Rights, Equal Respect: Training and education resources to help teach
equality and human rights
and Human Rights Commission
Register to take part in a live online training session on equality and
human rights - 4:30pm, 2 November 2011
International Human Rights Training Programme, 3-22 June 2012
The IHRTP is intended for human rights workers and educators from
non-governmental organisations, national human rights institutions,
government bodies and educational institutions. The goal of the IHRTP
is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organisations to
undertake human rights education efforts aimed at building a global
culture of human rights.
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Oxfam Barefoot Day
What can you do with HK$10? Buy a sandwich? Take a bus from Kowloon to
Hong Kong? HK$10 doesn't mean much to us. But there are around 1.4
billion people in the world living on less than HK$10 a day (the
international poverty line of US$1.25). Many poor families do not have
enough to eat, let alone being able to afford medical treatment,
education or travel. In fact, you can do something to help by
participating in "Oxfam Barefoot Day" on 17 October.
Fighting For Our Lives: The history of the Treatment Action Campaign
A new book looks back on more than a decade of the life of South
African lobby group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), whose brand of
activism came to define the world’s fight for HIV treatment and care.
Download the book
Programme Officer -
Association for Women’s Rights in Development
The Programme Officer will work closely with the Director of
Humanitarian Media to assist in the effective, timely and efficient
delivery of humanitarian media interventions and the strategic
development of the Humanitarian Media Unit.
Technical Manager (Application deadline 20 October 2011)
As a leader of the Oxfam Hong Kong’s technical programme team in
Vietnam, s/he will provide strategic and technical advice and support
to technical and provincial programme staff to ensure effective
integration of governance, pro-poor markets, disaster risk reduction,
climate change adaptation and gender-related interventions in OHKs
provincial rural livelihoods programmes as well as related advocacy
work in Vietnam
(application deadline 22 October 2011)
Panos Caribbean is a regional organisation serving the wider Caribbean
region in the field of communications and development. The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to lead a vibrant and innovative
organisation and to help shape its future strategies and programmes.
Organisational Communications Officer (application deadline 9 October
Greenpeace, South-East Asia
Greenpeace, one of the world's leading environmental campaigning
organisations, is looking for a Regional Organisational Communications
Officer. The Regional Communications Officer reports to the Regional
Communications Manager and is in charge of developing and implementing
communications strategies that will deliver targeted messages to key
audiences, toward the achievement of the organisation's goals.
Evaluation and Learning Consultancy (application deadline: 7 October
Transparency International (TI) is inviting expressions of interest
from highly experienced consultants to design a monitoring, evaluation
and learning framework and supporting tool(s) to support the
implementation of a wide-ranging Institutional Network Strengthening
Programme, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region.
South Africa fails an ethical test: Dalai Lama cancels planned visit
For the second time in two years the government of
South Africa finds itself in an embarrassing position. Archbishop
Desmond Tutu, a national and global icon, celebrates his 80th birthday
this week. Among the invited guests was his fellow Nobel Peace Prize
laureate, the Dalai Lama. Faced with the choice of either welcoming to
its shores an individual who is synonymous with peace, spirituality,
resilience and courage, or kowtowing to the demands of its largest
trading partner, the government of South Africa delayed a decision on
granting a visa, forcing the Dalai Lama to eventually cancel his visit.
In making that choice the government may well have believed that doing
otherwise would be hazardous to South Africa’s economic and strategic
interests and that these interests merited higher priority than the
values on which the republic is founded or avoiding disrespect to one
of its founding figures. It may also hold that it merely followed
a pattern set by others in the international community.
The Dalai Lama’s announcement that he was cancelling his visit spared
the SA government the necessity of formally denying him a visa.
Nonetheless, the dilatory tactics adopted reflect an erosion of ethical
standards that is certainly not limited to South Africa. In fact,
it is part of a global pattern that sees human rights, international
law and ethical principles as utopian luxuries easily sacrificed to
economic and geo-political realities.
P.S. To Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu – indefatigable champion of
human rights, dignity and freedom in South Africa and around the world
– our very best wishes and profound gratitude on his 80th birthday.
Q&A: Africa's legislated civil society crackdown
Assassinations, intimidation and disappearances were the manifestations
of civil society repression in Africa, but this may be changing as the
crackdown on civil society is becoming more formally accepted and
increasingly "by the book", according to Ingrid Srinath, secretary
general of the global civil society network, CIVICUS.
volunteering patterns in Africa
The recently completed 2008-2011 CIVICUS Civil Society Index, a
comprehensive analysis of civil society in 35 countries, offers an
opportunity to assess the health of people’s participation and
activism. The level of volunteering is one key indicator of the state
and level of participation in a society.
proposals on the second draft of the Busan draft outcome document
Following the publication of the revised Busan Outcome Document (BOD),
CIVICUS has raised several concerns regarding the global trend of the
increasingly dis-enabling environment for CSOs that affects their
effectiveness and role as independent development actors. This is the
second draft of the Busan declaration released, and whilst some civil
society feedback to the first draft version was incorporated, we still
have a number of concerns raised to the Working Party on Aid
Can Busan forge a
new deal for Africa?
In the hope for a fairer deal on aid for the continent, African leaders
are planning to present a unified position at the Fourth High Level
Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) in Busan, South Korea. Currently,
discussions are under way between the African Union, New Partnership
for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and private sector and civil society
representatives on how to improve the impact of aid for the most
vulnerable and marginalised. The outcome of these discussions will then
be taken to Busan in November this year as the ‘African Consensus and
Position on Development Effectiveness’.
