Human Rights

30.04.2014

UN Expert Calls on Spain for Commitment to Protect Human Rights

UN Expert Calls on Spain for Commitment to Protect Human Rights

United Nations, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepúlveda urged the Spanish government to guarantee social inclusion, specially in the health care sector. “It is time for the Government of Spain to change course” and “the Government must now demonstrate… »

29.04.2014

Turkey and Armenia: Are Erdoğan’s “Condolences” a Turning Point?

Turkey and Armenia: Are Erdoğan’s “Condolences” a Turning Point?

By Joshua Kucera for IPS News ISTANBUL, Apr 29 2014 (EurasiaNet) – Turkish-Armenians are welcoming Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s offer of “condolences” for the mass killings of Armenian that began 99 years ago during the Ottoman era. But opinions are mixed as to… »

28.04.2014

Water is a human right – Interview with Maude Barlow

Water is a human right – Interview with Maude Barlow

Starting our collaboration with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, we are glad to publish an interview with one of their Laureates, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow.  Maude, your latest book, Blue Future, is the final book of the Blue trilogy. It started with Blue Gold in 2002 and continued with… »

27.04.2014

Brazil Assumes Leadership in Future of Internet Governance

Brazil Assumes Leadership in Future of Internet Governance

By Marcia Pinheiro  for IPS News SÃO PAULO , Apr 25 2014 (IPS) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law an Internet bill of rights just before her opening speech at an international conference on Internet reform in the southern city of São… »

25.04.2014

Why it is crucial to place the protection of children from violence at the centre of the global sustainable development agenda

Why it is crucial to place the protection of children from violence at the centre of the global sustainable development agenda

The protection of boys and girls from all forms of violence is a concern the international community cannot afford to omit from the post-2015 development agenda. In fact, freedom from violence is indispensable to a sustainable future in which children will be able to grow up… »

23.04.2014

Internet governance must be truly democratic

Internet governance must be truly democratic

The Delhi Declaration The Internet has become a vitally important social infrastructure that profoundly impacts our societies.  We are all citizens of an Internet-mediated world whether as the minority who uses it or the majority who does not.  The Internet must advance human rights and social justice.  Internet governance must… »

21.04.2014

India’s Women Lose the Election

India’s Women Lose the Election

By Manipadma Jena for IPS NEW DELHI, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) – “Men just do not want to give up their seats, it’s as simple as that,” says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women’s groups in… »

18.04.2014

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo says UK has ‘sexist culture’

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo says UK has ‘sexist culture’

According to the BBC, Ms Manjoo whilst on a visit to the UK, said the “sexism was worse in the UK than in other places, and warned that the government’s austerity measures were having a “disproportionate impact” on women’s risk of violence. “The government said it wanted to end… »

17.04.2014

Snowden Questions Putin on Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden was a surprise questioner today at a televised call-in show hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin spent much of the broadcast fielding questions on the crisis in Ukraine. But Snowden asked Putin if Russia is engaged in the same mass surveillance practices that Snowden exposed in… »

14.04.2014

Leading Leaders for Peace in Tel Aviv

Leading Leaders for Peace in Tel Aviv

by Hillel Schenker  for The Palestine-Israel Journal As we near the April 29th deadline for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, some people are afraid of using the word “peace”, thinking its passé, utopian or simply unattainable, like the other side of the moon. »

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