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06 October 2011
Edition No: 556




Webinar: Equal Rights, Equal Respect: Training and education resources to help teach equality and human rights
Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission

Register to take part in a live online training session on equality and human rights - 4:30pm, 2 November 2011
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33rd annual 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
Source: Oxfam Hong Kong

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.
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Fighting For Our Lives: The history of the Treatment Action Campaign 1998-2010

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.
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Programme Officer - Humanitarian Media
Source: 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.
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Rural Livelihoods Technical Manager (Application deadline 20 October 2011)
Source: Aidboard

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
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Executive Director (application deadline 22 October 2011)
Source: PANOS, Caribbean

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.
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Regional Organisational Communications Officer (application deadline 9 October 2011)
Source: 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.
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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultancy (application deadline: 7 October 2011)
Source: Transparency International

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.
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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.

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In solidarity,



Ingrid Srinath

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

Source: IPS

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.
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Civil society 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.
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Comments and 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 Effectiveness.
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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’.
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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 Desmond Tutu.
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Members' corner

Civic Engagement Measurement System
Source: Alliance 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.
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Voices on the road to COP 17

World Habitat Day focuses on cities and climate change
Source: Human 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

Source: IPS

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.
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Civil Society responds to 2nd draft Busan Outcome Document
Source: Open 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.
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Commonwealth civil society urges LGBT equality
Source: Gay News Network

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. 
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Azerbaijan: Opposition activists sentenced over peaceful protests
Source: Amnesty International

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.
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Civil society comes of age in Jamaica
Source: The Gleaner

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.
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Civil society attacks Kenyan spy bill
Source: Daily Nation

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.
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African leaders 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.
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South Sudan: What the analysts are saying post-session
Source: IRIN

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.
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Feature

Deep-etched poverty 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 their trade.
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World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2011

Source: Bretton Woods Project

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.
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Odhikar Nine Month’s Human Rights Monitoring Report
Source: Odhikar

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).
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ICNL Global Forum 2011
Source: Global 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.
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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 of 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 Intercultural Innovation Award
Source: Intercultural Innovation

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 world.
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Call for applications for 2012 STARS Impact Awards
Source: STARS Foundation

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.
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Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners from Developing Nations
Source: School 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.
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