the authorities’ excessive use of force. A woman and 17-year-old girl were killed ahead of the January 25 anniversary while participating in apparently peaceful protests, and at least 18 died on the anniversary. (New York) – The death of at least 20 people in Egypt during clashes with security forces surrounding the commemoration of the 2011 uprising underscores the…
  • Burma: “Peaceful Assembly Law” Fails to End Repression

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The authorities in Burma should stop arresting peaceful protesters and immediately and unconditionally free those imprisoned. (New York) – The authorities in Burma should stop arresting peaceful protesters and immediately and unconditionally free those imprisoned, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s donors should press for amendments to Burmese law so that it protects the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression. read more
  • Vietnam: Plainclothes Agents Target Rights Campaigners

    Human Rights Watch
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners. (New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners, Human Rights Watch said today. In January 2015, leading bloggers were targeted by plainclothes agents and beaten.read more
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  • Call for papers: International Law and Time

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (IHEID), International Law Department, is convening a conference entitled ‘International Law and Time’ to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12–13 June 2015. A call for papers has been issued and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February 2015. For details please visit the conference website or email lawconference@graduateinstitute.ch.
  • Call for Papers: International Law and Domestic Law- Making Processes

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Dr Evelyne Schmid has sent this call for papers for a conference to be held in the University of Basel, Law Faculty, on 4 September, which may be of interest to readers:"The reality of international law ‘in action’ largely depends on domestic legislators implementing and shaping norms originating at the international level: Domestic parliaments and other law-making bodies undoubtedly play a central role in determining whether or not the promises of international law can be fulfilled. The importance of domestic parliaments in making international law ‘work’ is clearly due to the…
  • More Progress in General Assembly Vote on Death Penalty Moratorium

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    On 18 December, by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to 37 against, with 34 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the biannual resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty.This is the fifth such resolution since 2007. The number of States in favour has steadily increased, providing confirmation of the evolving law and practice with respect to capital punishment.The 2007 resolution was adopted by 104 in favour to 54 against, with 29 abstentions. The following year, a similar resolution was adopted by 106 in favour to 46 against, with 34…
  • Fifty Leading Human Rights Cases

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    John Louth of Oxford University Press has produced a fascinating map showing fifty leading human rights cases issued by a range of international and national courts and tribunals over the years. It is a wonderful introduction to the legal framework of human rights.
  • ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    The International Criminal Court Summer School 201515-19 June 2015, NUI Galway, IrelandThe annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premiere summer school specializing on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject and by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The summer school is attended by legal professionals, academics, postgraduate students and NGOs.
 
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  • Merde!

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Arrgh! As I was preparing a new post (soon to come), and I was disrupted by a domestic affair, and inadvertently wiped out my "Good Mourning" piece about Charlie from earlier this month. Merde!
  • Seal pup on the sand

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    When I decided to spend a few days this month in Samos, the Greek island in the Agean Sea closest to the coast of Turkey, I knew that it was one of the very last Mediterranean monk seal breeding grounds, but I was not expecting to see any.I knew a few basic things about the Mediterranean monk seal: it is one of the most threatened marine and European mammals; there are only about 50 of them left in the Agean Sea (and there are very few left in the rest of the Mediterranean); and they stay away from humans, spend their days in underwater caves and go out for fish only at sunset. So, to…
  • One ocean

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    Today is June 8 - World Oceans Day on the United Nations calendar. A perfect day to revive my blog which I've kept sleeping for eight months.My message to the UN on this day is "change the name". Today should be called World Ocean Day, not oceans. The ocean supplies the oxygen in every second breath we take; billions of us rely on it for food, fresh water, energy, medicine, transport and trade; it covers 70% of the Earth's surface and supports all life on Earth. If we want people to protect it and use it wisely, we've got to stop managing the ocean on a sectoral basis and…
  • Dima

    27 Oct 2013 | 3:30 am
    Together with Peter Willcox who is known for having been for the captain of the Rainbow Warrior when we were victims of the French Secret Services bomb attack in Auckland New Zealand in 1985, Dima Litvinov is the other "Greenpeace Arctic 30" that I know personally. The Arctic 30 are the Greenpeace crew currently jailed in Northern Russia for staging a peaceful protest against a Gazprom oil drilling platform in international waters near Russian waters in the Arctic Ocean.I worked with Dima in Russia two decades ago. First in the late 1980s during the Perestroika when the country was still…
  • The mad man who thinks he owns the sun