Civil society in
South Africa deplores failure to give visa to the Dalai Lama
The South African government should stand by its founding values by
granting a visa to the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan
people, urged civil society in South Africa today. The Dalai Lama was
due to visit South Africa from 6-8 October to attend the 80th birthday
celebrations of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Emeritus
Civic Engagement Measurement System
for Children and Families
The Alliance for Children and Families has created a new tool to enable
one specific sector - human service providers in the US – to measure
civic engagement outcomes. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the
Alliance is now sponsoring field testing of the tool, which uses a
"process benchmarking" approach that may contribute to the development
of other collective performance data sets.
Voices on the road
to COP 17
World Habitat Day focuses on cities and
Rights Education Association
The City of Aguascalientes in Mexico on Monday led the global
celebration of World Habitat Day 2011 - a year in which the message is
about the huge influence of cities on climate change and its impacts on
large population centres.
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Bahrain medical staff sentenced for treating protesters
Thirteen doctors and nurses who treated anti-government protesters
during demonstrations in Bahrain earlier this year have been jailed for
15 years for crimes against the state. Seven other medical
professionals were given sentences of between five and 10 years by a
special tribunal that was set up during the emergency rule that
followed the demonstrations.
responds to 2nd draft Busan Outcome Document
Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
Following the publication of the revised Busan Outcome Document (BOD),
civil society has now consolidated its collective response. The Working
Party on Aid Effectiveness will meet this week (6 and 7 October in
Paris, France) for the last time before HLF4 to discuss the amendments
that were put forward by stakeholders and set the agenda for the final
Busan Outcome Document.
society urges LGBT equality
Source: Gay News
A Commonwealth Civil Society statement to be presented at the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth in late
October urges the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Titled ‘Driving
Change for a Dynamic Commonwealth’ the statement includes two positive
declarations in relation to LGBT rights.
Opposition activists sentenced over peaceful protests
The Azerbaijani authorities must immediately release three leading
opposition activists imprisoned for organising and taking part in
peaceful protests, Amnesty International said today after a court in
Baku sentenced them to two and a half years each in prison on Monday.
Civil society comes
of age in Jamaica
The events of the past 18 months have shown the Jamaican populace that
civil society has power and that such power must be used to protect the
rights of people. For years, Jamaicans have known of the garrison
politics that operates in the nation and, in particular, in Tivoli
Gardens. This situation would be spoken of in hushed tones by many, but
it is only in recent years that civil society has begun speaking out
against this type of political arrangement.
attacks Kenyan spy bill
Civil society in Kenya has criticised the proposed National
Intelligence Service Bill which allow security agents to tap telephone
conversations. Kenya National Commission for Human Rights (KNCHR)
commissioner Omar Hassan and human rights activist Al Amin Kimathi
vowed to lobby different organisations and the government to amend the
Act before it is tabled in Parliament.
agree a common position on aid, development
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), members of the
African Union, civil society groups, development groups and
parliamentarians meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week have for
the first time agreed a common position on development effectiveness
and aid reform.
South Sudan: What
the analysts are saying post-session
It is two months since the euphoria surrounding South Sudan's peaceful
secession from the north after decades of civil war, but violence in
the border regions has flared since May. In a split still lacking
clarity over border demarcations and the division of resources, several
reports have outlined escalating tensions that have killed scores of
people and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.
lines: Immigrant labourers pay a high price for their own poverty
Source: The Hindu
You see them everywhere on the Outer Ring Road of Delhi, on the traffic
islands, under the flyovers, at the intersections; not just in twos and
threes, but thirty or forty men waiting in the dusty orange sunlight
for the middleman, tout or contractor who will hire them for a day's
labour. Some carry a paint brush, a hammer or a trowel – the tools of
World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2011
The World Bank-IMF annual meetings in Washington took place at the end
of September and the outcomes of those meetings are available at the
Bretton Woods Project. The Eurozone debt crisis and the World Bank’s
work on gender were some of the dominant issues discussed.
Odhikar Nine Month’s
Human Rights Monitoring Report
Odhikar defends the civil, political, social, economic and cultural
rights of the people of Bangladesh and, as part of its mission,
observes reports and analyses the human rights situation. In line with
this campaign, this report is an account of the human rights situation
in Bangladesh covering the nine months fromJanuary to September 2011).
ICNL Global Forum
Forum on Civil Society Law
From 21-23 August 2011, 200 global leaders from 83 countries convened
in Stockholm, Sweden to advance civil society law. Some of the
documents from the forum include session summaries and background
information for a number of breakout sessions as well as a new “Next
Steps” page, which showcases articles written by participants and a few
of the activities that participants are planning.
Online Consultation on the CFS Global Strategic Framework
The Committee on World Food Security was revitalised in 2009-10 and
re-launched in October 2010 as the principal political process through
which Member States can promote inter-governmental efforts that should
result in food security for all. One of the Committee’s flagship
projects is to develop a Global Strategic Framework for Food Security
which will be endorsed by its members. To support the development
its Global Strategic Framework (GSF), the Committee has opened an
online consultation on the Annotated Outline for the GSF. The online
consultation is open until 15th October 2011 and is accessible here
The deadline for applications for The Intercultural Innovation Award is
16 October 2011. The award is given to the most innovative grassroots
projects that encourage and support intercultural exchange around the
applications for 2012 STARS Impact Awards
Applications are now open for the 2012 STARS Impact Awards.
The 2012 STARS Impact Awards recognise outstanding organisations
working in children's health, education and protection. Organisations
working with children in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Pacific are
invited to apply.
for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations
of Applied Research
One six-month fellowship is available for a female post-doctoral social
scientist from a developing nation whose work addresses women’s
economic and social empowerment in that nation.