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Israel: Bedouin Facing Mass Evictions From Their Land - Human Rights Watch

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Israel: Bedouin Facing Mass Evictions From Their Land

 

Human Rights Watch: “Israel has been shoving Bedouin out of their communities and into ever-shrinking space while encouraging and even helping Jewish Israelis to move in,”  - Joe Stork, acting Middle East director HRW


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The whole report is well-worth downloading and reading.

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15 Acts Of Women's Activism That Are Changing The World

15 Acts Of Women's Activism That Are Changing The World | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

These women haven't won Nobel Prizes or hit the speaking circuit . But they're pushing boundaries, changing norms, saving lives, and speaking up - even where bad news dominates the headlines.

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I am so happy when I read stories like this. It makes me believe that, as messed up as we still are as a species, there is hope for the future. 

 

Yhat hope is seen in these ordinary women; and they ARE ordinary - that is the greatest thing about them (and their sisters, and their daughters).

 

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Gay couples can marry from midnight

Gay couples can marry from midnight | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

Same-sex couples will be allowed to legally marry in England and Wales for the first time from midnight.

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Kenyan women want justice over post-election sexual violence

Kenyan women want justice over post-election sexual violence | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Joan Nyanyuki: Kenya's director of public prosecutions has failed to investigate atrocities.

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Recent law changes in Kenya have lessened the status of women. A huge step backwards for the country.

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Given recent changes in the law in Kenya which markedly lessen the status of women in Kenyan society, one wonders how seriously the DPP is ever going to take anything that concerns women.
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Article from The Guardian on Kenya's director of public prosecutions' failure to investigate post-election atrocities.

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Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action | Amnesty International

Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action | Amnesty International | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination.
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The unquestioning support by the USA of the regime is another thing that has to change.

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UK war on immigration tears families apart

UK war on immigration tears families apart | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
British immigration law that imposes income hurdles for family visas is punishing citizens married to foreigners.
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This story is about an outrageous travesty of justice - what can possibly be going through the minds of officials who follow this policy?

 

These are ordinary people. Nobody is trying to scam the system.

 

Says the Home Office: "family life must not be established here at the taxpayer's expense" ... yet, there are many immigrants from the EU doing just that.

 

It is the basic lack of humanity behind this law that must be evident to those enforcing it. And is it ISN'T evident, then there is something very wrong in Britain.

 

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Why invest in girls' education? To make an impact

Why invest in girls' education? To make an impact | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

Changing educational systems is challenging, but data shows that an investment in girls education can have profound development impacts.

 

Devex spoke to several organizations and companies working on this issue to get their views on what’s needed to further improve the landscape at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum.

 

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HIV Awareness Billboard In Tokyo's Red Light District Censored For Indecency

HIV Awareness Billboard In Tokyo's Red Light District Censored For Indecency | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

... But barely-dressed fembots in public are OK

 

The billboard was commissioned by ViiV Healthcare, which defended Murata and said he didn’t break obscenity laws. Fellow artist Yuji Kato applauded the ‘upbeat, warm, inclusive’ depiction of Tokyo’s gay male community in the drawing.

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You know, there are days when the world in which we live makes no sense to me at all.

 

In an area of Tokyo that is filled with blatant sexual imagery, advertising all sort of sexual jollity, they ban a cartoon that is entirely inoffensive (not counting that dreadful green shirt).

 

There can never be enough HIV awareness education.

 

I'm going to have a cup of tea now. Calm myself down.

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why we study human right

Human rights are something we all share. They are about recognising the value and dignity of all people. In learning about human rights, we learn about ideas of respect, fairness, justice and equality. We learn about standing up for our own rights and about our responsibility to respect the rights of others. Understanding human rights shapes our thinking and our actions because human rights are about real-life issues.
They are about:
• having clean water to drink and food to eat;
• being able to go to school or have a job; and
• being treated fairly by others, regardles


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Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it's by choice? - Girls Not Brides

Child marriage in Nepal: what do you do when it's by choice? - Girls Not Brides | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Where dating is frowned upon, some adolescents see marriage as an alternative. Her Turn, Nepal, explores the implications for ending child marriage.
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It is clear that education is the key to helping young people make the right choices for the right reasons.

 

A girl of 14 may see marriage to a boy of her choice as a good way to escape the tradition of an arranged marriage, but that does not make it a better decision for her life.

 

Education is the only way  to give these girls (and the boys) the tools which will allow then to make informed decisions.

 

 

 

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Equality Now: End violence and discrimination against women and girls

Equality Now: End violence and discrimination against women and girls | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

:In August 2013, while house hunting in Sudan, a 19-year-old pregnant and divorced Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property and brutally gang-raped by a group of seven men. Immediately following the attack, a police officer found the victim, but didn’t file a formal complaint of rape because it was a public holiday and the police station was closed.