    26 Jul 2013 | 3:45 am
    Among many other memorabilia of the environmental movement, in the entrance to my office there is a poster in French called "Énergies Libres".  Dating back from around 1976 or 1977 and authored by Jean-Marc Reiser, one of Paris' leading underground artists of the time, the poster was made to promote one of the very first exhibitions displayed in the then brand new Pompidou Centre in the heart of Paris, dedicated to wind, solar and other alternative sources of energy -- pretty much a science fiction-like proposition at the time. Looking back nearly fourty years later, it was not only…
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  • In the misery of Malawi’s floods, finding a way forward

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 23 January 2015 – When disasters strike, governments and aid organizations rush in to provide emergency relief by the best available route. Shelter materials and life-saving supplies are brought in by truck or helicopter; essential medicines are biked or boated to those in need; and temporary classrooms are put up where there is shade and safe space. 
  • Angélique Kidjo shows support for out-of-school children in Benin

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    In Benin, a flexible, accelerated course of learning is giving children a second chance at obtaining the formal education that they need to fulfil their dreams. Long-time UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo recently paid a visit to a participating centre and spoke with students about what they hope to achieve, with their education.
  • Koranic schools in Nigeria join the drive for universal education

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Millions of children in northern Nigeria are not receiving a formal education. One way UNICEF is addressing the issue is to help traditional Koranic schools like Maiunguwa Shuaibu’s include basic subjects such as English and maths in their curricula.
  • In Nigeria, a partnership for improved sanitation, hygiene and safe water

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    BAUCHI, Nigeria, 15 January 2015 – As Jamila Nuhu, 25, replaces the cover of the plastic jug she has filled at a hand pump a few minutes’ walk from her home, she remembers how she used to walk long distances in search of water. A few years ago, she would have trekked hours in each direction. Today it takes five minutes.
  • Hunting Ebola virus in Liberia

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    With a recent decline in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia, the fight against the virus has changed from mass treatment to hunting down the virus wherever it emerges. It takes only one case to put a whole village at risk.
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  • Improving International Governance for Global Health Emergencies

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Improving International Governance for Global Health Emergencies28 January 2015This discussion paper examines shortcomings of WHO and other agencies in the Ebola response and provides recommendations for improving international structures and governance.
  • Oxfam calls for massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan

    IvanG
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Oxfam calls for massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan 26 January 2015International agency Oxfam today called for a multi-million dollar post-Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ to put the three West Africa countries hit by the crisis back on their feet. Read more
  • Inequality in Asia: Exiled to Nowhere

    pilar barroso
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    EXILED TO NOWHERE Inequality in Asia: Exiled to Nowhere26 January 2015The declaration of the Surin Islands, on which the Moken live, as a national park in 1981 has been restricting them from using the trees on these islands to build their traditional boats and houses. Restrictions on fishing and foraging have also been imposed.
  • What’s wrong with the EU-US Free Trade Talks?

    Laurent Le Gouanvic
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    We are concerned about the potential destructive impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on a number of issues, particularly on developing countries.What’s wrong with the EU-US Free Trade Talks?
  • Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster with millions of lives at risk

    Joel M Bassuk
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster with millions of lives at risk23 January 2015More than half of Yemen’s population needs aid and a humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions is at risk of unfolding in the country if instability continues, Oxfam warns today.Read more
 
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  • Fact of the day: 5-6 million lives saved between 2016 and 2020

    Eloise Todd
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    This is the second in a series of 15 facts over 15 days that we will be sharing with you to get you up to speed on what’s at stake in 2015. See the first post here. Thanks to incredible support from around the world for Gavi, 5-6 million lives will be saved between 2016-2020. This morning, in the cold Berlin drizzle, ONE members shouted their support for Gavi as leaders arrived. Swedish Development Minister Isabella Lövin stopped by to receive the ONE Gavi petition, Bill Gates gave the crowd a wave and the leaders arriving saw the support in the streets for this replenishment effort.
  • For millions of women around the world, cooking is anything but safe

