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OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links

By Alicia Ely Yamin  Lecturer on Global Health and Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of t ...

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Balkans in Naples: the Human Rights Film Festival

  The Human Rights Film Festival in Naples will take place next December from 5th to 13th, for the total duration of ten entire days, as a prestigious international event, now in its sixth edition, devoted to fiction and documentary films on issues about human rights and a culture of peace, non-violence and solidarity.   It's really like a fixed date, whose specificity is to be not the product of ...

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African Human Rights Day

The African Human Rights Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate and advocate the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone across the African continent. EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, October 21, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The success of this quest is the collective responsibility of all: African men and women, governments, institutions, non-governmental organisations and the entire civil ...

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Le Mur a Des Oreilles talks to Professor Noam Chomsky

Pressenza publishes here a phone interview with Noam Chomsky by Le Mur a Des Oreilles (recorded on September 6th) LMaDO: What is the definition of negotiations in Israel-US language and why is the Palestinian Authority playing along? NC: From the US point of view, negotiations are, in effect, a way for Israel to continue its policies of systematically taking over whatever it wants in the West Bank, maintain ...

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The International Community needs to change its tune when it comes to Sri Lanka

The international community, in particular the UN Human Rights Council, must alter its approach towards Sri Lanka from focussing on its human rights record to urging the Sri Lankan Government to deliver on its promises of reconciliation and justice. This week’s visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to Sri Lanka is a good opportunity for the UN to start such a dialogue. First of al ...

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Manning verdict blow for investigative journalism and its sources

Reporters Without Borders regards today’s verdict in U.S. Army private Bradley Manning’s trial as dangerous. Although acquitted of “aiding the enemy,” he was found guilty of five counts of espionage and five counts of theft, for which he could receive a combined sentence of more than 100 years in prison. The sentence is due to be announced soon. The verdict is warning to all whistleblowers, against whom the ...

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Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a first-class troublemaker. ...

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Tomás Hirsch: the meaning of nonviolent action

On February 1st the Chilean humanist Thomas Hirsch took part in the International Conference for Peace that took place at Munich, called "Non violent ways of regime change." We publish here the transcript of his words: "The name proposed for this conference is already arguable. Firstly, as a reflection rather than a criticism, if I am asked to talk about nonviolent regime change is because the basic assumpt ...

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French, Malian Military Restrict Access of Media to Conflict Areas

“French military and Malian government forces are restricting access to conflict areas for members of the media, making covering the situation a major challenge” By Peter Townson*, 23/01/2013 - As violence continues in Mali, the national and international media are finding it increasingly difficult to provide quality coverage of the situation. The primary reason behind the challenges is the fact that journa ...

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Last-minute court ruling delays application of new broadcasting law

The Argentine media group Clarin obtained an eleventh-hour ruling yesterday delaying the application of a section of the country’s new media law which would have forced it to give up some of its broadcasting licences. The Civil and Commercial Court extended the deadline for the application of article 161 of the Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA) bill, known in Spanish as the Ley de Medios.   The decis ...

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