 

After a disturbing film of the attack by the rapists surfaced online in January 2014, the authorities ultimately arrested everyone involved, including the victim. Sudan’s Attorney General has – without legal basis – consistently blocked her from filing a rape complaint on the basis that she was under investigation for the criminal offense of offending public morality. And, at one point, she even faced death by stoning for adultery, as the prosecutor debated her marital status before affirming that she was divorced.

 

As of 20 February, three of the perpetrators have been convicted of adultery, two of indecent acts, and one of distributing indecent material; their sentences consisted of lashes and fines. The seventh was freed due to insufficient evidence.

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It is almost too much to believe that there are people living in the 21st century with such a stupid view of the world as the men who judged and passed sentence on this young woman.

 

What must it be like to live inside a mind that would look at the victim of a horrible rape and see her as being in the wrong?

 

This is an aspect of Islam I simply cannot understand. Why do these men have such a hatred of women? For what else can can it be based on? It is the excuse of "she provoked the assault" - by doing what? Just being a woman? I doubt that she was dressed in any why that could be defined as "provocative" (not, obviously that that should ever be considered a defense). So her crime was having a vagina and not being strong enough to fight off seven men.

 

Or is it that these Muslim men are so afraid of their own sexuality that they have to blame the women when they can't control their own impulses?

 

What I see in this kind of extreme religious belief (and many Christians are no better) is a profound fear of just being alive, of having human desires and urges. They are browbeaten into a belief that sexuality is an evil thing - and when they give in to nature (often having been long deprived of even basic contact with females) they feel so bad about themselves - because, of course, they are all good men - that there needs to have been a demon driving them into sin. And the women must be the demons to be blamed.

 

If religion makes you afraid and ashamed of being a human being, what is the point of it?

 

 

 

 

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FGM - Tweet from @MsIntervention

FGM  -  Tweet from @MsIntervention | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
#Africa: 91.5m girls and women above age of 9 are living with consequences of female genital mutilation. #IWD2014 pic.twitter.com/8QoZX7q2OC
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One girl mutilated is too many.

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Iraq: Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds - Human Rights Watch

Iraq: Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds - Human Rights Watch | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

(Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, make it easier for men to take multiple wives, and allow girls to be married from age nine.

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I am lost for words - except all the bad ones one of my students don't want me to use.

 

What is wrong inside the heads of these Muslim men?

 

Will they ever catch up with the civilised world?

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Dispatches: Saudi Arabia Talks Human Rights in Geneva, Represses Rights at Home

Dispatches: Saudi Arabia Talks Human Rights in Geneva, Represses Rights at Home | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

Last week, the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, the kingdom’s governmental human rights body, addressed the opening of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, which his country recently joined.  He told the council, “I … confirm my government is pressing ahead towards achieving its commitments in the field of human rights, and voluntary engagements made upon submitting its candidacy…” He followed this by announcing [5] a $1 million Saudi donation to the council.

 

But a series of recent events inside the kingdom stands in sharp contrast to the country’s attempts to engage internationally on human rights.

 

For example, Saudi Arabia’s assault on peaceful criticism and independent civil society continues unabated. A new terrorism law [6] decreed in January contains broad provisions that limit free expression and violate the right to due process.

 

Statistics table from Amnesty International.

 

Saudi Arabia has a higher number of executions, but the USA has a much higher number of people sentenced to death.

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But we should not forget that the USA actively supports the repressive Saudi regime AND has one of the highest rates of judicial executions in the world AND is still holding prisoners in Guantanamo Bay without even pretending to use a proper judicial process.

 

 

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10 imminent catastrophes to prepare for once gays are allowed to marry

10 imminent catastrophes to prepare for once gays are allowed to marry | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Next week will be marked as a joyous and momentous occasion for so many same-sex couples in England and Wales, but don't be surprised when countless catastrophes and disasters take place on a biblical scale.
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David Cameron: I’m proud that allowing gay couples to marry will strengthen this country

David Cameron: I’m proud that allowing gay couples to marry will strengthen this country | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Writing exclusively for PinkNews, Prime Minister David Cameron celebrates the introduction of same-sex marriage today, comparing same-sex marriages to his own, and noting the work still to be done for equality.
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First sensible thing he's said for years.

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Two face genital mutilation charges

Two face genital mutilation charges | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

 

 

The first UK prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service.

 

 

Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena will be prosecuted for an alleged offence while working at the Whittington Hospital in London in November 2012.

 

Hasan Mohamed will face a charge of intentionally encouraging an offence of female genital mutilation.

 

 

Dr Dharmasena and Mr Mohamed will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 15 April.


 

 

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This is excellent news.

 

FGM is awful wherever it happens, and it should be prosecuted everywhere.

 

In many countries the argument for permitting it cite it as a cultural practice - in the UK this simply can never be accepted as a justification.

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Anti-gay church founder Phelps dies

Anti-gay church founder Phelps dies | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said.