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    By Leslie Black Cordes, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Last week, I hosted a cooking class, invited several friends and their daughters to attend, and enjoyed an afternoon of friendship and baking in the comfort and safety of my home.   I relished the rare opportunity to spend some quiet time relaxing and cooking with friends, but later that evening as I washed the dishes from the day’s activities, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far removed my day had been from the experiences of many of the women we work with at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Stove Team…
  • Babies react to new pledges for vaccines: in GIFs

    Erin Hohlfelder
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    In a massive feat of endurance, ONE members have been campaigning relentlessly for increased support for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for the last eight (yes, eight!) months. They’ve tweeted, instagrammed, held meetings, signed petitions, made phone calls, shared their children’s drawings, and demonstrated on the streets – all to drive home the point to world leaders that #EveryParent deserves the chance to give their child a healthy start in life. So, unless these leaders have been living on under rocks (with no mobile signal), there’s no way they could have missed our message.
  • Why I think 2015 is going to be momentous

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Miranda Wolford is one of the 15-year-old activists taking action in 2015 to #DemandBetter from our leaders and to build the world she wants to live in. With the goals for our world’s future on the line, 2015 is going to be a momentous year. This is the year when our new set of sustainable development goals will be put into place by global leaders, setting the tone for the action we will take over the course of the next fifteen years to benefit the wealth of humanity. Beginning in the year 2000, the United Nations decided upon 17 attainable goals to strive to achieve in the next 15 years.
  • Breaking! US pledges $1 billion to Gavi

    Kara Arsenault
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Wow. Just a few minutes ago, the US announced at a big global conference just how much it will pledge to fund childhood vaccines. And guess what? They’ve pledged exactly what we asked for: 1 billion dollars over the next 4 years. That means we’re a whole lot closer to saving 6 million kids’ lives. Write a comment to say thanks and we’ll make sure to share it with the White House right away. We’re not gonna lie – we really didn’t know how this was going to turn out. You sent thousands of tweets, made thousands of phone calls (the White House operators started recognizing us),…
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    Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Stella Artois campaign supports women in developing world impacted by global water crisis

    horvath
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    "Stella Artois and Matt Damon’s Water.org launch campaign to stop women’s water-collecting journeys in developing world", 23 Jan 2015 Stella Artois [part of Anheuser-Busch InBev] launched its first global social impact campaign ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ to drive awareness of the global water crisis and help provide solutions. Every day, women around the world spend a combined 200 million hours collecting clean water for their families. Buy a Lady a Drink aims to help put a stop to these water-collecting journeys, so women can start new journeys of their own.
  • Malaysia: Former PM Mahathir Mohamad tells Sarawak Govt. to rethink its policy of building mega dams

    stamaria
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    “Rethink your mega dams plan, Dr M suggests to Sarawak government”, 27 January 2015 Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad…suggested Sarawak rethink its highly controversial policy of building mega dams to harness electricity by replacing them with series of smaller dams like in Europe. Dr Mahathir…raised his concern over the adverse impact mega dams could have on the environment and the people. He said new dam building technology that minimised damage to the environment and minimised the social impact is already available and the state government could learn from European…
  • [Audio] Myanmar: Writer/activist Ma Thida speaks on freedom of expression, hate speech & the responsibility of companies

    stamaria
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    “Voices: Ma Thida”, 17 December 2014 Ma Thida is a writer, human rights activist, physician, and a former political prisoner in Myanmar. She has received numerous international human rights awards and Amnesty International adopted her as a prisoner of conscience…In Yangon she recently spoke to IHRB's [Institute for Human Rights and Business] Salil Tripathi about freedom of expression in Myanmar, the risk of hate speech, and the responsibilities of companies.
  • Evaluaciones del desempeño ambiental COLOMBIA 2014

    romero
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    La presente evaluación tiene por objeto ayudar a Colombia a abordar sus principales desafíos ambientales. En ella se presentan 45 recomendaciones, incluidas las siguientes:.. • Promover un mayor uso de los impuestos ambientales y eliminar gradualmente los subsidios y las exenciones tributarias perjudiciales para el medio ambiente, mitigando al mismo tiempo cualquier efecto negativo sobre los grupos pobres y vulnerables…• Mejorar la gestión de los efectos ambientales de la minería, especialmente los emanados del uso de mercurio, y los efectos que las operaciones mineras tienen sobre…
  • Peticiones de la OCDE para Colombia, más que complejas

    romero
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    “Peticiones de la OCDE para Colombia, más que complejas”- 24 de enero de 2015 …[La] Organización para la Cooperación y Desarrollo Económico (OCDE) [r]ecomendó al país hacer una reforma tributaria estructural y otra en materia pensional de gran calado. Estas sugerencias se hicieron en el marco del proceso que cumple Colombia para ser admitido como miembro pleno de este organismo… al que pertenecen 34 naciones…[D]urante la presentación que hizo Álvaro Santos Pereira…sel departamento económico de la Ocde, algunos analistas señalaron que desde París no es fácil evaluar la…
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  • Uncontacted Amazon Indians 'surrounded by loggers' make contact

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Uncontacted Awá Indians Irahoa and two relatives made contact with a settled community. Their forest has been invaded by loggers, who have attacked the Awá in the past.© Madalena Borges/CIMI-MAThree isolated Awá Indians have made contact with a settled Awá community in Brazil’s north-eastern Amazon rainforest. Amakaria, the leader of the group, and several relatives, were reportedly contacted by a Brazilian government team some decades ago, but decided to return to an isolated life in the forest. It is unclear why the group has made contact in this instance. However, one settled…
  • Papuans flee brutal military crackdown

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Papuan villagers were stripped to their waists and had their hands tied behind their backs before being interrogated by police.© local mediaHundreds of Papuan tribal people have fled their homes following a brutal military operation in the Papuan highlands. The crackdown is happening close to Grasberg – the world’s biggest copper and gold mine. On January 7, hundreds of police and soldiers targeted the highland village of Utikini following the killing of two police officers and a security guard from the mine. Pictures have emerged, probably taken as ‘trophy photos’ by soldiers or…
  • 'Freakshow TV' rebuked over racist portrayal of Amazon Indians

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    In this scene of 'Amazon's Ancient Tribe', Paul Raffaele said a Suruwaha girl refused to shake his hand because she wanted to kill him. In fact, he was wearing so much sun cream the Suruwaha thought he had a skin disease.© Channel 7An Australian TV Channel has lost a legal appeal over a program branded “Freakshow TV” for its racist and misleading depiction of Amazon Indians as child murderers. Australia’s Federal Court dismissed Channel 7’s appeal against the ruling that the "program “Amazon’s Ancient…
  • Tribespeople illegally evicted from 'Jungle Book' tiger reserve

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Tribal peoples like the Baiga are the best conservationists. But they face eviction from their ancestral homelands in the name of tiger conservation.© Survival InternationalTribal people have been forcibly and illegally evicted from India’s Kanha Tiger Reserve – home of Kipling’s The Jungle Book – in the name of tiger conservation. Across India, many more face a similar threat. Evicted tribespeople report that the Forest Department threatened to release elephants to trample their houses and crops if they did not leave immediately. The area is the ancestral home of the Baiga…
  • 'Before They Pass Away' slammed as 'patronizing' before NY exhibition

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    The work of controversial photographer Jimmy Nelson ‘Before they pass away’ has been attacked by tribal people, Survival International and photographer Timothy Allen. © Jimmy Nelson/teNeuesRenowned photographer Timothy Allen has joined tribal people around the world in condemning Jimmy Nelson’s work “Before They Pass Away”, which is due to open at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York in February 2015. Allen, a leading photographer for the BBC’s Human Planet said, “The patronizing and self-aggrandizing narrative behind ‘Before They’ is literally painful to…
 
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  • Not Without Our Daughters: Lambada Women Fight Infanticide and Child Trafficking

    Stella Paul
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Lambada women, who never went to school, now keep vigil over young girls in the community. When a child stays away from the classroom for too long, they sound the alarm against possible child labour or trafficking. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS*By Stella PaulCHANDAMPET, India, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)At 11 years of age, Banawat Gangotri already has four years of work experience as a farm labourer. The child, a member of the nomadic Lambada community from the village of Bugga Thanda in India’s southern Telangana state, plucked cotton and chillies from nine a.m. until 5 p.m. for about a dollar daily.Every…
  • Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia

    Neena Bhandari
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, had to wait 20 years for his dream of being part of a native-owned sustainable ecotourism venture to become a reality. Credit: Neena Bhandari/IPS*By Neena BhandariMOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland. His people were suffering and their culture was being eroded. The native wildlife was disappearing. He dreamt of turning this around.It took 20…
  • Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB