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Perhaps, on his death-bed  he had time to work out how to be a decent human being. I doubt it.

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A girl’s right to say no to marriage: executive summary

A girl’s right to say no to marriage: executive summary | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
Child marriage is a violation of children’s human rights. Despite being prohibited by international human rights law and many national laws, child marriage continues to rob millions of girls around the world of their childhood.
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Child marriage is child abuse.

 

It's not complicated.

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Award for Cameroon gay rights lawyer

Award for Cameroon gay rights lawyer | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

A lawyer in Cameroon has been recognised for her work to promote gay rights in Africa with an award from Amnesty International.

Alice Nkom has spent a decade defending people accused of practising homosexuality.

 

Homosexual acts are illegal in Cameroon and carry a five-year prison term.

 

Ms Nkom described the award, which she received from the German branch of Amnesty International in Berlin on Tuesday, as a "prize of hope".

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It is a real shame that whilst Africa as a whole is making such progress (and individual countries are making huge strides forward in so many areas), that is some social issues the direction is firmly and resolutely backwards.

 

It is both sad and funny to hear African homophobes bewailing the "western influence" of homosexuality that is corrupting the "true African values" ... which are Christian ... which was brought to Africa from ... western countries.*

 

 

 

*At least to sub-Saharan and West Africa

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This Anti-Rape Campaign Features Men Who Listen When A Woman Says No

This Anti-Rape Campaign Features Men Who Listen When A Woman Says No | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
The Scotland police's "We Can Stop It" campaign highlights consent in rape.
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This is a brilliant campaign.

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Girls in Pakistan village given pioneering sex education lessons

Girls in Pakistan village given pioneering sex education lessons | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

The lessons, which begin when the pupils turn eight, cover puberty, rights issues and self defence.

 

"We cannot close our eyes," says Akbar Lashari, head of the organisation. "[Sex is] a topic people don't want to talk about, but it's fact of our life."

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Education of girls is a huge part of making change.

 

But the boys need to be taught too - about the details, but also about responsibilities as men, about what is right and what is wrong about how they view the females around them, and how they treat them.

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The CIA's Poisonous Tree

by David Cole

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The revelations that the CIA interfered with a Senate investigation of CIA abuses shows that torture does far more than merely “taint” evidence. It corrupts all who touch it.
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Chagos Islands saga: Let us Chagossians return home

Chagos Islands saga: Let us Chagossians return home | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it
When we Chagossians lived on our islands, the seas and lagoons were pristine. When the Americans arrived, they caused massive environmental degradation, including bulldozing our villages and flattening graveyards. To create building materials, they started dynamiting the lagoon of Diego Garcia, killing fish and destroying large areas of coral reef.
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▶ Global Education & Skills Forum 2014 - YouTube

The world has an education crisis. Millions of children are not in school and young people don't have jobs. How do we tackle this quickly?

Many things have to be harnessed- skills, teachers, financing, equity for girls and marginal groups and new technologies.

We have to create systemic change. Massive Change.

How do we do this all together and quickly?

Let's find out -- Global Education and Skills Forum

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End to early and forced marriage needed to achieve gender equality – Hillary Clinton, International Women’s Day 2014 - Girls Not Brides

End to early and forced marriage needed to achieve gender equality – Hillary Clinton, International Women’s Day 2014 - Girls Not Brides | Global Politics - Human Rights | Scoop.it

To achieve gender equality, we must bring an end to early and forced marriage, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the UN on International Women's Day.

 

Gender equality is “the great unfinished business of the 21st century” declared former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the UN on International Women’s DayEnd to early and forced marriage is needed to achieve gender equalityClinton calls for gender equality to be a specific goal and integrated into every goal in new development framework for the international community.

 

 

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Clinton says gender inequality is “the great unfinished business of the 21st century".

 

When we read the horrifying news that Iraq intends to make marriage to a nine-year-old girl legal (whilst also depriving all females of basic human rights) -  http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/11/iraq-don-t-legalize-marriage-9-year-olds - it feels that the belief that we have developed as a species is all just a nonsensical dream.

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Sierra Leone Former President Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Passes Away: Sierra Leone News

 

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone has officially announced the death of the former President of the country, His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was 82 years old.

Family sources say he passed away at 16:00GMT of this afternoon of March 13th 2014 at his private residence in Freetown with his wife and close family members at his side.

The former President is credited with laying the foundation for the country's current thriving democratic culture and for creating a peaceful and stable socio-economic and political climate in Sierra Leone. He had been ailing over the past few month for which he had sought treatment in the United Kingdom.

After completing two terms in office, he handed over power to current President Ernest Bai Koroma in September 2007. He spent a few years in active service as an International Statesman leading elections observation missions and giving international lectures. However, in the last two years, ill health made him reduce his public appearances.

His death has been greeted with a lot of sadness from all sectors of the society exemplifying the respect and love he commanded from his people. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced shortly.

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