    Jeffrey Moyo
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Caring for MDR-TB patients at home or even at taking them to hospitals is a challenge for relatives, especially as the disease is uncertain to completely go away after treatment. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS*By Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Jan 25 2015 (IPS)About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe’s Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country’s oldest town.Although Chihota later recovered after receiving treatment at a local district hospital here, early this year,…
  • After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty

    Thalif Deen
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Like a ghost in the night this jellyfish drifts near the seafloor in Barkley Canyon, May 30, 2012, at a depth of 892 metres. Credit: CSSF/NEPTUNE Canada/cc by 2.0*By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 2015 (IPS)After four days of intense negotiations – preceded by nine years of dilly-dallying – the United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.The final decision was taken in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the rest of…
  • OPINION: Greece Gives EU the Chance to Rediscover Its Social Responsibility

    Marianna Fotaki
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Alexis Tsipras (centre), Syriza’s charismatic 40-year-old leader, has been campaigning under the banner “Hope is on its way.” Credit: Mirko Isaia/cc by 2.0*By Marianna FotakiCOVENTRY, England, Jan 24 2015 (IPS)The European Union should not be afraid of the leftist opposition party Syriza winning the Greek election, but see it as a chance to rediscover its founding principle – the social dimension that created it and without which it cannot survive.Greece’s entire economy accounts for three per cent of the euro zone’s output but its national debt totals €360 billion or 175…
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    EarthRights International

  • Say No to the Don Sahong Dam

    Valentina Stackl
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    We urge the governments of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to maintain their firm positions opposing the Don Sahong project. We urge them to demand an agreement between all four countries to protect the Mekong River and the lives, livelihoods and rights of its communities. The Mekong River Commission’s Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA), seems to have once again proven to be no more than a means for Laos to legitimize their reckless actions. Mekong River countries are supposed to, according to the 1995 Mekong Agreement, reach an agreement on development…
  • Say No to the Don Sahong Dam Project

    EarthRights International
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Contact: Tanja Venisnik (Cambodia) +855(0) 967 553645/ (Thailand)+66(0) 947 830484 tanja@earthrights.org Maureen Harris (Thailand) +66 991865408 maureen@earthrights.org January 23, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand -- The fate of the controversial Don Sahong dam project could be decided by the end of this month. The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Joint Committee will convene a special meeting in coming days to discuss issues surrounding the project, which is being developed by the Lao government and a Malaysian project developer in southern Laos, less than two kilometers from the Cambodian…
  • 5 Ways Citizens United Has Screwed Over Our Democracy

    Guest
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Five years after the Supreme Court handed down Citizens United, the decision continues to have a widespread impact on the state, federal, and even international level.  As evidenced by the record spending 2014 mid-term elections, the unchecked influence of corporate and business interests through super PAC (Political Action Committee) donations has significantly altered the operation of American politics.   1. Elections are no longer influenced by people, but by money.  And some people have a lot of money. ​Before Citizens United, nearly half of all states restricted corporate spending…
  • The "best" law firms? What do lawyers really value?

    Marco Simons
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    "Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice." Many lawyers would agree with this statement. Yet more often than not, recognition in the legal community doesn’t come from “establishing justice.” Recently, the online publication Law360 released its annual list of "Practice Groups of the Year." The award for "Environmental Group of the Year" went to the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, notorious for its scorched-earth approach to getting Chevron off the hook for environmental degradation in Ecuador. How could Gibson Dunn be recognized for such anti-environmental…
  • Human Rights Concerns Over Hydropower Development in Cambodia Brought to the UN

    EarthRights International
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Contact: Ame Trandem, +66868822426, ame@internationalrivers.org, International RiversMaureen Harris, +66 991 865 408, maureen@earthrights.org, EarthRights International Contact (Cambodia):Meach Mean, +85575974112, meach.mean@hotmail.com, 3SPN (Lower Sesan 2 Dam)  Ith Mathoura, +855 12505686, thoura@samrethlawgroup.com, Samreth Law Group(Cheay Areng Dam) January 13, 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- International and Cambodian groups today issued a complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia raising concerns over human rights violations…
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  • “Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    David Oyelowo, center, plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures. I’ll admit that Selma caught me off guard. My first thought, seeing its star, David Oyelowo, adjust his tie in the opening scene, was “That’s Dr. King.” Few movies have brought Martin Luther King Jr. to the silver screen, Ali (2001) and The Butler (2013) being the most recent exceptions. A handful of TV films and miniseries have featured depictions of King, but his life and work have seldom, if ever, received the delicate, human nuance that director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo offer. It’s…
  • A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control

    Andy Lee Roth
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr. The school as factory was a predominant metaphor for education in the middle of the last century. Schools were to churn out young people ready for roles as workers and consumers. In current debates, the laboratory is the model, with successful education defined as controlling variables to produce desired outcomes. In Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty, Jay Gillen, a Baltimore public school teacher, vividly shows the limitations of both…
  • How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History

    Liz Pleasant
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education / Flickr. This past fall, teachers across the United States faced the daunting question of whether to discuss with their students the highly publicized killings of unarmed black men—like Eric Garner and Michael Brown—by police officers. And even if they knew they wanted to say something, how exactly should they go about it? How do you talk about the heightened levels of anger, sadness, and grief with your students in an appropriate and constructive way? In response to those questions, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, assistant professor in the…
  • Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

    Kayla Schultz
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Rick Williams carving in Seattle City Center. Photo by Kayla Schultz. Rick Williams sits outside Seattle’s Space Needle carving totem poles until dark, a workday that can reach up to 12 hours. Tourists and Seattleites approach the picnic table where he sits, examining the intricate designs he carves with only a pocket knife. The children in his family were taught to carve when they were about 7 years old, with techniques passed down through generations. The Williams family legacy in Seattle started in the 1920s, when grandfather Sam Williams began carving for Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.
  • When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out

    Kate Aronoff
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. While all the airtime from Halloween to New Years might as well be one big commercial for mega-corporations, in the here and now there are plenty of ways to reclaim the holiday season. At the end of the day, the holidays are time off from work (thanks, unions) and to re-focus, at least for a day, away from computers and onto our relationships with real, live humans: eat, drink, and be merry IRL (In Real Life). Remind Uncle Tony that there’s also cause for hope in people working for progressive change on the ground. Like any extended amount of time spent with family,…
 
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    Not For Sale

  • Made For Freedom + Not For Sale

    Sarah Potts
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    With Human Trafficking Awareness month in full swing, Not For Sale is pleased to announce a collaboration with Made For Freedom to raise both awareness and funds for our projects around the world. Made for Freedom is a for-profit, social enterprise changing the lives of marginalized women and sex trafficking survivors. Their globally inspired apparel and accessories bring fresh fashion to Western tastes with a relaxed style. By partnering with existing restorative centers around the world to manufacture their designs, Made For Freedom provides life skills, job training, dignified employment…
  • 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.

  • 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…
  • Please Take URGENT Action: Bulls Being Chased, Beaten With Bats, and Stabbed!

    Cicci
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Originally posted on Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox: “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher I have said this before and will no doubt say it again but what the hell is wrong with people who deliberately harm animals , people who participate in cruelty for pleasure or entertainment? Please read the following information from PETA and take the suggested action. “Liquor forced down bulls’ throats, animals made to run while…
  • PETITION FOR RHINOS

    Cicci
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET:: PLEASE BE MY VOICE! The following petition is addressed to the South African Environmental Affairs Minister, to urge South Africa to say NO to legalising rhino horn sales. http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=34856&ea.url.id=348353&forwarded=true Stand Up For South African Rhino  According to Network for Animals: “The South African government is moving to legalise the selling of rhino horn, at a time when poaching is out of control and rhinos face extinction in the wild. Almost 15% of the rhinos in…
  • Please share! Tell Waitrose to dump Heston whilst he supports foie-gras cruelty.

    Cicci
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Originally posted on Time for Action: In light of the shocking images filmed at his then supplier of foie-gras in France, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal not only dumped that supplier but the resulting pressure has seen him dump foie-gras from his flagship restaurant The Fat Duck. However, he is still using foie-gras at his other eateries. This isn’t an issue where he can pick and choose. All ducks and geese raised for foie-gras in France are force-fed. Cruelty is unavoidable and is so extreme that production would be illegal in Britain. Whilst Waitrose don’t sell foie-gras, they work…
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